New on TV today: Tuesday 18 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Oct 2022
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Mzansi Icons

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

Mzansi Icons

Why do we always wait until industry legends are no longer alive to honour them?

The time has come for us to acknowledge our icons while they are still alive.

This show aims to celebrate these icons – while also sharing the lessons behind their success.

Guests include kwaito icon and businessman Kabelo Mabalane, sports executive Jessica Motaung, musician and entrepreneur Khuli Chana, and marketing doyen Zibusiso Mkhwanazi.

Hosted by Maps Maponyane, Mzansi Icons is a show that delves into the lives, lessons and legends of the biggest names in various industries.

These personalities and icons in their fields enjoy an unadulterated interview to discuss what makes them tick and what it took to get where they are now.

This is the story of success, fighting against odds, victory, overcoming adversity, struggling with success, and the reward that comes with it.

In the series premiere: Award-winning musician Khuli Chana lets us in on what it took for him to get to where he is - the achievements, music, fame and endorsements - and how he almost lost it all after one horrific day.

Sarah Beeny's New Life in the Country 2

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Sarah Beeny's New Life in the Country 2

Property expert Sarah Beeny, along with her husband and their four sons, swap the urban jungle for a fresh start in the countryside.

Follow their adventure in this documentary series, as they immerse themselves in everything rural life has to offer.

They've bought a semi-derelict former dairy farm, surrounded by 220 acres of farmland.

The mission is to not only take a break from city living, but to also build the house of their dreams – a modern stately home in one of their fields.

With planning permissions yet to be secured, a family life to maintain and the challenge of building in a remote location, has Sarah taken on more than she should have?

In the Season 2 premiere: Sarah and Graham start the interior design of their ambitious new-build classic country house.

Before they can tackle any of the rooms, the house needs a floor, so cement mixers roll in to pump screed throughout the property.

Gabriel Iglesias: Stadium Fluffy

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Comedy, Special

Gabriel Iglesias: Stadium Fluffy

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias makes history as the first comedian to perform at Dodger Stadium in his new special Stadium Fluffy: Live From Los Angeles.

Filmed at Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival, Gabriel shares details about being a Los Angeles native, a recent attempt at extortion towards him, and where he holds the record for receiving the highest fine on stage.

He also riffs about getting blackmailed, offending a professional boxer and trick-or-treating with his son.

World War II: Secrets from Above

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

World War II: Secrets from Above

As we fly above the infamous battle sites of D-Day and Dunkirk, soar over hidden Nazi bunkers, and glide across lost battleships and sunken shipwrecks – this new series exposes secrets of World War Two - in a brand-new way.

Matching archive film and photography to their original locations, this series charts the most extraordinary events of WWII from a unique perspective.

Somebody Feed Phil 6

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Food, Travel

Somebody Feed Phil 6

He loves remarkable food, with a side of laughs.

Travel vicariously from San Francisco to Singapore with mood-boosting Phil Rosenthal as he eats good food and makes new friends in the new season of Somebody Feed Phil.

The Everybody Loves Raymond creator travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture.

This season will feature Phil traveling to all new destinations including Croatia, Philadelphia, Nashville, Austin and Santiago and includes a special tribute episode to Phil's parents, Helen and Max.

Meerkat Manor 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Wildlife, Docu-Reality

Meerkat Manor 2

The main protagonists are 12 inches high, live underground in burrows and survive on a diet of worms, insects and lizards.

This ground-breaking series follows a group of meerkats living in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.

From family squabbles to love affairs, this is an intimate portrait of these curious and entertaining creatures as never seen before.

You will get to know each individual character as intimately as any human soap star but here the relationships, births, deaths and conflicts are for real.

In cooperation with Cambridge University, the story of the Whiskers mob is told from the perspective of the meerkats themselves.

With no humans featured, film crews were housed in specially-built sheds and, for the first time, successfully filmed inside a meerkat burrow using fibre optic cameras.

The Whiskers, all given names as part of the study, have their daily activities tracked and filmed by scientists, showing everything from family squabbles to love affairs.

The Whiskers are led by dominant female Flower and her mate, Zaphod.

Each episode in the series presents a rare glimpse into the relationships and familial structure of the central characters.

Although the narrative is presented in a style similar to a soap opera, it is documentary, featuring actual events in the lives of the meerkats.

In Season 2: After making it through a year of triumph and tragedy, the Whiskers mob of meerkats is back to continue another season of love, intrigue and drama on the African plains.

Narrated by Bill Nighy, Season 2 features more adventures of the Whiskers family, as they are joined by a new cast of friends... and enemies.

Each episode of the 13-part season follows the real-life soap opera dramas of this zany group of meerkats as they fight for power, dominance and survival in Africa's Kalahari Desert.

Don't let their cuddly appearance fool you though - there's a good reason these meerkat families are called a 'mob'.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Cold Comfort": It's winter and there's been a tragedy at Meerkat Manor.

Courageous little Shakespeare is still missing and presumed dead.

Meanwhile hapless Yousarrian is getting a little too close with Cazanna, the arch rival's dominant female.

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, Supernatural, Mystery

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 3

Real cases of perplexing disappearances, shocking murders and paranormal encounters fuel this revival of the iconic documentary series.

The series returns with a three-week event featuring more unexplained deaths, baffling disappearances, and bizarre paranormal activity.

From the creators of the original Unsolved Mysteries docuseries and the producers of Stranger Things.


Actors in this post: Kabelo Mabalane, Khuli Chana, Maps Maponyane


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