Extinction: The Facts
BBC Earth (DStv 184)
Wildlife, Nature, Documentary
Sir David Attenborough investigates the extinction crisis, exploring what's driving the rapid loss of animals and plants and revealing potential solutions to this global issue.
In just over 40 years animal populations have shrunk by 60% - a million species of plants and animals now face extinction, many within decades if urgent action isn't taken.
Why is this happening?
David explores the man-made reasons behind the crisis, including hunting, toxic waste and the conversion of land for agriculture.
He reveals the changes that could make a difference like responsible consumption, cutting back on meat and lowering carbon emissions.
The natural clock can be turned back - if we don't leave it too late.
Last year, with the support of the United Nations, more than 500 scientists set out to investigate the current state of the natural world.
They found that biodiversity is being lost at rates not seen before in human history. This means one million species are now threatened with extinction.
Extinction is a natural process, but what's happening now is different. Extinction is happening up to 100 times faster than the natural evolutionary rate.
We meet the last two Northern white rhinoceroses on the planet, a species on the brink of extinction.
The programme explores how this crisis is about more than the loss of individual species.
The evidence is that the loss of biodiversity now threatens our own wellbeing.
Everything in nature is connected in networks that support the whole of life on earth, and we are part of that.
We are losing many of the services that nature provides for us.
The loss of insects puts pollination and food production at risk, the loss of biodiversity in the soil threatens plant growth.
Plants themselves underpin almost everything that we need, and yet one in four are threatened with extinction.
Extinction: The Facts looks at the different ways we are driving the loss of biodiversity.
The illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, climate change, pollution and land use change are all threatening the delicate balance of our world.
And the programme reveals how this destructive relationship with the natural world is even putting us at greater risk of pandemics.
As we rebuild our economies the programme looks at what can now be done to stop the loss of biodiversity and make the planet a safer place for all its inhabitants.
The evidence is that if the right choices are made at this critical moment nature can bounce back.
When Sir David visited the mountain gorillas of Rwanda 40 years ago there were around 250 individuals left.
They were on the brink of extinction, but decades of effort from conservationists, governments and the local community mean there are now over 1,000 mountain gorillas, including the descendants of those David met.
As he observes in the documentary, we do have the chance of creating a better and safer future - and what happens next is up to every one of us.
Mr. Mercedes 3
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Based on the Bill Hodges trilogy from author Stephen King, Season 3 will closely follow the story contained in "Finders Keepers," the second book of the series, and continue to explore the fallout from the massacre perpetrated by Brady Hartsfield.
When beloved local author John Rothstein is found murdered, Hodges, Holly and Jerome, along with local police, must track down his killer.
But this case is more complex than the cold-blooded killing of an American icon.
Unpublished novels of Rothstein's were stolen from his home, and they are worth millions.
As the case unfolds, the trio learns that although Brady may be gone, his depravity lives on in the lives of his victims.
1Magic (DStv 103)
Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.
In the Season 4 premiere, "Re-Entry": With violence in South Central ramping up, Franklin attempts to stop a gang war from exploding.
Gustavo and Teddy deal with pipeline issues and local reporter Irene Abe attempts to understand what's happening to her neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, Leon charts a new path.
In the second episode next week, "Weight": Chaos reigns as Franklin's plans go awry and he turns to an old flame for help.
Leon struggles without Franklin, Cissy takes a more active role in Franklin's business and Gustavo's world is shaken.
Also, Irene finds her way to Alton's shelter.
This Is Us 3
Sometimes life will surprise you. This series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways.
We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect, which will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.
In the Season 3 premiere, "Nine Bucks": Randall, Kate and Kevin find themselves on new paths as they each celebrate their 38th birthday.
In the second episode of the weekday run, "A Philadelphia Story": The Pearsons gather to support Kevin at his movie premiere and the teenage Big Three make college decisions.
The Home Team 5
The Home Channel (DStv 176)
Home Improvement, DIY, Reality Makeover
Have you ever wondered how to renovate your bathroom, or how to plant a veggie garden? Do you love seeing DIY projects and before and after reveals?
Join Leah and Anthony for Season 5 of The Home Team where they will inspire you with affordable and creative ways to make your home stylish, cozy and sustainable.
DIY enthusiasts Anthony and Leah have creative ideas to build the home of your dreams on any budget.
Whether it's getting into the garden for some landscaping or transforming a kitchen in dire need of a rejuvenation, The Home Team has you covered.
Let's not forget those DIY projects that can fill your home with all sorts of beautiful, one-of-a-kind items.
Discover how to make homemade solar lights, hardwood benches, vertical gardens and even a coffee table arcade machine for your rumpus room – no project is too big or small.
Australia's renovation expert Naomi Findlay will also join the team this season, along with a set of talented individuals who will be challenged to create the ultimate bathroom renovations for unsuspecting homeowners.
With only a few weeks to transform a space, The Home Team will have to get their hands dirty for the ultimate grand reveal.
In the Season 5 premiere: Naomi heads to Sydney's Northern Beaches to help out Katie, who has a bathroom that is in need of a renovation.
Real Time (DStv 155)
Adam and Danielle Busby struggled to have a baby for years and their prayers were answered when their daughter Blayke was born.
Four years later, in an attempt to give Blayke a sibling, Danielle became pregnant with not one, but five babies.
In April 2015, the Busby family transformed from a family of three to a family of eight overnight.
The Busby quints are the first set of all-girl quintuplets in the US, and the first globally since 1969.
Now, this history-making brood is turning terrible two...
Ten new one-hour episodes of Outdaughtered follow this resilient family as the girls flourish - Blayke off to school and the quints quickly becoming toddlers; walking, talking, and exhibiting their independence.
With "Mimi" moving out, caring for the girls is a hectic full-time job for Danielle and she wishes Adam was around to help more often.
To add to the couple's stress level, they learn Hazel may require a second eye surgery.
Adam starts to realise that he hasn't been himself since the babies were born and knows he needs to start to seek out answers.
All the while, Adam and Danielle work on figuring out how to make sure that they nurture their relationship.
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Blending intense drama with irreverent humour, 68 Whiskey follows a multicultural band of Army medics stationed in Afghanistan on a base nicknamed The Orphanage.
Together, the medics navigate a dangerous and sometimes absurd world, relying on camaraderie, various vices and, occasionally, a profound sense of purpose to carry them through.
In the series premiere, "Buckley's Goat": With Davis as his cornerman, Roback goes toe-to-toe with Sasquatch.
The medics rescue a wounded Corporal Buckley in the village and Alvarez gets some upsetting news from home.
Meanwhile, Major Holloway treats an unwelcome patient. Roback and Durkin continue their secret affair.
Also, Roback, Davis and the unlikely companion, Private Petrocelli, return to the village to inquire about a potentially lucrative endeavour with the Warlord - and have a run in with SecCorp.
Oh, and Petrocelli finds a new friend in a lost goat.