Searching for Superhuman
Da Vinci (DStv 318)
Documentary Series, Science, Technology
Humans have long been intrigued by the mysteries of our origins and the mechanics of our bodies and minds, continually examining our biological makeup in the hope of achieving our ultimate potential.
This six-part science documentary series profiles the breathtaking scientific discoveries made over the past decades – discoveries which have revolutionised our understanding of what it means to be human, and informed the way we strive to live longer, better, smarter and stronger.
Exploring the most ambitious biological research project in history, the race to decode the human genome, the series examines the genetic revolution that came from sequencing the three billion letters of our DNA, and how this changed our outlook on health and disease.
Technologies from the Human Genome Project opened up new fields of science, including the recent explosion of research into our gut microbiome with profound implications for our western diet and chronic new ailments.
At the same time, neuroscience developed new ways to explore the living brain, eavesdropping on electrical messaging, spying on growth and development, overturning concepts of the static adult brain.
With a powerful new understanding of brain plasticity, scientists gained critical new insights into improving memory and learning, the importance of sleep and childhood enrichment.
For the disabled, scientific progress has been astonishing.
Advances in prosthetics, 'growing' organs and synthetic muscles promise a stronger, brighter future for those struck down by disease.
From science around the creation and extension of life, to the process of managing human ageing, this series features expert commentary by the world's leading researchers in genetics, microbiology, stem cell science, surgery, exercise medicine, nutrition, bionics, fertility, mental health, longevity and neuroscience, and takes audiences on a journey from the recent past to an extraordinary future.
The 11th kykNET Fiëstas
kykNET (DStv 144)
The kykNET Fiëstas awards annually honour exceptional work presented at arts festivals across the country during the previous year.
In 2020, the performing arts were under enormous pressure because of the severe impact of the COVID pandemic on the festival circuit.
The 11th kykNET Fiëstas will celebrate the arts and artists who persevered and helped carry us through this trying time.
The participating festivals – Toyota SU Woordfees, KKNK, Suidoosterfees, Innibos, Vrystaatfees and Aardklop – had to find creative and innovative ways to present art to audiences.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, the kykNET Fiësta awards ceremony will only be presented as a television broadcast this year and will not take place in front of a live theatre audience as usual.
Well known artists who part of this year's production include Joshua na die Eeën, Antoinette Kellerman, De Klerk Oelofse, Corlea Botha, Elandré, Jemma Kahn, Anna Davel, Richard September and Charlton George.
There are also up and coming stars such as DfeatSA, Kyle Seconna, Devonecia Swartz, Phoebe Maxaji, Mia Dippenaar and Wanda Jacobs.
Some of the award categories were revised and a few new ones were added to reflect the changing landscape of the performing arts.
As in previous years, lifetime achievement awards will form part of the ceremony. This year they go to actor, filmmaker and radio personality Nic de Jager; singer and actor Terry Fortune; and the legendary photographer Bob Martin.
Also, three mentorship awards will be made for the first time this year to three young artists who will get the opportunity to be mentored for a year in order to boost their careers.
The Blue Fiësta – a prize for an extraordinary piece of work that does not belong in any of the other award categories – will also be announced at the ceremony.
The Amazing Race 32
M-Net (DStv 101)
The Amazing Race sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another.
At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges - some mental and some physical - and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination.
Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1-million.
The globe-trotting teams begin their adventure, which filmed prior to the global outbreak of the coronavirus, from the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and travel to their first destination, Trinidad and Tobago.
Along the route, teams will travel to France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Brazil and more.
America's Got Talent: The Champions 2
Vuzu (DStv 116)
Reality Competition, Variety
America's Got Talent: The Champions launches its second season with a panel of judges that includes executive producer Simon Cowell, global superstar Heidi Klum, AGT's longest-running judge Howie Mandel and the newest addition, singer, songwriter and author Alesha Dixon, who joins "Champions" from Britain's Got Talent.
Terry Crews will return as host, a role he also recently filled on America's Got Talent.
In the season premiere, 10 of the most talented, memorable and all-around fan favourite acts from "AGT" and "Got Talent" competitions around the globe will perform for the judges.
Four of these acts will advance - two will be voted through by a panel of "AGT" Superfans, one will be the Judges' Choice, and one will receive a Golden Buzzer to perform in the finale.