El Chapo 3
Based on journalistic investigations, El Chapo looks back at the life and career of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman since 1985 when he was a member of the Cartel of Guadalajara, his rise in the Cartel of Sinaloa, until his final fall.
An intelligent and merciless criminal, he owned a fleet of submarines, planes and an extensive network of tunnels that supplied the large majority of cocaine in America.
El Chapo does not only tell the story of a cartel, but also the governmental and institutional corruption that allowed him to prosper.
While his rise is largely a product of the longstanding systemic corruption, ultimately the government captures and extradites him to the U.S. nearly 30 years later.
In the Season 3 premiere: El Chapo decides to take his organisation global, expanding his drug empire across five continents.
However, his expansion is executed behind the back of his allies inside the DEA.
Believing himself to be invincible, Joaquin disobeys a warning from the DEA and the agency decides to teach him a lesson he will not forget.
Meanwhile, Don Sol looks to retain his power and influence by securing himself a place in a future government.
Convinced that the party he serves won't manage to return to Los Pinos, he renews his ties with former president 62.
62 offers Don Sol the position of Secretary of the Interior in the next government and introduces him to his goddaughter Berta, who also has presidential ambitions.
62 suggests that they should get married and the three of them form an alliance to take them to power.
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Drama, Thriller, Miniseries
Bryan Cranston stars as a New Orleans judge who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organised crime family.
As a storm of vengeance, lies and deceit threatens to engulf the entire city, Michael Desiato faces a series of increasingly impossible choices and discovers just how far an honest man will go to save his son's life.
Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire) stars as Jimmy Baxter, the much-feared head of a crime family opposite Hope Davis (For the People) as his wife, Gina, who might be even more dangerous than her husband.
What Are We Feeding Our Kids?
BBC Earth (DStv 184)
Is ultra-processed food causing obesity in children, and could it even be addictive?
Dr Chris van Tulleken investigates as he undergoes a gruelling self-experiment that even shocks the scientists.
Across the world, childhood obesity rates have risen tenfold in 50 years.
In the UK, 21% of children are living with obesity when they leave primary school – that is the highest it has ever been.
Despite decades of trying, why do we seem unable to tackle this problem?
In the last 40 years, our shopping trolleys have been taken over by ultra-processed food, and it now accounts for the majority of our calories - for children it is 64% and teens eat 67%.
It is cheap, convenient and, alarmingly, scientists know very little about exactly how it affects children's bodies.
Increasing numbers of public health experts think we are eating far too much and are worried because when eaten in high proportion, it is linked with obesity.
France and Canada have become so concerned, they recommend people limiting their ultra-processed food consumption.
Ultra-processed food is now so embedded in UK diets, it is hard to see the impact of it clearly.
But can we learn from places where it has been introduced much more recently?
Dr Chris travels to the Amazon Basin and discovers that in rural Brazil when consumption of ultra-processed food doubled, obesity rates tripled.
The arrival of this food in these remote regions did not happen by accident.
A floating supermarket that delivered packaged convenience food could have contributed to the dramatic change in diets.
Dr Chris asks why this food can be so irresistible. Could it even be addictive?
There are no clinical studies showing the effect on children's bodies, so he experiments on himself.
For one month he eats the same diet eaten by one in five of us - 80% ultra-processed food.
The results are utterly shocking and surprise even the scientists he is working with.
Dr Chris is concerned the effects on children whose brains and bodies are more vulnerable could be even greater.
He concludes by asking if ultra-processed food could be a major reason why more and more children are living with obesity.
Great British Gardens: Season by Season
The Home Channel (DStv 176)
Great British Gardens takes us on a guided tour, throughout the seasons, of four of the most beautiful and important gardens in Britain.
Each episode explores one stunning garden, and taking us though them is gardening guru Carol Klein.
Carol visits each garden, meets the people who care for them, and learns the secrets of some of Britain's most treasured outdoor spaces.
These include the arts and craft treasure Great Dixter in the Sussex Weald and the minutely tended John's Garden at Ashwood in the Black Country; to the Gravetye Manor in East Sussex with its enviable kitchen garden; and Gresgarth Hall, the Lancashire retreat of one of Britain's most renowned designers.
Netflix South Africa
Documentary Series, Sport
From the creators of Wild Wild Country comes a five-part docuseries event that brings fresh eyes to tales from the wide world of sports.
