New on TV today: Sunday 29 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 29 Oct 2023
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Devil's Peak

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Devil's Peak

Crime thriller television miniseries set in Cape Town which follows talented but broken Detective Benny Griessel, tasked with tracking down a righteous vigilante killer whose crimes are capturing the imagination of the city.

The series is an adaptation of Deon Meyer's 2004 novel of the same name, which is the first in the Detective Benny Griessel novels.

Benny is played by Hilton Pelser and Sisanda Henna is grieving father Thobela Mpayipheli, who is desperately seeking justice after the murder of his son.

Benny and Thobela are brought into the orbit of trapped mother, Christine (Tarryn Wyngaard), who is willing to do anything to achieve a better life for herself and her daughter.

The fates of these three characters become inextricably linked as the series builds to its explosive climax.

Rounding off the lead cast are Shamilla Miller as Anna Griessel, Benny's wife; and Masasa Mbangeni as Mbali Kaleni, Benny's detective colleague.

Devil's Peak is produced by Lookout Point and Expanded Media Productions in association with MultiChoice Studios and BBC Studios Distribution.

The series was written and created for television by Matthew Orton, with Amy Jephta serving as writer and associate producer.

Orton, Laura Lankester from Lookout Point and Francis Hopkinson from Expanded Media are executive producers; while M-Net's executive producers are Yolisa Phahle, Allan Sperling and Jan du Plessis.

The supervising producers are Nicola van Niekerk and Wikus du Toit; Johann Knobel is the producer.

The series is directed by Jozua Malherbe.

Main Characters

Benny Griessel (Hilton Pelser)

A troubled Afrikaans detective driven to depression and alcoholism by his exposure to Cape Town's rampant violence and corruption.

Benny's escalating panic attacks have started to get the better of him, as his drinking threatens to derail both his marriage and career.

Despite his fragile state of mind, Benny continues to hide from his problems, relying on his authority, quick wit and affable nature to get by.

Benny's hunt for the Assegai Killer will force him to confront uncomfortable sides of himself and challenge his beliefs about the nature of good and evil.

Thobela Mpayipheli (Sisanda Henna)

When a family tragedy strikes, Thobela, a retired Secret Service operative, takes matters into his own hands.

Putting his combat and surveillance skills to use, and employing an assegai spear to kill his victims, Thobela's vengeance captures the imagination of a city in pain.

Thobela wants his victims to understand the reasons for their deaths, but the more violence he commits, the more he risks losing himself.

Anna Griessel (Shamilla Miller)

A fearless journalist married to Benny Griessel, Anna was first drawn to Benny's wild charisma, but his deepening alcohol dependency has tested Anna's patience to the limit.

Practically raising their daughter alone, Anna isn't going to let Benny, or anyone, take away everything she's worked so hard for.

An article about the disappearance of a young boy draws Anna into the world of the Assegai Killer and her journalistic skill will prove useful for Benny.

But whilst Anna wants Benny to turn things around, she's going to do what's right for herself and her family.

Christine van Rooyen (Tarryn Wyngaard)

Mother to a young daughter and struggling to get by, Christine earns extra money attending parties thrown by Cape Town's shady businessmen.

Determined and resourceful but at the same time routinely underestimated, Christine's ability to exploit other people's preconceptions of her will end up being her greatest weapon as she is drawn into the world of the Assegai Killer.

Anton Heidt (Albert Pretorius)

Anton Heidt works hard to project an image of legitimacy as an affluent businessman and property tycoon, but the widely recognised truth is that Heidt's fortune rests not on bricks and mortar but on protection rackets, blackmail and violence.

Heidt's wealth and power sustains the illusion that he can take whatever he wants, whenever he wants it.

Mbali Kaleni (Masasa Mbangeni)

Mbali is one of SAPS's few university-educated officers and is a stand-out young detective.

Mbali puts up with her colleagues' condescension and sexism, focussing instead on furthering her career, and although she sees Benny as the poster boy for white male privilege, the pair develop a begrudging respect for one another.

Mbali admires Benny's intuitive hunches and recognises that despite his recklessness, he tends in the right direction.

Col. Themba Genge (Litha Bam)

Genge's loving husband and happy home life are sources of great comfort, enabling him to cope with the horrors that surround him at work.

Genge is an authoritative and pragmatic leader and, as one of the few people aware of the true extent of Benny's drinking, a vital ally to Benny, encouraging him to seek help.

However, over the course of the series Genge and Benny's relationship will be tested by Benny's increasingly erratic behaviour.

Boef Beukes (Gérard Rudolf)

Boef Beukes is an experienced SAPS officer brought into Benny's Assegai Killer investigation.

Boef is a close ally of Benny's, both as a friend and as a colleague, supporting Benny at his lowest and backing his unconventional policing methods, even when doing so puts Boef himself in the firing line.

Guest Stars

Other cast members include Soli Philander, Dawid Minnaar, Faith Baloyi, Thuli Thabethe, Tshamano Sebe, Sizwe Msutu, Rob van Vuuren, Brendan Murray, Duane Williams, Craig Adriaanse, Khadija Heeger, Charlton George, Michele Burgers, Amrain Ismail-Essop, Roberto Kyle, Themba Nofemele, Genna Galloway, Rea Segoati and Lester Kiewit.


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Everyday Cooking

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 16h05
Genre: Food

Everyday Cooking

Even on your busiest days, every home-cooked meal can be easy, exciting and full of flavour - Samantha Seneviratne shows you how.

