National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
Spotlighting the ocean's top athletes, National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild will air four full weeks of action-packed shark programming with 17 original premieres and shark programming from the networks' massive library as part of its biggest-ever shark spectacular.
Showcasing the ocean's greatest competitors in their natural habitat, the eighth annual event takes place on National Geographic (Dstv 181, Starsat 220) on Saturday 4 July from 14h00–19h00 and on Nat Geo Wild (Dstv 181, Starsat 220) every day at 18h00 from 6–31 July, with additional programming on selected days.
New today is When Sharks Attack 3, airing at 16h25.
For families on beaches across the world, a split second is all it takes to turn a dream vacation into a nightmare.
Sudden shark attacks frequently occur, and the motive behind the bite often puzzles locals and scientists alike.
When Sharks Attack investigates these incidences to shed light on why and where shark encounters take place with the hope that if we understand the behaviour, we might be able to limit the number of attacks.
In the Season 3 premiere, "Cape Jaws": Despite its fame as the filming location for the infamous movie Jaws, Cape Cod has long been a peaceful tourist destination with no shark attacks in nearly 80 years.
In 2012, all that changed.
With shark experts Dr. Greg Skomal and Dr. Dan Huber, discover the fascinating and unique circumstances that created a predator nightmare, including four attacks and 600 sightings within four years.
The Lowdown with Thomas Gumede
1Magic (DStv 103)
Reality, Clip Show
Thomas Gumede uses social media memes and videos for a humorous round up of what makes relationships go around under the current conditions of lockdown and social distancing.
The comedian tackles the daily struggles with an in-depth comedic monologue supported by memes and clips.
Topics of discussion include how couples who can't physically be together due to lockdown, how to keep their relationships healthy, undeclared crushes that get introduced online, and confessions from singles on how they cope through online dates and interactions.
The show closes with couples living together during quarantine - married, vat-'n-sitting, broken up or divorced, but quarantining together out of circumstance or for the kids.
Gumede gets and gives tips on how to survive each other during lockdown.
Comedic contributions from the likes of Coconut Kelz, Luyanda Maphumulo and skits by Leon Gumede and Sphe.
Jan Braai vir Erfenis 10
kykNET & kie (DStv 145)
Travel, Food, Afrikaans
Jan Braai vir Erfenis is back with a tenth season, and the first episode shows you how it all started 10 years ago.
Jan will fire up his braai at all of South Africa's eight World Heritage Sites and look back on highlights of various tours abroad.
The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery
Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
True Crime, Documentary Series
West Memphis, Arkansas, is an American town not much different than any other.
But when the parents of three young boys realise their sons are missing on the evening of 5 May, 1993, the police uncover a triple homicide that turns into one of the most chilling cases in recent history.
Police discover the bodies in what looks like a ritualistic murder scene, and with a demonic presence looming, the people of West Memphis suspect evil is living among them.
Investigators quickly seize three teen suspects they believe are Satanists.
The trio, later nicknamed the "West Memphis Three", seem like the obvious suspects, but with no evidence connecting them to the cult-like killings, are they truly guilty or just easily targeted outsiders?
The small-town murders that transform into a decade-long, global saga are detailed in this series.
This latest installment of ID's Murder Mystery franchise delves deep inside the investigation of this triple homicide, taking a closer look at the flimsy evidence against the teens and possible motivations behind the murders.
When police begin to feel the burden of solving the crimes, a circle of friends labeled as "goths" emerge as suspects: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley.
Misskelley breaks the case wide open with what looks to be a full confession, and the victims' parents and community demand convictions for the brutal crimes.
As preparation for the trials begin, a missing piece of potential evidence from a nearby fast-food restaurant cripples the case, and the public begins to question whether the West Memphis Three are actually guilty, or if they are being targeted just for wearing black and listening to heavy metal music.
Through one-on-one interviews with those closest to the case, including an interview with one of the defendants, Jason Baldwin, this special uncovers how the three teens were convicted and later released.
With courtroom footage, interrogation room audio tapes and emotional interviews with family members, The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery looks at the case from all angles and shines a light on the worldwide movement that rose in hopes of liberating the trio, begging the question: if the West Memphis Three didn't do it, who did?
Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution
HISTORY (DStv 186)
This special is hosted by NBA legend, best-selling author and esteemed activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
From the initial sparks of revolution in Boston to the climactic Siege of Yorktown and beyond, "Black Patriots" paints a comprehensive picture of the African American experience during the Revolutionary War.
The documentary shares the story of the war within the revolution through the eyes of some of the most crucial and significant African American figures of the country's foundation including Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette.
Often forgotten in history, many people don't know that African Americans played an integral role in the fight for the USA's independence.
Anchored by sit down interviews with Abdul-Jabbar as well as numerous esteemed historians and supported with archival material, "Black Patriots" will cover both sides of the fight, highlighting black heroes of the American Revolution who stood up against British rule to help establish the United States of America, and, conversely, black loyalists who fought for the Crown - and the promise of freedom.
