New on TV today: Friday 30 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 30 Jul 2021
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An Unusual Tale

Channel: Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Telenovela, Comedy

An Unusual Tale

A rom-com that revolves around the lives of Vikram and Shobha and their families, watching how they overcome their pasts for a better future.

Shobha is a middle-aged housewife married to a politician, Samarth.

The couple has two little children and a seemingly happy marriage until Shobha discovers that her husband is having an affair, and is involved in corruption through a news broadcast.

Devastated, she doesn't know what to expect from life after the scandal becomes the new gossip of the nation, but for the sake of her children and her husband's innocent family she decides to pursue a career.

Her new journey to be independent goes through major ups and downs, whilst she tries to figure out her seemingly arrogant, yet mysterious boss, Vikram.

He inspires her to make an identity for herself and not rely on the one her husband left her with.

As she gets to know the man Vikram is, they form an unnamed, yet divine bond.

In the series premiere: Life can't seem better for Shobha, who is celebrating her ninth marriage anniversary.

Shobha plans a grand party to mark the occasion but it is ruined when the police turn up at their house to arrest her husband.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill: Shobha believes husband Samarth is innocent, even as others urge her to face the harsh facts.

Samarth's mother, Sharada, tells Shobha not to question him about the arrest and Samarth berates her for speaking to the media.


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Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, Motoring

Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean

In the automotive world, John DeLorean rose from engineer to executive to icon. But under the hood of his self-created legend lies darkness and deceit.

Combining exclusive access and interviews with never before seen footage, this three-part documentary series explores the rise and fall of automotive icon John DeLorean, the poster boy of late '70s corporate greed.

Epitomising these hubristic times with his grandiose vision of the car of the future, the series will show how John DeLorean came to captivate the world.

A Million Little Things 3

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Drama, Comedy-Drama

A Million Little Things 3

Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things.

The gang ended last season with many challenges in front of them.

In Season 3, we'll see the group of friends once again lean on each other in ways that are both moving and aspirational - something we could all use right now.

And just when the friends seem to find their new normal, their lives are upended when, like ours, COVID-19 rocks their world.

We'll see how the topics our show depicts - depression, breast cancer, chemical dependency, domestic violence, friendship, family and love - are heightened by the challenges our world is facing right now.

We'll rediscover what our gang has always known in their hearts: With the love and support of your friends, you can get through anything.

In the Season 3 premiere, "hit & run": In the aftermath of Eddie's car accident, Katherine leans on their beloved group of friends for support.

Meanwhile, Rome and Regina face a tough decision about the future of their family, and Delilah sees how her kids are thriving and wants the same for herself.

Maggie jump starts her new life in Oxford, while Gary continues to navigate his new relationship with Darcy.

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h20
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning

In this follow-up new survivors come forward, with interviews and commentary from investigative journalist and author Jim DeRogatis, music industry insiders Damon Dash, Mathew Knowles and Jimmy Maynes, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, comedian and host W. Kamau Bell, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, radio personality Angela Yee, cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux, and state's attorney for Cook County Kimberly M. Foxx, women's rights attorney Gloria Allred and more.

They offer insights into the ever-growing case of the R&B singer, who is currently facing federal and state charges in the United States.

In the days following the debut of Surviving R. Kelly earlier last year, vital conversations erupted throughout the world.

#MuteRKelly activists were galvanized to protest for R. Kelly's record label to drop him. Public outcry ensured the survivors would not be ignored and more women came forward with allegations of abuse.

Seven weeks after the debut of the docuseries, the Cook County attorney's office indicted the R&B singer on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault involving alleged four victims and spanning over a decade.

Then in July 2019, R. Kelly was arrested on charges including child pornography and kidnapping, facing a total of 18 federal charges.

Outer Banks 2

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

Outer Banks 2

Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the Pogues) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

After their near-death escape, Season 2 finds John B and Sarah on the run - and in over their heads - in the Bahamas.

New friends also bring new foes as they're back on the trail of the gold, while the stakes for Kiara, Pope and JJ rapidly escalate at home.

The $400-million is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a new-found secret reunite the group for a fresh mission?

The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive.

The Masked Singer 5

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

The Masked Singer 5

Emmy Award winner Niecy Nash will serve as guest host to kick off Season 5 of The Masked Singer.

The show is hosted by Nick Cannon and aside from guest host Niecy Nash there are panelists including Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke.

Celebrities who have performed on the show include T-Pain, LeAnn Rimes, Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Drew Carey, Lil Wayne, Mickey Rourke, Rob Gronkowski, Wayne Brady, Tori Spelling, Dionne Warwick and many, many more.

The show returns with all-new jaw-dropping costumes, surprise appearances and unexpected twists that will upend the competition.

Glow Up 3

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

Glow Up 3

Maya Jama hosts as 10 new make-up artists face their first professional assignment – a beauty campaign for the health and beauty retailer Superdrug.

They are challenged to produce an eye-catching look that showcases the store's inclusive make-up range for their diverse customer base.

Correctly colour-matching the skin is a priority, as is a bold look to entice the customer though the door.

At the end of the assignment, the judges assess the test shots to decide which MUA has impressed and will have their work displayed in over 800 store windows nationwide.

The following day at Glow Up Studios, the MUAs find out which two underdelivered on the beauty campaign, meaning they start the next challenge with a 15-minute time penalty.

For these two MUAs, the only way to escape the Face Off elimination at the end of the show is to wow the judges in the Creative Brief, which this week involves producing a look that tells a story, showcases technicality and pushes their creativity.

Following the Creative Brief, the judges decide whether the two MUAs in the face-off chairs have done enough to beat the seat and make it to the first Face Off elimination, a make-up skill drill on identical twins.


Channels in this post: Star Life, Netflix South Africa, M-Net, eReality


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