New on TV today: Saturday 14 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 14 May 2022
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Bettany Hughes' Treasures of the World

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Travel, Documentary Series, Reality

Bettany Hughes' Treasures of the World

Historian Bettany Hughes takes you on armchair travels around the world to explore ancient artefacts and new finds across the globe.

Bettany begins her journey in Greece, visiting an archaeological dig at the birthplace of Alexander the Great in Aegae.

Elsewhere on this adventure, Bettany explores Gibraltar and looks at the first report of Admiral Nelson's death in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

We also see Bettany follow in the footsteps of one of her heroes, Byzantine empress Theodora, in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

In the series premiere, "Greece": Bettany travels to Greece, an epic landscape and the birthplace of an astonishing culture that changed how the world thinks.

She explores Athens, Nafplio and Sparta.

A Cut Above the Rest

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition

A Cut Above the Rest

This reality competition pits South African hair-wizards in a salon floor battle ground to come out R150,000 richer.

With the clock ticking, each episode sees the contestants take on near-impossible, out-of-the-box challenges to create hair magic to avoid being axed by the judges in weekly eliminations.

The contestants are ambitious hairstylists who are capable of working with all types of hair - and they must understand the science and business of hair.

Presenter Altovise Lawrence is joined by the resident judge Mimmi Biggar and weekly guest judges to help decide a winner.

The weekly guest judges include Orapeleng Modutle, Leigh Toselli, Sonto Pooe, Dr Sipho Mbatha, Bandile Mbuli, Diaan Daniels, Phindi Mtyingizane, Charles Louw, Rory Sandilands and Saadique Ryklief.


Introducing the 10 scissorhands on S3's A Cut Above the Rest

Counting Cars 6

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 17h50
Genre: Motoring, Reality

Counting Cars 6

Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny "The Count" Koker bets with cars.

This Sin City legend walks, talks and breathes cars and bikes.

When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it — including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners.

On Counting Cars, Danny and his team restore, customise and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black.

From classics to exotics, from hotrods to choppers, Danny and the crew of Count's Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Dee's Sweet Ride": Twisted Sister's Dee Snider brings Danny and the gang a brand new BMW Z4 that he wants Count-ified for his wife Suzette as an anniversary present.

The Carbonaro Effect 5

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h15
Genre: Hidden Camera, Prank Show, Comedy

The Carbonaro Effect 5

A magician by trade but a prankster by heart, Michael Carbonaro is back as he goes incognito and performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public in everyday situations – and it's all caught on hidden camera.

On the new season the jokes are more insane, the tricks are more incredible and the reactions are bigger than ever.

From stunning customers in shops to pranking celebrities, one thing is certain: there is nothing 'everyday' about Michael's world.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Incredibly Unsettling": Michael breezes into the Windy City to shock and amaze the Chicago locals.

In a health store, he sells a supplement that proves you are what you drink; and at a Metro station, he utterly derails a commuter's sense of reality.


Actors in this post: Altovise Lawrence

Channels in this post: BBC Earth, SABC1, eReality


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