New on TV today: Sunday 23 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 May 2021
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Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Nature

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

This three-part series follows climate activist Greta Thunberg as she takes a year off school to explore the science of global warming and challenge world leaders, calling for action on climate change.

In 2019 Greta set off on a year off school to embark upon a mission that would take her across the globe to demand world leaders meet their promises to try and limit global warming.

With unique access, this series follows Greta over an extraordinary year in which she comes of age as she takes her fight against climate change to a global stage.

But when COVID-19 brings life to a standstill Greta is faced with an even bigger challenge – to convince a world reeling from one crisis finally to face another.

As she travels across the globe, Greta explores the science - from the melting glaciers of Canada to the coal mines of Europe.

She witnesses first-hand the consequences of climate change and makes clear the reasons why she thinks something must be done right now.

On her journey she meets climate scientists and confronts the complexity of what is required to make change happen.

Encounters with some of the world's leading scientists and economists allow the series to examine what the latest science tells us about what can be done to avert the worst effects of climate change.

In the series premiere: Greta travels through North America on her way to a UN climate conference in Chile.

To understand the impact of climate change she stops at three key locations that reveal how the planet is changing.

In the Canadian Rockies she learns how a small change in temperature has allowed an insect infestation to kill nearly half the trees in one of its most famous national parks.

She visits a glacier that's melting faster than models predict and discovers the cause is partly due to soot from forest fires falling on it.

In California she sees first-hand the destruction these fires create when she visits Paradise, a town at the centre of a deadly fire in 2018.

When the UN climate conference is suddenly moved to Madrid, Greta finds herself on the wrong side of the Atlantic Ocean and decides to sail back, braving life-threatening storms, to make her speech calling for immediate action on climate change.

A Deadly Dose

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

A Deadly Dose

The death of Susan Winters, an attorney and mother of two, is ruled by authorities to be a suicide.

However, the strange details of her demise, including her ingestion of both antifreeze and oxycodone, leaves her parents convinced that she was murdered and that her husband, Brent, is somehow connected.

Amy Schumer Presents Sam Morril: Positive Influence

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

Amy Schumer Presents Sam Morril: Positive Influence

Sam Morril teams up with Amy Schumer to deliver joke after joke in his first one-hour stand-up special.

In Positive Influence, Morril points out why babies seem racist, argues that porn is more body positive than women's magazines and recalls an awful customer service experience with an airline - and that's just in the first 20 minutes.

Whether he's talking about his exes, crappy customer service or anti-Semitic bigots, no one is safe from his dark and curious mind.

The 2000s

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History, Factual

The 2000s

Produced by Tom Hanks, this series chronicles pivotal events that took place throughout the first decade of the 21st century in American history.

The series takes you inside the dramatic events during the devastating terror attacks of September 11th in 2001, which resulted in the United States launching two wars and adopting unprecedented security measures.

It also documents Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 and became the most destructive natural disaster in the nation's history.

The 2000s is also a decade that saw the election of America's first black president in Barack Obama.

This series explores the cultural and political milestones of the decade including technological triumphs like the iPhone and social media, the war on terror and response to Hurricane Katrina, Obama's election, the financial crisis, hip-hop's rise to dominance and a creative renaissance in television.

In the series premiere, "The Platinum Age of Television": In the 2000s, television entered the Platinum Age, as storytellers had license to take the medium to new heights.

The creative renaissance in television enjoyed groundbreaking shows such as The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Lost, Survivor, American Idol, Glee and The Office.


Actors in this post: Amy Schumer


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