New on TV today: Monday 20 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Dec 2021
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Love Island South Africa

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition, Reality

Love Island South Africa

A group of single "Islanders" who come together in a stunning setting, ready to embark on a summer of love, friendships and, ultimately, relationships.

Every few days, the Islanders must couple up – those who fail to find a partner to couple up with risk being dumped from the island.

Islanders are on the lookout for romance, but the road to love doesn't always run smoothly.

Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals and dramatic twists as friendships and relationships form.

In addition to choosing their partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers who have the opportunity to shape events on screen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winners, who will then have the chance to walk away with both love and the cash prize of R500,000.

The show is hosted by Leandie du Randt.

TVSA Show Page: Love Island South Africa

Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo

In this multi-part investigative series, CNN's Chris Cuomo does a deep dive into the psychology of murder and violence.

Are murderers born or made? Is violent behaviour genetic?

Chris interviews serial killers in maximum security prison about their predatory urges.

Behavioural scientists and criminal psychologists who have studied these monsters discuss their research findings.

Chris also takes viewers behind the scenes with criminal investigators as they hunt for a serial rapist and survivors share their compelling stories about how they escaped with their lives.

Each one-hour episode is shot in cinéma verité.

The Trump Show: Downfall

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

The Trump Show: Downfall

A final instalment of the BBC series The Trump Show.

This film charts Donald Trump's last months as president as he attempts to win, and subsequently overturn, the results of the 2020 election – culminating in scenes of violent 'insurrection' against the US Congress.

Friends, advisers and close observers tell the story of Trump's last days, from packed rallies - held as coronavirus besieges America - to riots on Capitol Hill.

The film provides a blow-by-blow account of the final weeks of his administration - and a gripping psychological study of the controversial leader's final days in power.

A Long Weekend In... with Rory O'Connell

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Travel, Food

A Long Weekend In... with Rory O'Connell

The popular Cork chef enjoys the culture as well as the cuisine of eight European cities: Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, Lisbon, Madrid, Bath, Nantes, Copenhagen and Edinburgh.

This eight-part series sees Rory visiting a different city in each episode, and while the primary focus is on food, Rory is a knowledgeable guide to so much more, with art and design being particular interests of his.

In Palma de Mallorca, Rory is thrilled to find an exhibition of Picasso's ceramics in a railway station, and he visits a factory where the traditional Mallorca fabric is made.

In Madrid, he eschews the expected trip to the Prado Museum and looks instead at the street art and graffiti that's been painted on the walls of an old tobacco factory.

From visiting the oldest restaurant in the world to learning how to bake Portugal's best custard tarts in a Lisbon cookery school, Rory takes viewers on a journey through eight European cities showcasing the best of local cuisine and art in each one.

At the end of each episode, Rory makes a delicious dish with the local produce which he sources on his travels.

In the series premiere, "Palma de Mallorca": Rory visits Palma de Mallorca, a city that is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for a long weekend.

He begins by visiting a beautiful art nouveau bakery where the traditional ensaimada pastries are made by one of the island's most respected bakers.

A quick bit of shopping in the warren of streets beside the Cathedral is followed by lunch at El Camino, a new restaurant set up by successful London restaurateur Eddie Hart who was keen to return to his Mallorca roots.

Away from the city, Rory meets David Stein, the owner of a finca (country estate) built originally by a pirate, and now a hotel with its own vineyard.

The following day, Rory takes a beautiful train with wooden carriages that date back to 1912 to the town of Soller, on the other side of the island, and the other side of the Tramuntana Mountains.

The construction of the railway line was a major engineering feat, and one that would have garnered worldwide attention, if the day of its official opening hadn't also been the day that news broke about the sinking of the Titanic.

At Soller railway station, Rory is surprised but delighted to find a permanent exhibition of Picasso's ceramics.

Oranges were the source of Soller's wealth, and Rory goes to an orange orchard to learn about how oranges are grown.

Always on the lookout for an authentic souvenir, Rory's last stop is to a shop where Mallorca's instantly recognisable 'fabric of flames' is made.

Back home in his Ballycotton kitchen, Rory bakes a delicious orange and almond cake, using oranges, olive oil and almonds which he brought home from Mallorca.

Lira: DreamChaser

Channel: S3
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Music

Lira: DreamChaser

With numerous international and local awards under her belt, Lira has risen to the top of her game with her unique blend of jazz and Afro Soul.

Dreamchaser documents her 2014 trip to the US as she attempts to break into that gruelling market.

From heartbreaks and band conflicts to unexplainable success, this is a raw and uncut diary of her journey, as seen through her eyes.

Can she chase the ultimate dream and make it in the US?

Flexible Buildings

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, Technology

Flexible Buildings

Never before have there been so many people on Earth.

The new world creates new challenges for us living together, one of the biggest being the infrastructure in the world we live in.


Actors in this post: Leandie du Randt, Lira

Shows in this post: Love Island South Africa


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