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New on TV today: Friday 7 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 07 Apr 2023
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Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers hosts this series, an eight-part look at complex true stories of America's covert operations.

The newly-declassified missions are recounted firsthand by agents from all 16 US intelligence bureaus, providing unprecedented access to a secret world of espionage.

Each episode features a newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents who lived it.

The missions span time periods from Cold War-era Moscow to modern-day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to Beijing of today.

Among the stories covered are the military's hunts for Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

In the series premiere, "Trigon: KGB Chess Game": The CIA recruits Soviet diplomat Aleksandr Ogorodnik, codename TRIGON, to capture intelligence on the Soviet Union during the peak of the Cold War conflict.
 

Tiny Beautiful Things

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Miniseries

Tiny Beautiful Things
Based on the best-selling collection by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things follows Clare (Kathryn Hahn), a floundering writer who becomes a revered advice columnist while her own life is falling apart.

When we first meet Clare, her marriage to her husband Danny is barely limping along; her teenage daughter, Rae, is pushing her away; and her once-promising writing career is non-existent.

So when an old writing pal asks her to take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar, she thinks she has no business giving anyone advice.

After reluctantly taking on the mantle of Sugar however, Clare's life unfurls in a complex fabric of memory, exploring her most pivotal moments from childhood through present day, and excavating the beauty, struggle, and humour in her unhealed wounds.

Through Sugar, Clare forms a salve for her readers - and for herself - to show us that we are not beyond rescue, that our stories can ultimately save us.

And, perhaps, bring us back home.
 

Izangoma Zodumo 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Izangoma Zodumo 2

Prudence and Makgotso are slay queens who are also deeply connected to their spiritual sides.

These modern sangomas share their insights into traditional healing and training practices, family dynamics, love and friendships in a series that casts traditional healers in a whole new light.

The show follows them as they juggle work and family.

In the Season 2 premiere: Gogo Maweni keeps fighting for her place in society.

Meanwhile, the new Sangomas Sabelo (Mkhulu) and Pearl (Makalihle) Sifundza are confronted with the difficult case of a falsely accused client.
 

Transatlantic

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

Transatlantic

Two Americans and their allies form a scrappy rescue operation in 1940 Marseilles to help artists, writers and other refugees fleeing Europe during WWII.

Marseille, 1940-1941.

Transatlantic is inspired by the true story of Varian Fry, Mary Jayne Gold and the Emergency Rescue Committee.

Risking their lives to help more than 2,000 refugees escape occupied France, including many artists on the Nazis' most-wanted list, an international gang of young superheroes and their famous charges occupy a villa at the edge of the city, where the threat of mortal danger gives way to unexpected collaborations and intense love affairs.

Gillian Jacobs, Lucas Englander, Cory Michael Smith and Corey Stoll star in this WWII drama from creator Anna Winger.
 

Put a Ring on It

Channel: S3
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality, Dating Game Show

Put a Ring on It

Four long-time couples embark on the ultimate social experiment to discover if they're truly meant to be together by dating other people.

With relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach on hand to help them get to the truth about why they aren't married, these couples will finally be able to discover if the grass is really greener on the other side.

After nine weeks of working on their relationships while dating other people, the couples must decide if it's time to go their separate ways, or if it's time to put a ring on it.

In the series premiere: a familiar face returns to court one of the women, while past issues may bring another couple's journey to an early end.
 

Moonshiners 12

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: Docu-Reality

Moonshiners 12

As they bury one of their last old-time legends, a dozen surviving moonshiners must join forces to fight for their way of life, before it's gone forever.

Branded "outlaws" for generations, unprecedented demand for their backwoods spirits is making it harder than ever for these masters of distilling to practice their craft in the shadows.

An American tradition dating back to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 when farmer-distillers rebelled against new federal taxes on making liquor, moonshine has grown into its own multimillion-dollar shadow economy throughout Appalachia and it's become a continuing trend in popular culture.

To the artisans who make it, moonshining is a multi-generational tradition and a proud part of their cultural history.

In Season 12, it's the rise of the shine economy as America's favourite outlaws are tested like never before when inflation and supply chain disruptions hit Appalachia.

Moonshiners must dig deep into their shared roots for secrets to surviving skyrocketing prices, while inventing clever new ways to make America's favourite backwoods beverages and earn a tidy tax-free profit.

