New on TV today: Monday 7 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 07 Dec 2020
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The Third Day

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

The Third Day

Told over six episodes and in two distinct halves, this thriller is set on Osea, a mysterious island off the British coast.

"Summer" centers on Sam (Jude Law), a man drawn to Osea whose residents are set on preserving their traditions at any cost.

"Winter" follows Helen (Naomie Harris), a strong-willed outsider whose arrival precipitates a battle to decide its fate.

In the series premiere, "Friday – The Father": After Sam, a London family man in crisis, rescues a troubled young girl in the woods, he brings her home to the ominous Osea Island, where inhabitants are preparing for a curious annual festival involving the island's history.

As he meets Osea's secretive locals, Sam grows increasingly desperate to return to the mainland to make an important call - but the island proves difficult to escape.

Property Brothers: Forever Home

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

Property Brothers: Forever Home

Drew and Jonathan Scott are on a mission to help couples transform their current houses into forever homes — a place where they can put down roots and happily spend the rest of their lives.

The homeowners aren't looking to flip properties or make a quick buck, they know their house is "the one" and have plans to grow old together.

But before that can happen, they need Drew and Jonathan to unlock its full potential.

First, Drew takes the homeowners on a tour of nearby renovated homes to learn about the features they can and can't live without.

Then, Jonathan presents two design options that showcase different ways their house can be reimagined.

Stakes are high and the pressure is on as the brothers tackle a full-scale renovation, with design and demo hurdles along the way, to turn these houses into their forever homes.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Science, Technology, Documentary

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. In this film, Dr Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada's remarkable life.

Born in the early 19th century, Ada was a countess of the realm, a scandalous socialite and an 'enchantress of numbers'.

The film is an enthralling tale of how a life infused with brilliance, but blighted by illness and gambling addiction, helped give rise to the modern era of computing.

Hannah traces Ada's unlikely union with the father of computers, Charles Babbage.

Babbage designed the world's first steam-powered computers - most famously the analytical engine - but it was Ada who realised the full potential of these new machines.

During her own lifetime, Ada was most famous for being the daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron ('mad, bad and dangerous to know').

It was only with the advent of modern computing that Ada's understanding of their flexibility and power (that they could be far more than mere number crunchers) was recognised as truly visionary.

Hannah explores how Ada's unique inheritance - poetic imagination and rational logic - made her the ideal prophet of the digital age.

This film makes you realise we nearly had a Victorian computer revolution.

Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Nature, Food

Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet

In a topical and provocative documentary environmental campaigner, George Monbiot, looks at how food is driving us towards global disaster.

We're told the cure to climate breakdown is to stop flying, or using plastic bags, or to have smaller families.

The biggest single problem is how we feed ourselves, particularly on meat.

Animal grazing is a disaster: we cut down trees that suck in atmospheric carbon and replace them with animals responsible for generating vast quantities of greenhouse gases.

And we're blind to the problem: some of what we think are Britain's most beautiful landscapes, such as the Lake District, are treeless 'sheep-wrecked deserts'.

Grazing uses twice as much land as all the world's crops but produces just 1% of our food. Free range farming may be kinder to the animals but does even more damage to the planet.

Monbiot believes there is room for optimism.

He looks at alternative food sources, including synthetic meat, and a process that produces protein just from bacteria, and air.

Freeing grazing land will allow re-wilding – with forests that will capture carbon.

In a powerful sequence vegan Monbiot shows that he is prepared to make a painful personal sacrifice, by killing a deer, to allow trees to re-grow in the Scottish Highlands.

Unboxed with Nikki Chu

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 13h45
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality, Home Improvement

Unboxed with Nikki Chu

Celebrity designer Nikki Chu helps homeowners transform their space from outdated and dysfunctional to beautiful and on point.

In each episode, Nikki presents two mystery boxes, each box containing design elements that represent two different designs.

The home owners are then allowed choose one box, and from its contents, Nikki will base all of her design decisions.

Each transformation is completed in two days, while the owners are away. Then comes the time for the big reveal.

Will they love the design that's unboxed?

In the series premiere, "Modern Globalism vs Summer Neutrals": Yvette and Corey have a large blended family and want their family room to reflect their vibrant personalities.

Nikki creates a trend forward design that celebrates their roots, and works for the whole family.

Black Money Love

Channel: Timeless Dizi Channel (DStv Channel 123)
TX Time: 19h10
Genre: Telenovela

Black Money Love

After a cop's fiancée and a jewelry designer's father are found dead together, the two bereaved ones face a perilous aftermath of a theft gone wrong.

Ömer is a police officer who wants to unveil the truth about the possible murder of his fiancée, who committed suicide.

He signs a deal with the state: he will find the stolen diamonds and in return will learn the identity of his fiancée's murderer.

Elif finds out that her late father was actually a money-laundering mobster.

Now, she has to maintain her family and pay for the 2 billion dollar debt for diamonds. Besides, her sister is in the hands of villains.

Location, Location, Location 23

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 09h00
Genre: Reality

Location, Location, Location 23

Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer return and this time the challenge ahead of them is tougher than ever.

Britain's choosiest home hunters are looking for just the right spot, and expert realtors Kirstie and Phil are up for the challenge.

They will help these house hunters secure the right home in their desired location.

Searching all over the UK, they'll take on the unpredictable housing market – from the rural countryside of Cheshire to the super speedy London market.

No matter how small the budget or how big the expectations, Kirstie and Phil are on hand to match these hopeful house hunters with their dream homes.


Actors in this post: Jude Law, Naomie Harris


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