New on TV today: Thursday 5 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 May 2022
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Blankety Blank

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01 (all episodes)
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Blankety Blank

A format in the UK and the US for generations, Blankety Blank returns in this 10-episode reboot, including a Christmas Special.

This revamped series will bring the show to life for a whole new generation.

Bradley Walsh hosts a panel of six celebrities as they do their best to fill in the missing blanks and help hopeful contestants win incredible prizes in one of the most light-hearted and entertaining game shows around.

In the series premiere: Bradley hosts as Adjoa Andoh, Martine McCutcheon, Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Carr, Chizzy Akudolu and Joe Swash try to fill in the missing blanks and help the contestants win some famous prizes.

Wild Babies

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

Wild Babies

Follow the adventures of baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins and more as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of life in the wild.

Helena Bonham Carter narrates this nature series from the producers of Life in Color with David Attenborough.

Lush cinematography, sweeping vistas — and adorable animals in their natural habitats.

Their brave journey toward adulthood is the ultimate adventure.

Relate 6

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Reality

Relate 6

Relate takes a hard and honest look at various troubled relationships – whether family relationships or romantic.

Whether it's a plea for forgiveness or a plea for understanding and tolerance, Relate attempts to allow South Africans to look at ourselves and how we, as individuals, have the power to either weaken, strengthen or destroy our relationships.

Presented by Mareka Malatji, Relate aims to mend relationships that are unhealthy, harmful and toxic.

The show offers participants a safe and conducive space to openly communicate their issues whilst at the same time empowering them with the knowledge and tools needed to rebuild and strengthen their relationships.

Season 6 sees the introduction of a new resident psychologist in Thami Mbonambi.

Thami will assist participants to navigate through the difficult issues that they face and help them find tools and solutions to the issues that they are facing.

The series encourages family members, friends, relatives and couples to talk openly and honestly about their problems whilst encouraging respect, sensitivity and empathy as well as the importance of cultivating communication and listening skills.

For My Man 3

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 22h20
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

For My Man 3

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 200,000 women in the United States are living behind bars, making women the fastest growing population in the penal system.

For My Man is a true crime series featuring the shocking stories of women who have been arrested for crimes they committed in the name of love.

From committing a killing spree across the Midwest to acting as an inside informant at the DEA, these women have no limits in terms of how far they will go to support their men.

Each episode includes interviews of those closest to the events - family members, friends, witnesses, investigators and journalists - as well as psychologists, lawyers and when possible, the subjects themselves.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Belinda Henry / Ashley Ervin": Belinda Henry lived in a cloud of darkness and depression stemming from multiple failed marriages until Keith Henry's smile brightened her life and gave her hope.

Unfortunately, hope soon turns into despair when the couple devises a plan to make some quick cash.

Suddenly Belinda finds herself doing the unthinkable in order to please Keith.

Later, book smart Ashley Ervin's future takes a deadly turn when she meets Keithron Fields and their mutual acquaintance, Dexter Johnson.

Late night drives lead the trio down a dark and disastrous road that forever alters her life.

The Split 3

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h35
Genre: Drama, Legal Drama

The Split 3

Final season!

Set in the fast paced, complex world of London's high-end divorce circuit, The Split is a multi-layered examination of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce.

Following the messy lives of the three Defoe sisters, Hannah, Nina and Rose and their formidable mother Ruth, Abi Morgan is set to conclude proceedings as we watch a divorce lawyer confronted with her own divorce.

Last season, Hannah and Nathan's formerly rock-solid marriage finally fell apart as the depth of Hannah's betrayal was revealed.

Ten months on, the two professional divorce lawyers have been respectfully negotiating their separation and seemed to have reached an amicable agreement.

As she and Nathan begin to divide up their 20 years together, Hannah faces what she is about to lose.

However, a shocking revelation dramatically changes the stakes.

And, as the battlelines are redrawn, their dream of achieving the 'good divorce' is left in tatters.

As Hannah and Nathan prepare to go head to head in the legal fight of their lives, will they find a path through the wreckage, or is The Split simply too deep to repair?

