New on TV today: Sunday 9 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 09 Feb 2020
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Ultimate Love

Channel: DStv 198
TX Time: 20h30 (24-hours)
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition, Reality

Ultimate Love

If you're a fan of Love Island, Temptation Island, Big Brother and the like, this show incorporates all the elements from these programmes into one 24/7 reality show.

Eight male and eight female Nigerian contestants are paired according to their attraction to each other and must see their love survive and flourish over eight weeks under the intense scrutiny of the general public.

The series follows the journeys of these single men and women, living in an isolated location, in their quest to find life-long love and build a relationship as a couple that could culminate in marriage.

They will be joined by a resident counsellor known as 'Aunty', who will assist them in finding the perfect partner and provide the necessary counselling sessions and support needed.

At the end of it all, the winning couple will be rewarded with a lavish traditional wedding, a fully furnished home (if they commit to getting married) and other prizes.


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10th kykNET Fiëstas

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Awards, Variety

10th kykNET Fiëstas

This year celebrates the 10th year of the kykNET Fiëstas - an initiative to pay tribute to the best work of the past festival year.

Productions that made their debut at the six biggest Afrikaans art festivals – US Woordfees, KKNK, Suidoosterfees, Innibos, Vrystaat Kunstefees and Aardklop – are eligible for these awards.

The master of ceremonies for the 10th kykNET Fiëstas is actor and comedian Casper de Vries, supported by guest presenters including Dean John Smith, June van Merch and Success Lekaba.

The guest artists include Amanda Strydom, Emma van Heyn, Germandt Geldenhuys, Ilse Klink and Nataniël.

There will also be performances by opera singer Nombulelo Yene, Eet Kreef! (Laudo Liebenberg, Frank Freeman, Mikhaela Kruger, Schalk van der Merwe and Sheldon Yoko), comedian Ian Young, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Cape Town Opera Chorus and the New World Dance Theatre.

The Fiëstas also pay tribute to various legends for their lifelong contribution to the theatre and entertainment industry:

Elize Cawood
Legend for her contribution to theatre, film and television

Virginia Davids
Legend for her contribution to opera and music

Janice Honeyman
Legend for her contribution to the fine arts

Pieter-Dirk Uys
Legend for his contribution to the fine arts and South Africa

The 10th kykNET Fiëstas take place at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and are broadcast live.

Say Yes to the Dress America

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality

Say Yes to the Dress America

Wedding guru supremo Randy Fenoli is taking the ultimate wedding road trip around America.

In this series, he travels the length and breadth of the USA to tell unsuspecting brides that they've just been selected to represent their state in the most epic wedding event of the year.

One couple from every state - plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico - will be married together in a massive ceremony held at one of New York City's most iconic locations.

The magic starts with a VIP consultation at Kleinfeld so they can find their dream wedding dress.

Get ready: Randy is ready to marry America.

/Drive 2

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Motoring

/Drive 2

Join /Drive's YouTube stars Chris Harris, Mike Musto, Matt Farah, Mike Spinelli and JF Musial on a quest to find the most exciting, most interesting, most creative cars to grace the pavement.

/Drive takes you places you've always wanted to go, shows you cars you've always wanted to see, all to celebrate the culture of the automobile.

The show doesn't need the fastest lap, best technician, or most experience tester, but claims to have the ultimate ambassadors for the audience that brings them into the different car cultures around the world.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Middle East": hosts Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli explore the unique car culture of the Arabian peninsula, home to two exciting Formula 1 races — The Bahrain Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

An epic road trip in three of the world's fastest supercars culminates along one of the greatest driving roads on earth — the dramatic "road to nowhere" that winds up Jabal Al Jais, the UAE's tallest mountain.

Subsequent episodes follow /Drive personalities as they seek out local car and motorsports culture in various regions, while they test and evaluate cutting-edge sports cars on some of the greatest roadways in the world.

Future episodes will focus on the US, Japan, Germany and Austria.

Shooting the Mafia

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

Shooting the Mafia

Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim.

A woman whose passions led her to abandon traditional family life and become a photojournalist in the 1970s — the first female photographer to be employed by an Italian daily newspaper — Battaglia found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy's recent history.

She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life — from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens — to tell the narrative of how the community she loved in her native Palermo was forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra.

Weaving together Battaglia's striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old's own memories, Shooting the Mafia paints a portrait of a remarkable woman whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia's brutal crimes.

Life Below Zero 7

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Nature

Life Below Zero 7

Rejoin the icy adventures of Life Below Zero's resilient characters as the show returns to Alaska to follow their day-to-day lives in one of the toughest areas of the world.

In an increasingly unpredictable Arctic climate, they must quickly adapt to the changing landscape in their quest for freedom and survival.

Sue is preparing herself for an increasingly uncertain future, Jessie and his dog team are getting ready for their second 1,000-mile Iditarod sled race, and unusual weather conditions are hampering the Hailstones' harvest of vital resources.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Adapt or Die": Sue Aikens plays a game of chess with a predator; Ricko DeWilde hunts for moose; Jessie Holmes' plans shift from one final resource mission to simply surviving the day; and the Hailstone family prepares vital tools needed to endure winter in Noorvik.

Midsomer Murders 21

Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural, Mystery

Midsomer Murders 21

DCI Barnaby's dad Ned has come to town. An avid ballroom dancer in his heyday, Ned is delighted to learn that his trip to Midsomer coincides with the annual 'Paramount Dance Extravaganza'; a challenging ballroom dancing competition taking place over four nights.

This year, the event is sponsored by Andrew Wilder and 'The Wilder Institute' – an impressive research facility that develops exoskeletons and prosthetics for amputees, the disabled and elderly... as well as developing robotic aids for construction workers and manufacturing industries.

Andrew made his fortune as a high street mogul, but decided to develop The Wilder Institute when he was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition, with the aim of helping people like him live a more comfortable life.

With time running out for Andrew, he now has to decide who to leave his impressive empire to; his ambitious and power hungry daughter Heather, or his desperate to please son Ray, who seems more at home on the dance floor than in a boardroom, despite his latest business venture with business partner and Heather's fiancé, Jake.

The dance show gets off to an impressive start, but behind the sequins and smiles it's clear to see that the dancers are harbouring deep seated jealousies that go back years.

And none harbour more resentment than dancer Rosa Corrigan, who is boiling over with anger after her dance partner happened to be detained the day before the competition at immigration.

Sick of watching her competitors sashay across the dance floor, Rosa storms off home... only to be later found murdered, choked with the tulle from her flamboyant dance costume.

Looking into her background, Barnaby and Winter discover that Rosa was in fact a journalist, mostly focused on low level local news stories... had she started to investigate something that someone would rather keep hidden?

Or could this all really be about ancient grudges from the dance floor?



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