New on TV today: Saturday 8 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 08 Jul 2023
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Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama


Comedy-drama series which revolves around a woman in witness protection who decides to appear on a reality show, putting herself and her family in danger.

At the core of the series is Zama Ndaba, played by Khabonina Qubeka.

Zama is a confident and ambitious woman ready to embark on a journey to fame by joining a popular reality show. Determined to distance herself from her family's criminal past, she aims to leave her mark on the world.

Placed under witness protection in a small rural town, Zama assumes the identity of Sheila, accompanied by her teenage children (played by Kopano Mahlasi and Bonga Mhlongo).

The Ndaba family must adapt to their new low-profile personae, sticking together whilst evading past threats.

Can Zama maintain their cover, despite the threat of "blend in or be killed" looming over them.

Themba Ndaba plays Bheki, Zama's manipulative and greedy husband, whose life takes a dramatic turn as the police close in on him.

Thato Molamu plays Thabang, the local police captain entrusted with protecting the Ndaba family's secret.

As the web of intrigue and deception unfolds, Thabang is torn between upholding the law and confronting his personal demons.

There are also guest appearances from Tinah Mnumzana, Sdumo Mtshali, Kagiso Rakosa, Phupho Gumede and Lethabo Mathatho from The Real Housewives franchise.

In the series premiere: Zama's dreams come true when she has her first shoot on a reality show, the Real Housewives of Durban.

She's ready to show off her perfect life and family, but all that glitters isn't gold.

Magaeng is produced by Burnt Onion Productions.

TVSA Show Page: Magaeng

Idols 19

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h00 and 19h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

Idols 19

The quest to find Mzansi's final Idol begins when Season 19 premieres, promising drama, fashion, tears, triumphs and unforgettable moments.

This is the final season of the show, titled "iLast Number".

Actress Thembi Seete, rapper-producer JR Bogopa and Somizi Mhlongo as the judging panel.

The three will be nurturing and ushering in new talent with judging styles as unique as each of their personalities.

Co-executive producer Tebogo 'ProVerb' Thekisho returns as host for his 14th season.

The show airs on Mzansi Magic at 18h00 and on Mzansi Wethu at 19h30.

TVSA Show Page: Idols 19

Ysters op die Landgoed

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Documentary Series, Afrikaans

Ysters op die Landgoed

South Africa has some of the best golf estates in the world and in this series presenters Johnny David and Alwyn Hollenbach will have a closer at 13 of them.

They will meet some of the owners, play a round or 10 and talk to golfing legends.

Some of the estates that they will visit include Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay, where they will interview sports presenter Trevor Quirk; and a closer look at Louis Oosthuizen's Louis57 golf academy.

At Val de Vie they will interview Ryk Neethling, Springbok rugby player Damian Willemse and former Miss World Rolene Strauss.

Other golf estates in the series include Blair Atholl in Gauteng, De Zalze in Stellenbosch and Kingswood in George.

Spy in the Ocean

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Spy in the Ocean

Cutting edge spy cameras - called Spy Creatures - take us deep into the ocean and reveal the surprising and hidden lives of its extraordinary creatures.

The Spy Creatures are taking on their most exciting challenge yet: exploring one of the most magical and dynamic environments on Earth - the ocean.

A brand-new cast of camera-toting Spy Creatures take us places no spy camera has ever gone before - from the colour and beauty of coral reefs to the extremes of rocky coasts.

New cameras include the largest ever Spy Creature, the Spy Whale, as well as the Spy Lobster, Herring and Puffer, all revealing the unseen behaviour and complex relationships that thrive in the ocean's depths.

In the series premiere, "Deep Thinkers": The most complex spy creature ever built films the owner of the largest brains on the planet – sperm whales.

Spy Whale is the same size as a new-born whale calf and is equipped with an array of cameras.

It even has a hydrophone to capture their calls.

In a magical close encounter, Spy Whale is greeted by an inquisitive female who, in astonishing scenes, attempts to communicate.

In a touching sign of acceptance, she even introduces her calf to Spy Whale.

Getting to know the greatest mind in the invertebrate world requires a very different spy, one that's a dead ringer for the coconut octopus it's designed to meet.

The octopus not only has a central brain; it also has a brain in each of its arms.

Using its combined brainpower, it works out how best to steal a coconut shell carried by our spy.

Its plan is to use the shell as a door to its hideaway to protect itself from predatory sharks.

In another act of ingenuity, it improvises a shield and throws missiles at a rival octopus.

It also shows a softer and more emotional side when it gives Spy Coconut Octopus a friendly and lingering embrace.

In Thailand, Spy Macaque joins ocean-diving macaques as they forage underwater for seafood.

Our spy captures a filming-first as the macaques catch fish with their bare hands.

To break open oysters, they also use stone tools including our very own spy rock.

In Japan, Spy Puffer becomes an artist's assistant to a male Japanese puffer fish as he crafts exquisite sand sculptures in a quest to woo a mate.

When he runs out of shells to use as decoration, Spy Puffer comes to the rescue, finding shells for the male to complete his masterpiece, enough to impress the most demanding art critic of all – his mate.