From tennis to boxing to basketball, these stories aren't the ones you've heard before, even if you think you have.
Premiering weekly, each film kicks off at a pivotal moment — the big fight, the Olympics, the playoffs — and then delves deep into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived it, to reveal the grit, resilience, heartbreak, triumph, violence, comedy and pathos beneath the sweat.
Untold gets to the heart of the passion and single mindedness it takes to be a champion and the ways in which the triumphs can be undone off the field.
In the series premiere, "Malice at the Palace":
November 19, 2004, is a moment the NBA would rather soon forget, but for the players, coaches, referees and fans who lived through it, it's simply a night they can't shake from their memory or their reputation.
It was an early season game, but for the perennially losing Indiana Pacers, there was no better place to stamp their newfound dominance than against the defending champions and bitter rival Detroit Pistons.
As the game neared its end, Indiana firebrand Ron Artest shoved Detroit's Ben Wallace, sparking a brawl between the two clubs.
When one fan arced a perfectly tossed cup of beer onto Artest's chest, it unleashed a type of melee that had never been seen before in the history of the NBA: players rushed into the stands, fans rushed onto the court and police rushed into the building trying to control the pandemonium.
Days later, in an effort to protect the league's image, commissioner David Stern would suspend Artest for the entirety of the season, along with 30 games for his teammate Stephen Jackson and 25 for Jermaine O'Neal, the longest suspensions in NBA history.
The media then followed, labeling the players involved an unruly bunch of thugs.
Now, for the first time, you see the never-before-seen footage of that night and hear the story first hand from those that lived it.
It gives the players an opportunity to explain their actions and defend their character against a night that left their reputations stained both on and off the court.
The Bachelor 25
Vuzu (DStv 116)
Dating Game Show, Reality Competition
Matt James, the charismatic and engaging star of The Bachelor, will hand out the roses for its 25th season.
After meeting Matt as a prospective suitor for The Bachelorette, Bachelor Nation swooned when they learned he would take on the role as the lead of his own love story.
Matt is the total package with strong family values, a great career, and has used his growing platform for good.
His emerging legion of fans can't wait to follow the 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love during this season.
Although Matt hasn't been in love before, he feels he is ready now to welcome it into his life - no matter what challenges he will face - as he starts his search for his happily ever after.
A record-breaking 32 beautiful women have come from all over the USA to leave their everyday lives behind for the opportunity to meet the heartthrob from North Carolina.
The bachelorettes pull out all the stops to catch his eye.
One woman causes a stir by arriving in nothing but black lingerie and asks Matt to help her pick out an outfit from a rack of clothes.
But the drama is ratcheted up when dueling ladies arrive: one in a chauffeur-driven gold Bentley, only to be upstaged by another being carried in on a throne like Cleopatra, wearing a gold crown.
Behold "the Queen"!
However, nothing can stop the first blossoms of romance from blooming between Matt and the women.
One who was born deaf and has a cochlear implant wins his admiration, but will she garner the coveted first impression rose?
Matt finds his first rose ceremony overwhelming, discovering it difficult to say goodbye to the women he really didn't want to disappoint.
Twenty-four hopeful bachelorettes remain to join him on his romantic adventure to find the love of his life who could be his future wife.
Nadiya's American Adventure
BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
Food, Travel, Docu-Reality
Nadiya Hussain has always been fascinated by America, home to more immigrants than any other country, and with some of the most vibrant food on the planet.
She wants to find out more about this culinary melting pot, so sets out to explore two states she has always dreamt of visiting, Louisiana and California.
Nadiya's Louisianan food adventure starts in New Orleans, whose strategic position at the mouth of the Mississippi Delta has attracted newcomers for centuries from as far as Europe, the Caribbean and more recently from Vietnam.
Nadiya arrives on the first day of Mardi Gras, which is celebrated by feasting on one of Nadiya's favourite things – cake.
In a bakery in the colourful Bywater neighbourhood, Nadiya rolls up her sleeves and makes iconic and indulgent king cakes bursting with Chantilly cream, before joining a lively street party where jazz musicians play carnival tunes and the Mardi Gras Indians parade.
