New on TV today: Saturday 20 January 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 Jan 2024
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Dholi Beats

Channel: Zee World (DStv 166)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Telenovela

Dholi Beats

The daring journey of a female dhol player who thrives in the male-dominated society with her husband's support.

Meet Geet: a drummer in a field traditionally dominated by men, who defiantly pursues her career despite societal aggression.

Enter Malhar, Geet's strongest cheerleader, who soon turns into a love interest.

The narrative then delves into their relationship, navigating the challenges they encounter.

The storyline revolves around themes of women's liberation, independence and fostering a progressive mindset.

The original Hindi title of the show is Geet Dholi.

Unstoppable Thabooty 2

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Unstoppable Thabooty 2

Thando Thabethe continues to take centre stage this season as her clothing manufacturing venture grows, with her sister, Sasa, stepping into a more active role in Thabootys' operations.

Thando hosts a gala dinner to celebrate her SAFTA win for Best Actress - Comedy for her role as Beauty in the Netflix comedy series How to Ruin Christmas 3.

Mantsoe, back in the radio game, shocks herself with how talented she is. No, really. She promises an inside look at her "journey of growth and self-discovery".

Meanwhile, Given takes a step forward by embracing speaking opportunities and amplifying his voice through radio.

This season, he is even more determined to make a positive impact on society.


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


Thousands of ship wrecks lie at the bottom of the sea, among them the wrecks Wakashio, MT Haven and Orient Queen.

Orient Queen

When firemen were called to Beirut port to put out a fire that had started in one of the warehouses, they heard a strange crackling sound.

Little did they expect what happened next: a masssive explosion.

MT Haven

MT Haven sank off the coast of Italy on the 13th April 1991 and has become a popular dive site for deep water divers.

The shipwreck was considered one of the worst oil spills in history and certainly the worst in the Mediterranean.


On the 25th of July 2020, Japanese-owned cargo ship Wakashio rammed into a reef off one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Pointe d'Esney, in Mauritius.

The ship lay on the reef for a month before the government of Mauritius called for help.

Captivating the King

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

Captivating the King

The series depicts the cruel love story of Yi In, a miserable king who has no one around him that he can trust and is in danger of both royal and political power struggles; and Kang Hee-soo, who tries to deceive him for revenge but ends up falling in love with him.

Amid a royal and political power struggle, a king entangles with an intriguing woman — whose hidden desire for revenge transforms into unintended love.

The Wrestlers

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / StarSat 489 / DStv 195)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Documentary Series

The Wrestlers

Hardcore musician and diehard wrestling fan Damian Abraham travels the globe to document the vibrant, fascinating and bizarre subcultures of professional wrestling around the world.

In the series premiere, "The Next Wave of Mexican Luchadores": As Mexico copes with an ever-present drug war and Trump’s Wall, Lucha Libre is more popular than ever, and some wrestlers see Lucha as their ticket to America.

How I Caught the Killer 3

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

How I Caught the Killer 3

Featuring exclusive officer accounts, chilling evidence and stylish recreations, How I Caught the Killer provides insight into what it's like to work on indecipherable cases.

The series shines a light on a myriad of murders and an array of outstanding officers who made key discoveries during investigations - from the dedication of the detectives, to the forensic analysis of the CSIs and the heart-wrenching role of the family liaison officers.

Each 60-minute episode focuses on a different murder case, characterised by either a unique scenario to solve, particularly ingenious policework or especially disturbing suspects.

The story of the investigation unfolds using multiple voices in static interviews and in key locations.

The urgency of the 48 hours is conveyed by mixing footage and photographs from the case files, illustrative recreations, and unpicking the crime scene using footage and dynamic graphics.

Telling the story of the investigation from the perspective of the police - former policeman and Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding narrates this series packed with revelations from the people who solved murders and caught killers.

Counting Cars 9

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Motoring, Reality

Counting Cars 9

Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny "The Count" Koker bets with cars.

This Sin City legend walks, talks and breathes cars and bikes.

When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it — including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners.

On Counting Cars, Danny and his team restore, customise and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black.

From classics to exotics, from hotrods to choppers, Danny and the crew of Count's Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.

In the Season 9 premiere, "Alice Cooper Returns": Rock Legend Alice Cooper left his prized Avanti in The Count's hands, and now, he's back to get it.

Will Alice like what Danny and the crew have done, or will it be no more Mr. Nice Guy?

And Ryan is asked to create detailed artwork on a chopper, but there's a catch: it must be all black.

Meanwhile, Horny Mike nails a shop improvement project for Danny... almost.


Actors in this post: Thando Thabethe


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