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New on TV today: Friday 12 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 12 Feb 2021
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Griff's Great Australian Adventure

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Travel, Docu-Reality, Documentary Series

Griff's Great Australian Adventure

British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones boards the trains of Australia to present a modern look at the land down under.

In this six-part series, Griff criss-crosses this vast continent from the west coast to the east coast, north to south, from surf beaches to dusty outback, he covers thousands of miles through the heart of this great land.

In 2015, Griff took a successful train journey through Africa.

Now he's going to immerse himself in modern Australia, unravel its pioneering history, delight in its Indigenous culture, meet some of its more unique characters, and journey through its most isolated towns and spirited cities.

Along the way, Griff will discover the history of the railroads, the people that operate them and the communities that rely on them – because it's the railways that made modern Australia.

This series follows his journey on some of Australia's most impressive long-distance trains – The Indian Pacific, The Spirit of the Outback, The Spirit of Queensland and the Iconic Ghan - travelling across the expansive outback and along spectacular coastlines.
 

Buried by the Bernards

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Docu-Reality

Buried by the Bernards

In this reality series, the bickering but big-hearted Bernards manage their budget-friendly funeral home while helping grieving families say farewell.

In 2017, Ryan Bernard opened the doors to R Bernard Funeral Services, offering complete, yet affordable funeral packages to help his community deal with exponentially high funeral costs.

With family dra-medy at the centre, the family-owned and -operated business provides their community top tier care, service and comfort with a side of laughter in the toughest of times.

In this line of work, the Bernards can't neglect supporting each other and have their own special recipe for preserving their relationships - it's one part understanding, a pinch of sarcasm, and a heaping spoonful of blatant honesty.

This unorthodox funeral home is only outmatched by the unconventional Bernard family themselves.
 

How To with John Wilson

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Docu-Reality, Comedy

How To with John Wilson

John Wilson, documentary filmmaker and self-described "anxious New Yorker," is the writer, director, cameraman, executive producer and narrator of this docu-comedy series.

In a uniquely hilarious odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation, Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics.

The awkward contradictions of modern life are eased by Wilson's candid, unpolished commentary, with Season 1's episodes offering up his distinct take on a range of deceivingly simple topics.

Building upon Wilson's previously released "how to" short films, the episodes take wildly unexpected turns, but are grounded in John's refreshing honesty.

Following his graduation from college, John took an unorthodox path by spending a year working for a private investigator, an education that inspired his "documentary memoir" shooting style.

Equal parts ethnography and autobiography, his films are all shot from the first-person perspective and underscored by his distinct, wry narration style.

While Wilson's anxieties flared amongst large film crews, he found his groove making hilarious "how-to" videos that he released for free on the internet.

His short films "Los Angeles Plays New York" and "The Road to Magnasanti" were official selections of the 2016 and 2017 New York Film Festival.

In the series premiere, "How To Make Small Talk": John reflects on the delicate balancing act of making - and safely redirecting - casual conversation, highlighting the rewards and risks of small talk.
 

'Til Death Do Us Part 2

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

'Til Death Do Us Part 2

For anyone in love, there is hope and faith that it will last forever; but in this series, what begin as love stories are twisted by rage, of passion soured by obsession, and of joy ravaged by paranoia, ending with a destiny that no-one expected.

For some individuals murder, like true love, is written in the stars.

From a suspicious carbon monoxide incident, to a parrot who became an eyewitness to murder, each episode tells a tragic tale of love turned lethal.

There's the loving wife turned wiccan, a spouse with a spiralling gambling addiction, and a motorcycle accident that is not what it seems.

Illustrated through split-screen archive and originally-shot material, including interviews with family, friends, law enforcement and the potential victim of the crime, this series unveils the breaking point in each of these relationships when love and murder collide.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Behind Closed Doors": To most people, teenage sweethearts Steven and Michelle Gibson seem to be happily married.

They have four children and live a fun and adventurous life together.

But the couple is harboring a dark secret - one that will tear the family apart.
 

Criminal Minds 15

Channel: FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 130)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Criminal Minds 15

Follows the adventures of a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia who analyse America's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.

The Behavioural Analysis Unit's most prominent agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU.

The team is led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, a family man who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets.

In the Season 15 premiere, "Under the Skin": The BAU team investigates an UnSub with striking similarities to Rossi's latest obsession, "The Chameleon," a.k.a. Everett Lynch, who nearly killed him and then disappeared.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Awakenings": With a member of the BAU in the hospital, the team searches for Everett Lynch and his daughter, Grace.

Also, Spencer has a meaningful visit with his mother, Diana Reid (Jane Lynch), while she's experiencing a period of lucidity.
 

Nadiya Bakes

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Food

Nadiya Bakes

Delightful cakes and heavenly breads pop from the oven as Nadiya Hussain returns to baking, her happy place, and spotlights creative kindred spirits.

The world has been baking more than ever before during lockdown, and if there's one thing we've learnt over the past few months, it's that baking has the power to provide comfort, help us escape our worries, and ultimately bring us all a bit of happiness.

So this series is all about putting more joy into life whilst spending time at home.

Nadiya Hussain kicks off the eight-part series with her favourite recipes for classic bakes with a twist.

Everyday cupcakes are transformed into ice cream flavoured, fun-filled treasures that are guaranteed to make you smile.

A traditional scone is given a modern remix in a blueberry scone pizza that might just change the way you think about cream teas forever.

Meanwhile a spicy Asian kick takes a traditional toad in the hole to a new level, to create a comforting savoury classic.

Finally, the traditional sponge is taken up a notch, with mango and coconut flavours that are quite simply sunshine on a plate.

Across the series Nadiya also wants to shine a spotlight on the skills of some of the country's incredible bakers and pastry makers.

In the series premiere, pastry maestro and Instagram sensation Julie Jones shows us her awe-inspiring pie decorations that are edible works of art.

 

Actors in this post: Griff Rhys Jones, Jane Lynch



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