TV pick: September 7 - 13

2014-09-07 15:00

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Schucks! Your Country Needs You (2013)


Sunday, 8.30pm

SA’s king of candid camera, Leon Schuster, landed in fourth spot on the SAARF top 40 TV ratings for national and DStv charts with Mr Bones 2: Back to the Past last week. Viewers will be pleased to know that Schuster is back again this Sunday.

The Italian Job (2003)

Mzansi Magic

Sunday, 9pm

Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally, but are double-crossed by one of their own. Years later, one of the thieves reunites the team to pull off another daring heist and get revenge. Starring Donald Sutherland and Mark Wahlberg.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Sony Entertainment TV

Wednesday, 8pm

Compelling and unsettling, this crime drama based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy stars Josh Brolin (True Grit, Men in Black 3) as a hunter who stumbles upon two-million dollars after a drug deal gone wrong. Violence and mayhem ensue when he absconds with the cash, with the sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) and a psychopathic killer in hot pursuit.

Who’s The Father (2014)

Mzansi Magic, Lokshin Bioskop

Friday, 7pm

A sangoma looks forward to celebrating his favourite daughter’s birthday, but then a shocking revelation about the paternity of his children turns his world upside down.

Out of Sight (1998)

Friday, 10pm

Mzansi Magic, 10pm

Starring Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, and Ving Rhames, this crime comedy sees two prisoners escape by kidnapping a female US marshal. Things get complicated when the the marshal starts developing feelings for one of her kidnappers.

Coming to America (1988)

Sony Entertainment TV

Friday, 8pm

Expect high doses of hilarity as comedian Eddie Murphy, an overly pampered, rich African prince, goes to America in search of a girl who would love and cherish him and not his riches and social status.

Setup (2011)

Mzansi Magic

Saturday, 8.30pm

This action thriller and heist sees three friends’ fool-proof robbery plan go pear-shaped when one of their own makes off with the stolen goods and kills one of his team. To retrieve the money from the heist Sonny (50 Cent) seeks revenge by teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town, Jack Biggs (Bruce Willis).

On the box

SUN 07.09

Soul Sessions

Mzansi Magic Music, 4pm

Writer, poet, editor, musician, producer, artist, manager and actor Kabomo is in the spotlight.

24 Hours on Earth

BBC Knowledge, 5pm


This series travels through a virtual day on Earth, showing how different animals exploit key moments in the cycle of our planet.

SA’s Got Talent, 6.05pm


See judges Shado Twala, DJ Fresh and Lalla Hirayama go through Joburg, Durban and Cape Town talent for the gems. Presented by comedian Tats Nkonzo.

Don’t Just Stand There ... I’m Having Your Baby

BBC Lifestyle, 7pm


See more clueless first-time dads take a crash course in pregnancy and childbirth. The dads-to-be are trained by midwives to count contractions, feel the baby’s position and know when to tell mum to push.

9/11 and The American Dream

National Geographic Channel, 7.10pm


Those who lost loved ones and those who narrowly escaped death reveal how September 9 2001 transformed their lives.

The Curse of Oak Island

History, 9.20pm


Learn more about the enigmatic small island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Is it a pirate treasure or a Viking horde? An ancient Fort Knox, or even a lost biblical relic, like the Ark of the Covenant? No one knows.

The Hero

M-Net Series Zone, 10pm


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson welcomes nine strangers into an upscale Panamanian penthouse for action-packed adventures that include climbing and hanging from skyscrapers, and navigating dark underground bunkers for the title of The Hero.

MON 08.09

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nickelodeon, 4.10pm


Mikey, Leo, Raph and Donnie try to relax by playing a fantasy role-playing game, but when the game becomes real and goes too far, they must learn the difference between fantasy and reality.

Secrets & Lies

Universal Channel, 8pm


Family man Ben Gundelach strives to prove that, although he found the body, he did not murder Thom Murnane, the young son of neighbour Jess.

Embarrassing Bodies: From the Clinic

BBC Knowledge, 9pm


A group of men dedicated to promoting early detection of testicular cancer join the doctors in the studio for a testicle check and Dr Dawn meets three women who went through early menopause.


M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm


The influence of the mark on Dean reaches new heights as Metatron begins to reveal himself.

TUE 09.09

Idols Wooden Mic Special

Mzansi Magic, 6.30pm

This one is for the laughs. Revel in some of the most memorable bad singers of the show in the past 10 seasons. One person will get the Wooden Mic title at the finale.

Wild Nile

National Geographic Wild, 6pm


This three-part series explores the different faces of the world’s longest river. The Nile is seen in all its glory, from its source in the Rwenzori mountain range in Uganda, to Lake Victoria, through Murchison Falls National Park and up to its delta in the Mediterranean.

Chicago PD

M-Net, 7.30pm


Atwater is settling into his new gig in intelligence as Antonio is relegated to desk duty while recovering. Meanwhile, Jin is confronted about his secret meetings with Stillwell.

Beauty and the Beast

M-Net Series Zone, 9pm


Three months after Vincent was abducted by Muirfield, Cat is reunited with him, but not in the way she planned.

Formula E

National Geographic Channel, 9pm


Formula 1 has dominated the world stage of motor racing, but this might not last. This is the story of the world’s first all-electric grand prix, Formula E. Follow the British engineers and designers behind it.

Old School

M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm


Starring acting legends Bryan Brown and Sam Neill, this is a meeting of two acting masters that finds the perfect combination of dramatic tension and side-splitting humour.


M-Net Series Reality, 10.30pm


Deanna and Kevin Scott have been trying to get pregnant for more than four years. Deanna lures Kevin to the Americana at Brand under the guise of an art exhibit that will feature a series of Deanna’s photographs.

WED 10.09

Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

BBC Lifestyle, 8pm


Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty open a pop-up café on Southend pier. There’s some tasty cooking from Jamie, a bit of foodie science from Jimmy, and a lot of laughs with special friends Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Barlow, Alan Carr and Jonathan Ross.

Women Behind Bars: Life and Death in Indiana

BBC Knowledge, 9pm


In this chilling documentary, Sir Trevor McDonald meets a mother who killed her three-month-old child, a woman who is five months pregnant and in solitary confinement, and a woman believed to have manipulated her boyfriend into killing her two housemates.

THU 11.09

My Perfect Proposal

Mzansi Magic, 7.30pm

Follow Dineo Moeketsi and Lebo “Shugasmakx” Mothibe on the journey couples take before they walk down the aisle after a perfect proposal.

Killer Women

M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm


Becca finds out that Billy has been working undercover for Dan. Dan’s life is put in danger by Jake, a corrupt politician.

FRI 12.09

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Vuzu, 7.30pm

Joyce and Brandi must share the catwalk at Kyle’s fashion show, and Kyle hopes for the best as she raises money for charity and visits her co-star in Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis.

Preachers of LA

M-Net Series Reality, 11.30pm


Things get intense for Deitrick and Dominique in the days leading up to their wedding. Deitrick’s secrecy has adverse effects on his relationships.

SAT 13.09

Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories

BBC Knowledge, 5pm


About 900?000 Jews were murdered in this tiny camp. In August 1943, a few hundred slave labourers escaped, and today only two witnesses remain. Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman share their stories.

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