New on TV today: Thursday 27 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 27 Aug 2020
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Louis Theroux's LA Stories: Among the Sex Offenders

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary

Louis Theroux's LA Stories: Among the Sex Offenders

In this episode of Louis Theroux's LA Stories, Louis spends time in the twilight world of the city's paroled sex offenders, whose crimes have made them pariahs living on the fringes of society.

The State of California has some of the toughest regulations anywhere in America controlling sex offenders.

On leaving prison they can spend years on parole, tagged and tracked, and a lifetime on an online sex offenders register.

Louis spent several months at some of the hostels in Los Angeles where sex offenders live, talking in depth to sex offenders themselves as well as the people charged with monitoring them.

The tough rules governing where they can live and who they can see make it hard for registered sex offenders to find work or even housing, and many are forced into homelessness.

Meeting these outcasts Louis asks whether these tough rules keep society safer and when, if ever, it is right to give sex offenders a second chance.

Love & Marriage: Huntsville

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Love & Marriage: Huntsville

Follows three high-powered African-American couples who have returned to Huntsville, Alabama (nicknamed "The Rocket City" for its close association with NASA and U.S. space missions) to help revitalise the region through their joint real estate venture.

The couples are longtime friends and avid socialites who all have their own personalities, strong points of view and individual strategies for wanting to make this huge undertaking a success.

We'll see if they can succeed at mixing business with pleasure for all the right reasons, or if the cutthroat industry makes foes of the longtime friends.

Along the way there will be laughter, tears, heated arguments and even a wedding as they try to transform both the city and their relationships to achieve their dreams.

Will they succeed at mixing business with pleasure? Or will the personal quarrels make foes of the longtime friends?

In the series premiere, "Rocket City Revival": Melody and Martell reach out to fellow power-couples LaTisha, Marsau, Kimmi and Maurice to reunite the Comeback Group in hopes of revitalizing Huntsville, Alabama.

At dinner, things get uncomfortable when Melody brings up the topic of respectful cheating.

American Housewife 4

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy

American Housewife 4

With the kids growing older, Katie and Greg decide to sell the old minivan, hoping to usher in a new era in their lives.

However, their excitement is short lived when Anna-Kat is released from her special education class, Taylor's lack of basic life skills causes an issue, and a torn ACL puts Oliver's dance career in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Daniel suffers a setback that forces him to rethink how to accomplish his goals.

Art of the Heist 2

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Docu-Drama, True Crime

Art of the Heist 2

Art of the Heist investigates the most high profile art thefts of the 20th and 21st centuries, fitting together the pieces of crime jigsaw and studies the masterpieces coveted by the criminal world.

The series give a crook's-eye view of history's most notorious art thefts - from nabbing the Mona Lisa out of the Louvre in broad daylight to the still-unsolved blockbuster heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Vivid reenactments show how cunning break-ins, scams and forgeries netted millions of dollars and became front-page news.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Lady in Gold": Gustav Klimt composed more than 200 sketches of Adele Bloch-Bauer before rendering the Austrian socialite on canvas in luminous gold hues.

It took the Nazis only one night to confiscate her portrait and set off a battle for possession of the canvas that lasted more than six decades.


Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama, Miniseries


Revolves around a humble miner in a small town who stumbles upon a horde of gold coins, prompting the question: what if a man who's never had anything gets a chance to have all he's ever wanted?

The series seeks to answer that question while shining a light on the often ignored troubles faced by the working poor in the forgotten small towns of South Africa.

Emjindini was the third in a miniseries strand which aired on SABC1 in 2018, entitled "Woza Nazo", after Emoyeni and Side Dish.

Set in the historically significant mining town of Barberton, Mpumalanga, Emjindini follows Amos Shabangu (Freedom Mswane) as he works daily, chipping away at the walls of a 100-year-old mine, contributing to an economy that has constantly excluded him and his family.

By happenstance, Amos finds a bag of long-buried gold coins following an earth tremor brought on by his own negligence.

While the bag seems like the solutions to all his woes, Amos has to think on his feet when a naïve and overzealous colleague, an evil superior and a looming protest threaten his victory.

The series stars Freedom Mswane (Ashes to Ashes) as Amos, Sisanda Henna (Trackers) as Samson, Laki Khoza (iKhaya) as Darlington, Sthembile Mhlongo (Gospel Gold) as Nomvula, Nomalanga Nkosi (Scandal!) as Lesedi, Zimkitha Kumbaca (Matatiele) as Thembelihle and Zigi Ndlovu (Broken Vows) as Samora.

The series was partially shot on location in Barberton, in the township of Emjindini.

TVSA Show Page: Emjindini

Homestead Rescue 3

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Homestead Rescue 3

In the last decade, two million Americans have attempted to leave behind civilisation in favour of life off-the-grid - but most have failed.

For the hundreds of families who decide to become homesteaders, the learning curve is a steep one.

On Homestead Rescue, struggling homesteaders across the country are turning expert homesteader Marty Raney - along with his daughter Misty Raney, a farmer; and son Matt Raney, a hunter and fisherman - to teach them the necessary skills to survive the wilderness.

The stakes are high, but the Raney family is determined to prepare these families for nature's worst and set them up for success.

Each family faces the ultimate decision: will they tough out their first year or pack up and return to civilisation?

Coming up this season, The Raneys must overhaul a faulty electrical system and build a hydro-electric wheel to rescue a homestead at risk of igniting in the next wildfire.

And, the guys save a single mum and her daughter from a rampaging moose and secure a source of food by building a bridge across a murky creek and teaching predator deterrent techniques.


Shows in this post: Emjindini

Channels in this post: SABC3, 1Magic, Vuzu, Discovery Channel, Curiosity Channel


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