New on TV today: Friday 8 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 08 Oct 2021
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Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama, Medical Drama


Medical drama television series which captures the tightrope that medical professionals walk daily, where a single decision can save a life or end it.

The series is set in the fictional Healing Hands Hospital, where nurses and doctors dedicate their lives to helping others.

Here we meet Busisiwe, a new intern who is understandably nervous – but for reasons that have more to do with the past she is running away from, keeping secrets from everyone around her.

Busisiwe isn't the only one fighting her demons while fighting to save lives – her colleagues all have their own unhealed wounds that affect their everyday and working selves.

Their hands might be healing, but they can also bring harm to each other and themselves.

Will the nurses and doctors at Healing Hands manage to help those around them without letting their sometimes-shaky judgement destroy everything they've worked for?

The series stars Samke Makhoba as Busisiwe, Talitha Ndima as Neo, Tumie Ngumla as Refilwe, Eve Rasimeni as Sindi, Ayanda Ngubane as Agnes, Katlego Lebogang as Mabalwa, Buyile Mdladla as Walter, Chumisa Cosa as Nurse Lydia and Chumani Pan as Sonwabo Dube.

TVSA Show Page: Wounds

7 Deadly Sins

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Short Film, Anthology

7 Deadly Sins

This series of short films was produced by seven local production companies in KZN who were given a brief to develop stories in line with the theme.

This is a unique interpretation of the 7 Deadly Sins, told through the lens of authentic young African filmmakers.

The series kicks off with a double bill episode titled A Better Way of Dying and Indonda.

Indoda unpacks the sin of pride, in which Buhle (played by James Khumalo) has lost touch with his Zulu identity and is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his father at a young age.

A Better Way to Die tackles the sin of sloth. We meet Cathy (Andile Mpisi), who suffers from clinical depression.

She ascends to the top of a high rise building to commit suicide by jumping to her death, but is interrupted by another would-be-jumper, Pete (Wandile Nodilwa).

After an intense dialogue, the duo reach a surprising decision.

Other short films include Double Life, starring Tony Kgoroge in the lead role of Pastor Gumede; and Fanele Ntuli as the pastor's forbidden fruit.

This film delves into the ever-alluring topic of lust.

Gumede, a charismatic man of the cloth, is a sex addict but is given a second chance to redeem himself and uplift a church in crisis.

In the upcoming weeks, Cash-in-Transit will take you on a journey of hidden treasure in KZN's scenic Newcastle where a doctor, a prison warden, a petty thief and a grumpy old man (Patrick Ndlovu) compete to get their hands on the money.

This film will unpack the sin of greed.

We further delve into envy through a film entitled Sweet Wild Thing, in which we meet the resilient Amanda, who grew up on the streets of Durban.

In the complex relationship of the protection of a gang in exchange for her safety, she has to prove her loyalty continuously.

In the film Before 8am we are introduced to Trevor Adams (Zahir Bassa), who is dealing with the loss of his wife due to COVID-19.

Through his lack of understanding and overwhelming grief which turns into intense rage, he blames a higher power and himself for her death.

The theme of gluttony is dealt with in a film titled Red Tape, in which Radebe (Jet Novuka) is a "righteous" man and single father whose pride knows no bounds, as he lives for his son.

With his excessive pride, his only saving grace will be his passion for justice.

Pretty Smart

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

Pretty Smart

Book-smart Chelsea discovers she has a lot to learn about happiness when she's forced to move in with her bubbly sister and three roommates.

After getting unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend, Chelsea (Emily Osment) — a high-brow, Harvard-educated intellectual and aspiring novelist — is forced to move in with her bubbly, carefree, not-so-intellectual West Coast sister, Claire, and her three lovably eccentric, not-so-intellectual roommates.

These are Grant (Gregg Sulkin), a distractingly handsome personal trainer; Solana, a former lawyer turned healer;and Jayden, a social media influencer.

But Chelsea's tough, sometimes judgemental exterior starts to soften as she gets to know her new friends, and they begin to form an unlikely found family.

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Food

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

Gordon Ramsay has been cooking in professional kitchens for over 25 years.

He's been taught by some of the best chefs in the world and in turn taught some of the best.

In this series he's going to strip away all the complexity, all the hard graft and teach us all how to cook amazing food with ease.

The series is all about giving home cooks the desire, confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking.

