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New on TV today: Sunday 5 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Jun 2022
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The Men Who Sold the World Cup

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 21h45
Genre: Documentary, Sport

The Men Who Sold the World Cup

This two-part doc focuses on the allegations of corruption and bribery that surrounded the awarding of football's biggest tournament to Qatar, a desert nation with baking summer temperatures, zero world-class stadiums, a population mostly indifferent to the sport, and lots of money.

Contributors include a whistleblower from the Qatari bid team, ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter's former press chief, football figures including Jurgen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan, and Blatter himself.

The first episode features Sunday Times investigators Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert and follows their investigation that revealed rampant corruption at the heart of FIFA.

The second episode features FBI and IRS investigators whose job it was to expose criminal behaviour at the heart of the organisation.
 

When All-Inclusive Holidays Go Horribly Wrong

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 20h40
Genre: Documentary, Special

When All-Inclusive Holidays Go Horribly Wrong

Brits spend over 45-billion pounds travelling abroad for a well-earned break each year.

For many the only way to holiday is to go all-inclusive.

From endless food and drink, to hotels with kids' clubs and water parks, going all-inclusive is supposed to be all about a hassle-free guarantee of fun in the sun.

But for some, going all-inclusive is anything but relaxing...

In this one-hour special we meet the unlucky holidaymakers whose holidays went horribly wrong.

There are first-hand interviews with the real-life people whose all-inclusive holidays ended in disaster.

Highlights include nurse Julia Vaughan who shelled out over £5,500 for a relaxing break in Crete for her and her family, only to be confronted by a giant construction site next to their hotel.

With work going on from morning until night the family were bombarded by dust and constant construction noise.

Expert interviews include travel presenters Sabrina Chakici and Scarlette Douglas, travel journalists Lisa Minot and Cathy Adams, plus Travel Risk Expert Lloyd Figgins.
 

Explorer: The Deepest Cave

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, Nature

Explorer: The Deepest Cave

This one-hour special follows renowned cave explorer Bill Stone as he and his team push the boundaries of what has ever been done before as they attempt one of the greatest achievements of modern exploration - to set a new world record by venturing into the bottom of what is thought to be the deepest cave in the world.

Deep in the uncharted depths of Cheve Cave in Mexico, the expedition team must navigate through over 12 miles of unexplored tight, twisting passages, sometimes in complete darkness, where one mistake can be deadly.

During the dangerous and highly technical adventure, not only is Bill and the team trying to break the world record for venturing deeper than any other person on Earth, but the expedition's other goal is to map everything the team sees to create both traditional 2D maps as well as CGI 3D models relative to the surface topography so others can study the cave and discover what its future holds.

For the three-month underground journey in the longest active subterranean push duration ever, Bill enlisted a team of 69 elite cavers from 9 different countries.

These include expert cavers Sean Lewis, Corey Hackley, Sonia Dudziak, Victor Bravo and Gilly Elor from countries around the world including Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Canada, Sweden and Russia.

The expedition has been compared to climbing Mount Everest - but in reverse - and the pressure to conquer the cave will push all of them to the absolute limits of survival and sanity.
 

The Story of the D-Day Landings

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 21h05
Genre: Documentary, History

The Story of the D-Day Landings

In the early hours of 6 June, 1944, Allied forces began the greatest military assault ever attempted.

Here, the story of the liberation of Europe is revealed.

Codenamed Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region.
 

Changing Planet

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

Changing Planet

The start of a visionary project to document how our planet evolves over the next seven years.

We face a pivotal moment in the Earth's history. The future of our precious ecosystems hangs in the balance.

This ambitious series meets local eyewitnesses at six vulnerable locations – Iceland, the Amazon, California, Kenya, the Maldives and Cambodia – and records the changes they are experiencing.

It also meets the scientists, indigenous groups and conservationists fighting to save these iconic places for the future.

Returning every year for seven years, Changing Planet reveals each location's battle and asks if we are doing enough to save our planet from irreversible change.
 

The Kings of Napa

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

The Kings of Napa

The Kings of Napa is centered on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages.

The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch's sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reins to the kingdom - to their own power, wealth, and legacy.

August King is the middle sibling and the family's brilliant marketing whiz who's passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business.

Dana King is the older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery.

Vanessa King is the matriarch of the family who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa with her husband Reginald King.

Bridgette Pierce is the cousin of the King siblings who works as the vineyard manager for House of Kings wine.

Christian King is the youngest brother with swag who manages the winery's bottling facility but knows little about growing grapes.

Melanie Pierce is August's aunt who is now back in the States with a firestorm that threatens to change the King family forever.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": The Kings are an aspirational family whose vineyard in Napa has brought them great success.

When the reins to their vineyard are up for grabs, the three King siblings uncover deceptions that threaten to tear them and their kingdom apart.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "She's Gotta Crush It": Vanessa accepts an award on Reginald's behalf while facing truths about her husband's past.

Also, August receives an ominous call, leading her to believe the estate is being targeted; and Bridgette fights to get her job back.

 



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