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New on TV today: Friday 15 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 15 Mar 2024
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Manhunt

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Thriller, History, Miniseries, Drama

Manhunt

A conspiracy thriller about one of the best known but least understood crimes in history.

This is the astonishing story of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination - as the fate of the country hangs in the balance.

The seven-part limited series stars Emmy Award-winning actor Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones).
 

The Sixth Commandment

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h40
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

The Sixth Commandment

NOTE: this show was promoted as starting in January, but never aired.


An inspirational teacher is courted by a student, triggering a complex criminal case.

A sinister real-life story starring Timothy Spall and Anne Reid.

The Sixth Commandment is a four-part true crime drama which explores the deaths of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin in the village of Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, and the extraordinary events that unfolded over the following years.

The series tells the story of how the meeting of an inspirational teacher, Peter Farquhar and a charismatic student, Ben Field, set the stage for one of the most complex and confounding criminal cases in recent memory.

It also focuses on how suspicions around Field's relationship with Ann Moore-Martin, Peter's deeply religious neighbour, unlocked a series of chilling revelations.

The Sixth Commandment explores the way in which both Peter and Ann were manipulated by Field, capturing the extreme gaslighting, the gripping police investigation and the high-profile trial.

While poignantly highlighting the devastating effect of isolation and loneliness, as Field closed in on them, it also celebrates both Peter and Ann's lives as cherished mentors, much loved relatives and adored friends.
 

Wilderness with Simon Reeve

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Nature, Wildlife, Documentary Series

Wilderness with Simon Reeve

On his toughest journeys yet, adventurer Simon Reeve travels through some of the most remote landscapes on Earth, in search of the people and the wildlife of some of Earth's greatest wildernesses.

On our increasingly crowded planet, there are still a few remote areas where nature has the upper hand: the last great wildernesses.

In this series, Simon attempts to journey across four of them, venturing further into the unknown than he ever has before, in a bid to unlock their secrets, and experience the natural world at its most beautiful and fragile.

This time Simon is travelling across four corners of the globe – the biggest journey he has ever taken.

Simon explores the Pacific Ocean's spectacular Coral Triangle, Africa's vast Congo Rainforest, the sweeping Kalahari desert, and the awe-inspiring landscape of Patagonia.

Along the way, Simon embeds himself with the people who make their homes in the wild, to understand how they live alongside nature, and what we can all do to preserve the planet's greatest wonders for future generations.

In the series premiere, "Congo": Simon travels through the Congo, the second-greatest rainforest on Earth.

Simon travels 500 miles across dense tropical jungle, heading for the region of Salonga, where he searches for one of the rarest and most iconic creatures on the continent - the bonobo.
 

Death by Fame 2

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Death by Fame 2

Season 2 explores more shocking true stories behind the rise, fall and murder of some of Hollywood's most promising stars.

Stories include the murders of Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C., actress Tara Correa-McMullen of Judging Amy, lawyer-turned-legal reality TV star Loredana Nesci and the suspicion surrounding the death of singer James Brown and the murder of his son-in-law, among others.

Featuring criminal trial attorney Sara Azari as she reprises her role to provide expert commentary on each case.

Behind the bright lights of stardom lies a dark and sinister side of Hollywood where murder is the main character.

Though Tinseltown promises glitz and glamour, these stars' stories end very differently.

In the eight-episode new season, both rising stars and beloved icons meet a disturbing fate, whether through their own untimely death or acts of evil committed by their own hands.

These stories have become their own Hollywood legends, often leaving more questions than answers.

Episodes this season explore the decades-old murder of musician Jason William Mizell, aka "Jam Master Jay" of the famed hip hop group Run-D.M.C., executed inside his recording studio.

There's also the death of singer James Brown, which some suspected to be murder and became further complicated by the subsequent shooting death of his son-in-law.

Also covered is Blake Leibel, an intern to comedian Jim Jefferies who led a flashy life - until he was convicted of a grisly murder.

Lawyer-turned-legal reality TV star Loredana Nesci went from the spotlight to stabbing victim; and Joseph Son, who starred in Austin Powers and carved out a career playing bad guys until his DNA was linked to a cold case, and more.

In the Season 2 premiere, "A Rising Star Shot Down": This episode recounts the tragic tale of Tara Correa-McMullen, a young actress known for her role as Graciela Reyes on the television series Judging Amy.

At just 15 years-old, Correa-McMullen rose to fame from the tough streets of Los Angeles, starring alongside some of Hollywood's biggest actors and actresses.

But a romance with the wrong person takes her down a dangerous path, and out of the spotlight forever.
 

Chicken Nugget

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

Chicken Nugget

A woman steps into an odd machine and becomes... a chicken nugget?!

Now, it's up to her father and admirer to embark on a zany quest to bring her back.

A bizarre comic-mystery drama, the series takes you on a rollercoaster ride with Sun-man as he navigates an absurd mission: to rescue his daughter, Min-ah, who has turned into a chicken nugget after a mishap with a strange machine.

Along for the wild ride is Baek-joong, who has a secret crush on Min-ah.
 

Alien Encounters: UFO Case Files Exposed

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Alien Encounters: UFO Case Files Exposed

Revelations of military factions investigating UFO sightings have opened a new era in the pursuit for the truth behind alien visitations.

This documentary explores some of the most mind-blowing cases of recent times, exposing new details behind hidden secrets, suppressed evidence and cover-ups.

We examine numerous files, from military encounters to astronaut accounts, abductions, crashed UFO retrievals and alien body examinations.
 

Beavis and Butt-Head (2022) 2

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h25
Genre: Animation, Comedy

Beavis and Butt-Head (2022) 2

The iconic animated duo of Beavis and Butt-Head are back and dumber than ever.

The '90s pop-culture phenomenons return, voiced by creator Mike Judge, to confound common sense, torment each other, and showcase some of the dumbest comedy imaginable.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Meditation Sucks/Polling Place": Beavis and Butt-Head try to empty their minds and find they are surprisingly good at it.

Beavis and Butt-Head mistake their neighbourhood polling place for a strip club.
 

Megan Thee Stallion vs. Tory Lanez: Five Shots

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h55
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime

Megan Thee Stallion vs. Tory Lanez: Five Shots

Get the inside story on the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.

Told from two perspectives, insiders and legal experts look at how Tory Lanez still protests his innocence and examine why Megan was vilified on social media despite her terrifying ordeal.

 

Actors in this post: Tobias Menzies



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