Snakes in the City 8
Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182)
Wildlife, Documentary Series, Docu-Reality
A documentary-style reality series centering on the daily life of snake rescuers Simon Keys and his herpetologist girlfriend Siouxsie Gillett in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa.
This once was a tropical jungle teaming with spitting cobras, green mambas, black mambas, pythons, night adders, bush snakes and boomslang.
It's their territory and humans built a city right on top of it.
Today, the jungle may be gone, but the snakes sure ain't.
The British-born couple have become renowned for their daring snake rescues and educational insights into the various KwaZulu-Natal breeds.
Siouxsie, with a degree in Herpetology, met Simon at a reptile store in the United Kingdom.
The two relocated to Durban where they started rescuing reptiles, the basis for this series.
The couple has been called out on many snake rescue expeditions, some of which have actually turned out to be not snakes, but rather hair bands, rubber snakes, gecko tails, blades of grass, and even a rat.
But along the way, they've had some truly interesting and breathtaking adventures.
In the height of summer the heat and humidity bring thousands of snakes out of hiding, into direct conflict with the 3.5-million inhabitants of this city.
There is a snake in nearly every home so Simon and Siouxsie, experts in animal behaviour, track down and capture by hand, the world's most dangerous and venomous snakes that emerge every summer.
Once the snakes are caught they're checked, nurtured and rehabilitated before Simon and Siouxsie release them back in the wild - far away from humans.
This season the two will be joined by local snake wrangler Mbali Mtshali.
Born in Limpopo, Mtshali moved to KwaZulu-Natal at a young age and had her first exposure to reptiles while volunteering at a non-profit organisation.
She later cut her teeth handling snakes while assisting at a reptile park and has since learnt to handle venomous snakes.
When Mbali joins the team, her skills are immediately put to the test when they go up against a lethal black mamba inside a school, a puff adder in a toilet and an enormous python on a goat farm, not to mention a super-fast monitor lizard in a ceiling, a spitting cobra inside a local shop and many more.
In the Season 8 premiere, "New Blood": An enormous black mamba is hiding somewhere beneath a huge pile of scrap metal.
A spitting cobra finds itself trapped inside a local shop surrounded by an armed mob and Simon tails an eight-foot forest cobra from deep under a house.
As the snake season heats up Simon and Sioux bring in new apprentice Mbali to join the team and put her snake skills to the test when she must catch a super fast bush snake on a busy construction site.
Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story
True Crime, Documentary
This is the story of how a story gets told, and how the media's magnifying glass impacts the characters caught in the narrative.
Siblings Ashley and Steven Stayner Jr. never knew their famous father Steven, the child victim of a shocking California kidnapping, who tragically died in an accident when they were young.
In 1972, seven-year-old Steven went to school - and never came home.
His mother Kay struggles to keep the media interested in the case, and to hold her family together.
Then, after seven years, a miracle: Steven returns.
The media can't get enough of the story and frantically descend on the Stayner home - but this isn't the Hollywood ending it appears to be.
Uit die Slaapkamer
VIA (DStv 147)
Talk Show, Afrikaans
It's 2022 and conversations about sex are no longer taboo.
It's supposed to be comfortable and informal and that's why VIA opens the bedroom door in this talk show.
Whether you are single, in a relationship or have questions about how to have that conversation with your children, you can benefit from this show – and even learn a thing or two.
The panel has seen it all (or most of it!) and aren't shy to share.
Dr Elna Rudolph, sexologist and medical doctor, takes the lead in the conversations about sexual health and the rest of the panel joins in to talk about intimacy and other questions.
Adri Vivier, who gives advice on the VIA show Ouma weet Mos, now shares more than psychological advice.
Adri is a former teacher and a mother of four.
Her advice brings lighter, yet enlightening moments to the show, especially regarding parenting.
Singer and actress Bianca le Grange is a source of entertainment with her fun, say-it-like-it-is personality.
Actor and presenter Neels van Jaarsveld shares advice and input from a male perspective.
Every week the team addresses viewer questions, giving insight into issues that most people have always wondered about: from medical ailments pertaining to sexual health to parents asking advice about sexual education and even just advice for a better sex life.
Topics include menstruation during sex, low libido, contraception for teens, sex toys for women and men, vaginal birth versus C-section, and much more.
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
neXt is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don't yet understand.
The series stars John Slattery (Mad Men) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations - a powerful A.I. - might spell global catastrophe.
He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade, The First) to fight a villain unlike anything we've ever seen - one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.
In the series premiere, "FILE #1": Silicon Valley pioneer Paul Leblanc built a fortune and legacy on the world-changing innovations he dreamed up.
After discovering that one of his own creations - a powerful artificial intelligence called neXt - might spell doom for humankind, Paul tried to shutter the project, only to be kicked out of the company by his own brother, Ted LeBlanc (Jason Butler Harner, Ozark).
When a series of unsettling tech mishaps points to a potential worldwide crisis, Paul joins forces with Special Agent Shea Salazar (Andrade).
Meanwhile, Paul juggles his health and family life; Shea also focuses on a high-profile case; and Shea's husband Ty manages their son's alarmingly close relationship with their "smart home assistant," Iliza, as he experiences bullying at school.
kykNET (DStv 144)
Talk Show, Afrikaans
South Africans like a good story. If it's a story that makes them laugh, all the better.
This is what OppieStoep has demonstrated over the years: not only do we like to laugh, but we are blessed with a wealth of excellent storytellers.
Pietman Geldenhuys and Lyntjie Jaars are back on the stoep with their guests, ready to share entertaining stories.
As usual, Schalk Joubert is responsible for the musical entertainment.
In the Season 6 premiere: kykNET presenter and singer Pieter Koen comes to share his anecdotes with us.
Also, storyteller Thys Januarie from Vredendal and Danneline Ramsen from Komaggas pay a visit together.
Drama, Period Drama
Promised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California's Sonoma Valley.
Alliances and loyalties are tested as Joe Sandoval assesses the future of his family-run Sonoma Valley wine business.
Just a few hundred miles south but a world away, Carlos Rincón and sisters Juana and Rosa Sánchez cross the US border from Mexico in search of a better life.
Girl in the Picture
Netflix South Africa
True Crime, Documentary
In this documentary, a woman found dying by a road leaves behind a son, a man claiming to be her husband — and a mystery that unfolds like a nightmare.
This is the jaw-dropping true crime story of a search to solve a 30-year old mystery: who was Sharon Marshall, and why was her real identity unknown to everyone - even her?
Mixed-ish 1 and 2
A spinoff from Black-ish about Rainbow Johnson's experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s.
Rainbow recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.
Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family.
As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white.
This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong.