Tv Highlights

2009-12-29 08:36

Tuesday 29 December

Story Tellers: Jay Z MTV Base, 10pm

One of the most recognisable faces in hip-hop, Jay Z is

unstoppable. His ever increasing number-one hits are awe-inspiring and in this

VH1 documentary he tells the story of his life and what inspired his American

Gangsta album. It’s interesting to see what made the man come out of

“retirement” to release his last ­album. Perhaps he was inspired by a woman he

refers to as “B” from Texas?

Bowfinger, M-Net Stars, 7.30pm

Film producer Bobby Bowfinger is ­extremely eager to make a film.

He has saved up for it his entire life – he now has $2?184 to pay for production

costs. With a script written by his accountant, a camera operator with access to

studio-owned equipment and several actors who are hungry for work, he needs

access to a studio in order to distribute his masterwork. It’s hilarious.

Starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy.

Koala Brothers: George the Sportsman, CBeebees, 6.20am

The emphasis is placed on being a good friend in the Koala

Brothers, which is just so cute. It is based on two Koala bears named Frank and

Buster, who live in the Australian Outback. In this episode the two brothers

attempt to host a sports day but they hit a wall when one of their friends

refuses to participate. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

Wednesday 30 December

Planet Terror, M-Net, 9.30pm

After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a

remote US military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into

flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill (no, seriously). Various people join

forces to stop the zombies, who threaten to take over the whole town and the

world. Starring Rose McGowen and Freddy Rodriguez. You just have to watch to


Stevie Wonder Live at Last, ­Series Channel, 8pm

Although the Motown icon has ­performed live at events like the

­Grammies, Stevie Wonder has never actually had a concert of his own. Finally

the man with the larger-than-life voice rocks out at the 02 Arena in London. He

performs hits like Signed, Sealed, ­Delivered, My Cherie Amour and Isn’t She

Lovely to a sold out crowd to mark Mowtown’s 50th Birthday. It’s absolutely


The Genius of Charles Darwin, BBC Knowledge, 1pm

Richard Dawkins, Britain’s best- known atheist, retraces Richard

­Darwin’s journey through science and speaks to schoolchildren about science

versus religion. Darwin’s theory of evolution called humans “the fifth ape”. Can

Richard Dawkins reconcile this with modern life, or is there a dark side to the

theory? This is thought-provoking and absolutely fantastic.

Thursday 31 December

Cheers, SABC 3, 12.20pm

Waiting to rock out at your New Year’s Eve party? Well, here’s one

way to pass the time … Cheers. The highly successful sitcom which ran between

1983 and 1991 stars Ted Danson as the owner of a popular bar and Kirsty Alley

(when she was still super-skinny) as the ­manager. As at any good bar, there are

regular customers who share tales about their daily lives which are usually

pretty hilarious.

The Most Stylish Day, The Style Network, 6am to 11pm

The Style Network counts down some of the most stylish and not-so

stylish people of 2009. The line-up ­includes 25 Most Stylish Faces, 25 Most

Stylish Red Carpet Moments and Glamour’s Biggest Do’s and Don’ts. So if you are

looking for inspiration for what to wear to your New Year’s Eve bash, the Style

Network is the perfect place to do it. Look out for stars like Halle Berry and


Countdown to 2010, Vuzu, 11.45pm

Vuzu brings you a special 2010 celebration with the hottest tunes

of 2009 as the TV station counts you down into the New Year. With all the hooks,

lines and sinkers that had the ladies melting and the guys using them as bait,

Vuzu will bring you the hottest beats from Jay-Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Skwatta

Kamp, ­Jozi and many more in this exclusive countdown.

Friday 01 January

Mythbusters: Alcatraz Escape, Discovery Channel, 8pm

The Mythbusters find out whether it’s possible to escape The Rock,

also known as Alcatraz – one of the world’s most secure prisons. The Mythbusters

crew also try to figure out whether it’s possible to survive the tide in a

homemade craft. Exactly what you need to know before flying home from your


New Year, New Habits Weekend, MTV, 12pm

In an entire weekend dedicated to the award-winning documentary

series, True Life, MTV scours the world for young people who will be

kick-starting 2010 with new habits, all in the pursuit of happiness. So if you

are wondering what to put on your list of New Year’s resolutions, tune in to

this show. (Trust me, it’s a lot deeper than “start going to gym” or “quit


Rogue Assassin, M-net, 22.00

After his partner and family are killed, apparently by the infamous

and elusive assassin, Rogue, FBI agent Jack Crawford becomes obsessed with

revenge as his world ­unravels. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of

his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the

Triads and Yakuza boss Shiro. It stars ­Jason Statham and Jet Lee.

Saturday 02 January

Lira in Concert SABC 1 21.00

If you missed the concert, and didn’t get the DVD as a Christmas

gift, the good news is that the SAMA winning statuesque beauty will be up on the

small screen, serenading you with hits from her highly successful Soul in Mind

album. Sure the concert was taped at Carnival City (which is always a little

questionable) but that just doesn’t matter when Lira commands the stage. Watch

it if you “wanna feel good”.

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Disney 10.30

Alex is upset that her parents are telling her what to do despite

being sixteen years old. When her parents confiscate her wand, and she gets in a

fight with her mother, she wishes her parents had never met. (Only in an

American movie, can you actually tell your parents that). Her wish comes true

and so the Russo kids must find the Stone of Dreams in order to reverse the wish

before their parents leave the island without them. Oh the drama!

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