New on TV today: Saturday 8 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 08 Jan 2022
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The Investigation

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Miniseries

The Investigation

Based on the real-life investigation into the 2017 murder of young Swedish journalist Kim Wall, which made headlines around the world as "the submarine case".

This limited series follows the team of investigators and divers who worked tirelessly for six months in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to gather evidence and bring justice for Wall's family.

It explores the complex real-life investigation surrounding the murder, which is one of the most notorious criminal cases in Danish media history.

The series closely follows Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide, and his team in the pursuit of the truth.

With the hope of being able to provide the prosecutor solid evidence in order to create a convincing case and give the relatives the certainty they deserve, the team enlists the use of methodical, unusual and technical work tactics.

The series was made in close cooperation with the real-life Jens Møller and Kim Wall's parents, Ingrid and Joachim Wall.

In the series premiere: When Head of Homicide for Copenhagen Police Jens Møller comes in for the morning briefing, an investigator reports on a strange case.

A homemade submarine carrying a female Swedish journalist and the submarine's inventor has gone missing.

When the submarine is located later in the day, only the submarine's inventor is rescued before the submarine suddenly sinks.

Now Jens Møller and his team of investigators must quickly decide how to approach the case, as the journalist is still missing and the submarine is at the bottom of the sea.


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


This six-part series follows filmmaker Christina Fontana's search for a missing woman in Hannibal, Missouri.

When she uncovers dark secrets of the town and the missing woman's family, Fontana questions who she can trust and who might be hiding the truth.

In the series premiere, "The Two Christina's": Christina Whittaker, 21, vanishes without a trace. But her mother, Cindy, refuses to give up hope.

Inspired by Cindy, filmmaker Christina Fontana pledges to find out what happened to Christina.

But the deeper Fontana begins to dig, the more it's clear nothing is as it seems in Hannibal, Missouri.


Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality


Is there a family member with a more polarising reputation than the mother-in-law?

The mere mention of her makes one shudder, and the person who often bears the brunt of her anger is the makoti, or the daughter-in-law.

But is mmatswale, or mother-in-law, always the problem? And is the man in the middle his mother's son or his wife's husband first?

Finally, can this historically challenging relationship ever be fixed?

These are questions that are answered in Abasemzini.

Mother- and daughter-in-law pairs move into a house to undergo a bootcamp, where psychological professionals put them through a series of exercises and challenges intended to get them to a healthy and productive place.

The goal of Abasemzini is to restore happy families and equip both parties with conflict management skills they can use in their everyday lives.

Hosted by actor Lehasa Moloi and singer Puleng March, the format of the show is focused on not only exploring the source of the tension between mother- and daughter-in-law, but also actively finding lasting solutions so that the broader family unit can function.

Other family members affected by the makoti and mom-in-law's feud will also visit the bootcamp in order to address their issues and the role they may have played in the existing tension.

The experts, who will be helping mend these familial ties, are clinical psychologist and TV host Nozibusiso Nyawose and psychologist Vuyo Themba.

It's time to retire the 'evil mother-in-law' or 'mean makoti' tropes. This is reconciliation on another level.

Mal Kamper

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Lifestyle, Travel, Adventure, Afrikaans

Mal Kamper

Dewald Visser is the director and presenter of Mal Kamper, an outdoor lifestyle and adventure series which travels overland and sets up a wild camp at a variety of locations, showcasing South Africa in its true splendour.

In Mal Kamper there is no such thing as a normal campsite.

Dewald takes his equipped 4x4 and trailer and goes to the most inhospitable areas, throws something on the coals and gets the adrenaline flowing with a series of activities.

Dewald is an avid mountain biker and enjoys rowing, mountain climbing and diving, among other things.

Every now and then he even dares to go fishing.

Dewald also looks at so-called glamping and facilities such as caravans, luxury tents, houseboats, mountain huts and other beautiful places.

Ubizo 3

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Ubizo 3

This reality show follows the 'calling' of 'spiritual medium' Lloyd Radebe, who describes himself as 'gifted' and a 'prophet'.

The show claims to offer viewers insights into how he bridges the divide between ours and the spiritual world by collecting, assembling and fitting any missing puzzle pieces to complex spiritual conundrums.

Every episode reveals challenges and aims to provide messages of reassurance to individuals and families.

In addition to 'decoding messages' from the unknown, Ubizo's core themes include exploring ancestry, resolving maternal and paternal identity issues, marriage and how it affects individuals, miscarriage and abortion, African spirituality vs religion as well as the passing of souls.

Ingane Yam' 2

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Ingane Yam' 2

Parents who have secret children out of wedlock introduce them to their spouses and families in this new reality show.

