New on TV today: Saturday 2 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 May 2020
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America on Fire

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

America on Fire

There are at least 250 militia groups across the USA and hundreds of other cell groups from Idaho to Michigan, Georgia to Arizona.

And despite their support for the current administration, most of them continue to stand against the United States Government. They still call it tyrannical, overreaching, illegitimate.

In this special, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Leduff is going to uncover what's really going on — by knocking on doors, digging in the muck, embedding himself in the most controversial ones and going undercover where he can.

Is this a patriot movement? A racist push back against a changing America where the white man is left behind? Disaffected veterans who have been tossed on the ash bin of society?

A bunch of knuckleheads getting their kicks with semi-automatics?

A shadow insurgency with coup on the brain?

Arrow 8

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

Arrow 8

Final season!

With the reappearance of The Monitor in the Season 7 finale of Arrow, there's no doubt that Oliver Queen and Team Arrow will be facing a "crisis" unlike anything they've previously faced before.

Following last season's introduction of next-gen vigilantes Mia Smoak and Connor Hawke, this season features John Diggle's other son, John Diggle, Jr., to be played by new series regular Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire).

Diggle, Jr. - known as J.J. - is the Flashpoint-born son of John Diggle and Lyla Michaels. We meet J.J. in the future as the leader of the Deathstroke Gang, where he faces off against Mia and his adopted brother, Connor.

In the Season 8 premiere, "Starling City": While trying to decipher The Monitor's mission, Oliver returns to Starling City where he encounters familiar faces.

Meanwhile, Mia and William's team clash with a new foe.

Dangerous Borders

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Dangerous Borders

Seventy year after partition, journalists Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still volatile border of Pakistan and India, discovering the lives of those who live there.

In the series premiere: Babita and Adnan begin their epic journey along the still-contentious border that divides India and Pakistan.

Seventy years after the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, the pair are travelling either side of the 2,000-mile border to discover the realities of the lives there.

Beginning in Adipur, which started life as a refugee camp for Hindus fleeing the newly created Muslim state of Pakistan, Babita discovers a town which now intriguingly hosts the only Charlie Chaplin festival in the world.

Gandhi, who was born here in Gujarat, met Chaplin in Britain in 1931, and the memory of this unlikely friendship is kept alive today by this event.

On the other side of the border, Adnan explores the cultural life of the metropolis of Karachi.

Creatives are often at the forefront of social change, whether through art which questions social norms or fashion, which is creating a role for itself on the 21st-century international catwalk.

Women in both countries are challenging how they have been traditionally constrained, from the women bikers who Babita meets in India to the female artist in Pakistan who asks potentially dangerous questions about female sexuality and a young woman who believes that she will win Pakistan's first gold Olympic medal for boxing.

Adnan also meets members of the Sheedis, a little-known African community who have lived on the Indian subcontinent for over 800 years and who are now fighting discrimination in Pakistan.

Babita travels north into the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, whose residents are held back by the caste system.

Here, lives have barely changed since partition and there seems little will to make these people's lives better.

The journeys both end in the mighty Thar Desert, which was split between the two countries and which has been the scene of conflict as recently at 1999.

Whether Indian or Pakistani, this is a virtually uncrossable border. Partition left searing scars and divided families that, 70 years later, are still not reconciled.

Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars 3

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Motoring

Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars 3

Renowned antiques dealer and self-confessed petrol head Drew Pritchard is back on the road with automotive guru Paul Cowland in search of iconic cars to buy, restore and sell on.

In this series, the quest for hidden motoring gems takes them round the UK - and beyond.

With Drew driven by passion and design while Paul tries to make the numbers add up, the pair don't always agree, but with help from Britain's army of automotive craftsmen they're determined to create special and bespoke cars that will earn them a handsome profit.

In the Season 3 premiere: Drew visits Britain's oldest number plate maker. Plus, Paul and Drew disagree about adding a mega engine onto a tiny Italian classic.

Lockup 16

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 20h40
Genre: Docu-Reality

Lockup 16

Lockup explores jail and prison facilities throughout the United States, profiling notable inmates, incidents, and prison operations.

A typical episode follows one or two inmates as they attend disciplinary hearings, receive visits from family, and interact with other inmates.

In some episodes, inmates are provided with personal video cameras ("inmate cams") to use in their cells for recording their thoughts.

In the Season 16 premiere, "Cleveland Extended Stay: It Burns": The Cuyahoga County Correction Center resides in the heart of Cleveland's downtown.

In the episode a tip leads to an escape plot, a shank is discovered in the kitchen and a younger inmate takes a swing at an officer.


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