New on TV today: Wednesday 22 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 22 Jan 2020
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The Brink

Channel: SundanceTV (DStv 108)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

The Brink

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump's inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics.

Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement.

The Brink follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilise and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement.

Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Kom ons Praat Daaroor

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 11h00
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans

Kom ons Praat Daaroor

Talk show that covers current local and international affairs, presented in a casual, objective style, taken from a personal perspective.

Although new research, statistics and facts are shared by the presenters and/or guests, the team doesn't try to come across as experts regarding the topic being discussed.

Instead they raise different perspectives on the matters, similar to a chat with friends around a braai.

The show airs every day at 11am and kicks off with an informal sharing of the latest news headlines. Thereafter the topic of the day and/or social media question is introduced.

During the program, other current stories are also shared and discussed if time allows.

The topic(s) may be supported by sound clips and/or short interviews with experts on the topic.

It is sometimes unexpected, always current and can vary in style - being either serious or light-hearted.

Crikey! It's the Irwins 2

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 19h05
Genre: Wildlife, Docu-Reality

Crikey! It's the Irwins 2

Terri, Bindi and Robert are continuing the legacy of legendary conservationist, Steve Irwin, in the very best way, running the extraordinary Australia Zoo in the jungles of northern Australia.

This series follows the family's incredible world, caring for over 1,200 animals, overseeing a world class wildlife hospital and conducting high-octane global conservation expeditions.

The action continues with the building of a spectacular new home for their crocodiles in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Australia Zoo.

But, building it is only part of the challenge; they must move the crocodiles and alligators by hand. It's a good thing Robert has inherited his dad's fearless streak as he gets involved.

Meanwhile, Bindi investigates a knee problem with the Zoo's largest giraffe, Terri helps Harley the Koala find love, and one of the family is set to undertake a dangerous mission: swimming with a huge reticulated python called Gloria.

9-1-1: Lone Star

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

9-1-1: Lone Star

Nearly 20 years ago, Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) was the lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11. In the wake of the attack, Owen had the unenviable task of rebuilding his station.

After a similar tragedy happens to a firehouse in Austin, Owen, along with his troubled firefighter son, T.K., takes his progressive philosophies of life and firefighting down to Texas, where he helps them start anew.

On the surface, Owen is all about big-city style and swagger, but underneath he struggles with a secret he hides from the world - one that could very well end his life.

Once in Austin, Owen meets the brilliant and wry chief paramedic Michelle Blake (Liv Tyler), as well as police officer Carlos Reyes.

He then begins to assemble his new team of diverse and qualified candidates for Firehouse 126, including Marjan Marwani, an adrenaline junkie and badass firefighter who also is a devout Muslim; Paul Strickland, a transgender male firefighter who bravely decided to transition on the job in Chicago and has a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes; and rookie firefighter Mateo Chavez.

Owen's toughest challenge may be Judd Ryder, who, like Owen, was the sole survivor of Austin's original 126 house after a rescue call ended in tragedy.

A gruff cowboy to his core, Judd is married to Grace, a 9-1-1 call centre operator, and struggles with PTSD, unsure if he ever can be the firefighter he once was.

Child Genius UK 3

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Quiz Show, Game Show, Reality

Child Genius UK 3

Twenty of the UK's brightest 8- to 12-year-olds battle for the title of the UK's cleverest child.

Quizmaster Richard Osman asks questions difficult enough for adults to struggle with.

The participants will be tested over the course of four gruelling competition days, overseen by British Mensa - the exclusive society for those with a high IQ.

The series also follows the family life of the remarkable competitors, revealing their exceptional talents and the dilemmas their parents face in raising gifted children.

As the competition intensifies, the intellectual rivals know that ultimately only one can be crowned Child Genius.

In the Season 3 premiere: It's the General Knowledge and Memory Recall rounds, which require the ability to mentally navigate a map of the highways of Great Britain.

Live at the Apollo 15

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Variety, Comedy

Live at the Apollo 15

At the forefront of its genre, the roll call of stand-ups who have performed in front of the famous Live at the Apollo lights plays out like a who's who of comedic royalty, and this season is no different.

