New on TV today: Monday 13 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 13 Feb 2023
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Frozen Planet II

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Nature, Wildlife, Documentary Series

Frozen Planet II

This six-part series – narrated by David Attenborough – explores the wildlife found in the world's coldest regions: the Arctic and Antarctic, high mountains, frozen deserts, snowbound forests and ice-cold oceans.

From polar bears to penguins, and from snow monkeys to Siberian tigers, each species must overcome a unique set of challenges to endure its extreme environment.

In the series premiere, "Frozen Worlds": Journeying from pole to pole, we reveal the surprising frozen worlds that exist across the planet and the remarkable animals that make them their home.

We begin our journey in the far south, in the most hostile place on Earth, the frozen continent of Antarctica.

After being raised on the ice in winter, emperor penguin chicks find themselves abandoned by their parents in spring.

To survive, they must find their own way across the treacherous sea ice to the rich waters of the Southern Ocean.

The waters surrounding Antarctica may be the richest of all, but they are also home to an exceptionally sophisticated predator, the killer whale.

To reach their favoured prey, Weddell seals, a family of killer whales have learnt to generate their own waves, washing the seals off their ice floes.

It's a technique that has been passed down over generations and is coordinated by the family matriarch, who can be over 100 years old.

Leaving Antarctica and travelling north, we discover frozen habitats that are created by altitude.

The greatest of these is the Himalaya, the tallest mountain range on Earth, which contains so much ice and snow it is known as the third pole.

In the shadow of the Himalaya lies a vast frozen grassy plain that is home to the fluffiest cat in the world, Pallas's cat.

It may have extremely dense fur, but if it's to survive the Mongolian winter, it needs to catch lots of gerbils and voles.

Easier said than done when you only have short legs and paws that are sensitive to the cold.

North of the Great Steppe lies the boreal forest, which encircles the continents of North America, Europe and Asia, and remains frozen for six months of the year.

Prowling these forests in the far east of Russia is the Siberian tiger, the largest cat in the world.

In winter, it is on the lookout for black bears hibernating in caves, a high-risk strategy that only a cat of this size would attempt.

Above the boreal forest, we cross into the Arctic Circle, where conditions become so extreme that trees can no longer grow.

This is the tundra. Living here are relics of the last ice age, musk ox.

In spring, their calves face a far greater danger than the cold, grizzly bears.

Encounters can be brutal, but if just a few calves survive the gauntlet, the herd's future is secure.

To the north of the tundra is the Arctic Ocean, the only ocean that can completely freeze over.

Living here is one of the most peculiar animals on Earth, the hooded seal.

Males have extraordinary inflatable noses, producing a bright red balloon out of their left nostrils.

One male hopes this will make him irresistible.

All of the frozen habitats share one thing in common: the threat posed by today's climate change.

Travelling to the island of Greenland, home to the largest body of ice in the northern hemisphere, we witness how global warming is melting its ice cap at faster rates than ever before, with profound consequences for global sea levels.

Lastly, we visit the Arctic's most iconic resident, the polar bear, as a mother bear struggles to provide for her cubs in a world of shrinking sea ice.

Nurses 3

Channel: Telemundo (DStv 118)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Telenovela

Nurses 3

In the third season of Nurses, the Santa Rosa Hospital welcomes the arrival of new doctors and residents that will impact those who already work at this famous hospital.

This is the case of Félix Andrade, a neurosurgeon who will seek to rule the place with his knowledge and make radical changes to the services offered by the medical centre.

Félix's arrival will bring new challenges to María Clara who has taken on a new leadership role at the hospital.

She will encounter further surprises as an old member of staff returns unexpectedly.

Head nurse Gloria is back to Santa Rosa after successfully overcoming her addiction.

Nurses continues to offer an intimate depiction of a group of professionals who weave close relationships of affection between them and their patients.

It explores the difficulties and the achievements 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.

In the Season 3 premiere: Carlos proposes to María Clara.

While they are on honeymoon, they receive a call from Sandra, who informs them that the hospital staff are resigning.


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Grand Designs New Zealand 6

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 13h00
Genre: Home Improvement, Reality, DIY

Grand Designs New Zealand 6

Hosted by architect Chris Moller, Grand Designs New Zealand shares the stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes.

No design is too ambitious, and no obstacle too large in their quest for the perfect house.