Many romantic entanglements result in spouses hiding the existence of children they had with other partners.

In these cases, the children are often made to feel like outsiders and are not given an opportunity to connect with their siblings.

Ingane Yam' narrates the stories of parents who, after years of procrastination, introduce their secret children to their spouses and families to help give the children a sense of belonging.

The show delves into why parents hide children from their past and how their families react to the big reveal of the child.

It also aims to show how children suffer by being denied their true identity and how they deal with rejection from people who should be taking care of them.

Ingane Yam' is hosted by "Real Housewives" star Lethabo Mathatho.

In the Season 2 premiere: Christopher is in a serious three-year relationship and he impregnated someone who claimed to be on contraceptives.

Now it's time for him to reveal his secret to his girlfriend.

Betty 2

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy

Betty 2

Based on Crystal Moselle's feature film Skate Kitchen, Betty follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding, set against the backdrop of New York City.

Opinionated and loyal, Janay is strong willed and stubborn in ways that both help and hurt her.

Honeybear is a quiet storm. Her flagrant style is a ruse; an armour she wears to hide her emotional struggles.

Kirt is a lover (to the ladies), a fighter (to the rest of the world), and a little kid in the body of a woman.

She's the funniest person alive, but even if she knew it, she wouldn't care.

Meanwhile, Indigo is a street-savvy hustler trapped in the body of a well-to-do art school drop-out.

On the edge of the group is Camille, guarded, perceptive, intelligent and awkward.

She wants to be down with the dudes in the skate park and has fought hard for the small space she's carved out with them, but she needs to realise that cool points don't actually add up to the sum of anything, especially in the eyes of the other girls.

In Season 2, the five protagonists are stepping firmly into womanhood and tackling all the challenges it brings.

As they navigate the pressures of adulthood, their male counterparts start to step up, step in and become true allies, forming a united front for the greater good.

Set in the last chapter of 2020, the season captures the pandemic in New York City, where masks and outside activities are the norm.

The '80s: Top Ten

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Countdown Show, History

The '80s: Top Ten

Rob Lowe takes us down memory lane with these top 10 lists of 1980s pop culture.

Learn about the most memorable moments, fast food, toys, commercials, gadgets and streetwear of the '80s from the people who lived it and hear stories you've never heard before.

From the launch of MTV and the Apple Macintosh to the death of Teddy Ruxpin and Wendy's Super Bar, this is why the 1980s were so iconic.

eHostela 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

eHostela 2

Drama series set in KwaMashu which revolves around two brothers who - along with their father - run a powerful and secret organisation in a worker's hostel.

In the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, in KwaMashu township, there is a worker's hostel called Delakufa and within its walls is a secret which is spoken of only in whispers: The Brotherhood; a secret society of inkabi (hitmen).

This Brotherhood has operated in Delakufa hostel for years, masked in mystery and hearsay. The Brotherhood is led by the powerful Mancinza, with his son Jama and his adopted son Mndeni.

This is the story of these two sons, whose relation is bound in secrets and sealed by guns.

But can family stick together when they are not tied by blood, and what is the price of loyalty when you long to follow your own heart?

Season 2 finds us a year later, after tragedy has struck. Mndeni is found living in isolation and mourning the death of the love of his life.

What he thinks is a quick and once off visit to KwaDelinkani, quickly thrusts him back into the life he so desperately wants to get away from.

Unbeknownst to him, the life that he wants to get away from brings him closer to the family he has always yearned for... and perhaps a new beginning.

The series stars Thobani Nzuza, Wiseman Mncube and Lungelo Mpangase.

TVSA Show Page: eHostela 2

Beyond the Boundary

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Sport

Beyond the Boundary

In this observational documentary series cricketer Pete Trego travels around the world to meet passionate players and supporters of the game of cricket.

The six-episode series was shot in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and Dubai.

Each episode follows the stories of people and communities who have found that their love of cricket has enabled them to find positivity and happiness despite adversity.

In the series premiere, "Sri Lanka": Pete travels to cricket-obsessed Sri Lanka uncovering the secrets of spin-bowling and how cricket is helping to heal wounds left by the recent civil war.

I Blew It 4

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary Series

I Blew It 4

Takes a look into the lives of South Africans who received an unexpected windfall, and in an instant, blew it all.

This sometimes-humorous, often tragic documentary series, takes a deep look into the psyche of ordinary South Africans and how they've acted when presented wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

I Blew It explores the heady intoxication of life with no monetary restrictions, and the sudden change in relationships and family dynamics.

In the new season we meet a man who became a multimillionaire, twice and lost it all.

