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New on TV today: Wednesday 8 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 08 Nov 2023
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Culprits

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Thriller, Comedy-Drama

Culprits

Culprits kicks off where most crime stories end: after a high-stakes heist, when the crew of elite criminals have gone their separate ways and have tried to leave their old lives behind.

Past and present collide when a ruthless assassin starts targeting them one by one.

Why are they being stalked, who is behind the mayhem, and will they be able to find one another in time to protect themselves and the people they love?

Joe Petrus is living the American dream: he's a fiancé to Jules, dad to Frankie and Bud, and starting his own business in a sleepy suburban town.

But unbeknownst to his family, Joe has a secret.

Three years ago, Joe was recruited by notorious British criminal Dianne Harewood to join her crew and take part in a high-stakes crime – one that promised to make Joe rich and provide him with a brand new life.

And now, his dangerous past is about to catch up with him.

When a killer starts targeting the crew behind the crime, Joe realises that the only way to keep his family safe is to return to London, make contact with his old gang, and track down Dianne.
 

The Buccaneers

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

The Buccaneers

Girls with money, men with power. New money, old secrets.

A group of fun-loving young American girls explode into the tightly-corseted London season of the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the land of the stiff upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition.

Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers' hearts are set on much more than that, and saying "I do" is just the beginning...
 

Wild Tales

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Wild Tales

Each film tells a single story. But when combined, Wild Tales becomes a series that is as beguiling and diverse as nature itself.

In the series premiere, "Sea Lion King": From Australia's southwest coast comes the tale of a sea lion pup and the unique animals that share its rugged home.
 

Cyberbunker: The Criminal Underworld

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

Cyberbunker: The Criminal Underworld

This documentary reveals how a group of hackers powered the darkest corners of the Internet from a Cold War-era bunker in a quiet German tourist town.

Two worlds collide in an idyllic German tourist town: a group of mysterious Dutchmen around their eccentric leader Xennt want to take over the vast NATO bunker under the town.

He promises the small village a prosperous future and hundreds of jobs.

But some residents are worried and rumours spread through the village: is Xennt, the charismatic man with long blond hair and a black leather coat, actually a ruthless criminal on the run who wants to turn the bunker into a stronghold for drug trafficking?

The people of Traben-Trarbach turn to the police - but in vain: despite all warnings, the bunker is sold.

Xennt and his gang entrench themselves hundreds of metres underground and call their new home CyberBunker 2.0.

What the inhabitants couldn't yet know - a portal to the underworld opens up under Traben-Trarbach.
 

The Responder

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama

The Responder

Written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, his first original series for television, The Responder holds a mirror up to the emotional extremes of life on the front line of British policing - sometimes darkly funny, sometimes painfully tragic, always challenging.

The Responder follows Chris Carson (Martin Freeman, The Office), a crisis-stricken, morally compromised, unconventional urgent response officer tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool.

Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel.

Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.

In the series premiere: Chris Carson is struggling - every night he drives a police response car in the city of Liverpool, dealing with everything from warring neighbours to druggies, and he's also suffering from a breakdown brought on by stress at work, and wants to leaves his marriage.

His wife, Kate, offers to pay for more counselling, but Chris rejects her help preferring to sort his own problems out, even though he is reaching breaking point.

When an old school friend, Carl Sweeney, asks him to help find a young heroin addict called Casey, Chris uses his local knowledge to locate her in a hideout in an alleyway.

But when Casey tells him that she has stolen a bag of cocaine and may be in danger, Chris offers to help, seeing a path to redemption in the young woman - if he can save her, perhaps he can save himself.

Carl is furious with Chris for helping Casey escape - the bag of drugs that Casey stole isn't actually his, and if Chris can't help Carl find the bag, they are both in deep trouble.
 

The Santa Clauses 2

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

The Santa Clauses 2

The Ho, Ho, Holidays are right around the corner, will the North Pole be ready in time?

Scott Calvin is back. After being Santa Claus for nearly 30 years, he's as jolly as ever.

But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic.

Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family.

Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.

Scott turns his focus towards training his son Calvin to eventually take over the "family business" as Santa Claus.
 

Escaping Twin Flames

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime

Escaping Twin Flames

A couple built a spiritual business to help people find true love. Now, former followers are sharing their disturbing practices.

In our digital era, why not turn to the Internet to find your soulmate?

Enter Jeff and Shaleia, the leaders of Twin Flames Universe who sell online classes that guarantee harmonious union with your destined partner.

From the Emmy-nominated team behind Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult comes Escaping Twin Flames, a three-part documentary series that pulls back the veil on Twin Flames Universe, a controversial online community that preys on people looking for love.

With exclusive access to former members, the series reveals the horrifying stories of coercion and exploitation surrounding Twin Flames Universe – from encouraging stalking behaviour to manipulating gender identities.

The series also documents the active efforts of family members to rescue their loved ones from Jeff and Shaleia's web.
 

Wheeler Dealers 10

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136)
TX Time: 15h10
Genre: Reality, Motoring, Reality Makeover

Wheeler Dealers 10

Experienced car dealer, Mike Brewer, is joined by multi-talented mechanic, Ant Anstead, in a monumental motoring mission: to find and restore iconic cars to later sell for a profit at their LA-based shop.

In the series, Mike has the challenging job of finding vehicles that have money-making potential. He then hands them over to Ant, who tackles everything from bare metal re-sprays to gearbox swaps to bring them back to their former glory.

From the sunny beaches of southern California to the coldest edges of Maine, the series scours the US from coast-to-coast for the best vehicles to buy, restore, test and sell for a tidy profit.

What treasures will the guys find and flip on their epic adventures?

In the Season 10 premiere, "Aston Martin DB7": Mike finds a tired, unloved Aston Martin DB7 with a load of problems.

Edd tries to take the faded masterpiece, turn back the clock and finish everything to a high standard so Mike can get top dollar.
 

World War II: Secrets from Above

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Documentary Series, History

World War II: Secrets from Above

As we fly above the infamous battle sites of D-Day and Dunkirk, soar over hidden Nazi bunkers, and glide across lost battleships and sunken shipwrecks – this new series exposes secrets of World War Two - in a brand-new way.

Matching archive film and photography to their original locations, this series charts the most extraordinary events of WWII from a unique perspective.
 

Robbie Williams

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

Robbie Williams

After 25 years of his record-breaking solo career, Robbie looks back on his younger self and reflects on a lifetime spent in the spotlight.

Robbie Williams is one of the world's greatest entertainers.

As he approaches 50, a dad of four with a loving wife and a young family, he's also somewhere near content.

Been there, done that, settled and happy.

But Robbie can't escape his past — and his past has all been captured on film in thousands of hours of behind-the-scenes footage he has never seen.

Until now.

Robbie's way of exorcising his demons is to go back through every single frame, every up and every down.

Platinum albums, sell-out gigs, adoring crowds; drink, drugs, rock bottom and whatever comes next when you get there and you can't stop digging.

This is a story of unimaginable fame at a tender age — and the price you pay.

 

Actors in this post: Martin Freeman



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