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New on TV today: Monday 4 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 04 Jan 2021
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Mzali Wam

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Mzali Wam

Drama series which revolves around Ntokozo, a girl who gets entangled in an elaborate human trafficking ring involving her biological mother.

The series introduces viewers to the inner workings of a human trafficking syndicate, through the life of young Ntokozo, played by Lungelo Mpangase.

Masasa Mbangeni plays Joyce, a woman whose child (Ntokozo) gets stolen at birth, only to later cross each other's paths when a human trafficking syndicate shocks the community.

Dumisani Mbebe also stars as Terror, a businessman who Joyce later discovers is not the person she thought he was.

Also starring are Nolwazi Shange as Sibongile, Luzuko Nkqeto as Qiniselo, Ncibijana Madlala as Godfrey and Zimkitha Kumbaca as Busisiwe.

Oros Mampofu has a recurring role as Musa.

Set in Johannesburg, Mzali Wam was created by Dineo Ranaka and Siphosethu Tshapu.

TVSA Show Page: Mzali Wam
 

Work on the Wild Side

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

Work on the Wild Side

A 20-part series which follows vets and volunteers who gave up their day jobs in the UK and moved to South Africa to rescue, rehabilitate and release some of the world's most endangered animals.

Each episode transports us to the South African bush, where we will see UK vets and volunteers relocate giraffe, rescue a two week old hippo, become surrogate mums for orphaned monkeys, give mouth to mouth resuscitation to a cheetah and assist in the process of dehorning a rhino - all in a day's work.

The series captures South Africa's vibrancy while shining a light on the critical conservation issues affecting these most vulnerable of species.

It's an emotional rollercoaster as our wildlife heroes let us into their lives and talk about their passion to save animals in danger of extinction, from penguins and sharks in the Western Cape to the 'Big Five' in the Northern Plains.

With production units working across dozens of different locations, the series was shot on location in South Africa.
 

Massive Africa

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Massive Africa

A once-in-a-lifetime, action packed adventure through Africa's last untamed, majestic wildernesses.

The series offers a never-before-seen perspective on the continent's unchartered wonderlands, iconic natural marvels and awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles.

Overwhelming in sheer unrivalled scale and sumptuous sweeping beauty, Massive Africa explores Africa's colossal landscapes and uncovers the ultimate in wildlife action and drama.

In each episode, infinite vibrant vistas - pulsating with life - intertwine with the raw power of nature to create the planet's wildest and most epic stages.

Upon these, the sensational life-and-death struggles of her bustling diversity of wildlife enthrals in heart-stopping performances.
 

Jamie's Easy Meals for Every Day

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Food

Jamie's Easy Meals for Every Day

Join Jamie Oliver at his home in Essex, where he is cooking up tasty, healthy recipes from his new book 7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week.

Inspired by his own home cooking, and based around simple, crowd-pleasing family meals that are simple and creative, Jamie mostly uses eight ingredients or less in the recipes, which all aim to be flexible and affordable.

Jamie encourages viewers to get in the kitchen and make these fun and fantastic recipes their own, and enjoy really great food every day of the week.
 

Prisoner 467/64: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, History

Prisoner 467/64: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni

Historical documentary about the life and times of the Rivonia trialist and freedom fighter.

Andrew Mlangeni was an accused at the Rivonia Trial in October 1963.

He and his co-accused went on trial on charges of sabotage against the Apartheid government, they later escaped death for life imprisonment.

Mlangeni spent 26 years at Robben Island, living in the cell next to Nelson Mandela.

Prisoner 467/64, takes an intimate look at the sacrifices made by those committed to the ideas of justice and equality.

Beyond the dominant narratives of Mandela, there were other heroes who made South Africa the miracle that it is today.

Prisoner 467/64 reflects how it took collective effort to create the liberation movement and shines a light on those relegated to the margins of history.
 

Van der Valk

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

Van der Valk

Marc Warren stars as streetwise Dutch detective Van der Valk in a detective series filmed entirely on location in Amsterdam.

