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New on TV today: Friday 15 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 15 Apr 2022
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Downtime with Somizi

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Talk Show, Reality, Food

Downtime with Somizi

Hosted by controversial entertainer Somizi Mhlongo, this 13-episode talk show sees Somizi chat with a pair of guests during an activity that takes them outside of their comfort zone.

They take part in a quirky experience for the first time, before heading to a relaxed and lowkey dinner where themed topics are explored in depth.

Guests range from Peggy-Sue Khumalo and Connie Ferguson talking about the beauty of love and the pain of loss to Ntsiki and Thandiswa Mazwai waxing lyrical about telling it like it is.

The show also has a focus on food and exotic drinks, with chef and sommelier Xolani Mancotywa presenting a menu and theme for each episode's guests.

Other featured guests include T-Bo Touch and DJ Sbu (the hustlers); Bobby Motaung and Shauwn Mkhize (the soccer rebels); and Anele Mdoda and Thembisa Nxumalo (sisterhood).
 

Anatomy of a Scandal

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

Anatomy of a Scandal

Sophie's privileged life as the wife of powerful politician James unravels when scandalous secrets surface — and he stands accused of a shocking crime.

A psychological thriller and courtroom drama, the series infiltrates Britain's elite through personal and political scandal, where the truth lies between justice and privilege.

James and Sophie Whitehouse live in a blissful and rarified world.

A Minister in Parliament, a loving family at home, James' trajectory appears without limits - until a scandalous secret suddenly comes to light.

Barrister Kate Woodcroft has a trajectory of her own, and her prosecution threatens to tear into Westminster, the Whitehouse marriage, and her own personal esteem.

The series stars Sienna Miller (The Loudest Voice), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Rupert Friend (Homeland).
 

Bear's Wild Adventure

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality, Adventure

Bear's Wild Adventure

A two-part series hosted by Bear Grylls, in which former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson and former boxer Nicola Adams face the gruelling and harsh terrain of Dartmoor in a once in a lifetime experience and test of their survival instincts.

Jonny and Nicola will join Bear to battle the wild and push their physical and mental limits.

From rock climbing, rappelling, abseiling to crossing ice cold rivers, the stars will also learn the key basic survival skills necessary to survive in remote terrain like Dartmoor.

In addition to the physical challenge of the adventures, Bear will also have the chance to get to know his companions by speaking to them about their lives, achievements, key life moments, as well as their hopes for the future.

And of course, Bear will be sourcing some wilderness survival food to sustain them through the journeys.

In the first episode rugby player Jonny Wilkinson joins Bear on a wild adventure which includes climbing into caves and an ice bath.

In the second instalment, Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams is pushed well out of her comfort zone when she meets Bear in a quarry in the heart of Dartmoor National Park and he arrives on the back of a motorbike.
 

Curse of the Ancients

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Curse of the Ancients

In this five-part history series, Professor Alice Roberts reveals how scientists are unearthing the evidence for cataclysmic events in the past and their disastrous consequences.

From wars to earthquakes and floods to famines – these are the events that have helped shape our modern world.

In each episode, Alice takes you on a journey across Europe and North Africa to discover epic sites and landmarks - fabulous cities abandoned, battlefields long forgotten and sophisticated civilisations toppled and lost to the mists of time.

To our ancient ancestors, suffering these catastrophic events, it must have seemed they were cursed - but science is now exploding those myths and re-writing history.

Curse of the Ancients spans the period 6200 BCE and the global Neolithic migrations sparked by rising sea levels, to 1486 CE, with the advent of the age of exploration and the rise of the nations and societies we recognise today.

In each episode, Alice takes viewers on a journey of discovery, to epic sites and landmarks which punctuated the rise and fall of the greatest civilisations in human history.

These include a lost Roman palace in Serbia, the mysterious abandoned city of Shivta in Israel and the epic Spanish Iron Age hill fort of Mount Bernorio.

Along the way Alice will reveal the latest archaeological evidence of civilisation-ending calamities, including the devastating tsunami that changed the fate of 10,000 ancient Britons, the volcanic eruption that sparked the beginning of the end for an entire Mediterranean civilisation, the results of the world's most deadly pandemic – as well as the scene of Europe's earliest and bloodiest battle, some three-and-a-half thousand years ago.
 

Agatha Raisin 4

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama

Agatha Raisin 4

Ashley Jensen returns in the adaptations of MC Beaton's best-selling novels.

The series follows a London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder when she opts for early retirement in the country.

Drawn into various mysteries, Agatha attempts to solve the crimes... often in rather unorthodox and amusing ways.

The Season 4 mysteries are as follows:

Kissing Christmas Goodbye

With business booming for Agatha Raisin Detective Agency, Agatha's in need of a well-earned break and with Christmas just around the corner it looks like the perfect opportunity to relax.

However, when she receives a letter from an old lady begging for protection, Agatha can't help but spring into action.

Love, Lies and Liquor

James has finally returned to Carsely and promised to whisk Agatha away on holiday where she can help him write his next novel.

Agatha's dreams of the French Riviera quickly fade when she finds herself in Snoth-on-Sea, a seaside resort whose glory days are far behind it.

When a hotel guest is found murdered, it's up to Agatha to prove who the killer is.

A Spoonful of Poison

The competition to be crowned winner of the Carsely Jam-Off has always been fierce, but when the prize jam is poisoned leading to the death of a judge, things may finally have gone a step too far.

Determined to bring the killer to justice, Agatha resolves to restore the competition's name.

There Goes the Bride

Agatha reluctantly promises to support James by attending his wedding.

However, when a body is found during the morning of the big day, it's up to Agatha and the gang to come to the rescue.
 

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces 10

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Home Improvement, DIY

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces 10

The new season will again follow people across Britain who are finding inventive ways to create beautiful spaces that don't blow the budget and can completely transform lives.

With unquenchable enthusiasm, architect George Clarke invites viewers to let their imaginations run wild as he celebrates the extraordinary world of small design spaces and unique builds: secret hideaways, spacesaving retreats, eco-friendly bolt holes and reconditioned vehicles.

He shows that with careful planning, cunning design and masses of imagination, the seemingly unachievable is conceivable.

This season George meets a couple who turned an old fire engine into a bar to raise money for firefighters' charities and a 23-year-old who built a shepherd's hut from scratch, including the nuts and bolts.

George also visits an extraordinary home in Chile and Will Hardie builds a telescope.
 

Pastor Wants a Wife 2

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition, Docu-Reality, Religion

Pastor Wants a Wife 2

In a different kind of seeking, Season 2 features a new man of God looking for a woman to build a life with.

This season's bachelor is 35-year-old Tshego Modisakeng, an IT technician and entrepreneur from Rustenburg.

The father of two is looking for an "outspoken woman" and is tired of "meaningless relationships".

Pertinently, he doesn't need his future lady to be involved in church activities.

 



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