New on TV today: Wednesday 20 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Oct 2021
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Ram vir 'n Rus

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality, Afrikaans

Ram vir 'n Rus

Four South African men are looking for love all the way from Russia and after 12 weeks the bachelors must decide if they are getting hitched or ditched.

Four single men get the opportunity to meet the woman of their dreams with the help of an agency.

The agency identified 12 single Russian women searching for love and they were given the opportunity to meet all four men.

The singles met online after the women had written letters to the men.

After two weeks of virtual canoodling, the men had to choose their four favourites, who would then travel to South Africa.

Naturally, the women had to agree.

On the last night the singles could decide whether they wanted a relationship, or not.

After their time at the lodge ended, the couples stayed for five weeks at the men's homes, after which they had to decide if they wanted to marry or end the relationship.

Broken Hearts

Channel: Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Telenovela

Broken Hearts

Ahana, a young girl navigating her life in urban India, gets caught in a web of relationships when she meets Anant, a middle-aged man.

When Ahana's father dies she is left utterly devastated.

He was a devoted, dedicated and loving father and husband, but when his wife starts an affair it breaks his heart and he is never able to recover.

While grieving for her father, she crosses paths with an older man Anant, who himself recently lost his wife.

When he realises the younger woman is the daugher of his recently deceased friend, he is moved to connect with her and the two soon become very close.

Though Ahana is young and beautiful, Anant's love is pure and he feels a genuine bond with this woman going through the same grieving process that he is.

Ahana meanwhile believes she is also in love, though with time she comes to see that this is not a romance but simply a replacement for the comfort and security that her father once provided.

Nevertheless the two marry, much to the disapproval of Ahana's jealous mother.

Matters are complicated further when Ahana meets Rehan, a young man that has been fostered and cared for by Anant, and realises that he is the true love she has been missing.

Though their love is undeniable, their good hearts make a relationship impossible for Ahana and Rehan, neither willing to betray Anant, a man who means so much to both of them.


New! Broken Hearts Teasers - October 2021

Perfect Husband

Channel: Zee World (DStv 166)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Telenovela

Perfect Husband

This is the story of Vidhita who marries a rich guy, Pushkar whom she expects to be a perfect husband.

Vidhita soon realises that her husband is far from perfect as she faces Pushkar's abusive nature.

Rajyashree Rathod arranges the marriage of her son (Pushkar Rathod) with a woman she believes will make a perfect daughter-in-law.

However, when Rajyashree meets her future daughter-in-law at her family home, there seems to be confusion all around.

She is not pleased. An excited Rangeela confesses his love to Vidhita - but she is promised to marry Pushkar.

Vidhita receives a phone text warming her about the dangers of marrying Pushkar.

Pushkar reveals his true self to Vidhita and she is shocked to see the different side of her husband.


Men behaving badly on Zee World in October 2021

New! Perfect Husband Teasers - October 2021

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, Sport

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

In May 2015, former professional footballer Rio Ferdinand's life changed forever when his wife Rebecca passed away from breast cancer, aged just 34.

In this one-off 60-minute documentary, Rio explores ways of managing grief - including his own - and discovers that the best way for parents to help their children move on with their lives is to first rebuild their own.

With around 75 men aged under 50 becoming widowers every day in the UK, this intimate film also offers a broader insight into how young husbands and fathers cope with grief, as Rio speaks to other bereaved men who share their experiences.

By exploring the complex issues around grief, the stigma men often face in displaying and discussing their emotions, and discovering some of the ways people cope with loss, the film highlights the additional obstacles bereaved men can face.

Martelize se Stamtafel

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

Martelize se Stamtafel

Take a seat at Martelize Brink's table in this foodie talk show.

Every week, the radio presenter invites a popular soap star into her kitchen.

A genealogist examines the guest's heritage and Martelize uses this information as inspiration for the meal she prepares.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with Jeremy Clarkson

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Game Show

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson, one of the original Top Gear presenters, hosts the iconic UK quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in a tribute to the 20th anniversary of the show.

The tense gameshow sees contestants take the hot seat to be in with a chance of winning one million pounds (200 million Rand).

They must answer 15 questions correctly with just a handful of lifelines to help them – will they have what it takes to win the ultimate prize?

Wentworth 8

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

Wentworth 8

When Wentworth returns, the prison community is still reeling from the aftermath of the bloody siege with a new leader at the helm and four heritage characters from the original Prisoner series set to enter the compound.

Following the final heart-stopping ending to Season 7, where a glimpse of The Freak was dramatically revealed, Season 8 returns with 10 new episodes packed with rivalries, unlikely allegiances, friendships and power struggles.

Wentworth's popular main characters are back: Marie Winter is in isolation for her attempted escape; the loss of Lizzie weighs heavily on Boomer; Vera blissfully basks in the glow of motherhood, unaware of lurking danger; and Rita struggles in witness protection.

However, the stakes will be raised with an array of new intruders, both on the inside and beyond the barbed wire.

The Great Food Truck Race 14

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

The Great Food Truck Race 14

The Great Food Truck Race heads north to Alaska for the wildest culinary journey in series history, where fighting blistering cold, raging winds and short daylight hours are part of every week's action.

Hosted by Tyler Florence and shot on-location in Alaska, the six-episode season begins with seven teams of aspiring food truck owners greeted with their own truck - but first, they must break the keys out of 200-pound blocks of ice.

These teams are not just battling each other, they are battling the elements of this beautiful but treacherous region to avoid elimination and reach the end of the road's $50,000 grand prize.

Each week, the caravan of competitors hits a different location for high-stakes challenges that test their cooking chops, business skills and ability to face harsh weather conditions from blizzards to icy mountain roads.

In the Season 14 premiere, "Battle for the North": Tyler welcomes seven aspiring food truck teams to Flattop Mountain overlooking Anchorage to the biggest, boldest road trip ever.

In order to get the keys to their trucks, the contestants must break the keys out of 200-pound blocks of ice and that's just the beginning of their culinary adventure.

The teams compete to see who can prep and sell the most food, with the least successful truck heading home.

The route then hits Palmer, home to some of the largest vegetables in the world; deep sea fishing in Homer; panning for gold and Alaskan crab challenge in Seward and a scavenger hunt in the arctic remote village of Talkeetna.

In the season finale the two remaining teams go head-to-head in Fairbanks and the last team standing is awarded the $50,000 grand prize.


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


After DNA tests reveal them to be cousins, three girls adopted by different American families travel to China in hopes of meeting their birth parents.

Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history.


Actors in this post: Jeremy Clarkson

1 Comment

20 Oct 2021 11:14

I'm wondering how the potential Russian brides communicate with the men... do they speak English? Afrikaans? Hand sign?

The Rio Ferdinand documentary looks interesting - and difficult to watch. Heartcrushing when someone's lost the love of their life. 

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