New on TV today: Thursday 23 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Dec 2021
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Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary, Music

Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James

A raw and intimate documentary look at the wildly colourful life of legendary funk artist Rick James.

Original interviews with artists, collaborators and friends focus on the "punk-funk" music James left behind while illuminating his fearless attitude, social justice advocacy and bold musical aspirations.

Featuring rare footage of James' incredible live shows and never-before-seen home video.

Best remembered as the creator of hits such as Superfreak, Give It To Me Baby and Mary Jane, James blazed new trails in American music and global culture in the '70s and '80s as a songwriter, performer and producer.

He also collaborated with luminaries such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Eddie Murphy, Teena Marie, The Mary Jane Girls and M.C. Hammer.

Bitchin' presents a full and complete picture of James' life - warts and all - as told by those who knew him.

At the center of it all is the "Punk-Funk" that encompassed a unique swath of 20th-century music history from jazz to soul to R&B to rock and eventually, to hip-hop.

The Cube Celebrity Special

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Game Show, Special

The Cube Celebrity Special

In this celebrity Christmas special, Dougie Poynter and Danny Jones from the pop band McFly pop take on high-octane tasks within the high-pressure confines of the iconic Perspex box, in an attempt to win thousands of pounds for their chosen charity.

Also testing themselves against the might of The Cube will be TV presenter and comedian Emily Atack, alongside her mum; actress and singer Kate Robbins.

Do these celebrities have the skill, strength and nerve to keep their mind and body focused for long enough to beat The Cube?

The Real Housewives of Dallas 5

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives of Dallas 5

Returning for Season 5 are housewives Brandi Redmond, D'Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott, Kary Brittingham and Stephanie Hollman.

New housewife and physician Tiffany Moon joins this season, wasting no time inserting herself into the drama with the ladies.

Jennifer Davis Long, a friend of the ladies, will also appear throughout the season.

Coming up this season:

After years of being a doting mother and wife, Stephanie is eager to return to work and launches her own foundation.

When her husband Travis questions her ability to follow through, she sets on a course to prove him wrong.

Still reeling from her past mistakes, Brandi struggles to forgive herself and things get complicated for her when D'Andra's friend Tiffany joins their circle of friends.

D'Andra struggles to get in touch with her sensitive side and reconcile with a side of her family she hasn't seen or spoken to in years.

In an effort to become a more forgiving person, she enlists the help of a Shaman, but when conflict arises with Kary her new skills are quickly put to the test.

With her house on the market, Kameron is desperately looking for a buyer before her dream house slips away, but her husband Court is keeping her in the dark on the logistics.

As she struggles with her husband treating her as an equal partner, she also has trouble connecting with new housewife Tiffany.

In an attempt to heal the wounds left behind by her chaotic childhood, Kary is working on rebuilding her relationship with her mother.

Afraid of making the same mistake with her own children, the pandemic has prompted Kary to take a hard look at what is most important to her.

Born in a small town just outside of Beijing, China, Tiffany Moon moved to the United States when she was just six years old.

The product of extreme "Tiger Parents," she graduated college at 19 years old and medical school at 23, where she finished in the top 10% of her class.

Introduced to the ladies by D'Andra, Tiffany struggles to find the balance between her demanding job as a frontline worker during the pandemic and being a wife and a mother to her five-year-old twin girls.

Channels in this post: 1Magic, M-Net, BBC Brit, Me


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