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New on TV today: Thursday 23 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Sep 2021
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Storm Rising

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Nature, Documentary Series

Storm Rising

Has extreme weather around the globe reached a new category of intensity?

Storms are stronger than ever before, and they're causing unprecedented destruction.

Scientists want to understand why and find out how much worse it can get.

In this series, Reed Timmer and storm expert Mike Theiss track down extreme weather events, collect data and just barely make it out of harm's way.

Intercepting deadly storms to gather measurements takes a special breed. For meteorologist and storm chaser Reed Timmer, chasing dangerous weather is a lifelong obsession.

In Storm Rising, Timmer takes you inside monster storms to capture vital data and reveal Mother Nature's dark side.

Follow along as Timmer and his partner race to intercept headline-making weather events and deploy both high-tech and improvised instruments into the heart of the storm.

In the heat of the chase, the cameras capture the team pushing to their limits and experiencing these epic storms up close.

There are high-stakes decisions at every turn, but the data could help improve warning times and save lives.

Timmer's partner is storm expert Mike Theiss.

With decades of experience in chasing hurricanes, Theiss grounds the team in safety and logistics and brings additional tropical cyclone expertise.

The team's mission is to deploy an arsenal of tech to collect data on these monster storms — from Theiss' Hurricane Eyewall Research Vehicle (HERV), built to penetrate the eye of a hurricane so it can measure wind speeds and barometric pressure, to a ground probe that can be dropped directly in the path of a tornado.

Timmer and Theiss also have specialty equipment that can record footage and track the rise of massive storm surges or capture data remotely from hard-to-reach stretches of coastline.

In the series premiere, "New Breed of Storms": An early hurricane season collides with an unpredictable tornado season, which may be the latest sign of a dangerous new climate regime as record-breaking Tropical Storm Cristobal moves into Tornado Alley.

Reed and Mike race into the chaos to deploy scientific instruments inside a tornado outbreak to contribute valuable data to our overall understanding of deadly storms.
 

The Vikings

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

The Vikings

Their ships plied the seas and rivers of half the globe. They were bloodthirsty warriors and fine craftsmen. They were the Vikings.

Origin of the Vikings

The Vikings were the last barbarians.

From the ice fields of the North to the Russian steppe, these fearsome Scandinavian warriors sailed the globe for three centuries.

Early Viking Society and Religion

In this episode we learn how early Viking society developed, what the sacred rituals really were, and what role women played in Viking religion.

The Ships of the Vikings

The Vikings were great explorers and sailors. They exceeded all others in that area.

Speedy, lightweight ships carried Nordic warriors all the way from their Scandinavian homes to lands of conquest.

Weapons of the Vikings

The Vikings were fighting machines, they invested in the best weapons money could buy and the finest armour, slashing their way into the history books.
 

The Bridge

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Adventure, Reality

The Bridge

Narrated by James McAvoy, The Bridge is a social experiment bringing together 12 strangers from all over the UK that have one thing in common: they all want to get their hands on a €100,000 treasure.

The cash prize lies a mere 300 metres away. There is one problem though. Between them and the treasure lies a river.

The only way to cross it is by building a bridge with just their bare hands and a few basic manual tools and supplies, and it all must be done within 21 days.

If they successfully reach the treasure in time, the final question remains: who will keep the money?
 

Pose 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

Pose 3

Final season!

Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends icons and ferocious house mothers of New York's underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s.

In this final season, it's now 1994 and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse's aide.

But Blanca's history with a new patient leads to a challenging ordeal.

Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens.

Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy.

Also, Lemar shakes up the ballroom community when he becomes father to the unruly House of Khan, forcing the House of Evangelista to consider reassembling.
 

uThando Nes'thembu 4

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

uThando Nes'thembu 4

Follows businessman Musa Mseleku and his four wives as they navigate a polygamous relationship, their family dynamic, staying true to tradition in a modern world and the sisterhood of the wives.

While the wives now maintain a loving and respectful relationship with each other, the journey to peace and harmony was not an easy one.

They each share how they felt at first being introduced into a polygamous marriage, the uncertainty and insecurity that came with the arrangement, heartbreak and eventual acceptance, contentment and forming an unshakable bond with each other.

In the Season 4 premiere: We catch up with Musa Mseleku and his four wives.

The wives are up to some new and exciting things and the family gathers to celebrate Ma'Mkhulu's milestone.

 

Actors in this post: James McAvoy



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