New on TV today: Monday 16 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 16 May 2022
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The Bisexual

Channel: S3
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama

The Bisexual

Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) stars in, directs and co-writes The Bisexual, a six-part dramedy which offers a raw, unapologetic take on bisexuality and the comic misconceptions surrounding it.

New Yorker Leila (Akhavan) goes on a 'break' from her long-term girlfriend and business partner Sadie (Maxine Peake).

Moving out of their flat but still forced to see her ex every day at their joint tech company, Leila rents a room from novelist Gabe, a neurotic 30-something dwarfed by the success of his debut novel, which has now been forgotten.

Leila soon begins sleeping with men but struggles to come out as bisexual to Sadie and her gay friends.

She finds an unlikely wingman in Gabe, who helps her navigate a new life dating men and women.

Skewering stereotypes and unpicking them, The Bisexual explores the differences between dating men and women from the perspective of someone who finds herself - for the first time - doing both whilst examining the funny, painful, complexities of realising that the one you love, and the life you need, may be two very different things.

In the series premiere: New Yorker Leila lives in London in a seemingly perfect relationship with girlfriend and business partner, Sadie.

But Leila has a secret - she's bisexual.

Realising that she's living a lie, Leila makes a drastic decision with unexpected consequences.

40 Year Old Property Virgin

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality

40 Year Old Property Virgin

From free laundry to mom's home cooked meals, the perks of living with parents have kept some prospective homebuyers in their childhood bedrooms far longer than originally planned.

In this series, a unique set of house hunters are finally ready to give up their rent-free lifestyle and search for their first home.

The series follows an array of first-time buyers as they try to find their first place all while navigating the opinions of family, friends and nosy neighbours.

The premiere episode follows Manda and Rich, who after 15 years of marriage and two years of living in her parents' basement, are ready to put down roots.

Hoping to skip a starter house and move straight into their forever home, their wish list includes a karaoke room for her and a workshop for him.

These self-proclaimed commitment-phobes won't have to go it alone; they'll bring Manda's parents along for the ride to help them find the perfect first place.

Future episodes will feature couples taking the next step in their relationships, singles spreading their wings to fly solo, and parents looking for the ideal place to raise their children.

Scariest Night of My Life

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 09h30
Genre: Paranormal, Reality

Scariest Night of My Life

We all have a scary memory that we have locked away – not wanted to relive it.

Scariest Night of My Life unlocks that frightening and unnerving memory, that at times is too painful to remember.

Individuals share paranormal nights that they thought they'd never survive, when there was no way out – a night that would never end.

In the series premiere, "El Diablo and From the Darkness": A woman is attacked by a demonic presence in her family's Texas home.

Also, a Toronto man receives a frantic message from an unsettling group of ghosts before confronting a dark and powerful entity lurking in his new apartment.

Ten Minute Kitchen

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Food

Ten Minute Kitchen

The clock is ticking... it's dinner time and there are hungry mouths to feed.

But you're out of ideas and you only have 10 minutes to conjure an amazing meal.

The impossible is now possible with Ten Minute Kitchen - a celebration of creative, easy, family-friendly meals that anyone can cook at home.

Co-hosts Scott Pickett, Diana Chan, Mike Reid and Kelvin Cheung share their tips, tricks and inspiration in the kitchen.

Each recipe uses staples from the pantry and these talented cooks show you how to take family meals to another level.

Covering desserts, snacks, salads and main meals, each low-fuss recipe is easy to follow using minimum ingredients and preparation time.

In the series premiere: Diana makes lemon ricotta doughnuts, Kelvin makes Korean fried chicken and Scott makes sausage ragu with basil and chilli.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

The Time Traveler's Wife

An intricate and magical love story, adapted by Steven Moffat from the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.

The Time Traveler's Wife tells the story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem... time travel.

Rose Leslie stars as Clare Abshire. She's fiery, clever and unstoppable — and for most of her life she's had an amazing secret.

Since she was six years old, Clare has had an imaginary friend: a kind and funny man, sometimes old, sometimes young, who appears in the woods behind her house and tells her tales of the future.

Visits from the mysterious Henry are the bright spots in the tedium of her childhood.

As the years pass and she grows into a beautiful young woman, she starts to realise her friend is not imaginary — he's a time traveler, visiting from the future.

And he's not just from any old future, he's from her future. Clare has a literal date with destiny.

One day she's going to meet a young man called Henry DeTamble, whom she'll know very well but who won't recognise her at all, and she will become the time traveler's wife.

Theo James is Henry DeTamble, and since he was eight years old, Henry's been a time traveler.

It's not a superpower, it's a condition; he can't help it.

Sometimes, when Henry is stressed or worried — and sometimes for no reason at all — he loses his grip on the current moment and falls naked into the past or the future.

