New on TV today: Thursday 18 January 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Jan 2024
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Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Thriller


Set and shot entirely in Leeds and West Yorkshire, Better explores the complex and powerful bonds of loyalty and family, set in a world where everyone has their own version of right and wrong.

Examining the power of human conscience, we follow DI Lou Slack's epic battle towards redemption, by bringing down Col McHugh; the man she has come to love like a brother and the man she has helped place at the head of Leeds criminal underworld.

But while Col is a dangerous enemy to make, Lou's biggest battle may yet be with herself.

Nineteen years ago, when Lou was a young police officer at her lowest ebb and Col a low-ranking but ambitious newcomer to the Leeds underworld, their paths crossed, and they struck a deal that changed their lives forever.

The bargain allowed Col to become very rich and very powerful, and Lou to turn around her failing career.

A complex but special bond between the pair was forged, and so began Lou's gradual slide into corruption.

But now, when Lou's family is brought to the brink of a tragedy, she must put right the wrongs that she has spent years rationalising and excusing, to have a second chance at a new, better life.

The Bala Family

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Bala Family

Discover the true makings of musical family the Balas.

Pinky, Zwai, Loyiso and Phelo have a strong yet often-tested bond and The Bala Family takes us behind the scenes as they try to bury their differences and rebuild their relationships.

Zwai's success has been influential in both the music industry as well as within his family, spurring his brothers Loyiso and Phelo to pursue their own music careers.

They helped to revolutionise the genre of kwaito music through the award-winning group TKZee and are recognised as versatile musicians, crossover producers and musical directors.

Now, a couple of marriages, divorces and a new generation of Bala kids later, their extended family, including mom Veronica, hopes that this challenging journey that they are sharing with their fans will help connect their disjointed lives, rekindle their love for each other, and create a sense of belonging and safety.

In the series, you will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster, and witness how this family overcomes a number of obstacles, including their individual religious and cultural beliefs, sexuality and cultural views on family life.

Since the Bala family's love of music began, the Bala brothers – Loyiso, Zwai, and Phelo – have become household names.

In this show, we will meet not only the rest of the clan that influences the family, but also get a completely different view and understanding of who we thought the Bala family to be.

Will they take the time to listen and hear each other and be prepared to make some compromises in order to break down the walls that divide?

To Catch a Smuggler 6

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series

To Catch a Smuggler 6

124-million people enter the USA through the nation's airports each year.

It's a nonstop human tidal wave and hidden amongst them are an endless stream of contraband and ill intentions.

Defending the borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defence of America's airports.

Using every tool available to them, DHS will stop at nothing to catch a smuggler.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Junk in the Trunk": A Homeland Security Investigations stakeout leads to nearly $500K of meth and fentanyl in San Diego.

Customs and Border Protection finds concealed cash and a carload of cocaine at the El Paso border.

MasterChef USA 11

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

MasterChef USA 11

MasterChef enters its 11th season with MasterChef: Legends, featuring chef Gordon Ramsay, chef Aarón Sánchez and restaurateur Joe Bastianich.

They have invited the most respected, iconic culinary legends, including Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Roy Choi, Nancy Silverton and Morimoto to raise the "steaks" of the competition for the most intense season in MasterChef history.

For the first time ever, only 15 of the best home cooks in America will receive the coveted white apron and impress four legends with all new challenges, including the toughest yet, a head-to-head battle with MasterChef's own culinary legend, Gordon Ramsay.

Only one home cook will ultimately claim the MasterChef title, the $250,000 grand prize, a complete Viking kitchen and kitchen tools and bakeware products from OXO.


Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama


Follows a group of single black females as they navigate their "complicated love lives", careers and friendships through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.

The one-hour drama takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and moments that are the epitome of #squadgoals.

The dramatic comedy by Tyler Perry opens its first season with four single girlfriends who have all reached that milestone that separates young adulthood from being fully grown.

The four friends who have been each other's backbone for over a decade have all left their twenties behind them.

Set in present-day Atlanta, Georgia, the show takes you through the quagmires that single women must experience these days on their personal sojourns to find Mr. Right.



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