What’s hot on the box this week

2009-11-16 00:00

THE third series of the science fiction series Heroes returns to SABC3 this week. Created by Tim Kring, the show tells the stories of ordinary individuals from around the world who inexplicably develop superhuman abilities and their roles in preventing disasters.

Season three opens on Wednesday at 9 pm with an assassination attempt on Nathan Petrelli and the consequences this holds. In addition, several villains escape from the confines of Level 5, and the Company attempts to recapture them.

After the opening episode on November 18, the series will be broadcast three nights a week — Monday to Wednesday on SABC3.

Other highlights this week are:

MONDAY

• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (M-Net, channel 101 on DStv, 9.30 pm): A moving holocaust drama, which tells the story of two little boys — Bruno, a German, and Shmeul, a Jew — who befriend one another on opposite sides of a fence in Nazi Germany. Bruno then becomes aware that all is not well and that his father may not be the great man he thought him to be.

TUESDAY

• Big Bang Theory (SABC3, 7.30 pm): Great comedy series about two brainy best friends, Leonard and Sheldon, who can tell you anything about quantum physics, but when it comes to dealing with everyday life here on Earth, they’re lost in the cosmos. All this begins to change, however, when free-spirited beauty Penny moves in next door.

WEDNESDAY

• C.I.G.A.R.E (SABC3, 8.31 pm): The boys are in Zurich to visit Rinspeed, a company that has no boundaries when it comes to adapting and developing vehicles — from cars that drive on and under water to concepts most people could not even dream about.

• Top Gear (BBC Entertainment, channel 120 on DStv, 9.30 pm): James May travels to California to take a look at the hydrogen-powered Honda Clarity; Jeremy Clarkson has a high-voltage encounter with the Tesla, a battery-powered super-car; and Richard Hammond takes an affectionate look back at 50 years of Touring Car racing.

THURSDAY

• Top Billing (SABC3, 7.30 pm): The team discovers how local celebs like to spend their weekends, and they go behind the scenes with designer doggies and their famous owners at a fashion show.

FRIDAY

• Lie To Me (M-Net, DStv channel 101, 8 pm): In the wake of a building collapse, Lightman is brought in to determine who is at fault and discovers a massive cover-up; and the team is hired by a dot-com billionaire to determine whether his girlfriend loves him for the right reasons.

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