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New on TV today: Thursday 4 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 04 May 2023
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Roomies

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama

Roomies

Comedy-drama television series which explores the interpersonal relationships of five millennials trying to navigate adulthood.

From being ghosted, consent, sibling relationships, parental hang-ups, partying, making money and being cool, these are all on their minds as they strive to achieve happiness on a day-to-day basis.

Roomies showcases the underlying humour that comes with trying to achieve some of the so-called realistic and unrealistic milestones of life such as marriage, being healthy, making lifelong friends, and achieving a fulfilling career.

The series will also shine a spotlight on the question that has plagued society for centuries: can men and women be friends and if so, what does that look like?

How does Naledi (Felicia Mlangeni), a young chef with her life planned out, handle a crossroads in love and career?

During her interview as a sous chef at one of Joburg's top restaurants, she learns that her long-term boyfriend is not just visiting home, but has married his high school sweetheart and is forcing her out of the flat they shared.

As a result, she fails her interview and a broke Naledi seeks the comfort of her bestie Tsholo (Nomalanga Shozi).

The pair move into a loft with three guy friends who have their lives about as well figured out as Naledi and Tsholo do.

What could possibly go wrong?

The series stars Felicia Mlangeni, Unathi Mkhize, Nomalanga Shozi, Mbasa Msongelo and Ishmauel Songo.

The supporting cast includes Zola Nombona, Siphiwe Mtshali and Zama Ngcobo.

TVSA Show Page: Roomies
 

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

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

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Young Queen Charlotte's marriage to King George of England sparks an epic love story and transforms high society in this "Bridgerton" universe prequel.

Centered on Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen's marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.

Bridgerton stars Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh and Ruth Gemmell reprise their roles as Regency-era grande dames of the Ton.
 

The White Lotus 2

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h15
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Anthology Series

The White Lotus 2

The White Lotus is a sharp social satire following the exploits of various employees and guests at exclusive resorts.

Season 2 is set at an exclusive Sicilian resort and, similar to the first season, follows the exploits of guests and employees over the span of a week.

F. Murray Abraham stars as Bert di Grasso. Visiting Sicily with his son, Dominic (Michael Imperioli), and grandson, Albie (Adam DiMarco), Bert is getting frail, yet still sees himself as virile and capable.

Jennifer Coolidge is Tanya Mcquoid-Hunt, a wealthy, unstable woman traveling with her husband Greg (Jon Gries) and assistant, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson).

Adam DiMarco plays Albie di Grasso - Dominic's son and Bert's grandson - a sweet and observant college grad, who often serves as his family's peacekeeper.

Meghann Fahy stars as Daphne Babcock, a stay-at-home mom visiting Italy with her husband Cameron (Theo James), and another couple, Ethan (Will Sharpe) and Harper (Aubrey Plaza).

Jon Gries is Greg - Tanya's husband who is less than pleased to find her assistant invited on their romantic getaway.

Beatrice Grannò plays Mia, a Sicilian local who is a talented singer in search of her big break.

Tom Hollander is Quentin, an English expat who is vacationing with his friends and his nephew Jack (Leo Woodall).

Sabrina Impacciatore plays Valentina, the passionate, dedicated manager in charge of the White Lotus resort in Taormina, who expects perfection from her staff.

Michael Imperioli stars as Dominic di Grasso, a Hollywood producer visiting Sicily with his elderly father, Bert, and post-college son, Albie, to explore their ancestral roots.

Theo James plays Cameron Babcock. A wildly successful businessman from a wealthy family, Cameron is vacationing with his wife Daphne, his college roommate Ethan (Will Sharpe) and Ethan's wife, Harper.

Aubrey Plaza is Harper Spiller - Newly wealthy after her husband finds professional success, Harper and Ethan are visiting Italy with Ethan's college roommate, Cameron  and Cameron's wife Daphne.

Haley Lu Richardson plays Portia, a small-town girl and recent college graduate who is traveling with her boss, Tanya, hoping for adventure.

Will Sharpe is Ethan Spiller - After recently striking professional success, Ethan and his wife Harper are invited to vacation in Italy with his college roommate Cameron and Cameron's wife Daphne.

Simona Tabasco plays Lucia, a Sicilian local who frequents the White Lotus resort in search of work and opportunity amongst the wealthy clientele.

Leo Woodall is Jack, a magnetic guest staying at The White Lotus with his uncle Quentin.
 

Hungry For It

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

Hungry For It

Cookery competition hosted by Stacey Dooley in which 10 aspiring chefs live together in a house while creating dishes to impress industry experts and mentors.

