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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 25 Apr 2021
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Valley of the Kings: The Lost Tombs

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h55
Genre: Documentary, History

Valley of the Kings: The Lost Tombs

Valley of the Kings was a great burial ground for the Pharaohs.

Egypt's most powerful Pharaohs were all buried at this site in beautifully-crafted, treasure-filled tombs including Tutankhamun or 'King Tut,' Ramses II and Hatshepsut.

But what lies beyond the ridge in the rugged Western Valley?

Most visitors to Egypt will visit the famous Valley of the Kings, a site that has produced more than 60 tombs, including the untouched, treasure filled tomb of the Boy King, Tutankhamun.

But the Valley of the Kings is actually two separate branches, East and West.

Despite more than 200 years of excavation in this area, the Western Valley of the Kings has remained mostly forgotten... until now.

In the biggest Egyptian excavation ever attempted, a team of archaeologists, led by world-renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, are going into the Western Valley of the Kings to uncover a new chapter in Ancient Egypt's most fascinating story.

This isn't the first incredible Egyptian mystery explored by Discovery.

In April 2019, Discovery followed Dr. Hawass and his team as they uncovered a 2,500-year-old mummy of a high priest for the first time ever on live television.

The special, Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live, also revealed two other mummies and various ancient antiquities, including a mysterious wax head.

This latest excavation will not be an easy job. The team will need to move hundreds of tons of rocks. But will they be able to peel back enough layers?

What they uncover at this site could forever change history.

Dr. Hawass and his team believe this massive ravine hides a treasure trove of lost evidence of the royal family of Tutankhamun.

But its inhospitable terrain and vast size mean it has lain barely explored for 3,000 years.
 

The Masked Singer 3

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

The Masked Singer 3

Jamie Foxx joins host Nick Cannon and panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke in the Season 3 premiere.

Eighteen celebrity singers wearing all-new custom made costumes will perform as America tries to guess who they are.

The Season 3 contestants have amassed a combined 69 Grammy Nominations, 88 Gold Records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records.

One singer will be unmasked in the "The Season Kick off Mask Off: Group A" season premiere.
 

World's Deadliest Jellyfish

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

World's Deadliest Jellyfish

Jellyfish can grow longer than a blue whale and are the deadliest creature on the planet.

There are approximately 2,000 species of jellyfish that we know of, around 70 of which have powerful tentacles packed with enough venom to be dangerous to humans.

They were one of the first life forms on Earth - and they may well be one of the last.

Learn more in World's Deadliest Jellyfish.
 

Ali Siddiq: It's Bigger Than These Bars

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Comedy, Special

Ali Siddiq: It's Bigger Than These Bars Bars

Ali Siddiq began his comedy career in the Texas state penitentiary system, where he served six years of a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking.

Years later, his first one-hour special, Ali Siddiq: It's Bigger Than These Bars, finds him back in the cell block, performing stand-up and interviewing inmates and administrators at Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas.

Using his signature storytelling style, Ali recounts hilarious experiences from both incarceration and freedom and conducts conversations with jailers and the jailed about life in lockup.

Encouraging and inspiring his inmate audience, Siddiq turns hard time into hearty laughs with stories about everything from uncomfortable prison nudity to the time he doused himself in baby oil and refused to leave his cell.

Ali makes hard laughs out of hard time, restoring faith in the power of second chances.
 

All American 2

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama

All American 2

The return of All American finds Spencer James, now a football State Champion, with a tough decision to make: does he stay in Beverly Hills and play for Coach Billy Baker?

Or does he move back home to South LA, reunite with his mother, Grace, brother, Dillon, and play for his father, Corey - the new head coach for the South Crenshaw Chargers?

This isn't an easy decision for him to make because it's not just about football. It's about choosing between the people he loves.

No longer is Beverly Hills just some affluent place that represents his shot out of the hood.

Now, he has friends there, including his antagonist turned ally, Asher, who's fighting to hold on to his football dreams.

He has his girlfriend there, Layla, who's secretly battling her own demons.

And most importantly, he has a second family there in the likes of the Bakers - Billy, Laura, Jordan and Olivia - who are struggling to adapt to the new normal of their broken home.

However, when Spencer's thrown an unexpected curve ball, the fallout to his life will end up affecting everyone he holds dear, including his best friend, Coop, who's trying to take control of her life by stepping back from gangs and pursuing her musical dreams.
 

Panda Goes Wild

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h45
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Panda Goes Wild

We know pandas almost entirely from zoos, and little about their behaviour in the wild.

Their mountainous home in China covers a huge area of dense bamboo forest, and discovering how wild pandas live has proved almost impossible.

Yet if they are to survive, it is important.

The rumour is that pandas are very different in the wild. It provides clues as to why they can’t breed in captivity.

Strange cries, fights between males, blood-stained trails, individuals moving huge distances and females held captive; all this adds to the mystery.

Yet, from what we know of pandas, they must have tender relationships, be good mothers, and be at home in their freezing mountain environment.

This film documents wild pandas for the very first time.

For three years, award-winning cameraman Jacky Poon and his team of scientists and rangers have had unprecedented access to the Qin Mountains.

Only 250 pandas live in over 350,000 square kilometres of mountainous terrain, so finding and filming wild pandas is almost impossible.

There are clouded leopards, strange Takin, dancing pheasants, and mountain-top monkeys.

Yet not only have they found wild pandas, they have filmed amazing new behaviour: males confronting each other, females held hostage, and mating.

It is a breakthrough in panda filming, and a landmark in our understanding of wild pandas.

The team has also had unprecedented access to Woolong Panda breeding centre.

They have followed the head keeper, Wudaifu, for several years, from a panda birth to the release back to the wild.

The footage of the birth and growing up over the months, tenderly cared for, is heartwarming. A year on, and the youngster is selected to return to the wild.

The keepers have to teach him how to cope: dressing up as pandas and training him to fear leopards, bears and people.

The extraordinary story of how a panda born in captivity returns to face his natural wilderness is unique.

In a final climax, six months after the release, Wudaifu journeys deep into the snowy forest for a month to find his panda.

He is accompanied by our dedicated filming team. It's not going to be easy...

 



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