New on TV today: Thursday 25 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 25 May 2023
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Titans: The Rise of Hollywood

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

Titans: The Rise of Hollywood

When a group of disenfranchised first- and second-generation Americans discovered that the American Dream didn't apply to them, they headed west.

Their destination – an arid stretch of coastal California – where they built a new empire where anything was possible.

The motion picture industry was born, and the movies quickly went from low-brow entertainment to the greatest mass communication the world had ever seen.

When the studio moguls and artists realised how much was at stake, the battle lines were drawn.

Louis B. Mayer, the Warner brothers, Charlie Chaplin, William Randolph Hearst, Mary Pickford and more - these were the men and women who clashed and conspired, fighting to hold their own on untested ground.

The tensions between them literally ruined lives, while inspiring millions across the globe.

Despite the bitter competition — or perhaps, because of it — Hollywood invented a new cultural identity for America.

Through the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler, and WWII, the country was reborn.

And it all happened at the movies.


Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Comedy-Drama


When a father and daughter discover they both secretly work for the CIA, an already dicey undercover mission turns into a dysfunctional family affair.

Forced to go back into the field for one last job, the series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, action and humour.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in action in this comedic, kick-ass spy series co-starring Monica Barbaro.

Swamp People 14

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

Swamp People 14

Swamp People is the story of the American spirit, of the lost art of doing things the right way and of the unyielding desire to preserve a dying way of life from the encroaching modern world.

Deep in southern Louisiana, there are nearly one million acres of flooded forest, marshland and bayous - the Atchafalaya Swamp - which is unlike any place else in the United States.

It's a hidden world, a place where nature still rules - one of the least-known territories in the United States.

But a hardy breed of "Swamp People" know the secrets of this dangerous mysterious territory.

Most are Cajun descendants of French-speaking settlers who came from Canada in the 1700s - and their way of life has been fundamentally the same for generations.

They are America's forgotten pioneers.

Louisiana Alligator hunting season roars into action once again, and this time our beloved swampers are racing to find the single biggest gator on the swamp.

The Swampers are back with a big incentive to hunt down the biggest beasts: a local gator buyer is offering a $10,000 bounty to the team who brings in the longest gator.

That means hunters will need to push themselves to the limit to reel in the big ones if they want to win the prize... and those ever-important bragging rights.

The contest sparks some good-natured trash-talking around the swamp, bringing the hunters together in the spirit of competition.

Troy Landry is hunting at a furious pace, hellbent on remaining the reigning King of the Swamp, but he'll also reunite with his old hunting partner Liz Cavalier to hunt together.

Junior and wife Teresa have adopted an orphaned otter named Oscar, whom they're raising at home until he's ready to release back into the swamp.

Glenn Guist takes it upon himself to teach Liz's two sons some of his swamp secrets, like how to catch fish with homemade jug lines.

As always, the swampers are out to catch some of their nemesis gators with names like Pirate of the Bayou, Twister and Hercules.

In the Season 14 premiere, "Gator War": It is an all-out Gator War as hunters battle head-to-head in a competition to win 350 new alligator tags at the end of the season.

Troy aims to get an early lead, while Ronnie sets his sights on dethroning the King of the Swamp.

Willie and Little Willie chase nothing but monsters and Ashley steps up to captain her own boat.

Leron and Porkchop go all out but struggle to put their treble hook to good use.

Profession: Queen!

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

Profession: Queen!

Three queens: Letizia of Spain, Mathilde of Belgium, Máxima of the Netherlands.

What do they do all day?

The constitutions of their countries assign no official function to the wives of the crowned heads of state, yet they play a significant role.

What do they make of this?

The documentary series Profession: Queen! accompanies and observes the three young European queens for one year to engagements at home and abroad.

Personal close-ups were taken that show that they understand their function, not only as a profession, but as a vocation.

In the series premiere, "Letizia of Spain": The Spanish knew Letizia as presenter of the main news program.

The wedding with Felipe of Spain marked the beginning of a completely different life for her.

Merely just representation is not enough for the former top journalist - Letizia wants to be a queen of the 21st century, with professional demands and her own standing.

Health, nutrition, education and women's rights are matters she is deeply involved in, while clearly showing her position.

Meetings, trips, speeches – everything is precisely prepared at her own desk.

You, Me & My Ex 2

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality

You, Me & My Ex 2

How close is too close when it comes to staying friends with your ex?

You, Me & My Ex follows five couples who deal with an ex who is still intricately connected to their past partner and very much a part of their daily lives.

Watch these couples navigate the uncomfortable and awkward moments when a past love is still front and centre.

Relationships, marriage and children are no longer one-size-fits-all as the couples in this series redefine the norm, break the rules and forge their own paths towards the lives and families they want and dream of.

Get a first-hand look into the unique advantages and challenges that come with having an ex be the third wheel in a relationship.

This season, two new groups join the lineup of relationship narratives that give new meaning to the phrase "three's a crowd."

From venturing off to an all-expenses paid couples retreat to sponge baths, living together and co-parenting, nothing is off limits for these once romantic, ex-couple, best friends.

However, when these bizarrely close friendships begin threatening the NOW relationship, are they able to give each other up?

Can any of these relationships find a compromise or will it ultimately end in having to choose one or the other?

In the Season 2 premiere, "Great Ex-pectations": De'Andre's new girlfriend, Elodie, doesn't like that his ex, Rowan, is best friends with his mum.

Amid tension with her husband, John, April leans on his ex-wife, Loren.

Alex and Caroline have big news for Alex's ex-boyfriend, Stephen.

Hope Street 2

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama

Hope Street 2

Picking up six months after Season 1's cliffhanger finale, the opening episode of Season 2 introduces detective Al Quinn, who's struggling to deliver at his new job while also raising his strong-willed daughter.

Each of the 10 episodes features a self-contained crime story involving the police and local community in the fictional Northern Ireland town of Port Devine, while also continuing some of the storylines from the first season, including Clint and Nicole's efforts to start a family.

In the Season 2 premiere: Niamh and Shay are partying on the beach when a hooded figure rugby tackles a lad to the ground.

The figure reveals himself as Niamh and Shay's dad, Inspector Finn O'Hare; he saw the lad trying to sell drugs to the kids.

The Kardashians 3

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Kardashians 3

Cameras return to capture the ever-changing lives of Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie.

The family welcomes you back to stand with them through their biggest triumphs and struggles.

From fiery romances and life-changing milestones to unimaginable successes, the family bond remains unbreakable as they navigate their public and private lives for the world to see.

The Emperor's Darling: Joséphine de Beauharnais

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary, History, Factual, Docu-Drama

The Emperor's Darling: Joséphine de Beauharnais

Josephine de Beauharnais was Napoleon's empress, his muse and his great love.

It is next to impossible to imagine him without her or her without him.

She survived the death sentence of insurgency and a bomb attack. Her weapons were her razor-sharp mind, her good taste and her body.

Josephine de Beauharnais held the love of one of the Europe's greatest generals.

Napoleon was the great destroyer of the old system of rule, the nefarious warrior whose campaigns resulted in the death of millions and devastations in various regions around Europe.

As emperor and legislator, he spearheaded an administrative reform that initiated a new order and she was his strongest ally.

Buried within French archives and embedded within private collections is priceless information that can cast a new perspective on the life of the historical figure, Josephine.

Hundreds of letters, long thought to be lost, have allowed us to reveal the true life of the clandestine empress.

Through a narrative account of her biography, the film presents a comprehensive yet historically contextualized understanding of the escapades of the illusive Josephine de Beauharnais.



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