New on TV today: Monday 5 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Dec 2022
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Gossip Girl (2021)

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama

Gossip Girl (2021)

This extension of the pop culture classic takes us back to the Upper East Side finding a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger's website went dark.

The series is based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original show, which ran from 2007-2012.

Gossip Girl explores just how much social media - and the landscape of New York itself - has changed in the intervening years.

In the series premiere, "Just Another Girl on the MTA": The start of a new school year at the Upper East Side's elite Constance St. Jude's ushers in the arrival of a newcomer, who soon finds herself thrust into a blinding spotlight.

While other students cling to their comfortable, glamorous lives, a mysterious presence threatens to upend the status quo.

The Real Housewives of Dubai

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives of Dubai

As the 11th city in the franchise, The Real Housewives of Dubai follows a powerful group of lavish women as they run business empires and expertly navigate a highly exclusive social scene within this ultra-luxe Billionaire's Playground.

Whether they're dining on a mountainside overlooking a valley of 1,000 camels or hosting the wedding event of the year, these ambitious and glamorous women prove everything is more extravagant in the "City of Gold".

When new group dynamics threaten long-standing friendships, tensions inevitably reach a boiling point, so if you can't handle the heat... get out of Dubai.

Meet the ladies of The Real Housewives of Dubai:

Born in Lebanon and raised in Texas, Nina Ali is a lifestyle content creator who moved to Dubai in 2011 with her husband, Munaf.

After facing significant challenges growing up, Nina values authenticity and prides herself on being the "real deal," especially when it comes to raising her three children.

Though she is supportive of her husband's lucrative business endeavours, they must decide if the penthouses and personal drivers are worth the many sacrifices.

Dubai's first Black supermodel Chanel Ayan is a glamorous socialite known for her elegance and enviable style.

A fashion and beauty expert, Chanel is a boss on and off the runway.

While running her successful talent agency, she is juggling motherhood and a highly anticipated makeup and skincare launch.

When Chanel is confronted by demons from both her past and present, she realises she can only hide behind couture for so long.

The daughter of two immigrant parents from Honduras, Boston-born Caroline Brooks is a proud first generation American and Afro-Latina with an appetite for business that is larger than life.

With the nickname Caroline DXB, she is well-known in the Dubai real estate world and dreams of opening an inclusive spa.

Self-made and hyper-driven, she will use any connections - including her ex-husband's - to cement her and her son's future.

Born and raised in the UAE, Dr. Sara Al Madani straddles two worlds: modern and traditional.

After starting her first business at the early age of 15, Sara has become a prolific public speaker and inspiration to young women in the region.

Despite all her success, this twice-divorced mom of one is intent on finding the one thing that's missing in her life: love.

Originally from Jamaica, Lesa Milan is living out her dreams in Dubai as a successful fashion designer, devoted wife and loving mother to three.

Queen of her household, Lesa is fiercely loyal and puts family first over everything.

The former Miss Jamaica winner is proud of her luxury maternity fashion line Mina Roe, but fears the success of her brand may come at the cost of her personal life.

A stylist turned reality star on the series Ladies of London, Caroline Stanbury returns with expanded horizons as a luxury brand ambassador and host of the relationship podcast Divorced Not Dead.

After her break-up, the mother of three found happiness in Dubai with former Real Madrid soccer player Sergio Carallo.

However, marrying someone much younger comes with its own set of challenges, especially around the topic of expanding their family.

Portillo's Greatest Railway Journeys

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Travel

Portillo's Greatest Railway Journeys

British journalist Michael Portillo explores how politics, domestic and international, have shaped the railways.

Michael travels thousands of miles across five continents and through two centuries of history aboard some of the world's most spectacular railways.

He recalls the political decisions which green lit the great North American transcontinental railways.

Elsewhere, he looks at how railways gave birth to modern tourism.

The first railway companies were quick to spot a business opportunity, as was George Bradshaw, who quickly published his descriptive guidebooks.

