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New on TV today: Thursday 20 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Jan 2022
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Whitstable Pearl

Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Whitstable Pearl

Based on Julie Wassmer's series of novels, the series follows big-hearted local restaurant owner Pearl Nolan who  sets up a local detective agency after undergoing police training in an  earlier career.

She is soon embroiled in her first case when she discovers the body of close friend Vinnie.

Pearl forms an unlikely partnership with DCI Mike McGuire, a new local police chief who has transferred from London to escape his past.

And when a second body shows up, Pearl finds herself pulled into the dark underbelly of the picturesque town she calls home.

In the series premiere, "The Free Waters": Restaurant owner Pearl Nolan discovers the body of her friend and oyster supplier chained to the anchor of his ship.

The police, led by out-of-towner Chief Inspector Mike McGuire, believe it was an accident, but Pearl, who also runs a private detective agency, suspects foul play.
 

Spasie

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Lifestyle, Reality, Afrikaans

Spasie

This lifestyle programme focuses on the transformation of small spaces into stunning homes.

It shows how small spaces can be utilised optimally and how people who downscaled adjusted their way of living to live with less.

A lot of people embraced the tiny-home trend in South Africa, and the show went looking for them.

Each episode consists of three parts: First, it shows somebody who made the change then visits a cleverly-designed space, as well as companies that manufacture micro homes.

In the third section of the show, we follow somebody who is in the process of creating a small space.

The purpose of the programme is to show that there is an alternative, showing you can downsize without giving up on your quality of life.

Spasie is all about the philosophy of living lighter with less. The series provides you with practical information about the what and how.

The inspiration for the show came from a family who started living in a bus with their four children during lockdown.
 

Nostradamus: End of Days

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Nostradamus: End of Days

This eight-episode series reveals exactly how the world will end, and what will be behind it, as predicted by history's greatest "prophet", Nostradamus.

Combining the infamous seer's ancient words with paintings from a mysterious lost book bearing his name, the series decodes new prophecies and causes of the world's demise.

Nostradamus saw the impending apocalypse 500 years ago, and now it's up to experts to reveal the terrifying truth his visions can prepare us for.

These interpretations uncover the destruction soon to be inflicted upon us by earthquakes, floods, fire, nuclear war, disease, asteroid strikes and more.

Are you prepared?

In the series premiere, "Seismic Destiny": Nostradamus had terrifying visions of massive earthquakes flattening buildings, triggering tsunamis and forcing rivers to run backwards.

Scholars analyze his predictions to uncover exactly how and when our world will shatter.
 

Lie with Me

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

Lie with Me

British woman Anna and her husband Jake relocate to his native Australia with their two small children.

Haunted by mysterious events that occurred in London, Anna resumes her career and welcomes a young nanny into the house.

Becky seems a perfect fit, but little does Anna know, she's hiding a sinister secret.

Desperately looking for someone to trust, and noticing her husband's secretive behaviour and wandering eye, Anna is pushed to the brink, and sets an elaborate trap with irreversible consequences.
 

This Is Us 4

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama

This Is Us 4

Sometimes life will surprise you. This series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways.

We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect, which will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Strangers": Jack meets Rebecca's parents and new characters are introduced.
 

Vergewe My 3

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality, Afrikaans

Vergewe My 3

Perpetrators who wish to ask the victims of their crimes for forgiveness are given the chance to do so.

The show features the harrowing stories of crimes and we witness the perpetrators' attempts to reconcile with those they have hurt.

In the Season 3 premiere: In 2000, Monique Strydom and her husband Callie become part of a group of hostages held in the Philippines by extremists.

After 127 days, the terror stopped - but where does she find herself after two decades?
 

Air Crash Investigation 21

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Technology, Docu-Drama

Air Crash Investigation 21

Every time a plane crashes, the world takes notice. And so do the experts whose job it is to figure out what happened.

Air Crash Investigation uncovers the truth behind the most legendary aviation disasters, and every episode features eyewitness accounts, reenactments, state-of-the-art CGI and interviews with the investigators who ultimately determined what went wrong.

In the Season 21 premiere, "Holding Pattern": When Alaska Airlines Flight 261 suddenly nosedives into the Pacific, investigators uncover a critical maintenance issue with deadly implications.

 



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