New on TV today: Sunday 4 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 04 Oct 2020
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Chasing the Sun

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Sport

Chasing the Sun

This documentary series charts the Boks' rise from dejection and under-performance to the pinnacle of international rugby, so vividly demonstrated when captain Siya Kolisi lifted the trophy in Tokyo.

From the intense pre-Championship training to the devastating loss to New Zealand in the pool stages and the triumphant final game against England, the series will allow South Africans to relive the highs and lows of the Springbok's path to their RWC victory.

The series starts long before the World Cup and tracks the Boks' path from also-rans, detailing how coach Rassie Erasmus got the team to believe in itself, to their remarkable coronation as world champions.

Erasmus appointed a new captain in Siya Kolisi and helped the team reclaim its identity. Defeat and denial were part of that difficult journey.

Chasing the Sun is a story of redemption with unprecedented access and exclusive contributions from coaching staff, players and commentators.

It is spliced with interviews with many of the key figures, adding perspective and context to one of South Africa's great stories.

The documentary is the story of how a team, a nation and the world came to discover that we are all indeed stronger together.

Vula Vala

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Vula Vala

Drama series which follows the fortunes of a young soccer player whose arrival at a family-owned club unlocks an old secret the owners thought was buried, bringing on an emotional rollercoaster ride where family meets football, business, crime and betrayal.

Sello Maake ka-Ncube stars as Bra Rex, a retired soccer player-turned club owner.

He is a ruthless businessman whose past life catches up with him as he tries to revive The Warriors, his struggling soccer outfit, in Kwa Thema Ekurhuleni.

A young man in his 20s, Mzi, leaves Ladysmith to work for his uncle and to find a better life in Johannesburg.

The plot takes a twist after Mzi, an aspiring soccer player, finds himself playing for The Warriors, and an old secret is revealed to everyone's dismay.

The series goes behind the scenes of this family-owned football club, where the pursuit for happiness leads to old wounds being opened.

Tina Jaxa stars as Thembi, Bra Rex's wife, who is hellbent on keeping her family together.

Also starring is Darlington Michaels as Gab, a township thug who gets entangled in their business affairs.

Other cast members include Khanyisani Kheswa as Mzi, Sikelelwa Vuyeleni as Owami, Luckyboy Mtshali as Kop, Sandile Dlamini as Tinyiko, Lebogang Phake as Dipuo, Sister V as Dudu, Sthandile Nkosi as Teaspoon, Mthandeni Mvelase as Bra Percy and Sello Ramolahloane as Bra Bheki.

Vula Vala is produced by Black Brain Pictures. The working title of the show was "The Score".

TVSA Show Page: Vula Vala

Biography: The Trump Dynasty

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Documentary Series

Biography: The Trump Dynasty

Documentary series drawing from first-hand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage that examine the life and heritage of the 45th President of the United States.

As part of the Biography series, the documentary spans three generations of the Trump family saga and offers an in-depth exploration of the influences that shaped Donald Trump's personality, celebrity and ambition in business and politics.

From the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s to the origins of a New York real-estate empire, the documentary provides an all-encompassing view of the Trump family that has rarely been seen.

The series delves into Donald Trump's childhood in Queens, his risky move into the world of Manhattan real estate and the creation of a landmark residential skyscraper on Fifth Avenue.

It also covers his notoriety as a best-selling author and reality television star, and the lead up to his 2016 presidential campaign.

In the series premiere, "New Frontiers": Starting with the Yukon Gold Rush of 1880, three generations of the Trump family confront new frontiers and build the foundation for Donald Trump's fame and fortune.

Little Big Shots: Forever Young

TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Variety, Comedy, Reality

Little Big Shots: Forever Young

Following up on the success of Little Big Shots, in which kids brought their talents to a TV audience, this spin-off features young-at-heart seniors ranging in age from 60 to 103 showcasing their hidden talents, vibrant personalities and incredible wisdom.

From extraordinary singers and dancers, to gymnasts and more, these grandmas and grandpas have remarkable skills that thrill and amaze, reminding us all that age is just a number - and decades of practice really can pay off.

The premiere of the series from executive producers Ellen DeGeneres and host Steve Harvey features five remarkable seniors as well as a special guest appearance by America's favourite senior, entertainment legend Betty White.

Extraordinary seniors featured in the first episode include an incredible 80-year-old tap dancer, an opera-singing plumber and 11-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and pastor Shirley Caesar, who has also become an Internet sensation.

