New on TV today: Thursday 18 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Nov 2021
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Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Science, Nature, Documentary Series


In this series Brian Cox delves into the vastness of space to uncover the moments of sheer drama when the universe as we know it changed forever.

With Brian as our guide, we'll watch the birth of a star in a stellar nursery, experience the power of a supermassive black hole as it flings a sun across space so fast it's still traveling 10-million years later, and reveal the chaos created as two galaxies collide.

Huge advances in our scientific understanding mean that for the first time we can go to places we didn't even know existed just 10 years ago.

We'll come face to face with the universe's most surprising characters and understand how their fates are intertwined with our own.

In the series premiere, "The Sun: God Star": Brian begins his epic exploration of the cosmos with a hymn to the great luminous bodies that bring light and warmth to the universe: the stars.

It is estimated that there are 200-trillion stars in the universe, each playing their part in an epic story of creatio.

It's a great saga that stretches from the dawn of time, with the arrival of the first star, through diverse generations until the arrival of our own star, the sun, and a civilisation that has grown up in its light.

Lead Me Home

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

Lead Me Home

Poignant stories of homelessness on the West Coast of the US frame this cinematic portrait of a surging humanitarian crisis.

500,000 Americans experience homelessness every night and this documentary short captures the experience from multiple perspectives.

This immersive, cinematic film personalises the overwhelming issue by telling the real-life stories of those going through it, as a first step toward challenging uninformed attitudes and outmoded policies.

It gives the audience a rare, in-depth look at the scale, scope and diversity of unsheltered America today.

In Lead Me Home, tents become bedrooms; trucks become washrooms; parks become kitchens. Love occurs, as does strife and violence.

People make homes for themselves wherever they end up.

When directors Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk set out to tackle the subject of homelessness, they had one goal: to humanise the experience, in whatever form that might take.

The pair set out to depict the stories of people living on the street who, were it not for a vast set of unfortunate circumstances — addiction, mental illness, sexual abuse, homophobia, healthcare costs, disability — would be living no differently from those sleeping comfortably mere blocks or even just floors away.

In the shadow of boundless real estate development proliferating in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, Kos and Shenk filmed the daily lives of more than two dozen subjects over three years to provide a slice-of-life portrayal of what it's like to experience homelessness in America today.

Conceived as a two-part visual symphony shot in distinct production periods, the film opens a window into a parallel world hiding in plain sight and challenges the audience to feel the scale, scope and diversity of unsheltered America.

Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa 2

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality, Home Improvement

Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa 2

Tarek El Moussa, best known from Flip or Flop, shares the secrets to his success in this series.

The series spotlights Tarek as he mentors first-time flippers, helping them navigate costly mistakes as they race to get a renovated property on the market.

Facing obstacles at every turn, from unexpected construction delays and crumbling foundations to rotting roofs and dilapidated interiors, these flipping newcomers need Tarek's invaluable expertise to transform their risky investments into big rewards.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Location, Location, Laundromat": A couple who has been flipping for 13 years is still struggling to make enough money to support their four kids.

After discovering that their new property shares a driveway with a laundromat, Tarek must teach them to look at flipping in a whole new way.


Actors in this post: Brian Cox

Channels in this post: BBC Earth, Netflix South Africa, HGTV


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