New on TV today: Thursday 18 April 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 18 Apr 2024
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Plaasjapie 2

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Afrikaans

Plaasjapie 2

The wheat will be separated from the chaff when 18 city slickers must sacrifice the bright city lights for wax candles on the farm.

The participants must - for the first time in their lives - try to tackle farming activities with their bare hands.

No gadgets, no modern technology.

And they all have their eyes on the prize: a cool R1-million.

Ewan Strydom is the presenter of the series.

The participants this season, hailing from as far as Piet Retief and Windhoek, consist of eight men and eight women between the ages of 20 and 55, and they will have to prove that they can farm without the use of modern technology.

The participants are:

Stanley Venter (24), a motor parts salesman from Pretoria

Riaan Snyder (30), a SHEQ officer (safety, health, and environmental management) from Piet Retief

André Mouton (44), a scraper operator from Pacaltsdorp

Etienne de Villiers (36), a wedding and event planner from Pretoria

Blue Kester (39), a community development coordinator from Bellville

Liovian Anderson (40), an entrepreneur from Paarl

Michelle de Waal (42), a medical rep from Windhoek

Milandie Grimbeek (32), a hair stylist from Beaufort West

Zanie van Rensburg (53), a former gym owner and current sports equipment salesperson

Anelda Price (24), a final-year student in Social Work from Parow Valley

Jannie Holsthyzen (20), a security guard from Pretoria

Pieter Gous (28), a mechanical engineer from Cape Town

Liezle Wiese (56), a sales representative in the construction industry from Germiston

Donovan Massyn (24), a senior trade account manager from Pretoria

Danielle Reinecke (24), a somatologist from Rustenburg

Monique Hobkirk (42), a somatologist from Nelspruit

Ancient Egypt by Train

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

Ancient Egypt by Train

Ancient Egypt by Train is a unique travelogue that sees Professor Alice Roberts looking into the world's oldest and greatest civilisation.

And she's doing it by train.

This four-part series starts at the very end of the Ancient Egyptian empire in Alexandria, where the Romans came to take control, and travels back in time, heading south, to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.

Alice digs deep to look beyond the myths and legends to understand what it must have been like to have lived in this fascinating, brutal and complex ancient civilisation.


Starting in Alexandria, Alice goes deep underground in search of Cleopatra.

She discovers how the Romans and the Greeks reacted to the treasures of Ancient Egypt, and learns how a slave became a sultan and built his own fairytale castle.


Alice arrives in Cairo by train carrying a book she first read as a youth, A Thousand Miles Up The Nile by Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Edwards.

Alice follows Edwards' footsteps to the Great Pyramids and is allowed to climb deep inside to see the tomb and sarcophagus of the pharaoh Khufu.


Having seen the treasures of Tutankhamun in a Cairo museum, Alice takes the train to Luxor to see his tomb and his mummified body in the Valley of the Kings.


In Upper Egypt, Alice completes her epic adventure in the city of Aswan, whose quarries provided the granite for the country's vast collection of ancient Egyptian monuments.

Animal Cops: Houston 7

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 15h50
Genre: Reality

Animal Cops: Houston 7

Revealing the grim connection between animal mills and pet stores, join the team at the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) as they investigate cases of animal cruelty and prosecute the perpetrators.

Animal Cops: Houston sheds light on the men and women who track down cases of animal cruelty, rescue sick and abused animals, and fight for justice on their behalf.

Witness this dedicated team's mission as they expose heartbreaking deception behind animal mills and cease the vicious cycle of animal cruelty.

Animal Cops: Houston is an observational series that follows the work of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA).

The HSPCA receives over 10,000 reports of cruelty or neglect every year and its small team of investigators is dedicated to helping these victims of abuse.

Hundreds of thousands of animals are rescued each year from coast to coast and it is the Animal Cops' mission to give hope and create happy endings out of tragic situations.

From the initial investigation and rescue, through court cases and medical rehabilitation, to adoption and new, loving homes, Animal Cops: Houston offers a unique insight into the field of animal welfare.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Undercover ": Animal cruelty investigators join forces with Texas state police officers in an attempt to smash one of the biggest dog-fighting rings in history.

Undercover cops have infiltrated the illegal dog fighting operation and they need the help of a team of HSPCA investigators to raid one of the suspects' properties.


Actors in this post: Ewan Strydom

Channels in this post: kykNET, BBC Earth, Real Time


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