New on TV today: Sunday 1 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 01 Aug 2021
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Reunion Road Trip

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality

Reunion Road Trip

E! reunites some of the most celebrated TV casts.

The four-part series catches up with the cast members as they reconnect with old friends, reflect on their shows that helped shape the television landscape, and share surprising revelations and behind-the-scenes scoops.

With exclusive, candid conversations with the stars as viewers have never seen them before, each episode delves into their earliest days from auditions to first impressions, their continuing legacy and everything in between.

With All of My Children

Fan favourites Rebecca Budig, Eva LaRue, Cameron Mathison and Jacob Young come together at an exclusive Hollywood mansion to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary with surprise visits from former cast members Susan Lucci, Alicia Minshew, Debbi Morgan, Kelly Ripa and Darnell Williams.

As one of the most unforgettable soap operas of all time, the group dishes on the show's origins, off-camera romances and series cliffhanger that always left fans wanting more.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

The Original Fab Five - Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez - reassemble in Los Angeles as they makeover Jai for his 40th birthday.

As the group works their magic, they think back to their most heartfelt, meaningful makeovers and the impact on the LGBTQ community then and now.

It's A Different World

For a very special college homecoming, alumni Sinbad and Kadeem Hardison invite Darryl M. Bell, Jasmine Guy, Dawnn Lewis and Cree Summer for an intimate, sit-down discussion to look back on the sitcom's overall success and long-lasting cultural impact on generations by tackling a range of substantive issues and giving a voice to the Black community.

They are joined by the show's director and executive producer Debbie Allen and executive producer Susan Fales-Hill.

Back in Scrubs

Cast members Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison reconvene as they go on a quest to track down Rowdy, the show's treasured taxidermied dog.

Along the way, they reminisce on their time on the sitcom, spill their juiciest behind-the-scenes stories and are surprised by a few of their favourite co-stars, Robert Maschio and Judy Reyes.

Nefertiti: The Lonely Queen

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

Nefertiti: The Lonely Queen

This historical special looks at the status of cultural treasures taken from their country of origin.

Voices demanding repatriation are getting stronger - the resistance of the former Colonial powers holding on to these cultural cornerstones grows accordingly.

Museum directors talk about why their institution is the rightful owner and custodian of certain objects.

People demanding repatriation explain the necessity of guarding their cultural heritage in an accessible place in the home country.

Among other stories, the show looks at the current situation in the Middle East and how that affects the cultural heritage of certain areas.

The invasion of Iraq and the revolutions in Egypt in Libya led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: we have seen many looted museums and looted archaeological sites.

We see how the Islamic State is selling looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves, as looting now takes place on industrial scale.

Secret Wars Uncovered

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

Secret Wars Uncovered

Secret Wars Uncovered reveals the shocking facts behind battles that have been hidden from the wider world.

Fought for dubious political intent or for outright illegal motives, these are the most controversial and covered up conflicts fought by major powers since the end of WWII.

This new series digs deep into the archives, speaking to the experts and war correspondents who can shed light on the mysterious histories of these battles, formerly shrouded in secrecy and misinformation.

Through powerful archive footage and animated graphics, the series investigates the advanced weaponry and undercover strategies that assisted these secret operations.

Expert historians also get to the root of the origins of these wars.

Spanning the globe, the series covers conflicts from Crimea, Yemen, Somalia, Laos, Central America and many more.

All these conflicts have taken place within living memory, but in all cases, the extent of the conflict has remained hidden – until now.

In the series premiere, "Crimea": The annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 was the biggest in Europe since WWII - but how did they execute it? And what has happened since?

What Went Wrong

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Science, Technology

What Went Wrong

Small errors in the construction of buildings and vehicles can lead to a disaster - this series examines what went wrong when this happened.

The Grenfell Tower Fire

The story of the engineering, design and sociopolitical factors that led to the catastrophic 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in London.

The Challenger Shuttle Disaster

The story of the shuttle Challenger disaster and the engineering and operation oversights that caused the shuttle to break apart in the sky as millions watched live.

The Concorde Air Crash

The story of how the supersonic Concorde aircraft crashed and burned into the aviation history books.

The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370

Top aviation experts share their theories about the mysterious whereabouts and final fate of Malaysia Airlines MH370.

My Father, My Hero 2

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

My Father, My Hero 2

NOTE: we highlighted this show last week, but it was postponed.

A docu-reality series which honours and celebrates contributions made by fathers - from their children's points of view.

A show aimed at highlighting good examples on male parenting, it features children who would like to thank and honour their exceptional fathers or father figures that have greatly impacted and continue to have a positive role in their lives.

The programme aims to shift mindsets about fatherhood and redefine the role of men by the stories the show chooses to put in the spotlight.


Channels in this post: E! Africa, SABC2, History Africa, Curiosity Channel


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