In the series premiere, "Broccoli Pesto Pasta": Samantha talks pasta with Chef Allison Arevalo, owner of Pasta Louise in Brooklyn, New York, before showing pesto's versatility with her easy, flavourful version featuring broccoli.

And roasted root vegetables over hearty greens rounds out the meal.

In the second episode of the weekend double bill, "Chicken and Clam Paella": Samantha makes paella, a surprisingly easy one-pan meal that's as delicious as it is fun to share.

She follows it up with an even easier dessert featuring caramelized pineapple that's sure to please your family and friends.

House of Villains

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 19h05
Genre: Reality Competition

House of Villains

E! brings together 10 infamous reality television villains under one roof for the competition elimination series House of Villains.

The series is hosted by Joel McHale.

Hailing from some of the most popular reality television franchises, these notorious villains meet their match as they must outsmart, out-manipulate and out-scheme each other through a series of challenges in order to win a $200,000 cash prize and the title of "America's Ultimate Supervillain."

Each week the contestants compete in a battle-royale challenge that tests their physical, mental and emotional strength.

The winner of the challenge is safe from elimination and at the end of the week one villain is sent home.

It's the battle of the century as alliances are made, trusts are broken and the villains scheme their way to the top.

The Villains are:

Anfisa Arkhipchenko (90 Day Fiancé 4)

Johnny Bananas (The Real World: Key West)

Shake Chatterjee (Love Is Blind 2)

Jonny Fairplay (Survivor: Pearl Islands)

Bobby Lytes (Love & Hip Hop: Miami)

Corinne Olympios (The Bachelor 21)

Omarosa Manigault Newman (The Apprentice 1)

Tiffany "New York" Pollard (Flavor of Love 1)

Jax Taylor (Vanderpump Rules)

Tanisha Thomas (Bad Girls Club 2)

Ghosts of Flight 401

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Documentary, Paranormal, Supernatural

Ghosts of Flight 401

On the 50th anniversary of an infamous plane crash, paranormal investigator Steve Shippy and "psychic" medium Cindy Kaza attempt to make contact with the ghosts of Flight 401.

They attempt to find out the horrifying truth about what really happened that fateful night in 1972.

After Braveheart

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Docu-Drama, History

After Braveheart

The epic events portrayed in the Hollywood movie Braveheart were only the beginning of the long war for Scottish Independence.

After the Scotts finally defeat their English oppressors, the peace is uneasy.

The Scotts, led by king Robert Bruce, invade Ireland to make his brother Edward king.

The goal: to unite the Celtic nations and drive the British back to their homeland.

Part 1

This is a story of two Celtic nations, a shared heritage and a forgotten war that could have changed the course of history.

Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, decided to invade Ireland to unite the Celtic nations against the English.

Now for the first time, these dramatic events are explored onscreen.

Part 2

What happened when the army of Robert Bruce invaded Ireland in order to unite the Celtic nations against English oppression?

Few know that the last High King of Ireland was a Scotsman, Edward, brother of Robert Bruce.

Kim vs Kanye: The Divorce

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Special, Reality

Kim vs Kanye: The Divorce

An insider account of the divorce of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, revealed by the lawyers involved and the couple's friends.

Told from both perspectives, it looks at why Kanye fought to save the marriage but why Kim was desperate to end it.

Kanye's Story

After his wife, Kim Kardashian, files for divorce in 2021, troubled mogul Kanye West is determined to hold his family together at all costs.

For the first time, this episode tells the story of the Kardashian/West divorce from Kanye's perspective.

Kim's Story

Reality superstar Kim Kardashian filed for divorce after rapper Kanye West revealed intimate details of their private life.

Those close to Kim tell the inside story of the end of their marriage.

Was Kim right to call time on her explosive relationship?


Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Clip Show, Comedy


Ridiculousness features Rob Dyrdek's unique take on some of today's funniest amateur viral videos and builds them into episodes of edgy, funny and timeless television.

Each episode features Rob's unique style and infectious energy as he breaks down amusing web clips by putting them in segments such as Redneck Good Times, Worst Case Scenario, Ridiculousness in Training, Pogo Stuck, Hot Mess, What Happened Last Night and many more.

Featuring commentary from co-hosts Sterling "Steelo" Brim, Chanel "West Coast" (the rapping receptionist from Fantasy Factory) and complete with a studio audience, the series will also include appearances by some of Rob's closest friends.

It's sure to be a ridiculous season.

Diggstown 4

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

Diggstown 4

Final season!

This legal drama follows Marcie Diggs (Vinessa Antoine, Being Erica), a star corporate lawyer who, after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution, decides to reconsider her priorities.

Set in the gritty arena of a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics, and scrappers - messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice.

They work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty, and gender bias.

Marcie is driven by one thing - to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.

The fourth and final season zeroes in on mental health, the plight of migrant workers, the treatment of a pregnant trans man within the healthcare system, sterilization of Black women and Indian Day School abuse, among other true to life stories.

Marcie is struggling mentally and physically after last season's shooting, while she faces threats and defections from all sides.

As she grapples with one crisis to the next, a former ally's actions threaten to spell the end of Marcie Diggs & Associates.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Larissa Crooks": Marcie's absence leaves a power vacuum at her firm.

When Vivian jumps in, her actions threaten their case against a doctor accused of sterilizing patients, causing tensions to reach a boiling point.


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