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New on TV today: Monday 17 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Feb 2020
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The Strongest Man in History

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Reality

The Strongest Man in History

The legendary feats of strongmen have been celebrated throughout time, but just how true are these fabled acts?

After years of competing as rivals, the four strongest men in the world are teaming up to find out.

Eddie Hall, Brian Shaw, Nick Best and Robert Oberst travel the world investigating strongman legends and taking on epic feats of strength in a quest to prove who really is The Strongest Man in History.

In each episode, the four strongmen take on three strength challenges from history and try to beat the legend and each other.

They separate fact from fiction replicating legendary lifts to determine what they weighed, while competing to see who among them is the strongest.

In the series premiere, "Stronger than a Viking": In the bitter cold of Moorhead, Minnesota the four strongmen struggle to test their strength against Viking legends.

Can they lift the gigantic 650kg mast of a Viking warrior that broke his back and killed him?
 

Survivor South Africa 6: Philippines

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition

Survivor South Africa 6: Philippines

In the sixth season of the franchise, Survivor South Africa: Philippines, the 18 castaways will be exposed to the beauty of thousands of islands connected by Pacific waters, each one home to distinct forests and bays which are teeming with indigenous wildlife, both beautiful and dangerous.

Their aim will be to outwit, outplay and outlast their fellow competitors to endure longer than any previous South African winner: to Day 39, where the finalists will have to convince a jury of ousted contestants, whom they either directly or indirectly had a hand in voting out of the game, to give them the title of Sole Survivor and the cash prize that goes with it.

In Survivor South Africa you can be whoever you want to be - the only thing that matters is how you play the game.

So who will connive, strategise and physically and mentally triumph over others to become the next winner of Survivor South Africa?

The Season 6 premiere is a special 90 minute broadcast filled of gruelling challenges, social dynamics and, of course, the first elimination at Tribal Council.

For the first time in Survivor South Africa history, the castaways will also have to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast their fellow contestants for 39 days, instead of the usual 27 day period of past seasons.

For bios and pics of all the contestants, go here (warning: winner spoiler):

TVSA Show Page: Survivor South Africa 6: Philippines
 

The Chefs' Brigade

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Reality

The Chefs' Brigade

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton brings together cooks, chefs and caterers from around the UK and attempts to turn them into a brigade with the abilities of preparing food in some of the finest restaurants throughout Europe.

Once they arrive at each restaurant, they must reverse engineer some of the trickiest dishes on the menu and prepare them to the same, or higher, standard.

Can Jason turn a group of strangers into a well-coordinated brigade, able to take on chefs at the top of their game?
 

The Home Channel Décor and Design Morning

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 11h30
Genre: Special, Home Improvement

The Home Channel Décor and Design Morning

An annual highlight on the social calendar in aid of the Johannesburg Children's Home.

The event is filled with speakers sharing décor and design tips and tricks.

Tune in for a sneak peek into the action and share in the joy of this beautiful day.
 

The Switch

Channel: ITV Choice (DStv 123)
TX Time: 17h15
Genre: Game Show

The Switch

Sanjeev Bhaskar turns quiz master in ITV's brand new daytime quiz show The Switch.

The Switch is a fast-paced, incredibly high-question-volume quiz that is full of variety, unexpected twists and a huge amount of play along for viewers.

Contestants are first given a chance to bank as much money as they can individually in the 'Easy Money' clue-based round.

Each answer could rhyme with a word, start or perhaps end with the same letter. Every correct answer is worth cash and they each have just 45 seconds to add to their money pots.

The three 'Easy Money' rounds alternate with 'Switch' rounds. And here's where the quizzers can get tactical, as they're given the chance to 'stick or switch' question categories.

Will they switch out their competitors' favourite subjects? Or will they focus on sticking their favourites?

Once the categories are locked in the quiz changes to multiple choice questions. But there's a twist - one of the answers is incorrect.

Contestants race to secure a correct answer. Choose the wrong one and you're 'switched out' of the game. Frozen out, you're at risk of being left with the wrong answer in the next round, too.

The 'switched out' player can only hope that one of the other contestants picks an invalid answer and brings them back into play. On the third and final question, the quizzer 'switched out' is eliminated.

