New on TV today: Friday 9 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 09 Apr 2021
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Tali's Wedding Diary

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy

Tali's Wedding Diary

Mockumentary comedy series starring Julia Anastasopoulos (better known as Suzelle DIY) as Tali, a Joburg princess who moves to Cape Town – and she's getting married.

For the self-involved Tali, marriage isn't an institution - it's an obsession.

We follow Tali and her groom (harmless property-bro Darren) as they prepare for what HAS to be the perfect wedding.

Or else.

TVSA Show Page: Tali's Wedding Diary

Dream Routes

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Travel, History

Dream Routes

A three-part film project dedicated to exceptional travel routes through six important Southern and Central Asian countries.

These journeys take us on adventurous routes through diverse landscapes, as well as to culturally diverse people, rich in traditions of various religions.

Due to the political situations in the region, these are incredible experiences that are often inaccessible to many.

The Grand Trunk Road - From Kolkata to Peshawar

This journey takes us along the Grand Trunk Road, which stretches across the entire Indian subcontinent.

We begin in the mangrove forests of the Bay of Bengal, moving on to Kolkata for the colourful festival Durga Puja.

Further stops along the way include a Roman Catholic Church, a very important Buddhist stupa, a visit to the Bodhi Tree and the holiest Hindu place in India, the Ganges.

The Pamir Highway - From Dushanbe to Bishek

The Central Asian Pamir Highway has many surprises in store for its travellers.

The journey will take us some 1,300 kilometres, beginning in Tajikistan, then down the River Panj along the border with Afghanistan and on to Kyrgyzstan.

At 4,000 metres we meet young people en route to China, at 5,000 metres we camp with nomads.

In Kyrgyzstan we happen upon an incredible park dedicated to important thinkers, scientists and religious tolerance.

This is a journey for the eye as well as for the mind.

The Beauty and Mystery of the East - From Isfahan to Samarkand

The impressive desert and mountainous areas of Iran and Uzbekistan are a traveller's dream destination.

In the desert city of Yazd we encounter places and traditions of the Persian Zoroastrian religion.

In Kerman we get intimate impressions of a family's preparations for the New Year's celebration Nowruz.

Then it's on to bigger adventures: snowy mountains, incredible heights, salt deserts and finally the incredible desert scenery of Kalout.

The way is also paved by the fascinating and open people we meet: a camel breeder, women who share their stories of peasant life, a Sufi Master and herbalist who lets us in on the secrets of his trade and religious practice.

Laugh in Your Language

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Comedy

Laugh in Your Language

Comedy showcase by some of the best local comedians in the business... with a twist: they will all be doing their sets in their native language.

The series was recorded live at Parker's Comedy and Jive at Montecasino from 24-26 October 2018.

The show features Nguni night, Afrikaans night and English night.

Comedians include Lihle Msimang, John Vlismas, Simphiwe Shembe, Siya Seya, Jay Boogie, Casper de Vries, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Brümmer, Robby Collins, Donovan Goliath, Deep Fried Man and more.

Magnum P.I. (2018)

TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Action, Police Procedural, Comedy-Drama

Magnum P.I. (2018)

Jay Hernandez stars as Thomas Magnum in a modern take on the classic series about a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii.

A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin's Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business.

The "majordomo" of the property is Juliet Higgins, a beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans.

When Magnum needs back-up on a job, he turns to his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors, Theodore "TC" Calvin, a former Marine chopper pilot who runs Island Hoppers, a helicopter tour business; and Orville "Rick" Wright, a former Marine door-gunner-turned-impresario of Oahu's coolest nightclub and the most connected man on the island.

Suspicious of Magnum's casual attitude and presence at his crime scenes, Detective Gordon Katsumoto (Tim Kang) finds that he and Magnum are more alike than either of them care to admit.

With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case.

Grand Designs 18

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Home Improvement

Grand Designs 18

Kevin McCloud is back with more extraordinary architecture as he follows the emotional highs and lows of the brave men and women who are risking it all to build the home of their dreams.

Full of awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping builds, the new season includes a radical barn renovation for a remarkable young couple defying illness, an ex-soldier building a giant subterranean extension, and a pioneering couple defying logic to create the UK's first self-heating house.

In the Season 18 premiere, "South West London": Not many of us would even think about building their new home within a cemetery, but that's precisely the madcap mission former army captain Justin sets out on.

He's spent a whopping £1.8-million pounds on an abandoned Neo-Gothic cemetery keeper's lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in South West London.

Justin's vision is to restore the lodge but demolish the ugly toilet blocks and replace them with an enormous luxury ground floor extension, with added moat and giant basement with a swimming pool – all just metres from the nearest grave.

He'll build the house, for himself and his five year old son, in just one year and for no more than £1.6 million. At least that's the plan.

With some builder's quotes coming in at a crazy £4-million, the project hits delays right from the off.

When tortuous demolition and excavation finally start, incredibly Justin decides his basement needs to be even bigger so extends the excavation directly underneath the heavy stone-built Gothic lodge, adding hugely to the engineering costs and schedule.

With challenges coming thick and fast, including a global pandemic, remarkably Justin refuses to compromise even as the budget spirals out of control.


Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy


Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, this comedy takes an absurdly irreverent look at identity and culture.

A live action series with animated elements the show follows Keef, an African-American cartoonist finally on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident with the police changes everything.

With a fresh outlook on the world around him, Keef must now navigate the new voices and ideas that confront and challenge him, all without setting aflame everything he's already built.

Now more sensitive to racism, and the everyday microaggressions he'd tried so hard to avoid acknowledging in every situation, Keef must figure out how to maintain his relationships and a career as a 'woke' Black man.

Leaving Neverland

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h25
Genre: Documentary

Leaving Neverland

Directed and produced by five-time BAFTA-winner Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland unpacks the story of two individuals: James Safechuck and Wade Robson, now-adult men in their 30s, who befriended Michael Jackson at the ages of 10 and seven respectively.

Through interviews with Safechuck and Robson, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, and explores the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own.

Playing out against the backdrop of our collective experience, the film documents the value of breaking silence, even when it implicates a powerful and revered figure.

Wife Swap 4

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality

Wife Swap 4

Wife Swap takes two families from very different walks of life and switches spouses, regardless of sex, to discover there is often more that unites us than divides us.

The families will face contemporary hot-button issues such as politics, classism, gender and race with the end goal of finding common ground.

New families, new drama, new revelations.

In the Season 4 premiere: A no-nonsense Nigerian mom who raises her kids in a strict culture of respect, swaps lives with an overwhelmed mom whose disconnected husband and spoiled kids run the house.


Shows in this post: Tali's Wedding Diary

Channels in this post: SABC3, Curiosity Channel,, BBC Lifestyle, eReality


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