MTV Shuga: Down South 2
eExtra (Openview 105 / StarSat 489 / DStv 195)
MTV Shuga: Down South 2 is set one year on from the previous season, as old and new faces collide in the buzzing downtown hub of Braamfontein and the fictional vibrant township of Zenzele, where the characters come to terms with young adulthood, their relationships, sexual health, happiness and the challenges of self-acceptance and survival.
Directed by Thishiwe Ziqubu, Vivek Mehta and previous MTV Breaks winner Mlu Godola, the new season focuses on topical issues in South Africa including toxic masculinity, the realities of living with HIV as a young person, and the root causes of gender-based violence.
Other key plot points include domestic violence, transactional sex, knowing your HIV status, antiretroviral treatment adherence and LGBTQ+ relationships.
A number of actors from Season 5 return, including Thuso Mbedu who reprises her role as Ipeleng, the intelligent university scholar who struggles to balance university life with the pressures of caring for unruly little brother Lemo, played by Tshiamo Molobi.
Given Stuurman also returns as Reggie, the loveable friend who must now learn to navigate life in Braamfontein as an openly gay young man.
Ayanda Makayi is back in Zenzele as criminal Sol, and Samke Makhoba returns as Khensani, who must face life after the loss of her best friend Tsholo.
Other key roles are played by Jezriel Skei, Lerato Walaza, Jemima Osunde, Jet Novuka, Nqobile Sipamla, Gcina Grace Olifant, Sthandiwe Kgoroge and Winnie Ntshaba.
Newcomers to the series include public auditions winner Malibongwe Mdwaba, who was awarded the principal role Kwanele, a fun-loving party boy who works and lives with friend Reggie.
Other new characters include Mohale Motaung, who stars as the charming Odirile; Mamarumo Marokane, who plays sports science student Dineo; Mamodibe Ramodibe, who plays Lesotho-born Arabeng; and Dee Rasedile as Sol's little sister Thuli.
TVSA Show Page: MTV Shuga: Down South 2
Date My Family 11
Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
Dating Game Show, Reality
Dating game show in which singles who are looking for love are sent on dates with the families of three potential partners, and must decide who to date based solely on the impression their family gives.
Forget about the "two people meet each other" typical love story. It's now a full-on family affair.
In each episode, audiences are introduced to a bachelor/bachelorette who's looking for love.
That singleton is then sent on three dates – to meet the families of three potential partners.
The twist in the tale?
The bachelor/bachelorette must choose just one potential partner who they think they'll hit it off with – based solely on what the families say and do.
But will they make the right choice?
The three potential partners are kept out of sight, watching the action unfold onscreen, as the bachelor/bachelorette engages with their respective family.
They secretly hope that their families paint them in the best possible light and make a good first impression.
With no communication at all between the bachelor/bachelorette and the potential partners, the scene is set for an unforgettable final date.
Expect laughs and drama as Cupid gets a helping hand from brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, moms, dads, nieces, nephews, cousins and of course, grandparents.
At the end the day, the question remains: will it love at first hello - or a fast goodbye?
In the Season 11 premiere: We meet 28-year-old Thabang Mothajana from Bloemfontein.
Thabang enjoys going out and playing soccer and his ideal partner needs to be compatible with him.
TVSA Show Page: Date My Family 11
Father Brown 11
BBC Brit (DStv 120)
Drama, Period Drama, Mystery
The charming Father Brown returns for another gripping season to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford.
Each episode sees the inimitable priest investigate a crime in his own particular way.
Season 11 picks up in 1955 where Chief Inspector Sullivan and Mrs Devine have grown closer since we saw them last, something which hasn't escaped the notice of Father Brown and Brenda.
With a food fayre to die for, a real life crime at a crime writing festival and a village rivalry that turns deadly at the local Olimpicks, there's plenty for the gang to be busy with.
Father Brown and Sister Boniface become embroiled in a murder at an arts and crafts fair, while Brenda takes a trip in time to face ghosts from her past when an old friend, Dr McClurgy, reaches out.
Meanwhile Father Brown's frenemy Flambeau returns with his estranged father, Gabriel, in tow and a dangerous mission in mind...
In the Season 11 premiere, "The Kembleston Olimpicks": Mrs Devine is shocked when her son Eddie returns to Kembleford.
She is determined to keep her new relationship with Chief Inspector Sullivan a secret from everyone, although Father Brown and Brenda know exactly what's going on.
Soon the competitive nature of the games starts to show, with disgruntled gardener Patty Frewin blaming Dr Geoffrey Fleming for her withdrawal from the competition, while Shirley Fraser is also unusually edgy around the doctor.
Elsewhere, Geoffrey disqualifies his own brother Brian, much to the delight of Hambleston captain, William Redshaw.
When Hambleston competitor Ursula Fanshaw is poisoned during the spinach eating contest, it soon transpires that Geoffrey was the intended target.
Can Father Brown identify the killer before they strike again?
Slimkoppe met Netwerk24 2
VIA (DStv 147)
Quiz Show, Afrikaans
A panel-driven quiz show where it isn't the correct answer that wins the day, but the funniest or most interesting one.
The questions are tricky, and the answers complicated, but presenter Susan Booyens keeps the Slimkoppe in line.
In the Season 2 premiere: The Slimkoppe scratch their heads over South African myths and legends.
This includes a discussion about Pinky-Pinky and Big Snake peeking through a Hole-in-the-Wall at Van Hunks and the Devil.
Bloodline Detectives 4
CBS Justice (DStv 170)
True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama
In the same way that DNA profiling fundamentally changed forensic science, familial DNA testing is supercharging DNA profiling.
It is the forensic revolution that is seeing cold cases solved all over the world and Bloodline Detectives explores and tells the stories of some of the most extraordinary cases solved to date.
Using witness testimony, new interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions, Bloodline Detectives reveals a new and dynamic form of crime fighting.
In the Season 4 premiere, "Horror by the Roadside": A man discovers the body of a young woman in a roadside ditch in Kentucky.
The girl is identified as 16-year-old Carol Sue Klaber who was last seen riding her bike.