New on TV today: Thursday 16 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 16 Jul 2020
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Dino Hunters

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h55
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

Dino Hunters

Across the American West, ranchers are fighting to preserve their way of life, struggling to make ends meet raising cattle.

Now, a few modern-day frontiersmen have found a new way to save their livelihoods: hunting for dinosaurs.

From Montana to Wyoming to South Dakota, this series joins the hunt to extract the fragile bones of the prehistoric giants that once roamed there; and make some serious cash in the process.

In Montana, a discovery of dinosaur bones on a rancher's land calls for fossil hunter, Clayton Phipps, to assess their potential - both financially and scientifically.

Will his dig unearth a big payday?

And in Wyoming, rancher and fossil hunter Mike Harris has a potential buyer for the greatest discovery of his life: Cowboy Rex, one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons in the world.

These dino hunters are ready to dig deep in their quest for precious relics from a distant time.


Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Religion, Afrikaans


The days when Afrikaans speakers all belonged to one of the traditional Afrikaans churches are long gone. They express their faith and spirituality in different ways and through various channels.

An increasing number of Afrikaans speakers also choose to live as agnostics or atheists.

With Pelgrims, Susan Booyens explores various religions in South Africa. In each of the 13 episodes, we are introduced to a person belonging to a certain faith.

The series does not criticise any religion, but gives insider perspectives on various belief systems, including the Orthodox Jewish congregation in the Winelands of the Cape, Hare Krishnas, Rastafarians and Buddhists.

My Big Day: Home or Away?

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality

My Big Day: Home or Away?

Tara Fay and Bruce Russell are wedding planners who've risen to the top tier of their profession – creating elegant receptions and exclusive private events for celebrity clients all over Europe.

Friends, contemporaries and now, rivals...

Tara and Bruce compete to convince a couple that they have the perfect ceremony.

Each planner plans a wedding for engaged couples. The couple then chooses the winning venue and ties the knot in their dream location.

Bruce and Tara will make very different wedding day pitches to the soon-to-be married couples. Tara will present dream weddings in Ireland. Bruce will showcase glamorous foreign locations.

Each couple will be offered a preview of both options. Then they'll choose their Big Day - will it be Home or Away?

In the series premiere, "Niamh & Conor": It's all go in Tullamore, County Offaly where student nurse Niamh and her partner, clothing entrepreneur Conor, are balancing work and family life with their two-year-old son Alfie.

The couple's €12,000 - €15,000 budget will have to cater for 150 guests at home, but just 50 people abroad, leaving Tara with less to spend on a venue and Bruce with fewer friends and family to take away.

Tara proposes a reception at the Green Barn at historic Burtown House in Athy, County Kildare – just one hour's drive from Niamh and Conor's home.

Bruce takes the couple to Quinta de Sant'Ana – a working farm in the quaint Portuguese sunny village of Gradil, just 30 minutes from Lisbon.

So far in their relationship, Niamh and Conor have made all their major decisions with the toss of one lucky coin.

But will fate intervene now as they're faced with the tricky choice of a woodland wedding with all their friends and family, or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to paradise with a much smaller group of friends and family?

Will one of the biggest decisions of their lives be on the flip of a coin?

Indian Matchmaking

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

Indian Matchmaking

Matchmaker Sima Taparia guides clients in the US and India in the arranged marriage process, offering an inside look at the custom in a modern era.

What happens when you're ready to meet someone but the dating apps feel superficial and aren't yielding the desired results?

Meet the single millennials who have decided that it's time to revisit methods from the past and look to the experts.

Over eight episodes, Indian matchmaker Sima Taparia learns about her clients with painstaking precision - from interests and ambitions to in-depth astrological readings - as she guides them towards their perfect match.

From Houston to Chicago to Mumbai, these young singles go on sometimes fun, sometimes awkward first dates - often with their family in tow - to discover whether these good-on-paper matches can turn into a love that lasts a lifetime.

MasterChef USA 3

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

MasterChef USA 3

Chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot return to the MasterChef judging panel.

After a nationwide search, only the best amateur cooks - including a stock broker, a professional opera singer, a plastic surgeon, as well as the first blind cook to enter the competition - were flown to Los Angeles for a chance to prepare their signature dishes and present them to the judges.

The judges will taste for flavour, originality, creativity and presentation.

Most importantly, the amateur cooks must demonstrate a genuine passion for food and a drive to win in order to earn a coveted white apron and move on to the next round.

Liefde Sonder Grense 2

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans

Liefde Sonder Grense 2

Talk show that explores relationships between non-conventional people, hosted by Rian van Heerden.

From hairy and tall love, to love despite disfigurement or addiction, Liefde Sonder Grense proves that true love can conquer all.

Love asks no questions - this is very clear when you meet the guests of the new season.

Rian and his guests frankly talk about issues like love in spite of encroaching death, victims of rape and abuse, old love that never rusts and couples whose love survived the loss of a child.

In the Season 2 premiere: Stanley and Vanessa married on 17 May, 2020, after Stanley found out he had been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and didn't have much time left to live.

Stacey Dooley: Countdown to Armageddon

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary

Stacey Dooley: Countdown to Armageddon

Should we all be making plans for the end of the world?

In America, a movement of people called preppers are doing all they can to make sure they survive global disaster.

Stacey spends time with three prepper communities who are gearing up for uncertain futures, with concerns ranging from civil unrest and nuclear war to climate change and natural disasters.

Some have bought bunkers to escape to, others have isolated themselves from society. Stacey explores the reasons why they are going to such lengths to protect themselves.

And she asks - should I be following their lead?



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