Whether you love cooking already or you're starting from scratch, Gordon will get you cooking with modern recipes that are simple and accessible with a wow factor and an edge.

It's a lifetime's worth of expertise from the world's finest chef distilled into 10 glorious, mouth-watering half hours.

Gordon has travelled the world from India and the Far East to LA and Europe and during the series he'll draw all these culinary influences together to show us simple, vibrant and utterly delicious recipes that reflect the way we all eat today.

There'll be recipes like deliciously sticky, beef short rib with star anise, chilli and lime; amazing stuffed lamb, pork and sea bream; simple and inventive chicken tacos with cucumber pickle and chipotle salsa; noodle dishes to die for and super easy salads, packed with flavour and perfect when you're cooking for a crowd.

Each episode concentrates on a different area of cooking essential for the modern cook: from the secret of cooking with chilli and spice, through baking, roasting and slow cooking to easy suppers, breakfast, brunches and special occasions.

Woven into the cooking will be all sorts of useful tricks and tips – from ways to save time and money, to how to present simple food so it looks like a million dollars – making this the only cookery course you'll ever need.

Gordon will explain the dos and don'ts of cleaning and prepping your ingredients, demonstrating everything from how to pan fry like a professional and fillet fish to how to get the balance of spices right for the perfect curry.

And he'll pass on his specialist knowledge, revealing, for example, how Dover Sole tastes better a couple of days after it's been caught (when the flavour has fully developed), whereas Plaice is best eaten as fresh as possible.

Stuffed full of delicious recipes, invaluable tips and lashings of Gordon's trademark cheeky wit, Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course is the ultimate cooking lesson from the ultimate chef.

Love & Loss 3

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Love & Loss 3

This reality intervention show lifts the lid on the situations widows often find themselves in, who can become outcasts and are mistreated by their in-laws after the death of their spouses.

The show exposes the devastation of widows who struggle to get along with their unsympathetic in-laws.

The ups and downs range from them not being liked by their departed partners' families that often leave them financially and emotionally devastated.

They also face many difficulties as they gather the courage to emerge better and move on with their lives.

The show aims to demonstrate the damage of loss and conflict that ensues, the mending of broken hearts and broken families while helping the widow find closure and move on with her life.

MacGyver 5

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 18h20
Genre: Action, Comedy-Drama

MacGyver 5

Final season!

MacGyver, a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure drama about 20-something Angus "Mac" MacGyver, who creates a clandestine organisation within the US government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness": Mac and the team infiltrate a glamorous hotel used as an international hideout for criminals, to find a woman with vital information on Codex.

However, their target has a new secret identity, including a completely new face.

Unforgettable 3

Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Unforgettable 3

Unforgettable stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind.

It's not just that she doesn't forget anything - she can't; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister's long-ago murder.

Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she's unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case.

After consulting on a case, Carrie decided that she belonged back on the job and joined Al in the Queens PD.

Carrie's memory helped her and Al close a staggering number of murder cases, which catches the eye of Eliot Delson, head of the Major Crimes Section of the NYPD.

Carrie and Al agree to leave Queens to join Eliot's team in Manhattan, though Carrie forces him to bring on Joanne Webster, a brilliant medical examiner well-known to Eliot for her acerbic personality.

Armed with her unique ability and backed up by the people she trusts the most, Carrie now helps protect the citizens of New York, with each case more memorable than the last.

In the Season 3 premiere, "New Hundred": The Secret Service enlists Carrie and Al's help when a murder investigation leads them to uncover a counterfeiting ring run by an assassin.

Boris Kodjoe guest stars as Secret Service Agent Simms.

TVSA Show Page: Unforgettable 3


Shows in this post: Wounds, Unforgettable

1 Comment

08 Oct 2021 16:11

Interesting to see the 7 Deadly Sins series dealing with suicide... a real, relevant theme for our current times. 

A couple of weeks ago I was walking round my neighbourhood and happened to chat to a guy who owns a local tow truck company.

He told me that they'd been called to the scene of a suicide earlier in the day - they had to tow away the car because someone had parked their car near the park and committed suicide by putting a bag over his head. 

He also said that it wasn't an isolated incident. He's on the emergency radio frequency and he said suicides had risen notably recently.

It's really haunted me - I think about it often, especially when I see everyone in their masks, and how alienated we've become from each other. Someone has to be in so much pain to do it... very difficult to get ones head around it. 

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