New on TV today: Thursday 3 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 03 Aug 2023
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How to Manifest a Man

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Drama

How to Manifest a Man

Drama series which revolves around a woman in a loveless marriage who decides to reshape her spouse into the ideal partner when he suffers memory loss.

The series poses the question: can you find the perfect man, or do you have to take matters into your own hands to create the man of your dreams?

In a world where finding the perfect partner seems impossible, How to Manifest a Man challenges the notion that love is purely a matter of chance.

This story revolves around Dudu (Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa), who is in an unhappy marriage, and she decides to take fate into her own hands after her husband, Simphiwe (Mnqobi Kunene), loses his memory.

Determined to reshape him into the ideal partner, Dudu embarks on a journey to mould him into the devoted man of her fantasies.

Her four points to achieving this are:

1. Erase the Past
2. Lie About the Future
3. Make Him Want Only You
4. Love Him with Everything You Have

Little does she know that Simphiwe's tendency for straying may prove unshakable, and Dudu must fight tooth and nail to hold onto the love she has painstakingly recreated.

However, as Dudu's one crime of passion unfolds, a web of complications emerges, including a determined detective, a relentless lover and a blackmailing witness.

And just when things couldn't get any worse, Dudu's own brother Sam Jnr Ngonyama (Lebo Msiza) plots to protect her from her own obsession.

The series also stars Gaisang Noge as Ntombi, Simphiwe's lover; Lucia Mthiyane as Dudu's mother Felicia; Peter Sephuma as Sam Snr Ngonyama and Nomcebo Gumede as Ntombi's best friend Zama.

Also in the cast are Kabelo Mashika in the role of Bafana and Aluve Mjali as Detective Sipho Ndlovu.

TVSA Show Page: How to Manifest a Man

Kasi Rap Records

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Lifestyle, Music

Kasi Rap Records

Kasi Rap Records is an urban youth music and lifestyle television program, and an exploration into South African urban youth culture centered on the SA Hip-Hop sub-genre Kasi Rap.

The series will feature segments that dive into some of the country's most gifted creatives through interviews and performances.

In each episode, the show begins with a performance by a Kasi Rap artist after they give a quick breakdown of what Hip-Hop and Kasi Rap means to them as a performer.

In the Kasiconomics segment, we sit down with some of the country's most ambitious entrepreneurs who show the youth that their creative talents should not be limited to the performing arts.

Each episode will also feature songs by the artists, as they give in-depth breakdowns of what inspired them.

Songs covered in each episode are given a custom music video courtesy of the Kasi Rap Records team.

Kasi Rap Records episodes also feature a cypher courtesy of Sotra Cyphers, created by presenter SPeeKa, featuring the best rap talents that South Africa has to offer.

Rescue Cam

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 17h45
Genre: Reality, Clip Show

Rescue Cam

Hosted by Matt Iseman, Rescue Cam is a no-holds-barred look at some of the most shocking and intense life or death rescues, standoffs, animal saves and close calls from across the USA and beyond.

The series highlights human and animal rescues carried out by both professional and citizen heroes, with stories told through footage captured on cellphones, bodycams, dashcams and security cameras.

These showcase the outrageous, at times comical, and often unimaginable rescues happening every day.

In the series premiere: A construction worker is trapped in an apartment complex inferno and a Denver man's plane crashes into the Pacific.

Also, a Good Samaritan puts out a fire in a department store.

Love Back 6

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Reality

Love Back 6

Love Back is a South African reality television series based on the premise that someone who has lost the love of their life can get a shot at winning their heart back, as the former lover seeks to reconcile.

The series promises to have viewers hooked on the heart-wrenching stories behind the break-ups and make-ups.

The show is based around those individuals who still feel inescapably pulled towards each other, even one half of the former couple hasn't quite realised it yet.

Viewers have the opportunity to start the new year in the company of some seriously love struck individuals.

Love Back aims to create the circumstances for reconciliation and romance, in the hope that this show will give the broken-hearted a chance to rekindle the flame that they had with the person who they believe is the love of their life.

Love Back was filmed across South Africa with the aim to show how people overcome the obstacles that might be holding back a perfect couple from getting together again.

The show is hosted by Wright Ngubeni.

TVSA Show Page: Love Back 6

Outopsie 2

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: True Crime, Afrikaans

Outopsie 2

Figure out how it all fits together with senior forensic pathologist Hestelle van Staden, who looks at one case each week in which forensic pathology played a central role.

With the autopsy report in her hand, she explains step by step what happened during the autopsy.

Key role players share their first-hand experience: from the crime scene to testimony in court.

Each case is unique, but all of them are shocking and at times stranger than fiction.

Memorable stories this season include those of Alvaro (6) and Keyon'dre (6) who were shot by their mother in 2015, as well as the disappearance of Frances Rasuge, whose remains were found at her boyfriend's house eight years after her disappearance.

Also covered is the cruel murder of Nelson Chisale in 2004, who was simply on his way to collect his belongings at his former employer when he was attacked.

His life came to a gruesome end after Mark Scott-Crosley ordered his workers to throw Nelson into a den of lions.

