New on TV today: Wednesday 26 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 26 Jul 2023
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Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Game Show, Quiz Show, Sport, Afrikaans


Koppestamp is a rugby game show in an original new format.

The two presenters, Adrian Steyn (Binnelanders and Getroud met Rugby) and Deoudoné van der Merwe (kykNET's Stella), are ready to entertain with action-packed, nail-biting matches.

Two teams, with two players each, will compete and try to score points while the clock is ticking relentlessly.

Koppestamp is, like rugby, a team sport, played by best friends or neighbour, new loves or old flames with big match temperament.

It is a big rugby year with the World Cup kicking off on 8 September in Paris, France.

In Koppestamp, teams compete in six rugby themed games: Tikskoppie, Rooi, Geel of Niks, Drie of Nie, Speel die Kommentator, Waar's die Bal? and Druk die Knoppie.

Also, in each episode a Springbok legend will be a guest to help the teams.

Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, History

Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron

James Cameron explores the enduring myths and mysteries of the shipwreck.

In Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron, the Academy Award-winning director and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large adds a postscript to his fictional retelling of the tragedy.

After hearing fans continue to insist Jack didn't have to die that night, he mounts tests to see, once and for all, whether both Jack and Rose could have fit on that raft and survived.

The debate over whether Jack and Rose could have survived the aftermath of Titanic's sinking goes beyond whether there was room for two on a piece of debris.

The deeper story – one that some claim Cameron got wrong – is whether Jack could have changed the outcome had he acted differently.

We can settle this once and for all by staging two experiments, which form the basis of this 10-minute update to the original Titanic show.

Homicide Hunter: The Man with No Face

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

Homicide Hunter: The Man with No Face

In the final installment of the Homicide Hunter trilogy of specials, Lt. Joe Kenda confronts one of the most unlikely killers of his career.

In his signature storytelling style, Joe leads you through the labyrinthine case of a young mother found raped and murdered, only for her killer to finally be convicted thanks to DNA evidence three decades later.

In 1988, young mother Mary Lynn Vialpando is found raped and murdered in the heart of one of the most historic neighbourhoods in Colorado Springs.

At the time, Kenda was a sergeant and the supervisor of the Homicide Unit, assigned Vialpando's case.

When every promising lead goes up in smoke, the case goes cold, leaving it as one of the few that the legendary detective couldn't close.

Although forensic evidence was new technology at the time, Kenda and his team meticulously processed and stored the evidence, putting faith in a science that wasn't fully developed yet.

In 2018, a routine DNA database search by Colorado Springs PD matched the evidence collected by Kenda and his team at the crime scene decades ago.

James A. Papol was arrested after analysis matched him to semen found on Vialpando's body, and he pleaded guilty in May, 2021, putting an end to another of Joe Kenda's unsolved crimes.

This two-hour special bridges the gap between the different generations of detectives, highlighting how Kenda and his team's thorough investigations and precise evidence collection led to detectives being able to solve the case when science made it possible.

Deltas of the World

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

Deltas of the World

The delta regions of world's great rivers are impressive landscapes of constant change, each with its own uniquely diverse ecosystem.

Often, river deltas are among a country's most fertile regions.

Human communities have often adapted their own habits to match a delta's natural rhythms even as they have radically changed some delta landscapes.

The five documentaries of this series visit four different continents to explore the mesmerizing variety of our planet's deltas.

Each film will document the distinctive flora and fauna of a major delta, with an emphasis on the responsibility of humans towards nature.

River deltas are fragile ecosystems. Many have been and are still being irreversibly altered by human activity.

The series looks at how scientists and researchers are working to find ways to better support and utilise these special regions in order to ensure a future for the frail symbiosis between man and nature.

Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary

Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case

1 July, 2000.

British 21-year-old Lucie Blackman goes missing in Tokyo, sparking an international investigation — and an unyielding quest for justice.

When 21-year old British Air hostess Lucie Blackman leaves her life in London to move to Tokyo for an adventurous year of exploration - her parents and friends never imagine that just three weeks later, she will vanish without a trace.

What follows is an intricate international investigation to find Lucie - led by a team of tenacious Japanese detectives.

This true crime feature is told both through the fascinating inside track of the investigation - as well as the emotional lens of Lucie's father who never gives up on finding his daughter alive.

Their journey against the clock takes them through the seedy heart of Tokyo's dark underbelly and ultimately to the tragic truth about her brutal murder at the hands of one of the country's most reprehensible sexual predators.

Holmes Family Rescue 2

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, Reality

Holmes Family Rescue 2

Contractor Mike Holmes carries on his personal mission to "make it right" for homeowners who have fallen victim to careless or dishonest contractors.

The series follows Mike as he teams up with his son and daughter, home renovation experts Michael Holmes, Jr. and Sherry Holmes, to rescue more clients who are struggling with botched construction jobs.

During the nine hour-long episodes, Mike, Michael and Sherry will expose shoddy renovation work and then help their clients fix the problem.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Broken Home": Mike, Michael and Sherry will meet a family whose plans for a kitchen and basement addition resulted in a year of terrible workmanship by a contractor who left them with an unlivable house.

To deliver a beautiful and safe home, they'll first contend with electrical hazards, crumbling brick and structural issues.

Another couple will call on Mike and his kids to install a backyard pool after a contractor took their money but completed no work.

During future episodes, the Holmes family will right more wrongs, including updating inferior plumbing, eradicating dangerous mould and bringing unsafe spaces up to code for people in need.

Chopped 55

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

Chopped 55

In this cooking competition it's all about skill, speed and ingenuity as four aspiring chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges.

Course by course, the chefs must take a basket of mystery ingredients, with a different theme each time, and turn it into an extraordinary meal.

Then, they must survive the Chopping Block, where the judges are waiting to be wowed - and they are not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms.

In the Season 55 premiere, "Fry of the Beholder": The chefs learn that in every round they must use the deep fryer or air fryer to make crispy, creative cuisine.

First round jitters affect the chefs as they rush to fry up appetizers, and as the final seconds tick away, it's unclear whether everyone will remember to plate every basket ingredient.

Then in the entrée round, a prized meat and a milk substitute are two of the mandatory items the competitors must incorporate into their dishes.

The final basket holds some fun ingredients that inspire the last two competitors to create whimsical desserts.

How I Met Your Father 2

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

How I Met Your Father 2

In the near future, Sophie is telling her son the story of how she met his father.

The story catapults us back to the present where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Cool and Chill": After Sophie's gallery show and Ian's arrival, Sid and Hannah host an impromptu wedding reception at Pemberton's.

Jesse grapples with his decisions and confides in Ellen about Meredith.



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