New on TV today: Monday 26 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 26 Jul 2021
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The Longest Date 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

The Longest Date 2

Hosted by Christopher Jaftha, the show follows 16 singles in their quest to meet a compatible partner in this romantic-comedy reality show.

The series matches 16 singles into eight couples according to compatibility as they embark on an epic journey to experience the most extreme adventures KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.

All of this while trying to get their date to fall in love with them - and a chance of winning a R100,000 cash prize.

In each episode we see the couples attempting extreme tasks, taking them out of their comfort zone, with the lowest scoring couples being eliminated from the game.

Ultimately, one couple will win the cash prize, but will their budding romance stand the final test?

A game of chance will give one of them an excruciating decision: share the money with their date, or keep it all for

Season 2 is set in the breathtaking beautiful landscape of the Oribi Gorge in KwaZulu-Natal.

The couples will experience the best the country has to offer in their activities from shark diving, mud-rallying and every other extreme experience in between.

The Longest Date is an original local format created by Samantha and Graeme Moon for S3 and produced by BrandGen.


Hott pics! Match up the singles on The Longest Date 2
TVSA Show Page: The Longest Date 2

Loving Gluten Free

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Food

Loving Gluten Free

The demand for gluten-free food has skyrocketed over these past few years.

This has given rise to multitudes of do-it-yourself recipes anyone can try at home.

On Loving Gluten Free, host Helen Tzouganatos shares her favourite recipes, from fluffy baked treats and easy midweek dinners, to dessert show-stoppers.

She'll be visiting popular gluten free restaurants and stores to find out what's driving the demand, as well as inviting several gluten free cooks into her kitchen to show us a whole range of innovative and delicious creations – putting a whole new light on what Loving Gluten Free is all about.

So, whether you're coeliac, gluten intolerant or just trying to modify your diet, you're sure to come away with gluten substitutes that are as good as the real thing, and maybe even better.

Haunting in the Heartland

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 22h05
Genre: Paranormal, Reality

Haunting in the Heartland

Why do so many communities across America have stories of unexplained paranormal experiences that, through word-of-mouth and consistency, turn into lore?

In the series Haunting in the Heartland, paranormal investigator and documentary filmmaker Steve Shippy visits Midwestern towns that have been traumatised for generations by ripples of fear.

Growing up in a rural Michigan "creepy house on the corner," Shippy uses his own personal experiences to make intimate connections with the families who've reached out to him for help.

He then puts the puzzle pieces together to identify and decipher the larger mystery of the town's haunting.

Through eyewitness accounts, town archives, visits to historic sites and his own paranormal toolkit, Shippy explores emerging theories until a full picture of the town's ghostly protagonist appears, and a peaceful resolution can be formulated.

On his journey through a new heartland town in each of the six one-hour episodes, Shippy seeks to directly confront the entity and bring closure to the people of the town.

In the series premiere, "The Watchman": Shippy travels to the old farming village of Merrill, Michigan, to confront an evil spirit holding the town hostage since the 1800s.

In the summer of 1974, the hauntings seemed to spread when a malevolent force invaded a family farm, spurring a massive investigation by the local and state police and fire departments, and even the FBI.

The reign of terror culminated in a spontaneous fire, forcing family members to eventually flee the home they'd built by hand.

The encounters never ceased and today, less than a mile away, another family is under siege by something so powerful, they fear for their safety.

Joining forces with local authorities and historians, Shippy uncovers a town ravaged by a smallpox epidemic and tragic fires, and a shocking connection to another notorious haunting.

Shippy enlists the help of a clairvoyant to dispel the evil entity before another heartland family is forced from their home.

Minki 9

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans, Advertiser-Funded

Minki 9

In each episode of this emotional talk show, Minki van der Westhuizen interviews a guest with an incredible story to tell.

Sometimes these are celebrities; at other times not.

Minki also surprises each guest by revealing someone with whom they have a special connection, who comes to join the conversation.

It's real South African hospitality, on TV – complete with a tasty cooking segment with Herman Lensing in the kitchen.

In the Season 9 premiere: Minki chats to well-known actor Ramey Short and surprise him with a visit from a family from Namibia.

Storage Wars 13

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 19h15
Genre: Reality

Storage Wars 13

Storage Wars, which makes entertainment out of items getting seized from Californian storage units and then sold off at auction, is back for a new season.

Bidders, who are desperately trying to outdo each other and pocket bucketloads of cash, range from 20-somethings out for fun and adventure to husband and wife teams looking to make fast and large cash.

In each episode of Storage Wars, the cast of characters head to storage units and wait anxiously for the big reveal of what is behind the door.

The owner of the facility will cut the lock and raise the door for the first time, allowing bidders to peer inside for a brief moment, aided only by a flashlight.

This short glimpse is their only opportunity to evaluate whether they think the unit holds rags or riches.

Then, the bidding begins.

In the Season 13 premiere, "Santanas are Coming to Town": Recently separated, Brandi and Jarrod find themselves at the same auction, and tensions flare.

So much so, that she gets the Laura treatment, and he regresses to his childhood self.

Meanwhile, Ivy schools Ivy Jr., who needs to get his footing before he can take over the family business.

Grand Designs New Zealand 4

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 13h00
Genre: Home Improvement, Reality, DIY

Grand Designs New Zealand 4

Hosted by architect Chris Moller, Grand Designs New Zealand shares the stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes.

No design is too ambitious, and no obstacle too large in their quest for the perfect house.

Following the Grand Designs format, the series sees the process of these incredible design projects, as well as the personal journeys of those building them – from the initial blueprints, through to the long and often arduous task of turning the plans into practical living spaces.

Using archaic or new-school building techniques and material, and in locations from the beach, the mountains, and the hills in between, Grand Designs New Zealand features houses ranging from architectural designer mansions to DIY, never-before-seen kinds of homes.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Britten Stables": The daughter of world-famous motorbike inventor John Britten takes on the multi-million dollar task of restoring their eclectic, earthquake-damaged family home.


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