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New on TV today: Thursday 14 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 14 Dec 2023
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Platform 7

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Thriller, Drama

Platform 7

Platform 7 is a thriller following Lisa who, after witnessing a cataclysmic event on platform 7 of a railway station, finds her own fragmented memory jogged to reveal a connection between her own life and that of the event she has just witnessed.

Supernatural elements combine with contemporary realism in this chilling drama.
 

Fright Club

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

Fright Club

If you like to laugh and be freaked out all at once, this is the club for you.

In a frightening yet friendly competition, paranormal investigators Jack Osbourne and the Ghost Brothers - Dalen Spratt, Marcus Harvey and Juwan Mass - come together to freak each other out with the craziest and creepiest paranormal footage they can find.

These guys have each faced their fair share of paranormal disturbances, so they know what's real... and what's really freaky.

It's an uproarious and jaw-dropping battle of the paranormal.

In each episode, Osbourne and the Ghost Brothers reveal mind-blowing supernatural footage: everything from UFOs to Bigfoot and ghosts.

They'll speak to the terrified eyewitnesses who captured it, get insight from psychic mediums, ufologists, cryptozoologists and other renowned experts, before ultimately voting on each episode's "Nightmare Clip" - the most haunting one that'll keep you up at night.

In the series premiere, "Hide Your Kids, Watch the Skies": Jack kicks off the friendly, fright-filled competition with security camera footage featuring what appears to be a ghost creeping through a preschool and brings on a third-generation Bigfoot hunter who claims to have found actual Sasquatch hair.

Marcus Harvey talks to an amateur ghost hunter with startling footage of an apparition powerful enough to crumble a solid wood chair.

Dalen Spratt unearths eerie evidence from a bar plagued by relentless unexplained activity, and Juwan Mass confronts his own fears about misusing spirit boards.

Then, the group witnesses a powerful spiritual phenomenon with a Florida pastor.
 

The Crown 6: Part 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (six episodes)
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

The Crown 6: Part 2

Final season - the final six episodes.

Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatisation tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.

This season, a relationship blossoms between Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed before a fateful car journey has devastating consequences.

Prince William tries to integrate back into life at Eton in the wake of his mother's death as the monarchy has to ride the wave of public opinion.

As she reaches her Golden Jubilee, the Queen reflects on the future of the monarchy with the marriage of Charles and Camilla and the beginnings of a new Royal fairytale in William and Kate.
 

Body Cam Cops

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132 / StarSat 170)
TX Time: 21h20
Genre: Reality

Body Cam Cops

In Body Cam Cops we uncover some of the most powerful, shocking and extraordinary footage filmed by cops on the ground.

Across the world, police officers are now filming the crimes they investigate and the criminals they catch in the act.

From armed raids and manhunts to public order offences, body cameras provide a unique window into how police units across the world deal with crimes of every description.

Thousands of frontline cops are wearing body cameras from Santiago to Seattle, from Northampton to Malaga.

This series features some of the most controversial and breathtaking crimes committed in the past five years.

The show has interviewed the people involved, from officers facing crazed killers to innocent members of the public being wrongfully arrested.
 

Crime Scene Confidential

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Crime Scene Confidential

In her 12 years as a Crime Scene Investigator for Orange County, Florida, CSI Alina Burroughs investigated some of the most startling and devastating cases in the country - from the tragic 2008 death of toddler Caylee Anthony to the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre.

Through her work she has learned that people may not always tell the truth, but the forensic evidence never lies.

Burroughs revisits controversial and shocking murder cases from across the country, taking a fresh look at the forensic evidence with the hope to bring more clarity to these complex crimes and closure to the victims left behind.

Throughout the six-episode series, Burroughs investigates the evidence in some truly baffling murder cases ranging from a deadly fall from a balcony that turns out to be even more twisted than initially thought, to the case of the unexpected death of a young college student that was believed to be closed.

From the unknown to the sensational, Burroughs uses her years of training to see the clues and uncover the mysteries that only an expert CSI could catch, while also having emotional, and sometimes tense, conversations with both the victim's loved ones, and, at times, even the suspected or convicted perpetrator to understand more about the case.

With every case, Burroughs brings not only her forensic expertise, but a compassionate and empathetic understanding of the lingering trauma these cases can have on the family members and loved ones - even after a verdict has been delivered.

In each episode of Crime Scene Confidential, Burroughs hopes to resolve any lingering misconceptions or mysteries around these agonising crimes.

