New on TV today: Tuesday 12 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 12 Dec 2023
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Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Spy?

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

Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Spy?

In 2013, Edward Snowden, an IT subcontractor working for the American signals intelligence agency, the NSA, travelled to Hong Kong to leak thousands of classified US documents on domestic data collection to a group of journalists.

Five years later, this film assesses Snowden's journey, which ended in Moscow, where he still lived at the time this documentary was made.

The US government claims that Snowden took as many as 1.5-million classified files.

Where did they end up? Was Snowden acting alone? What damage did he do to Western security?

To what degree did the material leaked by Snowden reveal mass surveillance by the NSA? What impact did his revelations have on cyber security?

Is Snowden a whistleblower, or a spy?

Under Pressure: The US Women's World Cup Team

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Docu-Reality, Sport

Under Pressure: The US Women's World Cup Team

This all-access sports series will allow audiences to intimately follow the US Women's National Team's players and coaches and reveal an inside look at the most decorated team in soccer history.

You will get a first-hand look at the pressure, the euphoria, the joy and the hardships that these world-class athletes experience as they strive to capture their third World Cup title in a row.

Issues ranging from injury, criticism and doubt, to equal pay and upholding legacies are all brought to light as the narrative unfolds.

The series will capture all of the personal and team preparation on the road to the 2023 FIFA World Cup.

Throughout their tournament run, you will learn how this team stands on the shoulders of those who played before them, and how they continue to break the glass ceiling for equality in sports for women of the future.

Poker Face

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Mystery

Poker Face

Poker Face is a 10-episode "mystery-of-the-week" series following Charlie (Natasha Lyonne), who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying.

She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can't help but solve.

Guest stars include Adrien Brody, Benjamin Bratt, Cherry Jones, Chloë Sevigny, Clea DuVall, Ellen Barkin, Judith Light, Lil Rel Howery, Luis Guzmán, Nick Nolte, Rhea Perlman, Ron Perlman and S. Epatha Merkerson.

In the series premiere, "Dead Man's Hand": When a close friend meets an untimely end, Charlie Cale, a casino cocktail waitress with an uncanny knack for identifying lies, is determined to unravel these mysterious events, even if it endangers her own life.

Justified 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama, Western

Justified 2

Developed by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard's short story Fire in the Hole.

Fresh off the epic gun battle that concluded Season 1, Season 2 of Justified finds Bo Crowder dead, and the Crowder criminal grip on Harlan County broken.

Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) must now face off against the criminal organizations that are moving to fill the void, and finds himself entangled once again with the mercurial Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).

The series co-stars Nick Searcy as Givens' longtime friend and boss Chief Deputy Art Mullen; Jacob Pitts as Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson; Erica Tazel as Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks; Joelle Carter as Ava Crowder, Boyd Crowder's sister-in-law; and Natalie Zea as Raylan's ex-wife Winona Hawkins.

Walton Goggins also stars as Boyd Crowder.

Joining the cast in recurring roles this season are Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby), Jeremy Davies (Lost), Joseph Lyle Taylor (100 Centre Street) and Brad William Henke (October Road), who play members of the Bennett Family.

For generations the Bennetts have been the biggest pot farmers in Eastern Kentucky, and have a long-standing feud with Raylan's family.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Moonshine War": Following the breakup of a Miami-based drug cartel, Raylan pursues his nemesis-turned-ally Boyd Crowder.

Meanwhile, his investigation of sex offender Jimmy Earl Dean's (guest star Billy Miller) harassment of a teenage girl brings Raylan face-to-face with an old Givens family enemy and the matriarch of a local crime family, Mags Bennett (guest star Margo Martindale).

TVSA Show Page: Justified 2

The Curious Case of Natalia Grace

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Mystery

The Curious Case of Natalia Grace

Three-part docuseries which offers extraordinary access and exclusive insight into a mystery ripped straight from the headlines: Who is Natalia Barnett?

Initially assumed to be a six-year-old Ukrainian orphan with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a rare bone growth disorder that can result in skeletal abnormalities as well as issues with hearing and vision, Natalia was adopted by Kristine and Michael Barnett in 2010.

However, the happy family dynamic soured when allegations against Natalia were brought by the Barnetts who alleged Natalia was an adult masquerading as a child with intent to harm their family.

In 2013, Natalia was discovered living on her own which ignited an investigation that led to Michael and Kristine's arrest and a firestorm of questions.

It is an astonishing odyssey of deceit, colourful characters, twisted family dynamics and unbelievable testimonies.

Featuring exclusive bombshell interviews with members of Natalia's adoptive family including father Michael Barnett and brother Jacob Barnett, as well as relatives, friends, legal experts and neighbours of Natalia and the Barnett family, The Curious Case of Natalia Grace offers a never-before-seen glimpse into the Barnett family, Natalia's identity, Michael Barnett's October 2022 trial, as well as key insights into new theories and evidence.

Unfolding over multiple parts, the docuseries presents an unparalleled deep dive into this shocking family saga tracing all the way from Natalia's birth in Ukraine up to the arrest and subsequent legal proceedings around Michael Barnett on charges of neglect.

The unprecedented story is riddled with shocking allegations and explosive revelations.

Kevin Hart & Chris Rock: Headliners Only

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

Kevin Hart & Chris Rock: Headliners Only

From back in the day to the top of their game, Kevin Hart and Chris Rock offer an unparalleled, behind-the-scenes look at their friendship and careers.



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