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New on TV today: Tuesday 21 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Apr 2020
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RuPaul's Drag Race UK

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Competition

RuPaul's Drag Race UK

RuPaul's Drag Race UK will showcase 10 of the UK's most fabulous drag queens, who are all competing to impress the Queen of queens, RuPaul, for the coveted title of UK's First Drag Race Superstar.

How will they fare in the first UK version of the "Olympics of Drag".

The 10 competing queens are: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Cheryl Hole, Crystal, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Scaredy Kat, Sum Ting Wong, The Vivienne and Vinegar Strokes.

An intense elimination competition, the queens will slay their way through a weekly series of challenges designed to test their drag expertise.

Their make-up skills, fashion sense, sewing abilities, comedy, singing, acting dancing skills, and of course lip sync skills will all be under close scrutiny.

Ultimately, Mama Ru has the final decision as to which queen has impressed her enough to Shantay (stay) and which queen she will kindly ask to Sashay Away.

The judging panel consists of RuPaul's regular and trusty sidekick form the US series, Michelle Visage; and Graham Norton and Alan Carr will be adding British wit and sensibilities to proceedings on a rotating basis.

Each week they will be joined by an extra special guest judge and celebrity Drag Race fan.

Delivering on judging eleganza the celebrity judges are: Cheryl, Maisie Williams, Jade Thirlwall, Dame Twiggy, Geri Horner, Michaela Coel and Andrew Garfield.

In accordance with Drag Race mantra, all of the queens will be assessed on their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent with the bottom two queens being asked to lip sync for their lives.

Other celebrities that are offering their services as Drag Race super coaches are singer/songwriter MNEK, as well as dancers and choreographers (and brothers) AJ and Curtis Pritchard (of Love Island fame).

Drag Race fans Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley will also be making a guest appearance on fan favourite, Snatch Game.
 

Evan Goes Wild

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 13h30
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series, Docu-Reality

Evan Goes Wild

Internet sensation and veterinarian Evan Antin travels the globe observing, helping and healing exotic wildlife.

He combines his passions for veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation while raising awareness about animals around the world.

He may have been born and raised in Kansas, but his love for animals covers the whole world and he has a long list of creatures he wants to see up-close and in their natural habitat.

Whether it's swimming with humpback whales and lemon sharks off the coast of Tahiti, rescuing orphaned baby bearcats and wrestling water monitors in the Philippines, or walking with elephants in Nepal; Dr Evan brings his passion and medical skills to each adventure.

As he travels, he also lends a helping hand to animals in need along the way, which he documents and shares with videos and factoids.
 

Middleditch & Schwartz

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Comedy

Middleditch & Schwartz

Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz bring their two-person comedy show to a global audience in a collection of three completely improvised Netflix comedy specials.

Each performance is based entirely on a random audience suggestion. All three parts, each filmed at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, premiere on Netflix globally today.

Middleditch & Schwartz: Dream Job

The story of two friends, one of whom has an important job interview which spirals into an existential crisis involving photography, The New York Times and JFK airport bathroom stalls.

By the end of a hilarious turn of events, Kyle is Saussin, Saussin is Kyle, neither have their dream job, but both know what it means to truly embody a Gazelle.

Middleditch & Schwartz: Law School Magic

What starts as a dreaded final exam for a group of first year law students quickly turns into a test of human morality as the duo encounters an alien, contemplates child abandonment, and dabbles in a bit of magic.

"The Breakfast Club" meets "The Chronicles of Narnia" in this imaginary class' quest to learn the difference between paper and digital contracts.

Middleditch & Schwartz: Parking Lot Wedding

Emotions are high in the events leading up to and during a wedding where the priest, a ghost, and the bride and groom's parents are as loose as a caboose.

Follow Thomas and Ben down the aisle as they concoct a compelling scenario - the tale of sixth grade lovers, a robbery-gone-wrong, and the ultimate test of true love.
 

BattleBots 4

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Technology, Science, Comedy

BattleBots 4

It's ultimate robot carnage as mechanical gladiators battle it out in a tournament - for glory, mayhem and destruction.

Sparks fly and robots die in this epic battle of machine versus machine.

This series brings all the thrills and nail-biting tension of a major sporting contest, coupled with the latest in robot engineering and larger-than-life inventors.

Follow the action as 67 robots from nine different countries duke it out over several rounds of competition all leading to a final that decides which home-made robot or 'Bot' is the baddest of them all, as teams of builders and fighters compete for the championship.

Each episode gets fully immersed in the action with high tech on-board technology and cameras and combat analytics.

Who will have what it takes to win the most epic robot competition of all time?
 

