New on TV today: Friday 20 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 May 2022
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Now & Then

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Now & Then

Blackmailed before a college reunion, five friends are confronted by their dark past.

After 20 years, will their secret finally come out?

Set in Miami, Now & Then is an eight-episode bilingual and multi-layered thriller told in Spanish and English.

The series explores the differences between youthful aspirations and the reality of adulthood, when the lives of a group of college best friends are forever changed after a celebratory weekend ends up with one of them dead.

Now, 20 years later, the remaining five are reluctantly reunited by a threat that puts their seemingly perfect worlds at risk.

Strangest Things

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Documentary Series, History, Technology

Strangest Things

An oddly-shaped golden cone standing 30 inches tall and covered in mysterious symbols.

A strange moon rock that has left skeptics questioning its origins for years.

A machine considered one of the most ingenious devices ever built.

These are just a few of the most remarkable and mysterious objects on Earth, but they have remained hidden away in museums, laboratories and storage rooms for years.

Now, experts are coming back to them with fresh insights.

In Strangest Things, get a never-before-seen look at these oddities and treasures using new research and innovative technologies that reveal the unbelievable, the ancient and the truly bizarre.

In 2009, a phone shaped clay tablet is handed in to the British Museum for investigation.

Experts quickly realise the artifact is covered in Babylonian Cuneiform writing - the earliest known form of writing on Earth - dating the tablet back at least 3,700 years.

By deciphering the 60 lines of text, experts now believe the tablet is an instruction manual to build a boat of colossal size and an oddly round shape.

Could this tablet prove that Noah's Ark could've been real?

Was the boat outlined on the tablet ever built?

And could a second tablet be hidden away somewhere holding the answers experts are desperate to find?

Shaped like a miniature, modern-day carousel, the Tempest Prognosticator is one of the strangest and most mysterious scientific instruments in history.

Driven by a 19th century obsession with weather prediction, this Victorian-era barometer is unlike any object before or since - because it is powered by leeches.

Leeches were popular in the medical communities of the time, but one man believed they could do much more; by sensing atmospheric conditions and forecasting storms.

This strange thing was praised in the press for its powers of prediction and displayed at the Great Exhibition as an example of British scientific skill.

But if the Tempest Prognosticator is so great, what happens to it?

And why don't today's forecasters use leeches for weather prediction?

In 1881, archaeologists discover a hoard of coffins in Egypt crammed into a tomb near the River Nile.

But even amongst this astonishing trove of finds, one coffin stands out.

It carries no inscription or identifying marks and inside they uncover the bizarre, shocking corpse of a young man.

His hands and feet had been bound, his face is frozen in an agonizing scream.

The body has riddled archaeologists for decades. Who was this man? And what had he done to be treated like this?

Now, with the help of DNA analysis and CT scans, experts believe they may be able to finally reveal the true story behind the 'screaming mummy.'

These odd objects and famed artifacts span thousands of years.

They were created by cultures from across the world, yet they all share one thing in common - each one of them has confounded or amazed experts, sometimes for centuries.

Now, by rebuilding them, pulling them apart and zooming in to microscopic evidence, Strangest Things gets under their skin, examining them in extraordinary detail to reveal the truth behind some of the most bizarre and mysterious objects on Earth.

Pale Ya Koša 2

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Music, Documentary Series

Pale Ya KoŇ°a 2

Pale Ya Koša is the story of how a single song entrenched itself into the hearts and minds of music lovers and helped them create and share an experience that has (or will) last them a lifetime.

The series owes its roots to the vastness of the personal moments, thoughts and experiences that we each harbour about specific songs.

It harnesses and creates a narrative that allows everyone - from the artists to fellow musicians to radio DJs, music journalists, researchers and music lovers - to zero out their social levels and become one.

Each episode of the format is anchored by a single character that drives the narrative from beginning to end. They are flanked by others that have intimate details of key moments.

Martin Clunes: Islands of the Pacific

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Wildlife, Nature, Travel

Martin Clunes: Islands of the Pacific

Martin Clunes embarks on an epic ocean-wide adventure in search of the real Pacific in this documentary series.

His voyage is inspired by reading a book given to him when he was a child by his father about the Kon-Tiki expedition across the Pacific, and Martin has always yearned to follow in those explorers' footsteps.

The Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean on the planet and covering 63-million square miles, is strewn with tens of thousands of islands with coral atolls, jungle-clad mountains and lava-spewing volcanoes.

It is rich in animal life and has an astonishing kaleidoscope of humanity.

In the series premiere, "French Polynesia": Martin explores French Polynesia where he swims with sharks, investigates Marlon Brando's wildlife programme, and meets a local horse whisperer.

United States of Al 2

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Comedy

United States of Al 2

Stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young in a comedy about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir ("Al"), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Promises / Wadaha": Al, Riley, Art, Lizzie and Vanessa work together against a ticking clock to get Al's sister out of Afghanistan and to safety after Kabul falls.

The story is inspired by the actual experiences of the Afghan and military veteran writers on the series who worked together to evacuate family members during the takeover of Afghanistan.

Love, Death + Robots: Volume 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Horror

Love, Death + Robots: Volume 3

Otherworlds, naked giants and robots-gone-wild clash in this anthology of adult animated stories.

Terror, imagination and beauty combine in new episodes which stretch from uncovering an ancient evil to a comedic apocalypse, telling startling short stories of fantasy, horror and science-fiction with trademark wit and visual invention.


Actors in this post: Martin Clunes, Adhir Kalyan, Parker Young


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