Following the Grand Designs format, the series sees the process of these incredible design projects, as well as the personal journeys of those building them – from the initial blueprints, through to the long and often arduous task of turning the plans into practical living spaces.

Using archaic or new-school building techniques and material, and in locations from the beach, the mountains, and the hills in between, Grand Designs New Zealand features houses ranging from architectural designer mansions to DIY, never-before-seen kinds of homes.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Copper Curve": Aaron and Christine Green create an unconventional, curvaceous creation in Cass Bay.

It's as much of an artwork as it is a house, but at what cost?

Coastal Killers 5

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

Coastal Killers 5

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.

Bake Off: The Professionals 5

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

Bake Off: The Professionals 5

Liam Charles and Tom Allen host the toughest Bake Off on TV.

Twelve teams from top hotels, restaurants and small businesses compete to be crowned best patisserie team in Britain.

Once again, judges Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin set exceedingly tricky challenges, to test the teams' creativity and precision.

From towering, skyline-inspired chocolate constructions, to geometric tarts with moving parts, these incredible creations showcase bakers at the peak of their profession.

The competition is whittled down week by week, until finally the best three teams compete to be crowned the winner, by making a mind-blowing historical banquet for friends and family.

This time, the chefs tackle miniature classics, cube-shaped desserts and the humble fruit crumble.

Makoti... Are You the One?

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality

Makoti... Are You the One?

What happens when four potential wives choose to move into their potential mother-in-law's home, with the hopes of earning their blessing to marry her son?

That's the premise of Makoti... Are You the One?

The series takes the cultural practice referred to as 'ukukotiza' in isiZulu – a period where a woman moves in with her in-laws after lobola is paid – and brings it earlier into the courtship, allowing couples to possibly stop themselves from making what could be a huge mistake.

The show follows couples from vastly different backgrounds who are hoping to take their relationship to the ultimate step, marriage.

But will their ideological, religious, socioeconomic and cultural differences get in the way of their happiness?

There's only one way to find out – by the potential wife moving in with her potential in-laws for 21 days, so that she can master and execute tasks that test if she is indeed someone who can fit into her new family.

By the end of the season, the couples will either make it out out stronger, or crumble.

What happens if the mothers-in-law doesn't approve of their potential makotis – will the son go ahead and marry the woman they love without Mommy's consent?

What if the makoti herself decides this isn't the family she wants to marry into?

Can love conquer all?

Vanderpump Rules 6

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 19h05
Genre: Docu-Reality

Vanderpump Rules 6

Lisa Vanderpump and her crew of current and former SURvers are back for another round of wild, sexy and utterly unpredictable chaos.

This season, Lisa forges ahead with her plan to add another restaurant to her growing empire but when her new partners, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, show their inexperience, the veteran restaurateur butts heads with them every step of the way.

Newly single and nearly divorced, Scheana finds herself at the centre of the SUR gossip when rumours about her new relationship begin to swirl.

Ariana and Tom face one of the biggest fights of their relationship, as Tom's loyal dedication to his friends makes Ariana feel like an afterthought.

When Lala convinces Lisa to give her one last chance at SUR, the former outcast finds herself in an unlikely new role of peacekeeper, which complicates her friendship with James as he deals with a shocking rumour about his sex life.

Stassi tries to salvage her four-year relationship with Patrick, while Kristen devotes her energy to breaking up Jax and Brittany rather than focusing on her own relationship.

Meanwhile, Jax finds himself faced with a shocking accusation that could risk losing the best relationship he's ever had.

Brittany wonders whether or not to stand by her man and the SUR gang is torn down the middle as they must decide where their loyalties lie.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Masquerade": Freshly-divorced Scheana throws a lavish masquerade birthday party to show off her new boyfriend, but things get tense when she leaves Katie and Stassi off the guest list.

Sandoval jeopardises his and Schwartz's new restaurant partnership with Lisa when she overhears him complaining about her management style.

Finally, a vicious rumour circulates that could destroy a relationship for good.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill, "Unfaithful": A painful revelation makes Brittany flee LA, leaving her relationship with Jax in question.

Stassi reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Patrick and ex-boss Lisa Vanderpump, while James attempts to reclaim his DJ job at SUR.

Lisa proudly serves as grand marshal of the Long Beach Gay Pride parade, where Sandoval discovers a new fetish he hopes will revive his and Ariana's lagging sex life.


Actors in this post: David Attenborough, Lisa Vanderpump


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