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New on TV today: Monday 18 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Apr 2022
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Making a Serial Killer

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Making a Serial Killer

What makes a Serial Killer tick? For each of the 10 multiple-murderers featured, Making a Serial Killer offers an answer.

America's youngest serial killer thought owning a loud dog was enough to kill one of his victims.

One woman claimed she had the right to kill men because of what she had suffered when younger.

Reasons given for murder by each killer is forensically dissected in a series with gripping detective stories, heart-breaking first-person reports and interview footage from interrogation rooms as detectives themselves try to understand the actions of the serial killers they sit opposite.

We witness the world's first transgender serial killer, we witness the probable next victim of a multiple killer released and hear the chilling voice of Connecticut's worst serial killer as he blames his victims for their death.

The series tries to understand what makes someone kill, kill and kill again.

In the series premiere, "Don Miller": The serial killer who did a deal - he admitted to killing four women and revealed where he had buried them... but only if he got an earlier parole date.

One day, he'll be free. That day could be soon.
 

1000-lb Best Friends

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

1000-lb Best Friends

Vannessa and Meghan are larger-than-life best friends, and along with their pals Tina and Ashely, they are battling obesity with heart and humour.

This gregarious girl gang will embark on a journey of sisterhood, weight loss and self-discovery.

Vannessa and Meghan, whom TLC viewers first met on Too Large, were bullied for their weight all the way back in middle school and ever since then, they have had each other's backs.

When Meghan peaked at almost 600-lbs, they decided it was time to take control of their lives and pursue weight loss surgery.

Meghan qualified while Vannessa didn't, however Meghan's weight loss has stalled out since she went ahead with the surgery.

Power comes in numbers and now with Tina and Ashely, they are making a pact and recommitting to their original goal to turn their lives around.

Ashely previously underwent weight-loss surgery, but she's put back on all the weight she lost and is once again pursuing surgery to get back on track.

Tina, on the other hand, isn't ready to take on the risks of surgery, so she plans to lose the excess weight on her own.

From camping to swimming in the ocean, these friends are determined to get out of the sedentary habits that have led them to where they are now.

Whether it's exercise, doctors' appointments or therapy sessions, they'll rely on each other to get through it all.

But with four big personalities, they are bound to ruffle each other's feathers.

Will the gang be able to overcome their insecurities and self-doubt in time to attend their high school reunion as a fiercely fabulous, united front?

In the series premiere, "Supersized Besties": Four obese best friends struggle to lose weight together.

Meghan had bariatric surgery, but she has stopped shedding pounds.

Vannessa hopes to get surgery but gorges on fast food with her family.

They visit Dr. Procter to get back on track.
 

Hoffman Family Gold

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Hoffman Family Gold

When gold runs in your veins, you can't stay away forever.

Todd Hoffman started Discovery's gold mining craze.

Four years after he walked away from his tumultuous mining career to focus on his family, Todd has been given an opportunity too good to pass up and is returning to Alaska for one final shot at redemption.

With his father Jack and his son Hunter in tow, will the Hoffmans be able to save a struggling mine for the ultimate payday?

Or have they bitten off more than they can mine?

Love him or hate him, fans of Gold Rush have watched Todd Hoffman from the very beginning when the original dreamer took to mining and launched the franchise.

Todd has excavated mine after mine for a chance to strike it rich in gold.

After hanging up his gold pan more than four years ago, Todd is banking his future mining career on turning around a rundown mine far off the grid 80 miles north of Nome, Alaska.

With Alaska's unforgiving weather, rookie crews and beat up equipment, the mine is struggling to keep operations going.

Trying to save this mine is a big gamble for Todd, but if he is successful, he will secure the mining rights for the next decade and could build a family legacy.

But Todd arrives on site with just seven weeks before winter rolls in.

Will Todd, Jack and Hunter Hoffman along with their crew be able to find enough gold to get this mine in the black?

Or will this be the last mining chapter for the Hoffmans?

In Hoffman Family Gold, Todd's taking on this huge risk and potentially bigger reward with the team he trusts most.

Todd's father Jack and his son Hunter will be making the long trek to Alaska along with a veteran crew of gold miners including Jim Thurber, foreman Andy Spinks and bush mechanic Randy Hubler.

How will the current crew react when Todd and his team arrive? Will Randy be able to fix all the failing equipment?

But most importantly, will they all be able to work together to find gold?
 

Dokter Ali 2

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Telenovela, Afrikaans

Dokter Ali 2

This is an Afrikaans dub of the Turkish novela Mucize Doktor, which itself was based on the 2013 K-Drama Good Doctor.

It was the inspiration for the medical drama series The Good Doctor, starring Freddie Highmore.

The story follows Ali, who was born in a provincial town and was rejected by his father and given up for adoption.

Ali has savant syndrome, a rare condition in which someone with significant mental disabilities demonstrates certain abilities far in excess of average.

