New on TV today: Sunday 2 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Aug 2020
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Idols 16

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

Idols 16

The quest to find Mzansi's next Idol begins when Season 16 premieres, promising drama, fashion, tears, triumphs and unforgettable moments.

The show retains ProVerb as host this season, accompanied by returning judges Unathi, Somizi and Randall Abrahams.

This year's auditions were filmed before Lockdown in March in four cities: Pretoria, Durban, Jo'burg and Cape Town.

The return of the talent search show comes after Luyolo Yiba dropped the wooden mic to get the golden ticket, made it past theatre week and the live shows, before he won the grand prize in the 15th season.

All the judges will make their return this season and there will once again be celebrity guest judges.

While the show's production team will take the necessary health precautions to ensure the safety of the contestants is prioritised, all mass auditions were shot before Lockdown.

All the requisite health guidelines will be put in place ahead of all the live shows, and the cast and crew will ensure that social distancing, sanitizing of hands and venues with adequate ventilation will be used for this year's show.

In the Season 16 premiere: It's Idols Sweet 16 this year and the audition tour begins when ProVerb, Unathi, Randall and Somizi - along with guest judge Cassper Nyovest - search for talent in Cape Town.

TVSA Show Page: Idols 16

Rented Family 2

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Comedy

Rented Family 2

Sitcom which tells the story of Muzi, a self-made township entrepreneur whose big house attracts a motley crew of incompatible family and friends.

Muzi (Gabriel Mini) is a self-made, township rich entrepreneur who has his fingers in many pies.

He owns taxis, a shisa nyama and the biggest house on his street, which he is constantly extending in order to rent out more rooms.

His half-brother Zach (Trevor Gumbi), who happens to be a washed up and perpetually broke former soap star, with nowhere to go and a teenage daughter Zanele (Samke Makhoba) to raise, has moved into the house much to Muzi's displeasure.

Zanele has been brought up 'Model C' in the suburbs and now has to adjust to life in the township.

Muzi has a wayward son of his own to raise, Mzwa (Nkanyiso Shezi), a ghetto cheese boy who is far from a chip off the old block, being lazy and not sharing his father's hustler spirit.

This situation is made even more complicated a third parent in the mix, Lwazi (Noluthando Meje, replacing Swankie Mafoko from Season 1) - a single mother bringing up a pre-adolescent child, Gates (Sibusiso Maseko, replacing Siyabonga Mabuza), who most people in the neighbourhood consider to be trouble, but who she sees as an angel.

Lwazi is ambitious, confident, hard grinding but unfocused, often torn between being the dedicated mother and her latest get rich scheme.

The Big House is a revolving door for classic township characters who come and go for a whole host of reasons.

Leading the pack is Muzi's mother, Sis Dina (Linda Sebezo), an ex-beauty queen who lives on her past glories.

Together they all form a far from ordinary family.

Filled with outcasts who at first can't stand each other, they soon (even though they would never ever admit it) come to depend and care for one another.

This is family, redefined.

In the Season 2 premiere: Zanele and Mzwa have passed matric. Mzwa's plans for tertiary education upsets Muzi, while Zach's financial issues stand in the way of Zanele's future.

Meanwhile, the backroom tenants have been running up huge electricity bills, so Muzi's strategy is to rent to an older person.

TVSA Show Page: Rented Family 2

Rouen to Hiroshima

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Documentary, History

Rouen to Hiroshima

On 6 August 1945, the B-29 Superfortress bomber Enola Gay, piloted by Paul Tibbets, dropped the first atomic bomb used in combat over Hiroshima, Japan, bringing the Second World War to an end.

This story began three years earlier – 17 August 1942, in French skies over Rouen – when the same pilot led the first daylight bombing mission against occupied Europe.

Soon more high-altitude air raids would be given the green light, and the landscape of Europe and WWII would change forever.

A documentary with stunning archival images and never-before-heard testimonies tells the story of the massive bombing campaign that transformed the face of war, from Rouen to Hiroshima.


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


Science journalist Latif Nasser investigates the surprising and intricate ways in which we are connected to each other, the world and the universe.

Nasser hopscotches around the planet to tease out the subtle and surprising ways that we are all inextricably linked to one another and our world.

He discovers how everything from the air we breathe, the selfies we post and even the poop we poop can be traced back to catastrophic shipwrecks, fraudulent elections and even distant galaxies.

From the microscopic to the telescopic to the kaleidoscopic, this show will make you see the world around you in a whole new way.


Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 22h25
Genre: Comedy


Kat Dennings stars as a young woman who, after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, must deal with her own imagination when she literally and metaphorically re-enters the world of women, in order to rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

In the series premiere, "Guys' Girl": Jules Wiley has been totally absorbed by her relationship for the last five years.

When her boyfriend dumps her unexpectedly, Jules has to come to terms with the fact that she's let her female friendships fall apart, and plans a girls' night out in an attempt to win them back.

After Braveheart

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary, Docu-Drama, History

After Braveheart

The epic events portrayed in the Hollywood movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, were only the beginning of the long war for Scottish Independence.

After the Scotts finally defeat their English oppressors, the peace is uneasy. The Scotts, led by king Robert Bruce, invade Ireland to make his brother Edward king.

The goal: to unite the Celtic nations and drive the British back to their homeland.

Narrated by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), the series features extensive and dramatic reenactments and stars Clive Russell (Game of Thrones) as Robert Bruce.

Atmospheric dramatic sequences and visceral battle scenes are combined with stunning locations and innovative CGI to bring the harsh and violent medieval world to life.

Buffalo Fortress

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary

Buffalo Fortress

Buffaloes and Lions: We label them "Predator" and "Prey" but their connection is more entwined and complex. Powerful opponents, the strengths of one species forge the counter strengths of the other.

For nine years the breeding herd, lead by Big Cow and protected by Big Bull, has fended off relentless attacks from the resident lion pride.

There are casualties, but Big Bull knows how to close ranks and meet the lions' onslaughts as an impenetrable fortress.

It's a dance of survival both buffalo and lion have learned over many seasons.

There are daily incursions and blood is spilled... though not only from the buffaloes.


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