New on TV today: Saturday 5 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Sep 2020
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Ancient China From Above

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

Ancient China From Above

Featuring breathtaking drone footage as its centrepiece, the From Above franchise explores, in stunning visual detail, the culture, history, innovation and engineering feats that have helped shape the world as we know it.

With exclusive access all over the world, National Geographic's cameras are able to fly through restricted airspace, capturing never-before-seen views of the Earth.

Epic cinematography marries with advanced technologies to enable iconic tracking shots, with a drone able to lock in its flight coordinates and return to the same location to capture the exact same shot at different times and seasons, highlighting changes in the macrocosm below.

Anchoring the visual storytelling with the hard-won observations and wisdom of a local inhabitant who has a deep and abiding connection with their land, is integral to each show's success.

These human voices bring perspective and insight to the series while exploring geological wonders, animals and native wildlife, migratory routes carved over generations, marvels of human engineering, big celebratory festivals and ancient half-forgotten wonders.

Ancient China From Above moves into the realm of satellite and LiDAR technologies to help peel away layers of modern development, taking you back in time to see how earlier landscapes were shaped in ways just like today.

The series scours the largest manmade structure on Earth in Secrets of the Great Wall; explores Kublai Khan's legendary lost city in inner Mongolia in Mysteries of Xanadu; and reveals Shimao, a newly discovered megacity from 4,000 years ago that was one of the largest on the planet and whose inhabitants created amazing Maya-like carvings and practiced human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale in China's Pompeii.

Tackling astonishing new archaeological findings from above, the three-part series opens up new possibilities for potential future installments of the franchise.

Rusbanksessies met Dozi

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Music, Talk Show, Afrikaans

Rusbanksessies met Dozi

Pour a glass of your favourite tipple and sit back for an hour of socialising and singing along with the husky voice of Hartbeespoort hero, Dozi.

Every episode, shot on Dozi's farm, is an intimate jam session with friends in the industry – from Jakkie Louw to Jannie Moolman.

No question is taboo and there's no stopping the music.

Spartan Race: Ultimate Team Challenge 2

TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition

Spartan Race: Ultimate Team Challenge 2

Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge takes team competitions to a new level.

Groups of friends, families and co-workers are put to the ultimate test as they attempt to complete a grueling half-mile Spartan course packed with never-before-seen obstacles designed to challenge the will and endurance of all who attempt it.

Shot at night with an industrial backdrop, each team will compete on one of the most punishing courses ever devised and must push through the pain to win $250,000.

In each episode, six teams of five - four athletes alongside the support of a team captain - will compete. No team can get through the course and reach the finish line without working together.

From rope-burning climbs to crawls through cold, wet mud, the competition culminates with some of the most back-breaking obstacles ever built.

Along the course teams will encounter the relentless tire swing and the dreaded slip wall, plus the debut of rigorous new obstacles that have never been seen before in any competition.

This season, decorated US Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno and ESPN and radio personality Kelvin Washington will deliver the play by play action to audiences as the teams race through the demanding course.

MJ Acosta returns as a sideline reporter alongside Major League Baseball all-star Nick Swisher, who joins Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge following a 12-season career that included a World Series championship with the New York Yankees.

Roswell: New Mexico 2

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Roswell: New Mexico 2

Once again, an Ortecho sister with a sharp tongue and a chip on her shoulder is back in Roswell after 10 years gone... and she's about to discover she's been serving mint chip milkshakes to intergalactic aliens all her life.

In the final moments of Season 1, Max Evans used his alien powers to resurrect Rosa a decade after her murder... not realising that he was sacrificing his own life in the process.

In Season 2, Liz mourns her lost love by seeking comfort in science, both earthly and extraterrestrial, as Rosa turns to Kyle to help her find her place in the unfamiliar territory of 2019.

In their grief, Isobel explores potentially dangerous methods of self-defence, and Michael spirals into some old bad habits, putting his relationships with Maria and Alex at risk.

Finally, our heroes must make a deal with Jesse Manes for information after a friend seems to vanish into thin air... and the apparent "alien abduction" brings new small-town secrets to light.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Stay (I Missed You)": Torn between the heartache of Max's sacrifice and the joy of Rosa's resurrection, Liz suppresses her grief to focus on moving out of Roswell with Rosa.

Meanwhile, Michael copes with Max's death in his own self-destructive way, while Isobel focuses her attention on honing her alien powers.

Finally, Liz makes an alarming discovery after Rosa begins experiencing mysterious side effects from her resurrection.

Europe's New Wild

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Wildlife, Nature

Europe's New Wild

The inspiring story of the wild rebirth of a continent.

Across six episodes, the series reveals the spectacular resurgence of nature across Europe's most varied and breathtaking landscapes.

From the Arctic Circle to rich river wetlands, from deep forest to rugged mountain peaks, witness Europe's most iconic wildlife thrive and flourish in the most unexpected places.

Close Calls on Camera 6

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Documentary Series, Clip Show

Close Calls on Camera 6

Series presented by Nick Knowles which brings to life the stories of ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary circumstances.

The series has access to a variety of sources such as video and phone footage shot by those involved and onlookers, dramatic real-life 999 calls, and first-hand accounts from the survivors and their friends and families.

The show relives the split-second moments when everyday events are transformed into disasters and meets the people who lived to tell the tale.

In the Season 6 premiere: A young couple out walking along a pavement are hit by an out-of-control car, a young mum calls 999 when her baby is unresponsive, and a teenage motorcyclist meets a four-by-four head-on.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill: A film extra is taken ill at the top of a cathedral tower and a coastguard crew fight to save him, a mum and daughter flee a fire in their flat, and customers at a pub run from an out-of-control lorry.

The Goldbergs 7

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Comedy

The Goldbergs 7

Despite the challenges, ups, downs, twists and turns of life together, everyone's favourite '80s family proves that life will be sweet.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Vacation": Before Erica and Barry go off to college, Beverly insists the family take a road trip to go on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

But like the film, things do not go as planned as they travel across the country.

Meanwhile, Erica worries more and more about her relationship with Geoff when he teases "we need to talk" and won't tell her anything until the family returns from their adventure.


Actors in this post: Dozi, Jannie Moolman, Apolo Ohno


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