New on TV today: Friday 26 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 26 Mar 2021
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Griff's Great Kiwi Adventure

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Travel

Griff's Great Kiwi Adventure

British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones is packing his bags, pulling on his hiking boots, and heading out into the wilds to explore New Zealand.

Journey with him as he drives, flies, cycles, sails and jetboats his way from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island - all the while avoiding the well-trodden path of State Highway 1.

On this adventure, Griff explores the paths less travelled and asks the questions never asked, to reveal a side of New Zealand rarely seen.

The adventure takes Griff from the sandy northern tip of the North Island, through the largest city Auckland and in to the volcanic hotspots of the Central Plateau.

Down to the shaky capital city of Wellington and across the Cook Strait to the stunning South Island. Down the wild West Coast and across the Southern Alps mountain spine.

In to (and high above) the southern lakes and fiords, finishing on the wind-swept beach where the mainland ends.

A challenge is thrown down at the beginning of each episode that helps Griff discover the heart of the Kiwi way, as he holds up a mirror to New Zealanders and asks "what does it mean to be Kiwi today?"

With each challenge Griff investigates iconic aspects of life in New Zealand - meeting interesting people, throwing himself into activities, and revealing layers of history and culture in each region.

In the series premiere, "Cape Reinga to Auckland": Griff is on an epic journey from the tip to the toe of New Zealand but has set himself a challenge to avoid Highway One and journey the Kiwi roads less travelled.

In this episode, he begins his trip at the very northern point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, and is welcomed by a Maori chief of the region and challenged to make himself at home.

Griff uses this challenge to discover the many people who have 'made themselves at home' in New Zealand, including Maori, English whalers, missionaries and modern visitors.

Griff slides his way down the Te Paki sand dunes of the north, avoiding the rising tide while driving down 90-mile Beach, and ending in Russell on the Bay of Plenty.

Here he goes fishing and learns of the whalers and sealers who came to "The Hellhole of The Pacific".

After Russell, Griff heads to Kaipara Bay to see one of the great sights of the north isle, Gibbs Farm.

This farm is an outdoor giant art gallery displaying some of the finest sculpture on Earth, against magnificent green rolling hills.

From there Griff heads to a local Maori Iwi, or tribe, to be welcomed into Maori culture.

Griff speaks from the heart to his Maori hosts about his Welsh upbringing, and they in turn sing God Save The Queen in Maori to make him feel at home.

Finally, Griff arrives in Auckland where local comedian and raconteur Ben Hurley fills Griff in on what is uniquely Kiwi, and what is an import.

Surprisingly Ben claims fish and chips for the Kiwis.

Griff climbs Auckland tower to end the episode and looks out over Auckland from its iconic Sky Tower looking to his next adventure heading south.

The Irregulars

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Period Drama, Supernatural, Drama

The Irregulars

A crew of misfits investigates a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes.

Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes.

As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it'll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save not only London but the entire world.

One Day at a Time

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy

One Day at a Time

A reimagining of the iconic Norman Lear's classic sitcom, One Day at a Time is a heartfelt comedy that follows three generations of a Cuban-American family cohabitating and navigating the ups and downs of life.

A newly-single mom and military veteran journeys through the triumphs and tribulations that come with raising two strong-willed, mega-millennial children, all the while enlisting the "help" of her old-school mother and her building manager-turned-invaluable confidante.

Through an contemporary lens, One Day at a Time offers a glimpse at what life looks like, in good times and bad - and how those around you somehow make it all worthwhile.

Growing Up Hip Hop 7

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Music

Growing Up Hip Hop 7

On the most dramatic season yet, Season 7 sees the next generation of hip hop royalty set out to do whatever it takes to rise above their legendary parents' shadow.

As they reach new heights to build their empires, not all thrones are protected when everything comes crashing down around the them.

After having a baby out of wedlock, Angela Simmons (Rev Run's daughter), opens up for the first time about a devastating breakup and facing public scrutiny.

Vanessa Simmons yearns to be closer to her sister, Angela, but new business opportunities lead to a dramatic sibling rivalry.

Romeo Miller (Master P's son) finds himself chasing after the 'one that got away' and running to New Orleans with his pops to save an incarcerated family member who goes on a hunger strike.

Meanwhile, Damon "Boogie" Dash's (Damon Dash's son) addiction spirals out of control when his little sister's life becomes endangered.

Briana Latrise (Mary J. Blige's stepdaughter) teams up with Dame to save Boogie's life and plot a surprise intervention.

With her checkered family history, Kristinia DeBarge (James DeBarge's daughter) musters the courage to meet with her long-lost cousin Kyndall Ferguson (El DeBarge's daughter), while she plans a life-changing move to Vegas to further her music career.

Tyran Moore (Sandra "Pepa" Denton's son) comes to visit his mother to mend broken ties, and unleashes years of pent up resentment growing up under her fame in family therapy.

Egypt Criss (Pepa Denton's daughter) has a new beau, but not everyone trusts his intentions with the princess of hip hop, including Egypt's cousin, Tahira "Tee Tee" Francis.

A shotgun wedding in Vegas shocks all.

Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h55
Genre: Motoring, Reality

Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings

The callouts are louder, the races are riskier, and the stakes are higher than ever as the best street racers in the USA compete in the Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings championship.

The series is composed of nine races held in nine different cities, with $40,000 up for grabs at every event.

Drivers earn five points for every round they run, and the ultimate crown is granted to the points winner at the end (along with a cool $100,000).

In the series premiere, "Grudge Night Maryland": The racers learn everything they can about the track.

The 405 and Texas teams plan to keep their data to themselves, leaving other racers to catch up.

Date My Family 8

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Dating Game Show

Date My Family 8

Singles who are looking for love are sent on dates with the families of three potential partners, and must decide who to date based solely on the impression their family gives.

In the Season 8 premiere we meet bachelor Mbulelo Mdleleni, who lives in Soweto.

He says he was raised with traditional values and he doesn't want to date a slay queen because he can't afford one.

TVSA Show Page: Date My Family 8

The Curse of Oak Island 8

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Reality

The Curse of Oak Island 8

Documents brothers Rick and Marty Lagina as they pursue their lifelong dream of solving the 223-year Oak Island mystery.

For over two centuries, teams of searchers - including Franklin D. Roosevelt - have attempted to crack the code that will unearth the treasure believed to be buried on the small island off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Armed with the knowledge of those that came before them, the muscle of heavy machinery and decades of engineering know-how, the Laginas and their partners may be closer than anyone in history to finding the treasure that has so far claimed the lives of six men.

In the Season 8 premiere, "Remote Control": In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, Rick, Marty and the team return to Oak Island.

Armed with evidence of possible tunnels leading to the Money Pit, the fellowship is convinced they have the tools to solve the Oak Island mystery once and for all.

Nailed It!: Double Trouble

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

Nailed It!: Double Trouble

Hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres, the Emmy-nominated series returns with twice the fun.

This time, home bakers pair up in teams of two to take a shot at recreating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize.

From best buds to brothers and sisters, these bakers are twice as bad.

This season, we go far and wide for inspiration, ranging from delicious baked treats inspired by Greek mythology to sugary desserts from dear old Grandma.


Actors in this post: Griff Rhys Jones, Angela Simmons

Shows in this post: Date My Family


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