In the Season 2 premiere: In March 2011, four people lost their lives within eight days at the hands of a serial killer who took to the streets of Durban with an axe as a murder weapon.

Moonage Daydream

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary, Music

Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream illuminates the life and genius of David Bowie, one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time.

Guided by Bowie's own narration and told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, this feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores his creative, musical and spiritual journey.

Through Bowie's own words, the film explores the themes of transformation, self-expression, and the power of art to change the world.

In 2018, filmmaker Brett Morgen was granted unprecedented access to Bowie's archives encompassing a lifetime of materials, including an extensive catalogue of unseen footage and personal collection of his own art and poetry.

He spent four years assembling the film and another 18 months designing the soundscape, animations and colour palette while working with Bowie's long-time collaborator, friend and music producer Tony Visconti as well as Academy Award-winning sound mixer Paul Massey (Bohemian Rhapsody).

Red Elvis: The Cold War Cowboy

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

Red Elvis: The Cold War Cowboy

The extraordinary tale of Dean Reed, the American popstar who packed out stadiums in the 70s and inspired a generation, until he was found drowned in a lake in East Berlin.

The film moves through the prism of Reed's life, witnessing global youth rebellion, revolutions in popular music, and the shifting tectonics of superpower rivalry.

Grantchester 8

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Mystery

Grantchester 8

Will is the happiest he's ever been but his world will be rocked by a terrible accident.

He's always preached the word of a compassionate God – but how can he now, when his despair leads him on a dangerous downward spiral?

Geordie has found a new contentment in his relationship with Cathy, but when they are both confronted with shocking announcements at work their happiness is threatened.

As Mrs C, Leonard, Jack and Daniel rally around, both Will and Geordie find themselves in unfamiliar, emotional waters and murder is always around the corner.

The eighth season of Grantchester will range from Speedway to spies, exploring the lives of invisible women and the very visible problems caused by Leonard's new vocation which may, once again, find him battling the law.

Exploring faith, forgiveness, and redemption – this explosive season tests Will and Geordie to the limit.

In the Season 8 premiere: After a fun-filled charity motorbike race, a young biker is found dead.

Will and Geordie struggle to work out who would want to hurt a gifted young man.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill: In the aftermath of a fatal accident, Will is devastated to be the cause while Geordie rushes to exonerate his friend.

Design For You: Home Inspirations 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Home Improvement, Reality, DIY

Design For You: Home Inspirations 2

Join host Pilani Bubu on Design for You: Home Inspirations.

This studio-based interior design show explores all aspects of decor and the fundamentals of interior design.

Watch as we give you a full spectrum understanding of how, why and what - when it comes to any design-related element - from fabrics, carpet, paint and pattern to layout, walls and more.

Experts will give you enough information to make the best decisions when it comes to repairing, renewing or sprucing up your interior.

Heartstopper 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama

Heartstopper 2

Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love.

When gentle Charlie and rugby-loving Nick meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance.

Charlie, Nick and their circle of friends must navigate the ever-relatable journey of self discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.

This season, Nick and Charlie navigate their new relationship; Tara and Darcy face unforeseen challenges and Tao and Elle work out if they can ever be more than just friends.

With exams on the horizon, a school trip to Paris and a prom to plan, the gang has a lot to juggle as they journey through the next stages of life, love and friendship.


Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural


With liberal doses of humour, this is a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.

The 17th season of NCIS returns immediately after Ziva's warning to Gibbs that his life is in danger.

Gibbs will not only question Ziva's motive for her return, but why she remained underground after being presumed dead for many years.

In the Season 17 premiere, "Out of the Darkness": Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Into the Light": With their lives in danger, Gibbs and Ziva's rogue investigation takes an unexpected turn when a possible terrorist plot is revealed.

TVSA Show Page: NCIS 17

Pastor Wants a Wife 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition, Docu-Reality, Religion

Pastor Wants a Wife 2

In a different kind of seeking, Season 2 features a new man of God looking for a woman to build a life with.

This season's bachelor is 35-year-old Tshego Modisakeng, an IT technician and entrepreneur from Rustenburg.

The father of two is looking for an "outspoken woman" and is tired of "meaningless relationships".

Pertinently, he doesn't need his future lady to be involved in church activities.

The Wife Talk

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Talk Show

The Wife Talk

Presented by Mmatema Moremi, The Wife Talk Show is an edutainment series that focuses on the development of wives and the sanctuary of marriage institution.

It assists married women to navigate the ups and downs of married life.

It also allows men to delve deeper into the challenges that women face while also provides insight to young men and women who are inspiring to enter the marriage Institution.

In the series premiere, "Role of a Wife": Host Mmatema Moremi is joined by Pushie Watson and Ma'am Nomusa KaMalinga Dlomo as they unpack the meaning of the word wife.

They debate whether wives should carry the heavy burden to build their homes even if there is no reciprocity from the other half, why women are now uncomfortable being referred to as wives.

They also question whether it require a certain sacrifice, and what role men can play to mitigate this "heavy title".

The show previously aired on TBN Africa in 2021.


Shows in this post: How to Manifest a Man, Love Back, NCIS


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