TV pick: June 29 - July 5

2014-06-29 15:00

What to watch on TV this week.

On the box

Sunday 29.06

Take A Trip To…

SABC3, 6am


The Travel Quiz is designed to provide a fun, interactive means for children to explore South Africa. It celebrates our African heritage by exposing diverse parts of our country with a focus on adventure and travel.

Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand

National Geographic Channel, 7.10pm

New show

The war in Afghanistan is coming to an end and the final fighting season between US forces and the Taliban is upon us, a time when attacks and violence are at a high. For the 35?000-plus people who call Bagram Airfield home, this means relying on three specific air force units to keep them safe.

Nicole Scherzinger Playlist

MTV Base, 5pm

It’s former Pussycat Doll lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger’s birthday today. This is a playlist in honour of her top tracks. Happy birthday, Nicole!

Gospel Alive

Channel O, 6pm

A praise-and-worship show from some of the country’s gospel megastars, including Rebecca Malope, Jabu Hlongwane, Keke and Sipho Makhabane. Fans in the studio and at home get a chance to ask their favourite musicians everything they ever wanted to know.

Monday 30.06

My Perfect Family

SABC1, 7pm

Don’t miss the fifth most watched show in the country, where we follow the growing pains of a socially awkward teen.

Mystery Files Season 2: Zorro

National Geographic Channel Africa, 3.05pm

Explore the historical facts behind this enduring legend. A new theory suggests that a mysterious Irishman was the basis for the fictional hero.

Timbavati: An Epic Cat Story (The King’s Pride)

Nat Geo Wild, 8pm

Some of Africa’s most formidable predators live in family groups. We follow the lives of three of these?– the lion, wild dog and hyena?–?as they cross paths in Timbavati near the Kruger National Park.

World’s Weirdest Pets: XXL

Nat Geo Wild, 12am

Pets come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the bigger they are, the stranger they get. From a giant monitor lizard and a reindeer to a buffalo, meet some of the world’s biggest pets.

Tuesday 01.07


SABC1, 7pm

Watch presenters Zizo Beda and Lunga Shabalala as they spotlight special events and glamorous functions, highlighting the latest trends, fads and fashions.

The Best Job In The World: Getting Fishy

National Geographic Channel Africa, 5.10am

Ben goes fishing and encounters a master mud crabber. Later, he and Bre go biking, then enjoy an educational tour of Lady Musgrave Island.

The Middle

M-Net, 6pm

After Frankie and Mike are forced to return the church van when it’s discovered that their car has been repaired, Sue, who has been driving the other car, begins to freak out because she’ll have to start taking the bus again.

Big School

BBC Entertainment, 7.10pm

This is a new British comedy starring David Walliams and Catherine Tate in which French teacher Miss Postern joins the school and Mr Church falls in love.


SABC1, 6pm

Presenter Luyanda Potwana speaks to couples who want to tell a secret. The confessor is given a platform to reveal all to their partner, with the hope that they will understand and continue to build their relationship. The results are mixed.

Wednesday 02.07


SABC1, 9pm

A touching docu-reality series and one of SA’s top-watched shows. It tracks the journeys of real South African families who reunite or reconcile with lost or estranged family members.

Winx Club

Nickelodeon, 10.10am

Bloom is an ordinary girl who discovers she’s really a fairy with extraordinary powers. She learns to use her magic at the finest fairy school in all the realms, Alfea College. At Alfea, she meets her new best friends?–?Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha.

The Mentalist

M-Net, 8.30pm

Patrick Jane says a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen and the CBI team realises they are in danger. Aunjanue Ellis returns as former CBI director Madeleine Hightower.

Die Trying

National Geographic Channel, 8.05pm

New show

A new edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that follows the world’s greatest adventurers as they break records, accomplish the impossible and push the boundaries of knowledge.

Thursday 03.07

The Courage Of Your Convictions

SABC2, 8.30pm

Thirteen individuals delve deep into their memory banks to take the viewer into a dilemma that drastically changed their lives. Treating the camera as a personal diary or a confidant, they magnify each moment to show why they reacted the way they did.

Friday 04.07

Get the Hook Up

The Style Network, 8.15pm

A fresh new dating game that mixes up the traditional dating format. By allowing the contestants to show off their hidden talents through live performances and talent segments, Get the Hook Up creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere, encouraging everyone involved to have fun and party.


SABC, 9pm

Two opposing families face off. The Mojalefa newcomers are brought into the Vhakwevho family business. They change its course into construction and take it to new heights.

Real Housewives of Atlanta

Vuzu, 7.30pm

After a few days away in Alabama, Phaedra returns home still upset with Apollo for refusing to admit his part in inappropriately texting Kenya. While visiting a new friend, NeNe digs up some juicy dirt on Phaedra and Kandi’s past intimate affairs.

Penny Dreadful

M-Net, 10.30pm

Season ends

Horror series that reimagines figures from the novel Dracula as well as other famous characters from literature like Frankenstein. The season ends with Vanessa and Sir Malcolm facing their worst nightmares.

Saturday 05.07

The Leftovers

M-Net, 9pm

New show

Imagine if 2% of the population disappeared. An adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel, The Leftovers follows Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb as he tries to maintain normalcy when the notion no longer applies.

Big screen on the small screen

Movies on TV

Space Jam (1996)

Studio Universal, Sunday, 11.15am

When the Looney Tunes are captured by a band of aliens, the cartoon favourites join the world’s biggest basketball stars to play for their freedom. Starring Michael Jordan and Bill Murray.

Mama Jack (2005)

SABC3, Sunday, 7pm

Leon Schuster in blackface certainly isn’t for everyone. After finding himself on the wrong side of the law, Jack Theron turns to his friend Shorty, a make-up artist, for help and emerges as a black woman, Mama Jack.

Soul Men (2008)

Studio Universal, Sunday, 10.55pm

Two estranged soul singers try to put their differences aside and reunite at a performance in honour of their deceased bandmate. Starring Samuel L Jackson and Bernie Mac.

In Her Shoes (2005)

Mzansi Magic, Monday, 10.30pm

Two very different sisters have a falling out and one breaks off relations with the other. Things change when they both discover a grandmother they never knew they had. Starring Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz.

The Croods (2013)

M-Net, Thursday, 9.30am

Kids’ entertainment. When their cave is destroyed, a prehistoric family embarks on an adventure in search of a new home. While the patriarch of the family is already nervous about venturing into this strange new territory, things get even more complicated when they meet a quirky nomad.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

M-Net, Saturday, 5pm

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girl singing group. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

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