Intelligence gathers pace when Spy Sea Lion meets the world's fastest fish and the sea lions that hunt them.

Marlin use teamwork to drive mackerel shoals to the surface only for them to be stolen by quick-thinking sea lions.

When Spy Sea Lion takes us on a rollercoaster ride inside the shoal, its camera eyes show how the shoal's swarm intelligence is pitched against that of the clever sea lions.

It also discovers some extraordinary new behaviour as the sea lion gift some of their catch to the marlin.

On a Caribbean beach, another spy meets the crab world's most entertaining characters – hermit crabs.

They may be comical in nature, but they also have highly developed organisational skills.

When they've outgrown their shells, they line up in order of size to exchange them for a better fit.

All is going well until Spy Hermit Crab loses its shell to a crab looking to upsize its accommodation.

The crab becomes the unwitting camera operator as it captures a crab's-eye view of the organised chaos.

On another Caribbean island, a colony of wild pigs embrace beach life by taking a daily dip in the sea.

Spy Pig joins their daily ritual as they forage for food brought in by visiting boats.

As their ingenuity draws the crowds, Spy Pig gets caught up in the resulting feeding frenzy.

Back on the reefs, Spy Coconut Octopus donates its shell to a family of enterprising clownfish.

In an astonishing show of teamwork, the fish work together to move the shell back to their anemone home, creating a safe place to lay their eggs among the poisonous tentacles.

In this action-packed first episode, the spies discover sea creatures with many mind-boggling ways of thinking, but none match those with the biggest brains of all – sperm whales.

In more astonishing scenes, Spy Sperm Whale witnesses a rare and beautiful gathering as whale families from far and wide huddle together and exchange information – an extraordinary display of social intelligence, uncannily similar to our own.

Mystery Places

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Documentary Series

Mystery Places

In Mystery Places we visit some of the most unusual places on Earth.

Their unique buildings, their mind-blowing spaces and the cultural practices of their people tell a fascinating story.

From a UFO house in Taiwan, to abandoned places in Zimbabwe, to an Indian village where men train to become bouncers in the big city and a city in Georgia where every citizen has a gun, join the adventure.

My Ma Kook Beter as Joune 2

Channel: kykNET & kie (DStv 145)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Food, Afrikaans

My Ma Kook Beter as Joune 2

We heard him rap about "potte" (pots), but this time MC Early B is using actual pots and pans for preparing food with family.

He has a slew of hits and awards under his belt, but now he is presenter of this cooking reality show.

In My Ma Kook Beter as Joune (My Mother Cooks Better Than Yours) two teams compete, each consisting of a mother who really knows her way around the kitchen and of one her children who can't cook for toffee.

The winning team takes R10,000 home with the bragging rights: My mother cooks better than yours.

The Black Widow Murders

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

The Black Widow Murders

The Black Widow Murders reveals shocking stories of sinister women who sought to kill their lovers for the sake of wealth, lust or power.

These women are often the last people anyone would suspect, deviously luring their unsuspecting prey and leaving a trail of murders behind them.

From serial divorcees to career con artists, episodes explore unique cases of deadly women and the investigations to unravel their tangled webs of lies.

Throughout the season, episodes unveil unique stories of women who turn society's assumptions about the "fairer sex" upside down, spinning webs of deceit to capture their unsuspecting victims.

Whether it's a career con artist, serial divorcee or homemaker leading a secret double life, the women sometimes take control in the most violent way imaginable.

They don't stop until investigators finally bring them to justice.

In the series premiere, "Melissa Friedrich": A sweet and charming Canadian woman finds love on the Internet and leaves an international trail of lovers falling victim to mysterious illnesses in her wake.

Chandra Levy: A Mistress Murdered

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

Chandra Levy: A Mistress Murdered

Examining the search for Chandra Levy that gripped the USA, one of the most bizarre disappearances in American history.

Plunge deep inside the missing persons case with exclusive interviews with her parents, journalist Connie Chung, and the former best friend of suspect Gary Condit.

As police hunt for clues to Chandra's whereabouts, a man in a forested park makes a grizzly discovery - a human skull.

Then, a new suspect with a disturbing criminal record emerges...

Ingmar Guandique faces trial for the murder of Chandra Levy. The tense proceedings produce an explosive verdict.

Then, a mysterious woman emerges... with secret recordings that throw the entire case into question.

Bull Shark Bandits

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary, SharkFest

Bull Shark Bandits

Shark biologists Dr. Johan Gustafson and Dr. Mariel Familiar López investigate rising reports of bull sharks stealing from fishermen in Weipa, northern Australia.

Could this methodical and radical shift in behaviour provide new evidence of shark intelligence?

To find out, the team deploys groundbreaking experiments and technology, including a new diving cage prototype.

Shark Below Zero

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h45
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary, SharkFest

Shark Below Zero

White sharks have been spotted across Canada as far north as the coast of Newfoundland.

After the first suspected white shark attack in Canada for over 150 years, experts Greg Skomal, Heather Bowlby, Megan Winton, and Warren Joyce investigate what drives white shark's journey to the northernmost limit of their range.


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