TV pick: June 15-21

2014-06-15 15:00

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2 Guns (2013)

M-Net, Sunday, 8pm

DEA agent Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) leads an investigation into naval intelligence officer Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). Unknowingly, Stigman is also investigating him. Both botch their missions and, while on the run, discover each other’s motives. Action-filled crime thriller with some laughs.

Mo’ Better Blues (1990)

Mzansi Magic, Sunday, 9.45pm

The masterful Spike Lee production about a well-known jazz trumpeter who forms his own band. Along the road to success, friendly rivalries, growing egos and the pressures of fame threaten to tear apart the quartet. Tight, suspenseful, funny and packed with great music.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Mzansi Magic,Monday, 10.30pm

Clint Eastwood plays a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring, realises he has nothing to show for it. Then a woman (Hilary Swank) enters his life and announces she needs a trainer. With no experience and no technique, she’s determined to make it as a boxer.

Lokshin Bioskop: The Price of Njabulo (2014)

Mzansi Magic, Tuesday, 6.30pm

A young man convinces his wife to move to the city in pursuit of his dream to become an artist. When nothing goes according to plan, she becomes resentful. She makes a deal with a notorious loan shark in an attempt to have the life she was promised.

Spider-Man (2002)

Mzansi Magic, Friday, 8pm

A good dose of web-swinging fun. When an awkward teenager is bitten by a radioactive spider, he gains powerful spider-like abilities. He is soon called upon to become a hero when a supervillain wreaks havoc in the city. Starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

S.W.A.T. (2003), Tuesday, 10.30pm

An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone who can break him out of police custody and only the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team can prevent it. Starring Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez.

Sleeping With The Enemy (1991), Thursday, 8.30pm

A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband. Starring Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson.

Edward Scissorhands (1990), Thursday, 10.30pm

An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl. Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Dianne Wiest.

RV (2006), Saturday, 8pm

Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers. Starring Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines and Kristin Chenoweth.

On the box

Sunday 15.06

Brazil and the Beautiful Game (Repeat)

BBC World News, 11.30am

Series presented by former English football international and 1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker explores the mystique of Brazilian football. Featuring some of the country’s biggest stars, it goes from the favelas of Rio to its Estádio do Maracanã, the stadium where local hero Neymar will hope to be crowned world champion in July.

Carte Blanche

M-Net, 7pm

South Africa’s popular investigative show kicks off with a look at a new trend in hijacking – stealing petrol tankers and selling off the fuel. Next it probes Joburg’s increasing pollution levels and then rhinoplasty – where rhinos that have survived the poaching of their horns receive reconstructive surgery.

The Cube

BBC World, 8pm

New season

Game show in which seven simple physical and mental challenges stand between the contestant and £250?000 (R4.5?million). The challenges appear simple – but games become fraught with extraordinary pressure and tension when played inside The Cube.

Brazil’s Soccer Cities (Repeat)

BBC World News, 5.30pm

Documentary that uses experimental filming techniques, including the BBC’s hexacopter camera to focus on some of the Brazilian cities that will host the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus and Recife.

The Girl with Seven Mums

BBC Lifestyle, 8pm

Nine-year-old Ellie Sharp, whose dad is a Messianic Jew, has seven mums. A decade ago, her dad says he had a visitation from God telling him that he is a king and should take multiple wives. The result was Ellie, her nine young brothers and sisters and a unique family living as Britain’s most openly polygamous family.

Monday 16.06

Youth Day Music Special: Best of Liberation

Mzansi Magic, 3pm

Mzansi Magic Music explores artists whose music that was popular during the anti-apartheid struggle. It’s a veritable who’s who of SA pop legends that includes the likes of Ma Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding

Vuzu, 7.30pm

Season 1

In the first half of the season finale, stress is high as the clock ticks down to NeNe and Gregg’s wedding day. To make matters worse, there is no indication that this will look anything like the dream wedding NeNe envisioned.

