New on TV today: Sunday 2 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Jan 2022
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The Republic 2

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

The Republic 2

It's two years after the explosive events of Season 1 and President Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe) has won a second term - but only at considerable sacrifice.

This season follows the aftermath of the kidnapping of President Mulaudzi and a coup attempt amidst genuine citizen unrest.

Mulaudzi might have cleaned up her cabinet (or has she?) but the country is still in a state of chaos, with protests, riots and power outages being the norm.

How will she fix it, and who will stand in her way?

The second season focuses on two beautiful young South Africans who have felt all too personally the failure of government, as they strike back against the corruption that is eating away at the country.

They become a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, embraced by social media and South African society at large.

Can they give South Africans new hope in a dark time?

The two new young leads are played by Lemogang Tsipa (Isithembiso) as Sizwe and Noxolo Dlamini (Isibaya) as Thina.

Reprising their lead roles for Season 2 are Florence Masebe as President Mulaudzi and Masasa Mbangeni as Bridget.

Joining the cast this season are Bonnie Mbuli (Traffic!), Bongile Mantsai (Grootboom & Sons), Thembi Nyandeni (Isibaya), Tsholo Mashishi (The River) and Chichi Letswalo (Isithembiso).

TVSA Show Page: The Republic 2

The Mating Game

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h10
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

The Mating Game

The story behind the most fascinating, hilarious and dramatic quests to find a mate and leave a lasting legacy.

Exploring five different habitats across six continents, this series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reveals the varied, fascinating and downright bizarre strategies different animals use to find a mate.

It is the ultimate inside view on what it takes to succeed at the mating game.

In the series premiere, "Grasslands: In Plain Sight": The grasslands of our planet are some of the most challenging habitats for playing the mating game.

They are an open stage where potential partners and jealous rivals can witness your every move and every failure.

To win here, a player must give everything.

Strategies used by animals here are as plentiful as they are unique - there are show-offs, fighters, scoundrels and cheats, and all are competing for their chance to mate.

Where grass is in plentiful supply, so too is the competition, and for those who gather in huge numbers to breed, the added threat of hungry predators looms large.

Out here in the open, experience is key.

This is a lesson that a young male ostrich on the dry desert grasslands of Namibia is about to learn as he takes his first steps into the mating game.

Meanwhile, a mature zebra stallion on the Serengeti must defend his mares from roaming bachelors amongst a herd 30,000 strong.

Others rely on sneakier tactics, and ingenuity is common.

Birds like the ruff choose a cross-dressing strategy to deceive rivals and sneak up on willing females, whilst the nursery web spider tricks his way to his intended's heart with offers of worthless gifts disguised as prized treasures.

However, success is not always guaranteed, and even after giving it everything, defeat can all too easily overcome a player.

Despite having muscles to rival any body builder, a male kangaroo can easily lose his chance to mate to less impressive, sneakier competition.

Then there are the ultimate winners, and none are more prolific than the termite queen who, over her 50-year lifetime, will create half a billion offspring.

For all who choose to play the mating game out here in the grasslands, there is one ever-present overriding challenge that can affect every outcome: their strategies are on show for all to see.


Channel: kykNET & kie (DStv 145)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Talk Show, Afrikaans


Tinarie van Wyk-Loots. Hannon Bothma. Elzabé Zietsman. Nataniël.

These are some of the celebrities that singer and TV presenter Jak de Priester is taking for a cup of tea and a heart to heart talk in the new series Koppieteefontein.

The guests are also going to show photographs from their own albums and are going to tell how they got to where they are today.

Other guests on the programme include Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck; Amanda Strydom; Mandisa Mfeka, South Africa's first female figther pilot; and Dr. Marlene le Roux of Artscape in Cape Town.

Hidden Wonders of Europe

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Wildlife, Nature

Hidden Wonders of Europe

There are countries in Europe that are often overlooked as natural history film making locations.

Hidden Wonders of Europe showcases four countries with outstanding natural beauty and a staggering wealth of fascinating wildlife.

In the series premiere, "Germany": Germany is Europe's most populous nation. A land hewn by mighty rivers and cloaked in forest.

In these wild spaces, nature is full of surprises.

From the Bavarian mountains to the North Sea, over a third of the country is now protected.

Huge grey seals battle to breed, marmots and squirrels flee aerial invaders, and elusive lynx and moose - once hunted out - re-assert their grip.

All Creatures Great and Small 2

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Drama, Comedy-Drama, Period Drama

All Creatures Great and Small 2

A new adaptation of best-selling author James Herriot's cherished collection of stories.

Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, James Herriot follows his dream to become a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales.

He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales' famers are a tough crowd to please.

At Skeldale House, James gets to know his newly formed dysfunctional family: his chaotic and erratic boss Siegfried Farnon, his wayward brother Tristan and the shrewd Mrs Hall, who is endlessly steering the ship.

When local beauty Helen Alderson attracts James's attention, he finds another reason to stay in the Dales.

This season, now that Helen has jilted Hugh at the altar, hopefully she and James can finally be open about their feelings for each other and begin a relationship.

But it'll be tricky in a village like Darrowby, where the close-knit community may not take too kindly to Helen's decision - especially if she moves on too quickly.

Three months have passed since the events of Season 1.

A trip back home to Glasgow presents James with a dilemma that will mean choosing between the people he loves.

As Helen and James navigate their feelings for one another, Siegfried, Tristan, and Mrs Hall are also forced to consider their places in the world, while James must ultimately decide between duty and love.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Where the Heart Is": It's spring in 1938, and James's parents are overjoyed when he's offered a position at his old mentor's forward-thinking practice in Glasgow.

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 20h55
Genre: Docu-Reality, Travel

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy 2

An Irish mammy and her thrill-seeking son embark on a series of extraordinary adventures across the globe including Africa, Asia and the USA.

In each episode Nancy and Baz Ashmawy set sail on a journey designed by Baz to test his Mammy's mettle.

Nancy is a 70-year-old pensioner, and for the last 10 years has watched Baz gallivanting around the world throwing himself into all manner of extreme situations, all in the name of entertaining the nation.

Until now Nancy has been a proud mother and occasionally worried bystander, but recently she's got the itch, an insatiable urge to grab life by the horns and try a few new experiences on for size.

Baz knows exactly where Nancy's limits lie and has planned a round the world trip that will gently take Nancy to those limits, slowly inching her past them week by week, as far as she can go.

From skydiving to alligator wrangling, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy takes viewers on a unique adventure, experiencing the endearing relationship between a brave Irish mammy and her daredevil only son.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Philippines": Baz and Nancy kick off their time in the Philippines with a song and dance... literally.

The pair find their funk as they join Cebu Prison's infamous dancing inmates in a colossal flash mob.

At Cebu Zoo, the pair get up and close and personal with a trio of adult pythons as they try and relax during a serpentine massage.

Next, Baz and Nancy live life on the literal edge as they take on an adrenaline-pumping rollercoaster ride.

But it's no normal rollercoaster... it teeters on the edge of the 38th floor of the Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu city centre – a hair-raising feat even for the most fearless adventure junkies.

The Farmer Wants a Wife Australia 11

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

The Farmer Wants a Wife Australia 11

Farmer Wants a Wife Australia is back with a new crop of single farmers who are ready to find their soulmate in the tenth season.

Follow six lonely farmers on the road to romance as they choose between hundreds of prospective partners.

Prepare for tears, joy and jealousy, all in a heart-warming journey to find a wife.

In the Season 11 premiere: We meet five new farmers on their search for the one.

They've invited eight ladies to join them on a first date, but they can only choose five to return with them to their beloved farms.

Murder in the Heartland 4

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

Murder in the Heartland 4

Murder in the Heartland tells the complex and dramatic story of a murder in an entirely new way.

Instead of a detective-led traditional whodunit story, each episode is told through the collective point-of-view of a Middle American town and its residents.

Every story documents a town and people in the heart of the country, and the provocative crime that tore through it.

What unravels over the course of the episode is that these townspeople are not only our storytellers, but they also hold the clues to the puzzle that has forever changed their lives and how they understand their home.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Groomed for Murder": Tourist town Traverse City, Michigan, is turned upside down when 18-year-old Kalee Bruce lies bludgeoned to death at her workplace.

Investigators feel the pressure to get this killer off the streets before they strike again.

Glam Guru 21

Channel: kykNET & kie (DStv 145)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality Makeover, Afrikaans

Glam Guru 21

Hannon, who has been one of kykNET's most popular faces since 2008, returns with his popular makeover transformations with tips to inspire every woman as well as give them a new energy for life.

Hannon keeps current issues and challenges in mind, which means that it's not only a show for entertainment, but also for hope.

In the Season 21 premiere: When Doctor Maureen van den Berg looks in the mirror, she sees a patient.

After her cancer diagnosis, her cup suddenly feels half empty and she wants to fill it again with a lively look.


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