Harvey also visits with a funny magician/illusionist and an 81-year-old great grandma and daredevil swap pole performer who comes from a famous family of circus performers and shows off her incredible talent from 85 feet in the air.

Indoni Mr and Miss Cultural SA

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Pageant, Awards, Lifestyle, Fashion

Indoni Mr and Miss Cultural SA

Annual cultural pageant, showcasing cultural diversity and social cohesion.

Indoni is an initiative aimed at strengthening cultural identification amongst Mzansi's youth, in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture.

The extravaganza show includes fashion, dance, theatre as well as traditional performances.

Secret Life of Babies

Channel: Da Vinci (DStv 318)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary

Secret Life of Babies

This documentary special narrated by Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) will draw on recent scientific studies about the first three years of human life to explore a number of questions.

These include "What can a baby see and hear? How does a baby explore the world? Why can they swim underwater? How do they communicate? And why do toddlers have temper tantrums?"

So much development happens in the first three years, for example, we grow to what will be half of our full adult height, we learn to tell colours apart, we learn to walk and to communicate with people and animals, we learn to anticipate danger, and we even come to understand that we are beings separate from the others around us.

As well as exploring how all of this happens, the documentary reveals surprising facts – like that babies don't even have kneecaps when they're born, and they have no fear of even big, predatory animals, and they understand as much as three times the amount of words that they can say.

The documentary will also reveal how babies can recover when things go terribly wrong.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary, Wildlife, Nature

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

A broadcaster recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future.

Produced by wildlife filmmakers Silverback Films and the WWF, this feature documentary tells the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other.

In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder.

The film provides a snapshot of global nature loss in a single lifetime.

With it comes a powerful message of hope for future generations as Attenborough reveals the solutions to help save our planet from disaster.

The film, which serves as Attenborough's witness statement for the natural world, launches globally on Netflix today.

America's Great Divide: From Obama to Trump

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

America's Great Divide: From Obama to Trump

A two-part investigation into America's increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics.

America's Great Divide: From Obama to Trump draws on revelatory new interviews with key political and cultural figures, as well as an unparalleled archive of in-depth broadcast reporting across two presidential administrations, to offer crucial context for the current moment.

Part One traces how Barack Obama's promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.

Part Two examines how Trump's campaign exploited the country's divisions, how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide, and what America's polarisation could mean for the country's future.

Glam Guru 19

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality Makeover, Afrikaans

Glam Guru 19

Hannon and his team are back for more makeover madness.

In the first episode this season, Jolene, who doesn't have a special someone or a job, is hoping that a new look will help her turn over a new page.

Rosa is another one of those women who've put themselves last in their lives because they're taking care of someone else, but while she's still taking care of her bedridden husband, Hannon and his team will show her how she can value herself, too.

Top Gear 26

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Motoring, Magazine

Top Gear 26

What's the best new family estate car on the market?

According to the Top Gear producers, it's the very competent, very spacious, very practical Skoda Superb.

But Matt and Chris reckoned there were a couple of better solutions to the family estate car question. Namely the 208mph Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, and the 190mph Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.

Sure, they might cost a combined, um, £350,000, but they've both got boots, they've both got proper rear seats, they're both four-wheel drive.

How much more practicality do you need?

So to prove just how sensible and family-ish their Ferrari and Porsche really are, Chris and Matt headed to the fjords of Norway for a nice sensible road trip.

Incorporating chainsaws, tunnels, BASE jumpers, and a strangely persistent Viking.

The Secret History of the White House

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Documentary

The Secret History of the White House

In 2010, tall fences went up outside the West Wing of the White House.

This massive, $376-million-dollar construction project was intensely guarded from the prying eyes of the press and downplayed as nothing more than a routine upgrade to the wiring and air conditioning systems of the White House.

What is the true story behind this sprawling, multistory structure whose underground assembly required truckloads of heavy-duty concrete and steel beams?

Many have speculated that the real centre of power for the White House is underground.

From the first bunkers built to protect FDR and Truman to the rumoured passageways, elevators and vault doors with biometric access control systems, this special will use CGI to explore both the hidden and known lairs that that lie beneath the most important piece of real estate in the America.

Piecing together information from secret sources and a two-hundred-year evolution of the White House, investigative journalists and government insiders weigh in on the mystery of an unusual white box and a top-secret construction project dubbed the "Big Dig" that took place outside of the West Wing from 2007-2012.

Using little known images, previously classified material and detailed graphics, the search for truth reveals not only what secrets might lay below the White House, but how their existence could affect democracy as we know it.


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