New on TV today: Tuesday 5 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 May 2020
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Line of Duty

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Thriller, Drama

Line of Duty

Set in the fictional police anti-corruption unit AC-12, Line of Duty is a cat-and-mouse thriller that takes a probing look into modern policing and corruption.

Run by zealous Superintendent Ted Hastings, AC-12's target is the gifted, charismatic Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates, whose unit returns the best crime figures on the force.

Gates appears to be an exemplary police officer and hard-working family man. But Hastings is convinced Gates' results are too good to be true.

Determined to expose Gates as a fraud or worse, Hastings recruits Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott to the unit.

Arnott took an ethical stand against colleagues who wanted to conspire in the cover-up of a botched counter-terrorism operation.

Ostracised as a result, Arnott is seen by Hastings as the perfect candidate for anti-corruption work.

Meanwhile, fascinated by Gates but for apparently different reasons, an ambitious young Detective Constable, Kate Fleming, inveigles herself onto his unit, teaming up with Gates' loyal lieutenants, Detective Sergeant Matthew "Dot" Cottan and Detective Constable Nigel Morton.

And, as if being under investigation isn't enough of a complication for Gates, he's also trying to hide an affair with an old flame.

Every time Gates seems cornered, he finds a way to turn the tables. But all the while he's digging a bigger hole for himself, plunging irrevocably into a moral abyss.

And each day the stakes get higher. Soon it isn't just careers on the line – it's lives.

Coolest Places to Stay

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Travel, Reality

Coolest Places to Stay

When travelling, you could stay at another boring hotel, or you could choose one of these Coolest Places to Stay.

Property developer Katie Herbert has set out to find short-term rental destinations that will blow your mind.

Each episode features everyday people who have gone above and beyond to transform their private homes and are renting them out to total strangers, offering travellers unique and creative getways.

So, whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday destination, or you need some inspiration on how to transform your own home into one, Coolest Places to Stay is sure to open your eyes to the endless possibilities of the short-term rental market.

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Comedy, Special

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill

Jerry Seinfeld's new hour-long special features a spectacular arrival to the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and showcases Seinfeld's sharp angles on everyday life, uncovering comedy in the commonplace.

Seinfeld takes the stage in New York and tackles talking vs. texting, bad buffets vs. so-called "great" restaurants and the magic of Pop Tarts.

The Met Gala: Ultimate Fashion Moments

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Fashion, Special, Countdown Show

The Met Gala: Ultimate Fashion Moments

This hour-long special is jam-packed with content from the Met Galas of the past, with celebrities who've become regulars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Michelle Williams, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.

With the help of E! style correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, E! will be counting down the top 10 best arrivals of all time on air and on Twitter.

Think Blake Lively in 2018 with the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme, or Madonna in 2016 with "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology."

There's plenty of never-before-seen footage too, including new interviews with the stars.

The Met Gala men will have their moment, too. Who can forget Billy Porter and his golden wings?

They'll also be featured throughout the look back at some of the hottest couples to attend the Met Gala over the years: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, who have been in sync from 2017 to 2019; George and Amal Clooney, who were the most-talked-about couple in 2015 and 2018; and Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who made their first and last appearance as a couple in 2019, among others.

So come for the fashion, but stay for things like fun facts, a reveal of the stars who have dared to break the strict rules and so much more.

A Killer's Mistake 2

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 22h35
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series

A Killer's Mistake 2

Everything turns on one piece of evidence... fail to find it, and a killer stays free.

This series profiles 10 iconic murder stories from the last three years that were solved because of one fatal error.

Intrigue, jeopardy, layered story-telling and a series which is both moving and revelatory of the detective process.

A look at high-profile murders and the key errors that killers made that led to their arrests.

The series features emotionally-charged interviews, dramatic reconstruction and interviews with experts, revealing much of the detective process.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Thomas Dunkley": When a boxer is paralysed in an accident, an amateur fighter named Thomas Dunkley befriends him and becomes his carer.

But his kindness comes at the ultimate price.

Half & Half 4

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Comedy

Half & Half 4

The final season of this sitcom set in San Francisco, about the lives of fictional half-sisters who have only one thing in common: their father.

Growing up separately, these two virtual strangers suddenly become neighbours in the same apartment building and experience the challenges of sisterhood for the first time.

In the Season 4 premiere, "The Big Gen-Why Me? Episode": Dee Dee has difficulty finding a job after graduation.

After she announces plans to return to school, her fed-up father not only cuts her off, but orders her to pay back all expenses accrued since her 21st birthday.

Mona begins dating her handsome and charming new neighbour, Lorenzo, but her insecurities stand in the way of the relationship.

Spencer changes his wardrobe in the hopes of getting people to take him more seriously.

TVSA Show Page: Half & Half 3


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


Drama series featuring independent but interrelated standalone episodes that follow the AIDS infection chain.

It looks at the lives and loves of those infected and affected by the HIV virus as well as the circumstances of their contracting the virus and the relationships in their lives.

The series tells 25 inter-connected but independent stories that start and end with Episode 1, bringing the series-arc full-circle.

The series starts with a wedding in a well-to-do suburb North of Johannesburg. The wife, Mandisa, dressing for her wedding, hears on the radio that a well-known DJ is dying of an AIDS-related illness.

She freezes. The DJ had been her lover five years before. With this story, we begin our journey through the chain of transmission of the HIV virus.

Episode 2 is the story of Mandisa and the DJ five years before. Episode 3 is the story of the DJ and his other lover Boitumelo. Episode 4 tells the story of Boitumelo and Thami. And so on.

Each episode takes us closer and closer to understanding the interconnectedness of our sexual networks.

We begin our story thinking that Mandisa, the wife, has infected her husband. But by the end of the series, we see how everyone is part of a complex network of transmission.

The virus has traveled full circle. The virus has touched all of their lives and consequently ours too.

Because of the prevalence of multiple and concurrent partnerships, we all find ourselves somewhere along the line in a linked chain of potential infection.

Episode 26 breaks form and reveals, quite explicitly in a documentary format, the network we have been exploring throughout the series.

Told with a mixture of live-action and animation, as well as referring to the characters we have met, it starts by taking us back to the wedding we encountered at the beginning of the series.

It carefully shows who is related to whom – not only by blood, but through the virus. It then pulls out – as if looking through the eyes of God, and takes a wider and wider picture of the sexual network in the society.

Intersexions takes 25 "bites" out of the lives of ordinary people in South Africa and zooms in on a small narrative in their lives.

Sometimes the stories explore the relationship which infected them. Sometimes the virus hits a dead-end.

Intersexions traces the movement of the virus as though it were a person, alive, fluid and able to move between and through different worlds.

The first season of Intersexions received 23 nominations at the sixth annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). It won 11 awards, including Best TV Drama Series.

Season 2 drops on Netflix on Tuesday 12 May.

TVSA Show Page: Intersexions


Shows in this post: Half & Half, Intersexions


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