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New on TV today: Tuesday 5 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Jan 2021
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Karoobewoners

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Lifestyle, Afrikaans

Karoobewoners

Revolves around the personal stories of people who live in places untouched by time.

In this programme we visit inhabitants of the Karoo and find out more about their trials and tribulations and everyday existence in this vast, dry region.

The series starts in Montagu, where Petrus and Liana are living their dream; and Jacques and Hein show us the beautiful 1854 Cape Dutch house they renovated.

In the second episode, we go to Barrydale and visit the Magpie Collective where artists share a passion for recycling and the environment.

Ashley Janicker shows us why his milkshakes are legendary.

Rosheen Kriegler left the city for life on a farm outside Calitzdorp. She talks about her experience in the third programme.

In Zoar, we meet the tour guide and storyteller Alistair Reizenberg who tells us about his love of language and heritage.

Other episodes in the series will focus on the world-renowned ceramics artist Hylton Nel, the Prins Albert Vastrappers dance troupe, Lizzy Snoek and her traditional food, and a couple who transformed a derelict house into an oasis for artists.
 

8th Day

Channel: Timeless Dizi Channel (DStv 123)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Telenovela

8th Day

Bahar is a bright, lively and a cheerful college student who has grown up wealthy with everything money can buy.

She leads a happy life with her husband until one day everything is turned upside down.

Her mother Sehnaz, who worked as a software engineer at a company called Lotus, is murdered.

Bahar is catapulted from her happy, safe life into a dark and scary world. The people who murdered her mother are hunting her now.

As Bahar tries to stay alive, trying to solve the mystery behind her mother's death, she crosses paths with an unexpected person.

Bahar connects with Hayati, a former mafioso who has blood on his hands. The two of them are thrown together in a fast-paced adventure filled with twists and turns with more than a few surprises.

During this crazy time the unspoken obligation turns in to an unexpected bond between them - a clash between two worlds, a classic tale of dark versus light.

In this epic battle of good over bad, thanks to Bahar, Hayati discovers his inner goodness and Bahar is forced to confront her inner demons and dark side.

Bahar and Hayati have a common goal: finding the truth behind Sehnaz's murder. On this journey Bahar will get her hands dirty while Hayati works on cleaning up his life.
 

Lovecraft Country

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Horror, Drama, Period Drama, Adventure

Lovecraft Country

Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the 10-episode series follows Atticus Freeman as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia and his uncle George on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose.

Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

Atticus is a Korean war vet who always has a pulp novel in his back pocket, and wears his heart on his sleeve despite the daily injustice of living in Jim Crow America.

His father, Montrose, however is hard headed and secretive, and always believed you can't live in a fantasy world — making him less-than-thrilled about his son's love for pulp novels.

It's Atticus' uncle who's always been more like a father to him. Warm, funny, and well read, he was the first to introduce Atticus to the wonderful and strange world of pulp novels.

As the publisher of the "Safe Negro Travel Guide" he's been on enough adventures to understand there's no place like home.

Letitia "Leti" Lewis hustled her way across the country as an artist protesting for civil rights and now finds herself back home to plant some roots.

Her half-sister Ruby is also a hustler, but her hustles haven't paid off. Her family ties are tested when she's presented with an offer she can't refuse.

Hippolyta Freeman is a star-gazer who's been a housewife most of her life, but has dreams of getting into some adventures of her own.

Her itch for adventure will eventually, literally and figuratively, take her to the stars and beyond.

Eustice Hunt is a sundown county sheriff with a NAACP complaint file a mile long, and a marine tattoo on the back of his neck so the enemy has something to aim at, gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with Atticus.

Ji-Ah is a seemingly naive nursing student who is thrust into active service when war breaks out, and a rash of soldier disappearances suggests she is more than what she seems.

Christina Braithwhite is the only daughter of the leader of a secret order calling themselves the "Sons of Adam." She's gone to great lengths to earn her father's respect, but to no avail.

