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New on TV today: Thursday 2 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Sep 2021
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Klop die Kunstenaar

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Game Show, Afrikaans

Klop die Kunstenaar

Game show presented by comedian Alfred Adriaan in which every episode sees two contestants race against each other up a tower in a quest to be the first to reach to the top.

Along the way interactive games are played with celebrities from across South Africa who compete and participate from their homes through a video call against the studio contestants.

Celebrities featured include Jarrad Ricketts, Anne Hirsch, Denver Vraagom, Tracey-Lee Oliver, Kurt Darren, Nádine, Snotkop, Jack Parow, Elvis Blue, Margit, Mel Jones and Robbie Wessels.

Each week the contestants are introduced by their loved ones through a video call.

Before the start of each game cash prizes for the evening are revealed, varying from R50 to R4,000.

The cash amounts are shuffled and disappear behind numbers on the tower, starting with number 1 and ending at number 12 (number 13 is the jackpot block).

The contestants' goal is to "beat the celeb" at each game.

They first answer the question and after it is revealed whether it is correct or not, the celebrities are challenged to give an answer.

The contestants' efforts are rewarded with an assortment of cash prizes, but the celebrities play the games for fun and gain no monetary rewards.

The cherry awaits the conqueror at the top of the tower: a chance to win a R10,000 cash jackpot.
 

Boerediva

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Lifestyle, Food, Afrikaans

Boerediva

Food making becomes theatre in Heléne Lombard's bohemian kitchen where imaginary food, heritage and novelties are dished out.

On the heels of a destructive pandemic, former 7de Laan actress Heléne Lombard has decided it is time to celebrate.

In each episode, she invites viewers into her home for small spoils and large celebrations: from cooking to DIY projects.

We also see family and friends who come together to create.
 

Q-Force

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Action

Q-Force

A gay superspy and his scrappy LGBTQ squad fight to prove themselves to the agency that underestimated them. Today, West Hollywood... tomorrow, the world!

Steve Maryweather, AKA Agent Mary, was once the Golden Boy of the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), until he came out as gay.

Unable to fire him, the Agency sent him off to West Hollywood, to disappear into obscurity.

Instead, he assembled a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses.

Joining forces with the expert mechanic Deb, master of drag and disguise Twink, and hacker Stat, together they're Q-Force.

But, after a decade of waiting for their first official mission from The AIA, Mary becomes hell-bent on proving himself to the Agency that turned its back on him, and decides to go rogue with Q-Force.

After finding their own case, and solving it on their own terms, they get the reluctant approval of The AIA, and are officially upgraded to Active Secret Agents in the field.

But, that approval comes with one major caveat - they must put up with a new member of the squad: straight-guy Agent Buck.
 

Diana's Decades

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Diana's Decades

Told in the present tense, Diana's Decades draws on never-heard-before testimony and rarely seen archive footage to immerse you in the most iconic moments of the Princess's life.

Using a rich tapestry of footage, photos and letters from those who were closest to the Princess, it pieces together her incredible journey from being a teenage Pimlico nursery assistant to finding her voice as the Princess of Wales.

The epic documentary also goes behind the scenes to provide a vivid insight into the complex woman behind the media image, who was by turns a global superstar, tabloid obsession, a wife in a tumultuous marriage, a devoted mother, a humanitarian icon and arguably the world's most hunted person.

In the series premiere, "The 1970s": This episode charts Diana's courtship with Prince Charles through to their wedding in 1981.

And since decades rarely conclude neatly with the turn of a new one, we follow our shy fairy tale bride through the birth of Prince William and on her first international tour to Australia in 1983, where she wowed the adoring crowds.

Danae Brook, a young journalist, found herself living in same block of flats as Lady Diana Spencer during her courtship with Prince Charles in the late '70s.

Danae explains how she was the journo in the right place at the right time to get the first ever interview with Diana in which she signalled that she had kept herself "tidy" for the right husband – in other words, she was still a virgin.

The British Aristocracy was an endangered species in the 1970s and Diana's own family had to open a tea room at their family seat, Althorp House, to generate income.

Diana was typical of girls of her class, coming to London after Finishing School in Switzerland, to look for romance and work.

Diana was ideally placed to marry a future king.

Not only was her grandmother great friends with the Queen Mum and her father a close aide of The Queen, but she was unsullied by previous boyfriends.

The family's TV repair man, Ray, tells how Dianas sights were always set high – she told him she wanted to live in Buckingham Palace.

The '70s were a decade of bra-burning activism across the first world and Womens Rights were top of the agenda with Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination legislation passed and The Pill widely available.

And the UK had its first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Diana appeared largely untouched by the political fervour of the decade but she did take out the vow to obey her husband in a nod to feminism.

This was also a decade of worldwide recession and race riots broke out across the United Kingdom.

