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New on TV today: Monday 11 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 11 Jan 2021
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A Confession

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

A Confession

The story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

Set in Swindon, Wiltshire, A Confession details the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan in March 2011.

On a night out with girlfriends, Sian left a nightclub in Swindon Old Town to walk the 15 minutes home to boyfriend Kevin Reape.

Worried for her safety, Kevin reports Sian missing when she fails to come home in the early hours or respond to his increasingly frantic texts.

With the police investigation underway, officers arrive on the doorstep of Sian's mother, Elaine O'Callaghan, played by Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), who at first thinks her daughter must have stayed overnight with a girlfriend.

Described as a 'family girl', it was uncharacteristic of Sian to be out of touch with her loved ones.

Senior Investigating Officer Steve Fulcher leads a team which begins to piece together Sian's last movements, scouring CCTV footage from the club and re-tracing her steps home.

Cell-site analysis reveals her mobile phone signal bouncing off a mast 14 miles away in Savernake Forest.

With the missing person's enquiry in full swing, Fulcher orders a full-scale search operation.

Believing Sian may still be alive, Fulcher operates on the premise that Sian is being held somewhere against her will.

If she is, he knows it will be a race against time.

Through diligent and painstaking police work Fulcher and his team discovers CCTV footage of her in the High Street, which leads to vital clues in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Karen Edwards, the mother of Becky Godden, a 20-year-old who disappeared a decade previously in 2003, is watching the investigation unfold on the local news and in the town centre.

Reminded of Becky's disappearance, she becomes gripped by fear that her daughter will somehow be involved in what is unfolding before her eyes as the search for Sian goes on.

A known drug addict and prostitute, Becky had disappeared many times before and although Karen had tried to help her daughter, staging interventions and paying for rehabilitation, sadly Becky continued to lapse back into addiction.

Coincidentally, the property where Karen lives with her second husband, Charlie, backs on to the home of Elaine O'Callaghan and her then partner.

Although they don't know one another, their lives become tragically intertwined when Fulcher and his team edge closer to their chief suspect, local taxi driver Christopher Halliwell.

The investigation culminates in a standoff between Fulcher and Halliwell at a remote location, before Halliwell is taken back to the police station and given a solicitor.

Just as Fulcher is about to give up, Halliwell suddenly makes a startling confession.

But this moment of apparent triumph takes on sinister consequences and steers the investigation in a completely unforeseen direction.
 

Empire 5

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama

Empire 5

Empire is a drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music.

As Season 5 gets underway, two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker), Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces.

The family is now completely dispersed and coping in their own ways after experiencing unimaginable tragedies.

Meanwhile, in an effort to reclaim the Lyons' position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper, Treasure, in the season premiere, "Steal from the Thief".

TVSA Show Page: Empire 5
 

Briarpatch

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

Briarpatch

When Detective Felicity Dill is killed in a car bombing, her sister Allegra Dill, an investigator working for a senator, returns home to San Bonifacio to find her killer.

In the process of her investigation, she uncovers a web of corruption in the small Texas town.

From mysterious deaths and corruption to occasional car explosions and zoo animals on the loose, it's a wild ride through "Saint Disgrace".
 

Ons Koop 'n Kar

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality, Motoring, Afrikaans

Ons Koop 'n Kar

Buying a car is often a momentous occasion. In this series we follow 13 people looking for new wheels.

Solomon Cupido is the presenter.
 

iKhaya 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

iKhaya 2

In Season 1, Eddie  Sebatjane was a man with two lives and two wives and too many secrets.

In Season 2 Eddie's secret lives are no longer secret, and he stands a chance at having a harmonious polygamous marriage and home, with both his wives now living under the one same roof, but...

He harbours the secret that Cebile, his second wife, ran over Mosima, his first wife's daughter in a hit-and-run.

He suffers in silence as he cannot reveal this and risk sending the mother of his only living child to prison.

His Limpopo wife, Raisibe, has come to find out the truth about her daughter's accident, not knowing that she is living under the same roof with the very killer she is searching for.

With his life and lies entangled under one roof, how long will Eddie manage to keep the new dark secret that lingers and threatens to destroy what is left of his family, at bay?

