The Human Torpedoes of WWII
HISTORY (DStv 186)
See the history of the mysterious "Human Torpedoes" of WWII - and how they originated and developed upon the standard torpedo in top secret.
During the Second World War, British warships in Gibraltar and Alexandria were attacked by a secret weapon invented by the Italian Navy, the human torpedo.
It was first used in World War I when it sank an Austrian battleship, then re-invented 20 years later.
It's a story of courage and adversity told, in part, by the Italian who rode the device into the enemy harbour in 1940 and went on to become Naval Commander of NATO Forces in the Mediterranean.
Birthplace of the Giants
Documentary, Wildlife, Nature
Birthplace of the Giants is an epic scientific expedition where intrepid whale researchers Curt and Micheline Jenner travel to the remote humpback whale breeding grounds in the Kimberley of Western Australia.
Using the latest aerial camera drones and night vision technology, they capture never-before seen footage and provide an impassioned insight into the secret life of the enigmatic humpback whale.
Aboard their stealth research vessel, Curt and Micheline find themselves amongst a group of fighting male humpback whales engaged in a colossal battle that goes deep into the night.
A whale rescue team leader risks his life to cut a number of whales free from man-made entanglements as the animals continue their journey to the breeding grounds.
Enemies of the People
Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
The Khmer Rouge ran what is regarded as one of the 20th century's most brutal regimes.
Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now.
In Enemies of the People the men and women who perpetrated the massacres – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party's ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen.
Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a decade of work by one of Cambodia's best investigative journalists, Thet Sambath.
Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields.
The film is his journey to discover not how, but why they died.
In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country's tragedy.
After years of visits and trust-building, Sambath finally persuades Brother Number Two to admit (again, for the first time) in detail how he and Pol Pot (the two supreme powers in the Khmer Rouge state) decided to kill party members whom they considered 'Enemies of the People'.
Sambath's remarkable work goes even one stage further: over the years he befriends a network of killers in the provinces who implemented the kill policy.
For the first time, we see how orders created on an abstract political level translate into foul murder in the rice fields and forests of the Cambodian plain.
Alaska and the Wilds Beyond
Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
Documentary, Wildlife, Nature
Alaska, Canada, Norway and the Arctic are some of the coldest and most remote areas on Earth.
The animals that call these places 'home' are superbly adapted to survive treacherous conditions.
Polar bears, orcas, and salmon sharks hunt these frigid waters.
Inland, wolves, foxes and wolverines chase prey with ferocious intensity.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht 3
E! (DStv 124)
Below Deck Sailing Yacht coasts through the sparkling waters of Menorca, Spain for Season 3.
Captain Glenn Shephard is back aboard Parsifal III, reuniting with last season's chief stew Daisy Kelliher, chief engineer Colin MacRae and first mate Gary King.
Rounding out the crew are fresh faces chef Marcos Spaziani, second stew Gabriela Barragan, third stew Ashley Marti and deckhands Kelsie Goglia and Tom Pearson.
This season, Gary and Daisy leave their contentious dynamic behind as they bring their relationship into uncharted waters.
Meanwhile, Daisy's desire for smooth sailing with her team is endangered as resentments between the stews emerge and threaten the hierarchy of the boat.
In the galley, chef Marcos strives for the same standard of excellence he is accustomed to on land but is pushed to his limits to sustain that at sea.
With a twisted love pentagon, a litany of gruesome injuries and a dangerous, potentially vessel-crippling accident that threatens the safety of everyone on board, this is Parsifal III's most epic charter season yet.
Dave Attell: Road Work
Comedy Central (DStv 122)
Orignally airing on Comedy Central, followed by Netflix, this unique special cuts together multiple performances from veteran comic Dave Attell's past tours.
From New Orleans to Philadelphia to Minneapolis and more, "Road Work" feels more like a concert film than a traditional stand-up special.
Of course, no Attell show would be complete without his signature expert crowd-work and R-rated material – which all comes together to seamlessly express his self-proclaimed "filthy, dirty mess of a show."
The Goldbergs 2
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s.
For geeky young Adam, these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy.
The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other - just with more yelling.
Mom Beverly is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries.
Dad Murray is gruff, sometimes oblivious but with good intentions.
Sister Erica is 17, popular, terrifying and not one to mess with.
Barry is 16, an overly emotional teen with mad rap skills.
Adam is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director with a love of all things "nerdy."
In the Season 2 premiere, "Love is a Mix Tape": After spending the summer apart with Dana and unsure of their relationship, Adam makes a mixtape to express his feelings... only to have it intercepted by Beverly who thinks it's meant for her.
Adam must carefully navigate not hurting Beverly's feelings as his relationship with Dana progresses.
Meanwhile, Barry gets a fake ID, but after showing it off to the entire school, it's confiscated, and Barry needs to make good on some promises he made to his classmates.
Hitler: Uncovering His Fatal Obsession
HISTORY (DStv 186)
Documentary, History, Factual
The release of this documentary series will mark the year WWII became the most catastrophic conflict in human history.
From the 1920s a detestation of the Soviet Untermenschen had been a central part of Hitler's ideology.
A war with Soviet Russia was always a precondition for the success of his racial vision; for the flourishing of Aryan man.
When Hitler did eventually invade Russia in 1941, it took the Soviets entirely by surprise – until this point, the two nations had been freely cooperating.
What followed was a campaign of unparalleled barbarism, on a scale of destruction unmatched in history.
The Red Army's disastrous initial response would gradually be turned around through elemental spirit, enormous human sacrifice and strategic intuition.
Some of the most famous battles in the history of warfare would pan out through this epochal struggle.
Eventually, the Soviet 'steamroller' would turn things around, repelling the invaders, recapturing scarred, lost territory, and marching all the way to Berlin, where the Hammer and Sickle would fly from the Reichstag; the Untermensch now standing astride Hitler's capital.
The partition of Berlin would follow, setting the scene for the Cold War and 50 years of Communist domination in Eastern Europe.