Family drama, heat on chefs and macho feats this week

2014-08-04 00:00

SPARKS are flying between daughter and future mother-in-law on Mzansi Love on e.tv tomorrow night at 8.30 pm.

The naïve and formerly wild receptionist at Kgosi Advertising, Patience (Moliehi Makobane) is about to go on maternity leave.

She’s in a secure, loving relationship with Mohlatsi (Wandile Molebatsi) — a recent law graduate completing his articles. But the young-parents-to-be are thrown a curveball when Mohlatsi’s contract is terminated, and the financial pressure mounts as the baby’s due date approaches.

Forced to move in with Mohlatsi’s widowed mother — Matilda (Clementine Mosimane) — things get heated. Matilda is a steely traditionalist that doesn’t believe in co-habitation. She is also grappling with the fact that her son is having a child out of wedlock. Inhlawulo must be paid out.

The problem is that Patience’s parents are not aware of her pregnancy. Things intensify as the two women go to comic extremes to compete for Mohlatsi’s heart. And gets worse when Patience has to come clean to her parents about her situation.

HOT IN THE KITCHEN

Gordon Ramsay is back, bringing his own brand of no-nonsense advice to the struggling restaurateurs of the United States in Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 8 pm tonight.

These stressed and overwhelmed chefs are losing control of their businesses, but will they have the patience and the humility to follow Ramsay’s hard-line guidance?

There’s more foodie fun in Rick Stein’s India tomorrow at 9 pm, also on BBC Lifestyle. In the show, Stein sets out on an Indian Odyssey, to discover the different cuisines that are celebrated world over.

His journey begins by exploring the regions that began Britain’s love affair with curry — Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

He samples the famous south Indian sambar before taking a road trip across the spice laden Western Ghats to the land of coconuts, Kerala.

He also meets India’s first Masterchef winner in Lucknow to observe the making of dum machli — a sophisticated fish dish served at royal tables.

‘THE MAN CAVE’

Janez Vermeiren and Lunga Shabalala host the new SABC3 show, The Man Cave, which airs at 8 pm on Wednesday.

The 13-part series will deliver a weekly dose of testosterone-driven content to men seeking a hefty helping of adventure. On the flipside, it’ll give women the opportunity to try and understand what makes men tick.

From inspirational stories on local celebrities and rendezvous with gorgeous girls, to adrenaline sports, hi-tech gadgets, dude food, fashion trends, fitness tips, and first-hand reviews of cars both ultramodern and classic — The Man Cave will give South African men plenty to beat their chests about.

Throughout the series the two hosts will lock horns to compete for victory in an array of heart-stopping, bucket-list challenges designed to put their strengths and egos to the test.

Expect everything from gruelling fitness face-offs and relentless survival showdowns, to culinary mash ups and fuel-injected thrills as the men push high-performance cars to their limits on the track.

• arts@witness.co.za

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