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New on TV today: Thursday 20 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Apr 2023
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Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande

This is the fifth South African show in the franchise, after Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria; and the second Afrikaans language edition.

The show introduces viewers to the lives of six women set against the backdrop of the incredible winelands in South Africa.

The cast is made up of women who are not afraid to speak their minds and include former beauty queens, entrepreneurs, a fitness model and an aesthethic doctor.

Amy Kleinhans-Curd, Mariska Thorpe, Karen Schwendtke, Candice Bester, Michelle van Zyl and Anita Lloyd will open the doors of their luxurious houses, their hearts and their lives to viewers.

Tune in to see how these six "housewives" start businesses, dress for success, zip around in style, follow strict beauty routines and balance it all with their demanding personal lives.

They also share their stumbling blocks, disappointments and victories in between all the fun and hilarious moments.

Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande was filmed in and around Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

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TVSA Show Page: Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande
 

The Bala Family

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Bala Family

Discover the true makings of musical family the Balas.

Pinky, Zwai, Loyiso and Phelo have a strong yet often-tested bond and The Bala Family takes us behind the scenes as they try to bury their differences and rebuild their relationships.

Zwai's success has been influential in both the music industry as well as within his family, spurring his brothers Loyiso and Phelo to pursue their own music careers.

They helped to revolutionise the genre of kwaito music through the award-winning group TKZee and are recognised as versatile musicians, crossover producers and musical directors.

Now, a couple of marriages, divorces and a new generation of Bala kids later, their extended family, including mom Veronica, hopes that this challenging journey that they are sharing with their fans will help connect their disjointed lives, rekindle their love for each other, and create a sense of belonging and safety.

In the series, you will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster, and witness how this family overcomes a number of obstacles, including their individual religious and cultural beliefs, sexuality and cultural views on family life.

Since the Bala family's love of music began, the Bala brothers – Loyiso, Zwai, and Phelo – have become household names.

In this show, we will meet not only the rest of the clan that influences the family, but also a completely different view and understanding of who we thought the Bala family to be.

Will they take the time to listen and hear each other and be prepared to make some compromises in order to break down the walls that divide?
 

Run the World

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

Run the World

Follows a group of smart, funny and vibrant thirty-something black women - fiercely loyal best friends - who live, work and play in Harlem.

As they strive for world domination, they each navigate career highs and lows, hookups and heartbreaks that causes them to re-evaluate who they are and where they are going.

At its core, it's a show about enviable friendship and not only surviving - but thriving together.

The series stars Amber Stevens West (The Carmichael Show) as Whitney, a perfectionist who almost always plays by the rules.

Andrea Bordeaux (NCIS: Los Angeles) plays Ella, an audacious romantic, who is figuring out what she truly wants both personally and professionally.

Bresha Webb (Marlon) stars as Renee, the vivacious, soon-to-be-divorced diva with a seemingly thriving career.

Corbin Reid (Valor) is Sondi, an erudite professional who begins to reevaluate both her career and personal priorities.

In the series premiere, "Phenomenal Women": Failed novelist Ella McFair starts her first day at HotTeaDigest.com and enlists her friends to help her cover her first assignment.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Because... ADOS": Renee updates Ella and Sondi on the status of her troubled marriage while Whitney struggles to balance work and her pending nuptials.
 

Maxine: The Soham Murders

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, True Crime, Miniseries

Maxine: The Soham Murders

A true crime drama which examines the investigation of school assistant Maxine Carr and her caretaker fiancé Ian Huntley, who was later imprisoned for the double murder of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the tragic case that shocked the nation.

The three-part drama will explore their tumultuous relationship through Maxine's perspective; why she lied for him and how she became public enemy No.1 as well as reflect the scale of the police investigation and subsequent media frenzy around the biggest manhunt ever seen in British history.

In the series premiere: Maxine Carr moves to Soham in Suffolk for a fresh start with her boyfriend Ian Huntley.

On a weekend back home to see her mother, she awakens to the news of the disappearance of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and returns to provide Ian with an alibi.
 

The Diplomat

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

The Diplomat

Amid an international crisis, a career diplomat juggles her new high-profile job as ambassador to the UK and her turbulent marriage to a political star.

Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) is the new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, but was supposed to go to Afghanistan.

She's great in a crisis zone. In a historic home... less so.

War is brewing on one continent and boiling over on another.

Kate will have to diffuse international crises, forge strategic alliances in London, and adjust to her new place in the spotlight — all while trying to survive her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell).

The Diplomat is a high-stakes, contemporary political drama about the transcendence and torture of long-term relationships, between countries and people.

 

Channels in this post: kykNET, Mzansi Magic, Me, BritBox, Netflix South Africa



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