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New on TV today: Monday 21 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Mar 2022
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Undercover Underage

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

Undercover Underage

Every day, countless adults use the internet with insidious intentions to groom, sexually exploit, and abuse children online.

With the ability to remain anonymous and virtually untraceable, many of these perpetrators manage to slip under the radar or evade detection entirely, leaving unsuspecting children vulnerable to the abuse that lies just beyond their screens.

Through her organisation SOSA (Safe from Online Sex Abuse), child advocate Roo Powell has built a team that works in collaboration with law enforcement to detect offenders who prey on unsuspecting kids.

Undercover Underage follows the team in real time as they transform Roo, a 38-year-old mother of three, into a teen persona and work to reveal the true identities of the men who reach out to her.

It's a race against time to identify the suspects before they discover Roo herself is not who she claims to be.

This six-part docuseries gives insight into how SOSA works to successfully track down some of the Internet's most dangerous child predators.

In Undercover Underage, Roo and the team at SOSA create carefully crafted stories, social media profiles and photos to help Roo transform into a teen online.

The series follows strategic social media lead, Shelby Chikazawa; photographer and visuals lead, Matt Monath; writer and story developer, Avalon Esposito; research lead Kelly Becker; and law enforcement officer, Sergeant Mark Suda, as they create and operate three separate personas of fictitious, underage girls, each living unrelated lives in different cities across the country.

Once adults engage with Roo's underage decoys - which sometimes takes only minutes - the team communicates with them via texts, calls and even distressing video chats to gather pieces of information about their real identities.

Every adult that contacts the teenage decoys is explicitly told from the outset that they are speaking to an underage girl, and are given the opportunity to cease communication at any point.

It's a good scenario when someone disengages immediately after discovering they're interacting with a teen, but all too often, the situation escalates almost immediately when the person responds with a graphic photo or request.

For those who choose to proceed with explicit exchanges with a supposed minor, the team mobilizes to put a name to the offender.

Many are operating under their own fake identity, which makes finding a true identification tricky and complicated.

Once the team at SOSA has enough information for a positive identification, they turn over their findings to law enforcement.

With suspected predators ranging from school employees to high-profile community figures, it's a race against the clock to get these individuals on law enforcement's radar to keep them from continuing their crimes.
 

Elvis B(L)ou

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality, Music, Afrikaans

Elvis B(L)ou

Idols winner Elvis Blue and his wife, Chireze, bought a bus and have big renovation plans for it, including a stage on the roof.

They face several challenges in the process.

Will they be able to work together and think on their feet?
 

World's Most Secret Homes

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 15h00
Genre: Documentary Series

World's Most Secret Homes

From secluded houses in forests and luxury bunkers buried underground to cabins on remote islands and homes hidden in mountains, this series uses spectacular drone photography to explore the natural surroundings of each home.

There is also a 'fly-through' their interiors and secret passages to reveal what makes them unique.

We meet the owners who explain why they wanted to live in such an unusual property and how they found their secluded plots.

We reveal the innovative features that make each property unique - from pools hidden in cantilever rooftops, to mirrored sidings that help the structure blend in with its environment to homes that literally fold themselves away to hide from view.

Immersive CGI animation reveals how each property was built and its innovative use of materials and design.
 

Killer Cases 2

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

Killer Cases 2

Killer Cases brings all the emotion, drama and suspense from chilling murder trials.

Weaving together interviews and gripping footage, it's an immersive true crime roller coaster in two acts.

At first, viewers play armchair detective as they hear from police officers, forensic experts, witnesses and sometimes even the defendants themselves.

Then — with cameras inside the courtroom capturing every twist — the legal drama unfolds as the evidence stacks up and the final verdict is revealed.

It's a journey through the criminal justice process, and every case has its own fascinating backstory where a combination of love, sex, betrayal and greed ultimately prove fatal.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Pizza Delivery Murder": 25-year-old Ashley Biggs, a single mom and pizza delivery driver, was murdered on a late-night run for Dominos.

Police arrested her former boyfriend Chad Cobb.

For eight years, Cobb refused to tell police who had helped him lure Ashley to her death, protecting his then-wife, Erica Stefanko.

But once he learned that Erica had become romantically involved with his best friend and that she was allegedly abusing his daughter, Cobb revealed Erica's role in the murder, and she was now facing a criminal charge for murder.

Erica's defence lawyer argued it was a case of revenge, with no forensic evidence to tie her to the scene.

But in a surprising twist, Chad produced damning new evidence to back up his story.
 

The Chi 4

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Drama

The Chi 4

The Chi is a coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence, but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

This season will look at the wide-ranging effects of policing in the Black community after Jake has a fateful run-in with a group of officers.

Newlyweds Emmett and Tiff deal with the repercussions from his affair with Dom (guest star La La Anthony).

Kiesha grapples with her pregnancy, while Jada finds love where she least expects.

The relationship between Kevin and Jemma takes a turn, and Papa launches a new venture.

New mayor Douda harnesses his newfound power while navigating his complicated relationship with wife Roselyn (guest star Kandi Burruss).

Meanwhile, Trig and Imani are on a personal mission to help their community.

Season 4 characters include Octavia, a successful interior designer who crosses paths with Kiesha; and Rashaad "Shaad" Marshall, an old friend of Trig's struggling to rebuild his life.

There's also Jamal, whose fight to get help for his family places him at odds with Trig and Tracy; and LaPorsha (played by Da Brat), a truck driver whose arrival in town will impact the Williams family.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Soul Food": Emmett's past threatens his new marriage and Kiesha wrestles with a decision that will affect the life of her unborn child.

A run in with law enforcement leaves Kevin, Jake and Papa reeling as Douda tries to walk the line between gangster and mayor.

Tiff and Dom go into business together and Marcus petitions to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

 

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