New on TV today: Tuesday 2 January 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Jan 2024
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The Truth About Franco: Spain's Forgotten Dictatorship

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History

The Truth About Franco: Spain's Forgotten Dictatorship

Francisco Franco is regarded by many as one of the most brutal dictators in European history.

Spain is marked by traces of his tyranny even today. And the Generalissimo is still wrapped in mystery.

The documentary series embarks on a detective hunt into the past and examines the almost 40-year rule of General Franco.

What do we know today about the regime of Francisco Franco?

Not more than a few clichés: in the civil war which began in 1936, good fought against evil — and the fascists triumphed.

Their leader, in the widely held opinion of his defenders, was a "hard but clever man" who guided Spain's destiny until his death in 1975.

How much truth is there in that? Very little if we look at the research results of the last 10 years.

The series The Truth About Franco casts new light on "Spain's Forgotten Dictatorship".

In the series premiere, "The Rise to Power": At the end of a bloody civil war Francisco Franco seized power and ruled Spain with an iron hand for nearly four decades.

Under his leadership the conservative, monarchist armed forces staged a coup against Spain's republican government which had been democratically elected.

The insurrection was supported by Italy and Germany.

Three years of bitter civil war followed which, by April 1939, had turned Spain into a different country.

The hostilities and political purges cost half a million lives.

Personal Injury Court

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Court Show, Reality

Personal Injury Court

Personal Injury Court uses videos, testimony, accident recreation and eye-witness accounts to determine who is responsible for the injuries presented in each highly-charged case alleging harm from personal injuries.

M. Gino Brogdon, Sr. is the presiding judge.

The former county judge served a decade on the busiest trial bench in the Southeast, presiding over a variety of civil cases including gun litigation, wrongful death, high stakes business and construction disputes, trucking, product liability, medical and other professional malpractice cases.

Since 2002 Brogdon's adapted the same streamlined approach to mediating and arbitrating nearly 3,000 cases.

Jamie Cooks the Mediterranean

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Reality

Jamie Cooks the Mediterranean

The four-part series will follow Jamie Oliver as he explores the Med from Greece to Tunisia, Spain and France, diving into the fresh flavours and brilliant simplicity of some of the most varied and vibrant cuisines in the world.

Each episode will give us a taste of extraordinary culinary experiences in a variety of settings from diverse urban areas to stunning coastal locations as Jamie embarks on a voyage of discovery, meeting people from a range of cultures and tasting his way around these stunning destinations.

Bringing us a taste of holiday at home, Jamie uses what he learns in each country as inspiration to create delicious new recipes.

These range from smoky aubergine flatbread inspired by Greece and crispy prawn parcels drizzled with harissa dreamt up in Tunisia, to a juicy pork chop with chargrilled peppers courtesy of Spain and a sublime courgette, goat's cheese and olive tapenade tart created in France.

In the series premiere, "Greece": Inspired by Thessaloniki's tasty tidbits and Skopelos' marvellous mezze, Jamie cooks up an aubergine flatbread and lemony char-grilled chicken with tzatziki.

Bel-Air 2

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama

Bel-Air 2

Set in modern-day America, this one-hour drama imagines the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will's complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.

As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he's ever known.

Executive produced by Will Smith, and inspired by Morgan Cooper's viral trailer that reimagined the iconic, culture-defining '90s sitcom, Bel-Air takes a fresh and raw approach to this world of swagger, style and aspiration, while exploring Will's complex journey through a current lens.

In the Season 2 premiere, "A Fresh Start": Will strives to be fully independent from the Banks family after his fallout with Lou.

Also, Ashley celebrates her 13th birthday.

Living by Design 3

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176 / Openview 113)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement, Reality, Lifestyle

Living by Design 3

Brother and sister duo Jake and Jazz Smollett team up to transform the living, work, and play spaces of millennial families.

They know how to hold it down in fashion, food and design.

In this series, Jake and Jazz create simple solutions to everyday design dilemmas for aspiring millennial families.

The team add their own unique blend of style and expertise to bring stunning and aesthetically pleasing homes to life.

With Jake's craftsmanship of carpentry and Jazz's keen eye for modern trends, they will embark on a journey to convert any small space on a frugal budget.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Aria Christian": Jake and Jazz merge fashion and function for Aria and her impressive book collection.

Jake makes a custom bookshelf, and Jazz brings in new lighting and accent pieces.

On the menu is Jake's fettucine with crab cake bake and Jazz makes kiwi lime pie.

Bloodline 2

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Bloodline 2

Bloodline is a dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family.

The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community.

But when the black sheep son comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents' hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns' dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty.

In the wake of Danny Rayburn's death, his siblings look to keep it from destroying their family.

So while John works to deflect suspicion towards a local crime boss, Meg escapes briefly to a new job with a New York City law firm as Kevin sees a new business venture and his wife's pregnancy as his way out.

But their plans are undermined by the unexpected arrival of Danny's teenage son, exposing a sordid chapter in the Rayburns' past that leads their mother Sally to make a decision that will forever alter the family's future.

However, when John's campaign for sheriff and Kevin's desperate attempt to get his life back on track collide in a pair of risky deals that are linked to their late father's past, the Rayburn legacy threatens to reveal the truth about their brother's murder.

In the Season 2 premiere: Meg learns her father kept a secret from the family for years.

Meanwhile, a voice from the past threatens John's plan to frame Wayne Lowry.

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip 4

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip 4

Over a decade after first appearing on The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy reunites Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer and Kristen Taekman as they jet off to beautiful St. Barths for an epic adventure of a lifetime.

The upcoming season will follow the ladies as they return to the infamous house on Saline Beach - aka, the Pirate house - featured in Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City.



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