Van Der Valk centres on the investigations of detective Piet Van der Valk in and around the city of Amsterdam as he investigates a series of high-profile cases.

In this series Van der Valk and his team are immersed in the worlds of art, politics, addiction, mysticism and the fashion industry.

The original series, set in the 1970s and 90s, was loosely based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling.

The new series re-imagines Van Der Valk in the contemporary world of Amsterdam and follows an engaging, unapologetic and street-smart detective as he leads his dynamic team in solving a raft of mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection.

Together Van der Valk and his team will solve complex, twisting cases with a combination of street-pounding procedure, perceptive human observation and inspired detection.

There will be humour and warmth as there is in life but there will also be pathos and heartache, murders being a blot on even the most appealing landscape.

In the series premiere, "Love in Amsterdam": A story set in the worlds of politics and art.

Set against the backdrop of impending elections, Van der Valk and team investigate the mysterious deaths of two innocents with no connection to each other or to crime.

It is a puzzle that leads Van der Valk into the world of politics as well as both the mainstream and avant garde art scenes.

It will bring him up against the city's high-flying politicians and risk the life of one of his team before ultimately uncovering a clock-ticking kidnapping that fuses political elements with a heart-rending personal story of betrayal, loss and obsession.
 

Engineering the Future

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Technology, Science, Documentary Series

Engineering the Future

A mega-engineering series featuring the latest cutting-edge technologies and the science behind them.

Filmed throughout the world, these are the new machines that will revolutionise life as we know it.

The first episode features wind turbines and the second episode features a conversation with Airbus/Rolls Royce over the first electric airplane.

There is also a segment on test flights of new hybrid helicopter/plane to be used as a taxi service in Scandinavia.

The final episode, "Fusion", follows the ground breaking of the new $24-billion dollar ITER facility, which is hoping to produce unlimited, clean nuclear fusion energy.
 

Bake Off: The Professionals 3

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

Bake Off: The Professionals 3

Liam Charles and Tom Allen host the toughest Bake Off on TV.

Twelve teams from top hotels, restaurants and small businesses compete to be crowned best patisserie team in Britain.

Once again, judges Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin set exceedingly tricky challenges, to test the teams' creativity and precision.

From towering, skyline-inspired chocolate constructions, to geometric tarts with moving parts, these incredible creations showcase bakers at the peak of their profession.

The competition is whittled down week by week, until finally the best three teams compete to be crowned the winner, by making a mind-blowing historical banquet for friends and family.
 

Fiësta 22

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary Series, Docu-Reality, Afrikaans

Fiësta 22

One of the longest-running programmes on kykNET, Fiësta is back on the air.

Since its first broadcast in March 2000, Fiësta has visited every kind of festival imaginable in South Africa and even attended a few special festivities abroad.

Now, on a Monday night as usual, Fiësta makes a comeback with new presenters Frazer Barry and Lundi Khoisan.

Frazer, also known as a musician and vocalist of the band Tribal Echo, has received numerous awards and nominations for productions he has been involved in, from music to writing for the stage.

Lundi is originally from Wellington in the Boland and is a radio presenter, voice artist and a lecturer in radio and TV journalism at the University of Pretoria.

Viljé Maritz is also back as Fiësta host, along with Franci Swanepoel, who was the sole of Fiësta in the early years.

Another member of the team is Edrien Erasmus, who will be a guest presenter every now and then.

In the first episode, Frazer visits the Teksmark, which was hosted by the KKNK at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town for the fifth consecutive time.

The Teksmark is an extraordinary opportunity for young and established playwrights to present their work to festival managers.

In the second episode, Viljé visits the Springfontein Sixes – an annual cricket tournament held on the Prior Grange farm outside Springfontein in the Free State.

In Episode 3, Edrien attends the unique Suidoosterfees drive-in at Atlantic Studios in Cape Town, where festival-goers experienced productions in an innovative, unique way.

And in the final January episode, Lundi shows what challenging hurdles festival-goers had to overcome at Legend Runner in Paarl - one of South Africa's biggest obstacle course races.

 

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