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Lockdown 5

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Lockdown 5

Three months have passed since the death of cult leader Masabata (Nthati Moshesh) and things at Thabazimbi seem to be back on an even keel.

But poke the situation with a sharpened toothbrush and the truth will bleed out, because there are unhealed wounds beneath the surface.

Prison governor Deborah Banda's (Pamela Nomvete) head is on the chopping block when the Department of Correctional Services' new commissioner, Israel Cele (Patrick Ndlovu), cracks down on the facility following the catastrophic death toll in Season 4.

Behind Israel's back though, Deborah and Deputy Commissioner Siyanda (Molefi Monaisa) are plotting to get rid of Israel – with a little help from the inmates and a mental asylum riot.

Deborah doesn't appreciate being told off like a schoolgirl or threatened in her own office, and this queen of manipulation has plenty of minds inside and outside the prison to twist to her will.

But a shock pregnancy will have her facing some tough personal decisions and place her at the mercy of her prison nemesis, inmate Maki (Linda Sebezo).

Ruthless but compassionate MaZet (Dawn Thandeka King) is a study in contradictions. She might seem like she is playing into Tyson's (Lorcia Cooper) hands this season, but don't let the apparent vulnerability deceive you.

MaZet is always five steps ahead. She has just one blind spot though: her friendships.

MaZet's downfall this season is trusting a previously loyal ally – a person she herself has betrayed in the past. And it's a twist that will place MaZet's daughter, Nkuli (Busisiwe Mtshali), in death's shadow.

Tyson wants MaZet knocked off her perch, leaving all the power in the prison to Tyson. And to do that, she is planning to hurt MaZet through what she loves most – her family, namely her daughter.

It's a confusing relationship that will get even screwier later in the season as the two make up after a full-on murder attempt and promise to be allies again.

Tyson and MaZet will both wind up having their heads examined at Kgotsong Asylum this season.

Ex-singing star Monde (Zola Nombona) starts the season in a miserable position. Fellow inmate Vicky Viks (Lauren Jenae) is targeting her in a humiliating prank war over a series of betrayals, aside from the fact that Monde accidentally scarred up Vicky's pretty face with boiling porridge during a fight.

And Monde's envious sister, Katlego (Natasha Thahane), is headed for Kgotsong Asylum after her collision with Season 4 inmate Masabata's mystic death cult, which has left her imitating Masabata's eerie head tilt.

If she ever learns that Monde was the one who sent her to the asylum, we'll find out just how like her creepy mentor Monde can be.

At the asylum, Katlego will fall under the care of head nurse Palesa – played by series newcomer Sophie Ndaba – who is harbouring an old grudge against Deborah thanks to Deborah's affair with Palesa's abusive ex-husband, Deputy Commissioner Siyanda.

The rift between Deborah and Maki is deep and twisted. Deborah used a version of Pavlovian conditioning last season to get vicious prison assassin Maki practically eating out of her hand and barking like a dog in Deborah's secret torture cage.

Now Maki is heavily dependent on drugs and she has lost respect among the inmates that she used to terrify with a clack of her teeth.

The tables will turn this season when Maki gets Deborah in her power and new torture session begins.

Deborah might have a blackmail tape in her hands, but Maki could get the last laugh when she finds a way to make Deborah pay for the biggest crime that Maki holds against her - the loss of Maki's son.

It's an eye for an eye this season.

TVSA Show Page: Lockdown 5

Cas Oppie Kassie

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy, Afrikaans

Cas Oppie Kassie

Sketch comedy series starring Casper de Vries playing new characters and some of his older ones as he takes on new adventures.

Casper is supported by a team of actors including Arno Greeff, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Gugu Madlabane, Mila Guy, De Klerk Oelofse and Heidi Mollentze.

One of the comedy sketches, Die Laager, is described as "Survivor with the theme of Voortrekkers, staring Arno Greeff as Brummer Nel, an ex-law student and social media influencer who applies for to Die Laager to show the rest of the country where hos real talent lies.

