New on TV today: Wednesday 13 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 13 Apr 2022
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Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama


Starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis, Landscapers tells a unique love story involving a seemingly ordinary British couple who become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, England.

The four-part limited series, inspired by real events, tells the story of Susan and Christopher Edwards, a mild-mannered couple who went on to kill Susan's parents and bury them in their back garden, a crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade.

The darkly comic drama is based on extensive research, hours of interviews, and direct access to the accused, who have always claimed their innocence.

In the series premiere: After living in France with his wife Susan for the last 15 years, Christopher Edwards places a desperate call to his stepmother back in England for financial help.

But when Tabitha relays the details of their conversation to the police, a resulting double homicide investigation quickly builds steam, and the couple's carefully reconstructed lives are suddenly placed at risk.

Caliphate and the Kingdom

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Caliphate and the Kingdom

The cultures and religions that have shaped the Spain we know today are revealed over the course of a journey through its key cities – Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Cartagena – in the company of historian Simon Sebag Montefiore.

It's a story packed with surprises and includes some of the great civilisations of the ancient world, as well as the most extraordinary characters.

From Hannibal to the Caliphate, the Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian, the Jewish Prime Ministers under Muslim rule to the expulsion of the Jews, the Inquisition and the rise of the Habsburgs: Charles V, Phillip II and empire, the Bourbons, Napoleon and ultimately Franco and beyond.

We discover how this is a part of the world where the influence of previous cities and their respective faiths are evident at every turn.

In the series premiere, "Conquest": In the first episode, Simon explores Spain's early years, its emergence as the battleground of empires and its golden age under the Cordoba Caliphate.

Haunted Towns

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Paranormal, Reality

Haunted Towns

The Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) ghost hunting team is getting their spooky on in this series as they travel across the US investigating America's most haunted towns.

From infamous hotbeds like Gettysburg and Salem to small towns with turbulent pasts that fueled generations of ghost stories, Haunted Towns explores places that played key roles in the darker chapters of American history, where battle, disaster and injustice have condemned unsettled spirits to every street corner.

Follow TWC - consisting of Chris, Doogie, Porter and Brannon - as they interview witnesses, investigate hotspots using the latest ghost-hunting technology and follow new leads until they can pinpoint who is haunting the town and why.

But the team isn't just about collecting evidence. Their m.o. is to find truth - if any - in the legends that have shaped each town's paranormal notoriety.

In the series premiere. "Gettysburg": TWC heads to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where more than 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the Civil War's most epic battle.

The town is a hot spot for paranormal activity and the perfect testing ground for an experiment using trigger objects that may have had personal meaning to the spirits and could activate paranormal activity.

While attempting to contact ghosts from both sides of the Civil War conflict, the boys investigate a militaria shop filled with war memorabilia as well as a local farm that served as a temporary field hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers.

During their attempt to connect with the restless souls of dead soldiers, TWC encounters evidence that something darker may be lurking in the legendary haunted town.

Our Great National Parks

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Our Great National Parks

Narrated by former President Barack Obama, this docuseries shines the spotlight on some of the planet's most spectacular national parks.

From the executive producer of Blue Planet II comes a five-part series executive produced and narrated by Barack Obama — who protected more public lands and waters than any other US President in history — that invites you to experience nature in the world's most iconic national parks.

Spanning five continents, the series brims with wonder, humour and optimism as each episode tells the story of a national park through the lives of its wildest residents — both big and exceptionally small — and explores our changing relationship with wilderness.

Traveling from the waters of Monterey Bay, California, to the bright red soil of Kenya's Tsavo National Park, the lush rainforests of Indonesia's Gunung Leuser National Park, the majestic terrain of Chilean Patagonia, and more, Our Great National Parks beckons us to get out and explore, create new ways for these wild places to thrive, and vigorously preserve them for future generations to come.

Ex on the Beach 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

Ex on the Beach 2

Hosted by multi-platinum rapper and actor Romeo Miller, this dating series follows celebrity couples in Malibu Beach as they search for new love while being confronted by their past romances.

This season features romantically embattled stars from Survivor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bad Girls Club, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Are You The One? and Fire Island.

The new cast of celebrities arrive in paradise in search of love only to be blindsided by their exes face-to-face.

As lovers wash ashore, the daters will decide whether to rekindle a past flame or move on with a new prospect.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Paradise from Hell": A group of singles thinks they're on a sexy getaway, but their pasts are put on blast when they realise their exes will be joining them, and a painful secret is revealed.

Doubling Down with the Derricos 3

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

Doubling Down with the Derricos 3

Navigating life with 14 kids, including four sets of naturally conceived multiples, is never easy.

But, with the kids getting older, parents Deon and Karen are facing a whole new set of challenges, including a 15-year-old's quest for independence and a driver's license.

Also, 11-year-old and 10-year-old twins develop their first crushes, four-year-old triplets start preschool, plus potty training, a trip to Disney, new health issues and more.

In the midst of all the regular chaos of raising children, the Derricos are also on the brink of a big decision: moving cross-country to South Carolina to be closer to Karen's extended family and her Southern roots.

No matter what lies ahead, the Derricos will face it together, doubling down on all the love and fun it takes to raise this unique family.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Poppy, You're Past Your Prime": From going vegan for GG to hitting the roller rink so Deon can relive his glory days, it's all about family fun for the Derricos.

With a potential move looming, however, not everybody is on board. Also, a health crisis may bring everything crashing down.


Actors in this post: Olivia Colman, David Thewlis, Barack Obama


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