TVSA Show Page: iKhaya 2
 

My Heart Beats for Lola

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 23h00
Genre: Telenovela

My Heart Beats for Lola

The love Lola and Andres have for one another knows no boundaries.

Hopeful with the idea of loving each other for eternity, they decide to elope to Las Vegas, confronting Andres' family, who has always opposed their relationship.

Little did they know that their decisions would bring about the greatest misfortune of their lives.

Lola, in an act of rebellion against her aunt Chabela and her mother Soledad, who also oppose their love, escapes one night and gets a salamander tattooed on her back.

The tattoo is a symbol of her love for Andres, who has called her "my salamander" since they met.

Marcelo Santacruz, Andres' father, puts him back in the military school from which he escaped, making sure that this time Andres is watched extra closely.

As if this was not enough, Marcelo also schemes to lock Lola in jail - where she will remain for more than five years.

During this time of imprisonment, Lola will learn to survive through her spiritual strength, a strength she learned since childhood from her aunt Chabela.

She will keep her hope to reunite with Andres alive, not knowing that destiny has other plans for her.

Once out of jail, Lola will confront a series of misfortunes that will change her whole existence.

Her aunt Chabela dies and her mother suffers with severe depression and needs to be admitted into a psychiatric hospital.

Andres, her only remaining life support, is about to marry Debora, his eternal admirer, who hates Lola since they were little girls.

Desperate, feeling deceived and without means, Lola decides to accept a marriage proposal from a family acquaintance who acts as her protector.

Andres will insist on winning Lola over once again, but it will seem that this couple will never be able to make it so their paths unite... nor fully separate.

Out of spite, Lola rejects Andres and marries four times, although none of her husbands will be suitable or lasting, since all will die unexpectedly, not long after saying "I do".

Lola considers Andres her best friend, her first love, and the only man she's given everything to, but her pride and determination to not depend on others push her to fight against what her heart really wants, causing this love to appear nearly impossible.

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My Heart Beats for Lola teasers
 

Chicago Fire 7

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

Chicago Fire 7

Reeling from Dawson's continued absence, Casey makes a rash move during a rescue, while Brett struggles with a series of replacements, on the Season 7 premiere.

Meanwhile, Boden clashes with new Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Going to War": In the first part of a three-show, one-night crossover event, Firehouse 51 is faced with a daunting challenge when an out-of-control blaze consumes a 15-story apartment complex, trapping victims on the top floors.

Complicating the rapidly escalating situation, members soon discover that someone close to home may be one of the trapped victims.
 

Westworld

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h35 (binge)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Western

Westworld

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Among Westworld's main players are:

Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and founder of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park.

The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is the distillation of pure villainy into one man.

Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) is a provincial, beautiful and kind rancher's daughter, who begins to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.

Teddy Flood (James Marsden), a new arrival to a small frontier town, quickly proves both his charm and talent with a revolver.

Beautiful, razor-sharp madam Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) has a genius for reading people and a knack for survival, but her seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be challenged.

Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) is the brilliant and quixotic head of the park's Programming Division, whose keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life's work: creating artificial people.

Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) is a mysterious and savvy provocateur with a unique perspective on Westworld.

Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen), Westworld's head of Quality Assurance, is responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos.

A first-time visitor, William (Jimmi Simpson) is initially wary of the park's more lascivious attractions, but slowly uncovers a deeper meaning.

Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro), Westworld's perennial "most wanted" bandit, subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.

Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward), a sardonic rising star in the Behavior Department, is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviour in the park's hosts.

Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) is a savage fighter and brutal bandit, whose ruthlessness is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.

Logan (Ben Barnes) is a veteran guest whose hedonistic romp through the park is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.

Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) is the head of Narrative, whose storylines tantalize the guests, while his temperament grates on his colleagues.

Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan), one of Westworld's most popular attractions, is perfectly beguiling, by design.

Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) is the no-nonsense head of Security, charged with monitoring host and human interactions and ensuring the safety of the guests.

Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), a charming but lethal outlaw, has a knack for maneuvering and negotiating the various criminal elements of Westworld.

 

Shows in this post: Empire, iKhaya

Channels in this post: M-Net, e.tv, M-Net City, kykNET, Mzansi Wethu, eExtra



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