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New on TV today: Thursday 18 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Jun 2020
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Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders

Stacey travels to Florida where sex offenders face restrictions for life.

But there is a battle raging about these laws - do they protect children, or are they just in place to make the public feel better?

Stacey spends time with offenders and lawmakers to consider if it is possible for sex offenders to be rehabilitated.

Do they ever deserve a second chance, or are their crimes impossible to forgive?

Once sex offenders leave prison in Florida, they are put on a publicly available register for life, and neighbours are informed of where they live.

Stacey meets the police officers in one county who have taken the laws to the extreme - by placing 5ft red signs outside sexual predators' houses.

They are the most serious class of offender, and most have committed crimes against children under 13.

Convicted sex offenders on the register are also subject to residency restrictions, which prevent them from living near places where children congregate - like schools, parks and even bus stops.

As a result of these living restrictions, offenders have retreated to live in remote parts of Florida, away from built up areas.

Stacey also spends time with offenders in a small, isolated settlement called Miracle Village.

Surrounded for miles by sugar cane fields, offenders living here have committed a range of sexual crimes against children - from molesting children to watching child pornography.
 

Louis Theroux: Beware of the Tiger

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Wildlife

Louis Theroux: Beware of the Tiger

There are now more tigers in captivity in the US than in the wild in the rest of the world according to the World Wide Fund for Nature, as well as large numbers of lions, bears, chimpanzees and other dangerous primates.

Louis Theroux travels to America's heartlands to meet the owners of animals you would normally expect to find in the wilds of Africa and Asia, and finds himself in uncomfortably close contact with tigers and dangerous primates.

Among the owners he meets is Joe Exotic, an animal rescuer and former policeman whose collection of more than 150 tigers is growing fast and is already one of the largest in America.

He also meets Connie Casey, a single woman in her sixties who shares her home with 20 chimpanzees that she calls family.

Throughout the film Louis wrestles with the question of whether a "wild" animal can be happy with a life in captivity.
 

Tommy

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Tommy

Edie Falco stars in this police drama as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles.

A true-blue New Yorker, Abigail "Tommy" Thomas uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland.

Tommy steps into her new job surrounded by her predecessor's staff, including Chief of Staff Donn Cooper, a savvy cop with good instincts and the ability to be discreet.

There's also Blake Sullivan, the polished and confident press secretary who is eager to earn Tommy's trust; and Ken Rosey, an idealistic speechwriter and former attorney.

Tommy also hires Abner Diaz, a fellow street-smart New York transplant, as part of her personal security team.

The person responsible for hiring Tommy is Mayor Buddy Gray, a charismatic politician whose goals and ambitions don't always align with Tommy's.

Buddy relies on the political instincts of his deputy mayor, Doug Dudik, a slick operative with questionable morals who is wary of Tommy's growing influence.

Now that Tommy is in L.A., she has a second chance at a relationship with her adult daughter, Kate Jones, who still faults her mother for choosing career over family many years ago.

Possessing a New Yorker's gift for being tough and sarcastic while remaining likable, Tommy has the conviction needed to succeed as the first woman to lead the LAPD in its fight to keep citizens safe and crime at bay in the City of Angels.
 

The Order 2

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

The Order 2

At Belgrave University, college freshman Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society where he's thrust into a dangerous game of life or death.

As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts.

In Season 2, the lines between good and evil are more obscure than ever. The Knights struggle to regain their memories stolen from them by The Order and they crave retribution.

But vengeance is hard to plan when you’re also fighting murderous magicians, strange cults and life-threatening demons.

Does anyone even go to class anymore?
 

The Marilyn Denis Show 4

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 12h45
Genre: Talk Show

The Marilyn Denis Show 4

Charismatic and fun-loving veteran broadcaster Marilyn Denis brings her blend of lifestyle and entertainment to a lively studio audience in her eponymous talk show.

Featuring a star-studded array of home-grown and international celebrities and experts, she covers everything from style swaps and beauty tips to getting the best value out of home renovations and design.

From budget-friendly design essentials and solving DIY disasters to cooking the perfect curry and runway-influenced décor, there's something for everyone in this bright and breezy series.

Whatever the topic, everyone's invited to join in the fun with Marilyn.
 

Narcos 2

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

Narcos 2

Follows the harrowing and violent struggle, victories and setbacks of both Pablo Escobar a Colombian drug lord and the leader of the Medellín Cartel and the DEA agents trying to put him behind bars.

Season 2 begins where Pablo and his sicarios have just escaped from La Catedral.

Pablo reunites with his family promising Tata that he will return to La Catedral once he has convinced Gaviria to renegotiate.

Five days after the raid, Murphy and Peña walk through the ruins of La Catedral, celebrating their bittersweet victory, though Search Bloc and its new leader Pinzon have already removed most of the evidence.

Murphy tells Peña that Connie took Baby Olivia back to Miami for a while but he believes they will be back soon. Peña is not so sure.

In the National Palace, Gaviria and Sandoval watch a news report about the escape of Escobar and the public's blaming of Gaviria.

The men agree that Escobar needs to die, but in the mean time they will need a scapegoat. So, Gaviria decides to fire the entire 4th Brigade.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Free at Last": In the aftermath of a massive military effort to take Pablo into custody, the family reunites while enemies worry.

Meanwhile, Steve and Connie fight about safety.

 

Actors in this post: Edie Falco



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