M-Net (DStv 101)
Drama, Comedy-Drama, Miniseries
Drama series which revolves around the Greyling siblings, who reunite at their family home in the Namaqualand desert in the Northern Cape after one of them reneges on a decade-long deal to settle the debts they took on when their father abandoned them and disappeared.
Set on a remote farm in the Northern Cape, the eight-part drama mixes black comedy, suspense, crime, romance and music while focusing on the unlikely reconnecting of a father and his children.
The father, Freddie 'Fingers' Greyling (Neil Sandilands), is an erstwhile music star in the Northern Cape.
When Eben Greyling, the young son of Fingers, refuses a request from the family's benefactor Van As to go fishing, it breaks the shackles of a long-time agreement – but the debt will not disappear.
Someone has to pay.
The consequences of the broken agreement set off a series of escalating events as the family is forced to confront the mayhem that is sent their way.
And they are up for it...
Emotional and rooted in character, Desert Rose is a love letter to the misfit; to loss, loneliness and eccentricity; to broken relationships – and to South Africa itself.
The series is inspired by Americana – highways, diners and gas stations – and is a thorny family drama with a quirky heart.
The series stars Neil Sandilands, Amalia Uys, Kai Luke Brümmer, Christia Visser, Daniah de Villiers, Inge Beckmann, Ben Voss, Brendon Daniels, Tracey-lee Oliver, Danny Ross, Craig Urbani and Tinarie van Wyk-Loots.
TVSA Show Page: Desert Rose
VIA (DStv 147)
True Crime, Afrikaans
Figure out how it all fits together with senior forensic pathologist Hestelle van Staden, who looks at one case each week in which forensic pathology played a central role.
With the autopsy report in her hand, she explains step by step what happened during the autopsy.
Key role players share their first-hand experience: from the crime scene to testimony in court.
Each case is unique, but all of them are shocking and at times stranger than fiction.
Notable cases include the death of reggae singer Lucky Dube and the Moffat Park serial killer, who buried his victims in shallow graves between 2005 and 2006.
Even a giraffe who caused the death of filmmaker Carlos Carvalho is discussed.
Inside the Forest: Seasons of Wonder
Documentary Series, Wildlife, Nature
Narrated by actor Hugh Bonneville, this naturalworld docuseries is a tribute to Kielder Forest — England's largest woodland — as it changes with the seasons.
From a carpet of bluebells in spring to glorious falling leaves in autumn, it's an ode to the sweeping landscape, rare wildlife, and fascinating characters who live and work here.
Every episode charts the course of a different season, and brings us face to face with cheeky otters, roe deer and migrating osprey.
And as we explore Kielder's ancient settlements, legends and hunting heritage, time-lapse footage unveils the lyrical beauty of its constant transformation.
Featured stories include:
The squirrels prepare their food stores and the osprey search for warmer climates in the autumn.
The Kielder forest's bodies of water freeze over in the winter, while the timber industry experiences a boon.
The ospreys return in the spring, while hibernating animals wake from the long sleep.
The Kielder forest's famous orchids come into full bloom in the summer.
True Conviction 4
Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama
With more than two decades of experience in the judicial system, no one knows the delicate dance between arrest and conviction better than former Brooklyn homicide prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi.
In True Conviction, she travels across the USA to reveal how the nation's top prosecutors tackled their toughest cases.
Reviewing the crime with the detectives who were on the scene and connecting with those who were left behind, Nicolazzi reveals how homicides are solved on the street but won in the courtroom.
In the Season 4 premiere, "A Generational Curse": When a popular high school athlete is caught in the crossfire in New Haven, Connecticut, a dogged police detective confronts a rigid code of silence in the community.
Two generations of one family must endure the tragedy of big-city gun violence.
Swamp People 13
HISTORY (DStv 186)
In the farthest corner of Louisiana lies the USA's largest swamp, a hidden world where nature rules and man fights back.
The people that live in this forbidding environment follow traditions dating back 300 years, to the earliest pioneers.
They are Swamp People, inheritors of a tradition of self-reliance and fierce independence that makes them true American originals.
This show follows these people through the most important time of their year - the 30-day alligator hunting season.
At its core, this is a story of a resilient spirit, the lost art of doing things the right way and the fierce desire to preserve a dying way of life from the encroaching modern world.
In the Season 13 premiere, "Gators on the Storm": Hunters scramble to fill as many tags as possible before Hurricane Ida, an unprecedented Category 4 storm, shuts down their season.
Agter Tralies 4
VIA (DStv 147)
True Crime, Docu-Reality, Afrikaans
In each episode of this docuseries we follow the story of someone who committed a crime, ended up behind bars and had torebuild their lives after being released.
We delve deep into the crime they committed, explore their time spent behind bars as well as the story of their release from jail and their plans to create a new life for themselves.
What led a woman to smother her boyfriend's seven-year-old daughter?
Can a husband's estranged wife make him angry enough to stab her to death with a knife in broad daylight?
Find out in the new season of Agter Tralies.
Perpetrators tell us about the crimes that landed them in prison and how they rebuilt their lives after their release.
These and 11 other stories of murder, theft, illegal drug trade and prostitution are told in this season.