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New on TV today: Tuesday 31 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 Aug 2021
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Nêrens, Noord-Kaap

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Afrikaans

Nêrens, Noord-Kaap

Drama series based on the stage play of the same name by Nico Scheepers which revolves around three estranged brothers who find their way back to the family farm where secrets, heartbreak and the truth surrounding their mother's death threaten the path to redemption.

Lourens Adendorff, farmer and patriarch of this dry kingdom, barely leaves the house anymore – the curtains of his sandstone castle always drawn.

His Dutch wife, Katja, has been dead nearly 20 years and all three of his sons have abandoned him.

Frans, the eldest, still runs the farm but barely speaks a word to his father.

Ronnie, the middle child, is divorced in Cape Town and trying to raise his son from a distance.

And Andries, the youngest, their father's favourite, has shunned them all and has been backpacking around the world for the last couple of years.

The family is in pieces, and the farm is stuck, stagnating in time and place.

As the series begins, the brothers are back on the family farm, Nêrens, for a family gathering. It is obvious from the start that they are not cut from the same cloth.

Their father, Lourens; and Maggie, the housekeeper who is like a second mother to them; try to keep the family together, but it is as if they each pull in their own direction.

Then there is Maggie's son, Jan-Jan, a childhood friend of the brothers who might just know them better than they know themselves.

As in the original play, De Klerk Oelofse, Albert Pretorius and Geon Nel portray the roles of the three Adendorff sons, Andries, Ronnie and Frans.

Frank Opperman stars as their father, Lourens.

Dean Balie appears as Jan-Jan (the foreman on the farm) and Ilse Klink plays the role of Maggie, who has an integral role in the raising of the three Adendorff boys.

Others in the cast include Shana Mans as the neighbour's daughter Lorrie; Marion Holm as Lourens' sister Ans; Aletta Bezuidenhout as Olivia, Ronnie's snobbish mother-in-law; and Natalie Robbie as Shannon, Ronnie's bride and mother of baby Lourens.

Tinarie van Wyk-Loots, Marion Holm, Gideon Lombard, Ludwig Binge, Patricia Baadjies and Melissa Willering are also part of the cast.

TVSA Show Page: Nêrens, Noord-Kaap
 

Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo

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

Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo

In this reality series, organisation icon and best-selling author Marie Kondo brings her joyful tidying tactics to people struggling to balance work and home life — and shares her own world.

Marie shows us how the fundamentals of her method can affect our businesses, relationships and communities.

The impacts of tidying are surprising, emotional and transformative in the lives of the people Marie meets.

Throughout the process, viewers will also step into Marie's own home, meet her family, and get a glimpse into how she sparks joy in her daily life.
 

Secrets of the Third Reich 2

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Secrets of the Third Reich 2

What happened to trainloads worth of Nazi gold at the end of WW2?

How much truth is in the idea that Hitler's personal physician was gradually poisoning him with medication?

What happened to the lost submarine U-513?

Why did Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess make a fateful flight to the United Kingdom in 1941?

And how did secret intelligence missions work in an age before modern technology?

These are just some of the mysterious questions this series seeks to answer using newly-found documents and witness accounts in the second run of this investigative series.
 

The Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h45
Genre: Documentary Series

The Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty

The incredible story of Rupert Murdoch's influence on world events and the dramatic personal battle for power at the heart of his own family.

In the series premiere, "Kingmaker": We meet Rupert Murdoch in 1995, a pivotal year that sees him presiding over two important dilemmas - who he wants to be Britain's next prime minister and which of his children he wants to take over his business.

This episode charts the growing relationship between Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair, and the Murdoch press and Blair's Labour Party - a relationship that becomes almost uncomfortably close.

Critics claim that Murdoch's organisation cultivated too much influence over the British government – lobbying for war in Iraq, enjoying open access to the prime minister and favourable treatment when it comes to business.

Supporters, however, claim that this is how business works, not least when you are as influential as Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch's family dynamic is rocked when he marries a woman 37 years his junior, polarising the children and jeopardising Murdoch's plans for succession.

Just as Murdoch is approaching the peak of his powers and influence in the UK, cracks begin to appear that point to deeper, darker problems within his empire.
 

Black-ish 7

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy

Black-ish 7

Like any parents, Andre "Dre" (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best.

But their offspring's childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs.

In its seventh season, Black-ish will continue to tell stories that shine a light on current events through the lens of the Johnson family, addressing the global pandemic, voting, systemic racism and the movement for social justice and equality.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Election Special 1": Junior is excited for his first time voting but discovers he has been purged from the voter polls so he does a deep dive into why - trying to understand the systems in place for voter registration.

Then, in a special animated episode, "Election Special 2", Dre's colleague Stevens makes an ill-advised decision to run for Congress, so Dre enlists his family's help and campaigns against him but gets caught up with fundraising and private interest groups.
 

Good Girls 4

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

Good Girls 4

Three suburban moms orchestrate a local grocery store heist to escape financial ruin and establish independence - together.

In the Season 4 premiere, "One Night in Bangkok": Desperate to get her new money laundering system up and running, Beth asks Dean to open their hot tub business without any professional building inspection in order to get Rio's cut of the business.

In doing so, they bribe a building inspector to overlook code violations.

Meanwhile, after their son, Harry, misbehaves in class multiple times, Ruby and Stan consider a decision to test him for ADHD.

After deciding not to throw Ben a birthday party because he says he has no friends, Annie learns that Ben has been lying to her when Ben's father tells her about the large party Ben had at his house.

 

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