‘Big Bang’ gang’s romantic universe expands, and more

2013-10-21 00:00

THE Emmy Award-winning sitcom The Big Bang Theory returns to SABC3 at 8 pm on Monday evenings, starting tonight.

Made by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, Cybill, Grace Under Fire) and Bill Prady (Gilmore Girls) the show revolves around two brainy best friends, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons). They are both brilliant physicists, but hopeless at interacting with people, especially women.

All this changes when free-spirited beauty Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in next door.

This season, the Big Bang gang’s romantic universe expands. On the rebound from Penny, Leonard falls into the arms of Raj’s sister Priya.

Sheldon also gets a girlfriend, or rather a friend who is a girl: Amy, a dour neurobiologist who declares herself besties with Penny.


SURF’S up on the fourth episode of Come Dine With Me South Africa, as the most unlikely combination of contestants battle it out in Durban. The contestants this week are gaming granny Jill Waddleton, hunter Diedre Macadam, sweet Abby Bryson, and outnumbered male Sim Tshabalala.


THIS week on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which airs on TLC (DStv channel 172), Oprah interviews American music royalty, Beyoncé Knowles and her husband Jay-Z, in two separate shows on Thursday night.

At 8 pm, the queen of talk sits down with global superstar, multi-platinum artist and 17-time Grammy winner Knowles at the London NYC in New York City to discuss the making of her documentary Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream.

Knowles opens up about her daughter, Blue Ivy; what Jay-Z is like as a father and a husband; and her heartbreaking miscarriage.

At 8.55 pm the same night, Winfrey speaks to Jay-Z about his unlikely rise from the hard-knock life of the Brooklyn projects to worldwide superstardom and what he’s learned along the way. The hip hop star reflects on his failures, the healing power of hip-hop and how he finally made peace with his father before he died.


THE ground-breaking procedural crime drama Crossing Lines premieres on Sony Entertainment Television (DStv channel 127), tomorrow night (October 22) at 8.55 pm.

This stylish new English-language series, made in France, revolves around a former NYPD officer (William Fichter) who has become addicted to morphine after being injured on the job.

Now working as a rubbish collector in the Netherlands, he is surprised to be contacted by the special crime unit of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, enlisting his help to stop a serial killer.


AIRING on M-Net Series Reality (DStv channel 114) from 7.30 pm tonight is The Queen Latifah Show, a daytime talk variety show that showcases the talents of singer and actress Queen Latifah.

The show features a mix of A-list celebrities, real people with inspiring stories, buzzworthy musical acts, and Queen Latifah’s unique, often comedic, take on pop culture.


STARTING on M-Net on Friday, October 25 at 8.30 pm is the sci-fi series Tomorrow People. This tells the story of a new generation of humans born with paranormal abilities.

In the series, Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and that of the Tomorrow People. Up until a year ago, he was a middle-of-the-road teenager. Then he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep.

That’s when the Tomorrow People, John, Cara and Russell, a genetically advanced race with the abilities to teleport and communicate telepathically, found him.

Now he’s being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra, and their leader Jedikiah, who see the Tomorrow People as a very real threat.

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