In the series premiere, "My Search for Caylee Anthony": This episode explores the evidence in the death of Caylee Anthony and the subsequent trial of her mother, Casey Anthony.

Talking to the detectives who investigated the case and interrogated Casey Anthony as a suspect as well as chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia who pronounced the cause of death and testified in the trial, Burroughs reveals why those investigating and prosecuting the case felt they had the evidence to go to trial.

Burroughs also reflects on her own time working the scene where Caylee's remains were found and her testimony on the stand.

The episode culminates with an emotional interview with Cindy Anthony, Caylee's grandmother, who first reported the toddler missing.

While Casey Anthony was found not guilty, the case continues to haunt those who investigated the crime.
 

Windy City Rehab: Alison's Dream Home

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, Reality

Windy City Rehab: Alison's Dream Home

This series spotlights the riskiest and most personal project ever for designer and home renovation expert Alison Victoria.

Millions have watched Alison's latest life chapters unfold in her series Windy City Rehab and now she is ready to share more of her journey as she transforms her current Chicago office - a 6,250-square foot warehouse built in 1930 - into her very own "live-work" dream home.

In the series premiere, "Designing the Dream": Alison's creative inspiration will kick into high gear as she walks through the massive space visualizing where to incorporate her favourite show-stopping design elements, including an expansive kitchen with marble countertops, eye-catching copper range hood and cabinetry that extends 12 feet up to the ceiling.

In addition to installing an impressive home theatre and a bar that holds 100 bottles of wine, she also will transform an old office storage space into an indoor courtyard complete with a "sp-ool" or spa/pool, skylights and handmade planter boxes.

To make her new home truly one of a kind, Allison will integrate several stunning antiques, including 19th century hand-painted gold French doors and a mantel imported from Paris.
 

NCIS 18

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

NCIS 18

NCIS is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humour, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.

NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colourful personalities.

Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all.

The team includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; and NCIS Special Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.

There's also the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, who built her reputation as the agency's premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs.

Assisting the team as the NCIS Historian is retired medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because he's seen it all.

Ducky's protégé is the naïve Jimmy Palmer, who graduated from assistant to fully licensed medical examiner and now runs the morgue.

Also on the team is Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines, Ducky's former graduate assistant who impressed Gibbs with her keen forensic skills during a critical time for the team.

Overseeing operations is NCIS Director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo.

From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

In the Season 18 premiere, "Sturgeon Season": Gibbs and Fornell attempt to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell's daughter.

Also, the team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

TVSA Show Page: NCIS 18
 

MasterChef USA 10

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

MasterChef USA 10

This season, the judges - chef Gordon Ramsay, chef Aarón Sánchez and restaurateur Joe Bastianich - take the series to new heights, selecting just 20 incredible home cooks from a batch of top-notch culinary talent.

Throughout the season, the home cooks will face a series of challenges, including cooking for a 10th anniversary pool party, catering a former MasterChef winner's wedding reception, feeding ravenous NASCAR drivers at the Irwindale Speedway and, for the first time ever, traveling to the UK to take over dinner service at Chef Ramsay's flagship London restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Tough competition, surprise guests and many challenges are in store, with one home cook ultimately claiming the title of MasterChef, the $250,000 grand prize and, for the first time in MasterChef history, an opportunity to learn hands-on in each of the judge's restaurants.

In the Season 10 premiere, "The Epic 10th Season Auditions - Pt. 1": Thirty-six of America's finest home cooks enter the MasterChef kitchen in hopes of making it into the Top 20.

After a few surprise visitors greet the eager contestants and the cooks learn they will participate in audition rounds, undergoing evaluation from the judges.

Only the best of the best will earn an apron and move forward in the competition.

A special twist called the "Judges' Pass" will prove to be extremely valuable to one lucky individual.

Find out who makes it to the next round.
 

Midsomer Murders 15

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Midsomer Murders 15

Barnaby and Jones fight more crime in the beautiful but deadly villages and valleys of Midsomer, in four new episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Settle in for more murder and mystery in the picturesque English countryside.

In the first feature-length episode, The Dark Rider, Barnaby and Jones are called in when the appearance of a headless horseman at Quitewell Hall foreshadows a number of deaths among the aristocratic DeQuetteville family.

Meanwhile, the family stages a Civil War re-enactment with their hostile neighbours, stirring up historic battles.

Can the detective duo uncover the truth about the DeQuettevilles and the ghostly rider in order to prevent more murders?

 

Actors in this post: Jack Osbourne, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich

Shows in this post: NCIS



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