New on TV today: Wednesday 8 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 08 Jul 2020
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Kniediep in die Warm Water

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy, Afrikaans

Kniediep in die Warm Water

Sitcom set in the Wonderwaters Spa, an exclusive boutique hotel near Port Elizabeth's beachfront where clients can relax in a calm, restful atmosphere, pampered by highly trained personnel whose sole reason for living is to ensure the client's satisfaction.

The spa is headed up by the ineffective manager Petrus "Swannie" Swanepoel, played by Jacques Gombault.

His hiring of staff depends on the best sob story the applicant can dream up, rather than have any particular skill.

His charitable nature lands him in plenty of trouble when it becomes apparent that someone is totally ignorant of the job they're supposed to do.

The cast also includes Chanelle de Jager in the role of Sunet, the receptionist at the spa; and Clara van den Bergh as Netta, the housekeeper who takes no prisoners as she wanders around, checking the towel cupboard and soap store and upsetting everyone she comes across.

Lize-Mari Arthur joins the cast as Darné, the spa owner's daughter who is employed to improve the profit line. She is a failed actress and tries her hardest, but Swannie and her don't see eye to eye.

Heather Baartman is the masseuse Rochelle, a single mom struggling to balance work life with caring for her young son.

She learned her profession on YouTube but is surprisingly good at it. She often has to leave to check on her son at school.

Completing the cast is Benito Carelsen as Eldridge, the personal trainer. He seems to be a nice guy on the surface but has serious anger issues.

Eric Nobbs also appears in the series as Johan Cloete, the owner of the spa.

In the series premiere: While Swannie sweats bullets over the impending arrival of Meneer Cloete, Sunet gives some unsuspecting German tourists a crash course in Die Taal.

Rochelle's unorthodox training threatens to be revealed and Eldridge is distracted by a mysterious beauty.

Their last review on TripAdvisor called Wonderwaters "Chaos at the Seaside". Will they all get fired?

And who parked in Swannie's spot?

TVSA Show Page: Kniediep in die Warm Water


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


Inspired by true events, a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal find their lives intertwined in an Australian immigration detention centre.

Starring a multi award-winning cast including Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter), Asher Keddie (The Cry), Dominic West (The Affair) and Cate Blanchett, Stateless is a drama that centres on four very different people whose lives intersect at a detention centre in the Australian desert.

An air hostess escaping a cult, an Afghan refugee saving his family, an Australian father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat trying to contain a national scandal each struggle – to the limits of their sanity – with an immigration system that is itself struggling.

In their stories we see the challenges of border protection countries around the world are currently grappling with.

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector

Inspired by the best-selling book The Bone Collector, former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field.

When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who's got her own gift for profiling, finds herself hot on the killer's trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse.

As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city's most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic "Bone Collector" who brought them together.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": Three years after the Bone Collector ended his career, Detective Lincoln Rhyme teams with NYPD officer Amelia Sachs to investigate a series of murders that suggest the killer's return and an unlikely team is born.

Celebrity Mystery Box

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Celebrity Mystery Box

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.

Minki 5

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans

Minki 5

In each episode of this emotional talk show, Minki van der Westhuizen interviews a guest with an incredible story to tell. Sometimes these are celebrities; at other times not.

Minki also surprises each guest by revealing someone with whom they have a special connection.

In the Season 5 premiere: singer and former Boer Soek 'n Vrou presenter Leah stops by the studio to talk about the next chapter of her life.

Minki surprises her with a loved one who plays a major role in her life.

America's Deadliest Volcano Disaster

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 20h40
Genre: Documentary, Nature

America's Deadliest Volcano Disaster

Forty years ago, on 18 May, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted violently. It was the most deadly and devastating eruption in US history.

Combining eyewitness accounts with rarely seen images, this show reveals the unfolding apocalypse; from the first moments of the volcanic blast, to a 12-mile high ash plume and the lethal mudflows that raged down the mountain.

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

Every single day for decades, extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic and gender nonconforming legend Walter Mercado charmed the world with his televised horoscopes.

Equal parts Oprah, Liberace and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture, who at his peak reached over 120-million viewers.

Since childhood, Walter was regarded as a healer, but his greatest miracle might have been his personal transformation from shy farm boy to flamboyant showman.

Walter enthralled much of the world with sequinned capes, opulent jewelery and pressing horoscopes that shared a message of love and hope to his devoted viewers.

Until one day he mysteriously disappeared.

Over a decade later documentarians Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch, plus producer Alex Fumero, received unprecedented access to Walter during his post-fame seclusion with an invite into his home and interior world.

With Mucho Mucho Amor, they capture Walter's final two years, when the pioneering icon grappled with ageing and his legacy, as he prepared for one last star-studded spectacle.

Madam Secretary 6

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 19h10
Genre: Drama

Madam Secretary 6

Final season!

In the Season 6 premiere, "Hail to the Chief": Elizabeth must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her presidency.

Also, First Gentleman Henry squirms after his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (with guest star Stephen Colbert) results in heightened scrutiny of the romance in the First Couple's marriage.

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller guest stars as Senator Mark Hanson, a canny political operator.


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1 Comment

08 Jul 2020 14:40

I highly recommend Stateless - brilliant. It's such an eye-opner on what life is like for refugees.

Also, the fact that it's based on the true events of a woman escaping a cult gives it a whole additional angle about mind control, what family is/should be and so often ISN'T.

Don't miss it!

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