New on TV today: Monday 27 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 27 Mar 2023
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Lobola, A Bride's True Price?

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Documentary

Lobola, A Bride's True Price?

Follows the journey of Sihle Hlophe who, faced with the impending approach of her marriage, questions the notion of lobola (payment of a bride price, traditionally in terms of cattle but now also in hard cash).

When the opinionated filmmaker agrees to marry her longterm boyfriend, she must decide if she will break with tradition and reject lobola, a Bantu cultural practice that involves the prospective groom paying a 'bride price' to the family of the bride-to-be, or not.

March 2014. Filmmaker Sihle Hlophe has just gotten engaged. A few days later, her father passes away.

Sihle is in a serious fix - who will receive the lobola now that her father is no more?

Sihle respects lobola but she has reservations about the transactional, patriarchal and heteronormative elements of the practice.

In an effort to learn more about lobola before making her final decision, Sihle attends the lobola ceremonies of three other couples.

Couple No.1 is a Zulu couple from Katlehong, Gauteng.

The negotiations are almost halted when the groom's family fails to raise the amount requested by the bride's family.

Couple No. 2 is from Tokoza, Gauteng. The groom is Tsonga and the bride is Sotho.

Their cultures collide during the negotiations, making it abundantly clear that they have different understandings of what lobola is and how it should be conducted.

Couple No.3's wedding took place in Eastern Cape but they're based in KwaZulu-Natal.

The bride is Xhosa and the groom is Zulu.

Even though the bride's father passed away 20 years ago, he was honoured as if he was alive during the proceedings.

Sihle also visits a same-sex couple who've been married for 14 years.

They were the first couple to get married under the Civil Union Act in 2006.

They're deeply rooted in African spirituality so it was imperative for them to go through the lobola process too.

After years of vacillating, Sihle comes to an important realisation - lobola is not just about uniting two families.

It is also about honouring the ancestors of those two families.

What will her final decision be? Will she turn her back on lobola or will she embrace it?

Until Money Do Us Part

Channel: Telemundo (DStv 118), Universal+
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Telenovela

Until Money Do Us Part

This series tells the love story of Rafael Méndez, a charismatic and humble salesman; and Alejandra Maldonado, a successful high-ranking car dealership executive.

Alejandra and Rafael belong to different worlds and share an unconventional romance.

A car accident brings them together and after that destined event, their lives won't be the same.

This misfortune, of great proportions, leaves a millionaire debt and to address it a contract is drawn up that binds them. It puts their characters to the test.

A love-hate relationship develops between them and with time, a spark grows, and it changes everything, including their relationship with their current partners.

Rafael is overwhelmed by the jealousy of his 'Pajarita' and breaks up with his girlfriend.

Alejandra is heartbroken at the coldness of her fiancé Luciano, who pays more attention to the scars left by the accident than to her wellbeing.

She knows they have no future.

The thirst for revenge puts the protagonists to the test; poverty, rage and jealousy will give an extraordinary twist to this story.

Will true love keep them together or will they allow money to separate them?

This telenovela is an adaptation of the 2006 novela of the same name, written by Fernando Gaitán, creator of the original Ugly Betty series.

It's been adapted and written by Juan Carlos Pérez Flores and Patricia Rodríguez.


Until Money Do Us Part Teasers - March 2023

Heartbreak Island New Zealand 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 20h55
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition

Heartbreak Island New Zealand 2

Heartbreak Island will set hearts racing and temperatures rising when a group of single guys and girls put everything on the line in a bid to find their perfect match and be in with the chance of winning $100,000.

Back and better than ever, host Mark Dye will guide the 12 singles through the trials and tribulations, with one couple walking away $100,000 richer.

Will the journey to get there be filled with romance and love or backstabbing and alliances?

Promising more drama than last season, viewers have more time to get to know the contestants in Season 2, with more focus on the dating dramas and risqué relationships of the sexy singles in their quest to find love.

Cold Justice 4

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: True Crime, Reality

Cold Justice 4

Follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a team of crime scene investigators and detectives as they crack cold cases.

Siegler, a Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and her team of crime scene investigators and trained detectives, put their vast knowledge and experience to work helping local law-enforcement officers and families of violent-crime victims get to the truth.

With a fresh set of eyes on old evidence, interrogation skills and access to advanced DNA technology and lab testing, Siegler is determined to bring about a legal and emotional resolution.

Taking on a different unsolved crime each week, the team carefully re-examine evidence, question suspects and witnesses, and chase down leads in order to solve cases that would have otherwise remained cold indefinitely.

In the Season 4 premiere, "A Mother's Last Words": Kelly and Abbey investigate the brutal slaying of a pregnant woman who was able to call 911, but died before naming her killer.

Eyewitnesses at a nearby bar could help crack the case... if they'll talk.

The Wife 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Soapie, Telenovela

The Wife 2

Season 2 is inspired by the follow-up novel, Zandile the Resolute.

The role of Zandile, the fierce matriarch of the Zulu family, is played by Khanyi Mbau; and Mondli Makhoba reprises his role as Nkosana, the eldest Zulu brother.

Zandile had already served 10 years in jail for the murder of her mother when the love of her life, Nkosana, finally broke her out of jail at the end of Season 1.

Being on the outside is a big adjustment, but not as big a challenge as winning back her children's love, rebuilding her marriage, and establishing herself as matriarch in a crime family where another woman, Hlomu (Mbalenhle Mavimbela), has been calling the shots in her absence.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Prisoner 47735": The brothers have pulled off the heist of their lives and the grand escape promises Zandile a new lease on life, but at what cost and how long for?

TVSA Show Page: The Wife 2


Actors in this post: Khanyi Mbau, Mbalenhle Mavimbela

Shows in this post: The Wife

Channels in this post: SABC1, Telemundo, eReality, CBS Justice, Mzansi Wethu


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