New on TV today: Sunday 7 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 07 Jun 2020
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Icons: The Greatest Person of the Century

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Icons: The Greatest Person of the Century

An eight-part series exploring the achievements and legacies of some of the greatest figures of the 20th century.

Seven well-known advocates each front an hour-long documentary arguing the case for four people from a different field of human endeavour: leaders, explorers, scientists, entertainers, sports stars, artists and writers, and activists.

At the end of each documentary the public vote for their favourite.

The icon who wins the public vote in each category is put through to a live final, which sees all of the celebrity advocates return to fight their icon's case.

The public then vote again for the person they believe was the greatest figure of the 20th century.

The 20th century was a time of extraordinary change. One hundred years of progress, which shaped not only the society of the day, but generations to come.

A century of seismic shifts, that saw countless breakthroughs and innovations, which would impact our world in ways never seen before.

Behind this progress were incredible individuals who chose to defy convention, and in doing so changed the world forever.

The life's work of these icons represent benchmarks now set for humanity - from scientists whose discoveries changed the life of billions and redefined what we know about our world to the sports stars and explorers who pushed the boundaries of what humankind thought possible - their stories represent the pinnacle of society's achievements.

The series begins with leaders, and sees a well-known figure, passionate about the subject, examining the achievements and legacies of the people whose decisions affect all our lives.

20th century leaders oversaw great victories, unimaginable hardships, sweeping social change and the worst conflicts in human history.

This film charts some of the qualities that made the century's most iconic leaders stand out, and we quickly learn that the scale of their responsibilities at times of great social change mean that their legacies are often far from straightforward.

The Pale Horse

Channel: BBC First (DStv 119)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Mystery

The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse is the latest Agatha Christie story to be adapted for the BBC by BAFTA-nominated writer Sarah Phelps.

Written in 1961, against the backdrop of the Eichmann Trial, the escalation of the Cold War and Vietnam, The Pale Horse is a shivery, paranoid story about superstition, love gone wrong, guilt and grief.

It's about what we're capable of when we're desperate and what we believe when all the lights go out and we're alone in the dark.

London, 1961. Mark Easterbrook has everything a man could dream of - he's rich, successful and popular, with a beautiful new wife and perfect home.

But scratch beneath the surface and he's still grief-stricken by the loss of his first wife Delphine.

When Mark's name is discovered on a piece of paper in a dead woman's shoe everything starts to fall apart for him.

Why did Jessie Davies die, why is Mark's name on a piece of paper in her shoe, and who are the other names on the list?

Detective Inspector Lejeune interviews Mark and mentions that the names Tuckerton and Ardingly were also on the list. Mark has a connection with Thomasina Tuckerton and David Ardingly - and Thomasina is also dead...

As Mark tries to work out why he is on the list and what it means, everything seems to lead back to the village of Much Deeping.

His first wife, Delphine, visited the area on the day of her death.

Much Deeping seems to be an idyllic English village, but it is also a place of old traditions and strange beliefs, a place of witches, curses and spells.

Jessie's employer Zachariah Osborne tells Mark that witchcraft played a part in Jessie's death, which Mark angrily rejects.

But then he is sent a mysterious corn dolly. As more people named on the list are found dead, Mark starts to fear for his own life and sanity.

Mark is consumed with paranoia, fearful that his life is at risk and that the perpetrator is someone known to him. Mark feels his own death treading on his heels, breathing down his neck.

To make matters worse, Detective Inspector Lejeune seems to be increasingly suspicious of him, and Mark feels even more alone.

He's determined to find a rational explanation because there has to be one - this is the 1960s, not the Dark Ages.

Past and present collide for Mark as his investigations uncover the ties between Delphine and the trio of 'witches' at Much Deeping, putting his relationship with second wife Hermia under great strain.

Terrified, Mark becomes hell-bent on uncovering the nature of the witches' powers and their work at The Pale Horse.

With each passing day, each disquieting moment, each tormented, terrifying night, Osborne's beliefs seem less fantastical and more plausible.

Mark starts to believe in the craft, in the dark arts, in the witches' peculiar skills.

If they are truly as powerful as they seem, can they save him from his nightmares, before whoever wants him dead catches up with him?

How far will he go to save himself?

Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Special

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Special, Variety, Talk Show

Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Special

The show will feature James Corden from his garage, chatting with some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

The special will also include musical performances by BTS in South Korea, Andrea Bocelli in Italy, Dua Lipa in London and Billie Eilish with FINNEAS and John Legend in Los Angeles - from the safety of their homes.

The special will also feature appearances from David Blaine, Will Ferrell, and many others.

Say Yes to the Dress Lancashire 2

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality

Say Yes to the Dress Lancashire 2

Super-stylist Gok Wan is back to help more brides in the north of England to find the perfect wedding gown as the series returns.

At the award-winning, family-run Ava Rose Hamilton bridal boutique in the heart of the countryside in Lancashire, England, Gok is on hand with the dedicated and passionate consultants to lend their expert style advice for the big day.

But if the dream dress doesn't exist Gok will work with the team to create it.

Every appointment has its own challenges; from the bride who's tried on over 200 dresses to an opinionated gran who's not easily impressed by her granddaughter's choice of gowns.

There's drama and emotion at every appointment, but whatever the story, Gok's mission is to make every bride feel incredible.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show 5

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Comedy, Variety

Michael McIntyre's Big Show 5

Season 5 will be packed with superstar celebrity guests, amazing musical performances and a few extra surprises along the way.

The show will also see the return of series favourites such as "Send To All", which will see nervous celebrities handing over their mobile phones to Michael.

More unsuspecting celebrities will be woken up in the middle of the night to play the Midnight Gameshow and there are more surprises for the Unexpected Star as they will get the opportunity to perform live in front of 2,000 people on stage.

In the Season 5 premiere: Survival expert Bear Grylls bravely hands over his phone in Send To All; pop star Liam Payne performs his latest single, Stack It Up; and there is a performance from the Unexpected Star of the Show.

Ons Praat Oor: Ottolenghi se Fees 2

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Lifestyle, Food, Travel, Afrikaans

Ons Praat Oor: Ottolenghi se Fees 2

Join world-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his travels as he takes us on a food adventure to Mallorca and Corsica and all the way to Sardinia.

Yotam is an Israeli-English chef, restaurateur and food writer and he's back for a second season in this lifestyle and food series to share some of the secrets of his best recipes.

As the co-owner of multiple delis and restaurants in London, as well as the author of several best-selling cookbooks, Yotam knows good food and isn't shy about sharing his tips and tricks on helping you to make your homemade meals taste better too.

Animal Impossible

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Wildlife, Reality

Animal Impossible

Former snowboarding professionals and best mates Tim Warwood and Adam Gendle risk life and limb to uncover the truth about animals in this eye-opening series from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Do cats always land on their feet? Could a squid sink a ship? Is spider silk really stronger than steel?  Do bulls hate the colour red?

Endlessly curious presenters Tim and Gendle want to find out.

In a fresh take on natural history filmmaking, the intrepid pair quiz experts and conduct audacious stunts – including a nerve-wracking swim with a great white shark – to get answers.

But they find more than they expected, discovering a whole host of strange and remarkable truths about the animal kingdom.


Channels in this post: SABC3, BBC First, Vuzu, TLC Entertainment, BBC Brit, VIA, BBC Earth


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