She's going to pave her own path to power, and use Atticus and his family to do it.

Willam is Christina's henchman, lover, bodyguard, spy, or whatever else she may need him to be. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed, he's the "perfect specimen" for the Aryan race.

In the series premiere, "Sundown": Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose.

After recruiting his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) to join him, the trio sets out for "Ardham", Maryland, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus' late mother's ancestry.

As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn, especially after sundown.
 

Suspicious Minds

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama

Suspicious Minds

Suspicion is contagious.

What starts as a tiny spark of doubt focused on one individual can metastasize and cast a shadow on everything you, your community, and ultimately law enforcement thought to be true.

Suspicious Minds creates a visceral viewing experience where a murder mystery unfolds as a psychological thriller where suspicion and doubt cloud the perceptions of everyone involved.

In the series premiere, "Chi Town Gossip": The brutal murder of a successful hair salon owner and mother upends a tight-knit Chicago community.

While neighbours whisper about the killer's identity, detectives must break down walls of silence and uncover the plot to slay this local icon.
 

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life 3

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life 3

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life returns to reveal the pioneering work of some of the UK's top surgeons.

In the UK, three million major operations are carried out every year, and some of the most difficult ones are performed at world-renowned Royal Papworth and Addenbrooke's hospitals in Cambridge.

Situated just metres apart on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the largest centre of medical research in Europe, this series goes behind the hospitals' theatre doors to show how they push the boundaries of what is medically possible, and to meet the patients whose lives can be transformed by their groundbreaking work.

Some of the extraordinary procedures in this season includes one that involves stopping the patient's heart and draining every last drop of blood from her body; an operation to remove a tumour on a spinal cord which could cause paralysis with one wrong move; and one of the most complex transplant procedures in the world.

In the first episode, David Jenkins, a world-leading surgeon at Royal Papworth, performs one of surgery's most technically demanding – and extraordinary - operations.

Called a pulmonary endarterectomy (PTE), no other hospital in the UK offers this procedure and it will take David's patient, 54-year-old grandmother Shelly, to the very edge of life.

Shelly has a rare form of hypertension where her body is unable to dissolve blood clots which have travelled to her lungs and are now blocking her pulmonary arteries.

More and more clots are building up and without the operation she will die.

The only way to remove them is to cool her body to just 20 degrees, stop her heart and drain all the blood from her body.

She will be technically dead on the theatre table. David admits that it does seem 'counterintuitive' to make Shelly temporarily dead.

Is she between life and death? It is that in-between place.

David has just 20 minutes while Shelly is entirely empty of blood to remove the clots, so he needs to be fast.

The cold will protect her during this time because the low temperature slows her cell function, but any longer and lack of oxygen will damage her brain.

Shelly will then need to be refilled with blood before David repeats the whole process again on her other lung.

Meanwhile, loving husband Phil sits at home with an agonising wait, trying not to think about worst-case scenarios.
 

Kwêla: Hannes aan Huis

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans

Kwêla: Hannes aan Huis

This series is a collection of interview highlights from the past five years with celebs and icons in their own homes, hosted by Hannes van Wyk.

In the first episode, Hannes visits Emsie Schoeman, South Africa's queen of etiquette, and the veteran actor Hans Strydom.

In Episode 2, Hannes talks to two legends: the actress Wilna Snyman and the "Bek van Boomstraat" (the Big Mouth of Boom Street) – ex-boxing champ Kallie Knoetze.

Anneline Kriel-Bacon, the former Miss World who now lives in Mauritius, and comedian Marc Lottering welcome us into their homes in Episode 3.

And in Episode 4, Hannes visits two Afrikaans music icons, Sonja Herholdt and Anton Goosen.

Other legends featured in the series include Riaan Cruywagen, Anneli van Rooyen, Laurika Rauch, Brümilda van Rensburg, rugby heroes Mannetjies Roux and Corné Krige, Sandra Prinsloo and the nature expert Dave Pepler.

 



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