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New on TV today: Monday 25 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 25 Jan 2021
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Belgravia

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

Belgravia

Historical drama miniseries, set in the 19th century, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes — both named after Belgravia, an affluent district of London.

Belgravia is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelons of London society in the 19th century.

When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest neighbourhood.

At the now legendary Duchess of Richmond's ball on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, young lovers Sophia Trenchard and Edmund Bellasis forge an ill-fated legacy that will create scandal for generations to come.

Some years later when Sophia's parents, the upwardly mobile Trenchards, move to the fashionable Belgravia, they find themselves rubbing shoulders with the venerated Brockenhursts.

The two families share a history that threatens the inheritance and reputation of many.

There are those who would prefer the secrets of the past to remain forgotten, but as long-buried events resurface the truth behind the families' connection becomes hard to conceal from the great and the good of British society.

Soon an expectant heir, beleaguered household staff and avaricious adulterers conspire together to reap the benefits of this familial scandal.

Prejudice and potential ruin must be overcome, and faced head on, if these family dynasties are to remain secured.
 

Minki 7

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans

Minki 7

In each episode of this emotional talk show, Minki van der Westhuizen interviews a guest with an incredible story to tell.

Sometimes these are celebrities; at other times not.

Minki also surprises each guest by revealing someone with whom they have a special connection, who comes to join the conversation.

It's real South African hospitality, on TV – complete with a tasty cooking segment with Herman Lensing in the kitchen.

In the Season 7 premiere: Minki talks to rapper, TV presenter and author Hemelbesem. He is a Blue Bull supporter, and she surprises him with a Blue Bull and Springbok legend.
 

Narco Wars

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Narco Wars

Explores how opportunistic smuggling networks in Latin America turned into powerful and ruthless drug cartels with the power to destabilize and tear apart whole countries.

The series combines access to cartel members and the law enforcement agencies opposing them with a deep dive documentary exploration of the geo-political, social and cultural factors that led the cartels' rise.

In the series premiere, "How Cocaine Came to America": With interviews from notorious smuggler George Jung and Pablo Escobar's wife and son - this pilot episode reveals how a handful of criminals including the original "Black Widow" Griselda Blanco, daredevil Carlos Lehder and Pablo Escobar himself joined forces to form the most powerful cartel in the world, the Medellin Cartel, which pioneered the cocaine smuggling business in the '70s and '80s.
 

It Feels Evil

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Docu-Reality, Paranormal

It Feels Evil

Demon hunter Tim Wood and his team investigate the darkest hauntings.

The battle-tested crew employs unique scientific investigative methods and works closely with eyewitnesses to identify, communicate and confront the malevolent entities lurking in the shadows.

Their ultimate goal is to better understand the evil intentions of these demonic and destructive forces.

In the series premiere, "Get It Out": The team investigates a Texas hospital where a powerful poltergeist said to travel between the abandoned building and a nearby neighbourhood.

Tim employs a dangerous experiment to trap the dark entity on the grounds permanently.
 

American Monster 6

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

American Monster 6

If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? They could be lurking on any street, behind any smile.

This series returns with a closer look at some of America's most shocking crimes.

Each case file is filled with 'off duty' home video footage of the killers, interweaved with the stories of their astonishing crimes.

Coming up this season, a Utah family is torn apart after a disgruntled ex-husband comes looking for revenge on his former wife after she gets remarried.

And, in Michigan a mother is murdered by her jealous ex-boyfriend; friends and family examine home video footage and question if there were any warning signs.

As these cases and more reveal, you never know who the next American monster is... until it's too late.
 

Snakes in the City 7

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series, Docu-Reality

Snakes in the City 7

A documentary-style reality series centering on the daily life of snake rescuers Simon Keys and his herpetologist girlfriend Siouxsie Gillett in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa.

This once was a tropical jungle teaming with spitting cobras, green mambas, black mambas, pythons, night adders, bush snakes and boomslang.

It's their territory and humans built a city right on top of it. Today, the jungle may be gone, but the snakes sure ain't.

The British-born couple have become renowned for their daring snake rescues and educational insights into the various KwaZulu-Natal breeds.

Siouxsie, with a degree in Herpetology, met Simon at a reptile store in the United Kingdom. The two relocated to Durban where they started rescuing reptiles, the basis for this series.

The couple has been called out on many snake rescue expeditions, some of which have actually turned out to be not snakes, but rather hair bands, rubber snakes, gecko tails, blades of grass, and even a rat.

But along the way, they've had some truly interesting and breathtaking adventures.

In the height of summer the heat and humidity bring thousands of snakes out of hiding, into direct conflict with the 3.5-million inhabitants of this city.

There is a snake in nearly every home so Simon and Siouxsie, experts in animal behaviour, track down and capture by hand, the world's most dangerous and venomous snakes that emerge every summer.

Once the snakes are caught they're checked, nurtured and rehabilitated before Simon and Siouxsie release them back in the wild - far away from humans.

Summer is the busiest time of year and they’re on call 24/7. Simon and Siouxsie face deadly cobras that crash weddings, enormous pythons protecting their eggs and an army of black mambas hiding inside people's homes.

They must help save as many snakes, and humans, as they can - whether it's a harmless house snake, a garden hose or a deadly black mamba, each and every call is answered.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Python Party": Catching a black mamba at midnight is only part of Simon and Siouxsie's latest challenge; they also bring 25 baby rock pythons into the world.

 

Actors in this post: Minki van der Westhuizen



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