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New on TV today: Wednesday 20 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Jul 2022
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Showtrial

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Drama, Legal Drama

Showtrial

When Talitha Campbell, the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer, is charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student Hannah Ellis, the trial that follows places victim and accused - and their families - in the eye of a media storm.

Into that storm enters Cleo Roberts, the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha's arrest.

Refusing her father's help, Talitha wants Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution that is weaponising Talitha's gender and social privilege against her.

From arrest to verdict, Cleo and the defence team vie with the prosecution to convince us of the truth about Talitha: damaged scapegoat? Or cold-blooded killer?

In the series premiere: When working-class student Hannah Ellis goes missing, the police and the public are desperate to find those who might have brought her to harm, but the police soon make an arrest that nobody expected.

Talitha Campbell, the daughter of one of Britain's wealthiest families and a fellow student at Hannah's university, is arrested in connection to her disappearance.

DI Paula Cassidy, the lead officer on the case, is convinced Talitha had something to do with the missing girl, and Talitha's total lack of empathy for Hannah is only raising Cassidy's suspicions further.

But before she can charge Talitha with anything, she has to convince the Crown Prosecutor James Thornley, who is determined that this case needs to be done by the book, given the keen public interest.

In Talitha's corner, however, is Cleo Roberts - the duty solicitor on call that night.

It falls to Cleo to steer Talitha through her intensive and combative police interviews and evade Cassidy's questions.

As Cleo desperately tries to get Talitha's attitude under control, new evidence comes to light that changes the nature of the case entirely, and sets the stage for a court case that will divide the nation.
 

Unefa! 2

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Unefa! 2

We all wish we had a rich aunt who left us a sizable family inheritance so we can get the financial boost we need to finally make ends meet - or simply level up and live comfortably for the rest of our lives.

This series follows the lives of South Africans who are surprised by the fact that they have an unclaimed inheritance.

The show's premise is created on the fact that every year many South Africans pass on, leaving their loved ones with the gift of an inheritance, but every year many South Africans miss their blessings and never receive that money.

This may be due to incorrect personal details (where their information was either wrongly logged or not updated) or the beneficiary is a minor at the time of death, resulting in payment where the money is held by the Guardian's Fund.

Others don't receive their funds for sneakier reasons, such as lack of transparency between family members.

The show traces the relationship between the family and the deceased, while sharing the beneficiary's healing process.

Each episode culminates with their reaction during the moment of truth when the big surprise is revealed: that they will be receiving an inheritance.

Unefa! is hosted by Motlatsi Mafatshe.

Season 2 also starts a run on Mzansi Magic on Wednesday 20 July.

In the Season 2 premiere: Hope lost both her parents by the age of five.

She had no one to turn to and slept with older men to survive.

Her dad's inheritance will help with her dream to become a teacher.
 

Virgin River 4

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama

Virgin River 4

Despite not knowing whether her baby belongs to her deceased husband, Mark or Jack, Mel begins Season 4 with a sense of optimism.

For years she yearned to be a mother and her dream is one step closer to reality.

While Jack is supportive and excited, the question of paternity continues to gnaw at him.

Complicating matters is the arrival of a handsome new doctor, who's in the market to start a family of his own.

Hope is still healing from her car accident, and the lingering psychological effects of her brain injury will have profound consequences for both her and Doc.

Brie, intent on proving the innocence of the man she loves, unexpectedly finds herself in a closer relationship with Mike and one step closer to Calvin's violent criminal web.

Even as Preacher forges a new romantic connection, he can't help but hold out hope for being reunited with Christopher and Paige.
 

Naked and Afraid XL 8

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Adventure

Naked and Afraid XL 8

The Amazon rainforest of Peru is such a brutal survival location, that just one week into this season's XL challenge, half of the 12 survivalists will quit or be medically evacuated.

In Naked and Afraid XL: Next Level, some of the franchise's most skilled and experienced survivalists prove no match for the Amazon's relentless threats - 15-foot anaconda, pounding rainstorms, aggressive bullet ants and even poisonous plants.

In a franchise-first, a dual track challenge has this season's survivalists attempting two different missions - eight XL rookies look to last 40 days, while four All-Stars try to become Legends and conquer 60 days.

Their goals may look different, but these XL survivalists share a common enemy - the unforgiving Peruvian Amazon.

With a location so unrelenting, unprecedented measures have to be taken... and 'Legendary' reinforcements will be sent in to give the survivalists a chance to defeat the Amazon.

This season, four Naked and Afraid XL veterans ready to take on an epic 60-day challenge lead a new generation of challengers eager to earn their 40-day stripes.

Spread across one hundred miles of ruthless jungle, the Peruvian Amazon is considered one of the most feared environments on the planet.

The survivalists will have to endure aggressive piranha in the waters, venomous fer de lance slithering in the brush and relentless black flies descending from above.

As the survivalists begin dropping like flies, a welcomed surprise on Day 21 may be the ticket to success to see the remaining challengers through.

As they say, when the going gets tough, it's always nice to have an extra set of hands... or two.
 

The Murder Tapes 5

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Reality

The Murder Tapes 5

This series uses body-cam footage from police departments across America to tell stories from the viewpoint of the detectives themselves as they are literally solving the case.

This intimate filming technique captures every thrilling moment of a whodunnit murder investigation, all from the eyes of the detectives tasked with catching the killer.

They experience every twist and turn, every false lead, and every breakthrough alongside the detectives, until the killer is captured and sentenced.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Three Loud Booms": A young man is shot dead in his own garage in Maricopa, Arizona in what looks like a planned ambush.

Police must look into a romance gone wrong to find his killer, as well as the child that the two may share.

Will they reach her in time?
 

Little People, Big World 15

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Little People, Big World 15

The Roloffs face big changes and challenging times as a rift in the family causes an unexpected divide that sparks the beginning of a new and very different chapter.

Amy and Matt continue to find friendship in unexpected ways as the two, along with Chris and Caryn, spend more time together and even share a trip to Arizona.

Meanwhile, tensions arise from a heated farm negotiation between Zach, Tori, Matt and Caryn.

And, when the negotiations fall through, Zach and Tori decide to move and make their new home away from the farm while also expecting their third child.

And in the midst of everything, Matt makes a decision that could change the farm - and the family - forever.
 

Bad Exorcist 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Animation, Comedy

Bad Exorcist 2

No demon is safe as Bogdan Boner, the alcohol-loving, self-taught exorcist-for-hire, returns with more inventive, obscene and deadly deeds.

 

Actors in this post: Motlatsi Mafatshe



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