National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
With the world gripped by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is not easy to think about what could be next.
But those on the front lines of science suggest the worst could still be to come.
So, what can we do to prevent the next contagion before it is too late?
Around the world, researchers are racing to prevent disaster, and their efforts represent the most critical scientific mission of a generation.
With deadly new viruses on the rise and happening more frequently in recent years, National Geographic presents Virus Hunters, which will reveal the raw and chilling stories of those heroic experts currently searching to identify the chain of events that could cause the next global pandemic.
National Geographic fellow, epidemiologist and ecologist Christopher Golden is on a mission to connect the dots on culture, disease and the environment to discover the patterns that cause global health crises.
ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman has seen the global ravages of COVID-19 firsthand and will use his investigative experience to find the answers to urgent questions the public is yearning for.
Together, Golden and Longman will embark on an epic journey across continents to meet with the brave scientists on a quest to not only understand and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, but also prevent the next deadly pandemic.
The chain of events that sets off a pandemic can be broken — remove one domino and you can prevent the loss of millions of lives.
Virus Hunters will follow explorers Golden and Longman as they process through airports, hail taxis and navigate through every human interaction that has been tainted by the current global pandemic.
With infections and deaths spiking around the world, they will join the urgent fieldwork of these Virus Hunters at the forefront of science and exploration who are willing to risk it all to unlock these human virus mysteries and are currently posted in potential hot zones: Liberia, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
We like to think we can control everything: changing the course of water, reclaiming land, replanting deserts – we constantly remodel the natural world to suit our needs.
But there's one thing we can't control: the passing of time.
However, we can change how we see things; using cameras we can start to see the world in different time frames.
Now we can see animals following the sun, mass movements of the changing seasons and even the vast impact of the changing weather.
Watch what happens when time flies...
New Amsterdam 2
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Drama, Medical Drama
Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution's newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care.
How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before.
Not taking "no" for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital - the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the President of the United States under one roof - and return it to the glory that put it on the map.
In the Season 2 premiere, "Your Turn": Max works to find a new normal three months after the catastrophic accident and the birth of his daughter.
Kapoor grapples with the stigmas of aging, and Iggy has a successful day that inspires a life-changing idea.
Meanwhile, Reynolds deals with an unreliable new intern.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "The Big Picture": Max invokes a hospital-wide census in effort to get to know the staff of New Amsterdam on a deeper level.
Reynolds takes a leap of faith that lands him in hot water, and Dr. Castro extends her treatment plan to more patients in the hospital.
Ring of Fire
Zee World (DStv 166)
NOTE: this series started in January but was stopped due to the pandemic. This is a new run of the show, starting from Episode 1.
Ring of Fire follows the struggle between two women from different backgrounds, Ragini and Shristi, who get married under questionable circumstances.
Anurag, a highly qualified MBA graduate from London, is the most eligible bachelor in town. He is caught in the crossfire of two marriage proposals.
His bridal candidates are the daring Ragini and the virtuous Shristi. Both wish to become Anurag's wife, but who will end up as his bride?
Vikral breaks the news to his daughter about the man she is to marry; and Revati finds out that Vidvaan has arranged their son to marry an educated lady by the name of Shristi.
She is devasted because Shristi does not come from a wealthy, respected family like Ragini.