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New on TV today: Monday 17 June 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Jun 2024
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Ha Molefi

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Ha Molefi

Drama series about a father and son grieving the loss of a mother and wife, forcing them to deal directly with the complexities of their relationship.

Thabang Molefi (T.J. Mokhuane) is a queer teenager from Pimville, Soweto, who has just lost his mother, Mam' Linda, and is on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

He lives with his father Ntate Molefi (Dingaan Khumalo) who is also grieving the loss of his wife, and together they set off on a journey of discovery that lays bare their fears and hopes while honouring Mam'Linda's memory.

Thabang dreams of winning the all-round category at the annual Ballroom Vogue Nights and he draws inspiration from his late mother, who was a musical sensation in the '90s, and who always encouraged Thabang to live his truth and follow his dreams.

Ntate Molefi, on the other hand, loves his son and has accepted him as he is.

However, the recently-widowed father has to learn that he must go beyond just loving his son but also make the effort to open up to him.

Will Thabang realise his dream of celebrating his identity through Vogue / Ballroom while navigating this loving but tense relationship with his mourning father?

The series also stars Tumi Morake as Petunia, Niza Jay as Joy, Lebohang Toko as Queen Ida, Tadeus Mbatha as Ntokozo and Nolwazi Mfeka as Amo.

Ha Molefi is produced by Clive Morris Productions.

TVSA Show Page: Ha Molefi
 

Sister Boniface Mysteries

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

Sister Boniface Mysteries

First there was Father Brown. Now, say hello to Sister Boniface.

This clever, moped-riding nun is the police's secret weapon for solving murders in this divine Father Brown spin-off.

Lorna Watson is back in the habit as Sister Boniface and countryside criminals should start saying their Hail Marys, as her faith in forensics is only rivalled by her passion for investigation.

In rural Warwickshire in the 1960's, police forensics is rudimentary by today's standards.

DNA is yet to be discovered. Blood testing can take days. The notion of trace evidence is in its infancy and the preservation of crime scenes is shockingly hit and miss.

Fortunately the Great Slaughter Constabulary has a secret weapon in its fight against crime.

Hidden deep in the countryside is St Vincent's Convent, a small community of wine making nuns where ensconced in a laboratory is Sister Boniface.

An IQ of 156 and a PHD in forensic science, plus an addiction to popular detective fiction and a fully equipped crime laboratory make Boniface an invaluable aid to police investigations.

Mud, blood, stains, hairs and fibres. If there is evidence to be found Boniface will find it.

Poisons, trace evidence, blood stains, etymology. She's more up to speed on the latest forensic techniques than the police.

In her role as official Police Scientific Advisor, Boniface works alongside the dashing Detective Inspector Sam Gillespie and Felix Livingstone, a high-flying Bermudian Detective Sergeant.

Felix was supposed to be on secondment to the Metropolitan Police but an administrative error lands him in Great Slaughter.

A cast of eccentric local characters combined with his boss's reliance on a nun leave him reeling.

Although as Sam points out, that "Nun" ensures they have the highest clean-up rate in the county.
 

Lakefront Empire

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality

Lakefront Empire

Expert real estate agents in Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks will hustle to find potential buyers a slice of waterfront paradise in Lakefront Empire.

Located between St. Louis and Kansas City and boasting more miles of shoreline than the California coast, the Lake of the Ozarks offers a wide range of properties at all price points that appeal to conservative and high-end buyers alike in its red-hot real estate market.

During the eight-episode season, some of the lake's top agents, including Peggy Albers, Gerardo Cornejo, brothers Jonas and Justin Farrell, Cierra Grein and Amanda Smith, will impress clients when they tour both affordable and million-dollar luxury homes that feature premium water frontage, custom pools and hot tubs, and decked-out docks with boat slips, wet bars and slides.

When it's time to make an offer, the agents will use their negotiation skills to sell a piece of the "American Dream" to these families looking to live in the "Hamptons of the Midwest."

In the series premiere, "The Midwest Coast": Peggy will show new clients three lavish lakefront listings in the popular areas of Linn Creek, Porto Cima and Sunrise Beach.

As they walk through the first home, Peggy, a former convicted felon who is now one of the most successful agents at the lake, will share her redemption story with the couple.

And, Jonas and Justin, brothers who now run the real estate agency founded by their parents, will visit the North Shore and Camdenton to help local business owners snatch up their dream weekend cabin on the lake.

As the episodes continue, the agents will encourage prospective homeowners to consider properties in other desirable Lake of the Ozarks communities, such as Four Seasons, Gravois Mills and Osage Beach.
 

The Real Murders of Orange County

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 09h25
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

The Real Murders of Orange County

The Real Murders of Orange County delves into the most horrific, sinful and salacious cases that rocked Southern California's wealthy coastal community.

From a murder for hire gone wrong to families turning on their own, viewers will hear the harrowing tales of when privilege leads to problems and greed leads to murder.

In the series premiere, "Wrong Turn": This episode examines the case of Jane Carver, a flight attendant who died while jogging yards away from her home in the picturesque community of Fountain Valley.

With no evidence and minimal information from witnesses, the shooting goes unsolved for a year until police linked a similar shooting in Huntington Beach that led to the true motive behind the murder.

This tragic case of mistaken identity shocked the affluent community as one wrong turn led to a brutal murder.
 

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Travel, Documentary Series, History

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo travels across South East Asia on a spectacular 2,500-mile railway adventure across six countries.

In the series premiere, "Hong Kong": Michael is in south east Asia, armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Handbook.