For shiners, there's a silver lining to be found in looking to tradition, as moonshiners during the Great Depression and other times of economic uncertainty have thrived in the face of adversity.

Tennessee shiners Mark and Digger face a determined law enforcement officer hellbent on halting their operation as they battle sky high prices for raw materials, such as corn.

Innovators Mike and Jerry recruit Solomon Sutton, son of infamous moonshiner, Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, to help them devise new liquor recipes and stay ahead of the competition.

To find a bigger market for his popular spirits, Louisiana moonshiner Richard moves his operation to Tennessee.

And in Virginia, Tickle and Henry must find a new location for their largest ever thousand gallon still, as their partner Josh goes on the lam to avoid being caught by the law.

In the Season 12 premiere, "High Price of Success": Prices are going nuts and Mark and Digger discover they're under investigation by the law.

Mike and Jerry recruit Popcorn Sutton's son and Josh goes into hiding when a fire marshal tracks the source of his house fire.
 

Assisted Living 4

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy

Assisted Living 4

Jeremy, a patriarch of a young family with teenage children, loses his job and decides to move to the backwoods of Georgia to help his crazy grandfather.

Grandpa Vinny has foolishly purchased a terribly run-down home for the elderly and he is in way over his head, but comedy ensues as Mr Brown and Cora show up at the right time as needy investors.

In the new season we return to the Pleasant Days Assisted Living Facility with the Washington family and the residents as they tackle finances, health, love and sentimental value.

This season the residents decide to get together and offer a helping hand to the less fortunate when they donate items they no longer use or need.

Unfortunately, one of Cora's family heirlooms is mistaken for a donation, and it becomes a difficult task to try and track it down after it's given away.

Leah questions Jeremy's faithfulness after finding a letter he wrote to another woman.

After receiving unsolicited advice from Anastasia, Leah decides to get to the bottom of Jeremy's alleged misdeeds and proceeds to interrogate him.

In the Season 4 premiere, "I Believe": Philip learns about being accountable for ones actions and putting life's obstacles in perspective.

Reginald must pick himself up out of his slump and find the strength to believe in love again.
 

House of Payne 10

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy

House of Payne 10

In the new season of House of Payne, the Payne family continues to face matters of the heart, health and wellness, and boundaries with respect to relationships and parenting head on.

Calvin becomes obsessed with coaching his son's soccer team and learns that his aggressive approach may be a case of like-father-like-son.

It turns out that Curtis was also a domineering soccer coach when Calvin was growing up and lost his own coaching license.

In addition, Miranda stirs the pot with a self-published novel and has everyone up in arms trying to figure out what's in the book they all assume is a tell-all.

Calvin, Laura and Miranda must address blended family issues and the Paynes are finally introduced to Lisa's mom, Deena.

Jazmine visits from college and the family must get used to the new and evolved young woman she's become, and the type of people she chooses to spend her time with.

In the Season 10 premiere, "Like New Money": Curtis suspects his food truck was blown up intentionally and he starts investigating the incident.

Also, Calvin must get to the bottom of Calvin Jr.'s mischievous deeds.
 

Paranormal 911 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 22h55
Genre: Paranormal, Reality

Paranormal 911 2

According to this show, a shocking number of 911 emergencies end in paranormal encounters.

Paranormal 911 explores these events through eyewitness accounts of the first responders who lived through them.

They are real-life stories of police, firefighters and paramedics who arrive on scene, only to find themselves in the middle of a paranormal event.

As first responders, it's their job to put themselves in the line of danger - sometimes with terrifying and unexplainable results.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Uninvited Houseguest, Perimeter Breach and Asylum Attack": A police officer encounters a terrifying entity while investigating a home invasion.

Also, a tortured apparition wreaks havoc on a top-secret government site and paramedics are brutally attacked by an unseen force at an asylum.
 

Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Documentary, Sport

Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker

An inside look at the controversial life and career of tennis great Boris Becker, featuring interviews with John McEnroe, Novak Djokovic, Björn Borg and other icons.

Winning Wimbledon at 17, Boris Becker becomes best in the world and a global superstar.

But great expectations signal troubles ahead.

After ending his career in spectacular fashion, Becker continued to risk everything, leading to scandal, bankruptcy and ultimately prison.

 



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