‘Superman' flies on to SABC3 screens this week

2009-12-28 00:00

IS it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman and you can see three of his adventures on SABC2 this week.

Starting at 8 am today is Superman I, featuring Academy Award-winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman in the action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star.

From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to Earth.

Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered repor­ter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.

The second film, Superman II, which will be broadcast tomorrow at 8 am, sees Superman battling three outlaws from Krypton for world supremacy, just as he and Lois Lane become involved in a love affair.

The final film, Superman III, can be seen on Wednesday at 8 am and stars Richard Pryor as a genius who creates a super-computer that may be a match for the Man of Steel.

Other highlights include:

today

The Summit (SABC3, 5.35 pm): Catch the final three episodes of this gripping mini-series, set on the eve of the next G8 summit, today, tomorrow and Wednesday. The Summit follows a mother’s desperate struggle to bring justice to her murdered son, fallen victim to a corrupt pharmaceutical company and a corrupt government.

Tomorrow

101 Sensational Crimes of Fashion (SABC3, 11.15 pm): A countdown of celebrity fashion miscues.

Thursday

Michael Jackson’s 30th anniversary celebration concert (e.tv, 8 pm): To mark his 30th anniversary as a solo artist, performers like Usher, Destiny’s Child and Marc Anthony performed Jackson’s hit songs before the King of Pop hit the stage to sing some of his greatest solo hits, including Billie Jean, Thriller and Black or White.

Generations New Year Eve’s Special (SABC1, 8 pm): A one-hour special festive treat for Mzansi’s soapie lovers. As in all soaps, rivalry, treachery and blackmail between siblings, friends and foes alike make Generations one of the most forceful dramas South Africa has produced. Suspense, intrigue and tension are the order of the day as the plot unfolds and romance influences relationships between warring parties.

Come Duze 2010 (SABC1, 10 pm): An SABC1 countdown into the New Year featuring celebrities, musicians and actors giving their New Year’s messages, best wishes, hopes and dreams, spiced with three hours of the best of Mzansi’s music videos.

Royal Variety Performance (M-Ne­t, 10.30 pm): The Royal Variety Performance gathers a glittering array of celebrity performers from around the world to entertain Queen Elizabeth, a theatre audience of thousands and millions of television viewers.

Friday

Sweet ’n Short (SABC3, 7.30 pm): In South Africa, Sweet Coetzee (Leo­n Schuster) wins an award for 20 years’ service as a sportscaster on his 40th birthday, beating his rival, pompous George “The Weasle” Weedle. After Sweet gets drunk one night at his birthday party, he misses a sportscast and his boss, Bryce Williams, demotes him to interviewer and promotes Weedle.

Night (Animal Planet, Dstv channel 264, 6.15 pm and 6.40 pm): Brandon McMillan heads into the darkest night to experience the wonder and terror of nocturnal nature in dense jungles, impenetrable forests and vast savannahs. In each location, he uses the knowledge of local animal experts to help him track down and study the animals that thrive after dark.

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