New on TV today: Wednesday 22 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 22 Nov 2023
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The Garden: Commune or Cult

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Lifestyle

The Garden: Commune or Cult

An infamous off-grid community that went viral on social media for disturbing allegations is now the subject of this six-part limited series.

On 22 acres of backcountry land in the American South lies The Garden – a community that lives by its own laws, free from the pressures of modern society.

They maintain an open-door policy to anyone seeking to join their ranks, but new people must submit to an initiation period.

Some barely last a week, others are forced to leave, and a chosen few will call The Garden home for good.

Questions continue to arise about the cult-like vibes of the controversial community, but this spring is different.

Cameras have been granted unprecedented access to The Garden, documenting its spread to new locations deep in the Ozarks.

Founded as a cooperative, 'leaderless' community, The Garden could be viewed as a post-apocalyptic wonderland free of societal rules.

However, when potential members arrive, they quickly realise there's more than meets the eye.

New initiates include Tyler, a veteran and self-described doomsday prepper; Tisheila, a truck driver survivalist; 'Oak', who wants to toughen up after years behind a desk; and Jessica, a former cheerleader looking to reconnect with nature.

These newcomers have ten days to prove to The Garden that they have what it takes to be part of the community.

Did they join a commune working towards a sustainable, off-grid way of life?

Or have they just surrounded themselves with members of a mind-controlling cult?

Ghost Ships

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Documentary Series

Ghost Ships

In the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the seafloor is littered with mysteries.

Investigating underwater mysteries and long-forgotten wrecks in the 'Graveyard of the North Atlantic,' Ghost Ships follows pro salvage diver Tony Sampson (Curse of Oak Island) and his team as they brave the shifting currents and bone-chilling legends of Nova Scotia in search of answers.

Joining forces with everyone from archaeologists to treasure hunters, every episode features a compelling human story - along with 3D recreations of the wreck site and thrilling, never-before-seen dives.

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Travel, Wildlife, Nature

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari

Wilderness explorer and survival expert Hazen Audel takes on journeys in some of the world's wildest places, braving the elements and navigating challenging terrain.

Now, the intrepid adventurer takes on his first extreme safari expedition through east Africa's legendary Great Rift Valley.

As a former biology teacher, he's always known the valley as the world's greatest hub for wildlife.

The chance to trek 800 kilometers through its diverse wilderness in migration season and survive out in the open amongst magnificent animals, is a lifelong dream.

Along the way Audel will cross grasslands, caves, mountains and river valleys on foot, in his quest to experience Africa's greatest natural spectacle, the great Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti.

Traversing the challenging landscapes of east Africa, Audel encounters desert nomads, tracks elephants, navigates treacherous waters, searches for rare black rhinos, explores coastal caves and forages for food, all while collaborating with local nomadic tribes and facing the formidable forces of nature.

Along the way, he is reminded that survival in the wild requires not only physical endurance and survival skills, but also a deep understanding and respect for the indigenous peoples and ecosystems of Africa.

In the series premiere, "Desert Nomads": For the first leg of his journey through the Great Rift Valley, Hazen treks into the Chalbi Desert.

Dropping down from surrounding cliffs he's plunged into an unforgiving arid expanse, dodging snakes and hyenas as he searches for the nomadic Gabra tribe.

To make it across the desert he needs to find their treasured singing well and reach a migrating camel train.

Squid Game: The Challenge

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

Squid Game: The Challenge

Immersed in the world of Squid Game, 456 real players put their skills — and character — to the ultimate test for a life-changing $4.56-million prize.

As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show - plus surprising new additions - their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.

The Block Australia 17

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality, Home Improvement, DIY

The Block Australia 17

A Fans v Faves season sees three couples face to face with two experienced returning teams in its very first season set in a suburban cul-de-sac in Hampton, south east of Melbourne.

This year, Blockheads must not only renovate the mammoth project, they'll also have to design the layout and inclusions of their houses themselves from scratch.

In a season packed with firsts, this one will literally dig deeper than ever, with each property having an underground excavation for contestants to create a basement in their homes.

At stake is $100,000 for the winner of The Block, plus whatever profits their home can make on the critical auction day.

All that's standing in the way is five dilapidated houses and three fierce judges who will score the room reveals as they're delivered each week.

Car S.O.S. 10

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Motoring, Reality Makeover, Reality

Car S.O.S. 10

Everyone's favourite petrolheads continue to transform run-down rust buckets into car dreams come true for unsuspecting car owners.

Taking on some of the most daunting car restorations they've ever seen, Tim and Fuzz pull off some of the most heart-warming reveals this time around.

In the Season 10 premiere, "Fiat Uno Turbo": Tim and Fuzz are off to Wellingborough to pick up a 1988 Fiat Uno Turbo, one of the fastest hatch backs of its time.

The car belongs to car salesman Gerry, a dyed-in-the-wool boy racer.

Sadly Gerry's ill health has meant the Uno was tucked away and left to rot on his drive.

His friends and family hope the Car S.O.S. treatment will bring some joy back into Gerry's life.

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Food, History

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America 2

Food writer Stephen Satterfield embarks on a vibrant and powerful culinary journey alongside chefs, historians and activists that celebrates the courage, artistry and resourcefulness of the African American people.

Based on Jessica B. Harris' award-winning book, High on the Hog traces the moving story of a people's survival and triumph via the food that has knit generations together and helped define the American kitchen.

From Gumbo to fried chicken, the culinary journey stretches from Africa to enslavement, to the Harlem Renaissance, up to our present-day.

This is not just an African American story - it's an American story. A feast for all the senses.

In Season 2, Stephen Satterfield travels across the United States to uncover how African-American cuisine has fueled social justice movements, transformed communities and awakened cultural creativity in America in powerful and lasting ways.



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