TV pick: September 21-27

2014-09-21 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

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The Next Three Days (2010)

Mzansi Magic

Sunday, 9pm

John and Lara were happily married and raising a family when their lives fell apart. Lara is charged with a murder she insists she did not commit and John does everything in his power to prove her innocence. When all appeals fail, John seeks the help of a lawyer who suggests he use extreme tactics. Starring Elizabeth Banks and Russell Crowe.

The Makeover (2013)


Tuesday, 9.30am

Everyone loves a good romantic comedy. But when you mash it up with the classic makeover comedy, you have a recipe for a feel-good movie. In this fresh take on the makeover romcom, Julia Stiles plays an electoral candidate who transforms a scruffy guy into election material. Romance ensues.

Khumba (Zulu) (2013)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 6.30pm

This is the story of Khumba, a zebra who has only half his stripes. When he is blamed for the drought by the rest of his herd, he sets off on a daring quest to earn his stripes. He meets some quirky characters and teams up with an unlikely duo: an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich. But he also has to face a sadistic leopard that controls the water holes and terrorises animals in the Great Karoo.

One in the Chamber (2012)


Wednesday, 12.30am

Cuba Gooding Jr and Dolph Lundgren are two assassins on separate but deadly missions in this action thriller about Russian gang wars, where the mafia with the most gun power wins.

Insiduous: Chapter Two (2013)


Friday, 9.30pm

This sequel to the terrifying horror that took the world by storm doesn’t pull any punches – you are assaulted with fright after fright. The haunted Lambert family have dangerously connected with the spirit world because of a mysterious childhood secret they must uncover.

On the box

SUN 21.09

Kulcha Kwest

SABC1, 5.30pm

Now in its second season, this docu-reality show, hosted by Siyabonga Mdlalose, helps young people navigate their cultural journeys, allowing them to connect with their traditions and heritage.

Idols Season 10

Mzansi Magic, 5pm

It’s your turn to vote for your favourite Idol. Catch the three judges – Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff – as they reveal who is booted out this time.

SA’s Got Talent, 6.05pm

Lalla Hirayama was an instant hit, with young contestants often belting out a note or two in dedication to her. The battle of the nods progresses as comedians, dancers and magicians seek to impress her and go to the next round.

Culture Connects

EbonyLife TV, 6.30pm

This show explores the many customs and traditions of Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and the US, and the values that connect and separate us.

Criminal Minds

M-Net Series Showcase, 9pm


Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) resigns from the FBI amid plots and chilling discoveries in a murder case in Briscoe County, Texas.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

M-Net, 9.40pm

British comedian, political satirist and actor John Oliver offers his take on political news with his biting satire and quick wit.

MON 22.09

EL Now

EbonyLife TV, 6.30pm

This daily entertainment magazine show features the hottest global black news with celebrity buzz, African stories, music, movies, TV, fashion, beauty and design.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

M-Net Series Zone, 6.30pm

A raging dinner table fight erupts during the ladies’ trip to Canada when rumours and accusations circulate.

eKasi: Our Stories: Uxolo, 9pm

A young girl is violated when the most gruesome and inhumane act of violence is perpetrated.

TUE 23.09

Golden Years

SABC2, 11am

Mama Darlina Tyawala fights for women’s rights, those living with HIV/Aids, and the youth of Tafelsig in Cape Town. She recalls when she once took care of a paraplegic child and how she left her husband when he refused to move from Philippi to Tafelsig.

Switched at Birth

M-Net Series Showcase, 6.30pm


Grounded in realistic, beautiful family moments, this show debuted in 2011 and is ABC Family’s highest-rated series to date. It won an honorary Peabody Award last year.

What’s Behind the Wall

SABC2, 7pm

Former Generations actor Thato Molamu tries his hand at presenting with a new quiz show tackling a range of general-knowledge topics.

Dragon’s Den SA

Mzansi Magic, 7.30pm


The new dragons in town – Lebo Gunguluza, Vusi Thembekwayo, Polo Leteka (née Radebe), Vinny Lingham and Gil Oved – want to invest in the best business idea as entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and try persuade them to invest.

The Fixer

SABC3, 9.30pm

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) returns for a second season. She is caught off guard when a paranoid government official drops a bombshell on her.

WED 24.09

B.O.R.N. to Style

Lifetime (131), 8pm

From drab to fab and hobo to glam, larger-than-life stylist Jonathan Bodrick and his team rifle though their clients’ wardrobes for a complete overhaul of their style.

Chopped SA

Food Network, 9pm

Working with mystery ingredients and delivering a home-grown dish in 30?minutes is not easy, but the contestants manage to surprise the distinguished judging panel of Jenny Morris, David van Staden, Siba Mtongana and Rebecca Hurst.

Shaka Zulu

Mzansi Magic, 10.30pm

Starring Henry Cele, this iconic TV show and drama follows the rise of King Shaka to when he became the king of the Zulu nation during the early 19th century, just as the British were beginning to gain control of Africa.

THU 25.09


Mzansi Magic, 6.30pm

Stressing about business means there is no action for Seputla’s husband, and a cure to bedroom blues leads to a catastrophe.

The Tunnel

M-Net Series Zone, 9pm

While Suze recovers in hospital, the killer, nicknamed the Truth Terrorist, calls Hillier to inform him he will continue the second truth in France. He later kidnaps a second war veteran.

The Smoke

M-Net, 9.30pm


The high-adrenaline adventures of White Watch – a team of London firefighters – come to an end following the Blackwall Tunnel explosion.

Open Varsity

SABC2, 11pm

Lessons in the arts, law, commerce, engineering and natural sciences faculties allow viewers to feel as though they are in the class while professors and lecturers with expertise provide lessons that broaden their minds.

FRI 26.09

The X Factor SA

SABC1, 6pm

Our very own mentors and X Factor judges Zonke, Oskido and Arno Carstens sift through the talent of singers with that indefinable thing called the X-factor.

Strictly Come Dancing

SABC3, 8pm

Dancing their shoes off, celebrity contestants have risen to the occasion once again, but there can be only one winner after the judges’ and public’s votes have been tallied.

SAT 27.09

The Voice

M-Net, 6pm


New additions Gwen Stefani and N.E.R.D lead singer Pharrell Williams replace Shakira and Usher in the new season. Mainstay experts Adam Levine and Blake Shelton watch as contestants try to oust each other.

Fattening Room

EbonyLife TV, 9pm

Six feisty and beautiful modern women from Ghana, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya embark on a journey of self-discovery in the city of Calabar in southeastern Nigeria. There they discover the magical legacies of the Efik tradition.

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