New on TV today: Monday 3 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 03 Jan 2022
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Hotel 5

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy, Afrikaans

Hotel 5

Final season!

When we last saw the team of the Fransen Hotel, Ferdie (James Borthwick) decided to retire.

Thomas (Beer Adriaanse) and Jony (Simoné Pretorius) are trying their best to make a success of the hotel, but all is not going to plan.

When Ferdie, who travelled overseas after his retirement, decides he wants his seat in the manager's chair back, Thomas and Jony refuse.

But maybe they need Ferdie to save their relationship?

In another twist the stork is visiting, there is a jacuzzi on the back of a bakkie, the soapie Getroud met Rugby gets involved and SARS has a couple of questions about the Fransen.

Also returning to the cast is Martelize Kolver (Brenda), Schalk Bezuidenhout (Danny), Mila Guy (Malanie), De Klerk Oelofse (Jaap), Manie (Ivan Botha) and Bennie Fourie (Dodgy Mike).

Some of the guest actors this season include Pierre Breytenbach, Rika Sennett, Franci Swanepoel, Danie Botha, Altus Theart, Theodore Jantjies and Christel van den Bergh.

In the Season 5 premiere: The two (or three) star Fransen Hotel is fighting to keep the doors open after a rough bunch of months with a world pandemic raging around them.

The director and head writer of the fifth and final season is Bennie Fourie with Beer Adriaanse, Ryan Metcalfe and Claudia van Zyl on the writing team.

Nagvlug Films produced the series with Scharl van der Merwe, Zandré Coetzer and Chanel Muller at the helm.

The series was filmed at the Kleinkaap Hotel in Pretoria.

TVSA Show Page: Hotel 5

Die Put

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Telenovela, Afrikaans

Die Put

Kocovali is a powerful crime family in the Cukur neighbourhood in Istanbul, also known as "The Pit".

Idris Kocovali is the head of the family and does whatever he can in order to protect both his family and the members of Cukur.

Although it is a crime family, it has its own rules - one of which is a ban on drugs.

Drugs are not produced, used or sold in Çukur, but groups that are new to the game try to break this ban - with deadly consequences.

Survivor 37: David vs. Goliath

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Competition

Survivor 37: David vs. Goliath

For Survivor's 37th season, brand-new castaways will be sorted into two groups: The Davids, who have scratched and clawed their way through life to prove themselves, overcome adversity, and earned everything they've got.

And then there's the Goliaths, who come from a place of privilege and have capitalised on their advantage to crush the competition, be it in business, education, or the professional wrestling ring.

But social politics can change drastically when you're stranded on an island in the game of Survivor.

Every Goliath has an Achilles heel, and every David has a secret weapon.

Who will be able to outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition in order to be crowned Sole Survivor?

One Week to Sell

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, Reality

One Week to Sell

Unsold homes become red hot properties when New York-based interior designer and home stager Taylor Spellman steps on the scene.

Taylor and her team, including Kate Dickens, her right-hand woman and friend for more than 30 years, create personalised design plans for lagging listings and make them market ready with high-end style on a small budget.

In each episode, Taylor meets with the real estate agent to identify what turns off potential buyers and, in just a few short days, implements beautiful, practical and creative solutions that turn the house into a desirable dream home.

To start the season, Taylor takes on a home that's been sitting on the market for six months.

Despite its desirable neighbourhood, the property lacks curb appeal and has a dark kitchen and wood-paneled walls.

On a tight $10,000 budget, Taylor brightens the main floor with fresh paint, incorporates custom furniture pieces to accentuate the home's large rooms and adds an island to create a family-friendly kitchen.

As the season continues, she contends with awkward layouts, excessive wallpaper and outdated features to get more houses ready for sale in only one week.

Secrets of the Brain

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Science, Technology

Secrets of the Brain

Remarkable experiments, bizarre medical conditions and stunning illusions that reveal the inner workings of your mind.

In this series, neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis goes in search of people with unusual neurological conditions that give us a fascinating insight into how our brains work.

With the mischievous help of magician Pete Heat and a host of revealing challenges, he'll challenge you to test your own brain and find out just how easily your mind can be tricked.

In the series premiere, "Memory": Jack meets the world memory champion and a man who can remember every day of his life.

Midsomer Murders 22

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural, Mystery

Midsomer Murders 22

A spate of bizarre deaths will occur across middle England in this season of detective drama Midsomer Murders.

Neil Dudgeon returns to play DCI John Barnaby for his 10th year in the role, Nick Hendrix is back as DS Jamie Winter and Annette Badland resumes her role as pathologist Dr Fleur Perkins.

Also returning for Season 22 is Fiona Dolman as Sarah Barnaby, followed closely by Paddy the dog as the Barnaby's faithful canine companion.

This season follows Barnaby and Winter as they investigate an urban myth becoming a murderous reality, a post-operative heart rehabilitation club whose members' dreams of a second chance at life are cut short, a murder mystery weekend, a twisted scarecrow festival and an amateur dramatics company with deadly secrets.

In the Season 22 premiere, "The Sting of Death": Beautiful manor house, Apley Court, on the edge of the village of Granville Norton is home to historic hives that produce 'Apley Gold' honey; a valuable top of the range honey.

Bee obsessive Lord of the manor Ambrose Deddington, the eighth generation of honey producers at Apley Court, is a survivor of a life-threatening cancer, for which he cites a combination of Apley Gold and bee venom from his famous bees as his saviour.

