Stuart Taylor: Funny, You Should Say That
1Magic (DStv 103)
Comedian Stuart Taylor (who rose to fame as a presenter of the SABC3 travel show Going Nowhere Slowly) returns to the one-man standup stage for the first time in three years.
Directed by The Most Amazing Show star Rob van Vuuren, the special tackles everything from race politics to contemporary dating fails.
Travel Channel (DStv 179)
When paranormal entities terrorise the living through endless and repetitive supernatural cycles, manifesting again and again in the same location, it is known as a "ghost loop".
Now, a team of highly specialised paranormal experts who focus on this distinct type of haunting, are stepping in to help both the living and the dead.
The team will attempt to break cycles of trapped paranormal activity and restore peace by drawing out each spirit through re-created trigger environments.
In each hour-long episode, the Ghost Loop team of experts – paranormal investigator and medium Sean Austin, empath Kris Star, researcher and tech advisor Chris Califf, design specialist Eric Vitale and tech support Matt Lytle – first examine and research their client's property and history and perform a preliminary paranormal investigation.
Taking their facts and findings, they formulate a plan they believe will help stop the haunting.
Whether it's building a 1900s-era train compartment, replicating a tavern from the 1850s, or constructing a 19th century baby's nursery, the team uses each emotionally charged setting to draw out the entities during intense follow-up investigations.
Hoping to engage the spirit, the group aims to release the energy and break the loop once and for all – bringing peace to everyone involved.
During the series premiere, the team head to Houston, where homeowner Becky is terrified by sounds of someone breaking into her home night after night – only to encounter an aggressive male entity that routinely attacks her.
On their preliminary investigation, the group frighteningly gets "picked off" one by one: Kris gets sick, Matt is overwhelmed by a burning sensation on his body and Califf and Sean get into a conflict fueled by the angry spirit.
Through their research, they discover that in 1921, a murder occurred in the home involving a young woman and her abusive boyfriend, whom she shot in self-defence.
In order to stop the dangerous activity in Becky's home, the team builds an environment that mimics the fateful night – and use Kris to elicit the spirit.