The series also features an animation segment called Con se Storie, an animated soap about a pastor called Con and his family life that's always full of drama.

Casper brings to life his old characters like Hanno, Greetje, Giselle, Blertsie, Renier van Loggerenberg and Oom Kallie Marie.

There are also new characters like Greta Komotie, a Swedish girl who'll do everything possible to stop global warming; Chappie Greyling, presenter of Die Laager; and the singer, Snotklap.

TVSA Show Page: Cas Oppie Kassie

The Blacklist 6

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Drama

The Blacklist 6

Following the startling revelation that Raymond "Red" Reddington isn't who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen is torn between the relationship she's developed with the man assumed to be her father and her desire to get to the bottom of years of secrets and lies.

Meanwhile, Red leads Liz and the FBI to some of the most strange and dangerous criminals yet, growing his empire and eliminating rivals in the process.

All throughout, Liz and Red engage in an uneasy cat-and-mouse game in which lines will be crossed and the truth will be revealed.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Dr. Hans Koehler": Red presents the Task Force with a Blacklist case searching for a plastic surgeon who creates new identities for wanted criminals.

Meanwhile, Liz and her sister Jennifer secretly investigate the events that took place the night the real Raymond Reddington died.

Back to the Titanic

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary

Back to the Titanic

Mission Titanic documents the first manned dives to Titanic in nearly 15 years.

A team of experts use a specially equipped sub to capture the first ever 4k footage of the ship to analyse its rate of decay.

They build the most accurate model of the wreck in existence to shed new light on Titanic's iconic stories.

They verify a previously unidentified part of the wreck and leave an experimental platform on the seafloor to predict Titanic's future.

MasterChef: The Professionals 12

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

MasterChef: The Professionals 12

MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing search for the UK's most exciting cooking talent of 2019.

Over seven weeks, 48 professional chefs face the rigours of the MasterChef kitchen before one is crowned this year's culinary superstar.

In the opening heat, six professional chefs from all over the country arrive at the MasterChef kitchen and put their reputations on the line to stake their claim to the coveted title.

The chefs face two daunting challenges - at the end of which, three chefs are sent home and the strongest three go through to this week's quarter-final.

Each chef begins with the dreaded skills test. Under the watchful eye of all three judges, the initial moments for any competitor are nerve racking as their knowledge, palate and experience are weighed up in this infamous first assessment.

This first skills test this year has been set by Marcus. The chefs have to cook up a poached guinea fowl breast with a sauce robert, with only 20 minutes to display deft butchery skills and show their sauce-making prowess.

Marcus's dish is a culinary classic - will the contestants crash and burn or cook up a storm?

The remaining three chefs face Monica's test. They must hold their nerve when she challenges them to prepare hand-cut tagliatelle with a lamb ragu.

Packing in technique and taste to create the perfect pasta dish is no mean feat for the contenders.

Finally all six professionals have a chance to showcase their style when they cook their own signature dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg.

In an hour and 15 minutes, they must inspire the judges with their creativity, technical ability and flavours.

It is their chance to secure a place in the competition, as the judges decide which three are sent home and which three go through to this week's quarter-final.

World's Most Evil Killers 4

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

World's Most Evil Killers 4

Delves into the gripping real-life stories of the world's most terrifying and prolific killers.

Each episode focuses on one notorious killer and features authentic first-hand accounts of their behaviour, from detectives who ran the cases, journalists who reported on the stories, relatives and at times survivors, alongside series experts who provide analysis.

In the Season 4 premiere, "John Sweeney": The first episode focuses on John Sweeney, aka the Scalp Hunter.

Sweeney's first victim was 33-year-old American model Melissa Halstead, who was eventually identified 18 years after her body was found in the Westersingel Canal in Rotterdam.

His second victim was 31-year-old Paula Fields, who too was dismembered and found in the Regent's Canal, London in 2001.

He was eventually arrested after the two murders were connected and in April, 2011, the 54-year-old killer was found guilty on two counts of murder and was given a whole life sentence.

