New on TV today: Saturday 31 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 Jul 2021
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Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Awards, Music


Celebrating its 27th year, the 27th South African Music Awards boasts a string of stalwarts and pioneers in the media industry, with Bontle Modiselle and Lawrence Maleka as hosts.

The ceremony is broadcast live via a virtual broadcast for the second year running, with a red carpet programme starting at 19h30.

Kabza De Small leads the nominations this year with a total of six, with the Artist of the Year once again a viewer voting category.

This year's SAMAs were pre-recorded in Johannesburg under strict COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown protocols.

The set-up of this year's activities still holds the SAMAs format structure in terms of main hosts, artists performances, category presenters and winner acceptance speeches.

Certain elements have been recorded in an enclosed studio environment where strict safety measures had to be upheld.

Performers this year include Langa Mavuso, Blaq Diamond, Buhlebendalo, Big Zulu, Bucy Radebe, Azana and Boity.

Award presenters include DJ Speedsta, Lamiez Holworthy, DJ Sabby, Tyson Ngubeni and Nkanyiso Makhanya, who will be joined by podcasters MacG and Sol Phenduka, as well as Miss Soweto, Thobile Steyn.


2021 SAMAs: all the nominees
TVSA Show Page: 27th SAMA Awards

Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story

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

Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story

On 2 June, 2019, North Carolina teenager Paige Winter was swimming in waist-deep water when suddenly a shark attacked – and in an instant – life would never be the same.

Following her story for more than a year, this special chronicles her unprecedented journey: from the harrowing attack and months of rehabilitation to the trials, tribulations and struggles.

The special features 12 months of unfettered access to Winter and her family who – for the first time - share their story in the hopes of inspiring others.

This is a story of triumph over adversity: from the complicated surgeries and painful therapies that followed the attack, to Winter's first steps on her new prosthetic leg, and through all the rites of passage an American teen faces in her senior year of high school, from homecoming and the prom to graduation.

All the dramatic ups and downs converge in one moment when Winter and her family return to the beach where she nearly lost her life for the first time exactly one year after the attack.

When Winter was attacked, her father heroically beat off the predator and carried his daughter to safety.

After being airlifted to a trauma centre and undergoing multiple surgeries, Winter lost two fingers, and her left leg was amputated.

Despite all Paige has lived through, this inspirational teen remains an advocate for sharks and, with the guidance of professionals, takes brave steps to overcome her greatest fears.

Nancy Drew 2

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

Nancy Drew 2

Season 2 of Nancy Drew follows the legendary teen detective as she solves mysteries - both Earthbound and supernatural - in her haunted hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine.

Nancy leads a sleuthing team of unlikely friends: George Fan, whose clairvoyant heritage will emerge through her encounters with the paranormal; Bess Marvin, a con artist and heiress with multiple lady admirers; Ned "Nick" Nickerson, Nancy's ex and George's boyfriend, a gifted mechanic with a tragic past; and philosophical slacker Ace, whose computer-hacking skills have caused secret troubles that will soon be exposed.

In Season 1, the Drew Crew helped Nancy discover the stunning truth that Lucy Sable, the ghost who'd been haunting her all season, was her biological mother, and her biological father was corrupt billionaire Ryan Hudson.

Season 2 is a direct pickup from Season 1, spanning the autumn of 2019, during Nancy's gap year before college.

Ryan will attempt to redeem himself through forging a father-daughter bond with Nancy while keeping her parentage a secret from the rest of his powerful family.

Nancy will also find a way forward with her adoptive father Carson Drew by becoming an investigator for his legal practice.

Her adventures will bring the Drew Crew standalone cases, new romances, and emotional journeys of self-reinvention as Nancy tries to navigate with both her biological parent and the man who raised her.

However, the compounding intrigue and menace of the Hudson family will ultimately force her to make a life-altering choice between her two fathers.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Search for the Midnight Wraith": Nancy and the Drew Crew are still reeling from witnessing the visions of their deaths.

They realise even more so now that they need to come up with a plan to stop the Aglaeca before it's too late.

Meanwhile, Detective Tamura shows up at The Claw to bring Nancy in for questioning as she is now a suspect in a mysterious comatose girl's assault.

Blood of the Clans

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Drama, History

Blood of the Clans

Neil Oliver presents this docu-drama series telling the tales of Scotland's most epic and bloody conflicts and the characters who made their mark in this memorable era of the country's history.

The Year of Victories

When the Scottish Parliament, led by the chief of Clan Campbell, declares war on Charles I, clans loyal to the King rise up in rebellion.

At the heart of this epic struggle lies an ancient feud between the Campbells and the MacDonalds, and all hell is unleashed as the royalist clans use the war to wreak bloody vengeance on their rivals in an epic conflict that threatens the stability of the newly emerging British state.

The Highland Rogue

Neil Oliver turns his attention to a true Scottish legend - a certain Rob Roy MacGregor.

For centuries, Rob has been celebrated as a colourful Highland maverick, as a well-intentioned rogue - Scotland's answer to Robin Hood.

But what is the true story?

How did a humble cattle trader, born to an impoverished and disgraced clan, come to be despised by the most powerful noblemen in the land?

How did Rob Roy become Britain's most wanted man?

The Last Rebels

This episode reveals the divided loyalties of the clans during the 1745 rebellion.

When Bonnie Prince Charlie arrives in Scotland to regain the crown of his ancestors, the clans are called upon to rise in armed revolt for him.

Many do, and they invade England. But others oppose him and join the British side to fight against the rebels.

Some though play a cunning double game, pretending to be loyal to the British whilst secretly raising clansmen for the prince...

The Croc That Ate Jaws

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

The Croc That Ate Jaws

What happens when two of the world's most deadly and ancient predators go head to head?

Drawing on UGC from around the world, and the latest scientific research, shark and croc experts Dr Mike Heithaus and Dr James Nifong unpack and analyse the evidence.

With growing signs crocs and alligators are pushing far out to sea and deep in to shark territory, are clashes on the rise?

Scientists send cameras into the kill zone as they investigate what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet go head to head.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist 2

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Musical, Comedy-Drama

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist 2

If there's a song in your heart, it will get in her head...

Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco.

After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her - her family, co-workers and complete strangers - through popular songs.

At first she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbour, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realises this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Zoey's Extraordinary Return": Zoey returns to the world after an extended time away and discovers that a lot has changed at work and in her personal life in her absence.


Shows in this post: The South African Music Awards

Channels in this post: SABC1, Nat Geo Wild, M-Net, BBC Earth


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