New on TV today: Monday 22 April 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 22 Apr 2024
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Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Telenovela


Telenovela which revolves around Ntandokayise Mthombeni, a maverick community leader in Tsakane who discovers that she is the rightful heir to the throne of the Khahlamba Kingdom.

She must overcome the ruthless and immoral Prince Mcebo in a life-threatening battle to fulfil her destiny as Queen.

The daily drama celebrates the strength, resilience and power of women who shape their own destinies.

Rooted in destiny and centred around the life of Nthandokayise (played by Linda Mtoba), the story presents a world in which women rise, flip patriarchy on its head and reign.

Queendom explores themes of cultural heritage, tradition, fate, ancestry, power struggles, identity and survival.

Ntando - a resilient and street-smart law student - battles financial hardships while juggling multiple jobs to support her mother, step-father and loving boyfriend in Tsakane.

Unbeknownst to her, she is the long-lost heir to the throne of the Khahlamba Kingdom.

Her mother, Tholakele Mthombeni (Sindi Dlathu), had kept this a secret, having fled for her life from the Khahlamba Kingdom over 30 years ago.

Hurt that he is not next in line, Prince Mcebo (Pallance Dladla) is set to destroy the kingdom through his greed and corruption.

Will Ntando awaken to the significance of saving her people and the sacred life-sustaining spring water at the heart of the Khahlamba Kingdom?

Welcome to Queendom, where two worlds collide and destiny will find you.

The cast includes Hamilton Dlamini as King Banzi Khahlamba, Mduduzi Mabaso as Prince Andile Khahlamba, Pallance Dladla as Prince Mcebo Khahlamba, Dawn Thandeka King as Queen MaNdlovu and Lehasa Moloi as Prince Molapho.

Musician and actor Jabulani "Sjava" Hadebe plays Prince Mkhuseli Khahlamba, the first born son of King Banzi. He also wrote the title track of Queendom, entitled Wena Wamanzi.

Also starring are Slindile Nodangala, Nhlanhla Kunene, Patrick Mofokeng, Themba Ndaba, Mike Mvelase, Sibulele Gcilitshana and Samkelo Ndlovu.

Queendom is produced by Clive Morris Productions.

TVSA Show Page: Queendom

Attenborough and the Jurassic Sea Monster

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Attenborough and the Jurassic Sea Monster

150-million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the land, but the oceans were dominated by a mysterious sea monster.

Meet the Pliosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex of the seas.

Now, a giant skull has been found in the cliffs of Dorset...

Attenborough and the Jurassic Sea Monster follows David Attenborough as he investigates the discovery of a lifetime.

He's joining two of the UK's most intrepid fossil hunters on their perilous expedition to excavate the skull from its resting place 12 metres up in the cliff face.

David's been an avid fossil collector since he was a young boy, but he has never come across a find quite like this.

To help unravel the skull's mysteries, an international team of scientists and palaeontologists search for clues about how this fearsome beast not only looked but how it behaved, and the strategies it used to hunt its prey.

Cutting-edge visual effects sequences bring the sea monster to life, showcasing its astonishing size – thought to be an incredible 12 metres long - and its phenomenal strength.

A momentous new discovery, scientists now believe this could be a completely new species of Pliosaur.

The documentary will combine science and natural history with storytelling and CGI to explore the tale of the most formidable predator of the Jurassic world... one that hunted in the seas just off the coast of Britain.

Save the Leftovers

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition, Special

Save the Leftovers

Antonia Lofaso hosts as two professional chefs compete to transform leftovers into restaurant-quality dishes.

Food truck owner Omayra Dakis and executive chef Dominque Crisp turn leftovers into tacos and ramen.

Then they must use whatever is left from both fridges to make sweet and savoury dishes for host Antonia and guest judge Jake Smollett.

Secrets of the Octopus

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series

Secrets of the Octopus

In every ocean, just beyond our shores, lives an animal with characteristics we think of as human: intelligent, social, curious, gentle and fierce.

