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New on TV today: Friday 7 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 07 Feb 2020
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Dancing on Ice 12

Channel: ITV Choice (DStv 123)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition

Dancing on Ice 12

Celebrities strap on their skates to take on the toughest challenge of their careers.

With their professional partners, the novice skaters perform challenging dance routines to win the approval of a panel of judges and the public vote.

Hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, the Greatest Show on Ice returns for a brand new season.

Twelve celebrities compete to become champion of the rink with the help of some of the world's greatest skating professionals.

The formidable Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean head up the ice panel alongside dance supremo, Ashley Banjo and brand new addition, John Barrowman.

Celebrities on the season are:

Talk show host Trisha Goddard
TV news journalist Lucrezia Millarini
TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya
Model Caprice Bourret
Footballer Kevin Kilbane
Magician Ben Hanlin
Pop-group Steps singer Ian "H" Watkins
EastEnders actor Joe Swash
Paralympian Libby Clegg, who is blind
Coronation Street actress Lisa George
Love Island contestant Maura Higgins
Diversity dancer Perri Kiely

The season features the show's first same-sex dance couple. Ian "H" Watkins partners with American skater Matt Evers.
 

Locke & Key

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Supernatural, Horror

Locke & Key

Locke & Key is the television adaptation of the best-selling comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez.

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death.

As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.

From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.
 

Japan with Sue Perkins

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Travel, Documentary Series

Japan with Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins explores a country caught between ancient tradition and dazzling technology: Japan.

Sue starts her journey in Tokyo, Japan's glittering capital city and home to 36-million people.

She finds a nation caught between the demands of a hi-tech future and the pull of a traditional past, where people work long hours but struggle to find time for love and relationships.

Birth rates are falling and the population is shrinking. What does the future hold for this resilient and innovative country?

Japan will host the next Olympic Games, but the country's most traditional sport is still stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to equality. Sue trains with a female sumo wrestling team trying to bring change to this male-dominated sport.

After a night in a robot hotel, Sue visits a family who live with robots, helping out with household tasks like homework and bedtime stories. Sue falls in love with Aibo, the robot dog.

Outside Tokyo, in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Sue takes part in Hell Camp, Japan's toughest business school. Here she sees how Japan's strict corporate culture has created some of the world's most successful companies, with its traditional values of hard work and discipline.

But this commitment to work comes at a cost. Back in the city Sue meets Rina, a beautiful twentysomething taking part in the latest craze: a solo-wedding.

Young women, concerned that they will never marry, are paying to have all the trimmings of the special day - hair, make-up and a big dress - but with no husband. Professional photographs are uploaded to social media.

Kawaii, or cuteness, is big in Japan and Pop Idol is a cultural phenomenon - a huge industry of manufactured girl bands. Sue goes to a Pop Idol gig in downtown Tokyo and is surprised to find that the audience is made up of middle-aged men in suits.

Later, Sue leaves Tokyo in search of a different side of Japan. The landscape outside the city is a revelation - forests, mountains and islands.

In the sacred Kii mountains of Wakayama Prefecture, she has a go at shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. The Japanese believe that spending quiet time among the trees is good for body and soul.

The Japanese are a nation of nature worshippers. Sue joins pilgrims at a Shinto festival celebrating the autumn leaves.

At the base of a sacred waterfall, she meets a priest who tells her that Japanese culture is all about finding harmony with nature.
 

Grand Hotel

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 19h10
Genre: Drama, Mystery

Grand Hotel

Eva Longoria executive produces this drama based on a Spanish series and set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach.

Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success.

The hotel's loyal staff round out a contemporary take on an upstairs/downstairs story.

Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.
 

Father Brown 8

Channel: BBC First (DStv 119)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Mystery

Father Brown 8

The charming Father Brown returns for another gripping season to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford.

In this season, based on the character created by GK Chesterton, the charismatic priest investigates the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, uncovers the hidden motivations behind a deadly art exhibition and steps in when Mrs McCarthy's family reunion is threatened by a fortune-teller's predictions.

And when Bunty is tried for the murder of a young aristocrat, it's a race against time for Father Brown to prove her innocence and save her from the hangman's noose.

In the Season 8 premiere, "The Celestial Choir": A mysterious saboteur tries to stop Kembleford winning the Three Counties choir competition.
 

Criminal Minds 14

Channel: FOX (DStv 125)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

Criminal Minds 14

Police procedural which follows the adventures of a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia who analyse America's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.

In the Season 14 premiere, "300": When Reid and Garcia are abducted by Benjamin Merva, it's up to the rest of the team to find them.

The BAU finds surprising clues in their own history to solve why the two heroes have been targeted by a mass murderer. It's a race to save them before a "Believers" prophecy is fulfilled.

In the second episode of the weekly double-bill, "Starter Home": When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years.

The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing.

Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall.

 



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