North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator
National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
Kim Jong Un has a decision to make: maintain his brutal family legacy or become a legitimate leader, a dilemma that could ultimately destroy the Kim dynasty.
As North Korea faces a critical crossroads, North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator chronicles the life and reign of Kim Jong Un as the young and unpredictable leader attempts to turn around his nation's fortunes.
The two-part special features never-before-seen interviews that shed new light on the duality of Kim Jong Un, both his capacity for ruthlessness and a softer side nostalgic for his youth.
For the first time in an extended global television interview, one of the assassins of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Siti Aisyah, tells her extraordinary full story.
Also, in a world exclusive, João Micaelo, Kim's former childhood classmate, speaks publicly, for the first time, about visiting Kim in North Korea.
The documentary also tracks the game-changing rise of Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jung, to his right-hand woman and voice of the regime, maintaining order using fear and violence while her brother reinvents himself as a modern leader.
First-hand testimonies, intimate archival footage and rare interviews paint an in-depth portrait of a fractured country.
Key moments that give a fresh perspective on the notorious dictator and his family's dynasty also include the following:
A rare interview with Kim Dong Chul, the longest-held American in North Korea, who was imprisoned for spying for the CIA;
The story of Kim Jong Un's aunt and uncle who cared for him as a teenager before escaping to the United States;
US Ambassador John Bolton's critiques of Trump's negotiations with North Korea at the summit in Hanoi, insight on the breakdown in peace talks and Kim's subsequent wrath;
and An interview with Lee Young Guk, a bodyguard to Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, who spent significant time with Kim Jong Un as a child.
To understand Kim Jong Un's leadership decisions over the past three years, including his encounters with President Donald Trump and his plans for the "hermit kingdom," experts, journalists and government officials unravel the inner workings of Kim's mind and his tumultuous past as he works to determine his legacy.
The two-hour special delves into the complex family dynamics of the Kim dynasty at the heart of North Korea's history and operations and offers key insight on his school days in Europe, the failed Hanoi summit and North Korea's growing arsenal of nuclear weapons.
The special also takes a deep dive into the psychology and history of the elusive Supreme Leader in order to better understand his all-encompassing dynastic power and struggle to keep a grip on control while navigating an uncertain future.
From his isolated childhood to the fleeting freedom he experienced in his teenage years to his attempts at diplomacy under the pressure of crippling sanctions, the series pulls back the curtain on a dictator torn between the old ways he grew up with and the encroaching modern world.
The Rookie 2
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Drama, Police Procedural
John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD, has used his life experience, determination and sense of humour to keep up with rookies 20 years his junior.
Nolan is continually put to the test by a host of new challenges, romantic relationships and deadly criminals, as he looks to figure out what kind of cop he ultimately wants to be.
In the Season 2 premiere, "Impact": Danger is ever-present as the officers of the Mid-Wilshire precinct grapple with the aftermath of a plotted attack on the city of Los Angeles, leaving Officer Bradford fighting for his life.
Flash forward two weeks and the rookies receive the shocking results of their latest training exam, leaving one officer questioning what the future holds.
Meanwhile, tension develops at home as Nolan and Lopez advance in their relationships with Jessica and Wesley.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "The Night General": Nolan teams up with new night detective Pablo Armstrong for a murder investigation case that results in an unexpected reunion with a former love interest.
Meanwhile, Officer Bradford reluctantly accepts help from Officer Chen as he prepares for his sergeant exam, and Officer West pursues an unconventional move after finding himself in need of a new home.
Travel Channel (DStv 179)
Investigative journalist Paul Beban knows what it takes to expose the world's deepest and darkest secrets.
Using declassified government files, a global network of inside sources and daring determination, he has uncovered pirate activity on the volatile coast of Somalia and earned recognition for his undercover operation exposing a violent human trafficking ring in South Africa.
Beban stops at nothing to brings stories to light that have been hiding in the dark.
Now, he's taking his skills to investigate some of the world's greatest paranormal mysteries.
Buried deep in declassified government files are shocking leads and hidden truths about the paranormal.
Using these clues as a guide, Beban steps into the unknown to find answers to enduring mysteries such as aliens, Bigfoot, a zombie apocalypse, superhuman soldiers, Skinwalkers and more.
In the series premiere, "Monsters of the Deep": Paul sets out to bring the truth about sea monsters to the surface.
After exposing a US Navy encounter with an unclassified creature in a Caribbean trench, Paul tracks a similar one said to be hiding in the dark depths of Vermont's Lake Champlain.
Evil Lives Here 5
Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series
Stories of ordinary people who shared a home with a killer.
In each case, they see suspicious signs that something is amiss. Some turn a blind eye to these signs, washing away blood and not wanting to know where it came from.
But sometimes they choose to dig deeper, and must eventually come face-to-face with the horrible truth - that the person they loved and trusted is a monster.
