TV pick: August 17-23

2014-08-17 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

Big screen on the small screen

Captain Phillips (2013)


Sunday, 8.05pm

Tom Hanks stars in the Oscar-nominated drama based on a true story about a captain and his crew who were hijacked by Somali pirates.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Mzansi Magic

Sunday, 9pm

A group of con artists team up for the heist to end all heists as Danny Ocean conspires with his old pal Rusty Ryan to rob millions from an underground vault serving three of Vegas’ biggest casinos.

Mooz-lum (2010)


Monday, 9.30pm

Coming from a strict Muslim background, Tariq enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his way, but the 9/11 attacks force him to face his past and make some big decisions.

Two Can Play That Game (2001)

Studio Universal

Wednesday, 8pm

Vivica A Fox (pictured) and Morris Chestnut are Shante and Keith, respectively. Shante is considered a reliable source of relationship advice by her friends – until Keith starts misbehaving.

Stonados (2013)

Universal Channel

Thursday, 8pm

Tornadoes are rendered even more destructive by a cargo of boulders as this lethal new form of natural disaster heads towards Boston, and its trapped and fearful citizens.

Basic Instinct (1992)

Sony Entertainment

Friday, 8pm

Featuring the infamous crotch-flashing interrogation scene, this Oscar-nominated film was all the rage in its time. Relive the drama with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone (pictured).

Mulan (1998)


Saturday, 4pm

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines.

On the box

SUN 17.08

Idols SA

Mzansi Magic, 5.30pm

It’s the second Theatre Week. The remaining contestants have one last chance to impress the judges and secure a spot in the voting rounds by performing for a live audience.

Don’t Tell The Bride

BBC Lifestyle, 7pm


Don’t miss out on the countdown of top 10 favourite programmes spread over three special episodes as chosen by viewers. Will it be sci-fi Charlie, who took his long-suffering bride, Lauren, to a place no bride has gone before? Will it be risk-taking Simon, who gambled on a Vegas wedding? Or will it be Nick and Laila’s WAG-style affair?

The Secrets of South America: Generation Sex

BBC Lifestyle, 8pm


Journalist Billie Porter goes to Argentina for secrets behind South Americans’ biggest passion – sex. Arriving in Buenos Aires before a festival, he finds signs of sex everywhere in a nation torn by the traditional values of the Catholic Church and modern freedom.

Beyond Candid with Giuliana: Lisa Vanderpump

E! Entertainment, 9pm

Hear the untold story of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump. Host Giuliana Rancic gets real with the restaurateur, philanthropist, author and mother.


E! Entertainment, 10pm

Plastic surgeons Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif come to the rescue when extreme plastic surgery goes wrong.

MON 18.08

Royal Pains

M-Net, 7.30pm

Hank is exhausted from fighting to stabilise Don all night after giving him the steroid shot that caused a violent reaction. Don remains in the ICU, still in a coma.

Embarrassing Bodies: From the Clinic

BBC Knowledge, 9pm

The doctors return to educate patients about their medical conditions using cutting edge technology to provide on-the-spot consultations, advice and diagnoses.

TUE 19.08

Bet on Your Baby

M-Net, 6.30pm


See the lengths that parents go to in order to prove that they have the smartest munchkins on the planet.

Secret Street Crew

Vuzu, 7.30pm


The Diversity troupe leader and choreographer travels across Britain to coach the nation’s unlikeliest dancers, beginning with a group of darts players from Manchester.

2 Broke Girls

Comedy Central, 7.40pm


Two different young women waitressing at a diner dream of owning a successful cupcake business one day?–?but they are broke. In this season premiere, Max joins Caroline on her visit to a white-collar prison to see her father.

Happily Never After

Sony Entertainment TV, 9.45pm


Part wedding show and part police drama, the show, narrated by Marlo Thomas, re-enacts tales of couples whose weddings ended in calamity or even murder at the altar.

WED 20.08

Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip

BBC Entertainment, 8pm

Seven days, more than 1?000km, 20?cars, two boats, a motorbike. This is the perfect road trip for Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond who choose the ideal mode of transport for each leg of their journey from Venice, Italy, to Pau in France. Driving some iconic cars in stunning locations, they sample the culinary delights of both countries.


M-Net, 9.30pm


The discovery of a body rekindles a 25-year-old mystery involving a robbery and a dead boy. An amateur forensic investigator helps crack the case. Meanwhile, Brass’ daughter is in the hospital after an overdose.

Afro Cafe

SABC2, 10pm

Love is in the air tonight. Enjoy the sounds of Theo of Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Berita, Donald and new kid on the block Keeno Lee.

THU 21.08


SABC2, 7.30pm

Dibuseng finds and holds on to proof of as corruption cartel, but is thrown in jeopardy when the “madam” interferes, insisting on her good deed for the day to help Dibuseng.

Real Housewives of Atlanta

Vuzu, 7.30pm

NeNe invites all the couples to a sexy pyjama party for a little pillow talk. However, the light-hearted frivolity turns into an unforgettable, all-out brawl, leaving relationships changed forever.

My Perfect Proposal

Mzansi Magic, 7.30pm


This is a spin-off from the popular series, Our Perfect Wedding. The show documents the man or woman’s plans for an unforgettable proposal.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

BBC Entertainment, 8.15pm


Tears of joy accompany the incredible renovations that presenter Ty Pennington delivers with the Extreme Makeover bus to a host of new families across the US. Look out for Michelle Obama’s appearance in this season.

First Dates

M-Net Series Reality, 8.30pm


An interactive dating experiment in which real dates are filmed. Viewers then get the opportunity to apply to date the unsuccessful participants the following week.


M-Net Series Zone, 9pm


This action drama revolves around an idealistic Secret Service agent who is at the centre of an international crisis on his first day on the job. In his search for the truth, he will have to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption.

Speak Out

SABC2, 9.30pm

Delile and Timothy Chauke paid Douglas R30?000 for aluminium windows when they renovated their house in June. He still has not rendered the services.

FRI 22.08

Get the Hook Up

The Style Network, 8.15pm


The show turns traditional dating on its head, encouraging contestants to show off their most interesting and alluring skills to their potential dates. The party atmosphere is emphasised with live music and performances.

Supermarket Secrets

BBC Knowledge, 10pm


Catch the last episode of the revelatory documentary that goes behind the scenes with Britain’s biggest supermarket chains to find out how they find, make and move foods.

SAT 23.08

The Voice

M-Net Series Zone, 4.30pm


Tonight we meet the winner of the sixth season of the singing competition. Coaches Usher, Adam Levine, Shakira and Blake Shelton have been carefully grooming their protégés.

Top Chef

M-Net Series Zone, 7pm


The 10th season kicks off as 21 chefs from around the US enter the kitchens of the judges, including newest addition Wolfgang Puck. Only the best contestants will move on to Seattle to compete for the title of Top Chef.

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