By the final 'Switch' round, only two are competing, with just one right and one wrong answer - so speed is paramount.

And if you're 'switched out' in the deciding third category question you lose, leaving your opponent to move victoriously to the final.

The plucky finalist gets one more chance to 'switch out' the final categories. Once the three are stuck, they need to answer just one question right in each category to win half their pot.

Then they can gamble to run the board again to win their full cash prize.

And if they've got enough time left - and are feeling extra brave - they can try the board for a third and final time to double their winnings.

It's easy to get rich... if you survive The Switch.
 

Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime, Mystery

Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers

This docu-series takes a deep dive into the horrific December 2014 murder of Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire.

The five-part series explores the murder of 19-year-old Chambers and takes an inside look into the trial of Quinton Tellis, a local black man accused of the crime.

With tensions high, a small Mississippi town seeks the truth while facing a growing racial divide over guilt or innocence.

The investigation of Chambers' murder reveals this small-town cheerleader was a good girl with many secrets.

However, the search for justice takes a turn when the authorities charge Tellis, who fiercely maintains his innocence, causing racial tensions to escalate in this rural community that's suddenly thrust into the national spotlight.

The series documents the shocking jury decision of Tellis' trial in 2019, and what lies ahead for the Tellis and Chambers families in the upcoming re-trial.

Is the right man on trial - or is a murderer on the loose?
 

Love After Lock Up 3

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Love After Lock Up 3

Love After Lock Up is back for a third season, exploring new shocking and revealing stories of couples who fall in love despite the prison bars between them.

Once the bars are gone, will their love survive after lockup on the rocky road to the altar?

On Season 3, six couples finally meet their soulmates upon release from prison. They have never been together outside prison walls - can their love survive beyond bars?

Watch as the couples face shocking "firsts," fights and family drama.

Will they unlock their loves full potential? Or will startling secrets cause some inmates to ditch their mate on the way altar?

Is it true love or just another con?
 

Worst to First 2

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

Worst to First 2

Everyone wants a move-in ready dream home, but with soaring real estate prices in a red-hot market, it's just not possible for most homeowners.

On Worst to First, contractors Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo take on the challenge of transforming the ugliest house on the block into the envy of the neighbourhood.

In each episode, they help one pair of homebuyers find a shabby, rundown house in the perfect neighbourhood.

Buying the worst house on the block always comes with unforeseen challenges but Mickey and Sebastian consistently exceed expectations and turn dreams into reality – finding the worst and turning it into the first.
 

Outlander 5

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00, weekly
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy

Outlander 5

Season 5 finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser's Ridge.

Jamie must find a way to defend all that he has created in America, and to protect those who look to him for leadership and protection - while hiding his personal relationship with Murtagh Fitzgibbons, the man whom Governor William Tryon has ordered him to hunt down and kill.

With her family together at last, Claire Fraser must use her modern medical knowledge and foresight to prevent them from being ripped apart once again.

However, while focusing on protecting others, she risks losing sight of what it means to protect herself.

Meanwhile, Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie have been reunited, but the spectre of Stephen Bonnet still haunts them.

Roger strives to find his place - as well as Jamie's respect - in this new and dangerous time.

The Frasers must come together, navigating the many perils that they foresee - and those they can't.
 

Southern Charm New Orleans 2

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Southern Charm New Orleans 2

Coming up this season, Tamica is embracing a career transition from an early morning anchor to the lead of the afternoon show so she has more time to focus on motherhood and her marriage.

Barry is thriving as a personal trainer and gym owner and is excited about expanding his fitness empire.

Reagan shifts her attention to a new chapter that involves divorce, a new love interest and the chance at the family she's always wanted.

Jeff is on a personal journey to find who he is after his tumultuous marriage with Reagan comes to an end, but when he is faced with how fast she's moved on, he spirals out of control.

Justin's career is flourishing, but when it comes to his love life, pressure to take things to the next level with his girlfriend Kelsey may prove to be too much.

Jon continues to make a name for himself in the prestigious art world.

And Rachel is a businesswoman who joins the group as the friend everyone turns to for advice.

 

Actors in this post: Sanjeev Bhaskar

Shows in this post: Survivor South Africa



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