New on TV today: Friday 31 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 Dec 2021
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Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Thriller, Drama

Stay Close

With trademark thrills, gripping suspense and secrets of past crimes beginning to unravel, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone.

Four people each conceal dark secrets from those closest to them: Megan (Cush Jumbo), a working mother of three; Ray (Richard Armitage), a once-promising documentary photographer; Broome (James Nesbitt), a detective unable to let go of a missing person's cold case; and Lorraine (Sarah Parish), an old friend of Megan's.

As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?

Royal Variety Performance 2021

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Variety

Royal Variety Performance 2021

Presenter and comic Alan Carr hosts The Royal Variety Performance from the Royal Albert Hall in London, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this very year.

2021 marks the 109th event and this year, the Royal Variety Charity is celebrating 100 years of our reigning Monarch being their Patron, commencing with His Majesty King George V in 1921.

The event was held in the presence of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The evening features exceptional performers, world class theatre, outstanding singers and top notch British comedy.

Stars appearing include Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company's phenomenal Matilda The Musical who are celebrating 10 years in the West End, chart topper Anne-Marie and music from Years and Years.

Also returning to the RVP stage with a mesmerizing performance of their latest show 'Luzia' are Cirque du Soleil.

Brit Award winner James Blunt will play some of his greatest hits, following its Tony award winning success the sensational Moulin Rouge The Musical joins for an exclusive performance, plus Germany's The Messoudi Brothers will showcase their breathtaking hand to hand act.

The evening will also feature performances from respected musicians and Grammy Award winners Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello.

A special collaboration from actress Keala Settle and the Some Voices choir with the award-winning song This is Me.

Singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald and soprano singer Carly Paoli will be singing a special duet and comedy from Judi Love, Bill Bailey, Chris McCausland and Josh Widdicombe.

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

The Graham Norton Show: New Year's Eve Special

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 00h05 (midnight)
Genre: Talk Show, Variety, Comedy, Special

The Graham Norton Show: New Year's Eve Special

Joining Graham for his traditional Hogmanay chat:

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, star and producer of female spy film The 355;

British actor Claire Foy, talking about quirky biopic The Electrical Life of Louis Wain;

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, playing Cyrano de Bergerac in Joe Wright's new adaptation, Cyrano;

Actress Cush Jumbo, starring in the new Harlan Coben drama Stay Close (launching today on Netflix SA);

and comic Joe Lycett, promoting his UK tour More, More, More.

Music comes from The Divine Comedy, who perform their classic Something for the Weekend, and there are some final stories from the Big Red Chair to round off the year.

The Hair Loss Clinic

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Advertiser-Funded

The Hair Loss Clinic

Follow the treatment journeys of 18 patients, all suffering with different conditions, requiring individual approaches and therapies.

The series features the The Institutes of Trichologists' current Chair, Eva Proudman as the resident trichologist, alongside hair loss expert Dr Edward Maitland Ball of the Maitland Clinic.

It captures the range of emotions and anxieties as Eva and Edward are first introduced to their new patients and engages as they guide them through their options.

The show tracks their progress and leading them to a 'reveal' at an appropriate point in their treatment pathway.

In the series premiere: Shop owner Becky had lovely brown hair until a head-on car crash triggered her severe hair loss.

Plus, builder Jamie gets teased for his comb over.

Queer Eye 6

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Reality Makeover, Comedy, Fashion

Queer Eye 6

The series returns to Netflix, introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspective from the Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Now Queer Eye returns in a search for a whole new roster of heroes in need of a little TLC.

This season, Queer Eye's fearless ambassadors head to the Lone Star state with a homebase in Austin, Texas.

Watch as they work their life-changing magic yet again and transform the lives of deserving Texans.

Chasing the Sun

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Sport

Chasing the Sun

This documentary series charts the Boks' rise from dejection and under-performance to the pinnacle of international rugby, so vividly demonstrated when captain Siya Kolisi lifted the trophy in Tokyo.

From the intense pre-Championship training to the devastating loss to New Zealand in the pool stages and the triumphant final game against England, the series will allow South Africans to relive the highs and lows of the Springbok's path to their RWC victory.

The series starts long before the World Cup and tracks the Boks' path from also-rans, detailing how coach Rassie Erasmus got the team to believe in itself, to their remarkable coronation as world champions.

Erasmus appointed a new captain in Siya Kolisi and helped the team reclaim its identity. Defeat and denial were part of that difficult journey.

Chasing the Sun is a story of redemption with unprecedented access and exclusive contributions from coaching staff, players and commentators.

It is spliced with interviews with many of the key figures, adding perspective and context to one of South Africa's great stories.

The documentary is the story of how a team, a nation and the world came to discover that we are all indeed stronger together.


Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 23h30
Genre: Comedy


Single-camera comedy about Samantha and Jay, a cheerful freelance journalist and up-and-coming chef from the city.

They throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a huge rundown country estate they inherited into a bed & breakfast - only to find it's inhabited by the many spirits of deceased residents who now call it home.

The departed souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a saucy Prohibition-era lounge singer, a pompous 1700's Militiaman, a '60s hippie fond of hallucinogens, an overly upbeat '80s scout troop leader, a cod-obsessed Viking explorer from 1009, a slick '90s finance bro, a sarcastic and witty Native from the 1500s, and a society woman and wife of an 1800's robber baron who is Samantha's ancestor, to name a few.

If the spirits were anxious about the commotion a renovation and B&B will create in their home, it's nothing compared to when they realise Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them.

Sam thinks she's crazy and tries to ignore them, making them even more determined to get her to acknowledge they're real.

The Great Christmas Bake Off 2019

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food, Special

The Great Christmas Bake Off 2019

Noel, Sandi, Prue and Paul gather for their traditional festive get-together, welcoming former contestants for Yule-themed challenges and Status Quo with Rockin' All Over the World.

Briony and Terry from the 2018 season face off against Tom and Yan from 2017.

But who will be ultimately be triumphant?

Cobra Kai 4

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Action

Cobra Kai 4

Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

Season 4 finds the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament... and whoever loses must hang up their gi.

As Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance and Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai, the fate of the Valley has never been more precarious.

What tricks does Kreese have up his sleeve?

Can Daniel and Johnny bury their decades-long hatchet to defeat Kreese?

Or will Cobra Kai become the face of karate in the valley?



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