New on TV today: Tuesday 4 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 04 Feb 2020
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50 Ways to Kill Your Mama

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

50 Ways to Kill Your Mama

Thrill-seeking celebrities embark on a series of harrowing adventures - and take a close family member along for the ride.

Each episode, a big-name star - from supermodel Coco Rocha to actor Jennie Garth - and their relative (usually their parent or child) travel to an incredible location in the US or Canada for their exhilarating experience.

Locations include New Mexico, New Orleans, Miami, Hawaii, Alaska and Montreal, where the star dreams up their list of dream life experiences that they've always wanted to share with their family member.

From zip lining across the Niagara Gorge to shark fishing in the Atlantic, from sky-diving in Nevada to handling 20,000 bees in New Mexico, each episode travels to a North American destination where celebrities take their parents out of their comfort zones and on wild bucket list adventures, giving them memories they'll "cherish" for the rest of their lives.

And, as well as being an adrenaline-pumping, laugh-out-loud travelogue, it also provides a moving portrait of family relationships.

Supermarket Stakeout

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Supermarket Stakeout

In the ultimate battle of both bartering and cooking, Alex Guarnaschelli hosts as four chefs square off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store.

Assigned a theme for each round, each competitor is given $500 to spend on groceries for their menus, but they won't be shopping from the supermarket shelves - they have to purchase ingredients from unsuspecting shoppers as they leave the shop.

But there's a twist: they won't even know what's in their bags.

The judges send the chefs with the least successful dishes home, and the last chef standing walks away with a year's worth of groceries.

That trip to the supermarket has never been so lucrative.

Hidden Traces

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: History, Documentary Series

Hidden Traces

New archeological findings, first hand accounts of the war, expert interviews and CGI and 3D reconstitutions intermingle in this investigative series on the lookout for hidden traces of the most emblematic episodes of war.

Each battle field becomes an open book revealing unexpected elements and details shedding new lights on the conflicts and their context.

Episodes include Hitler's Mountain, WWI, D-Day and Hiroshima.

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan 2

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Travel

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan 2

Comedian and self-confessed coward Romesh Ranganathan is, once again, traveling to some of the world's most unusual holiday destinations.

He's heading to countries including Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Colombia and Bosnia to find out whether there's more to these places than negative headlines and if they might in fact be perfect holiday spots.

There's only one problem. Romesh can barely negotiate a travel plug, so he's going to need a local host to help him out.

Romesh encounters extraordinary characters, bizarre subcultures and surprising shared passions. He encounters extraordinary characters, bizarre subcultures and surprising shared passions.

If he's fortunate enough to find a vegan meal for himself, he might learn to love this life of adventure.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Zimbabwe": For most of Romesh's adult life, the only news coming out of Zimbabwe has been bad news.

Robert Mugabe, the eviction of the white farmers and a general aura of danger have combined to make Zimbabwe a no-go zone in the eyes of the world.

Now, with Mugabe finally gone, Rom is travelling around the country to find out if Brits should be holidaying here once more.

Rom is met by Chipo, a teacher who was born and raised in Harare under Mugabe's rule. She explains that although people have been coming to the country, few venture beyond Victoria Falls.

She wants to show Rom what they are missing on a grand, epic road trip that takes in stunning National Parks and close-up encounters with rhinos, elephants and the 'cheetah ambassador'.

Along the way he gets caught in biblical lightning storms, re-enacts the film Titanic on a Lake Kariba houseboat and tries the home-brewed beer he made in a bathtub in Bulawayo.

But safe as the country feels, Rom is visiting at a time of undeniable turmoil. Mile-long petrol queues form at every station - the fallout of the country's latest economic crisis.

Rom learns about the origins of the conflict - from the denial of black culture in the Rhodesian era to the legacy of Cecil Rhodes - and finds out why this generation of Zimbabweans are so desperate for people to visit.

Love Shack 2

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

Love Shack 2

Love Shack is a series following the journey of one of the most popular couples from The Block, Dea and Darren Jolly, as they create their dream of a family getaway on the Mornington Peninsula.

This is not a 'slap and tickle' TV renovation.

Love Shack is a genuine, quality design and build over six months and it's going to take all of Dea and Darren's skills and determination to maximise this opportunity.

Tom Papa: You're Doing Great!

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Comedy, Special

Tom Papa: You're Doing Great!

Comedian Tom Papa takes on body image issues, social media, pets, Staten Island, the "old days" and more in a special from his home state of New Jersey.

In this age of insurmountable consumption of media and where bad news travels fast from all directions, Tom Papa is here to proclaim You're Doing Great!, which is also the title of his debut Netflix comedy special.

Life isn't perfect, it never has been and it never will be and Tom wants you to know that's OK.

Life is rough, he gets it, and wants to remind us to take care of ourselves, embrace who you've become, and absorb the beauty of life.

There are a lot of challenges and responsibilities we take on in life like family, work, climate change, social media, and living in New Jersey, but if we find someone who loves us for who we are, whether it be a human or a goldfish, Tom believes we'll be just fine.

The special was filmed in front of a live audience at the Victoria Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.


Actors in this post: Jennie Garth, Tom Papa


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