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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 14 Apr 2022
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Ses'Top La 5

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy

Ses'Top La 5

Sitcom which follows the characters of Themba and Phumzile from City Ses'la who have moved up from the city to the greener pastures of Sandton, where they meet a whole new set of crazy characters that become a part of their new lives.

The show sees the couple having to grow up without the safety net of their former friends, navigate their way through all the ups and downs of married life, owning an up-market apartment, keeping up with the Joneses and everything in between.

The question is... can they afford the high life?

In Season 5, Phumi and Themba are now separated and are trying to get on with their lives as single people - though they both seem reluctant to sign divorce papers.

Phumi has since moved in with Thoko and Themba moved to Uganda but returns when the deal turns sour.

Alfred, the new guy in the building who Themba appointed to run it on his behalf, faces a few challenges as Gideon, Fishbone, Nobuhle and Intelligent try to sabotage him with hilarious consequences.

Season 5 stars Mandla N. as Themba, Nelisa Mchunu as Phumzile (replacing Busi Lurayi in the role), Valdo Sithole as Themba's son, Trevor Gumbi as Gideon, Warren Masemola as Thoko Chanel, Khanyisa Bunu as Nobuhle, Jamela Vuma as Intelligent, Patricia Boyer as Nina Rabinowitz, Dambuza Mdledle as Fishbone and Oscar Mgudlwa as Madluphuthu.

TVSA Show Page: Ses'Top La 5
 

The Endgame

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Drama, Thriller

The Endgame

In this pulse-pounding, high-stakes two-hander, Morena Baccarin stars as Elena Federova, a recently captured international arms dealer and brilliant criminal mastermind who orchestrates a number of coordinated bank heists throughout New York City for a mysterious purpose.

Her antagonist is Val Turner (Ryan Michelle Bathé), the principled, relentless and socially outcast FBI agent who will stop at nothing to foil her ambitious plan.

The heist drama reveals how far some people will go for love, justice and the most valuable commodity in the world: the truth.
 

Sangoma, Khanyisa!

Channel: HONEY (DStv 173)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality

Sangoma, Khanyisa!

People are always looking for that voice in their lives to confirm that they are on the right track.

Hosted by Penny Lebyane, this series features Gogo Rametsi, who helps people find that voice.

Each episode sees a person in need who presents their problems to Gogo Rametsi.

Accompanied by their loved ones and friends, each person hopes to walk out with an answer to their problems.
 

Klavierkuiers met Pedro

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Music, Interview Show, Afrikaans

Klavierkuiers met Pedro

The boytjie from Brackenfell, Pedro Kruger, pays tribute to the biggest names in Afrikaans music by inviting them to an intimate interview around his piano.

They revisit the artists' most memorable songs and wax nostalgic about the good and bad times.

In each episode, Pedro surprises his guest with a performance by a young artist who interprets one of his guest's most famous songs.

Artists featured on the first season include Juanita du Plessis, Stef Bos, Karin Kortje, Robbie Wessels, Sarah Theron, Andriëtte Norman, Danie Niehaus, Elzabè Zietsman, Nádine, Mathys Roets, Sonja Herholdt, Francois van Coke and Anneli van Rooyen.

In the series premiere: Pedro welcomes Juanita du Plessis as his first quest.

They talk about her childhood in Namibia, family stories, Juanita's music career and success and – very importantly for Juanita – her family.

Throughout, Juanita and Pedro entertain the audience with nostalgia songs from Juanita's life.

One of the highlights of the episode is a surprise performance of one of Juanita's songs by her own daughter Franja.
 

Louis Theroux: Forbidden America

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Documentary Series

Louis Theroux: Forbidden America

Louis Theroux returns to the USA to explore the impact of the internet and social media on some of the most controversial corners of American society.

Louis explores three controversial corners of American entertainment, and meets those accused of dangerous, toxic, and criminal behaviour.

Extreme and Online

Louis meets the young and highly inflammatory figures of the latest incarnation of the American far right: a political movement born out of the Internet but making its presence felt in the real world, including some of those who came to the broader public's attention through the notorious Capitol Hill riots.

Louis immerses himself in a growing online community that has navigated the threats of de-platforming to gather a vast audience on phones and laptops around the world, promoting an ideology that is racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic, often packaging the most extreme views as 'irony'.

With the movement's most prominent voices having an increasing influence away from the digital realm, Louis attempts to understand their recent surge in popularity and challenges the divisive rhetoric that is being streamed to millions of young viewers online.

Rap's New Frontline

Louis immerses himself in Florida's multimillion-dollar rap scene – as notable for the controversy surrounding its emerging stars as its creativity.

Rappers have long mined their lives for inspiration to create and promote their music, but in the Sunshine State, some of the biggest artists stand accused of participating in the lawlessness their music describes.

Raising the stakes is the 24-hour connectivity of social media, a world where the importance of record sales has been surpassed by streams and likes.

Louis spends time with a number of artists achieving success through self-promotion on social media – from those playing out fierce rivalries online to those live-streaming their often violent and chaotic lifestyles.

Whilst drawing in an ever-growing fan base attracted to its unvarnished portrayal of real-life struggles and hardship, this content has also drawn the attention of the authorities, who see it as evidence of criminals engaging in 'illegal gang activity'.