The documentary will also present Abdul-Jabbar's personal journey, revealing his own unique discovery of important historical figures like Crispus Attucks and others and how they helped change the perception of his own heritage.
Vuzu (DStv 116)
Created by and starring Issa Rae, this comedy series looks at the friendship of two modern-day black women, as well as all of their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.
As they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles, best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) face the challenges of being black women who defy all stereotypes.
In the Season 4 premiere, "Lowkey Feelin' Myself": With Condola's guidance, Issa prepares for a mixer in her courtyard to pitch the block party to potential sponsors - but tensions rise when they discover a mutual connection.
Molly begins to develop unexpected feelings for Andrew.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Lowkey Distant": When Issa and Condola decide to confront the elephant in the room head-on, Lawrence gets uncomfortable.
In search of a real connection, Molly struggles to get Andrew to open up during a carefully architected date night.
CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
Alaska Extreme explores the weird, the wonderful and the wild nature of Alaska, as well as the unique people who live and work there.
We meet a family-run catering service that creates gourmet five-star meals from the riches of the land and serves them up in one-of-a-kind dining experiences in remote and breathtaking settings.
We follow the teams of single-engine bush plane pilots - taking off and landing on water, on the sides of mountains, amid boulder fields, even on glaciers.
There are the guides and adventurers who know more about outdoor survival than anybody, but who can still be surprised by Alaska's unforgiving nature.
When there are search parties to mount, bears to hunt, tourists to protect and fishing parties to entertain, these are the people to call.
Celebrity Mystery Box
1Magic (DStv 103)
Reality Competition, Food
Every week, two celebrities are invited to show off their culinary skills by competing against each other to prepare a winning dish.
They have to use ingredients in a mystery box put together and supplied by celebrity chefs LesDaChef (Lesego Semenya) and Nti Ramaboa.
The box will contain no more than 10 ingredients, and it is up to the celebrity cook to create a winning dish.
At the beginning of each episode Chef Nti and LesDaChef will curate the box and let viewers in on what they hope the celebrity will make.
The winning celebrity walks away with R10,000 and R5,000 for a charity of their choice.
Some of the celebs include Katlego Danke, Smash Afrika, Anele Zondo, Moshe Ndiki, Lungile Radu, Enhle Mbali, Lethabo Mathatho, DJ PH, Carol Tshabalala, Penny Lebyane and Nomuzi Mabena.
The show will also air on Mzansi Magic, premiering on Wednesday 8 July.
Top Chef Masters
eReality (Openview 108)
Reality Competition, Food
The judges' table has finally turned - and we'll see what happens when these top chefs are now on the other side.
Top Chef Masters pits 24 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef.
In each episode, money will be at stake for the chefs, with the winners of eliminations being awarded cash donations for their charities.
The first six episodes will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner.
The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks when one person will get eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef Master.
The winning chef will receive $100,000 for the charity of their choice.
Top Chef Masters will feature guest stars and judges Neil Patrick Harris, Zooey Deschanel, Lost writers and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis, and for the first time, all past Top Chef winners will be together during an episode.
The series will also showcase chef'testant fan favourites as well as appearances by Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons.
Kelly Choi, food journalist and creator, will host this highly competitive spin-off uniting some of the brightest stars in the world of food, showcasing the often cutthroat world of the culinary arts.
Joining the judges' panel is Gael Greene, New York Magazine's famed restaurant critic for over 40 years, a best-selling author and co-founder of Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provides food to the homebound elderly.
James Oseland, culinary expert and Editor-in-Chief of Saveur magazine; and British journalist, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner, will also serve as regular judges for the series.
Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a twist on the classic Top Chef quickfire challenge which tests their basic abilities.
Each quickfire challenge will be judged by a blind taste test and a five-star system, similar to fine dining reviews.
The second challenge is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and invention of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for demanding clients.
The food will be tasted and evaluated by the judges and a wide range of tasters for whom the challenge is aimed, whether it is patrons at a five-star restaurant or a room full of hungry kids.
The food has to appeal to the diner as well as the critics if the chef is to survive.
Leef Jou Reis 8
kykNET (DStv 144)
Gerrie Pretorius explores unique travel destinations that are close to his heart and gives tips to those who want to visit these destinations as well.
This season, the show had to cancel a lot of travel plans due to the pandemic, but that didn't stop the team from finding some of the most beautiful travel destinations.
We take a trip to the world's smallest desert, to South Africa's nudist beach and to the mountains of Lesotho.
Father Christmas is paid a visit in Lapland, and we learn more about the oldest indigenous tribe in Europe.
We find out where the catalinas landed in the St Lucia Lake during World War II and that there are still wrecks of boat planes buried beneath the waters.