They build cities, use tools and collaborate with other species to hunt. They have personalities – some are bold, while others shy.

These animals can change their skin colour, texture and body shape in a blink of an eye and see in wavelengths beyond our vision.

Recent studies reveal octopuses' consciousness, sophisticated decision-making, and unique personalities.

On tropical reefs, in frigid waters, from the shoreline to the deep sea and everywhere in between, the octopus have made a home.


Whether transforming their body shape and colour to disappear or mimicking their deadliest enemy, octopus use shapeshifting superpowers to survive.


Deeply curious, strategic and super smart – the octopus is one of nature's ultimate problem solvers.

Social Networkers

The octopus was thought to be nature's ultimate loner – now its secret social life is revealed.

NOTE: all three episodes are also available on Disney+.

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176 / Openview 113)
TX Time: 14h00
Genre: Food

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

Developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamie Oliver created a TV show to help keep home cooks, and everyone who had to become a home cook, inspired.

In Keep Cooking and Carry On, he shares some incredible recipes that make the most of your kitchen staples, with ingenious ways to use those panicked pantry purchases and forgotten frozen food.

Now that we're out of the woods, the lessons learned are still very relevant.

This is cooking for those who are conscious of their time and their budget - but this doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice the flavour.

Beneath the Surface: The Fight for Corals

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary

Beneath the Surface: The Fight for Corals

Beneath the Surface: The Fight for Corals follows the extraordinary journey of Salma Shaker, a skilled Saudi Arabian free diver, as she delves into the groundbreaking work conducted by scientists at Red Sea Global and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The story transcends borders, including a captivating visit to the reefs in Mexico.

The narrative, told through Salma's eyes, strikes a delicate balance between accessibility and emotional impact, making it a moving exploration of the challenges faced by coral reefs globally.

At the heart of the film is the focus on the undiscovered reefs along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastline.

The documentary aims to unravel the mysteries of this untapped territory, showcasing its unique biodiversity and the integral role it plays in supporting the global ecosystem.

The narrative delves into the potential benefits of coral research in the Red Sea for ecosystems worldwide.

Death in Paradise 13

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Mystery

Death in Paradise 13

DI Neville Parker and his team solve a series of murders on the island of Saint Marie.

Kicking off the new season is the show's milestone 100th episode, in which Commissioner Selwyn Patterson celebrates 50 years of police service, before being left fighting for his life as he's dramatically shot by a mysterious assassin.

As the team and island alike are left in despair, the question remains: will Selwyn survive?

Forged in Fire 10

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Reality Competition

Forged in Fire 10

Forged in Fire is back with a new season of the show, and a new competition kicks off.

This season is 'On the Road', crisscrossing America looking for the best blade smiths in the country.

The show heads to world-renowned blacksmith shops and blade smithing schools across the US from North Carolina to Texas and Montana.

The contestants are slowly whittled down for the chance to compete against other smiths from across America, to determine who will win the ultimate grand prize.

Which smith will come out on top, becoming the first ever 'Forged in Fire: On the Road' champion, winning $20,000 for themselves and $10,000 in forging equipment for their shop?

In the Season 10 premiere, "On the Road: Texas Showdown": On this special On the Road edition of Forged in Fire, we head to Texarkana, Texas to the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, the oldest bladesmithing school in the country, where three of their top smiths will be put through the ultimate test.

After two brutal challenges, only one will emerge victorious, representing the Bill Moran School in the finals and face off against other smiths across the country for our grand prize.


Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary


Narrated by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Tiger lifts the veil on our planet's most revered and charismatic animal, inviting you to journey alongside Ambar, a young tigress raising her cubs in the fabled forests of India.

Curious, rambunctious and at times a bit clumsy, the cubs have a lot to learn from their savvy mother who will do all she can to keep them safe from pythons, bears and marauding male tigers.


Shows in this post: Queendom

1 Comment

22 Apr 2024 10:48

Fascinating about octupuses - that they're so conscious. That they have personalties too. V. Cool.

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