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New on TV today: Thursday 15 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 15 Jul 2021
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The Republic of Sarah

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

The Republic of Sarah

The bucolic tranquility of Greylock, New Hampshire is upended when a massive vein of coltan - an incredibly valuable mineral used in tech - is discovered under the town.

State-backed mining company Lydon Industries swoops in with plans to extract the mineral, which will wipe Greylock off the map.

With her friends and family in danger of losing their homes, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper vows to stop Lydon's bulldozers.

Leading Lydon's efforts is Sarah's estranged brother, Danny Cooper.

After enduring a difficult childhood at the hands of his mother, former New Hampshire state senator Ellen Cooper, Danny is eager to exact his revenge on a community he feels abandoned him.

Sarah enlists her friends - fellow teacher Corinne Dearborn, police officer Amy "AJ" Johnson and diner manager Grover Simms - in the fight against Danny.

There seems to be no way to stop the town's impending demise, until Sarah proposes an oddly intriguing solution: Greylock could declare independence, since the town's land was never properly claimed by the United States.

With the help of a group of supporters that includes Sarah's friends and three of her teenage students - LA transplant Maya Jiménez, introspective outsider Tyler Easterbrook and preppy "popular girl" Bella Whitmore - they win the vote.

Now, Sarah and her allies must confront an even more daunting task: building a country from scratch.
 

Never Have I Ever 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Comedy

Never Have I Ever 2

After a traumatic year, all an Indian-American teen wants is to go from pariah to popular — but friends, family and feelings won't make it easy on her.

Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl.

The series stars newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.

In Season 2, Devi continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.
 

The Lowdown with Thomas Gumede

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Reality, Clip Show

The Lowdown with Thomas Gumede

Thomas Gumede uses social media memes and videos for a humorous round up of what makes relationships go around under the current conditions of lockdown and social distancing.

The comedian tackles the daily struggles with an in-depth comedic monologue supported by memes and clips.

Topics of discussion include how couples who can't physically be together due to lockdown, how to keep their relationships healthy, undeclared crushes that get introduced online, and confessions from singles on how they cope through online dates and interactions.

The show closes with couples living together during quarantine - married, vat-'n-sitting, broken up or divorced, but quarantining together out of circumstance or for the kids.

Gumede gets and gives tips on how to survive each other during lockdown.

Comedic contributions from the likes of Coconut Kelz, Luyanda Maphumulo and skits by Leon Gumede and Sphe.
 

Airport Security 8: Rome

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, True Crime

Airport Security 8: Rome

At Rome's Fiumicino Airport, security personnel work around the clock to keep Italy's busiest airport free of criminal activity.

Italian State Police tackle drug trafficking and illegal immigration at this gateway to Italy and the European Union.

And a crack security team remain alert for signs of thieves in the airport's expansive shopping areas.

Illegal drugs, fake passports and purloined perfume: it's all in a day's work at Fiumicino.
 

Explained 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (weekly)
Genre: Documentary Series, Factual

Explained 3

This weekly short-form series explores a wide range of global topics and take on the big "why" questions that animate our age.

Each episode pulls a different subject from the zeitgeist, from politics to science to pop culture, and gives the bigger picture story.

The series features interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields.

From monarchies to mea culpas, pooches to plastic surgery, Season 3 explores a wide range of fascinating topics in this celebrity-narrated docuseries.

 

Actors in this post: Thomas Gumede, Lesego Tlhabi



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