New on TV today: Monday 19 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 19 Oct 2020
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Africa Modern

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Lifestyle, Documentary Series

Africa Modern

The South African and African creative realm has truly come into its own over the past few decades, to the point where the world is watching, looking to Africa for inspiration, answers and guidance.

Africa Modern is a show which explores the creative world of fashion, design, technology, trends and the arts, talking to the visionaries and thought leaders who are at the forefront of African creativity.

The show meets the personalities, showcases their craft and discovers what it's taken them to get to where they are today.

Ayanda Thabethe is the host of the show, which explores the very best that African creativity has to offer.

In the series premiere we're exploring denim design with Tshepo the Jean Maker.

Then we take a look at how art and fabric can come together to create "Something Good" and to finish off we're "Catching Up with Creatives" by chatting to furniture and interior designer Mlondolozi Hempe.

The Good Lord Bird

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Miniseries

The Good Lord Bird

Starring and executive produced by Ethan Hawke, who plays the controversial abolitionist John Brown, the seven-episode series is based on the award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.

The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion, a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas - a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces.

He eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the US Armory at Harpers Ferry.

Brown's raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War.

The Good Lord Bird weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.

In the series premiere, "Meet the Lord": Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856, has a run-in with abolitionist John Brown, who mistakes him for a girl and promptly "frees" him.

Believing Henry to be his good luck charm, Brown welcomes him into his ragtag army and nicknames him "Onion".

Donning a dress for the first time while dodging bullets, Onion quickly awakens to the life or death stakes in the battle over human bondage and witnesses Brown's divinely inspired violent agenda: to free the land of slavery by any means necessary.

The Good Karma Hospital

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Drama, Medical Drama

The Good Karma Hospital

Set in a coastal town in tropical South India, this series tells the story of junior doctor, Ruby Walker, who arrives in India looking for a job and a distraction from her heartbreak.

She anticipates the sunshine, the palm trees and picture-perfect beaches. She's even prepared for the sacred cows, the tuk-tuks and the Delhi-belly that everyone warned her about.

What she doesn't expect are the realities of work, life and even love at an under-resourced and over-worked cottage hospital.

Run by a gloriously eccentric Englishwoman – Doctor Lydia Fonseca - the Good Karma Hospital is the beating heart of the local community.

Held together by a hand-picked team of British and Indian medics, the Good Karma turns no-one away - locals, ex-pats and tourists are all welcomed through its doors.

The series follows the lives and loves of a team of hard working medics as they travel the red dirt roads to patients staying in five-star beach resorts or inland – through lush green jungles – to help local villagers.

Back at the hospital, literally any story can walk through the door – and often it does.

The series mixes the heart-breaking with the humorous, and as Doctor Ruby Walker adjusts to life in India, she realises that the Good Karma Hospital is more than just a rundown medical outpost - it's a home.

Wild at Heart

Channel: TLNovelas (DStv Channel 133)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Telenovela

Wild at Heart

Two brothers must leave their farm after the oldest one mismanaged the finances.

Penniless and despondent, the younger brother, Octavio, decides to use his knowledge at a nearby ranch. There, he meets the beautiful Maricruz.

As they grow to know each other, her protective family does everything they can to stop the lovers from being together.

Eventhough she never met her father, life seemed perfect to Maricruz. She lived with her grandfather and her sister, surrounded by nature and isolated from people's malice.

But by meeting Octavio and falling in love with him, her entire world changed.

Life will put some difficult tests in front of her which she will have to pass: losing her biggest love, her grandfather's death and meeting again with her father.

But her wild spirit will help her face her new destiny with courage and strength.

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2

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

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2

Real cases of perplexing disappearances, shocking murders and paranormal encounters fuel this revival of the iconic documentary series.

Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the 12 new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable.

These range from the trauma of a loved one's unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter.

Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery.

In six new episodes, Unsolved Mysteries explores more unexplained disappearances, tragic events and bizarre occurrences.

What led to the death of a well-respected political insider?

Was an unidentified woman found dead in Oslo, Norway, part of a secret intelligence operation?

