New on TV today: Monday 18 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Jan 2021
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As Die Skoen Pas

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Telenovela, Afrikaans

As Die Skoen Pas

Drawn into a wealthy family's intrigues, money-strapped waitress Defne agrees to try and win the heart of businessman Ömer for money, but the plot risks unravelling as she finds herself torn between him and his partner Sinan.

When businessman Ömer pretends waitress Defne is his girlfriend to get out of a disastrous blind date, he sets in motion a plot, born of greed, that will end in passionate love.

Desperate for money to help her family, Defne agrees to a deal to make Ömer fall in love with her.

Unwittingly Defne is sucked into a wealthy family's intrigues, as Ömer's money-grabbing aunt Neriman watches her nephew kiss the waitress.

Ömer's grandfather has promised Neriman a $10-million mansion if she finds Ömer a wife. Hatching a plan, the aunt sees Defne as the perfect candidate.

Ömer is a talented shoe designer, running a company which is an international success. He rejects all proposed marriage partners, despite being a very eligible bachelor.

The loss of his parents at a young age has made it difficult for him to bond with anyone. But he appears to be attracted to Defne.

When the scheming Neriman makes the secret proposal to Defne, she reluctantly agrees. Given a make-over, she is hired as Ömer's personal assistant.

She enters a glamorous world that she has never seen before and finds herself charmed by her new life.

But although Neriman feeds Defne with information to help her charm Ömer, she does not warm to him at all, increasingly put off by his cool attitude.

She also remains angry because he kissed her without permission. To make matters worse, Ömer does not even recognise his assistant as the waitress.

For all Ömer's good looks, Defne finds herself more attracted to his business partner Sinan, who is both more charming and funnier.

Sinan knew Defne from the restaurant where she worked, having been a regular there. He is recruited to help bring her together with Ömer but finds himself caught in the middle.

For Sinan, getting Ömer to fall for Defne would work in his favour. Sinan is in love with a woman called Yasemin, but is increasingly concerned at her romantic interest in Ömer.

Conspiring with Neriman, he hopes to see Ömer married off to Defne to remove the biggest obstacle to his love.

Defne is torn between the two handsome men before her. When she twists her ankle helping a model on a photo shoot, she is touched by Ömer's kindness.

But she finds herself drawn to Sinan as they work together at the office until late at night, preparing a pitch.

As Defne begins falling in love with Sinan, Ömer becomes madly jealous and must double his efforts to win back her attention.

Neriman's plot is in danger of unravelling and even Defne risks forgetting the deal to which she agreed.

True love, it seems, will prove stronger than any amount of money.

South African voice artists in the series (known in English as Love for Rent) include Pietie Beyers, Sue Pyler, Kaz McFadden, Henrietta Gryffenberg, Rina Nienaber, Anton Dekker, Riana Wilkens, Johny Klein, Hannes Muller, Roderick Jaftha, Simon Bruinders, Stephanie Baartman, Lochner de Kock and Francois Stemmet.

The Stand

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Horror, Drama, Fantasy, Miniseries

The Stand

The Stand is Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.

The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors.

Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man.

In the series premiere, "The End": When the "Captain Trips" flu epidemic wipes out more than 99% of the population, the remaining few immune to the disease set out in search of other survivors.

Along the way they experience visions of the nurturing Mother Abagail and the menacing figure of The Dark Man.

Bears about the House

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series

Bears about the House

Conservationist Giles Clark is embarking on his biggest mission to date – taking on the illegal wildlife trade and helping to build a pioneering new bear sanctuary in Laos, south east Asia.

Giles has been asked by good friend Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears, to help for 12 months and is not long into his role when he has to step in to help Mary, a five-month-old sun bear.

Mary was rescued after her mother was killed in the wild and was spotted on the back of a truck for sale into the illegal wildlife trade.

Fragile and malnourished, she lives with Giles and Matt at home while she needs around the clock specialist care.

The other part of Giles's role is to help build the new bear sanctuary, where Mary will be going as soon as her enclosure is completed.

With 31 bears at the sanctuary already, the team are under tremendous pressure as more bears come in.

Across Asia, bears in the illegal wildlife trade are sold as trophy pets, used for their body parts in restaurants and processed for traditional Asian medicine.

The most valued part of a bear is their gall bladder, an organ that stores bile, which is a digestive fluid that helps break down fat and is thought to have medicinal qualities.

Over 10,000 bears across Asia are kept in cages in bear farms so their bile can be extracted to meet demand.

Giles and the team are determined to put a stop to this in Laos and are working with the government to one day close down these bear bile farms.

The team witness Mary's developmental milestones and her progress towards becoming a confident bear at her new home at the sanctuary.

Giles's wife Kathryn visits, falls in love with Mary and learns about the shocking truth for bears in the wild.

FBI: Most Wanted

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

FBI: Most Wanted

Stars Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) in a high-stakes drama that focuses on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau's Most Wanted list.

Seasoned agent Jess LaCroix (McMahon) oversees the highly skilled team that functions as a mobile undercover unit that's always out in the field, pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice.

Jess LaCroix is an enigmatic agent at the top of his game who is called upon to apprehend the most elusive and dangerous fugitives.

His trusted crew includes Sheryll Barnes, an ex-NYPD detective with a psych degree and first-rate street smarts; analyst Hana Gibson, a master of data-mining and social engineering; communications expert Kenny Crosby, an Army intel vet Jess has taken under his wing; and Jess' brother-in-law, Clinton Skye, a deadly marksman with a law degree.

These elite agents are always at the ready to answer the call, picking up the trail to hunt down and catch the "most wanted".

In the series premiere, "Dopesick": Jess and his team track a doctor who's deeply involved in a world of organised crime, drugs and lies, and is on the run after a phone call records him delivering his wife's fatal shot.

Design for You with Pilani Bubu 8

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Home Improvement, DIY

Design for You with Pilani Bubu 8

Our home is the one place that truly brings all aspects of our lives together.

No one home is the same; whether it's an apartment or a multi-story mansion, we all decorate and incorporate items in our decor that speak to our personalities, creating spaces that we consider our perfect home.

You have the canvas but where do you start?

Design for You is an interior design show that celebrates extraordinary residential interiors with beautifully executed designs.

Join host Pilani Bubu as she chats to some of South Africa's top design and decor experts – covering everything from furniture placement to colour and texture, fabrics, lighting, finishes and more - giving you an array of ideas and advice on how to implement it in your own space.

Tune in to draw inspiration, receive guidance and allow us to help you bring your dream interior to life.

Die Argitekte

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 16h30
Genre: Lifestyle, Reality, Afrikaans

Die Argitekte

In each episode a noted local architect takes you on a tour of three special architectural spaces.

The first space is one they themselves designed, the second is one designed by an architect they admire and the third is their own home.

In the series premiere: The architect Phillippe Fouché tells us more about his approach to design, where he gets his inspiration from and what is important to him at his own home.

Siddhi Vinayak

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 16h45
Genre: Telenovela

Siddhi Vinayak

Hindi telenovela starring Farnaz Shetty and Nitin Goswami in the lead.

The story revolves around the relationship of two childhood friends.

Vinayak is the next superstar to hit the silver screen, with the help of his producer father.

Siddhi, a hardworking backup dancer in Hindi film industry, is fated to be a catalyst in Vinayak's journey to stardom.

Explore the journey of these two friends who love to hate each other, as they grow up.


Channels in this post: eExtra, M-Net, BBC Earth, M-Net City, The Home Channel, VIA


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