Predict My Future
CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
Meet the most scientifically studied people in the world: a group of 1,037 individuals born in one city in New Zealand who have been followed since their births in 1972.
This series follows the fascinating study and information it has provided in almost every field of medical and social development.
The four episodes are as follows:
Episode 1: The Early Years
This episode introduces the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, begun in 1972 and continuing today.
It then looks at indicators in childhood behaviours identified by the study that can predict whether a person will have a more or a less stable and successful life as an adult.
What are the basic indicators?
Episode 2: When Teens Run Off the Rails
What happens when young people run off the rails?
Based on the Dunedin Longitudinal Study results, this episode examines why most young adolescents engage in juvenile delinquency of some sort, minor and major, and why most of these delinquents desist whereas a few become violent career criminals.
Episode 3: When Genes Mix with the Wrong Environment
The Dunedin Study has identified a fundamental developmental mechanism that completely rewrites the nature versus nurture argument.
It is a genetic switch which is thrown by life events – nature loads the gun but nurture pulls the trigger.
This episode tracks the study's hunt for this mechanism.
Episode 4: Dirt is Good, Dirt Poor is Bad
The final episode of the series examines ways in which the results of the Dunedin study have contributed to a new understanding of early influences in a person's life.
Family stability, social interactions and even the presence of pets contribute to health and general success in later life.
This drama centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.
The clan is headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody (Ellen Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Scott Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots.
There's also Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family.
Also prominent are Nicky, J's steady girlfriend and Catherine, Baz's de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Lena.
It isn't long before Josh is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities.
Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.
In the series premiere, "Pilot": After his mother dies of a heroin overdose, Joshua 'J' Cody moves in with his estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody in Southern California.
He soon finds himself drawn into a dark world funded by criminal activities that he's been shielded from for years, as she and his uncles plan their upcoming heist.
J must prove his loyalty to stay alive, all the while learning that Smurf is the intense, beguiling and complicated matriarch who rules over "her boys" with a borderline incestuous love.
My Dream Home 7
The Home Channel (DStv 176)
Reality Makeover, Home Improvement
Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott help couples find, buy, and transform extreme fixer-uppers into incredible dream homes.
First, real estate specialist Drew tracks down hidden gems with untapped potential, and then it's up to identical twin brother and contractor Jonathan to expertly overhaul these ramshackle properties.
It is hard for any house hunter to see the potential in a fixer-upper home. Convincing homebuyers to take a radical risk is their first challenge.
Then they've got to deliver these ambitious renovation projects on time and on budget.
In the Season 7 premiere: While chasing her dream of becoming a musician, Nicole has moved a dizzying 27 times.
But now as her career takes flight, she's finally ready to settle down in Nashville.
eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
J.R. Martinez stars with action legend Dolph Lundgren in SAF3 (pronounced "Safe"), an action-drama series which follows the daily challenges of the Sea, Air and Fire divisions of the Malibu Fire Department.
SAF3 are the heroes who answer the most challenging calls; specialists who collaborate, coordinate, and initiate daring rescues in the most dangerous venues to save human life.
Each episode centres on big-action rescues, as well as camaraderie and friendship. They are a team that serve and who have each other's back.
Although the series originated in the United States and is set in California, it was filmed in South African locations such as Cape Town and Camps Bay Beach.
The Bold and The Beautiful's Texas Battle co-stars with Black Sails' Karl Thaning.
South African actors making guest appearances include Bo Petersen, Keenan Arrison, Ty Keogh, Langley Kirkwood, Kim Engelbrecht, Sherman Pharo and Ann Juries-May.
TVSA Show Page: SAF3
The Supervet 6
BBC Earth (DStv 184)
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick returns and is presented with an extraordinary range of often traumatic injuries and conditions.
And in Noel's ever-evolving world of cutting-edge treatments and excellence of care, for the first time, we see the latest expanding facilities at Fitzpatrick Referrals, featuring Noel's new state-of-the-art operating theatre.
The new season begins with the story of four-year-old pug and beagle cross Barney, who is rushed into Fitzpatricks after being hit by a bus and dragged underneath it in a freak accident.
Mum Rebecca is devastated, Barney's badly injured and Noel summons up all his creativity and compassion to help heal the pup.
Next up, Tracy and Lee have made the five-hour journey from Cornwall with their ten-month-old Labrador Cross, Gylly, who – despite his youth – has developed lameness and an unusual bone deformity.
Finally, Sisters Rosemary and Diane bring in their beloved five-year-old Basset Hound Albert, whom they rescued a year ago, when they find he is suddenly unable to move his back legs.
Banged Up Abroad 13
National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
Locked Up Abroad continues to follow Western travelers who find themselves fighting for survival whilst being held captive in some the worlds most deadly regions.
In the Season 13 premiere, "Undercover Biker": After his arrest, drug dealer Charles Falco is facing decades behind bars.
Instead, he strikes a deal with the authorities and becomes a confidential informant - living a life undercover.
For the first time ever, Charles Falco tells his story on camera of how he manages to infiltrate the Vagos, one of the most violent biker gangs in the US.
It's a decision that will throw Falco into a deadly world of cat and mouse where every move could be his last.
Design Junkies 2
The Home Channel (DStv 176)
Reality Competition, Reality Makeover, DIY
Six Design Junkies compete to see who among them is best at turning junk into treasure.
Car wrecks, washed-up items found on the beach and the weekly bulky waste of a city are all in line for the biggest transformation of their existence.
With a new brief each week, and two days to design and create slick and functional pieces worthy of any designer showroom floor, each of the contestants gets the chance to accumulate points.
Whoever has the most points at the end of the season will win the title of Best Design Junkie.
1Magic (DStv 103)
Girlfriends returns for its eighth and final year, providing an open, honest exploration of the hot-button issues about family, friends, relationships and life facing women today.
At the end of the show's seventh season, Joan was swept off her feet by a surprise engagement party given by her boyfriend Aaron.
Also, Maya and Darnell learned they were expecting a baby and have now decided to move out of the suburbs and back to the city.
Lynn remained committed to focusing on her music career and William and Monica were looking forward to starting life together as a married couple.
In the Season 8 premiere, "Range of Emotions": Joan causes a dispute between herself and Aaron after purchasing an expensive kitchen range for their new house and not discussing it over with him.
After they defuse their feud, Aaron receives unexpected news.
Meanwhile, Lynn begins to flaunt her success with her progressing music career.
TVSA Show Page: Girlfriends 8