New on TV today: Thursday 16 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 16 Dec 2021
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Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h35
Genre: Documentary, Music


Get to know the woman behind the name.

Tina is a revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, charting her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life and her even more improbable resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

In addition to a stunning amount of archival footage spanning 60 years, the documentary includes interviews with Angela Bassett; Oprah Winfrey; journalist Kurt Loder who co-authored I, Tina, which inspired the feature film; playwright Katori Hall, who scribed Tina – The Tina Turner Musical; and husband and former record executive Erwin Bach, among many others.

Everything changed when Tina began telling her story, a story of trauma and survival, that gave way to a rebirth as the record-breaking queen of rock 'n' roll.

But behind closed doors, the singer struggled with the survivor narrative that meant her past was never fully behind her.

Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the documentary charts Tina Turner's early fame, the private and public personal and professional struggles, and her return to the world stage as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

Once There Was a King

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

Once There Was a King

Once There Was a King (Hindi title Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani) is a story of love, revenge and royalty.

Set in 1940s, this period drama tells the story of Gayatri and Rana Indravadan and the generations that follow them with ever-changing backdrops.

It has love, tragedy, revenge and also a touch of the supernatural.

In 1945, Ranaji returned to Ameerkot after six years of fighting the war against the British.

Gayatri is the daughter of a rich zamindar, but she is considered Manglik (inauspicious by birth).

On the other hand, Rana Indravadhan Singh (Ranaji) is the king of Amerkot who has been traumatised after his first wife, Rani Sulakshana.

Ranaji's mother, Rajmata, has a debt to pay to Gayatri's father, so she offers Ranaji's hand in marriage instead.

Unwillingly, Ranaji marries Gayatri.

After marriage, Ranaji and Gayatri slowly form a bond.

However, challenges are presented by family members like Badi Rani Maa, a woman pretending to be Sulakshana.

Puff: Wonders of the Reef

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary

Puff: Wonders of the Reef

A baby puffer fish travels through a wondrous microworld full of fantastical creatures as he searches for a home on the Great Barrier Reef.

Follow the baby puffer fish through a vibrant coral reef as he learns to survive and thrive through his first year of life – an extraordinary journey for a little fish that starts out smaller than a human fingernail.

For the first time, scientists, cinematographers and documentary filmmakers have combined their skills to transport us into Puff's tiny world - a world where drama unfolds on scales too fast, too slow, or too small for the human eye to perceive.

Narrated by Australian actress Rose Byrne, this is the story of the tiny, often overlooked creatures that live in one of Earth's most diverse ecosystems, and the interconnectedness of life that links our world to theirs.

Filmed in Australia on The Great Barrier Reef, the sophisticated super macro techniques specifically developed for the film will immerse you in the exquisite world on the reef's tiny, weird, and wonderful inhabitants.

Swamp People 12

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

Swamp People 12

In the farthest corner of Louisiana lies the USA's largest swamp, a hidden world where nature rules and man fights back.

The people that live in this forbidding environment follow traditions dating back 300 years, to the earliest pioneers.

They are Swamp People, inheritors of a tradition of self-reliance and fierce independence that makes them true American originals.

This show follows these people through the most important time of their year - the 30-day alligator hunting season.

At its core, this is a story of a resilient spirit, the lost art of doing things the right way and the fierce desire to preserve a dying way of life from the encroaching modern world.

As a new alligator season begins, Southern Louisiana hunters face a daunting surprise: gator numbers have exploded and it's getting worse by the day.

This torrent of hungry beasts have devoured much of the swamp's food supply.

Now, they're getting more aggressive and more desperate for a meal, threatening local residents.

The crisis is so big that warriors who had hung up their hooks return to battle.

These swamp veterans pit their skills against huge predators, as they help the next generation navigate the perils of the swamp.

In the Season 12 premiere, "Gator Attack": A new hunting season begins, and with overpopulation supercharging gator aggression, the threat of attack is higher than ever.

Diving into the fray, Troy puts his new deckhand, Pickle, to the test.

Daniel welcomes his grandson Dorien back and hopes to convince him to stay.

Junior returns to the swamp to help his family get the upper hand in an overrun bayou.

Ronnie and Ashley come under attack from a relentless marsh monster.

Diana: The Interview that Shook the World

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Documentary

Diana: The Interview that Shook the World

Revisit Princess Diana's bombshell 1995 interview that rocked the monarchy and sent shockwaves around the world.

On 20 November, 1995 BBC Panorama broadcast the scoop of the century.

A candid interview with Princess Diana in which she broke every protocol exposing traumas and scandal of life in the Royal Household.

25 years later, this film looks at how the broadcasting event of the century was orchestrated, what the interview revealed about modern society and new insights into the psychological portrait of Diana herself, a naïve young woman who believed in the fairy-tale of her marriage only to lose her sense of self in its realities.


Actors in this post: Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne


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