Next, Nadiya visits the Lower Ninth Ward, an African American neighbourhood that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
She meets local hero Bernell, who has spent his life savings opening the area's own grocery store and soul food cafe, and learns how resilient residents are still having to fight to keep up with the rest of the city even after so many years.
Nadiya helps Bernell's mum Lily in the cafe before cooking up her twist on a New Orleans classic – a crispy fried chicken po boy sandwich.
As Nadiya embarks on the next leg of her journey, she swaps the vibrancy of the city for the fabled bayous and swamps of Cajun country.
Cajuns settled in Louisiana in the 18th century after fleeing persecution in French-speaking Canada and are known for their delicious Cajun cooking.
Some of the finest is to be found in a tiny restaurant in the shrimping town of Galliano run by legendary 93-year-old great-great-grandma Alzina Toups.
Nadiya joins Alzina in her kitchen and learns the secrets of her shrimp and okra gumbo and her black bean jambalaya, age-old family recipes that have been handed down through the generations.
Curious to find out more about the Cajun lifestyle, Nadiya ventures deep into the eerie but beautiful swamps on a fishing trip with a family who still live off the land.
Armed with fresh catfish, Nadiya cooks up a feast for the family before overnighting on a house on stilts.
Out of her comfort zone, Nadiya worries that the swamp's notorious alligators may pay her a nighttime visit.
Back in New Orleans, Nadiya heads to a charity that uses music and the tradition of marching bands as a unique way of keeping the city's kids off the streets.
She then immerses herself with a Vietnamese family of restaurateurs and discovers how these relative newcomers to the city are making a big splash on the city's food scene.
She ends her food adventure with an epic crayfish boil with a Vietnamese twist - a perfect example of the Louisianan culinary melting pot.
Food Network (DStv 175)
Food, Reality Competition
In this cooking competition it's all about skill, speed and ingenuity as four aspiring chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges.
Course by course, the chefs must take a basket of mystery ingredients, with a different theme each time, and turn it into an extraordinary meal.
Then, they must survive the Chopping Block, where the judges are waiting to be wowed - and they are not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms.
In the Season 45 premiere, "Chock-Full Of Chocolate": Four pastry chefs step into the Chopped kitchen to show off their chocolate skills.
A chocolate-covered seafood snack is a sneaky surprise in the appetizer basket, and a tart fruit and a Japanese food staple find their way into the entree basket.
The remaining chefs find jerky in the dessert basket, and it just might work in their favour.
FBI: Most Wanted 2
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Police Procedural, Drama
Stars Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) in a high-stakes drama that focuses on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau's Most Wanted list.
Seasoned agent Jess LaCroix (McMahon) oversees the highly skilled team that functions as a mobile undercover unit that's always out in the field, pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice.
Jess LaCroix is an enigmatic agent at the top of his game who is called upon to apprehend the most elusive and dangerous fugitives.
His trusted crew includes Sheryll Barnes, an ex-NYPD detective with a psych degree and first-rate street smarts; analyst Hana Gibson, a master of data-mining and social engineering; communications expert Kenny Crosby, an Army intel vet Jess has taken under his wing; and Jess' brother-in-law, Clinton Skye, a deadly marksman with a law degree.
These elite agents are always at the ready to answer the call, picking up the trail to hunt down and catch the "most wanted".
In the Season 2 premiere, "Rampage": With COVID devastating the country, two gunmen take out their desperation and rage on the elite class they perceive to be oppressing them as the team attempts to track and stop them.
Also, Jess' father (Terry O'Quinn) returns to his son's life and, although he's brought a new girlfriend, he may not be over his old ways.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Execute": When a hacker triggers a car crash that kills a family of three, the team races to hunt him down as his ransomware demands escalate and his chilling final target becomes apparent.
Please Step In 7
Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
The series now enters its seventh season, sharing resolutions to heavy conflicts within families.
Hosted by Angie Diale, this season's recurring theme explores the challenging relationships between mothers and their adult children.
In the Season 7 premiere: Sindi would like an intervention between her mother and older brother, who do not get along.
This is because her brother blames their mother for the death of their sister.
TVSA Show Page: Please Step In 7
Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang
Netflix South Africa
Phil Wang explores race, romance, politics and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage in this special filmed at the London Palladium.
Following a sell-out 2018 tour and a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run that sold out in advance, Phil is back on tour with his newest show.