MasterChef UK 12

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

MasterChef UK 12

The pressure cookers are out, the table has been laid and the trophy has been polished - MasterChef is back, opening its doors to a new batch of aspiring chefs all battling to become Britain's best amateur cook.

Across 25 episodes, the contestants face extraordinary culinary challenges, expert critique and the trusted MasterChef faces, as John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to the judging table on the hunt for the 12th champion.

Out of the hundreds that auditioned, 40 amateur cooks are through to battle it out over four weeks of heats, producing some of the most inspiring, exceptional and unusual food ever seen on the series.

In the series premiere: The first five hopefuls try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2016 MasterChef champion.

The contestants are first given just 75 minutes to impress Gregg and John with their calling card, a practiced dish that represents who they are as a cook and showcases their talent.

After tasting all five dishes, John and Gregg, without telling each other, each pick their favourite dish.

If they both choose the same dish then they will select their second preference.

The two lucky cooks will be safe - for now - and sail straight through to the second test.

They remaining three contestants must cook again in a 'sweet or savoury' invention test, at the end of which one amateur is sent home.

The four remaining cooks must then create two courses to excite not only John and Gregg but also 2015 finalists Emma Spitzer and Tony Rodd and 2015 champion Simon Wood.

After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg decide which three contestants deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to the first quarter-final.

The Pentaverate

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

The Pentaverate

After influencing global events for centuries, a secret society faces a dangerous threat from within.

Can a Canadian reporter save them — and the world?

The series was created and written by Mike Myers, who also stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Ken Jeong, Debi Mazar and more.

What if a secret society of five men has been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347?

As this new series begins, one unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself embroiled in a mission to uncover the truth and just possibly save the world himself.

Remember, the Pentaverate must never be exposed...

Episodes S1-5

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01 (all episodes)
Genre: Comedy

Episodes S1-5

Comedy series about a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series, with disastrous results.

Husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly Lincoln can't wait to bring their successful British television series across the pond to make it big in America.

But in true Hollywood fashion, it quickly becomes a laughable, clichéd sitcom - starring none other than Matt LeBlanc.

Matt not only messes with their beloved show, he rocks the foundation of their relationship.

So now, even if they survive the absurdity of show business, will their marriage survive Matt LeBlanc?

The stress of dealing with seemingly clueless network executives and a narcissistic, divisive star while trying to protect their beloved show puts some serious strain on Sean and Beverly's careers, their marriage and their sanity.

As the series starts, Sean and Beverly are riding high.

The hit British television show they created, Lyman's Boys, just won another in a string of BAFTA Awards, and a major Hollywood television network wants to turn it into a stateside series and bring them over to run it.

But it quickly becomes clear that the network has something different in mind for their high-brow comedy about an erudite, curmudgeonly headmaster of an elite boarding school - especially when they cast Matt LeBlanc in the lead.

Will Sean and Beverly be able to navigate the shark-infested waters of Hollywood and survive with their careers, their marriage and their sanity in tact?

TVSA Show Page: Episodes

Criminal Confessions 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 23h35
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

Criminal Confessions 2

This series delves into the psychological showdown that transpires inside actual police interrogation rooms between investigators and suspects and dissects what it takes to yield a confession.

Each hour-long episode takes you through the emotional twists and turns of a real homicide case, from the 911 call to the crime scene and leading up to the interrogation room where detectives corner their prime suspect.

The police officers and detectives will walk us through their strategy while interviews with the suspects' and victims' friends and family shed light on the heartbreaking details, taking you on an emotional journey with the hope of finding justice.

In every case, the interrogating officer will "break" the suspect and get a shocking reveal of what led to the atrocious crime.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Grove City, OH": On the morning of 9 February, 2017, Officer Doug Fraley arrives on the scene and finds a young woman, who has been shot twice in the head, lying naked in the middle of a field.


Shows in this post: Episodes

Channels in this post: BritBox, Netflix South Africa, SABC2, eReality, M-Net


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