Louis meets those at different stages of their quest to become the latest rap superstar, from those who have risen fast to those who have fallen hard.

Porn's MeToo

Louis heads to Los Angeles as the world of adult entertainment grapples with its own wave of #MeToo.

As the rise of platforms like OnlyFans give adult performers financial independence away from the studio model of old, Louis encounters a new generation using their online platforms to call out alleged predatory behaviour by prominent industry figures.

As a result, an industry that prides itself on pushing sexual boundaries is asking itself difficult questions about consent, and infamous figures like long-time performer Ron Jeremy are being challenged in court.

Louis also meets those who are pushing back at what they see as 'trial by Twitter'.

But their critics accuse them of representing porn's 'old guard' – clinging on to a culture where young performers have been vulnerable to older men with control over their careers who are all too eager to turn a blind eye to unacceptable behaviour.
 

Op my Eish! 2

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality, Afrikaans

Op my Eish! 2

With an almost constant twinkle in his eye and with a soft burr in his voice, actor Francois Jacobs has many women swooning.

He is also a gentleman, energetic and attractive.

But the one thing that has alluded Francois? The One. That one big love.

When the producers of Op my Eish! started looking for an eligible bachelor for the second season of the series, Francois was the choice.

Born and bred in Mbombela, he is known for his roles in the films Vir die Voëls and Kaalgat Karel and TV series such as Spoorloos, Binnelanders, Donkerland and Sterlopers.

He loves adventure and is in the process of getting his pilot's licence.

Francois also works behind the camera as a producer and director and will never say no to a challenge.

In the first season of Op my Eish!, actor Neels van Jaarsveld found love when he met beauty therapist Florinda Hearn.

But to eventually choose Florinda, Neels had to meet 13 other women and get to know them better.

When love blossomed between Neels and Florinda, it was there to stay and they are still a happy couple.

In the new season Francois is going to choose 16 women out of all the entries.

He will meet them in Johannesburg and go on a speed date with each of them.

He will then choose 12 women and get to know them better over four weeks.

There will be adventurous outings and emotional scenes as one by one Francois sends the women home.

But the big question remains: Will Francois find true love?

In November 2021 ladies had the chance of entering with the hope of being one of those that will catch Francois' eye.

Out of all the entries, Francois chose 15 ladies he would like to get to know better.

They will also find out just how much Francois loves adventure – some of the activities they will partake in include canoe trips, motorbike rides and bungee jumping.

There will also be enough opportunities for him to spend some alone time with the ladies.

But finding love isn't only moonshine and roses – Francois will need to make the difficult decision on a regular basis of who to send home next.

Fortunately he has his wingman - comedian and actor Schalk Bezuidenhout - who will support him on this journey.
 

Anupama

Channel: Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Telenovela

Anupama

Anupama. Loyal, family-loving, self sacrificing and the victim of being humiliated.

First she's socially criticised and judged for being a "mere housewife" without a degree or complete education and then she discovers that her husband Vanraj has been having an affair with his colleague for the past eight years.

She finds them being intimate on her 25th wedding anniversary.

After this bitter realisation, she sets out to live life on her own terms.

MORE:

See Star Life's new April 2022 skeds and shows
New! Anupama Teasers - April 2022
 

Flip or Flop 10

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, DIY, Reality

Flip or Flop 10

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead risk everything to buy dilapidated properties and renovate them into incredible homes for potential buyers.

In the Season 10 premiere, "Townhouse Flip": Tarek and Christina take on a huge project in the upscale beach community of Corona del Mar, California, where trying to meet the highest standards of architecture and design proves to be no easy task in this seaside townhouse flip.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Addition Condition": Tarek and Christina find a house in Anaheim, California, with some strange additions that could cause problems down the line.

They team up with contractor Izzy Battres to make the most of this house, without blowing their budget.
 

My Horror Love Story

Channel: HONEY (DStv 173)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality, Interview Show

My Horror Love Story

What happens when the love you thought was precious turns out to be bitter and painful?

We hear directly from women whose fairytale relationships turned into nightmares.

In a sit-down with the women and those closest to them, we relive the moments when they knew that their love story had become a horror.
 

The Last Kingdom 5

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

The Last Kingdom 5

Based on Bernard Cornwell's best-selling novel series The Saxon Stories, the next installment of the epic drama will see Alexander Dreymon reprise his role as Uhtred.

Years have passed since the events of the last season, and King Edward is still forging ahead with his ambitions to unite the Saxon Kingdoms to fulfil his late father's dream.

Although a long-standing peace between Danes and Saxons now exists, that harmony is under threat - not only by a new Danish invasion, but a Saxon rebellion as well.

Uhtred has been entrusted with protecting Edward's illegitimate son, the future King of England, Aethelstan.

But the treacherous Lord Aethelhelm has ambitions for his grandson Aelfweard, Edward's other son, to rule.

We follow Uhtred as he faces his greatest enemies, and suffers immeasurable loss, on his quest towards fulfilling his destiny.

Meanwhile, Edward treads a fine line between peacekeeper and authoritarian as he battles to bring together the fractured Kingdoms of the land.

In a surprising twist of fate, Uhtred discovers that the quest to unite England may well be linked to his own personal destiny.

 

Shows in this post: Ses'Top La

Channels in this post: SABC1, M-Net, HONEY, SABC2, BBC Brit, kykNET, Star Life, HGTV



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