New on TV today: Friday 12 January 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 12 Jan 2024
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Celebrity Race Across the World

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition

Celebrity Race Across the World

Four celebs, 24 countries, zero VIP treatment.

With no phones or flights allowed, famous faces and family pairs must get from Africa to the Arctic – by any means necessary.

Race Across the World is back with another instalment, with celebrities taking on the challenge of the format for the first time.

Four famous faces will leave behind their lives of luxury to embark upon an epic 10,000km race from Africa to the Arctic.

They must ditch their reliance on luxury travel, smartphones and credit cards, and learn to travel on a limited budget.

They will face the same hardships, twists and turns as the regular series, but will enjoy the same rewards that the thrill of the race has to offer.

The only support the celebrities will have is their travelling partner – a trusted family member.

Taking on the race are McFly drummer, Harry Judd and his mum, Emma; British racing driver and pundit Billy Monger with his sister, Bonny; singer-songwriter Mel Blatt and her mum, Helene; and broadcaster Alex Beresford with his dad, Noel.

Ezomshado 2

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Ezomshado 2

Uthando Nes'thembu stars Busisiwe 'MaCele' Mseleku and Thobile 'MaKhumalo' Mseleku host this intervention show aimed at giving marriages a fighting chance.

As coveted as the wedding ring might be for many couples (and singles), marriage isn't an easy journey.

As the stars of Uthando Nes'thembu (and Real Housewives of Durban), MaCele and Thobile have been navigating a polygamous marriage for several years.

This made them an obvious choice for a show which stages interventions for married or engaged couples facing challenges on what is an important journey in their lives.

The mission is to help build successful and intimate relationships, one couple at a time.

The show discusses topics on all matters of the heart with the Mseleku wives.

But it isn't just be he-said, she-said: where needed, other sources share insight into a couple's situation, before the relevant experts weigh in with guidance meant to empower partners and strengthen their relationships.

This season highlights the show's main mission – to mend and rebuild marital relationships, and to dig deeper into the emotional bond that binds couples together, providing:

A safe haven: In this season, a retreat offers a serene environment for couples to engage honestly and confront the root of their problems.

Guidance from the pros: A team of experts, skilled at solving different relationship challenges, will offer insights and support.

Innovative healing techniques: Through specially selected activities, couples will learn to resolve conflict, communicate effectively, and rekindle their bond with passion.

Each episode is a blend of personal storytelling, intervention and healing activities created to find the roots of conflict and build understanding and forgiveness.

Couples will not only confront their past, but will be provided with tools for a healthier, happier future.

Time 2

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

Time 2

Guilt, violence and impossible choices – what does it take to survive?

In a different story this season, three women are pulled into each other's orbit when they arrive at Carlingford prison on the same day.

Whilst single mother Orla fights to keep her children out of care and desperately tries to wrest her life back on track, young heroin addict Kelsey is presented with a life-defining decision.

Meanwhile, tough lifer Abi is haunted by a sinister secret that attracts unwanted attention from fellow inmates, putting her safety at risk.

Secret Crush 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

Secret Crush 2

In this series lovestruck singletons who've been harbouring feelings from afar finally reveal their hidden passion to their unknowing crush.

Whether they've been secretly dreaming of dating their best friend, colleague or gym buddy, it's time for the lovelorn to publicly admit the desires they've been keeping bottled up.

But will their affections be reciprocated? Is love going to blossom? Or should their secret crush have actually stayed secret?

For the four hopefuls in each episode, it's time to find out.

Admirers from all walks of life will secretly invite their crush to join them, agreeing to be filmed as they declare their true feelings.

The other person will be told before filming that someone in their life secretly likes them but won't find out who it is until the moment they walk into the date.

Honest revelations, shocked faces, tears of relief, and potential new relationships could all be in store.

In the Season 2 premiere: Livewire Evie wants to go from drunk snogs to deep in love with her crush Rico, and dance student Jules thinks he's got the moves to impress colleague Lilly.

Dirty Jobs 5

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Dirty Jobs 5

It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.

Mike Rowe, a champion of essential workers, is rolling up his sleeves to celebrate the next generation of hardworking men and women who have made civilized life possible.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Mattress Recycler": Mike heads to Miami to recover and crush abandoned boats.

Then he heads to San Francisco to pick up and recycle used mattresses.


Actors in this post: Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig, Mike Rowe

Channels in this post: BBC Earth, Mzansi Magic, M-Net, SABC3


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