And with the unyielding support of his sister Tamara, his faith in its extraordinary healing power has brought Ambrose success, wealth and a dedicated following of Apitherapy devotees.

For years now Ambrose has maintained his status as top dog of the village, with his wealth and aristocratic title ensuring his position.

But that position comes under threat when he and his precious hives are attacked by a masked assailant.

Mzali Wami 2

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

Mzali Wami 2

Drama series which revolves around Ntokozo, a girl who gets entangled in an elaborate human trafficking ring involving her biological mother.

The series follows the inner workings of a human trafficking syndicate, through the life of young Ntokozo, played by Lungelo Mpangase.

In Season 2, Ntokozo and Joyce return home to start their new lives as mother and daughter.

While they do receive a warm welcome, does this signal happily ever after?

The Season 2 cast includes Lungelo Mpangase, who reprises her role as Ntokozo, Lusanda Mbane as Joyce (replacing Masasa Mbangeni from the first season), Nolwazi Shange as Sibongile and Loyiso MacDonald as Lungelo.

Dumisani Mbebe reprises his role as the villainous and aptly named Terror, and Oros Mampofu also returns as Musa.

Set in Johannesburg, Mzali Wami was created by Dineo Ranaka and Siphosethu Tshapu.

TVSA Show Page: Mzali Wami 2

Forged in Fire 8

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Reality Competition

Forged in Fire 8

Forged in Fire is back with a new season of the show, and a new competition kicks off.

The best bladed weapon-makers in the country go head-to-head building everything from Viking battle axes to Samurai swords to Indian claw daggers.

There will be new weapons and contestants weekly and stunning tests of their creations.

In each stand-alone episode, four new contestants battle it out in a quest to prove they can build a particular weapon better than anyone else, and they're doing it by hand.

This is the show that turns the craftsmanship, legend and excitement of weapons-building into an against-the-clock battle of wits, resourcefulness and ingenuity.

Contestants compete over a series of elimination challenges using the "garage" of tools provided.

Each challenge centres on fabricating a component of the overall weapon.

Judged by an esteemed panel of unimpeachable weapons experts, the race to create the episode's weapon of choice is a journey through weapon history under "Mission Impossible" time constraints with an explosive finale.

The winner leaves with $10,000 cash and the coveted title of Forged in Fire Champion.

Destination Fear 3

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 22h05
Genre: Docu-Reality, Paranormal

Destination Fear 3

Wanna go for a ride?

Pack up your courage and get in the RV with paranormal explorers Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden, Tanner Wiseman and Alex Schroeder as they hit the haunted highways, byways and back roads of America once again, spending the night inside the nation's scariest places.

Across this season's eight one-hour episodes, the fear-chasing foursome will be driven to the edge of endurance.

Exploring under the harshest conditions they've ever faced, and using sensory deprivation tactics to augment their paranormal experiment, this trip will test their mental, emotional and physical strength to the extreme.

Venturing inside notoriously haunted locations such as Ohio State Reformatory, the Villisca Axe Murder House and Odd Fellows Home, the team confronts intense supernatural forces - and they quickly learn these entities do more than go bump in the night.

In the season premiere, "Waverly Hills Sanatorium": Dakota takes the team to one of the most frightening and infamous places in America: Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.

The death rate was so high at this former tuberculosis hospital that a "body chute" was created to hide the constant flow of deceased bodies from those who were living in the facility.

Dakota, Chelsea, Tanner and Alex have dreamed of visiting this location for years, but they've always been too afraid to confront the sinister forces lurking within, until now.

Facing a dark history of brutal deaths and paranormal violence, the team is taunted by several tortured souls still looming within the abandoned halls.

Physical afflictions and ghostly apparitions put the group through the ultimate test of strength and endurance.

Alaskan Bush People

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Nature

Alaskan Bush People

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness lives a newly discovered family who was born and raised wild: the Alaskan Bush People.

Billy Brown, his wife Ami and their seven grown children - five boys and two girls - are so far removed from civilization that they often go six to nine months of the year without seeing an outsider.

They've developed their own accent and dialect, refer to themselves as a "wolf pack" and at night, all nine sleep together in a one-room cabin.

Simply put, they are unlike any other family in America.

Recently, according to the Browns, the cabin where they lived for years was seized and burned to the ground for being in the wrong location on public land.

They were devastated, but instead of giving up and moving back to society, they decided to go deeper into the wilderness to continue their way of life.

Their new land is located in the Copper River Valley, where temperatures can drop to 60 degrees below zero.

It's a race against the clock as the winter gets closer and closer.

The Browns must work together to build a new cabin that will protect them from the harsh Alaskan environment, but the falling temperatures and dwindling daylight make it harder and harder.

They'll use what the land provides to construct their small home and will also have to contend with other rogue bush people.

It'll be tough, but having lived this way for decades, the family wouldn't have it any other way.

Family Feud 16

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 16h45
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Family Feud 16

Since its premiere in 1976, Family Feud has remained one of television's most popular and enduring game shows.

Featuring two families who compete for cash and cars, contestants try to guess the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed.

As host, Steve Harvey engages competing family members in repartee, and his honest reactions to their responses have brought a fresh sense of comedy to the show.

In the new season, host Steve Harvey will be joined by some hilarious families, as they compete for the chance to win a bevy of cash prizes.


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