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New on TV today: Wednesday 5 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Apr 2023
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Godfather of Harlem 3

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

Godfather of Harlem 3

Godfather of Harlem tells a story inspired by infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who, in the early 1960s, returned from 11 years in prison to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in shambles.

Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

Season 3 will find Bumpy continuing to battle for control of Harlem, with other aspirants to the throne, namely the Cuban Mafia from neighbouring Spanish Harlem.

Taking on the Cuban mob will put Bumpy, his loved ones, and his community in the crosshairs of not only the rival Italians, but ruthless Latin assassins and, ultimately, the CIA.

In the Season 3 premiere, "The Negro in White America": To repay a drug debt owed to the Italians after the Harlem riots, Bumpy robs from his own community.

Omar seeks to return to Elise and Malcolm's good graces and someone close to Stella orders a hit on her life.
 

Looting History

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Looting History

Tomb raiders, trafficking and blood treasure.

Looting History is a fascinating investigation into how the trade in stolen antiquities and art has become a major source of income for criminal syndicates, gangs,and terrorists across the globe.

Although the coveted merchandise produced by this illicit activity adorns the walls of the fabulously wealthy and occupies podiums in the world's greatest museums, nobody wants to talk about it.

Precious ancient treasures torn out of the ground. Priceless art ripped from walls.

Each episode of Looting History looks at how and why everybody from ISIS to the Chinese Triad have muscled in on the act, and why international law enforcement agencies are determined to shut it down, but are often powerless to act.

In the series premiere, ""Looting of the Iraq Museum": 2003. Baghdad falls to US forces.

Over the 36-hour period the Iraq Museum is unprotected and 15,000 antiquities are stolen.

Time is ticking as two men join forces, determined to hunt them down.

How far will they go to retrieve the loot?
 

Restaurants on the Edge

Channel: S3
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality, Food, Reality Makeover

Restaurants on the Edge

Three food and design experts travel the world to revive failing restaurants by connecting them to the local culture beyond their gorgeous views.

Each hour-long episode invites you into a new restaurant located in a stunning location — on the edge of an ocean, a mountain, or desert.

But despite their outstanding views, these eateries are struggling to create an experience that lives up to their incredible surroundings.

A team of experts lead the way in restaurant transformations that span 10 countries across the 13 episodes: chef Dennis Prescott, designer Karin Bohn and restaurateur Nick Liberato.

By tapping into the soul of the restaurant's surroundings and its community, and by incorporating local tastes, flavours and textures, each expert embarks on a journey to transform not just the restaurant, but the owners' outlook as well.

Featuring breathtaking locations and diverse ways of life, Restaurants on the Edge focuses on creating outstanding restaurant experiences by making connections with local communities and cultures.
 

The Good Mothers

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama

The Good Mothers

Based on a true story, The Good Mothers follows the story of Denise, daughter of Lea Garofalo, Maria Concetta Cacciola and Giuseppina Pesce, three women who dared to defy the 'Ndrangheta mafia.

To help them, prosecutor Anna Colace, having just arrived in Calabria, has an intuition: to be able to defeat the 'Ndrangheta clans, you need to focus on the women.

It is a strategy that brings with it great risk: the 'Ndrangheta is famous and feared for its iron fist and insidious power.

The Good Mothers follows Denise, Giuseppina and Maria Concetta in their attempt to free themselves from the criminal power and collaborate with the authorities.
 

Showtrial

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Legal Drama

Showtrial

When Talitha Campbell, the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer, is charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student Hannah Ellis, the trial that follows places victim and accused - and their families - in the eye of a media storm.

Into that storm enters Cleo Roberts, the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha's arrest.

Refusing her father's help, Talitha wants Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution that is weaponising Talitha's gender and social privilege against her.

From arrest to verdict, Cleo and the defence team vie with the prosecution to convince us of the truth about Talitha: damaged scapegoat? Or cold-blooded killer?

In the series premiere: When working-class student Hannah Ellis goes missing, the police and the public are desperate to find those who might have brought her to harm, but the police soon make an arrest that nobody expected.

Talitha Campbell, the daughter of one of Britain's wealthiest families and a fellow student at Hannah's university, is arrested in connection to her disappearance.

DI Paula Cassidy, the lead officer on the case, is convinced Talitha had something to do with the missing girl, and Talitha's total lack of empathy for Hannah is only raising Cassidy's suspicions further.

But before she can charge Talitha with anything, she has to convince the Crown Prosecutor James Thornley, who is determined that this case needs to be done by the book, given the keen public interest.

In Talitha's corner, however, is Cleo Roberts - the duty solicitor on call that night.

It falls to Cleo to steer Talitha through her intensive and combative police interviews and evade Cassidy's questions.

As Cleo desperately tries to get Talitha's attitude under control, new evidence comes to light that changes the nature of the case entirely, and sets the stage for a court case that will divide the nation.
 

Just Animals

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series

Just Animals

A celebration of the world's wildlife.

In this series of documentaries, favourite creatures have been singled out and showered with attention, having a full episode dedicated to each.

