New on TV today: Wednesday 20 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Dec 2023
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Tulsa King

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama

Tulsa King

Tulsa King follows NY mafia capo Dwight "The General" Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone), just after he is released from prison after 25 years and unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Realising that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a "crew" from a group of unlikely characters, to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that to him might as well be another planet.

In the series premiere, "Go West, Old Man": Dwight, blindsided by the news that his mob family has nothing left for him in New York, is sent to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As he settles in and surveys his new surroundings, Dwight wastes no time making new associates.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

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

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Detective Garry McFadden (I Am Homicide) brings his veteran law enforcement background to Good Cop, Bad Cop.

The six-episode series, hosted by McFadden, recounts detectives' pursuits to solve a complicated murder investigation with a startling twist: the perpetrator is a fellow member of law enforcement.

Featuring interviews with those closely connected to the case and expert insight from McFadden, who has solved hundreds of homicide cases during his own career, each story reveals just how difficult and dangerous it is when the killer is on the inside.

Staged and covered up crime scenes make the investigations all the more complex.

But these dedicated detectives are committed to capturing the criminals and bringing them to justice, no matter the cost or badge they wear.

In the series premiere, "Hunting Ground": San Diego is in a state of panic after police discover the body of Cara Knott tossed over a highway bridge.

With dead-end leads and the city demanding answers, police must work quickly while leaving no stone unturned to bring this monster to justice.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who's just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god, Zeus, accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt.

With help from his quest mates Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.

Outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, he must journey across America to return Zeus' master bolt and stop an all-out war.

Percy's journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, and find out who he's destined to be.

Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation 2

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 13h55
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation 2

What happens after families purchase affordable vacation homes that need a little work?

With a bit of imagination and a lot of muscle, they'll transform their new properties into the relaxing getaways they had always envisioned.

Each episode features couples as they tour several affordable homes with beautiful views of the water and select which property they're willing to overhaul to create the ideal lakeside abode.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Wolf Lake Escape": New parents look to escape their busy New York City lives with a move to Wolf Lake - a small, rustic lake community in upstate New York.

The properties they consider, however, require significant renovations and may break the bank.

Eternal Love

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / StarSat 489 / DStv 195)
TX Time: 16h15
Genre: Telenovela

Eternal Love

Revolves around the lives of Dr. Rohit Sippy and Sonakshi Rastogi, two completely different people belonging to completely different worlds unaware of the fact that their worlds, though poles apart, are meant to collide.

Rohit is a successful cardiologist; calm and practical, he swears by logic and science.

Sonakshi Rastogi is a popular television actress; chirpy and vivacious, she lives in the world of fiction and magic.

Dedicated in their own fields, the two are broken souls with troubled pasts.

They meet and start off on a conflicting note, unable to understand each others' worlds.

Slowly, they start seeing each other in a new light, forming a bond of support and friendship, and thus begins a life-changing journey.

Like Flowers in Sand

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: K-Drama

Like Flowers in Sand

Kim Baek-doo is a ssireum player considering retiring from the sport.

However, his life takes a turn when he reunites with his childhood friend Oh Yoo-kyung, who becomes the management team leader for his ssireum team.

The team is on the verge of disbanding, but with the help of people like Min Hyun-wook and Joo Mi-ran, as well as the new coach Kwak Jin-soo and Baek-doo's best friend Jo Seok-hee, they work together to save the team.


Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary


Superfish is a one-hour documentary revealing the secrets of billfish.

Renowned for their formidable spears or sword-like bills, and prized by sportfishermen around the world, this spectacular group of ocean super-stars includes marlin, swordfish and sailfish.

Marine biologist Rick Rosenthal captures on film the billfish, the biggest, fastest, and most dangerous gamefish in the sea.

A giant marlin in the wild provides exceptional footage that will awaken people to the need to preserve these remarkable billfish.

Limitless Win 2 Christmas Special

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Game Show, Quiz Show

Limitless Win 2 Christmas Special

Presented by duo Ant & Dec, this series features the world's first ever limitless jackpot and a money ladder that never... ever... ends.

Every question is an opportunity to climb the endless money ladder and reach the big money, but only a correct answer banks the cash.

Push their luck too far and they'll crash out of the game and lose it all.

Packed with drama, jeopardy and real emotion, it's quite literally the biggest prize ever conceived.

In this festive edition, two pairs of celebrity guests will take on the infamous Limitless ladder to push their luck and bring home as much money as possible for their chosen charities.

Will they manage to bag a big cash prize?

Call The Midwife: Christmas Special 2016

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Special

Call The Midwife: Christmas Special 2016

As Poplar enjoys celebrating a white Christmas, an unexpected SOS call from the Mother House interrupts festivities.

Hope Clinic, a tiny mission hospital that has links to the Order is threatened with closure.

A small working group of midwives and a cleric have been requested to travel out to South Africa to work at the clinic and assess its future viability.

Sister Julienne swiftly procures the help of Sister Winifred, Trixie, Barbara, Nurse Crane, Dr Turner, Shelagh, Fred and Tom Hereward and they are soon transported to South Africa to try and save Hope Clinic.

The African clinic poses many problems, and the team are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they are faced with: a water supply that's running dangerously low, no electricity and Dr Myra Fitzsimmonds, the clinic's doctor, who is suffering from a mystery illness.

But the biggest hurdle is a neighbouring white farmer, who refuses access across his land for a new water pipe, which could save the clinic's future.

The team dig deep and face these challenges head on, and achieve real success - a completed polio immunisation programme, several trips to save lives in remote locations and a caesarean performed by candlelight.

In their courageous attempt to save Hope Clinic and make a difference to the lives of the people that use it, some of their own lives are changed forever.

Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover

Channel: BBC UKTV (DStv 134)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover

Cricketing legend, presenter and broadcaster Freddie Flintoff, and comedian, actor and presenter Paddy McGuinness bring their unique banter to classic Total Wipeout episodes as plucky contestants take on the Big Red Balls for the chance to win £10,000.

In the series premiere: A butler, a model and a sheep farmer are just three of the fearless contestants who'll be attempting to jump, spin, slide and fall their way to a £10,000 cash prize.

Only the three fastest will make it to the final, battling against the might of the Big Red Balls, the bone-jarring Crash Mountain and the infamous Dizzy Dummies to get there.

Jamie's Christmas Shortcuts

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Food, Special

Jamie's Christmas Shortcuts

Jamie Oliver creates fabulously festive food adorned with savvy savings and shortcuts on Jamie's Christmas Shortcuts, so that we can enjoy Christmas without blowing our budget or burning ourselves out.

Jamie teaches us clever hacks to help make budget-conscious, beautiful and tasty dishes with minimum fuss for the big day and beyond.

The first episode sees Jamie make a juicy turkey and all the trimmings, plus a simple cheesecake and a stunning vegetarian dish.

In episode two (airing tomorrow), Jamie turns to that cosy period between Christmas and New Year, celebrating leftovers and transforming them into delicious dishes - from a vegetable tarte tatin and a Brussel sprout Caesar salad to a winter-veg gnocchi.



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