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New on TV today: Saturday 17 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Jun 2023
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Digman!

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Animation, Comedy

Digman!

Digman! is the first series written and produced by actor and producer Andy Samberg.

The half-hour animated episodes are set in a world where archaeologists are massive celebrities and the coolest people on the planet.

Samberg provides the voice of the protagonist, Rip Digman.

The show will feature guest performances from, among others:

Clancy Brown
Andy Daly
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Lauren Lapkus
Jane Lynch
Lennon Parham
Daniel Radcliffe
Maya Rudolph
Jason Schwartzman

In the series premiere, "Pilot": Betrayal and murder most foul cause Digman to spiral from King of the Arky Hill to slovenly has-been.

Yet a path to redemption may be revealed by a new assistant who still believes in him.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Et Tu": A trip to Venice in search of the ancient first confetti leads to a quest for a dangerous relic from the time of the Roman Empire.
 

Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Adventure, Wildlife

Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner has dreamed of seeing Birds of Paradise since he was a young child.

But that dream died in 2004 when Frank was shot by terrorists, and he has been using a wheelchair ever since.

A chance meeting with explorer Benedict Allen changed everything.

Thirty years ago Benedict lived in Papua New Guinea with the Niowra, a remote people.

They thought he would live among them forever but he left the community.

Intent on returning three decades later, Benedict pledges to take Frank with him.

Together they set out on an incredible journey through some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet, through swamps, mountains and crocodile infested waters, to make it up into the cloud forest where the birds live.

Benedict is determined to get Frank there despite the wheelchair.

But as they approach Benedict's old village, brutal secrets from the past come back to haunt him.

And Frank hears that in nearby hills he might get an early sighting of a Bird of Paradise.
 

Kentucky Murder Mystery: The Trials of Anthony Gray

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Mystery, Documentary

Kentucky Murder Mystery: The Trials of Anthony Gray

In 2007, retirees James and Vivian Gray are gunned down in their rural Kentucky home.

Who killed James and Vivian? The police suspect their only son Anthony, and he confesses to the murders.

But the Grays are not who they seem, and neither is the investigation nor his confession.

Now, while Anthony sits in prison, determined prosecutors and dogged public defenders must settle a Kentucky murder mystery story of a broken family and a mysterious gun-running ring.
 

King the Land

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

King the Land

Amid a tense inheritance fight, a charming heir clashes with his hardworking employee who's known for her irresistible smile — which he cannot stand.

Starring Lee Jun-ho (2PM) and Lim Yoon-a (Girls' Generation).
 

Fraud Squad 5

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 21h35
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Fraud Squad 5

The hunt is on, as Michelle Ackerley enters the murky criminal world of fraud, following a crack team of investigators whose job is to catch and convict anyone with their hand in the UK's public purse.

Featuring a fantasist fraudster leading a double life, a multi-million pound scam targeting the disabled, decadent dentists with lavish lifestyles, and even a dishonest headmaster creating a sex dungeon using school funds - we uncover the biggest and most shocking cases of theft from public services like Education, HMRC and the NHS.

Joining the men and women on the front line fighting fraud, we see exactly what it takes to combat what is now the biggest crime in Britain, costing the taxpayer over £110-billion a year.

In the Season 5 premiere: A removals company boss films himself on his own dashcam trying to smuggle two-million cigarettes into the UK.

Also, a fraudster who posed as a single mum bags £100,000 in benefits while living with her husband and enjoying five-star holidays.

Meanwhile, a GP practice manager fakes her hours and overtime to steal more than £40,000 from the NHS.
 

Salvage Hunters: The Restorers 6

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality

Salvage Hunters: The Restorers 6

Top salvage supremo Drew Prichard has over 30 years dealing in antiques and restoring rare objects sympathetically and accurately is core to his business.

Whenever his finds are battered, busted or broken, Drew only uses the very best of woodworkers, upholsters, leather workers, glassblowers, blacksmiths, gilders and electrical engineers to breathe new life into his rare relics.

Sharing trade secrets, they reveal exactly what it takes to transform decrepit heirlooms into desirable household objects.

In the Season 6 premiere: Michael and Maria restore a mechanical peacock for Drew.

Plus, Saxon asks Nick to use his artistic skills to rescue a battered but historic pub sign.

 



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