New on TV today: Wednesday 28 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 28 Apr 2021
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Small Axe

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama

Small Axe

Small Axe is an anthology series comprising five original films by filmmaker Steve McQueen.

Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a different story involving London's West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will, despite rampant racism and discrimination.

Even though this collection of films is set some decades ago, the stories are as vital and timely today as they were for the West Indian community in London at the time.

Small Axe is a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music and even food; each one, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes, bringing hope and optimism for 2020.

In the first film, "Mangrove": This film centres on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill's Caribbean restaurant Mangrove, a lively community base for locals, intellectuals and activists.

In a reign of racist terror, the local police raid Mangrove time after time, making Frank and the local community take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970.

When nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe and activist Darcus Howe are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot, a highly publicised trial ensues, leading to hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination.

Meet the Mustelids

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Meet the Mustelids

To many ears, the name mustelid might sound mysterious, but this family of hunters is probably much more familiar than you think.

They're tiny terrors; ankle-height tigers of the undergrowth. Some are elusive hunters while others stand together and fight.

We all know the "don't care" honey badger that's willing to sink its ferocious little teeth into a lion.

And its cousins – the otters, ferrets, wolverines, polecats, stoats, martens and the like – might look adorably furry and bright-eyed, but they have a fearsome reputation for taking on prey and predators well above their size.

Tune in to fascinating footage of these creatures in the wild hunting, mating, working together or living alone.

Headspace Guide to Sleep

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Lifestyle, Science

Headspace Guide to Sleep

Learn how to sleep better with Headspace. Each episode unpacks misconceptions, offers friendly tips and concludes with a guided wind-down.

Sleeping isn't easy. Headspace Guide To Sleep offers a new facts and tips about sleep, backed by science.

The show will answer questions like: is looking at your phone in bed really that bad? Do we really need eight full hours of sleep? And can pills help?

With mindfulness and meditation, this series will give you the tools you need to get a good night's sleep... and wake up ready to take on the day.


Channels in this post: Curiosity Channel, Netflix South Africa, SABC3


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