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New on TV today: Monday 24 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 24 Jul 2023
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Wild Scandinavia

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Wild Scandinavia

Wild Scandinavia celebrates the wildlife and people of the far north of Europe, the realm of Odin and Thor.

Breathtaking imagery reveals stories of survival, from the epic Norwegian Arctic, through mythic Swedish and Finnish forests, across vast Danish tidal shores and around erupting Icelandic volcanoes.

Witness the epic nature of Wild Scandinavia: orca, puffins and eagles rule the fjords; wolves and lynx patrol magical forests; polar bears and musk ox survive arctic extremes.

Basejumpers and reindeer herders also embrace the wilderness.

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge follows Scandinavia's coastline from the sheltered Baltic Sea, along the wild Atlantic, north to freezing Arctic waters.

Storms threaten seal pups and basejumpers plummet into Norway's fjords, while Europe's largest eagles soar.

Feisty puffins fight for burrows and orca and humpback whales feast on billions of herring.

Those who survive here must navigate this unpredictable frontier between land and sea.

Heartlands

Heartlands reveals Scandinavia's magical forests and a labyrinth of waterways across the ever-changing seasons.

Ravens outsmart golden eagles to get a winter meal, while Sami herders rely on reindeer in an ancient alliance.

Illusive wolves and lynx stalk this secret world, and Osprey dive for fish in beaver lakes.

Winter's return sees skaters take to the first thin ice - a metaphor for our connection with the natural world.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice explores the extremes of Scandinavia – volcanic Iceland, the high tundra and Arctic Svalbard.

Musk Ox, Polar bears and arctic fox must all survive in a world ruled by the great pendulum of sunlight – from total darkness to midnight sun.

Back-country skiiers embrace winter, while Glaciologists tap into climate change.

For some, winter is about resilience until summer feasts, but for others it's the summer heat which brings the greatest danger.
 

The Search for Life: The Drake Equation

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Science, Documentary

The Search for Life: The Drake Equation

For many years our place in the universe was the subject of theologians and philosophers, not scientists, but in 1960 one man changed all that.

Dr Frank Drake was one of the leading lights in the new science of radio astronomy when he did something that was not only revolutionary, but could have cost him his career.

Working at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenback in Virginia, he pointed one of their new 25-metre radio telescopes at a star called Tau Ceti 12 light years from Earth, hoping for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Although project Ozma resulted in silence, it did result in one of the most seminal equations in the history of science - the Drake Equation - which examined seven key elements necessary for extraterrestrial intelligence to exist, from the formation of stars to the likely length a given intelligent civilisation may survive.

When Frank and his colleagues entered the figures, the equation suggested there were a staggering 50,000 civilisations capable of communicating across the galaxy.

However, in the 50 years of listening that has followed, not one single bleep has been heard from extraterrestrials.

So were Drake and his followers wrong and is there no life form out there capable of communicating?

Drake's own calculations suggest that we would have to scan the entire radio spectrum of 10-million stars to be sure of contact.

The answers to those questions suggest that, far from being a one-off, life may not only be common in the universe but once started will lead inevitably towards intelligent life.

To find out about the equation's influence, Dallas Campbell goes on a worldwide journey to meet the scientists who have dedicated their lives to focusing on its different aspects.
 

Prisoner 467/64: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, History

Prisoner 467/64: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni

Historical documentary about the life and times of the Rivonia trialist and freedom fighter.

Andrew Mlangeni was an accused at the Rivonia Trial in October 1963.

He and his co-accused went on trial on charges of sabotage against the Apartheid government, they later escaped death for life imprisonment.

Mlangeni spent 26 years at Robben Island, living in the cell next to Nelson Mandela.

Prisoner 467/64, takes an intimate look at the sacrifices made by those committed to the ideas of justice and equality.

Beyond the dominant narratives of Mandela, there were other heroes who made South Africa the miracle that it is today.

Prisoner 467/64 reflects how it took collective effort to create the liberation movement and shines a light on those relegated to the margins of history.
 

Futurama 11

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Animation, Comedy

Futurama 11

The series follows Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a New York City pizza delivery boy, who accidentally freezes himself in 1999 and gets defrosted in the year 3000.

In this astonishing New New York, he befriends hard-drinking robot Bender (John DiMaggio), and falls in love with cyclops Leela (Katey Sagal).

The trio find work at the Planet Express Delivery Company, founded by Fry's doddering descendant, Professor Hubert Farnsworth.

Together with accountant Hermes Conrad, assistant Amy Wong, and alien lobster Dr. John Zoidberg, they embark on thrilling adventures that take them to every corner of the universe.

After a 10-year hiatus, Futurama has crawled triumphantly from the cryogenic tube, its full original cast and satirical spirit intact.

The 10 all-new episodes of Season 11 have something for everyone.

New viewers will be able to pick up the series from here, while long-time fans will recognise payoffs to decades-long mysteries - including developments in the epic love story of Fry and Leela, the mysterious contents of Nibbler's litter box, the secret history of evil Robot Santa, and the whereabouts of Kif and Amy's tadpoles.

Meanwhile there's a whole new pandemic in town as the crew explores the future of vaccines, bitcoin, cancel culture and streaming TV.
 

CSI on Trial

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Science, Technology, Documentary Series, True Crime

CSI on Trial

It's nearly impossible to imagine a criminal investigation today that doesn't involve forensic science – firearms analysis, bloodstain patterns, footprints.

CSI on Trial reveals the shocking lack of scientific validity behind these investigative practices through real-life criminal cases, the stories of the wrongly convicted who are now free, and the believed innocent who remain behind bars.

In the series premiere, "Blood Pattern Analysis": Based on expert testimony from bloodstain pattern analysts, a jury convicted former state trooper David Camm of killing his family.

He was exonerated years later when a shocking new piece of evidence came to light.

How did bloodstain pattern analysis get it so wrong? Is it good science?

 

Actors in this post: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Channels in this post: BBC Earth, Curiosity Channel, SABC3, Disney+



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