How will they react? Will they betray their loved one by turning to police, will they help them cover up their crimes, or will they become entangled in the evil doings?
In the Season 5 premiere, "The Nights I Don't Remember": Joylynn Martinez discovers that her own husband, Robert Howard Bruce, is the infamous "Ether Man," who used chloroform to rape several girls and even her.
Love & Hip Hop: Miami 3
MTV (DStv 130)
The newest instalment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise delves into Miami's rich Latinx culture and highlights the hip-hop, Latin and reggaeton music scene.
On this season, grit and authenticity are the keys to winning the hip-hop game.
In a sunny place for shady people, iconic series' veterans will collide with a new crew of streetwise up-and-comers.
The 305 heats up with the arrival of Joseline Hernandez, who returns to the franchise after a three-year hiatus.
A changed woman and newly engaged to DJ Ballistic Beats, Joseline is ready to shake things up and show Miami just how it's done.
With a few scores to settle, Joseline is prepping her debut album and looking to grab the music industry that eluded her back in Atlanta.
Picking up the pieces after the death of her mother, Trina pushes forward with an ambitious new project: a tour highlighting the next generation of female rap artists.
With a growing roster of big talent, big personalities and big egos, The Diamond Princess has her hands full.
Romance is in the air for Trick Daddy and his new girlfriend - model and aspiring rapper Nikki Natural.
Can Trick Daddy find love after marriage or did he let happiness slip through his fingers when he filed to divorce his ex Joy Young?
For the first time in years, Amara La Negra is in a relationship with bachata singer Emjay, who happens to be Shay Johnson's younger brother.
Emjay wants to start a family ASAP and blames Julian, her manager, for the slowdown of Amara's career.
Which way does Amara turn when she's caught between the two most important men in her life?
Jojo Zarur has made a name for herself in the fashion industry, striking a deal with a high-end designer.
When her father Antonio bribes her to quit the industry and go back to law school, is she willing to walk away from her potential empire?
Sukihana is on a journey from becoming an insta-famous rapper to a full-fledged industry-respected artist and is ready to prove herself.
Used to doing things her way, is Sukihana ready to sacrifice some of her hard-earned independence in order to have a serious music career?
Hood Brat, a tough-as-nails rapper with hustle and heart, is working for her breakthrough moment.
Her pursuit of fame has high stakes, as she's determined to provide a better life for the children of her late sister.
Queen of waist trainers PreMadonna rolls into Miami on a mission to straighten things out at the Waist Gang Society, where her employees are running amuck.
Pre gets more than she bargained for when everyone - including former close friends Miami Tip and Baby Blue - accuses her of abandoning them.
After collaborating with Lil' Wayne, Flo Rida and Rick Ross, Brisco was set to break through to the hip-hop A-list before he was sent to jail.
Three-and-a-half years later, he's a free man and inching his way back onto the scene.
The industry has changed and he's facing an uphill battle, despite the co-signs of Miami legends Trick and Trina.
Bobby Lytes, Pretty Ricky, Prince, Gunplay, Khaotic, KaMillion, Santana on the Beat and more are also set to appear this season.
Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
Reality, Technology, Science
The MythBusters team perform experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives' tales and the like.
In the Season 11 premiere, "Heads Will Roll": Brian and Jon test whether an automobile airbag can cause a fatal injury to the passenger, if that person has their feet up on the dashboard.
In a second test, they investigate Delayed Causality.
Dance Moms 2
eReality (Openview 108)
Once again set in Pittsburgh's Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by the notoriously demanding and passionate Miller, Dance Moms follows children's early steps on the road to stardom and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow... all under Miller's discerning eyes.
The show immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding dance competition season, delivering a dramatic look at the cast's intense pursuit of National Dance titles.
Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while also dealing with impassioned mothers who go to great lengths to help their children's dreams come true, Dance Moms will continue to pose the tough questions many people have been asking since the show's launch about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.
Dance Moms captures the outrageous and dynamic interplay among teacher, student and parent as Miller commits herself to bring out the best in her students - and their mothers - willing to dedicate themselves to be part of one of the best dance teams in the nation.
Constantly on edge from Miller's strict discipline and at times harsh 'my way or the highway' style of teaching, her students and their mothers are pushed to the limit emotionally, physically, socially and, in some cases, financially as they tirelessly rehearse every day and travel for weekly dance competitions throughout the U.S.
Some students and mothers buy into Miller's methods, while others crack under the pressure as they all battle each other for her attention.
In the Season 2 premiere, "Everyone's Replaceable": The departure of Cathy and Vivi-Anne creates an opportunity for Abby to change the make up of her dance group with a big open audition.
Holly's busy career schedule forces her to miss Nia's rehearsals and competitions, which Abby sees as a lack of Dance Mom dedication.
Abby has to come to terms with Chloe's growing success.