New on TV today: Friday 14 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 14 Oct 2022
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Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Period Drama


Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram follows a fugitive named Lin Ford (Charlie Hunnam) looking to get lost in vibrant and chaotic 1980s Bombay.

Alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid the trouble he's running from in this new place.

After falling for an enigmatic and intriguing woman named Karla, Lin must choose between freedom or love and the complications that come with it.

Working as a medic for the city's poor and neglected, Lin finds unexpected love, connection and courage on the long road to redemption.


Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality


Actress and TV presenter Phumeza Mdabe hosts Abandoned, a show that helps orphans who were abandoned as toddlers to track down their family members.

Mdabe will help those who were left on park benches, commuter stations or at orphanages to search and reconnect with those who abandoned them – their mothers or fathers – in a reality show that seeks to help them find a sense of belonging.

The show will also give those that gave up their children an opportunity to find and reconnect with their offspring.

Every week, the show will tackle different dynamics, and help the abandoned children ask questions like: Did my mother or father love me?

How do they go to bed knowing that I am out there?

Did they ever try to find me or how will my life change when I find them?

The show will first seek to explore what the abandoned child has gone through all these years, before Phumeza sets off to locate their parents to get them to respond to the child's unanswered questions.

The final part of the show will see Phumeza attempt to reunite the two in a physical or virtual meeting to find a sense of closure and way forward.

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Celebrity Game Night 1-3

Channel: Universal+:
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Game Show

Celebrity Game Night 1-3

A South African version of the NBC show hosted by Jane Lynch, in which celebs act silly in a variety of challenges.

The local version is hosted by Anele Mdoda. Joining her as team captains are Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe.

In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests face off as they play outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel.

As host, Anele will guide African celebrities over the course of each episode, alongside team captains Jason and Ayanda.

Botched 1-7

Channel: Universal+:
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality

Botched 1-7

For some patients, their quest for ultimate perfection ends in disastrous results.

Doctors Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow are tasked with some of the most difficult operations of their careers when they try to reverse the effects of horrendous plastic surgeries.

In each episode, the doctors are tasked with restoring, fixing and adjusting what appear to be unfixable, botched procedures and operations.

Follow each patient every step of the way from the complex medical procedures to the intensive recovery process that will result in the ultimate reveal at the end of each episode.

Departure 1-2

Channel: Universal+:
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Miniseries

Departure 1-2

A thriller series that follows the investigation into the shocking disappearance of Flight 716, a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean.

Brilliant investigator Kendra Malley is brought in by her mentor Howard Lawson to lead the team looking into the crash.

Still devastated by the recent death of her husband and struggling to parent her troubled stepson, Kendra isn't sure she's up to the task.

With the whole world watching, Kendra and her team must race to find the missing aircraft and rescue possible survivors.

Each new discovery only deepens the mystery surrounding the disaster, revealing a host of suspects and motives: pilot suicide, terrorism, systems failure, politically motivated murder.

Battling forces conspiring to undermine the investigation, Kendra must find the truth of what really happened to Flight 716... and stop it from happening again.

Departure stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Christopher Plummer (The Thorn Birds) and Kris Holden-Ried (Vikings).

Nurses 1-2

Channel: Universal+:
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Telenovela, Medical Drama

Nurses 1-2

Nurses is a dramatic series that recreates the universe of public hospitals through the perspective of female nurses.

It's a story of women in which María Clara, the lead character, is responsible for driving the main plot: a love story full of ups and downs.

While dealing with a failed marriage, a divorce and raising two children, María Clara will have to navigate unexpectedly falling in love again, this time with a younger man.

Nurses' day-to-day life offers an intimate depiction of a group of professionals who weave close relationships of affection between them and their patients, but also of intrigues and envies, in addition to the challenges they face to save the lives of their patients and sometimes their own.

Nurses explores the difficulties and achievements of a guild of under-recognised, highly sought after but poorly paid professionals who try to overcome their own problems while always giving it their best despite family and work conflicts, rivalries, love and heartbreak.

The original title of this Colombian telenovela is Enfermeras.


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The Scent of Passion

Channel: Universal+:
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Telenovela

The Scent of Passion

A contemporary remake of the 1884 series Café con Aroma de Mujer, written by Ugly Betty creator Fernando Gaitán.

This version reflects today's modern woman and society, and with the Colombian coffee landscapes as the main backdrop, The Scent of Passion returns to bring back the magic of Hacienda Casablanca.

This is the inspiring love story of Gaviota and Sebastián, who will have to overcome the resistance of his family, old relationships and the challenges imposed by the clash of two very different social classes.

Colombian actress and model Laura Londoño stars as Gaviota, who harvests coffee with with her mother during the harvesting season.

They work on the farm Casablanca, owned by wealthy coffee magnate Octavio Vallejo.

His days are numbered and one October he dies. His family live all over the world and need to return home for his funeral and to organise his estate.

His grandson Sebastián returns with them and begins an affair with Gaviota.


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Channels in this post: Apple TV+, 1Magic, Universal+


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