New on TV today: Thursday 24 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 24 Dec 2020
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Ordeal by Innocence

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Mystery, Drama

Ordeal by Innocence

in the second of BBC Brit's "Agatha Christm,as" strand featuring Agatha Christie mysteries begins when wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point.

Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.

Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary, a mysterious scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic.

Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack's innocence.

But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past.

Rachel's widower Leo is about to remarry his secretary Gwenda and none of Rachel's other adopted children Mary, Mickey, Tina or Hester, nor longstanding housekeeper Kirsten, is willing to reopen that most horrendous chapter of their lives.

However, the shattering implications of Calgary's story are too big to avoid; if he is telling the truth then the wrong person was arrested for Rachel's murder.

And if Jack is innocent, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point. Somebody still out there...

A Very Bonang Year

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Docu-Reality, Special

A Very Bonang Year

According to Bonang Matheba, 2019 was one of the biggest years of her life in terms of her career.

The year began with the success of her wine brand House of BNG.

She went on to host the Miss South Africa pageant, went to Prague where she won a social media award, returned home, went to London where she shot a campaign, went to Manchester and debuted her film at the Manchester Film Festival.

She later flew to Los Angeles to pick up an E! Entertainment African Influencer of the Year award.

During all of this, she took the cameras to all of those places and this two-part special is a summation of all that transpired.

Mary Berry's Christmas Party

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

Mary Berry's Christmas Party

Celebrate the festive season with the perfect dusting of Mary Berry's very own Christmas magic.

In a one-off television treat, Mary opens her kitchen to some of TV's best-loved faces as they join her in cooking delicious party dishes especially for her Christmas party.

With varying degrees of nerves, skill and determination, but tons of excitement, Alex Jones, Fearne Cotton, Darcey Bussell and Adil Ray take turns to join Mary beside her stove.

The One Show's Alex Jones is determined to show off her family's special recipe for rissoles, while Darcey Bussell takes a break from the Strictly judging panel to find herself under the spotlight when tasked with trying to create the perfect ballet-inspired Christmas dessert.

Adil Ray, screenwriter and creator and star of Citizen Khan, tries to impress with some very precise canapes, while Fearne Cotton is determined to show Mary that her delicious seasonal stuffed squash could be the party's winner.

With even more delicious Christmas dishes to be made between them, from the table's centrepiece - a stunning ginger-glazed ham - to perfect squash, brie and cranberry tarts, moreish herby blinis and a magnificent white chocolate cherry and brandy cake - the pressure is on for Mary and her cooking celebrity helpers to bring together a party table festive enough for all of Mary's guests.

To top it all off, classically trained pianist and singer Myleene Klass joins the celebrations and can't resist tickling the ivories on the house piano, inspiring a chorus of impromptu carol singing.

2020 Billboard Music Awards

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Awards, Music

2020 Billboard Music Awards

Billboard honours the artists, albums and songs that dominated the charts over the past year across music's most popular genres, featuring A-list celebrity award presenters and energetic live performances from top musical acts.

Post Malone swept the 2020 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), winning a total of nine awards, including Top Artist and Top Male Artist – the most of the evening.

The theme of this year's ceremony is "Music Unites All".

Filmed on 15 October at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the BBMAs opened with a performance by three-time host Kelly Clarkson, who brought down the house with Whitney Houston's version of Higher Love, joined by two-time BBMA nominees Pentatonix and queen of percussion Sheila E.

Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary Series

Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta

Journalist and practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes on an immersive journey around the globe in search of the secrets to living better.

The six-part docuseries takes Gupta to Japan, India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey to explore the unusual traditions and modern practices that constitute a healthy and meaningful life.


Sanjay goes to Japan to see how inhabitants of Tokyo deal with work induced stress, and to learn why people in Okinawa, the "Land of the Immortals," live such long lives.


Sanjay travels to India to find the connection between the reemergence of traditional Indian health techniques, Ayurveda and Yoga and his Western medical training.


Sanjay explores Bolivia to learn new perspectives and to seek answers about heart health, a topic that has directly affected him and his family.


Sanjay explores the dark, desolate and chilly regions of Northern Norway to find out how Norwegians have unlocked the secret to happiness.


Sanjay explores how a powerful tradition of food, family, and faith contribute to the surprising health of a country otherwise known for its vices.


Sanjay travels to Turkey, a cultural crossroads where science and mysticism coexist, to find alternative ways of managing health and fighting disease.

Biggest Little Christmas Showdown

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition

Biggest Little Christmas Showdown

Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart hosts this four-part "mini-sized" holiday house tournament-style series.

James, best known for his larger-than-life characters in Broadway's Aladdin and Hamilton, will lead the nation's best miniaturists as they face-off to create the merriest mini holiday houses, complete with all the festive, tiny trimmings.

Each week, only one team will wow the spirited panel of judges, including designer Genevieve Gorder and miniatures experts June Clinkscales and Dave Asling, to advance to the next round of this cheerful competition.

In the final round, the top contenders will craft their most extravagant mini holiday houses ever for a chance at the ultimate victory: a grand prize worth $50,000 and the surprise of a lifetime when their winning miniature is super-sized into a magical vacation home decked out for the season.

Midsomer Murders Christmas Special

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Special

Midsomer Murders Christmas Special

"The Christmas Haunting"

It may be Christmas, but Charlie is given no time to familiarise himself with his new surroundings.

He finds himself thrown straight into an intriguing mystery in the village of Morton Shallows, as furniture maker and serial philanderer Conor Bridgeman is stabbed to death with an antique sword during a ghost-hunting party at the manor house.

Is blacksmith's daughter Rose Wilton seeking revenge from the beyond the grave, or can Barnaby and Nelson find a more earthly motive behind the murder and trap the killer?

Destination Vacation

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Travel, Advertiser-Funded

Destination Vacation

Presented by David Johnson and Bianca Le Grange - a married couple addicted to travel.

David is a singer, TV host and actor.
Bianca is a singer, pianist, violinist and actress and made her music debut after she participated in Idols.

David and Bianca love to travel and they are taking an epic road trip filled with adventure across South Africa, exploring some of the most interesting and exciting holiday destinations in the country.

As a "base station" for all their adventures during their trip, they were paid to put up camp at a variety of ATKV Resorts.

In the series premiere, "A Tropical Paradise": They arrive at their first destination in KwaZulu-Natal, putting up camp at the Natalia Resort - passing through the back road of the Midlands Meander, enjoying Beach vibes on the South Coast, visiting the Ushaka Marine World Aquarium, facing 500 steps going up the iconic Moses Mabida stadium, and taking a shark cage dive in Aliwal Shoal.


Channels in this post: BBC Brit, SABC3, BBC Lifestyle, Vuzu, HGTV


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