New on TV today: Friday 21 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Jan 2022
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Lost Treasures of Egypt 3

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Lost Treasures of Egypt 3

Witness the secrets of ancient Egypt being unlocked before your very eyes in the third instalment of Lost Treasures of Egypt, as groundbreaking new discoveries lift the lid on this intriguing ancient civilisation.

Join National Geographic's cameras as they follow top international archaeologists during a full season of excavations across Egypt.

With unprecedented access to these intrepid modern-day explorers who are on the frontline of archaeology, you can follow the action as the teams battle searing heat and inhospitable terrain to make the discoveries of a lifetime.

Using cutting-edge technology to bring the exciting digs and discoveries up close like never before, combined with personal testimonies from the archaeologists on the ground, you are thrust to the heart of the action, as you crawl beneath pyramids to uncover long-lost tombs and unearth 3,000-year-old mummies for the very first time.

The action includes cameras tracking Dr. Mohamed Megahed as he enters the largest pyramid of any queen of ancient Egypt.

Amazingly, Megahed was able to reach her burial chamber – something no-one has done since it was first built over 4,000 years ago.

Elsewhere in the series Dr Kathleen Martinez is in the temple of Taposiris Magna, where she can explore a secret tunnel network beneath the temple for the first time.

The temple dates back to Cleopatra's era and inside the tunnels she finds a hidden doorway which she believes could lead her to the lost tomb of Egypt's beguiling last pharaoh.

Archaeologists also hunt for clues to explain one of Ancient Egypt's great mysteries – the rise of mummification.

They investigate what could be one of the oldest mummies ever found, and break into an intact tomb to learn how mummification endured beyond the end of Egyptian civilization.

Meanwhile, an unexpected tomb packed with bodies reveals how ordinary Egyptians tried to reach the afterlife.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Mystery of Tut's Tomb": Archaeologists investigate the mystery of Tutankhamun's small and poorly decorated tomb.

Tutankhamun's reign was shaped by the life of his father, a pharaoh who led the greatest revolution in Egyptian religious history.

Was this revolution, and the political intrigue that followed, the cause of Tutankhamun's banishment to a tomb unfit for a pharaoh?

Blue Venom Girl

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 16h45
Genre: Telenovela, Supernatural

Blue Venom Girl

A supernatural love story (original title "Vishkanya") that centres round Aparajita, a Visha Kanya, as described in Hindi mythology.

She has poison in her blood and bodily fluids and is capable of killing people through physical contact with them.

She grows up unaware of her superpower and then undergoes a search for her identity once she discovers what she's capable of.

Her mother Kalpana wants her to use her powers to kill the Mittal family, specifically Malay - the son of Nandita, who paralysed Kalpana.

Years ago, Malay's father married Kalpana, despite the fact that he had another wife - Malay's mother Nandita.

Nandita was enraged and hired a gunman to kill Kalpana but he didn't succeed and the attack left both Kalpana and Malay's father paralysed.

Now Kalpana wants revenge by taking away Nandita's most beloved family member, her son.

But is Aparajita able to kill him?

Ramy 2

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

Ramy 2

The story of Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighbourhood.

The show explores the challenges of what it's like being caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences.

The role of Ramy is played by Ramy Youssef, who won the 2020 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for the part.

In the second season, Ramy delves further into his spiritual journey, finding a new Muslim community and embracing a deeper commitment to his faith.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Bay'ah": Bro... You want real love? Commit to the right person. Take the Bay'ah.

Die Kliek 11

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Afrikaans

Die Kliek 11

Die Kliek returns for a new season with Schalk Bezuidenhout returning as host.

In each episode, a panel of eight single women have a chance to meet he man of their dreams.

But before they meet him in person, they get to snoop through his social media.

Those who like what they see get a chance to get to know him better and — by way of a series of question-and-answer sessions — get a bit closer to going on a date with him.

The Bad Skin Clinic 3

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Bad Skin Clinic 3

Bad skin days can happen to everyone; but in some cases, you need to call in the experts.

In this series, consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon Dr. Emma Craythorne and her team of experts meet, treat and dramatically transform the lives of those suffering from unusual, extreme and in some cases debilitating skin conditions.

Filmed at their clinic in Harley Street, London, Dr. Emma and her team treat patients with a whole host of skin conditions and complaints; performing both on-the-spot extractions and complex and pioneering procedures.

From giant blackhead and cyst pops to enormous lump and lipoma removals, the clinic is ready for anything.

And, through treatment and transformations, patients are finally relieved from a life dictated by their condition.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Rae, Sophie, Connor & Vicki": Rae comes to see Dr Emma with a large, very strange and uncomfortable growth just above his buttocks.

And, Vicki has a big lump that keeps growing.

Ozark 4 Part 1

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama

Ozark 4 Part 1

Ozark is a drama set in the present-day and follows the Byrde family's journey from their normal, suburban Chicago life to their dangerous criminal enterprise in the Ozarks, Missouri.

The series explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans.

Season 4 will be released in two parts consisting of seven episodes each.

This season, freedom from the cartel is seemingly within reach, but fraying familial bonds may prove to be the Byrdes' ultimate undoing.

Live at the Apollo 16

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h35
Genre: Variety, Comedy

Live at the Apollo 16

At the forefront of its genre, the roll call of stand-ups who have performed in front of the famous Live at the Apollo lights plays out like a who's who of comedic royalty, and this season is no different.

Each episode sees a national (and sometimes international) stand-up both compering and performing, before introducing two of the best established and up-coming stand-ups to the stage.

This season, South African comedian Loyiso Gola stars in one of many stellar line-ups.

The Apollo is home to the cream of the comedy circuit, providing a stage for home-grown superstars and attracting the funniest comedians from around the world.

This season is no exception and showcases the very best of that bunch, with big names such as Sophie Duker and Chris McCausland treating the crowd to rip-roaring sets.


Actors in this post: Schalk Bezuidenhout, Loyiso Gola


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