Every fascinating aspect of their lives is delved into - physical attributes, sensory perceptions, communication skills, plus extraordinary behaviours and ingenious adaptations.

Tour the globe and be intrigued, surprised and enthralled by the visual feast that is Just Animals.

In the series premiere, "Just Kangaroos": Gracefully bounding across the Outback, Kangaroos are the essence of Australia.

Just Kangaroos delves into the lives of these unusual marsupials whose extraordinary looks and incredible agility have captivated the world for centuries.

At the head of the family is the mighty Red Kangaroo, the largest of more than 50 species; a mammal able to leap over six metres in a single hop.

Discover the secrets of their infamous pouches, be amazed by their natural boxing prowess and gain insight into what these power plays mean within a Kangaroo mob.

Head into the forests to meet some lesser known examples, such as Tree Kangaroos.

Understand their cultural significance and ecological importance.

Admire their ingenious array of survival skills that have allowed these iconic creatures to conquer one of the harshest environments on the planet.
 

Ke Zaka 4

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 09h30
Genre: Reality

Ke Zaka 4

Ke Zaka profiles, celebrates and provides assistance to members of stokvels and burial societies.

Each week Ke Zaka introduces us to a new group, through its members.

As part of the profile we explore the successes, gains as well as challenges the group has faced.

Ke Zaka then continues to explore the group's wish to get to the next level, providing assistance to the group.

Depending on their goals and objectives, Ke Zaka, together with the group, agree on the required intervention through the assistance of a relevant expert and or authority – solving a problem and taking them to the next level.

The show is hosted by Dosto Noge.

In the Season 4 premiere: Mathew from Under Oaks wants to spoil all his HOD staff with a nice sit down dinner, so he calls Caro to make something special.
 

Will Trent

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

Will Trent

Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta's overwhelmed foster care system.

But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": When a murder investigation reveals there's more to the story than meets the eye, Will relies on his keen instincts and unique experience to uncover the truth.

Along the way, he also reunites with a part of his past that helped shape him into the agent he is now.
 

Vanderpump Rules 9

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

Vanderpump Rules 9

As one of LA's most successful restaurateurs, Lisa Vanderpump spent the pandemic keeping her many businesses afloat.

With her restaurants finally reopened, she continues to serve as a mentor and mother figure for many of her employees, both current and former.

After working at TomTom alongside boss and mentor Lisa, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz have come up with the concept for their own bar and have spent the last few months seeking financing, working with a designer, and creating the cocktail menu of their dreams.

When Katie Maloney-Schwartz's input clashes with Sandoval's beloved ideas, Schwartz must decide which of his life partners to support and which to leave out in the cold.

With a brand new baby girl and the relationship she has always wanted, Scheana Shay appears to have it all.

But when her fiancé and child's father, Brock Davies reveals a startling truth about his past, Scheana's friends start to question whether he's truly the fairytale prince of her dreams.

Independence has always come naturally to Ariana Madix, who has funneled her energy into working on her own professional projects during quarantine.

She finds herself caught in the middle of the drama when Sandoval's outsized opinions put him at odds with the rest of the group.

A new working mom, Lala Kent is busy promoting her new book, working on her makeup company, and managing the staff of her house.

Friendships are put to the test when she finds herself at odds with Scheana and Ariana.

With nearly two years of sobriety under his belt, James Kennedy is doing better than ever - his music career is skyrocketing and he's planning to propose to the love of his life, Raquel Leviss.

But sobriety hasn't cured all of James' demons and when he continues to struggle with controlling his emotions, the group worries that Raquel might be marrying into a nightmare.

In addition to working at SUR, Charli Burnett is studying to be an aesthetician.

Friendship means the world to her and she has become extremely close to Scheana and Raquel.

She even puts her modeling skills to the test to help raise money for a friend's botched plastic surgery.

But questions about loyalty arise when one of her closest friends fails to take her side.

Inthe Season 9 premiere, "We're Back, Baby": Scheana and Lala attempt to mend their friendship after an explosive public feud, while James must answer to Lisa for lashing out at her son.

The Toms hatch a plan to open their own bar, but tensions flare when Katie questions Sandoval's vision.

Finally, Ariana refuses to back down when Lala trashes her, ending in a fiery confrontation at Scheana's birthday party.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill, "The Schwartz Shuffle": Schwartz comes clean about pitting Katie against Sandoval, while Ariana confides in Lisa about her deep-seated issues with Lala.

Sandoval helps James plan an epic vacation to Palm Springs so he can propose to Raquel, but Randall's beef with Schwartz and Lala's feuds with Ariana and Charli threaten to derail the trip.
 

Schmigadoon! 2

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Musical, Comedy

Schmigadoon! 2

In this parody of 1940s musicals, backpacking couple Melissa and Josh get trapped in Schmigadoon, a magical town filled with singing and dancing townspeople, and learn they can't leave without finding true love — which they thought they already had.

Having found true love in the town of Schmigadoon, Season 2 will find Josh and Melissa in Schmicago, the reimagined world of '60s and '70s musicals.
 

Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary, Music

Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now

This intimate, all-access documentary chronicles Lewis Capaldi's journey from ambitious teen with a viral performance to Grammy-nominated pop star.

At the heart of this film is the story of a young artist, returning to his roots after achieving unbelievable global success, attempting to reconnect with his old life and the family and friends he left behind.
 

The Crossover

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Sport

The Crossover

Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel-in-verse by Kwame Alexander, The Crossover introduces teen brothers Josh and Jordan Bell, widely considered basketball phenoms.

Through his lyrical poetry, an adult version of Josh, aka Filthy McNasty, narrates the story of he and his brother's coming of age, on and off the court, as their former professional basketball player father adjusts to life after basketball, and their mother finally pursues lifelong dreams of her own.
 

This is Going to Hurt

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Medical Drama

This is Going to Hurt

Welcome to the weird world of an NHS labour ward.

The series is based on Adam Kay's memoir of the same name, which has sold over 2.5-million copies to date and has been translated into 37 languages.

The series, which is created, written and executive produced by Kay himself, rejoices in the laugh-out-loud highs, while pulling no punches in its depiction of the gut-wrenching lows of life on a gynaecology and obstetrics ward.

This Is Going To Hurt remains a stark reminder of the vital role played by the NHS.

Kay's diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, tell the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The series follows Adam (Ben Whishaw), a doctor who we find wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy, junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities.

Adam is clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life-and-death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking meter is earning more than him.

Whishaw is joined by newcomer Ambika Mod as Shruti, a young junior doctor just starting in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Naturally bright, diligent and caring, she has everything it takes to be a great doctor, but the job still finds ways to throw her into chaos and doubt.

Other characters include Tracy, a confident, sharp-witted senior midwife; and Mr Lockhart, a consultant and Adam's domineering boss.

Julian is Adam's colleague and professional rival and Miss Houghton is a formidable and forthright consultant who spots potential in Shruti.

Dame Harriet Walter plays Veronique, Adam's mother.

Harry is Adam's boyfriend and his best friend is Greg - his two closest relationships and the ones which feel the brunt of the pressures he faces at work.

In the series premiere: Adam is juggling his personal life with a hectic job on the labour ward, where he is faced with a racist mother-to-be and an irritating frequent flyer.

He meets Shruti, an inexperienced SHO who is struggling to find her feet in Obs & Gynae.

He eventually makes it to his best friend's stag do, but is immediately called back to the hospital to cover a staff shortage, and forced to abandon his boyfriend, Harry.

On arriving back at work, Adam discovers that he has made a terrible mistake.
 

HawthoRNe

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama, Medical Drama

HawthoRNe

Medical drama television series created by John Masius and starring Jada Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, the Chief Nursing Officer heading a group of nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital.

Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital's front lines.

Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital.

She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn't let them slip through the cracks.

When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart.

Whether showing humanity to a homeless woman, trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off a ledge or exposing a doctor's near-fatal error, Hawthorne will do everything in her power to help her patients.

When a patient's care is at risk, she doesn't hesitate to violate protocol, defend her staff or stand up to administrators who seem to have forgotten a hospital's true purpose.

But the long days at the hospital and Hawthorne's intense focus on helping others take a toll on her personal life.

Christina is recently widowed – her husband died one year ago after a battle with cancer, leaving her to raise a smart, rebellious teen-age daughter on her own.

Hawthorne is still coming to terms with losing her husband, finding a way to balance her career with her equally important role as a single parent, and finding the time to take care of someone who always seems to fall through the cracks – herself.

Joining Pinkett Smith in Hawthorne is Michael Vartan as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Christina's husband and serves as Chief of Surgery for the hospital.

The cast also includes Suleka Mathew  as Bobbie Jackson, a fellow nurse and one of Hawthorne's best friends; David Julian Hirsh as Ray Stein, a nurse struggling with being accepted in a female-dominated profession; Christina Moore as Candy Sullivan, a nurse with a unique sense of duty; and Hannah Hodson as Camille, Hawthorne's daughter.

In addition, special guest star Joanna Cassidy portrays Amanda, Hawthorne's mother-in-law, who also happens to be a member of the hospital board.

TVSA Show Page: HawthoRNe
 

The Pope: Answers

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Special, Religion

The Pope: Answers

The Pope: Answers is an original Spanish special featuring Pope Francis.

Shot in Rome, the special focuses on the meeting between the current head of the Catholic Church and 10 young adults of different ages, backgrounds and with very different lives and experiences.

The special features upfront and honest conversations between one of the most influential people in the world and 10 Spanish-speaking young adults between 20 and 25 years old who raise questions and concerns on a wide variety of topics.

These include feminism, the role of women in the Church, reproductive rights, loss of faith, the migration crisis, LGBTQIA+ rights, abuse within the Church, racism and mental health.

The meeting between the Pope and the 10 young adults took place in June 2022 in the Pigneto, one of Rome's most eclectic neighbourhoods.

The Pope speaks unreservedly and the result is an intense and dynamic conversation, founded on empathy, curiosity, respect and mutual learning.

 

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