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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 09 Jun 2021
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Shaleen Surtie-Richards: 'I Am Who I Am'

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Special, Documentary

Shaleen Surtie-Richards: 'I Am Who I Am'

Shaleen Surtie-Richards passed away on Monday 6 June and her trail-blazing career has been made into a never-before seen documentary.

In 1988, Shaleen portrayed the title role of Fiela Komoetie in the Katinka Heyns film Fiela se Kind – a groundbreaking achievement for an actress of colour during Apartheid South Africa.

With her portrayal of Ester "Nenna" Willemse, the spirited caregiver of Marlborough Mansions in the M-Net soapie Egoli: Place of Gold, she gained widespread recognition.

The documentary was commissioned to celebrate a South African icon and was in its final stages of post-production when the news of her passing was announced.

In this intimate documentary, we revisit Shaleen's life from her childhood in Upington and her first baby steps on the Upington school stage to far grander stages and greater audiences.

Marc Lottering, Sandra Prinsloo, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Brümilda van Rensburg, Katinka Heyns, Patricia de Lille, Bobby Heaney, Kevin Smith and others share their memories and stories of a woman who lived her life in defiance of stereotypes.

In her own words: "I don't have time for pretence in my life. So, if you ask me who am I, then I will tell you: I am who am".

Survivors with Denise Welch

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 20h05
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Survivors with Denise Welch

Presented by one of Britain's best-known actresses and TV personalities, this six-part series explores what it means to live with the trauma of enduring and surviving horrific crimes and the incredible effort and courage required to rebuild a life in the aftermath.

At the heart of each episode is the story of someone who has been forced to confront unimaginable horror and yet has lived to tell the tale, in crimes ranging from a vicious and unprovoked stabbing by a stranger and a diabolical acid attack, to the victim of a three-hour filmed torture session and a 13-year reign of terror and abuse.

In each case, Denise Welch meets up with the survivors to find out what was going through their minds at every stage of the crime, how they found the inner strength to survive and face their attackers in court, and how the devastating turn of events irrevocably altered their lives.

The series will feature interviews with friends and family of the survivors and a criminal barrister's expert commentary.

Fresh, Fried & Crispy

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

Fresh, Fried & Crispy

Passionate about food and ready for fun, critic Daym Drops drops in on America's smokin' hot spots for the best, freshest takes on fried food.

Extra crispy pork chops in Birmingham, deep fried Oreos in San Diego and jumbo lump crab cakes in Baltimore. Is your mouth watering yet?

Daym Drops, the Grandfather of Food Reviews on YouTube with more than 250-million views, travels all around the US to find the best unknown fried dishes coming from the streets, fancy restaurants and home kitchens.

Come along for the ride as he hunts down the crispiest bite in town.

The Moose Movie

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

The Moose Movie

Nothing shouts northern wilderness more than a magnificent moose, the undisputed king of the forest.

But moose don't start out big and burly; and for two twins born into a forest glade, a challenging life lies ahead.

The Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h20
Genre: Documentary Series

The Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty

The incredible story of Rupert Murdoch's influence on world events and the dramatic personal battle for power at the heart of his own family.

In the series premiere, "Kingmaker": We meet Rupert Murdoch in 1995, a pivotal year that sees him presiding over two important dilemmas - who he wants to be Britain's next prime minister and which of his children he wants to take over his business.

This episode charts the growing relationship between Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair, and the Murdoch press and Blair's Labour Party - a relationship that becomes almost uncomfortably close.

Critics claim that Murdoch's organisation cultivated too much influence over the British government – lobbying for war in Iraq, enjoying open access to the prime minister and favourable treatment when it comes to business.

Supporters, however, claim that this is how business works, not least when you are as influential as Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch's family dynamic is rocked when he marries a woman 37 years his junior, polarising the children and jeopardising Murdoch's plans for succession.

Just as Murdoch is approaching the peak of his powers and influence in the UK, cracks begin to appear that point to deeper, darker problems within his empire.


Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy


Comedy about a single suburban mother who's shocked when her estranged sister, her sister's outrageously wealthy, big-hearted, Latin husband and her husband's fiercely loyal assistant land on her doorstep in need of a place to live after the couple's money dries up.

Though class differences may separate the women, and the size of the house and the number of people living in it will test the limits of hospitality, the bond of extended family might be exactly what they need.

Strip the Cosmos 4

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 17h40
Genre: Science, Nature

Strip the Cosmos 4

Strip the Cosmos unlocks the biggest mysteries in the Universe.

Did life ever exist on Mars? What invisible forces build a cosmic mega-structure over one billion light years across?

Where can astronomers find the elusive white holes that Einstein predicts?

To solve these and other mysteries, we hitch a ride with NASA's pioneering Perseverance Rover as it carries out its mission to sniff out the signs of ancient life on Mars.

We piece together new evidence to reveal the super-strange material that lies at the centre of the giant ice planets at the farthest reaches of our Solar System.

We search for alien worlds in orbit around distant stars to solve the mystery of how Jupiter shaped life on Earth.

We get closer than ever before to a potential killer asteroid with NASA's Osiris REx spacecraft.

CGI cracks open planets, dives inside giant space rocks, plunges through alien atmospheres and goes through wormholes to visit some of the most alien parts of the Universe in the quest to solve the biggest mysteries in the cosmos.

Chopped 42

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

Chopped 42

In this cooking competition it's all about skill, speed and ingenuity as four aspiring chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges.

Course by course, the chefs must take a basket of mystery ingredients, with a different theme each time, and turn it into an extraordinary meal.

Then, they must survive the Chopping Block, where the judges are waiting to be wowed - and they are not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms.

In the Season 42 premiere, "Sweet and Salty Success": The chefs get a sweet and salty theme and are tasked with perfectly harmonizing the quintessential flavour pairing on their plates.

In the first round, the competitors must combine a Moroccan pie and a sugary take on bacon.

A classic fair snack and an imaginative breakfast food are included in the entree basket.

And the judges are hoping for creative, beautiful desserts made from a puzzling final sweet and salty basket.

Salvage Kings 2

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

Salvage Kings 2

Salvage Kings returns full throttle for another season of thrilling demolitions and extraordinary finds by the team at Priestly Demolition.

Leading the charge is Head of Salvage Ted Finch and his crew – modern-day treasure hunters who stop at nothing to uncover rare and valuable objects from buildings that are on the verge of demolition.

They are pushed to their limits as they scour through demanding demolition sites to ensure no hidden gems are left behind and lost forever.

This year, the stakes are high. Company president Ryan Priestly devises an expansion plan for the salvage team that will transform their operation.

It's a gamble, but if successful, the expansion could yield big rewards for the company.

The undertaking also means a personnel shake-up for the close-knit crew. Three new members join the team, causing some friction as the old and new guard adapt to each other.

Their salvage missions may be high-pressure, but that doesn't stop Ted and his team from approaching their work with humour and passion as they crisscross through amazing locations to rescue treasured items from destruction.

No stone is left unturned as the salvage team scavenges through cities, towns and villages, and into buildings of all types.

Every object tells a story – and there's no telling what the Salvage Kings will find, nor where their incredible discoveries will end up.

In the Season 2 premiere: The salvage team from Priestly Demolition takes their first road trip of the year to a historic mining town, where the discovery of old police reports sends them on an unexpected hunt for hidden gold.



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