TV pick: August 31 - September 6

2014-08-31 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

Big screen on the small screen

Pacific Rim (2013)


Sunday, 8.05pm

Idris Elba (pictured) stars as Stacker Pentecost in this action-packed adventure set during the war between human kind and monster sea creatures. A former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Shaft (2000)

Mzansi Magic

Sunday, 9pm

New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a property tycoon is brought to justice after a racially motivated murder.

The Love Game (2013)

Mzansi Wethu

Sunday, 8pm

After meeting Fikile, the girl of his dreams, Menzi transforms from a dorky comic book illustrator to a slick hustler. But Fikile turns him down.

Rum Diary (2011)

Mzansi Magic

Monday, 10.27pm

American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s, and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there. Starring Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Sika (2014)

Mzansi Wethu

Tuesday, 9.30pm

A troubled police officer forgets his wedding ring at home. In a panic, he rushes home to find his wife in bed with another man. He then sets out to harshly interrogate them, but what will happen when the secret lovers decide to fight back?

Black Butterfly (2010)

Mzansi Magic

Tuesday, 10.30pm

A teenage girl has her sights set on making the US Olympic swimming team, but a brutal rape dashes her dreams, relationships and life, and sends her spiralling into depression.

On the box 

SUN 31.08


SABC2, 10.30am

Discover the style, flavours, colours and beats of the East while meeting personalities with fascinating outlooks. Presented by Jailoshini Naidoo and Kajal Bagwandeen, the show celebrates Indian heritage.

Hidden Kingdoms

BBC Knowledge, 6pm


Filmed against the backdrop of iconic landscapes, and the cities of Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, this series explores the world from the perspective of miniature marvels that punch above their weight.

American Horror Story

M-Net Series Zone, 10pm


The witches begin their trials with telekinesis, and all four pass. The next trial is “concilium”, which is mind control. Who will survive?


Discovery Channel, 11.45pm


Hawaiian native and surf legend Kala Alexander hopes to uncover the reason behind the recent spikes in crazed shark attacks in Hawaii.

MON 01.09

Show Me Show Me

CBeebies, 9.35am


Let your preschooler be enchanted by presenters Chris and Pui, who await in a bright and beautiful new playroom as they embark on a musical journey.

America’s Got Talent

M-Net, 6.30pm


Now in its ninth season, Nick Cannon returns as host, as does Howie Mandel and Howard Stern as judges. The boys are joined by Mel B and Heidi Klum.

Real Housewives of Orange County

M-Net Series Reality, 6.30pm


The women are navigating a minefield of fractured friendships. Heather throws a picnic, but refuses to invite Alexis. The picnic reaches a boiling point when Vicki and Tamra meet for the first time since last year’s brawl over Vicki’s beau.

The 90s: The Decade that Connected Us

National Geographic Channel, 7.10pm


From the release of Nelson Mandela to the advent of cellphones, this is a journey into the epoch-making moments that occurred during the 90s and directly shaped the world we live in today.

Kota Life

Mzansi Wethu, 8pm


Half-siblings Casper and Sdu discover a new brother and have to figure out how he fits into their lives.

TUE 02.09

Cougar Town

M-Net Series Showcase, 6.30pm


The gang feels weird about Laurie (Busy Philipps)and Travis dating. Bobby makes it big when Penny Can becomes a sensation.

Rick Stein’s India

BBC Lifestyle, 9pm

Rick Stein joins local nobility in Himachal Pradesh as they host a gathering in their home village and attains an audience with the Dalai Lama. He also cooks biryani fit for a Rajput banquet.

WED 03.09

Us & Them

M-Net, 6pm


Comedy focusing on the key life moments of Gavin and Stacey, who try to maintain their relationship despite the interference of friends and family.

The Neighbors

M-Net Series Zone, 8.30pm


As the summer winds down, Amber and Reggie reveal to their families that they’ve been dating. Just as the families are about to embrace the relationship, an unexpected guest arrives to compete for Reggie’s affections.

THU 04.09

Kingdom of the Apes

Nat Geo Wild, 6pm


This documentary features the life stories of the best-known great apes that have ever lived, and highlights the similar behaviour patterns of humans and some of their closest living relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas. Told through unique character-driven stories, the tales of the great apes will blow your mind. Shot in Rwanda, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Mzansi Magic, 6.30pm


This comedy tells the story of township entrepreneurs on the hustle trying to make it big. Tso is put on trial by the wheelchair-bound Seputla after crashing the taxi.

Perfect Storms

National Geographic Channel, 8.05pm


We travel the world to investigate the biggest and most consequential disasters of all time. The show uses hi-tech tools, dramatic storytelling and investigative techniques to explore the back story.


M-Net Series Showcase, 9pm


Keegan defends a close friend and well-respected doctor accused of animal cruelty after an explicit video of him, his wife and his dog gets stolen.

Secret Societies of Hollywood: Fads and Fetishes

E! Entertainment, 9pm


From scandalous fetishes and prestigious club access, to owning exotic animals, discover how Tinseltown’s A-listers use their wealth and position to achieve their ultimate desires and fantasies through secret societies.

FRI 05.09

Cold Case

Universal Channel, 3.25pm


Detective Lilly Rush and her team have to find the killer behind a triple homicide when the prime suspect’s alibi checks out.

Chris Brown Weekend

Channel O, 6pm

Christmas is coming early for Chris Brown fans, with this special weekend dedicated to showcasing Breezy’s vast output of great music.

Wathint’ Abafazi

Mzansi Wethu, 7pm


This 13-part series follows the plight of several women trapped in the vicious cycle of abuse and the challenges they have to face in communities that have no means of protecting them.


BBC Entertainment, 8pm


Set against a rich and smouldering backdrop of whiskey-soaked bars and elegant Dublin houses brimming with sexual tension, this is a mesmerising tale of mystery, secrets and intrigue. Starring Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon.

Dragons’ Den

BBC Knowledge, 10pm


Evan Davis presents the return of this contest of business ideas. There are two new Dragons in town. IT industry expert Piers Linney and interior design guru Kelly Hoppen join Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne to evaluate pitches.

Celebrities Undercover

Vuzu, 10.30pm

This candid camera-style show features celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

SAT 06.09

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

E! Entertainment, 9am

It’s a weekend marathon of the Kardashians. Join the US’s most famous celebrity family for a weekend of fun, laughs and outrageous household dynamics. From Khloé’s tragic break-up to Kim’s engagement.

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