There's also a musician who performed on Broadway and squandered their millions after returning to South Africa.

Also featured is a boxing champion who lost tens of millions of rands due to bad decisions and a nasty divorce.

Life After Lockup 3

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Life After Lockup 3

The third season of Life After Lockup returns, following 10 former inmates and their significant others from the series Love After Lockup, through their weird and wild journey to survive the real world together.

This season, viewers will be shocked to see which couples make it outside the prison walls and committing to their relationships.

However, none of it will be easy because they must fight the temptations of the outside world while also learning to adapt to their new normal.

Couples this season include:

Marcelino & Brittany (Las Vegas, Nevada)

While Marcelino and Brittany move into their dream home with enough space for all the kids and dogs, Brittany makes plans to open a halfway house and become a peer counselor.

Brittany's business dreams lead her back into the life with other ex-felons.

Will her choices lead her back on the dangerous path, and bust their budget... and their marriage?

Lacey & Shane (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

As the breadwinner of the family, Lacey's income has taken a hit since giving birth to Summer.

Then Shane quits his job to help with the kids, but when he dodges daddy duty and disappears all day, he may be keeping relationships - both in person and on social media - from Lacey.

When those secrets get revealed, both Shane and Lacey revert to old habits that test their union and may challenge their happily ever after.

Daonte, Nicolle & Tia (Virginia Beach, Virginia / North Carolina)

As Daonte and Nicolle continue to work on their relationship, Nicolle also reconnects with her prison girlfriend, Tia, behind Daonte's back, or so she thinks.

Nicolle tries to maintain relationships with both, but how long will that last?

When will Daonte say, enough is enough? Or will he?

Stan & Lisa (St. Louis, Missouri)

After a bumpy start to their relationship, Lisa and Stan try their best to make it work.

Lisa doubts Stan's financial status and sometimes it seems the only thing keeping them together is their kinky adventures in the basement.

Lisa and Stan both have secrets they are keeping from one another, but will a catfish expose everything?

Britney & Ray (Houston, Texas)

Britney doesn't allow Ray a moment to breathe and enjoy his newfound freedom, demanding that he must get a job, propose and give her a baby as soon as possible.

Will Ray buckle under the pressure? Will Britney get the wedding she's always dreamed of?

And will Ray live up to her high expectations?

Shawn, Sara & Destinie (Las Vegas, Nevada / Cincinnati, Ohio)

While Shawn was pursuing Destinie, he was also communicating with another inmate, Sara.

This time, Shawn believes Sara is the one and is ready to give up everything, including his family and career in pursuit of true love.

Sara's release date is fast approaching, but Shawn worries the same lies he told Destinie will catch up to him once again... and Sara has secrets of her own.

Destinie has not stopped contacting Shawn and with her release imminent, can Shawn juggle both women?

Amber & Puppy (Atlanta, Georgia)

After their messy break up, Puppy goes MIA and Amber is fearful that she relapsed or found herself back behind bars.

She takes it upon herself to find Puppy, but will Amber like what she finds?

Meanwhile, the two get serious with new boyfriends, however, their beaus have been previously incarcerated for crimes similar to Amber and Puppy.

Can all four cons stay out of trouble or will the temptation of easy money become too great?

John & Kristianna (Cresco, Iowa)

John promises Kristianna the Christian wedding she's always dreamed of, and this time Kristianna searches for the perfect venue (not John's pickup truck) and the perfect dress (one that fits).

Can John let Kristianna take the reins and not make this wedding about him?

With the pressures of a wedding ahead and a damaged relationship with her sister Terra, will she come to spoil their wedded bliss or finally stay out of her and John's relationship?

When the wedding day comes, Kristianna's past comes back to haunt her - will she wind up a runaway bride?

Idols 17

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

Idols 17

The quest to find Mzansi's next Idol begins when Season 17 premieres, promising drama, fashion, tears, triumphs and unforgettable moments.

The show retains ProVerb as host this season, accompanied by returning judges Unathi, Somizi and Randall Abrahams.

Kwaito artist, producer and musical director Zwai Bala and singer, producer and EFF grandee Ringo Madlingozi are among the guest judges this season.

This season attracted 15,000 online entrants and the season begins with the airing of these auditions.

The season's theme is "Reuniting Mzansi" and all auditions were held online to adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations.

Nineteen-year-old Emalahleni-born singer Zama Khumalo won last year's edition of the competition dubbed "Sweet Sixteen".

In the Season 17 premiere: It's the job of host ProVerb along with judges Unathi, Randall and Somizi - and guest judge Prince KB - to begin the search for the next big star in the SA music scene.

TVSA Show Page: Idols 17


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