Michael also examines 180 years of royal fascination with the railways, going all the way back to King George V and Queen Mary's Royal Train Tour in 1913.

In the series premiere, "Political Railways": Michael explores how politics, domestic and international, have shaped the railways.

He recalls the political decisions which green lit the great North American transcontinental railways.

Buy It or Build It

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, Lifestyle

Buy It or Build It

This home renovation series stars Dallas-based twin brothers and contractors Chris and Calvin LaMont.

During the series, the guys will help clients decide whether to renovate an existing home to fit their lifestyle or build a new home that is completely customised to their needs.

Based on each clients' budget, Chris will find properties with potential and share how he'll use the budget to give the home a fresh look, while Calvin will wow them with sketches of a newly built home at the same price point.

Once clients decide whether to buy or build, the siblings and business partners will deliver the perfect dream home for each family.

In the series premiere, "One Happy Family Home": A couple needs a new home for their growing family, but while a game room tops his wish list, she thinks a walk-in closet is more important.

Chris and Calvin each work to turn their strict budget and tight deadline into a family home they'll both love.

The Good Fight 6

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Legal Drama

The Good Fight 6

Final season!

In the final season of The Good Fight, Diane feels like she's going crazy, struggling with an uneasy sense of déjà vu, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, to voting rights, to Cold War aggressions returning.

Meanwhile, the lawyers of Reddick & Associates wonder if the violence that they see all around them points to an impending civil war.

In the Season 6 premiere, "The Beginning of the End": After being promoted to top partner at the firm, Liz is forced to accept Ri'Chard Lane as a new name partner brought on to help manage her staff and client load.

Meanwhile, Diane experiences déjà vu as she navigates her way in her new bullpen office, downstairs with the associates.

Coastal Killers 4

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Coastal Killers 4

Perhaps it's the sea air or too much sun.

But despite the jollity associated with sandcastles and ice creams, breezy promenade walks and donkey rides, many British seaside towns have a dubious reputation for hosting the most remarkable crimes.

Some of the most strange and terrifying murders ever recorded in British criminal history have taken place at the famous seaside resorts.

These include the grand hotels playing host to some of the deadliest murderers imaginable, and the seafronts doubling as stalking grounds for the serial killers.

Every summer, thousands of holidaymakers flock to the British seaside to enjoy the warm weather, pebble beaches and amusement arcades.

But there's a dark side to the British seaside, a sinister underbelly where sins are washed away by the tide.

The quaint and idealistic seafront is also stalked by killers who, like the sea itself, have no respect for human life.

This new season of Coastal Killers takes you on a journey to the cliff's edge, where the land meets the sea, and where life meets death.

At first glance, these seaside towns are all fun fairs, candy floss and breezy promenades.

Equally, when the carousel stops turning and the lights along the shorefront go out, there emerges from the darkness an underworld of murder and mayhem.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Bournemouth's Crossbow Killer": After a fire breaks out at a home, police receive a strange phone call that triggers a hunt for a killer.

A Million Little Things 4

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 16h30
Genre: Drama, Comedy-Drama

A Million Little Things 4

Season 3 had the family facing challenges on screen that mirrored our own in real life: between the forces of a global pandemic and the seismic push for social change, our group of friends navigated new and challenging territory.

In Season 4, we'll see our group come together again in aspirational and uplifting ways as they help each other through life's unpredictable curveballs.

When we last saw Eddie, he was grappling with his life in a wheelchair and fighting for joint custody of his son.

Just as he approaches a sense of normalcy and independence, a mysterious phone call from the woman who hit him threatens to turn his world upside down once more.

Will Eddie learn to let go and find acceptance for his new life, or will he fall back into old destructive habits?

Finally emerging from the shadow of her marriage, Katherine allows herself to discover who she is outside of a relationship, and more importantly, who she wants to be.

Katherine's journey of self-discovery takes her to some surprising new places as she shirks labels and learns to live without the word "should" in her vocabulary.

Forced home from England by circumstances beyond her control, Maggie found her groove as a podcaster, earning a loyal audience and helping Sophie find her own voice.

