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New on TV today: Wednesday 19 June 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 19 Jun 2024
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We Were the Lucky Ones

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Miniseries

We Were the Lucky Ones

Based on Georgia Hunter's novel, the television adaptation of We Were the Lucky Ones is a limited series inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of WWII.

The series follows them across continents as they do everything in their power to survive, and to reunite.

We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

The series is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.
 

Black Barbie

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary

Black Barbie

Discover the untold story of the first Black Barbie and the pivotal role three trailblazing women at Mattel had in creating a doll who looked like them.

Through these charismatic insiders' stories, the documentary tells the story of how the first Black Barbie came to be in 1980, examining the importance of representation and how dolls can be crucial to the formation of identity and imagination.

Inspired by the story of her great aunt Beulah Mae Mitchell, a star Mattel employee brave enough to ask Ruth Handler, "Why don't we make a Barbie that looks like me?", Lagueria Davis explores the impact of that question, and the long road to introducing the first non-white official "Barbie" in 1980.

That journey launches you into a discovery of the history of Black dolls, their impact on civil rights and Black entrepreneurship, and the significant role of imaginative play in shaping children's identity.

The film juxtaposes the legacy of three black women who blazed new trails at Mattel with the stories of a select group of black women memorialised by Barbie dolls made in their image, all while highlighting celebrity and fan reflections on the impact of this iconic doll.

This is a celebration of Black culture over the past 70 years, and of the specific influence of the Black Barbie doll on the diverse array of dolls we've come to love today.
 

Europe from Above 6

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Europe from Above 6

Embark on an aerial adventure as National Geographic premieres a captivating new season of Europe from Above.

This series of spectacular aerial journeys reveal Europe's most remarkable regions as they've never been seen before.

The season takes you on a journey from a record-breaking boat lift on the Polish Riviera, to a spectacular New Year torch parade in Great Britain and a Balkan monster's parade in the mountains of Bulgaria.

This all access aerial documentary lays bare the traditions, innovations and engineering breakthroughs that continue to shape these great modern nations today.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Greek Islands": This aerial tour of the Greek Islands reveals Santorini's vertiginous skyline, a quarry for volcanic glass, and a festival with an explosive climax.

 



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