Did the sudden loss of lives in Japan's 2011 tsunami result in supernatural encounters?

Detectives, journalists, and family members offer intriguing theories in this series.

Black Lives Matter

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

Black Lives Matter

In South Africa, the autumn of 1994, the African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela came to power.

This, we believed, would signify an end to racism and oppression, and our people would prosper. But today inequality and economic disempowerment are still rife.

The corruption and power grabbing at all levels of society impacts not only on the moral fabric of our society but, more importantly, on the working class poor.

The massacre of 34 striking mineworkers at a mine called Marikana brought these issues into sharp focus.

Now, in an area called Mokopane in South Africa's Limpopo province, tensions between the community and the mining companies, and communities and their traditional leaders, seem set to explode, with equally dire consequences.

Black Lives Matter explores how the mineral wealth, rightfully belonging to the people of South Africa, has been sold to capitalist interests for the enrichment of a few elite and at the expense of the country – and how traditional communities have been divided in this process.

This film takes us on a journey through three rural communities – the Mogales, the Kekanas and the Mapelas.

What they have in common is that the richest platinum bearing reef in the world runs underneath their land – and that international mining companies have made dubious deals with traditional leaders whose very legitimacy is questioned by the communities they supposedly serve.

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Reality

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

Jamie Oliver shows some incredible recipes, tips and hacks, specifically tailored for the unique times we're living in, and how to make the most of our kitchen staples.

Jamie will show you how to make the most from kitchen staples and how to be creative with whatever ingredients you've got at home, and whatever your budget.

From ingenious ideas for frozen food, to recipes drawn entirely from the store-cupboard, Jamie will be on hand to show home cooks how to make nutritious and delicious food using simple ingredients.

And for those feeling a little more ambitious, Jamie will also be showing just how easy it is to make a simple bread dough and pasta from scratch with what you already have to hand.

Little Women: Atlanta 4

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 20h05
Genre: Docu-Reality

Little Women: Atlanta 4

Little Women: Atlanta returns with Ms. Juicy, Minnie, Monie, Amanda, Andrea, Tanya and Samantha continuing to chase their dreams and embark on new adventures, all while facing the challenges of living in an average-size world.

This season, babies are on the way for a few of the ladies.

Also, Minnie sets weight loss goals that come with some dangerous complications; Ms. Juicy's career starts to take off and Monie's new marriage is off to a rocky start.

As the girls struggle with their new realities, some friendships are strengthened while others are strained and there's no telling what will happen when it comes to the strong personalities of these little ladies.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Rumor Has It": After celebrating her wedding in Houston, Monie finally has her happily ever after, but when Juicy reveals some damaging information about Morlin, it threatens to end Monie's marriage.

Back in Atlanta following, their couples retreat, Andrea struggles to find balance between her relationship with Chris and her friendship with her sister.

L.A.'s Finest 2

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

L.A.'s Finest 2

Season 1 took us into the lives of former DEA agent, Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), who left her complicated past behind to join the LAPD, and detective Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), who juggled her demanding case-load with a rebellious teenage step-daughter.

Together they took on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles and became a force to be reckoned with - both on the streets and in each other's lives.

When Season 2 returns, Syd mourns the sudden loss of a friend and struggles to find answers, while McKenna must deal with the aftermath of Izzy's kidnapping and the rift it has left in her marriage.

But when a powerful crimewave in Koreatown threatens to destroy the community, Syd, McKenna and the team must find those responsible before it's too late.

Slice of Paradise

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 12h00
Genre: Reality, Home Improvement

Slice of Paradise

Track the journeys of couples, families and partners as they endeavour to get on, climb up or go down the property ladder in New Zealand.

Hosted by Peter Wolfkamp and Shelley Ferguson, the series sees the two property aficionados go head-to-head competing to find the best property for each group.

They'll focus on different priorities for their buyers and pull out all the stops to get them their Slice of Paradise.

In the series premiere: A young school teacher is looking for a piece of land north of Auckland. Meanwhile, a family currently renting in Christchurch are after a large property out of the city.



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