New on TV today: Monday 22 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 22 Nov 2021
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La Brea

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi

La Brea

An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths.

Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened.

In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": When a massive sinkhole opens in Los Angeles, the Harris family is split in two.

Eve and her son are sent to a mysterious primeval world.

Gavin discovers that the visions that have plagued him for years might hold the key to bringing them home.

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 14h00
Genre: Food, Lifestyle

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

Join world famous chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver in his kitchen as he shows you how to cook delicious meals in 15 minutes or less.

Speed doesn't mean compromising on flavour for Jamie, and with such a range of dishes to choose from, there's something for everyone.

Jamie comes in hot with chilli con carne meatballs and sticky kicking chicken, before turning to Asia for inspiration with flashy fish stew and a noodle salad with ginger dressing.

Comfort food is never far from the table, and Jamie shows how to entice dinner guests with crispy Camembert parcels, autumn salad and golden chicken with braised greens and potato gratin.

With dishes suitable for all ages and skill levels, let Jamie take you from dicing to dining in 15 minutes flat.

Superintelligence: Beyond Human

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Science, Technology

Superintelligence: Beyond Human

How clever is artificial intelligence?

Do we need to fear it, or can it help humanity with its problems? And if so, to what extent?

This documentary pursues these questions, while providing informative yet satirical insights into the current development of artificial intelligence.

The film juxtaposes the concepts of science fiction and reality, creating an experience that will leave the viewer captivated and full of thought.

There is still much about the capabilities of AI that is unknown.

MasterChef 17

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

MasterChef 17

During lockdown the UK has been trying out new recipes and cooking at home more than ever before.

Out of the thousands who applied, 40 hopeful amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats.

The contestants get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their signature dish – something that tells judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace who they are as a cook and how good they can become.

After tasting all five plates, John and Gregg pick their two favourite dishes, with those two cooks earning a coveted MasterChef apron and a place in the next round.

The remaining three contestants then cook off in a new test – the Favourite Ingredient Challenge.

Gifted with their chosen favourite ingredient, they must create one exceptional dish that showcases it.

The stakes are high as one cook will be sent home, their MasterChef dream over.

One more challenge stands in the way of the four remaining cooks and a quarter-final place.

They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also last year's MasterChef champion Thomas Frake and 2014 champion Ping Coombes.

In a competition where only the food matters, and with just two quarter-final places up for grabs, these amateurs will need to be good to survive, taking another step towards being crowned MasterChef champion 2021.

Wicked Tuna: North vs. South 8

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Wicked Tuna: North vs. South 8

Follows a southern fleet of top captains battling to catch bluefin in the dangerous waters off the coast of North Carolina.

This season, they face the most treacherous weather in the series' history, and captains must work together to catch the elusive bluefin.

With every captain in their element, it's up to them to decide to be cut-throat or let their old Southern charms prevail for a season of cooperation out on the rocky waves.

In the Season 8 premiere, "Danger Lurks": Opening day of winter blue fin tuna season in the Outer Banks brings together seven Southern boats to brave the harsh winter weather of the Outer Banks, otherwise known as the graveyard of the Atlantic.

To earn a living here, these fishermen navigate shipwrecks, shifting sands and water so cold you'll freeze quicker than you can say 'man overboard'.

Earning a living here is a matter of life and death, but they wouldn't have it any other way.

Catherine the Great

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, History, Miniseries

Catherine the Great

Helen Mirren plays the lead role in this four-part drama that delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history.

Catherine wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century – strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.

The mini-series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin.

Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, this is a story of obsessive love.

Unable to publicly marry and famously promiscuous, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together shaping Russia as we know it today.

Adele: One Night Only

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Music, Special

Adele: One Night Only

Adele gives her first concert performance in more than four years in this primetime special.

The two-hour special was filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on 24 October.

It includes performances of some of Adele's biggest hits, as well as several never-before-heard songs from her upcoming fourth album, 30 - her first new material in six years.

She also sits down with Oprah Winfrey and the two engage in a conversation about Adele's music, divorce, single motherhood and her complicated relationship with her late father.

Set in Oprah's rose garden, Adele talks about the struggles of reaching self-awareness after her split from her former husband, while juggling the running of a business, making new music and being a mother.

Gold Rush: White Water 5

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h55
Genre: Docu-Reality

Gold Rush: White Water 5

High in Alaska's remote Chilkat Mountains, the Dakota boys return to the richest ground of their lives, on the hunt for millions in gold.

But an unexpected announcement sends shockwaves through the father and son run operation.

The departure of one legendary miner makes way for fresh blood, willing to gamble their lives for a life changing payday.

And as snowfall threatens to derail their season, miners are pitted vs mother nature in a winner take all battle.

After a record gold haul last year, veteran gold miner Dustin Hurt returns to Alaska to discover his McKinley Creek mine site buried in snow after suffering the heaviest snowfall in over a decade.

The unseasonably late snow creates challenges from day one.

From impassable roads to raging white-water caused by record snow melt, the miners must tackle every obstacle mother nature throws at them if they have any hope at uncovering a life changing pile of gold.

As Dustin and his team of fearless white-water miners forge ahead, his father Fred Hurt returns to Alaska with shocking news.

For the first time in four years, Fred will forgo running a white-water operation of his own and embark on a hunt for his next big mining opportunity.

It's a mission to keep the family's mining legacy alive.

For Dustin, Fred's sudden change in plans presents an opportunity; buy up Fred's mining equipment and for the first time ever, run two crews simultaneously.

It's a huge gamble that will require double the investment and double the manpower, but Dustin knows this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

An opportunity to double his chances of uncovering the millions in gold out there for the taking.

Double the crew may double Dustin's chances at a big payday, but it also doubles the danger in one of the most challenging and unforgiving mining operations on the planet.

With the addition of four new crew members, Dustin is now responsible for eight lives, challenging his resolve like never before.

Will Dustin's big gamble pay off with another record-breaking season, or will it bring financial ruin?

I Escaped to the Country 4

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 23h00
Genre: Reality

I Escaped to the Country 4

Celebrates the house-buying success stories of people who've made it to the countryside - these homeowners took the step out of the city after purchasing a rural property that they were introduced to on Escape to the Country.

Find out what they love about their new home and how the move has transformed their everyday lives.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Shropshire & Herefordshire": Jules Hudson heads to rural Shropshire to catch up with a couple who spent £425,000 on one of the houses they viewed during their property hunt.

He sees for himself how they've made it their own and how it has opened doors to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

He also revisits an intrepid buyer who spent £450,000 budget on a Herefordshire property and is impressed by how she has made a success of her work-life balance.


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Shows Editor
07 Dec 2021 15:33

Apologies to M-Net viewers for advertising the start of La Brea on Monday 22 November - we were not aware that the premiere date had changed.

The new (tentative) premiere date is Thursday 13 January 2022, at 20h30.

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