One minute he's making breakfast, the next he's naked at a hoedown in 1973.

He can be stuck there for any amount of time, he never knows.

His life is a rollercoaster of constant danger and white-knuckle survival.

Until one day he meets a beautiful redhead in the library where he works.

Her name is Clare Abshire, and although he's never seen her before, she claims to have known him all her life.

Finally his curse has given him something good, and Clare and Henry are about to have the time of their lives.

Bakers vs. Fakers

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 11h15
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Bakers vs. Fakers

Home bakers get a chance to compete against professional chefs in this series hosted by Lorraine Pascale.

Four contestants - two amateurs and two pros - enter the kitchen in each episode and create delectable desserts in two rounds of challenges, with one baker being eliminated after the first round.

Since the judges don't find out the contestants' professions until after the competition, they must judge the dishes without knowing which ones were made by the professionals.

The winning baker - professional or amateur - takes home a cash prize.

Inthe series premiere, "Cupcake Caliente": Pro and amateur bakers battle using hot peppers to create spicy cupcakes.

Judges Lorraine Pascale and Damaris Phillips join baking maestro and host, Buddy Valastro, in sifting out the bakers from the fakers.

Round two is an education in competition, as school snacks must be used in the winning dish.

In the second episode ofthe weekday double bill, "Brownie Points": The bakers square off and attempt to win over host Buddy Valastro and judges Lorraine Pascale and Zac Young, as classic brownies must be combined with aromatic ginger.

Then, will the pros or the amateurs crack under pressure in round two, when the surprise ingredient of crackers must be used in delectable desserts?

Family Secrets 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Drama

Family Secrets 2

Family Secrets tells the story of the affluent intergenerational Mokwena family, who are bound together by their immense wealth and their terrible secrets, that if revealed could destroy them and all they have built.

The series plays out in a world of family feuds and industry rivalries which play out in skyscrapers, private jets, township streets and international boardrooms.

The series follows Africa's first black owner of a merchant bank, Caesar Mokwena, whose greatest ambition is to be the richest and most powerful financier in the whole world.

Complicating this ambition is his long-lost twin brother Dante, whose desire is to topple his brother and take back the empire he believes is his, by any means necessary.

Season 2 stars Mangaliso Ngema as Caesar Mokwena, Mampho Brescia as Cleo Mokwena (replacing Sonia Mbele in the role), Benni Langa as Gabriel Mokwena, Buyile Mdladla as Themba Biko, Lesley Musina as David Khuti, Michael de Pinna as Burton Taylor and Angelique Gerber as Natasha Taylor.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Rise of Dante Mokwena": All three Mokwena brothers are in the Criminal Investigative Unit custody after being publicly arrested when Dante tried to impersonate Caesar.

Now they must find their way out and as a family they all need to pull together and use all their skills to fool the CIU.

TVS Show Page: Family Secrets 2


Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality


Is there a family member with a more polarising reputation than the mother-in-law?

The mere mention of her makes one shudder, and the person who often bears the brunt of her anger is the makoti, or the daughter-in-law.

But is mmatswale, or mother-in-law, always the problem? And is the man in the middle his mother's son or his wife's husband first?

Finally, can this historically challenging relationship ever be fixed?

These are questions that are answered in Abasemzini.

Mother- and daughter-in-law pairs move into a house to undergo a bootcamp, where psychological professionals put them through a series of exercises and challenges intended to get them to a healthy and productive place.

The goal of Abasemzini is to restore happy families and equip both parties with conflict management skills they can use in their everyday lives.

Hosted by actor Lehasa Moloi and singer Puleng March, the format of the show is focused on not only exploring the source of the tension between mother- and daughter-in-law, but also actively finding lasting solutions so that the broader family unit can function.

Other family members affected by the makoti and mom-in-law's feud will also visit the bootcamp in order to address their issues and the role they may have played in the existing tension.

The experts, who will be helping mend these familial ties, are clinical psychologist and TV host Nozibusiso Nyawose and psychologist Vuyo Themba.

It's time to retire the 'evil mother-in-law' or 'mean makoti' tropes. This is reconciliation on another level.

Fear Thy Neighbor 6

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 22h10
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series

Fear Thy Neighbor 6

Do you really know who lives next door?

This true crime series tells the chilling tales of those with the misfortune to unwittingly take up residence within a stone's throw of a psycho or killer.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Deadly Turn": A couple escapes the hazards of the big city and moves to a country community.

But suspicion that their new neighbours are in the drug trade turns into bloody rage - with children caught in the crossfire.

Design Matters

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 15h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality, Home Improvement, DIY

Design Matters

Design Matters showcases unique homes and artists on the edge of design.

In each episode we meet designers who show us simple hacks and creative ways to remodel your space.

From artisanal ceramic pieces to thrift store finds, there are a number of ways to transform your house into a home.


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