Diana meanwhile was the perfect fairy tale Princess we all needed to distract ourselves from the economic hardship ravaging the country.
 

Ziwe

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Variety, Talk Show, Comedy

Ziwe

Writer, comedian and performer Ziwe, who also serves as showrunner on the series, brings her no-holds-barred brand to TV with her variety show, Ziwe.

Previously, Ziwe wrote for Desus & Mero, Our Cartoon President and Dickinson and rose to viral popularity with her provocative Instagram Live series questioning cultural figures on race.

She has also voiced Kamala Harris and other roles for Our Cartoon President, as well as Tooning Out the News, and appears in her own Pop Show, which she created and performs at Brooklyn's Union Hall with original pop songs off her album Generation Ziwe.

The six-episode first season will feature interviews, musical numbers, guest stars, sketches and more - including unscripted and unpredictable interactions with everyday people.

The six-episode season will feature interviews, musical numbers, guest stars, sketches and more - including unscripted and unpredictable interactions with everyday people.

In the series premiere, "55%": Ziwe discusses the phenomenon of white women with interview guest Fran Lebowitz and hosts a focus group for real women named 'Karen'.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Beauty Standards": Ziwe ponders societal beauty standards with interview guest Eboni K. Williams and makes a visit to a plastic surgeon.
 

Cold Courage

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Nordic Noir, Drama

Cold Courage

Two young Finnish women in London are drawn inexorably together via the Studio – a clandestine group dedicated to bringing justice to those beyond the law.

But as their battle against exploitation, violence and corporate greed intensifies, will the Studio's ends continue to justify its means?

Based on the award-winning and best-selling novels from Finnish journalist Pekka Hiltunen, Cold Courage follows two women as they collide during a series of murders in present-day London.

Mari, a fierce psychologist, and Lia, a shy graphic artist, are drawn together through the "Studio" - a clandestine group of like-minded people operating off the grid, dedicated to righting the wrongs of the powerful, influential and corrupt.

Mari's obsession is to stop the meteoric rise of a dangerous, charismatic politician. She needs an unknown face to infiltrate his campaign.

Who better than Lia?
 

Executed with Deborah Norville

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h35
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

Executed with Deborah Norville

Host Deborah Norville peels back the cover on some of the most ghastly real life crime sprees and criminals in modern history where capital punishment was the final answer.

Norville shows the untold stories behind the headline-grabbing events and examines the lasting impact and aftermath of the crimes via movies, TV shows and pop culture.

In hour-long episodes Norville breaks down the terrifying real stories of D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad, Gary Gilmore, Clarence Ray Allen, Aileen Wuornos, Karla Faye Tucker and Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

In addition to interviews with those intimately connected to the story viewers will also see dramatic recreations, raw news footage and police interrogations.

In the series premiere, "D.C. Sniper": John Allen Muhammad's failures in life laid the groundwork for a seething anger toward society that saw both him and his stand-in son, Lee Boyd Malvo, take the lives of 10 randomly selected people in October 2002.
 

Moonchild Sanelly Woza

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Moonchild Sanelly Woza

A show with the exclusive VIP pass into the crazy world of musician and fashion guru in the making, Moonchild Sanelly.

The 10-part series will reveal the real person behind the star's larger than life persona.

Get to see her as a mother, girlfriend, artist and creative as she takes us on a personal journey of how she got to where she is today.

The show will give an intimate look into the life of Sanelly as she pursues her business interests and growing music career all the while navigating personal, romantic and family relationships.

Sanelly won't hold back on the show as we see her explore her sexuality and romantic life.

She reveals the business side behind her music and we meet the team who are supporting her to realise her global dream.

As a single mom, Sanelly will share how she navigates motherhood as her child's sole provider.
 

Die Bruid-Boetiek 2

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 16h30
Genre: Reality, Afrikaans

Die Bruid-Boetiek 2

Designer Diaan Daniels and his team help bridal parties and matrics choose the perfect outfit for their big day.

Diaan - who previously hosted My Droom-Trourok - and his formidable team offer advice to prospective brides.

Some dresses only need a few tweaks, while others are transformed from so-so to spectacular.
 

Houdini Man: The Life and Crimes of Ananias Mathe

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary

Houdini Man: The Life and Crimes of Ananias Mathe

Mozambican born Ananias Mathe, referred to as South Africa's most wanted criminal, is not only very dangerous but also mysterious.

Although he has escaped from prisons on several occasions, only to resume his evil operations, his escape last year from Pretoria's C Max prison was the most astounding.

He is said to have squeezed through a tiny cell window, evaded security guards, scaled a high wall and was free.

Mathe, who claims to have been trained as a soldier by Frelimo, managed to evade police road blocks and a massive manhunt until he was captured by a private security company.

At the time of this documentary he was facing 51 counts of murder, rape, hijacking and armed robbery.

 



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