New on TV today: Sunday 12 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 12 Apr 2020
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Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: TV Movie, True Crime

Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story

On 16 May, 1980, the lives of teacher and missionary Mary Stauffer and her eight-year-old daughter Beth were forever changed when they were held at gunpoint on their way home.

With their hands bound and forced into the trunk of Mary's car, the mother and daughter were held captive by the man, Ming Sen Shiue.

Mary later discovered was her former student from 15 years prior, was obsessed with Mary and had been stalking her ever since.

Enduring torture, rape and numerous threats, Mary turned to her faith to sustain her and her daughter while held in captivity for 53 days, before they were able to finally escape their horrific nightmare.

Power, Influence & Hip-Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Special, Music

Power, Influence & Hip-Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def

For 25 years, Atlanta's hip-hop industry has stood on the shoulders of So So Def Recordings and the label's founder, Jermaine Dupri aka "The Mayor of Atlanta".

So So Def rose to prominence in the 90's with hits from artists including Xscape, Kris Kross, Jagged Edge, Da Brat, Bow Wow and TLC, turning the Dirty South into a musical hip hop contender aside NYC and LA.

This one-hour documentary special uncovers the full history of So So Def, one of the very few black-owned labels, from its humble beginnings to multi-platinum success and stardom.

Jermaine Dupri leads us through the journey that has turned him into one of the biggest music moguls of our time.

Holy Grail in America

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 18h25
Genre: Documentary, Docu-Drama, Religion, History

Holy Grail in America

This documentary examines the possibility that the Holy Grail of legend may have found its resting place somewhere in the United States.

In 1898, a Minnesota farmer clearing trees from his field uprooted a large stone covered with mysterious runes.

Now known as the Kensington Rune Stone, it details a journey of land acquisition and murder in the year 1362.

Thought by some to be a hoax, new evidence suggests it could be real, and a clue that the Knights Templar discovered America 100 years before Columbus, perhaps bringing with them history's greatest treasure... The Holy Grail.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

The inside story of a dissident for the digital age - Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic.

Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organises people through art and social media.

In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his studio and held him in secret detention.

First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China.

Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

The Cube 6

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Game Show

The Cube 6

Welcome to The Cube - a format in which just seven simple physical and mental challenges stand between the contestant and £250,000.

The challenges appear to be easy, but games become fraught with extraordinary pressure and tension when played inside The Cube.

'The Body', the mysterious master of The Cube, shows each contestant that every challenge is possible - but it's not easy when you are in there, under the spotlight...

Tasks include Trajectory, Equilibrium, Shatter, Contact, Memorise - and none are simple once inside this high-pressure claustrophobic world.

The Cube offers two life-lines - one is to Simplify a challenge and the other is Trial Run, where the contestant gets to try the challenge before committing to gamble their winnings on completing it for real.

Do you have the skill, strength and nerve to keep mind and body focused and beat The Cube?

Proving God

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Documentary, Religion

Proving God

For centuries, science and faith have been polarised on some of the most fundamental questions in the universe, sometimes with deadly consequences.

But as mankind seeks to answer the ultimate question - whether God exists - religion and science have joined in an unlikely alliance.

Can new scientific discoveries and digital age technology reveal tangible proof of God?

From the far reaches of the cosmos to the inner working of the human mind, scientists and believers around the world are using science to open new frontiers in this ultimate quest.


Channels in this post: Lifetime Africa, Vuzu, History Africa, SundanceTV, SABC2


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