New on TV today: Sunday 7 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 07 Nov 2021
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The Vula Connection

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

The Vula Connection

This documentary tells the story of Tim Jenkin, an unlikely revolutionary.

A white South African who fought against his own government, Tim committed his head to the struggle against Apartheid as much as his heart.

Jenkin placed himself in extreme danger by volunteering for undercover work in Cape Town.

He was caught and dispatched to a high security prison but against all odds, his patience and meticulous attention to detail got him and two prisoners through 10 locked doors... to freedom.

Growing up in a quiet suburb in Cape Town during the politically turbulent 1970s, Jenkin made the unusual decision to abandon his privileged upbringing and join the anti-Apartheid struggle.

Risking his life, he volunteered to work undercover for the then-banned African National Congress.

He churned out inflammatory propaganda and distributed pamphlets by setting off leaflet bombs in busy city centres.

This would see him branded a traitor and locked up in a high security prison.

After a miraculous escape, he found himself in the backrooms of the ANC's exiled military wing.

Working from a nondescript flat in London, he set about designing an ingenious secret communication system which enabled underground operatives to dodge South Africa's feared intelligence service, and penetrate the country's borders.

Long before the Internet took off, Jenkin worked out how to send encrypted messages down a telephone line to public phones.

This unique communication system enabled the highly secretive Operation Vula, which smuggled cadres and weapons into South Africa.

And in the hands of crack commander Mac Maharaj, Operation Vula also helped smuggle messages to an imprisoned Nelson Mandela, connecting him with his comrades in exile.

After the Vows

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

After the Vows

After the Vows is a forum where people from all walks of life share their experiences and perspectives about the realities of married life.

Each week the host, comedian Mpho "Popps" Modikoane, leads and facilitates candid conversations with well-known and ordinary guests, experts and community leaders on various marriage-related subjects.

Together, they aim to evolve society's knowledgebase by sharing their experiences and expertise on issues and trends that both threaten and embolden the institution of marriage.

Each episode has four guests - three are individuals who are either married or divorced; the other is an "expert".

In the series premiere, "Marriage Expectations vs Reality": The series kicks off with an overview of what marriage means to different people.

The guests share their perspectives on what their expectations were going into marriage vs the realities they've been faced with.

They also touch on some of key things they wish they knew before getting married, some of the mistakes they've made and some of the things they love or hate about being married.

Queen Sugar 5

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Queen Sugar 5

The contemporary drama features the Bordelon family who are fighting to save their family farm to preserve their father's legacy while navigating their own personal journeys.

In Season 5, Charley remains thick in the battle with the Landry family as she uses the system of local government to protect the community and the farmers who own land, while coming to terms with her son Micah as he navigates his freshman year at Xavier University, an HBCU.

Nova launches her new website to support the community while moving out of the Ninth Ward and settles into her romantic relationship with Calvin.

Ralph Angel works to manage fatherhood with son Blue and a healthy path forward with girlfriend Darla despite constant threats to his land and home.

The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings' free-spirited Aunt Violet, who manages her expanding pie shop despite her Lupus diagnosis.

Omar J. Dorsey plays Violet's husband Hollywood Desonier, who wants to create a safe space for Black men to come together and talk about their emotional challenges.

Also, Henry G. Sanders recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest.

Recurring guest star Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley's estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West.


Actors in this post: Mpho Popps

Channels in this post: SABC2, Me


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