New on TV today: Sunday 29 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 29 Mar 2020
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Seven Worlds, One Planet

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series, Factual

Seven Worlds, One Planet

Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth's crust, creating seven extraordinary continents.

Seven Worlds, One Planet, presented by David Attenborough, will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there.

This series will feature remarkable new animal behaviour from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica.

In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us.

The series will celebrate the diversity of life on each of these continents, but also feature the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity.

By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, we will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique...

In the series premiere, "Antarctica": this is a land of survivors enduring the most hostile conditions on Earth.

Antarctica was only discovered 200 years ago, but humans have had an enormous impact in that time. The whaling industry killed over 1.5 million whales here, taking many species to the brink of extinction.

But since the ban on commercial hunting in 1986, whales are making a remarkable comeback.

In addition, the Antarctic treaty is exemplary in demonstrating that countries from around the world can unite to protect wildlife.

However, due to climate change, the Southern Ocean is warming and sea levels are rising. Perhaps more worrying is that a warming of the coldest region on earth will have profound effects on global weather patterns.

Although Antarctica is far away, what happens here will affect all of us.

The X Factor: The Band

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

The X Factor: The Band

This spin-off series follows up-and-coming girl and boy bands who compete to be crowned Britain's new pop sensation, with Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger returning as judges.

Successful bands from the X Factor franchise in the UK include One Direction, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. In total, acts discovered by The X Factor have sold more than 400-million records globally to date.

Now with The X Factor: The Band, the show is bidding to create the next big girl or boyband, in just a matter of weeks.

Simon and Nicole will be joined by a host of music industry stars, including Leona Lewis and Ella Eyre as well as super-producer Naughty Boy.

Host Dermot O'Leary also returns to oversee proceedings - and give his legendary hugs to those auditioning.

The X Factor: The Band goes back to basics in the music business, starting with hopefuls auditioning in Simon's office at Sony HQ in London where they try out in front of Simon, Nicole as well as a panel of advisors.

Those who make it through this stage then face the next big challenge – arena auditions in front of thousands in Birmingham.

Simon and Nicole are joined for this stage by guest judge Leona Lewis, who returns to the show she won in 2006.

The judges will also again be joined by the music industry experts, who – as well as Carla, Naughty, Eddie and Fred also include Ella Eyre, who won a Brit award with Rudimental in 2014 for single Waiting All Night.

It will be here that both the boy and girl band will be created by the judges – before the two groups go head-to-head in a live final to battle to win the prize of a record contract.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians 18

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Keeping Up with the Kardashians 18

The Kardashian-Jenner family returns to face some of their toughest challenges yet.

In the wake of heartbreak, the family wrestles with trust issues and interpersonal conflicts that threaten their family unity.

Kim, Kourtney and Khloé all face pivotal decisions both as parents and individuals as they navigate uncharted territory in their lives.

But at the end of the day, sibling rivalry doesn't stand a chance against the unwavering bond the family shares.

In the Season 18 premiere, "Fights, Friendships and Fashion Week 18": Kim becomes too friendly with Khloé's ex and Kylie prepares to debut her Kylie Cosmetics collaboration with Balmain at Paris Fashion Week.

Also, tension boils over when Kim and Khloé confront Kourtney over her recent attitude.

TVSA Show Page: Keeping Up with the Kardashians 18


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


When Emma Hedges returns to Dundee to start her new job as a lab technician, she's encouraged to take part in an online course teaching the principles of forensic science.

Given a fictitious murder case, her task is to identify the victim and establish how they died.

But having completed the first module, Emma knows exactly who the victim is: her mum.

Marie Monroe was murdered when Emma was seven, her body discovered on Law Hill and no-one has ever been convicted.

But why are Sarah Gordon, professor of chemistry, and Kathy Torrence, professor of forensic anthropology, using her mother's case for their course?

Determined to discover what happened to Marie but unable to get answers from her family, Emma turns to Sarah who offers up trusted friend DI McKinven as the natural place for Emma to take her revelations.

As Emma reconnects with her dad Drew, her childhood friend Skye and her mum Izzy, while falling for the gentle and irresistible Daniel, her sleuthing takes her into dark corners, unpicking more and more secrets, and it becomes clear that she should trust no-one.

It will be Sarah and Kathy's exacting minds that reward Emma's faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination, and who will ultimately bring her mother's killer to justice.

The 2000s

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Documentary Series, History

The 2000s

It's amazing how quickly we forget.

Before the turn of the 21st century there was no YouTube or WhatsApp, binge watching and series weren't part of our vocabulary, the Blackberry was the phone to have and 9/11 and the subsequent "war on terror" hadn't left an imprint on the collective consciousness yet.

HISTORY dials back the clock to the first decade of the 21st century and revisits the big moments in American history that changed the world forever.

The series explores the cultural and political milestones of the decade including technological inventions like the iPhone and social media, President George W. Bush's war on terror, the response to Hurricane Katrina, Barack Obama's presidential election, the financial crisis, hip-hop's rise to dominance and a creative renaissance in television.

Diana: In Her Own Words

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

Diana: In Her Own Words

In 1991, inside London's Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton.

Morton was writing a book about Diana's life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in the world.

The public was unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales', marriage to HRH Prince of Wales was at a crisis point.

Now, National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana's thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting one side of a very complicated story, her side.

Entirely in her voice, with no interviews, most of these unique recordings have never been broadcast before.

Date My Family 8

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Dating Game Show

Date My Family 8

Singles who are looking for love are sent on dates with the families of three potential partners, and must decide who to date based solely on the impression their family gives.

In the Season 8 premiere we meet bachelor Mbulelo Mdeleni, who lives in Soweto.

He says he was raised with traditional values and he doesn't want to date a slay queen because he can't afford one.

TVSA Show Page: Date My Family 8

Wife Swap USA 12

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Reality

Wife Swap USA 12

Every week, in an America that often feels more divided than ever, Wife Swap takes two families from very different walks of life and switches spouses, regardless of sex, to discover there is often more that unites us than divides us.

The families face contemporary hot-button issues such as politics, classism, gender and race with the end goal of finding common ground.

During each swap, the new spouses must at first adhere to exactly the same rules and lifestyle of the spouses being replaced - including homes, child-rearing, chores, hobbies, lifestyles and careers, before introducing their own ideas and beliefs into their new households.

At the end, both couples meet face-to-face and discuss what they learned from the swap and how their new experiences will shape their lives, habits and homes in the future.

In the Season 12 premiere, "Benner vs. McMichael": A health-obsessed, perfectionist mom swaps places with a laid-back stay-at-home dad who is all about fun, and their families have an eye-opening experience in the process.


1 Comment

30 Mar 2020 11:58

I hope there'll be repeats of the Diana and The 2000s doccies or hopefully they're on Catch Up

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