Published at the height of European imperialism, it leads Michael on a spectacular 2,500-mile railway adventure across six vibrant and independent nations.

Michael explores towering megacities and magnificent mosques, visits jewelled temples and golden Buddhas and rides some of the world's most exhilarating and notorious railways.

Beginning in Hong Kong, Michael investigates the shocking drug wars in which Britain won the island and Kowloon from China and the impact today of their return alongside that of the leased New Territories.

Amid mass demonstrations, Michael asks Hong Kongers in Wan Chai what is at stake for them now.

Michael's railway highlights include the cable funicular to the top of Hong Kong's highest mountain, the Peak, and the enviably efficient and shiny mass transit system.

He learns about British railway ambitions for the region at the turn of the 20th century and visits the state-of-the-art West Kowloon station with its high-speed link to China – the largest underground high-speed station in the world.
 

Gold Rush: Parker's Trail 7

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Nature

Gold Rush: Parker's Trail 7

After becoming the biggest landowner in the Yukon, Parker no longer needs to focus on finding ground urgently, but his pioneering spirit remains and he has set his eyes on Brazil.

This is the biggest gold frontier on Earth and the centre of a raging modern battle between government forces and miners.

Parker wants to see this dangerous landscape for himself and look out for potential investment opportunities.

In the Season 7 premiere: Parker travels the gold-filled Madeira River deep into the Brazilian wilderness and hunts for a fleet of dredges bringing in billions in gold.
 

House of the Dragon 2

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Fantasy, Drama

House of the Dragon 2

Based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood, the series - set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones - tells the story of House Targaryen.

This season, Westeros is on the brink of a bloody civil war with the Green and Black Councils fighting for King Aegon and Queen Rhaenyra, respectively.

Each side believes theirs to be the rightful seat on the Iron Throne, asking you to choose your side of House Targaryen as the realm fractures.
 

The Great Celebrity Bake Off 6

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

The Great Celebrity Bake Off 6

A special celebrity edition of the show in which celebrities bake to raise money for the Stand Up to Cancer organisation.

In each episode four celebrities join Sandi Toksvig and Matt Lucas in the tent, aiming to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills.

Only one celebrity in each episode will be awarded with the coveted star baker apron.

The bakers are standing up to the challenges, and to cancer, and inspiring viewers to do the same.

In the Season 6 premiere: A new batch of celebs enter the famous tent for SU2C.

First up are David Schwimmer, Jesy Nelson, Rose Matafeo and Tom Davis.

They bake savoury pies, take on a fiddly French confection, and recreate their most embarrassing celebrity fail in meringue.
 

Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains 5

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 23h50
Genre: Comedy

Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains 5

Join Rhod Gilbert as he asks three celebrity guests to re-visit their teenage years.

Find out which guest will be crowned 'Most Embarrassing Teenager' by Rhod at the end of each show.

In the Season 5 premiere: Rhod Gilbert is joined by guests James Buckley, Guz Khan and Rachel Parris to roll back the clock.

Find out who had a crush on Cilla Black and who was a teenage "tea leaf".
 

Frozen Planet

Channel: BBC UKTV (DStv 134)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Nature, Wildlife, Documentary Series

Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet will provide the ultimate portrait of Earth's polar regions, where the scale and beauty of the scenery and sheer power of the natural elements are unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Ambitious and epic in scale, Frozen Planet reveals an astonishing world filled with more creatures, variety, colour and spectacle than ever imagined.

This includes the birth of an iceberg bigger than the largest building on Earth, a caterpillar with antifreeze in its veins, the greatest concentration of sea birds on the planet, and tiny baby polar bears, who at birth are 25% smaller than human babies.

Never-before-filmed sequences include the growth of a saltwater icicle (brinicle) that freezes everything it touches and orca whales working as a team to create killer waves that wash seals off ice floes.

To capture nature's majestic power - as well as its ultimate fragility - Frozen Planet's filmmakers utilised the latest cinematographic techniques and technology to capture groundbreaking imagery both above and below the ice in some of the most extreme and remote regions of our planet.

In the series premiere, "To the Ends of the Earth": David Attenborough travels to the end of the Earth, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey across the polar regions of our planet, North and South.

The Arctic and Antarctic are the greatest and least-known wildernesses of all - magical ice worlds inhabited by the most bizarre and hardy creatures on Earth.

Our journey begins with David at the North Pole, as the sun returns after six months of darkness.

We follow a pair of courting polar bears, which reveal a surprisingly tender side.

Next stop is the giant Greenland ice cap, where waterfalls plunge into the heart of the ice and a colossal iceberg carves into the sea.

Humpback whales join the largest gathering of seabirds on Earth to feast in rich Alaskan waters.

Further south, the tree line marks the start of the taiga forest, containing one third of all trees on Earth.

Here, 25 of the world's largest wolves take on formidable bison prey.

At the other end of our planet, the Antarctic begins in the Southern Ocean, where surfing penguins struggle to escape a hungry sea lion and teams of orcas create giant waves to wash seals from ice floes - a filming first.

Diving below the ice, we discover prehistoric giants, including terrifying sea spiders and woodlice the size of dinner plates.

Above ground, crystal caverns ring the summit of Erebus, the most southerly volcano on Earth.

From here, we retrace the routes of early explorers across the formidable Antarctic ice cap - the largest expanse of ice on our planet.

Finally, we rejoin David at the South Pole, exactly one hundred years after Amundsen, and then Scott, were the first humans to stand there.
 

Yes, to the Impossible: The Nolo Letele Story

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 21h30
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.

 

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