Each episode sees a national (and sometimes international) stand-up both compering and performing, before introducing two of the best established and up-coming stand-ups to the stage.

The Season 15 premiere is hosted by the inimitable Tom Allen, who introduces Rosie Jones and Kae Kurd to the world-famous Apollo stage.

Other acts to appear throughout the season include Sindhu Vee, Alex Edelman, Lou Sanders, Darren Harriott, Jessica Fostekew, Stephen Bailey, Desiree Burch, Paul McCaffrey, Jonny Pelham, Ardal O'Hanlon, Sara Barron, Mawaan Rizwan, Guz Khan, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Rhys James, Sara Pascoe, Chris McCausland and Flo & Joan.

Vera 10

Channel: ITV Choice (DStv 123)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural, Mystery

Vera 10

Brenda Blethyn returns as DCI Vera Stanhope in this female-led detective series.

The four self-contained crime stories are inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves.

In the Season 10 premiere, "Blood Will Tell": Vera has to unravel the circumstances of self-styled entrepreneur Freddie Gill's death when his body is found by bailiffs attempting to repossess his house.

Freddie is estranged from his wife and son – Jade and Riley Gill - who are now living back at her family's beloved pub with her formidable mother Tina Tripp, volatile brother Lee and taciturn uncle Darren.

Matters are further complicated when Vera finds out Jade's father Arthur, having recently succumbed to terminal illness, had secretly been keeping ties with Freddie despite him having been ejected from the family.

Vera soon discovers Freddie's professional life is just as turbulent when she learns the used-car sales company he runs with business partner and lifelong friend Nasir Ali, is failing and it is targeted by an arson attack.

Vera must uncover whether the motive behind Freddie's death comes from the trouble at the heart of his family, his desperate financial crises or his glances with organised crime.

Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy, Special

Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw

Known for his well-crafted storytelling and impressions of the myriad characters he encounters in life, Lil Rel Howery draws on his personal experiences in his relatable, uproarious stand-up.

Howery's HBO stand-up comedy debut was filmed before a live audience at a high school in Los Angeles.

Ghost Hunters 12

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Supernatural, Reality

Ghost Hunters 12

Fifteen years after introducing the world to the field of authentic paranormal investigation, Ghost Hunters returns to television.

The new season will follow one of the original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate hauntings across the USA.

Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena.

The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls 5

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality

Running Wild with Bear Grylls 5

It's going to be a bear of a season when survivalist Bear Grylls returns to his wild roots with some of Hollywood's celebrities in tow.

The adventure series finds its new home on National Geographic (it previously aired on Discovery) with more action, stunts and visceral moments than ever before.

This season, Grylls goes all out with some of the most entertaining superstars who push themselves beyond their limits by leaving civilisation behind for a no-holds barred journey through the most extreme environments on the planet.

Weekly guests include an extraordinary assortment of celebrities who leave the bright lights and big cities to venture far off the beaten path for a walk on the wild side.

Actress Brie Larson – Captain Marvel herself – ditches the Hollywood paparazzi and taps into her super(human) powers on a deep-jungle trek through mangrove swamps and a helicopter plunge into shark-infested waters.

And award-winning actor and dancer Channing Tatum steps up his game and returns for another round with Grylls, who promises to put this Hollywood scene stealer to an even bigger test.

The new season transports you across remote locations in the USA and around the world, including crocodile-filled mangroves in Panama and underwater caves in Sardinia to deep crevasses on Iceland's largest glacier and scorching desert slot canyons throughout Arizona.

These intrepid cast members must face their deepest fears and tackle everything from wild animals to rock rappelling as they journey through some of the world's most unforgiving wildernesses.

Once dropped into the depths of their remote surroundings, they must rely on their survivalist intuition, bush-craft techniques and sheer grit before their adventures come to a thrilling end.

Leaving Tinseltown far behind, these celebrities test their edges to see if they can endure the harsh wilderness in their high-octane, action-based and fear-tackling journeys.



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