New on TV today: Friday 25 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 25 Mar 2022
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Tough Love with Hilary Farr

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, Reality

Tough Love with Hilary Farr

Interior designer Hilary Farr, best known for her design work in Love It or List It, stars in her first solo series, Tough Love with Hilary Farr.

The eight-episode series will spotlight Hilary helping families improve their lives and homes with a dash of tough love.

Using her signature wit, she will banish their indecision and help them maximize their homes to better suit their needs.

As a mom, business owner and life partner, Hilary will draw inspiration from her extensive design experience, as well as her own life lessons, as she develops creative solutions to get these families' lives back on track.

In the series premiere, "What, Do You Live in a Barn": A newly married couple is in dire need of Hilary's expertise as they bring their family under one roof for the first time.

Challenged by a lack of storage, entertaining and home office space, Hilary will develop a design plan to solve these issues and ultimately improve the family dynamic.

She will find extra space in surprising places, such as converting unused garage space into a stunning home office and upgrading the bland basement into an entertaining party zone complete with wet bar and hightop table for guests.

During the series, Hilary will find solutions for a variety of home design challenges, including updating properties that seem frozen in time, finding extra room in small houses and adding a suite for extended family visits.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Nature

The Lakes with Simon Reeve

Covering almost a thousand square miles, the Lake District is the biggest national park in England.

Visited by 20-million people each year, the vast and rugged landscape holds a unique place in British life.

Windermere is the largest body of fresh water in England, and Scafell Pike the highest mountain.

There's incredible wildlife too, and a strong movement to return much more of the park to its original, forested and wilder form.

But 40,000 people also live within the park's borders, most of them earning a living from tourism, hospitality and farming.

What feels like a timeless and serene landscape, where Wordsworth once wandered among the daffodils, is actually a complex and fascinating living environment, with competing interests impacted by issues like environmentalism, the decline of traditional industries, and soaring house prices.

Over three episodes, Simon will use the Lake District as a springboard to explore the fascinating and remote county it sits in.

Stretching from Lancashire to the Scottish Borders, Cumbria is a unique and beautiful county which can sometimes feel cut off, and ignored by the rest of the country.

It's a place of genuine extremes, where the world's largest nuclear processing facility looks out on one of the biggest offshore wind farms in Europe, and is home to proud industrial towns like Barrow.

Following his success in uncovering hidden Cornwall, in this series Simon will meet the people of Cumbria in all their variety, from submarine workers to hill farmers and, with his trademark mix of warmth and humour, bring the Sunday night audience revealing new insights into a part of Britain we all thought we knew.

In the series premiere: Simon travels through the glorious Lake District National Park and the county of Cumbria.

With its magnificent mountains, glacial valleys and 16 iconic lakes and meres, the Lake District is one of the great natural wonders of Great Britain.

But huge changes are sweeping through this ancient landscape.

In this episode, Simon meets some of the Cumbrian characters with different visions for the future of England's biggest national park, including a campaign group trying to protect the remaining red squirrel populations, a traditional farmer who feels that his ancient way of life is on the point of extinction and an 18-year-old student who, following the recent deaths of both parents, now runs a 1500-acre farm.

Better Things 3

Channel: S3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama

Better Things 3

Better Things is the story of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters: Max, Frankie and Duke, in Los Angeles.

She also looks after her mother, Phil, an English expat with questionable faculties who lives across the street.

Whether she's struggling to keep her daughters close or trying to push one of them out of the nest, Sam approaches every challenge with fierce love, raw honesty and humour.

At the end of the day, Sam's just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters' changing lives, survive her family, have fun with a friend or two, and also - just maybe - squeeze in some private time.

Season 3 will welcome several new faces including Sharon Stone, Matthew Broderick, Doug Jones, Glynn Turman, Judy Reyes, Cree Summer, Charlie Robinson, Janina Gavankar and Marsha Thomason, to name a few.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Chicago": Sam helps Max settle in to her first days of college life in Chicago and has an unsettling return journey back to Los Angeles.

Bridgerton 2

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

Bridgerton 2

The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society.

From Shondaland and inspired by Julia Quinn's bestselling novels, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London's competitive marriage market.

Hoping to follow in her parent's footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne's prospects initially seem to be unrivaled.

But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne.

Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings, committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes' mamas.

Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society's expectations for their future.

Bridgerton celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all.

Die PappaChef Show

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Food, Talk Show, Variety

Die PappaChef Show

Kokkedoor star Pieter Malan invites a well-known guest every week to cook with him in his Lowveld kitchen.

While the pots simmer, he challenges his guests with fun and interesting activities.

A Million Little Things 4

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

A Million Little Things 4

Season 3 had the family facing challenges on screen that mirrored our own in real life: between the forces of a global pandemic and the seismic push for social change, our group of friends navigated new and challenging territory.

In Season 4, we'll see our group come together again in aspirational and uplifting ways as they help each other through life's unpredictable curveballs.

When we last saw Eddie, he was grappling with his life in a wheelchair and fighting for joint custody of his son.

Just as he approaches a sense of normalcy and independence, a mysterious phone call from the woman who hit him threatens to turn his world upside down once more.

Will Eddie learn to let go and find acceptance for his new life, or will he fall back into old destructive habits?

Finally emerging from the shadow of her marriage, Katherine allows herself to discover who she is outside of a relationship, and more importantly, who she wants to be.

Katherine's journey of self-discovery takes her to some surprising new places as she shirks labels and learns to live without the word "should" in her vocabulary.

Forced home from England by circumstances beyond her control, Maggie found her groove as a podcaster, earning a loyal audience and helping Sophie find her own voice.

This season, we'll find Maggie committing even further to her mission to help people, which will lead to new personal and professional heights... until a ghost from her past emerges and threatens to send her into a tailspin.

Rome and Regina watched the pandemic crush two dreams: his movie and her restaurant, but it also unexpectedly revived an old one when they became foster parents to Tyrell.

But now that Tyrell knows the truth about his mother's deportation, the family harmony will be thrown into discord.

We'll watch as Rome and Regina land on their feet but on divergent paths that will test the strength of their marriage.

Trapped in France during quarantine, Delilah finally returned to Boston only to find herself a stranger to her own children.

Danny summoned the courage to come out at school, while Sophie sought justice against the man who assaulted her.

But with Delilah determined to return to France, her kids are forced to choose between keeping the family together or staying in the only home they've ever known.

And in the final moments of Season 3, the guilt and anger Gary felt over Sophie's assault led him to the doorstep of the man responsible.

As we unpack the events of that fateful night, we'll watch Gary fight to preserve his friendships and, most importantly, the future that he's been longing for with Darcy.

As the season unfolds, we'll watch through laughter and tears as our friend group navigates new identities, new careers and new family formations, all while learning what it means to be family, what it means to love, and what it means to seek forgiveness.

In the Season 4 premiere, "family first": Gary struggles in the aftermath of his encounter with Peter.

Meanwhile, Regina and Rome put on a united front following the closure of Someday and the deportation of Tyrell's mother.

Sophie deals with mixed emotions surrounding her mother while Delilah faces a difficult decision.

Eddie inches closer to finding out who caused the accident, and Maggie navigates a new career opportunity.


Channels in this post: HGTV, BBC Earth, SABC3, Netflix South Africa, VIA, M-Net


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