Someone’s Watching You (Alguien Te Mira)

Telemundo, 7.40pm

A new telenovela filled with hotties, an over-the-top story line and, of course, a serial killer. The story revolves around a love triangle between two men and a woman who are all doctors and friends.

Tuesday 17.06

Incredibly Small World

National Geographic Channel, 7pm

An eye-opening new series that uncovers the extraordinary, surprising and often inspiring lives of people with dwarfism all across the globe. From hidden communities to outrageous individuals, these new shows reveal what it’s really like to be a little person in a big world.

Dora the Explorer, 3pm

It’s Dora’s cousin Daisy’s 15th birthday party, her quinceañera. But the party can’t start without Dora and Boots – they need to teach everybody the mambo.

Wednesday 18.06

Stephen Hawking’s Science of the Future

National Geographic Channel, 7.10pm

Season ends

Professor Stephen Hawking fronts a global exploration of the scientific breakthroughs that could transform our lives in the 21st century. Aided by a team of scientific experts, this series travels the world to see how science is striving for humankind’s next leap forward.

Secrets of South America

BBC Knowledge, 9PM

New show

Three-part series about South America’s diverse culture, ranging from beauty pageants, sex in Argentina and the growth of a glam culture on the continent.

Friends with Better Lives

M-Net, 6pm

Everyone’s favourite show Friends now has a spin-off. Okay, so it hasn’t received the best reviews, but it might be worth a watch. Six friends all find themselves happy on the outside, but secretly doubtful on the inside.

Kota Life Crisis

Mzansi Magic, 6.30pm

Season ends

On tonight’s final episode, Baby and Sdu are set up by Cassius on a blind date. Meanwhile, Casper’s mum comes home with a shocking surprise for everyone.

Traffic!, 9.35pm

Johnny Joseph becomes a prime suspect. Isobel makes a statement that compounds her husband’s guilt. Jacques becomes highly concerned about Josie’s safety when he discovers she has not been at work.

Thursday 19.06

Focus on Africa

BBC World News, weeknights at 7.30pm

With news, business and sport from in and around Africa, this daily show delivers compelling coverage of all the issues and challenges shaping an ever-evolving continent.

Scan2Go, 3.30pm

Kids’ entertainment. Jack and Bungo butt heads at Tomston during Bungo’s investigation of the pirate Hebina. As a member of the Galactic Federation Police, Bungo is determined to get the better of the scoundrel Hebina.

Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, 8pm

Unadulterated, unapologetic and side-splitting political commentary. Loyiso Gola and a formidable contingent of fellow stand-up comics deliver news and current affairs with their trademark brand of humour, guaranteeing a healthy dose of absurdity along the way.

Friday 20.06

Take 5: Lebo Mathosa

Mzansi Music, 5pm

Hailed the Queen of Kwaito, Lebo Mathosa was one of the most popular singers of her generation. She branched out on her own after making it big with Boom Shaka and remained an It girl until her tragic death in a car accident. Watch Take 5 as the countdown of her biggest solo hits comes to your screen.


Mzansi Magic, 8.30pm

Is Mandla returning to the taxi business? Mkabayi does not interfere in what the wives are doing. A vicious fight breaks out. Fezile shares his concerns about the night Godfrey was attacked.

Mustang Millionaire

Nat Geo Wild, 6pm

Horse trainers come from across the country to compete in the Mustang Million competition – they have to not only tame wild mustangs, but turn them into veritable show horses within four months. Risking everything, five competitors turn their focus solely on to their wild mustangs.

Saturday 21.06

My Top 5: Busiswa

Channel O, 11am

Busiswa earned plenty of fans with her hit song Ngoku featuring Oskido and Uhuru – proving once again Kalawa Jazzmee still has the golden touch when it comes to finding talent. Tune in to see what makes up Busiswa’s Top 5.

The Real Football Factories International: Russia, 4pm

Documentary that looks into the hooligan world of Russia’s football clubs, where fanaticism and violence are rife.

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