New on TV today: Saturday 21 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Nov 2020
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The Butcher of Kraaifontein

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: True Crime, Documentary

The Butcher of Kraaifontein

Johannes de Jager, dubbed the 'Butcher of Kraaifontein', was found guilty in May 2014 of murdering 16-year-old Charmaine Mare and dismembering her with a tree cutter.

De Jager still maintains his innocence - he admits he chopped up her body but claims that she died when she slipped and hit her head on the edge of the bath.

This documentary focusses on the tragic life of Charmaine, a young girl who had come to Cape Town in search of work to help provide financial support for her poverty stricken parents.

Mare arrived in Cape Town in January 2013 and stayed with her friend Kristina White in Kraaifontein.

But, for a few days she would be left alone with Johannes de Jager, the boyfriend of her friend's mother.

Kristina and her mother took a trip without Charmaine, leaving Johannes to take care of her.

In those few days, court records show that Mare frequently had to plead with him not to make sexual advances, and even recorded their conversations.

The documentary has access to this evidence, which is used in the documentary to create the chilling picture of what happened in the days that led up to her death.

The documentary also travels to Kriel to interview her parents, financially struggling and devastated in the wake of their daughter's gruesome death.

Too poor to afford to attend the trial of de Jager, they rely on media coverage for updates.

The Flood: Africa's Okavango

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

The Flood: Africa's Okavango

The Okavango Delta lies in the heart of Southern Africa's largest desert.

One of the most diverse habitats on Earth, each year it undergoes an epic transformation as desert is transformed into a water wonderland.

For many animals, the floodwaters are a lifeline. For other inhabitants, they bring harsh challenges. But for all, life is ruled by the pulsing of Africa's great flood.

Elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, antelope, leopards, hyenas and zebras are just some of the animals you will see among the 250,000 mammals that surround the delta in the dry season.

And then, when the waters come, it's time for the birds to burst forth in numbers and for the animals to give birth.

Top Chef 12

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h05
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Top Chef 12

Top Chef premieres its 12th season in Boston and returning to the judges' table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi.

For the first time ever, a Top Chef winner is joining the judging panel.

Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef'testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor's point of view.

This season features some of the franchise's hungriest chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town's flourishing culinary scene.

The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for Cheers and where exterior shots for the show were filmed.

Mirroring Boston's own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first Top Chef food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the Top Chef kitchen.

The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston's finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as Top Chef introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot.

The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob Gronk Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from Cheers), Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pépin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef'testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of Top Chef.

TVSA Show Page: Top Chef 12


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Channels in this post: SABC2, Nat Geo Wild, eReality


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