Interviewers speak to Sweeny's former girlfriend Delia Balmer, who tells them first-hand what it was like to live with the controlling and violent double murderer.

They also interview detective inspector Steve Smith, who worked on the case with the Metropolitan Police Homicide and serious crime command.

Buried in the Backyard

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

Buried in the Backyard

Examines true-crime stories of victims found buried in the most unsuspecting of places.

While most people enjoy their backyard as a safe haven, others are not so lucky when they discover the horrors lurking beneath well-trimmed hedges and manicured fences.

Uncovering the remains is only the beginning, however, as each hour-long episode follows a unique police investigation to identify the body, determine a cause of death and find the person responsible.

Recreations, along with first-hand accounts from those closest to the victims and law enforcement agents involved in the case, bring each shocking tale to life.

As investigators dig into the "how" and "why" surrounding each crime, viewers are taken on an unpredictable journey and reminded that this could happen to anyone - in any home, in any neighbourhood.

In the series premiere, "The House on Canyon Road": The gruesome discovery of a skeletonised and dismembered corpse buried in the backyard of a Seattle home results in an investigation that unravels a 30-year-old plot hatched by a vindictive family.

Huis Lelieveld 2

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Comedy, Afrikaans

Huis Lelieveld 2

In the first season we met the residents of the retirement village Huis Lelieveld and their matron Molly, played by Lizz Meiring.

The residents of Huis Lelieveld include Fleur Pot (Elma Potgieter); Gielie's mother, Martha Goosen (Karin van der Laag); and Blaartjie Louw (Yvonne Schoeman).

The Huis Lelieveld staff include Dominee Dou Droel (Matt Stern), whom has be watched carefully because of his weakness for women; Spanner Proes (Reginald Hufkie), the vibrant jack of all trades with his interesting life outside the retirement village; and Koekie de Kok (Lara Lourens), Dominee Droel's assistant who is also a retired pole dancer.

This season introduces a new character called Vis Venter, played by Lochner de Kock.

Vis is the biggest troublemaker in the village. He gambles, drinks and pretty much views the village as his own Playboy Mansion.

He enjoys every moment of his retirement and sees it as an opportunity to be a party animal.

From Dominee Droel landing in jail to Vis Venter's ideas on how to make money to Blaartjie ending up naked with just a guitar in her hand and flowers in her hair at the dining-hall that leads to much mampoer, the residents of Huis Lelieveld will prove that they might be old - but they're definitely still young of spirit.

TVSA Show Page: Huis Lelieveld 2

Wicked Tuna 9

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Wicked Tuna 9

Wicked Tuna is back with an all-new season of drama on the high seas.

Follow a group of salty commercial fishermen from the USA's oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts, as they make their living through rod-and-reel fishing in pursuit of the prized bluefin tuna.

This season, three new captains arrive in Gloucester with one goal - to defeat the local fleet.

But they have their work cut out for them challenging the battle-proven Gloucester captains.

Five-time champion Captain Dave Carraro of feels the pressure as he fights to win another title, and the Gloucester captains and crews rally with and against him for bragging rights to their turf.

Tyler on Pinwheel faces off with Krakens captain Sam Law who is out to settle a personal score, while Hot Tuna is the target of Wasabi co-captains Zack Plante and Charlie Boivin, who believe they've got more grit than TJ Ott.

The new contenders arrival tests the Gloucester fleet in ways they've never faced before as a heated battle for bluefin begins on the Atlantic Ocean.


Shows in this post: Lockdown, Cas Oppie Kassie, Huis Lelieveld

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06 Apr 2020 14:22

TVSA Team edited on
4/6/2020 2:23 PM

Lockdown 5's starting earlier on Mzansi Magic than it would have - would probably only have aired next year some time, if that.

But it's airing now because Housekeepers 2 was supposed to start but isn't because of ... um... Lockdown.

The production of the season isn't complete so they're airing Lockdown instead.

It's the same set-up with Trackers on Mzansi Magic that started last night - Season 2 of eHostela was lined-up to start but didn't for the same reason.

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