New on TV today: Wednesday 22 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 22 Jul 2020
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Lost on Everest

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary, Adventure

Lost on Everest

Lost on Everest investigates one of exploration's most perplexing mysteries: what happened to the great explorers Andrew "Sandy" Irvine and George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared on 8 June, 1924, while attempting the first summit of Everest?

The clues to solving this mystery lie frozen somewhere near the top of the world's tallest mountain.

Mallory and Irvine disappeared high on Mount Everest, just 800 vertical feet from the summit. Irvine is believed to have carried a camera that final day. The film inside it could rewrite history.

Now, a team of elite climbers have new intel on the location of Irvine's body, and a chance to solve Everest's greatest mystery.

The one-hour special is led by journalist, climber and adventurer Mark Synnott, along with National Geographic photographer, climber and mountaineer Renan Ozturk.

They are joined by a world-renowned team of professional climbers with more than 100 combined years of experience on the mountain.

Together, they set out to find the body of Everest pioneer Irvine; solve the mystery behind his disappearance; and conclusively determine who successfully conquered the world's tallest mountain — a feat that would rewrite mountaineering history.

Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime, History

Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia

Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and '80s, until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down.

Throughout the 1970s and '80s, the "Five Families" of the New York mafia — Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese — held a powerful, and seemingly insurmountable, grip on the city.

In this three-part docuseries, award-winning documentarian Sam Hobkinson details the incredible story of the history-making organised crime investigation and prosecution case brought against New York's most formidable mob bosses.

Through interviews with dozens of law enforcement officials, ex-mafia associates and others, Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia sheds light on how the mafia's control of unions, high-rise construction and other industries netted billions for organised crime.

Previously unheard surveillance recordings, news footage and archival material alongside new interviews and reenactments paint a shocking and captivating portrait of this "Golden Era of the Mob".

Better Call Saul 5

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Drama

Better Call Saul 5

In Season 5, Jimmy McGill's decision to practice law as Saul Goodman creates unexpected and profound waves of change for those in his orbit.

The season shows the further progression of Jimmy into the character of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman after regaining his law license, while fully rejecting the goodwill that Howard Hamlin extends to him in the wake of Chuck's death.

Kim Wexler is dismayed by Jimmy's secretive and sporadic nature as well as her own willingness to go along with Jimmy's cons to get ahead in her casework.

Lalo Salamanca's presence in Albuquerque disrupts Gus Fring's legitimate restaurant business and his reputation with the Mexican cartel.

Both Nacho Varga, fearing for his father's safety, and Mike Ehrmantraut, struggling with his killing of Werner Ziegler, are caught between Gus and Lalo's conflict, eventually drawing Jimmy and Kim into it.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Magic Man": Now doing business as Saul Goodman, Jimmy unveils an unorthodox strategy for client development that tests Kim's tolerance of his new legal persona.

Lalo searches for the mysterious Michael, only to discover a problem within his own operation.

Counting On 11

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Counting On 11

As their family tree grows, the Duggar children are facing new challenges, exciting life opportunities and the anticipation of branching out on their own.

For some, that's all the way to the west coast.

Through the joyful highs, heartbreaking losses and sweet everyday moments, the Duggars continue to bring audiences along on their family journey.

The season begins with a one-hour Counting Now episode that will take you into what quarantine and social distancing means for a family of 19+ people.

To see how they are coping with the effects of the COVID-19 virus, the special will check in with the different branches of the Duggar family across the country.

Jessa and Ben struggle to keep three kids entertained while making the best of the situation at home.

Jinger and Jeremy deal with the California restrictions, which are far stricter than those in Arkansas.

Meanwhile, Jim Bob, Michelle, and the rest of the kids adjust to self-isolating when they have more than 10 people at home.

Later, the entire family comes together for a family fun night... via video chat.

The regular season begins the following week with the Duggar family picking up right where they left off.

Jinger, Jeremy and Felicity have officially left Texas and are moving to their new home in Los Angeles. After a few additional stops along the way, they finally arrive and are thrilled to start this new chapter.

Meanwhile, back at home, John David and Abbie get creative with their first-ever gender reveal.

Throughout the season, the Duggar children continue to come into their own, with many family units continuing to grow, and there could even be a surprise courtship announcement.

The Sinner 3

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama, Mystery

The Sinner 3

The Sinner's third installment follows Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) as he begins a routine investigation of a tragic car accident on the outskirts of Dorchester, in upstate New York.

Ambrose uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career.

The season follows troubled but unassuming school teacher named Jamie Burns (Matt Bomer) and a fatal car accident he endures with a college friend, Nick Haas (Chris Messina).

When evidence arises that there's more to the accident than just random tragedy and that Jamie may be covering up his involvement in Nick's death, Harry shifts his focus to his own Dorchester, New York, town and slowly begins building a case that only he can see laid before him.

Love That Girl

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Comedy

Love That Girl

This sitcom stars Tatyana Ali as Tyana Jones, a young divorcee who returns home to southern California for a second chance in life and a career in her father's real estate business.

When her unemployed brother Latrell unexpectedly moves in with her, the world that she was trying to create is suddenly turned upside down, and life will never be the same.

Tyana's new move reconnects her with old friends, especially her best friend Nefertiti, who is happily single and ready to help her friend get her groove back.

There are many other characters in Tyana's world and they all know that she is smart, sexy, fun-loving and far from perfect?

That's why they all Love That Girl.


1 Comment

22 Jul 2020 10:52

Tashi edited on
7/22/2020 10:54 AM

Fear City looks fascinating - crazy. I can never get my head around how real the mafia is.

Any time I see a show or movie about the underbelly of New York I always think about Gangs of New York. Definitely on my Top 10 list of fave movies of all time!

Re-Season 2 of Better Call Saul... it's the best by far. The brilliance of the connection between it and Breaking Bad comes into play bigtime and Kim Wexler is The BOMB.

She's always superbo but she's in absolute top form this season. 

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