He grew up in orphanages and graduated from the faculty of medicine with a degree, before starting work in a private hospital as an assistant surgeon.

In the Season 2 premiere: When two patients come into the ER, everything is not as it seems.

While everyone else's relationships seem to have flourished, Kivilcim and Beliz's relationship is at an all-time low.

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Cheeky Palate

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 21h15
Genre: Talk Show, Reality

Cheeky Palate

Phat Joe breaks bread with high profile guests to tackle burning issues in this talk show.

Topics such as 'Are men trash?', '#BlackLivesMatter' and 'has lobola degenerated' dominate the dinner party conversations.

Phat Joe hosts high-profile guests, from celebrities to social media influencers, politicians, thought leaders and business persons, in this 13-part show that will have a group of dinner party guests tackling hot topics.

Phat Joe will also be trying to change their perceptions on some of the issues.

The show will see Phat Joe breaking bread with up to five guests per episode, including businesswoman, socialite and reality TV star Shauwn Mkhize, The River actor Hlomla Dandala, EFF MP Leigh-Ann Mathys, traditional healer Gogo Dineo and comedian Celeste Ntuli.

In the first episode, which will tackle 'spirituality', Phat Joe will host businesswomen Nobuntu Webster and Gerry Elsdon, Gogo Dineo, musician and motivational speaker Joshua Maponga and TKZee's Zwai Bala.
 

Young Vets

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h15
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

Young Vets

It takes a special kind of person to become a vet.

Veterinary medicine is among the most competitive degrees on offer, and only the brightest candidates make the final cut.

This series follows the extraordinary lives of 10 final-year students at the world-renowned Royal Veterinary College.

From treating cats and dogs at the college's hospitals, to meeting more exotic species at zoos, the trainee animal doctors are called out across the country to deal with every conceivable challenge, using cutting-edge techniques.

As the students put their training into practice on work placements, this series tracks their progress, interweaving the incredible stories of the animals they treat along way.

In candid, down-the-lens interviews, each student talks through their experiences, giving an intimate insight into what it takes to become a modern vet.

In the series premiere: The Young Vets have been studying for four years at the Royal Veterinary College and it's finally time to put their textbooks to one side and get hands-on with real animals.

They have just two weeks to master and pass each essential area of practical veterinary knowledge and the first day of their placements has each of them feeling like a total beginner.

Elly Berry is starting one of the most-feared rotations, anaesthesia, at the RVC's Queen Mother Hospital for Animals and must anaesthetise a kitten with serious breathing problems.

But when Morris becomes seriously ill and nearly dies, the head of anaesthesia has to intervene and Elly realises just how much there is to learn in the year ahead.

Charlie Tewson faces a baptism of fire when an aggressive dog enters his consulting room.

Catherine Needham familiarises herself with the reproductive anatomy of a rabbit making a strange buzzing sound.

Horse-loving Amy Clithero discovers the stress of life-or-death surgery when a critically ill Shetland pony arrives at her practice.

Mature student Judy Puddifoot is under serious pressure as she must perform surgery for the first time.

It might be a routine procedure, but cutting into a healthy animal with owners who are expecting it back is incredibly daunting.
 

Room to Improve: Dermot's Home

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, DIY, Reality

Room to Improve: Dermot's Home

Can Ireland's most famous architect separate this head from his heart as he embarks on his most personal project yet – the family home of his dreams?

After 13 blissful years in the house where he and his wife raised their three children – the place where he created his first 'room to improve' – architect Dermot Bannon is moving on.

In this special season of Room to Improve, a new home awaits Dermot in the form of a rundown 1930s house in Drumcondra – soon to be fitted with a massive two storey extension that will triple its size.

For the first time ever, Dermot is both client and architect – a dual role in which he's far from comfortable.

And as he struggles to realise his vision, he'll need all the help he can get.
 

My Lottery Dream Home 12

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Reality

My Lottery Dream Home 12

Winning the lottery is something most people can only dream of, but for a lucky few, their dreams come true in an instant – but it does bring a whole new conundrum.

What luxurious home should they buy with their winnings?

In this series host David Bromstad comes to the rescue as he takes recent lottery winners on the search of a lifetime with extravagant house hunts for their new dream homes.

Whether they win hundreds of thousands or hundreds of millions, lucky lottery winners everywhere are jumping headfirst into the real estate market.

Will they spend all their winnings on an extravagant mansion or settle for a humble sound investment?

In the Season 12 premiere, "From Portland to Paradise": A Portland man was homeless when he inherited $1.4-million after his mother passed away.

Now, he and his partner are moving to warm Cape Coral, Florida, and David is ready to find them a house where they can fish, boat and soak up the sunshine in style.
 

Elif 3

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Telenovela

Elif 3

As Season 3 gets underway the Emiroglus are in financial trouble.

Melek experiences some growing pains at her new job and Elif is saved by an unlikely hero.

Later, Selim feels the pressure of being the new head of the house.

MORE:

Elif 3 Teasers - April 2022

 



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