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New on TV today: Sunday 15 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 15 May 2022
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Lovers' Lane Murders

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Lovers' Lane Murders

One Virginia highway. Three years. Eight people dead. And over 30 years later, still no leads.

Between 1986 to 1989, four double homicides occurred near or on the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic roadway that cuts through Virginia.

In 1986, Cathy Thomas and girlfriend Rebecca Dowski were strangled to death and their throats were slashed.

In 1987, David Knobling and Robin Edwards were shot to death.

In 1988, Cassandra Hailey and Richard "Keith" Call completely vanished. Only their vehicle was located, close to where Thomas and Dowski were murdered.

In 1989, Annamaria Phelps and Daniel Lauer were found dead in the woods.

No one has been arrested for any of the murders.

It's a chilling story: after all, double homicides are rare, and yet somehow this scenic stretch has been dotted with them in such a short amount of time.

At first glance, it certainly sounds like a serial killer was prowling the area — but the methods of murder and disposal of the bodies were so different in each case.

Could it have just been coincidence?

Former prosecutor Loni Coombs and former FBI agent Maureen O'Connell investigate to determine the similarities and differences in each case.

And after all, what's scarier? A single serial killer — or four different murderers who all managed to avoid capture?

In the series premiere, "No One Can Hear You Scream": After US Naval Academy graduate Cathy Thomas and her girlfriend Becky Dowski are murdered in a lovers' lane area on the Colonial Parkway in Virginia, authorities are left to wonder if this is a hate crime or the birth of something even more ominous.
 

Bee Czar

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

Bee Czar

Walter Schumacher is the most eccentric bee rescuer you've ever seen.

The passionate bee lover removes nests in residential areas with his bare hands and then gives the bees a new life elsewhere.

Not for nothing is he called Bee Czar (pronounced: bizarre) by friends.

Walter sees it as his life's mission to save bees from extinction and therefore founded the American Honey Bee Protection Agency to remove bee nests from private individuals before the fire service comes to destroy the colony.

He does not charge any fees, but in exchange takes the thousands of bees with their honey, so that he can keep his business going.

Because honey is money! But he mainly does it because he knows how important bees are for our ecosystem and therefore also for humans themselves.

Walter is so attached to the bees that he claims he can talk to them and that one day they told him he doesn't need to wear any protection.

So the bee czar catches the bees with bare arms, without a penny of pain.

He does this together with his eldest son Will and a paid employee who still wear suits.

He also has two younger sons whom he is raising as a single father and preparing them for the profession.

Due to the corona crisis, Walter lost everything and now he is trying to rebuild it from scratch, together with Will and with his tireless enthusiasm.
 

Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy, Special

Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace

Hannibal's a Chicago native, currently living in New York City where he regularly performs and lives alone with no pets.

His credits include writing for 30 Rock, SNL and performing in several basements of bars in NYC and Chicago.

In this special, recorded in December 2011, Hannibal reads a review of his show, finds the TSA's nemesis, analyzes rap lyrics and wishes horrible things on the person who stole his credit card.
 

Attenborough and The Mammoth Graveyard

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h10
Genre: Documentary, Wildlife, History

Attenborough and The Mammoth Graveyard

David Attenborough joins Ben Garrod and a team of investigators at a mammoth graveyard near Swindon, to explore whether Neanderthals might have killed the ice age beasts.

Four years ago a couple walking round a freshly dug gravel pit just outside Swindon noticed something unusual protruding from the mud.

It was the top of a huge fossilised leg bone of what turned out to be a mammoth.

Sally and Neville Hollingworth, both keen amateur fossil hunters, had stumbled across the discovery of a lifetime - a mammoth graveyard in the old prehistoric riverbed of the Thames.

They returned to dig up more mammoth bones and tusks, but what made their finds even more exciting was Sally's discovery of a stone 'hand axe' made by an early human.

Unlike most mammoth discoveries that date back tens of thousands of years, Sally and Neville's finds appear to be hundreds of thousands of years old - and it could offer an extremely rare glimpse of life deep in the Ice Ages.

When David Attenborough heard about their remarkable finds he was keen to see them for himself.

Since he was a boy he has been smitten with the lure of hunting fossils.

From the moment of arrival at Sally and Neville's home in Swindon, it is hard to know who was more excited, David, or Sally and Neville.

Afterwards they join biologist Prof. Ben Garrod and a team of archaeologists and palaeontologists as they carefully excavate the quarry where the bones were found.

The site raises many questions: Why were the mammoths here? How did they die? Could the ancient humans have killed them? Or was there some kind of catastrophic event?

Sir David and Ben meet with leading experts in the fields of evolution, both human and mammoth to grasp a greater understanding of our relationship with this iconic ice-age giant.

Laboratory dating of soil samples suggests the site dates back to around 215,000 years ago - a time deep in the Ice Ages that we know very little about.

As the team finds more stone tools lying side by side with more mammoth bones, they realise this could be a once-in-a-generation discovery, offering a unique window into prehistoric Britain.
 

Ellen's Game of Games

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Ellen's Game of Games

Ellen DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of this hour-long comedy game show, which includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, will have to manoeuvre massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown - all in a quest to win a big cash prize.

Every episode will feature Ellen' one-of-a-kind comedy and irrepressible personality, along with a unique roster of games, including Blindfolded Musical Chairs, Dizzy Dash and Scary Go Round.

DeGeneres, along with announcer Stephen "tWitch" Boss, will have contestants spinning in chairs, flying through the air or dropping through the floor.

At the start, contestants play games over four rounds.

The winner of each round advances to play Know or Go.

The person who wins advances to the final round to play an epic game of Hot Hands, where he or she will have to guess as many answers as he or she can in a designated amount of time.
 

Cheetah Family & Me

Channel: S3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Cheetah Family & Me

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan gets closer than ever to a family of wild cheetahs in South Africa.

Tracking them on foot he'll discover their world from their perspective as he tries to understand the threats adults and cubs face in today's Africa.

By following cheetahs in the spectacular Kalahari wilderness Gordon sees first-hand how brave cheetah mother Savannah tries to keep her cubs alive among deadly leopards, lions, hyenas and the unpredictable elements.

By gaining her trust, Gordon captures a uniquely intimate portrait of cheetah family life.

Nearby two male cheetahs have formed a remarkable hunting partnership - could either of these 'bruisers' be the father of Savannah's cubs?

Nearby in the great Karu wilderness, Chili - a more experienced mother - must take her five newborn cubs on an epic migration to the feeding grounds. Will they all make it?

This is an emotional journey in the footsteps of wild cheetahs revealing the epic challenges they face and what we might have to do to help them.

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth. But can we help them outrun the threats they face?

 



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