New on TV today: Sunday 18 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Jul 2021
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Shark Week

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 22h35
Genre: Wildlife

Shark Week

Shark Week returns with a spectacular splash.

This week features a fishy feast of brand-new programmes shining a light on these mysterious and magnificent creatures.

Working alongside the most respected experts and science institutions, this shark-shaped season highlights more breakthroughs and developments with the latest technology to reveal new insights into the mighty, and often misunderstood, shark.

It's time to descend deep into the ocean and get up close and personal with one of the world's deadliest predators and explore their secret lives like never before.

The first programme, kicking off proceedings, is Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week.

While her fantasy was to uncover the secrets of shark sex sailing on the fanciest yachts, surrounded by friendly sea creatures and pampered by a handsome merman, she's in for the sharkiest of wake-up calls.

Speeches that Changed the World

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

Speeches that Changed the World

Words and delivery can combine to galvanize an audience, creating 'I remember where I was when' moments.

JFK at the Brandenburg Gate and Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial provide unforgettable examples.

This collection of classic speech excerpts contains inspiring orations to the noblest endeavours and some of the most despicable speeches ever.

The special features extracts of speeches from Hitler, Churchill, Hirohito, Gandhi, Nixon and Obama.

Shark Gangs

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

Shark Gangs

For years sharks have been viewed as solitary predators, but scientists have recently discovered a surprising new behaviour.

In this special, we reveal how this apex predator likes to hang out in gangs.

So what is behind this behaviour? Do sharks enjoy a social life or are they working together to become even more effective hunters?

Seeking Sister Wife 3

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Seeking Sister Wife 3

Explore the lives of five polygamist families, all in various stages of trying to add a sister wife to the nest.

With two returning families and three brand new couples looking for love, Seeking Sister Wife returns, noisier than ever.

From a 90-day twist featuring a Brazilian bombshell and a divorce, to an explosive live-in battle of the hearts, all in the midst of a quarantine, this season is offering a wildly unfiltered and compelling look into these families' ups and downs as they date in this arguably unconventional world.

THE SNOWDENS (returning)

After a split from their sister wife Vanessa, Dimitri and Ashley Snowden are still in LA and back in the dating game with not one, but two girlfriends.

Christeline, a single mother who lives in South Africa; and Tayler, a spunky henna artist from Atlanta, Georgia.

Will this new plural dynamic be the Snowdens' dream come true - or a nightmare?

THE WINDERS (returning)

The Winders are a Mormon Fundamentalist plural family in Southern Utah.

Colton and his first wife, Tami, have one daughter. Now, Sophie, his second wife, is expecting their first child: a baby boy.

They recently all moved in together, and they have a potential sister wife on the hook named Kimberley.

While the girls are excited, Colton seems to be the one on the fence about adding to their plural family.


Dannielle and Garrick Merrifield live in Colorado, have been happily married for 13 years and now they are getting divorced, for polygamy.

Garrick believes God led them to a plural lifestyle, and once Dannielle agreed, it wasn't long before they met their dream sister wife, a Brazilian bombshell named Roberta, who speaks only Portuguese.

The Merrifields love her so much that they are divorcing so Garrick can legally marry Roberta and get her a visa to come and live with them in Colorado.

When they reunite in Mexico, Dannielle begins to question their future together.


Jarod Clark and his two queens, Vanessa and Kaleh, live in North Carolina.

While Jarod and Vanessa are moving into a new house, their sister wife Kaleh has not been feeling like a valuable member of the family.

The Clarks are trying to mend their plural relationship before adding more sister wives to it, but when they confront Kaleh about the tension between them, she doesn't have the reaction they hoped for.

THE JONES' (new)

Sidian and Tosha Jones live in Idaho, where Tosha was once Sidian's second wife, until the first wife left them.

After taking time to heal, Tosha and Sidian are now seeking a sister wife again but find out it's not as easy as they thought it would be to find their perfect match.

Colditz – The Legend

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Documentary, History

Colditz – The Legend

In Colditz – The Legend, surviving soldiers who risked it all to escape Germany's Colditz Castle prisoner of war camp tell the story of how they achieved the impossible.

Colditz Castle was the prisoner of war camp no-one was meant to escape from – but escape they did.

This exciting and moving documentary takes a fresh look at the legend, hearing from both Colditz survivors and their families.

The escapes are ingenious, brave, exciting and even poignant, but it's the touching memories of daily life, letters from home, secretly-brewed hooch and staving off the boredom which reveal what it was really like to have been locked up inside the notorious castle.

50 Shades of Sharks

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

50 Shades of Sharks

This special reveals facets of sharks that are rarely chronicled.

They're fragile, delicate, ingenious, collaborative and even clumsy at times.


Actors in this post: Tiffany Haddish

1 Comment

19 Jul 2021 09:23

Sharks abound indeed 

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