The Graham Norton Show 27

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Talk Show

The Graham Norton Show 27

Graham returns with a special lockdown series of his chat show.

On his virtual sofa this week are singing superstar Michael Bublé; Daisy Haggard and Martin Freeman, the stars of dark family comedy Breeders; and, playing Chris Tarrant in Quiz, Michael Sheen, who gives Graham a masterclass in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Plus a home music performance from Brit award-winning Celeste and red chair stories from around the world.
 

Absentia 2

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Thriller

Absentia 2

Absentia centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), who had disappeared without a trace and was declared dead after hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers.

Six years later, Emily was found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing.

Returning home to learn her husband, Special Agent Nick Durand, had remarried and her son Flynn was being raised by another woman, she soon found herself implicated in a new series of murders.

In Season 2, after tracking down and killing her abductor, Emily struggles to define her new normal as a mother and a survivor of six years of physical and mental torture.

Even while she rebuilds her relationship with her son, Emily still cannot shake the darkness of her past.

She enlists Boston police detective Tommy Gibbs in a secret investigation of her mysterious history.

When a homegrown terrorist attack rocks Boston, the city's FBI Field Office springs into action to find the perpetrator.

Special Agent Nick Durand leads the search for the domestic terrorist, working alongside Special Agent-In-Charge Derek Crown and new profiler, Special Agent Julianne Gunnarsen.

Meanwhile, Emily's investigation into her past becomes a hunt for a serial killer whose crimes have been overlooked in the citywide chaos.

When the serial killer claims a victim close to Emily, she returns to the FBI to hunt him down, partnering with Special Agent Cal Isaac, a former Navy SEAL with a personality that runs counter to Emily's.

The FBI's two investigations collide when it is discovered that there is a far bigger conspiracy at hand.

The trail of clues amidst the global hunt will lead Emily back to her own fractured family – forcing her to overcome her past trauma and protect the ones she loves.
 

Escape to the Chateau 4

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Documentary Series, Home Improvement

Escape to the Chateau 4

The journey continues for Dick and Angel Strawbridge in Season 4.

The show follows this daring couple as they as they make their French castle dream come true – from shopping for chateaux with an estate agent, to overcoming huge hurdles, and ultimately transforming a neglected wreck into a stunning home and successful business.

This is the quintessential fairy-tale, but it doesn't go as smoothly as they hope, finding more problems than they bargained for.

Having once been a habitat for wildlife, bats, birds and millions of flies, the renovation of the Château de la Motte-Husson is a feat of engineering, lifestyle and art, as the chateau transforms into a thing of beauty.
 

Utatakho 8

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Docu-Reality

Utatakho 8

Genetic discovery and the search for identity are the twin themes at the heart of the series, which is hosted by Nimrod Nkosi, who takes on the roles of mediator and investigator.

Utatakho is centered on bringing resolution and understanding to the difficult topic of absent fathers.

Using in-depth interviews, the series explores the motivations, doubts and hopes of the three most central people in each episode – father, mother and child.

In Season 8, Nimrod is once again helping people track down their fathers and reuniting long-lost family members.

In the Season 8 premiere: According to Nkosenhle, his late mother revealed that his father is the late Bheki Khumalo.

However, his family has rejected the claims, stating that he does not belong to the Khumalo Family.

TVSA Show Page: Utatakho 8
 

Louis Theroux: The Night in Question

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 22h15
Genre: Documentary

Louis Theroux: The Night in Question

At a time of increased scrutiny about what constitutes sexual assault, Louis Theroux heads to American college campuses and comes face-to-face with students whose universities have found them responsible for sexual assault.

In recent years, US colleges have been urged to enforce a stricter code of sexual conduct amongst students, employing specialist administrators to carry out investigations into alleged misdemeanours, with those found responsible facing permanent exclusion.

For the victims of sexual assault these new processes, which require less stringent levels of proof than criminal cases, have allowed accusations that might have never been heard in a court of law to be vindicated.

But alleged perpetrators believe the attempt to be more vigilant about rape and assault has turned into an overreaction that tramples on due process, and harms innocent people.

At the start of this journey, Louis meets a neuroscience major called Saif Khan, who has been accused of raping a fellow student.

His university is investigating the claims separately even though Saif has been found not-guilty in a court of law.

Though Saif continuously pleads his innocence, Louis is drawn into an increasingly complex world, where separating fact from fiction becomes increasingly challenging.

He also meets young women whose claims of sexual assault have previously fallen on deaf ears, who believe that a new approach to handling allegations of sex crimes is not only necessary but long overdue.

One such student is Mollie Johnson, whose experience is a powerful reminder that there is now a broader understanding of what sexual assault looks like.

 

Shows in this post: Utatakho



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