Hot on the box

2010-12-20 00:00

RUNNING from Wednesday to Friday this week on BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120) is a new version of the Sherlock Holmes story.

Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) in the title role and Martin Freeman (The Office, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy) as Dr John Watson, has three 90-minute episodes, all of which are set in the present day and will be broadcast back to back starting on Wednesday at 8 pm.

In the first episode, a war hero who has been sent home from Afghanistan meets an intelligent man searching for a flatmate. In the second episode, Sherlock consults London’s best graffiti artists during his exploration of a world of mysterious codes and symbols; and in episode three he has to stop a bomber using a strange clue in an empty room, a blood-soaked car and a priceless work of art.

Other highlights this week:

TODAY:

• Survivor Gabon — SABC3, 8 pm: Eighteen contestants battle extreme conditions and interact with the local wildlife in Gabon, while attempting to forge tribal alliances.

• The Grid — e.tv, 8 pm: Six-part mini-series about American anti-terrorism agents, Maren Jackson (Julianna Magulies), Max Canary (Dylan McDermott) and CIA boss Acton Sandman (Tom Skerritt), who embark on a maverick operation after a chemical bomb explodes in London.

TOMORROW

• Special Assignment: Positive Ladies Football Club — 8.30 pm: Documentary about a group of HIV-positive women in Zimbabwe who took control of their lives and their health by playing football.

WEDNESDAY

• Sons & Daughters — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Cameron desperately tries to get everyone together for a family bowling night, but encounters resistance from almost everyone.

FRIDAY

• The Holiday — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Two women who have never met impulsively switch homes for the holidays and unexpectedly find romance. Stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.

• Christmas Papal Mass — SABC3, 11.30 pm: Live Christmas midnight mass presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

SATURDAY

• Miracle On 34th Street — e.tv, 2.40 pm: When a nice old man, employed as a department store Santa Claus, is institutionalised as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Stars William Frawley, John Payne and Maureen O’Hara.

• Fred Claus — M-Net, 5 pm: When Santa Claus’s little-known older brother, Fred, returns to the North Pole, the black sheep of the family manages to create comic chaos that almost destroys Christmas. Stars Vince Vaughn.

SUNDAY

• Merry Madagascar — M-Net, 4 pm: When Santa and his reindeer crash on to the island of Madagascar it’s up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas.

• Shrek The Halls — M-Net, 4.30 pm: Shrek wants to celebrate Christmas, but has no idea how to do it. While he is trying to learn the facts about having Christmas, his friends and family are just making it happen all around him — will he catch on in time?

• The Princess and the Frog — M-Net, 8.05 pm: Disney gives a modern twist to this classic tale about a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them on a hilarious adventure through the bayous of Louisiana. Voices of Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and Oprah Winfrey.

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