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New on TV today: Sunday 18 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Oct 2020
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Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy, Advertiser-Funded

Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar

This series features both established and up-and-coming local comedians in a new virtual format, tackling everything from dating to food, family, heritage, politics and language barriers, amongst others.

The Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar came to life during lockdown level 5 to show its continued support for the SA comedy industry.

During this time, it was exclusive to Savanna's social media channels and due to restrictions, no production or filming could take place.

As a result, there was a YouTube/Facebook link on Thursday nights, but it has now found a new home at Comedy Central Africa, where it will live for the foreseeable future.

To kick off the festivities, three fan favourite comedians joined forces to build The Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar on Friday 9 October, 2020, at Melrose Arch. What could possibly go wrong?

The comedians picking up the drills and paint include Jason Goliath, David Kau and rising talent Farieda Metsileng.

The line-up includes Schalk Bezuidenhout, Carvin Goldstone, Lihle Msimang, Rob van Vuuren, KG Mokgadi, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, TsiTsi Chiumya, Prev Reddy, Muzi Dlamini and The Black Wendy, to name a few.

The series premiere features an opening set by the cuddliest member of "Goliath and Goliath" and self-proclaimed "Mr. Sexy Chubby" himself, who gives the ultimate three rules to survive a pandemic.

Schalk Bezuidenhout also shares his fond memories of travel, before the lockdown ruined everything.

The episode is hosted by Noko Moswete, who serves as a "bartender" from behind the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar, which will be anchored by a different comedian every week.

This week's sketch comics are duo "Muzi & Stig", comprised of Muzi Dlamini and Siyabonga "Stig" Sesanti.

In addition, visual artists and illustrators bring the comedians' sets to life in a world where there are no live stages and laughing audiences.

This week, Jason Goliath set will be illustrated by Caitlin Weare while Schalk Bezuidenhout's set will be illustrated by David Edwards.
 

Presidents at War

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 21h20
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Presidents at War

The story of World War II through the experiences of eight remarkable men.

Men who, like 16-million other Americans, bravely serve their country during its darkest hour, and then go on to further service as the nation's Commanders-in-Chief.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

This is the story of how their war experiences change them, how they emerge from conflict as leaders and how the crucible of war shapes the decisions they make when they reach the White House.

The Presidents' experiences give a vivid picture of both the European and Pacific theatres of battle in World War II.

Nineteen-year-old bomber pilot George H.W. Bush and 25-year-old PT Boat commander John F. Kennedy fight on the front lines in the Pacific.

Fifty-two-year-old General Dwight D. Eisenhower – a man who had never seen combat before the outbreak of the war, goes on to become the Supreme Allied Commander of the war in Europe – and seizes it back from Nazi control.

These are men who would play a first-hand role in the war effort.

They become men who would steer the nation through conflict and turmoil in the last half of what would become known as the American century, fueled by lessons they learned during the 20th century's defining war.

In the series premiere, "A Call to Valor": The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges an unprepared United States into World War Two.

Among the 16-million Americans who serve on active duty are eight American Presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Bush, Ford, Reagan and Eisenhower.

The series follows these men through war in both the European and Pacific theatres, starting in December 1941 through late 1943, telling the story of their war experiences and how those experiences shaped them as leaders.

In the Pacific, Johnson is nearly killed in a twist of fate, and JFK's PT boat is blown up, Reagan becomes the popular face of the American soldier, Carter joins the US Naval Academy and Eisenhower moves from a rookie to a seasoned general as he leads the invasion of North Africa, Italy – and prepares for D-Day.
 

Black-ish 5

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy

Black-ish 5

Like any parents, Andre "Dre" (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring's childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Gap Year": after dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year.

Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

TVSA Show Page: Black-ish 5
 

Apocalypse: Stalin

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Apocalypse: Stalin

The rise of Stalin, from his early beginning as a bank robber to the cold-blooded leader of the Soviet Union.

Who was Stalin? The winner of Nazism, the "Little Father of Peoples", or the greatest criminal of his century?

In three episodes, Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle draw up the portrait of one who was one of the most ferocious tyrants of the 20th century.

June 1941. Hitler has thrown himself into a fight to the death against Stalin.

Two decades earlier, in 1917, Joseph Jughashvili from Georgia is a member of Lenin's Bolshevik Party, who has just seized power in Russia. The country is torn by civil war.

1942: after arresting the Germans outside Moscow, Stalin faces Hitler's second assault. It is in Stalingrad that the fate of the world will be played out.

Plunged into hell, as in Leningrad, men, women, children are sacrificed.

1944: the Soviets complete their liberation. On the way to Berlin, they discover the horror of Hitler's extermination camps.

Fifteen years earlier, Stalin had transformed his country by all possible means and had imposed a "new man" by terror.

 

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