This season, we'll find Maggie committing even further to her mission to help people, which will lead to new personal and professional heights... until a ghost from her past emerges and threatens to send her into a tailspin.

Rome and Regina watched the pandemic crush two dreams: his movie and her restaurant, but it also unexpectedly revived an old one when they became foster parents to Tyrell.

But now that Tyrell knows the truth about his mother's deportation, the family harmony will be thrown into discord.

We'll watch as Rome and Regina land on their feet but on divergent paths that will test the strength of their marriage.

Trapped in France during quarantine, Delilah finally returned to Boston only to find herself a stranger to her own children.

Danny summoned the courage to come out at school, while Sophie sought justice against the man who assaulted her.

But with Delilah determined to return to France, her kids are forced to choose between keeping the family together or staying in the only home they've ever known.

And in the final moments of Season 3, the guilt and anger Gary felt over Sophie's assault led him to the doorstep of the man responsible.

As we unpack the events of that fateful night, we'll watch Gary fight to preserve his friendships and, most importantly, the future that he's been longing for with Darcy.

As the season unfolds, we'll watch through laughter and tears as our friend group navigates new identities, new careers and new family formations, all while learning what it means to be family, what it means to love, and what it means to seek forgiveness.

In the Season 4 premiere, "family first": Gary struggles in the aftermath of his encounter with Peter.

Meanwhile, Regina and Rome put on a united front following the closure of Someday and the deportation of Tyrell's mother.

Sophie deals with mixed emotions surrounding her mother while Delilah faces a difficult decision.

Eddie inches closer to finding out who caused the accident, and Maggie navigates a new career opportunity.

Meerkat Manor 3

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

Meerkat Manor 3

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 3: It wasn't too long ago that the Whiskers meerkat family was embroiled in a fierce battle against their biggest rivals, the Commandos.

Last we saw the Whiskers, Mozart's pups had been killed by the Commandos during a burrow raid, and the Whiskers were facing a long harsh winter.

Now, kicked out of their home, Flower, the matriarch of the Whiskers clan, must lead her brood through a perilous journey to mark and settle into their new manor, survive the weather and stave off the threat of predation.

The Whiskers must face new rivalry posed by their neighbours from hell, the Zappa gang, and Flower is determined to lead her brood to victory no matter what it takes.

The plot thickens when the fighting persists within the Whiskers' own inner circle.

Ever the dysfunctional family, the Whiskers find themselves involved in confrontation, control, love affairs and more drama than ever.

With daughters sleeping around and sisters fighting over the same main man, it's no wonder that it's a slippery slope surviving desert life.

Fans will see who lives, who dies and which ‘kat winds up as top dog.

Homicide for the Holidays

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 22h15
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

Homicide for the Holidays

Homicide for the Holidays delves into the terrifying twists, turns and tell-alls that reveal how tumultuous the holiday season can be.

For most, the winter holidays mean bringing family and friends together to eat, drink, and create joyous memories to last a lifetime.

For others, it's a time where emotions run high, anger and animosity set in and can spark an explosive combination of simmering resentments and volatile secrets.

Sometimes, this emotional powder keg makes for some truly horrific holiday crime stories that viewers are sure to never forget.

The series features firsthand accounts from families of four cases which include: sibling jealously that turned to bitterness and unhappiness then crystallized in killing; a misfit who saw her parents as the only obstacle to her happiness and murder as the solution; the age-old story, teenage girl meets boy, parents don't like boy, but with a new horrific ending: murder; and a Psycho Santa who took his piece of the American Dream and tossed it in the flames... literally.

In the series premiere, "A Deadly Thanksgiving": A deranged shooter attacks a family Thanksgiving dinner, leaving four dead and even more wounded.

This horrific crime sets off a massive holiday-season manhunt to catch the killer - before they can strike again.


Channels in this post: Me, 1Magic, BBC Earth, HGTV, M-Net, CBS Justice, SABC3, eReality


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