New on TV today: Wednesday 27 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 27 Apr 2022
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Long Slow Exhale

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Drama, Sport

Long Slow Exhale

Set in the high-stakes world of women's college basketball, Long Slow Exhale stars Rose Rollins, Josh Lucas and Ian Harding.

The drama follows J.C. Abernathy (Rollins), a successful Head Coach of a competitive women's college basketball team who finds herself in the middle of a potentially career-shattering sexual abuse scandal.

As she tries to find the truth among the many secrets she uncovers, she has to make hard decisions that will affect her, her family and the team of female athletes who all rely on her.

In the series premiere, "Travelling Violation": After winning the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, Head Coach J.C. Abernathy's path to a repeat victory is threatened when a team scandal begins to surface and a dead body appears without warning.

Extinction: The Facts

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary

Extinction: The Facts

Sir David Attenborough investigates the extinction crisis, exploring what's driving the rapid loss of animals and plants and revealing potential solutions to this global issue.

In just over 40 years animal populations have shrunk by 60% - a million species of plants and animals now face extinction, many within decades if urgent action isn't taken.

Why is this happening?

David explores the man-made reasons behind the crisis, including hunting, toxic waste and the conversion of land for agriculture.

He reveals the changes that could make a difference like responsible consumption, cutting back on meat and lowering carbon emissions.

The natural clock can be turned back - if we don't leave it too late.

Last year, with the support of the United Nations, more than 500 scientists set out to investigate the current state of the natural world.

They found that biodiversity is being lost at rates not seen before in human history. This means one million species are now threatened with extinction.

Extinction is a natural process, but what's happening now is different. Extinction is happening up to 100 times faster than the natural evolutionary rate.

We meet the last two Northern white rhinoceroses on the planet, a species on the brink of extinction.

The programme explores how this crisis is about more than the loss of individual species.

The evidence is that the loss of biodiversity now threatens our own wellbeing.

Everything in nature is connected in networks that support the whole of life on earth, and we are part of that.

We are losing many of the services that nature provides for us.

The loss of insects puts pollination and food production at risk, the loss of biodiversity in the soil threatens plant growth.

Plants themselves underpin almost everything that we need, and yet one in four are threatened with extinction.

Extinction: The Facts looks at the different ways we are driving the loss of biodiversity.

The illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, climate change, pollution and land use change are all threatening the delicate balance of our world.

And the programme reveals how this destructive relationship with the natural world is even putting us at greater risk of pandemics.

As we rebuild our economies the programme looks at what can now be done to stop the loss of biodiversity and make the planet a safer place for all its inhabitants.

The evidence is that if the right choices are made at this critical moment nature can bounce back.

When Sir David visited the mountain gorillas of Rwanda 40 years ago there were around 250 individuals left.

They were on the brink of extinction, but decades of effort from conservationists, governments and the local community mean there are now over 1,000 mountain gorillas, including the descendants of those David met.

As he observes in the documentary, we do have the chance of creating a better and safer future - and what happens next is up to every one of us.

Bullsh*t The Gameshow

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Bullsh*t The Gameshow

Contestants strive to correctly answer difficult trivia questions.

And when they can't, they simply move on to plan B: lying through their teeth.

Hosted by Howie Mandel, Bullsh*t The Game Show offers contestants a chance to win big money, even when they don't know the correct answer.

Throughout the game, players will work their way up a money ladder either by answering questions correctly or by confidently giving incorrect answers – and persuading their opponents that they are accurate.

To win big in this game you don't have to be the smartest person in the room to cash in, you just have to convince everyone that you are.

Sydney Harbour Patrol

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Docu-Reality, Factual

Sydney Harbour Patrol

Sydney Harbour attracts more than 40-million visitors a year and covers 317 kilometres of shoreline.

It's the largest and one of the busiest natural harbours on Earth.

Sydney Harbour Patrol features the elite team who work day and night to keep the world famous waterfront running.

They fight to maintain law and order, ensure massive construction projects stay on track, protect the delicate eco-system against poachers and keep congested shipping lanes clear of dangerous debris from accidents and fierce storms.

The series shows the struggles and triumphs of this dedicated group of workers, as they tackle the Harbour's mammoth logistical challenges.

With unprecedented behind the scenes access, Sydney Harbour Patrol follows the key people critical to the smooth operation of this giant machine.

It reveals a side to one of the world's most beautiful cities that is rarely seen, with a mix of cinematic visuals and character-driven narratives.

In the series premiere: When a police boat crashes onto rocks, salvage diver Brendan risks his life to save nearby beach goers from the debris.

Also, Fisheries officer Joel wrestles a man-eating shark.

Mnakwethu Happily Ever After?

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Mnakwethu Happily Ever After?

A spin-off of the reality show Mnakwethu, this show continues the theme of polygamy.

Qondanisa, Ngiga, Dulas and Bheki Cele return with tales of family rejection, a love child and unexpected break-ups.

Ngiga finally wants to do right by MaKhanyile.

Also, Bheki Cele's son is unhappy with the addition of another wife and MaMhlongo questions Dulas about his ability to afford polygamy.

In the series premiere: Samantha has gone from slay queen to sangoma.

MaDlamini finds Dulas in a very compromising position and Bheki Cele's polygamous union proves to not be as perfect as it appeared to it.

Chopped 50

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

Chopped 50

In this cooking competition it's all about skill, speed and ingenuity as four aspiring chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges.

Course by course, the chefs must take a basket of mystery ingredients, with a different theme each time, and turn it into an extraordinary meal.

Then, they must survive the Chopping Block, where the judges are waiting to be wowed - and they are not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms.

In the Season 50 premiere, "Time Capsule: '60s Foods!": Traveling back in time has never tasted so good.

In this battle of the Chopped: Time Capsule series, the competing chefs have to cook with foods that were popular in the 1960s.

A certain soda and some sweet meat are part of the appetizer basket, but the clock seems to be the most difficult aspect of the challenge.

In the second round, a crazy casserole demands the chefs' attention, and in the dessert round, both chefs seem to have a clear plan.

But will all of their ideas make it to the plate?

In the Long Run 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy

In the Long Run 2

Created by and starring Idris Elba and inspired by his own 1980s inner-city London childhood, In the Long Run is a warm-hearted portrait of a West African family making ends meet in Thatcher-era Britain.

Walter and Agnes came to London from Sierra Leone 13 years ago and now live a quiet life with their son Kobna.

But when Walter's brother Valentine comes to stay, his exuberance and lust for life changes everything.

Also starring comedy legend Bill Bailey as Walter's neighbour and workmate Bagpipes, In the Long Run is a story about family, community and what home really means.

In the Season 2 premiere: Walter has been elected union rep at the factory just in time for delicate negotiations over job cuts.

Valentine has moved out but is finding bachelor life not what he expected.

Meanwhile, Kirsty is trying to avoid an old flame.

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary, Mystery, History

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes

This documentary explores the mystery surrounding the death of movie icon Marilyn Monroe through previously unheard interviews with her inner circle.

Long-unheard talks with John Huston and Hollywood's elite help piece together Marilyn Monroe's life and untimely death.

Marilyn's tragic death spawned conspiracies and rumours for decades, often overshadowing her talent and shrewdness.

By piecing together her final weeks, days and hours through previously unheard recordings of those who knew her best, this feature illuminates more of her glamorous, complicated life, and offers a new perspective on that fateful night.



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