TV pick: July 6-12

2014-07-06 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

On the box

SUN 06.07

Vice

M-Net, 10.40pm

New show

Hosted by Shane Smith, startling and ground-breaking stories from across the world are given a fresh perspective. From politics to sports, the show claims it will smash the barriers of news coverage.

MON 07.07

The Queen

BBC Knowledge, 3.10pm

In this episode set in 1955, Queen Elizabeth is faced with a dilemma: her sister Princess Margaret’s engagement to the unsuitable divorcé Captain Peter Townsend. See how she navigates the minefield of diplomacy and social decorum expected of the monarchy.

The Volt

Channel O, 7pm

New season

It’s the fourth season of the show that takes a biographical look at some of the big names on the African music scene. The documentaries detail the musical journeys, achievements, and personal and professional struggles. See who will be the focus tonight.

Banshee

Mzansi Magic, 10pm

New show

This action-drama series is about Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff so he may continue with his criminal activities. His past seems to haunt him when those he betrayed years earlier start coming after him.

Project Runway

M-Net Series Reality, 11.30pm

New season

It’s the 10th anniversary season of the reality show. Heidi, Tim, Michael and Nina converge on New York’s Times Square where throngs of fans witness the new crop of designers.

Turn Up the Heat with G Garvin

The Style Network, 7.45pm

Join established chef G Garvin as he shares his wealth of cooking knowledge, including secret recipes and expert techniques. Chef Garvin proves that everyone has the ability to cook quality meals from scratch.

Rabbids: Invasion

Nickelodeon, 3.20pm

The Rabbids are back on Nickelodeon. These strange, rabbit-like creatures are fun and irreverent – and they are on a mission to discover our world in their own special way.

TUE 08.07

Fifa World Cup

SuperSport 3, 5pm

Catch all the semifinal action of the World Cup from Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and see who will book a berth in the final on Sunday.

Under the Dome

M-Net, 8.30pm

New season

An invisible force field descends upon a small town in northeastern US.

Wild Florida

Nat Geo Wild, 6pm

Wild Florida showcases the astonishing array of nature at its wildest, just beyond the famous beaches, mangroves and iconic human settlements of America’s playground.

WED 09.07

Fifa World Cup

SuperSport 3, 5pm

Who will emerge victorious from Arena de Sao Paulo as the second World Cup semifinal kicks off in this popular global association football competition? Grab the remote.

Big Ang

Vuzu, 9.30pm

New show

After five years of running the Drunken Monkey, Ang has decided to give the bar a face-lift, hoping to take it to the next level and draw a younger, sexier crowd.

MasterChef Australia: The Professionals

M-Net, 6.30pm

Season finale

Foodies unite to watch the nail-biting finale of one of the most successful franchises on TV. The winner walks away with bragging rights money can’t buy and street cred that no one can question.

New Girl

M-Net Series Showcase, 7.30pm

New season

Nick and Jess decide to go “all in” on their romance, leading them to run away to a Mexican beach town. But when Nick gets into trouble with the authorities, it’s Schmidt and Winston to the rescue.

THU 10.07

Britain’s Got Talent

M-Net, 6.30pm

New season

Simon Cowell leads his posse of judges – Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – for the eighth season of the talent show that unearths the most entertaining and original entertainers in the UK.

Cougar Town

M-Net Series Showcase, 7.30pm

New season

Bobby and Andy make it big when Penny Can goes global. But when Bobby starts throwing money around, Grayson confronts him about years of unpaid bar tabs.

Battle

Channel O, 7pm

It’s a hip-hop battle of epic proportions as Reason and Khuli Chana, the coolest cats around, go rhyme for rhyme to decide who has the real musical edge.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl

Vuzu, 9.30pm

New show

Ja’mie (the inimitible Chris Lilley) and the prefects come up with a controversial dance at the Hillford Girls assembly. Ja’mie finds out the winner of the Hillford Medal will be immortalised in a statue.

SA hip-hop weekend

Channel O, 5pm

With more than 20 different shows, this Channel O special spotlight looks at everyone – from originators like HHP to hot shots like iFani.

Nowhere Boys

Vuzu, 10pm

New show

Four mismatched year-10 students – Andy, Felix, Jake and Sam – are unwillingly grouped together for an orientation exercise on the outskirts of their home town, Bremin. After taking a short cut and getting very lost, the boys survive a terrifying night in the forest.

FRI 11.07

Californication

M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm

Season finale

The story of Hank Moody, a novelist who has recently moved to Los Angeles. The move complicates his relationship with Karen, his ex-girlfriend, whom he still has feelings for; and Becca, his 12-year-old daughter.

Sam-Sokolo

Mzansi Magic, 6.30pm

As a new taxi driver, Niko has to learn the rules of the road in Mzansi – and who better to teach him than his boss, Seputla, and his friends Charlie and Nyamazana, who know everything about everything.

SAT 12.07

The Haves and the Have Nots

Mzansi Magic, 8.30pm

Sason finale

While Hanna sits in jail mourning the loss of her son, Jim and David host an impromptu gathering at Campaign Headquarters. Jim is fed up with Candace’s game and sets the plan in motion to have her dealt with permanently.

Big?Screen on the small screen

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (2012)

Mzansi Magic

Sunday, 8pm

A businessman has always done what his family thinks he should. Then he meets a single mother struggling to make ends meet. Starring Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union and Thandie Newton.

Oblivion (2013)

M-Net

Sunday, 8.05pm

Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman head the cast of this sci-fi epic about a drone repairman on an evacuated Earth. Directed by Joseph Kosinski.

The Adventures of Rocky & ­Bullwinkle (2000)

Studio Universal

Monday, 6pm

The classic moose-squirrel duo interact with the live-action world when their old enemy Fearless Leader ­(Robert De Niro) hatches a new plot to conquer America.

Tough Love (2013)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 9.30pm

A loving mother has lost all hope of her mischievous child ever becoming ­obedient and resorts to extreme measures to teach her right from wrong.

Spark (1998)

Mzansi Magic

Thursday, 10.30pm

A couple (Terrence Howard and Nicole Parker) have to spend the night at a shady motel in a backwater racist town.

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Mzansi Magic

Friday, 9pm

An aspiring emcee struggles to see his dream of making it big materialise. When he hears that a hip-hop superstar will be visiting his neighbourhood, he decides to pull out all the stops to get the musician’s attention.

Setup (2011)

Mzansi Magic

Saturday, 9.30pm

A group of friends put together a fool- proof plan for a robbery. But then one of their own makes off with the loot.

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