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New on TV today: Thursday 13 June 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 13 Jun 2024
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Yes, to the Impossible: The Nolo Letele Story

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

Yes, to the Impossible: The Nolo Letele Story

A documentary about the life of former MultiChoice Group Executive Chairperson Nolo Letele.

The documentary shows how growing up in an era where the spirit of independence was sweeping across Africa shaped Letele's vision for the continent to have its own voice – and how he worked tirelessly to realise that vision.

To speak of the growth of the African broadcast media industry is to speak of the result of Nolo's endeavours, passion for African storytelling and relentless commitment to excellence.

After studying electronic engineering at the University of Southampton, and later becoming a chartered engineer, Nolo applied for jobs in South Africa - only to find there were hardly any jobs for a black electronics graduate back in 1974.

He ended up working for Lesotho National Broadcasting Service, a small radio station and subsequently played a major role in starting the first TV station in Lesotho in 1988.

Having established his credentials, he was then asked to join M-Net in 1990 by then-Naspers CEO Koos Bekker to help build DStv into a global brand.

In spite of South Africa's image during those Apartheid years, Letele succeeded in pioneering MultiChoice's expansion into the rest of Africa, and in 1995 went on to serve in Ghana as West African regional general manager.

He returned home when he was appointed chief executive of MultiChoice South Africa a few years later.
 

Frat Boys: Inside America's Fraternities

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

Frat Boys: Inside America's Fraternities

America's college fraternities are notorious for hard drinking and hard partying, but they are also accused of fostering a culture of brutality and sexual assault.

During one term at the University of Central Florida, the BBC's This World programme follows the life of a group of Frat Boys as they embark on the pledging process, when new recruits have to prove themselves before they can become a fraternity brother.

Most kids are joining because fraternities provide access to a powerful network of alumni throughout the US.

But each year students die or are injured in barbaric initiation rituals, known as hazing.

And some argue that the way fraternity system is set up allows sexual assaults to occur during drunken campus parties.

Research has shown that fraternity men are three times more likely to sexually assault than non fraternity men.
 

Million Dollar Wheels

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136)
TX Time: 15h10
Genre: Motoring, Reality

Million Dollar Wheels

What do Jeff Bezos, multiple celebrities, and the most baller orthodontist in Beverly Hills have in common?

They're all DM'ing RD Whittington - connector between the ultra-rich and the insane toys they spend their millions on.

Welcome to a behind the scenes look into the life of the world's most successful celebrity car dealer... and all those trying to steal his throne.

The story of American Dreams coming to life is on full display in Million Dollar Wheels.

Million Dollar Wheels follows a diverse group of the top luxury and supercar dealers in the world.

They are purveyors of the most exclusive vehicles in existence to an elite clientele composed of major celebrities in music, television and film, entrepreneurs in tech, next level hypercar enthusiasts, and the insanely wealthy.

These dealers are the top tier of this industry, and no one else is as connected, savvy, or strategic.

They don't just sell cars; they sell a lifestyle right along with their own personas as the gatekeepers to exclusivity.

But it's their personalities, motivations, struggles and life dramas that make them truly unique.

They are tastemakers to the wealthy who themselves are breaking molds, shattering glass ceilings, and building multimillion-dollar businesses.

Through the lens of these market leaders, audiences get an exclusive look into the world of high-end car sales and everything it takes to meet the expectations of their clients.

Characters within their own right, these rare cars are the hottest ticket amongst high society, and the battle is on for which owner holds the keys.

Featuring appearances by the buzziest names in Hollywood including Jamie Foxx, Kim Kardashian, singer-songwriter J. Balvin, Spider-Man star Tom Holland, TikTok star Tayler Holder and the rarest Rolls Royces, Ferraris, McLarens and Maybachs in the world.

Million Dollar Wheels invites you to experience the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
 

Zoe Bakes 3

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 16h05
Genre: Food

Zoe Bakes 3

Zoë François bakes and cooks her favourite recipes, from easy main dishes to delicious desserts, with a little help from her friends and family.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Victoria Sponge Cake": Summer in Minnesota means one thing to Zoë - strawberries.

To celebrate, she's making a traditional English dessert comprised of fluffy sponge cake filled with strawberry jam, strawberry Chantilly cream, topped with edible flowers and more strawberries.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Paris-Brest: Pastry Wheel": Minnesota summers mean everyone is out riding bikes, which gets Zoë thinking about one of her favourite desserts - a Paris-Brest, which is a choux pastry inspired by the annual French bike race, filled with raspberry cream and topped with rose petals.
 

To Catch a Smuggler 7

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary Series

To Catch a Smuggler 7

124-million people enter the USA through the nation's airports each year.

It's a nonstop human tidal wave and hidden amongst them are an endless stream of contraband and ill intentions.

Defending the borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defence of America's airports.

Using every tool available to them, DHS will stop at nothing to catch a smuggler.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Cocaine Leaks and Ancient Greeks": HSI San Diego runs down a drug smuggler during a parking lot cocaine transfer.

Meanwhile, CBP at JFK discovers gold coins and ancient artifacts in mail parcels.
 

Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

Channel: S3
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

Louis Theroux reflects on 25 years in documentary-making with this candid retrospective.

Revisit the very best, and strangest, moments in Louis's celebrated TV career.

Utilising his own home movie footage and news archives, Louis also tracks down past contributors and finds out whether their lives have settled down – or spiralled off in even more surprising directions.

And for the very first time, Louis puts himself in the spotlight.

With his trademark wit, the filmmaker discusses the unique challenges of documentary making, and the invaluable lessons he's learned about human psychology along the way.

In the first episode, Louis looks back at his earliest documentaries and explores how some people's most fervent beliefs can bring them into conflict with mainstream society.

From his Weird Weekends episodes on Survivalists and UFOs, to his now-notorious documentary about the White Aryan Resistance in California (Louis And The Nazis), Louis has always been drawn to those whose beliefs seem unusual, confused or, in some cases, abhorrent.

Louis catches up again with some of his previous contributors including Mike Cain, who he first met in the mid 90s, having moved to the hills of Idaho and arming himself for what he saw as an inevitable war with the federal government.

Over 20 years later and his views haven't changed much - but in Donald Trump, he has a president who finally speaks to him.

Louis also tracks down Lamb and Lynx, once members of the white nationalist pop group Prussian Blue.

They have since rejected their past and believe their story gives hope that even the most indoctrinated can change their beliefs.

 

Actors in this post: Jamie Foxx, Kim Kardashian



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