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New on TV today: Thursday 23 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Jun 2022
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Billy the Kid

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Western, Drama

Billy the Kid

An epic romantic adventure based on the life of famous American outlaw Billy the Kid, also known as William H. Bonney.

The journey takes you from his humble Irish roots, to his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger in the American frontier, to his pivotal role in the Lincoln County War and beyond.

Jesse Evans is another famous outlaw and leader of the Seven Rivers Gang.

When they meet, Jesse has already embraced a life of crime: robbing stores and cattle rustling.

Billy is attracted to his wild and reckless character and becomes Billy's doppelganger of sorts - his shadow self, forever inviting him over to the dark side of life.

In the series premiere, "The Immigrants": It's 1871.

Twelve-year-old Billy McCarty and his immigrant Irish family have to leave New York and travel west to seek new opportunities.

But the journey proves fatal for some.
 

Richard Hammond's Workshop

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Docu-Reality, Motoring

Richard Hammond's Workshop

Follows the daredevil TV presenter and legendary car buff as he launches his riskiest venture yet: a high-end restoration business for rare classic automobiles and motorbikes.

Hammond knows cars inside out. Business... not so much.

So, with his own money and reputation on the line, and with father-and-son master mechanics Neil and Anthony Greenhouse by his side, he's heading squarely out of his comfort zone and into the driver's seat amid tight deadlines, exacting customers and over-the-top automotive challenges.

Among the exciting cars that pass through the workshop doors are a rally-prepared Mini Cooper, a super rare British supercar, a Tuk Tuk and Elton John's Porsche.

Richard's daughter, Willow, has her driving test in just a few weeks and Richard is tasked with giving lessons.

With his trusty two-door sports car turned into a mean racer, Richard announces the launch of The Smallest Cog Racing Team.
 

In the Long Run 3

Channel: S3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama

In the Long Run 3

Created by and starring Idris Elba and inspired by his own 1980s inner-city London childhood, In the Long Run is a warm-hearted portrait of a West African family making ends meet in Thatcher-era Britain.

Walter and Agnes came to London from Sierra Leone 13 years ago and now live a quiet life with their son Kobna.

But when Walter's brother Valentine comes to stay, his exuberance and lust for life changes everything.

Also starring comedy legend Bill Bailey as Walter's neighbour and workmate Bagpipes, In the Long Run is a story about family, community and what home really means.

In the Season 3 premiere: As Walter worries about whether his life on the Eastbridge will make his Mama proud, Valentine worries that Kobna is taking his place as the favourite one.
 

Top Gear 32

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Motoring, Reality, Comedy

Top Gear 32

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are back for their sixth season at the wheel of Top Gear, all three now with their racing licenses.

Season highlights see the trio head to America on a motorsport mission to the home of grassroots racing: Florida; a TV cop car tribute as well as some suggestions for some new Cop Cars that drama producers might like to consider; and the presenters going head-to-head in a heavy-duty challenge as they train to become HGV drivers.

Plus reviews with the Maserati MC20, Rivian R1T and more.

In the Season 32 premiere, "Team Top Gear does Florida": In the past few years, the presenters have tried their hands at quite a few motorsports.

And let's face it, they've not done very well.

But with all three now boasting their racing licences, the producers decided it was time to send them on a motorsport mission to the home of grassroots racing: Florida.

Team Top Gear will be up against the talented locals in events including donk-car drag racing, a swamp buggy shoot-out, all ending up at the Freedom Factory Raceway for a NASCAR-style showdown... in old American police cars.

Their 'team bus' for the trip? An old RV that, to be honest, has seen better days.
 

Law & Order 21

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

Law & Order 21

Law & Order returns more than a decade after its cancellation.

For every criminal who is put away, two processes have to happen.

First the crime must be invesigated by the police, then the case must go to trial. Law & Order focuses on both of these.

Set in New York City, the series follows the professional and to a lesser extent the personal lives of several police officers and prosecutors who represent the public interest in the criminal justice system.

The characters frequently encounter dilemmas and frustrations as cases go through the stages of investigation, arrest, negotiation and trial.

Matters are rarely resolved easily, or for the people involved, satisfactorily.

The following statement, narrated by Steven Zirnkilton, is spoken at the beginning of nearly every episode:

"In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.

"These are their stories."

Anthony Anderson and Sam Waterston return in their roles as Kevin Bernard and Jack McCoy, respectively.

They are joined by new cast members Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi.

In the Season 21 premiere, "The Right Thing": Newly acquainted partners Bernard and Cosgrove investigate the murder of a notorious entertainer.

Also, a dispute over throwing out a confession creates a rift in the DA's office.

 

Channels in this post: M-Net, BritBox, SABC3, BBC Brit



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