M-Net (DStv 101)
Investigative crime thriller television series which follows Reyka Gama, a flawed but brilliant criminologist, who is haunted by her past.
Reyka, the 11-year-old daughter of African and British parents, is abducted. Having escaped her tormentor, she now lives her life as a mother and investigative detective.
She returns to her home town to lead the investigation into a serial killer behind a string of brutal murders, where victims' burnt bodies are being found in the sugar cane fields.
Caught between hope for new beginnings and living with the horrors of the past, Reyka's worlds collide and reveal a dark secret of her own.
Set against the tropical coastline and vast sugarcane fields of KwaZulu-Natal, the story begins in 1994, the end of Apartheid and the dawning of a new South Africa.
Having been abducted as a child by a farmer named Speelman (Iain Glen), Reyka is traumatised by the experience but this also helps her enter the minds of Africa's most notorious criminals and turn them inside out.
Manipulative and charming, his hold on Reyka, 20 years later, forms part of the backbone of the story, as does Reyka's relationship with her mother Elsa, played by Anna-Mart van der Merwe.
Reyka exposes secrets and lies, truth and trust, damage, healing and forgiveness.
With a dramatic backdrop of sugar cane fields, tropical beaches, stifling heat, dangerous wildlife, a criminal underworld and shadowy politics - each place is connected by sugar, but divided in so many other ways.
Kim Engelbrecht, Iain Glen and Anna-Mart van der Merwe are joined by a cast including Hamilton Dlamini, Kenneth Nkosi, Nokuthula Ledwaba, Desmond Dube, Gerald Steyn, Ian Roberts, Fiona Ramsay, David Butler and Jessica Hayes.
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Billy Buys Brooklyn
Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
Billy Leroy is making an offer you can't refuse.
This guy is old New York to the core; his legendary vintage shop in Manhattan, Billy's Antiques & Props, attracted locals and celebrities alike.
But when the developers knocked it down, he had to start over across the city in Brooklyn.
Now, he's opening the doors of his new vintage, antiques and collectibles store to reveal mind-blowing objects.
This series follows Billy and his team buying, restoring and sometimes reluctantly selling history's most amazing items - from a Haro BMX bike to a Victorian walking cane hiding a secret gun.
Using his knowledge, curiosity and network of contacts, he seeks out the most unique items to make his new venture a success.
In the series premiere, "Brooklyn's Booming": Hip hop producer Dane offers Billy a rare Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer.
Plus, Billy sees potential in a 19th century cane gun and a vintage trick bike.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Rock Around The Block": Billy visits an old friend who offers him a subway sign and a beautiful Seeburg jukebox.
Plus, vinyl expert Greg finds a special piece of history for Billy.
The Sharks of Hawaii
Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
A living Eden for all creatures, including one of the most misunderstood in the entire world – the shark.
Some 40 species call these waters home, and so does world-renowned wildlife cinematographer Paul Atkins.
This film will take us from the remote reefs of the Hawaiian archipelago to the world-famous beaches of Waikiki.
The sharks here offer up extraordinary behaviour, some seen nowhere else on Earth.
Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama
This documentary explores the historic election of America's first African-American president and his consequential two terms in office.
There is archival footage and a diverse array of extraordinary interviews, including Common, Usher, Russell Simmons, Will.i.am, Mellody Hobson, Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones and many more.
Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson reveals the challenges and triumphs of America's first Black president and his powerful legacy.
The special is narrated by actor and activist Jesse Williams.
World War II: A War to Remember
HISTORY (DStv 186)
World War II was a conflict that impacted the world, a war packed with memories of hardship and losses, courage and sacrifice, humour and comradeship.
This film, presented by the late Dame Vera Lynn, tells the story of the 8th May 1845, when the final curtain had finally come down on a drama that had been acted out across all corners of the globe, for six long hard years.
World's Biggest Bullshark?
Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
Marine ecologist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag teams up with former Royal Marine commando James Glancy and evolutionary biologist Dr. Toby Daly-Engel to uncover how Big Bull, one of the largest Bull Sharks ever caught, grew to become a giant - and find out if there could be more like her.