Stacey is joined by two industry mentors and judges: Big Zuu and Kayla Greer.

In the series premiere: The doors to the HFI hub are open!

Ten rookie cooks set off on the ultimate crash course on how to make it in the food business.

Peckham in south east London is home to the Hungry for It hub, and the purpose-built professional kitchens are where the cooks meet for the first time.

In the staff room, Stacey tells them about the grand prize for winning: "The last cook standing will have a trip around the world working in some of the most incredible restaurants."

The cooks then meet their mentors: grime artist and TV cook Big Zuu, who was first discovered on YouTube and is entirely self-taught; and Kayla Greer, a private chef from LA, whose celebrity clients include Drake, P Diddy, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber.

The mentors set their first challenge called the Level Up, where the cooks have to transform ordinary food into extraordinary dishes.

To celebrate their arrival at the hub, the theme today is party food, and the cooks must each create their own fresh twist on a party food favourite.

The next day, the cooks take on their first Service Challenge – to serve up a menu of burgers to 100 hungry diners.

The cooks who most impressed in the Level Up work in Kayla's upmarket restaurant kitchen, where they are safe from elimination.

The others fight for survival in Big Zuu's pop-up, where they must bang out street food to a larger number of diners.

When service is over, Kayla picks her prizewinner, and Big Zuu chooses the cook who he thinks should go into the Knives Out elimination.

But the pop-up cooks are shocked to discover that they have to vote to determine who takes the other spot.

In the Knives Out challenge, the bottom two cooks must make a stack of light and fluffy matcha pancakes in just 15 minutes, after which for one cook, the contest comes to an end.
 

Rajjo

Channel: Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Telenovela

Rajjo

Amid a calamity, Rajjo, an athletically-gifted girl, gets separated from her mother.

Despite the odds, she embarks on an inspiring journey whilst finding love.

In the series premiere: Rajjo, an innately talented girl, loves to sprint. What happens when she runs into Arjun, a perfectionist and a privileged businessman?

In the second episode of the daily double bill: While Arjun and his associates organise a race in the village, Rajjo desires to participate in it.

Regardless, Manorama whips her for winning the contest.

The original Hindi title of the show is Udti Ka Naam Rajjo.
 

Global 3000

Channel: S3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Magazine, Factual

Global 3000

DW's globalization magazine series looks at the issues that are moving us today, and shows how people are living with the opportunities and risks of globalization.

American toddlers learn Chinese. Afghans study Thai ways of doing things. Mapuche Indians from Patagonia want to take Benetton to court.

And what do sheep in New Zealand have to do with climate change?

We live in a globalized world. Events in Asia have repercussions in Europe. European reactions have knock-on effects in South America. The situation in the Amazon Rainforest concerns us all.

Global 3000 – widening horizons by examining the global consequences of local actions – and vice-versa.

The series brings you news, reports and portraits on globalization issues.

Viewers can contribute to the program by sending in their personal stories and experiences, helping shape a weekly broadcast that gives new insights into the world-wide community to which we all belong.
 

Nefertiti: The Lonely Queen

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History, Factual

Nefertiti: The Lonely Queen

Nefertiti: The Lonely Queen looks at the status of cultural treasures taken from their country of origin during colonial times.

Voices demanding repatriation are getting stronger.

Cultural activists demanding repatriation explain the necessity of guarding their cultural heritage in an accessible place in the home country.

The turmoil in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria has led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: looted museums and looted archeological sites.

Today, to make money Islamic State has sold looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves.

Looting now takes place on an industrial scale. A solution is badly needed.
 

Arthur: A Life with the Royal Family

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Documentary

Arthur: A Life with the Royal Family

Arthur Edwards, the legendary Royal photographer, has been credited for taking some of the greatest Royal pictures of all time while working for newspaper The Sun.

For over four decades Arthur has photographed the Royal Family and has spent decades charting the highs and lows of the family.

Now he is fulfilling a lifelong dream: to photograph King Charles III's coronation.

Across four decades, wherever the royal family travelled, Edwards has gone with them, capturing more than 200 royal tours across 120 countries.

He's been behind the lens at seven royal weddings, four funerals and seven royal births.

In Arthur: A Life with the Royal Family, Edwards tells his own personal story, as well as revealing how he developed an enduring and trusting relationship with the family, and built a friendship with King Charles III and the Queen Consort, Camilla, allowing him to capture many unique and intimate moments over the last 45 years, from the joy of weddings to the heartbreak of loss.

This feature-length documentary captures iconic images of Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, William and Kate, Harry and Meghan, and of course King Charles III, along with footage of the royals and Edwards.

 

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