New on TV today: Friday 27 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 27 May 2022
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Stranger Things 4: Volume 1

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

Stranger Things 4: Volume 1

It's been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins.

Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn't made things any easier.

In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

NOTE: Volume 2 will premiere on 1 July

Lost Treasures of Rome

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Lost Treasures of Rome

The ancient city of Rome has long been a subject of fascination for people around the world.

Now, this six-part series follows an international team of archaeologists on the front line, as they embark on new excavations to unravel the secrets of life in the Roman Empire.

The series charts the discoveries of archaeologists spread out across the ancient Roman Empire over an entire dig season.

From crawling beneath Pompeii, to unearthing an enormous lost coliseum, and hauling a 2,000-year-old battleship ram from the depths of the ocean, they race to unlock the secrets of this ancient civilization.

Drone photography, passionate researchers and 3D CGI will bring the sites and their discoveries vividly to life.

Hidden Secrets of Pompeii

Archaeologists embark on new digs in Pompeii, to unravel the stories of the people that lived and died here.

They work around the clock to unearth a sacrificial skull, uncover clues from the tomb and mummified body of a curiously wealthy freed slave, and venture into stiflingly narrow tunnels beneath the central bathhouse.

Rome's Sunken Secrets

How did Rome rise to dominate so much of the ancient world?

Off the coast of Sicily, investigators discover traces of a crucial naval battle.

Using divers, an underwater robot and a crane, they haul a long-lost battleship relic to the surface.

In Terracina, south of Rome, a team of archaeologists dig inside an ancient mountaintop temple; and in Carthage, Tunisia, clues reveal how one deadly rivalry tilted the scales of power in favour of Rome.

Secrets of the Colosseum

How did the Colosseum - an arena for bloody gladiatorial battles - become the greatest symbol of the Roman Empire?

Archaeologists venture into the Colosseum's ruins, and launch digs across the Empire, to hunt for clues.

As teams descend into hidden tunnels and unearth long-lost amphitheatres in Tuscany and Britain, they piece together the surprising truth about Rome's iconic Colosseum.

Nero's Lost Palace

Buried beneath Rome lies a forgotten treasure: the Golden House - a vast palace built in the first century AD.

It was the most extravagant construction in the history of Rome.

Why was it buried? And what can its fate reveal about its builder – Rome's most notorious emperor – Nero?

As experts race to save the remains of the Golden House, archaeologists uncover new clues to its fate and its connection to Nero's reputation.

Secrets of Rome's Great Wall

Hadrian's Wall is the biggest structure the Romans ever built.

Stretching 73 miles across Britain, it once defined the northern edge of the greatest empire the world had seen.

Now experts investigate the Wall, its forts, gatehouses and garrison towns, to reveal how civilisation and culture grew on Rome's wild frontier.

Their surprising discoveries show what life – and death - were like on the dynamic and ever-changing edge of empire.

Pompeii's Lost Twin: Herculaneum

The deadly volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii in AD79 also claimed another victim: Herculaneum.

Positioned closer to the Vesuvius crater, this seaside town was covered in ash five times as thick as Pompeii, yet miraculously is even better preserved.

Now, the discovery of an intact skeleton here, the first excavated in 25 years, helps investigators piece together the final hours of Herculaneum and unravel why Vesuvius struck so violently here.

Kids Baking Championship 10

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Kids Baking Championship 10

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen of the youngest bakers ever to the Kids Baking Championship.

The 10-week competition will test the kid contestants, ages 8-11, in difficult themed challenges.

From kitchen sink sweets, to cream puffs, and to dessert imposters, they must showcase their impressive baking skills and techniques.

Only one incredible young baker will rise to the top to earn the sweet grand prize, including a spot in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.

The season is filled with new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, as well as innovative twists on the most popular sweets.

In the Season 10 premiere, "Float Like a Butterfly": The kid contestants pay homage to the brilliant transformation of the butterfly by making colourful carved butterfly cakes.

Throughout the season the bakers show off their abilities and creativity as they whip up irresistible sweets, from cosmic pull apart cupcakes, to zebra cakes, and kitchen sink desserts full of salty and sweet snacks.


Actors in this post: Valerie Bertinelli


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