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2010-11-15 00:00

BBC Entertainment’s monster hit (pun intended) Primeval is back for a third season on DStv channel 120 from 9.40 tonight.

Picking up with the team still reeling from Stephen’s death, and with the depth of Helen’s betrayal now revealed, it’s up to Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) to re-focus his embattled troops to continue the work they started. But as creatures steeped in ancient folklore begin to appear, it becomes clear that the origins of myths and legends are linked with the mysterious anomalies.

From a Pristichampus, a creature which bears a striking resemblance to the ancient Egyptian crocodile demon Ammut, to a Dracorex being hunted by a deranged knight who is convinced it’s a dragon he must slay, it seems there’s no limit to the dangers spilling through the anomalies.


Other highlights this week:


• B oston Med — M-Net, 7.30 pm: The series revolves around Renee Peerless, who has spent nearly nine months of her pregnancy alone while her husband serves with the military in Iraq. His absence is made more difficult by the knowledge that their in utero baby has a serious heart defect and will need surgery within days of being born.

• S pecial Assignment: Forgotten Crimes — SABC3, 8.31 pm: Sexual violence in times of war has always existed. This documentary relates historical elements of rape during armed conflict, as well as the consequences suffered by its victims.


• Warehouse 13 — ­M-Net Action (Dstv channel 106), 6 pm: Drama series about secret service agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering who are responsible for tracking down unusual objects and monitoring supernatural activity that might hint at the presence of a new object they must acquire.

• 30 Rock — SABC3, 7.30 pm: When invited to Jack’s office, Liz is asked whether or not she would mind having her former boyfriend, Dennis, appear on TGS with Tracy Jordan, a fictional sketch comedy series.


• The Oprah Winfrey Show — SABC3, 5.35 pm: Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith open up about how they keep their marriage fresh and their children grounded. Then, the whole family, including sons Jaden and Trey and daughter Willow, sits down for an exclusive interview.

• Scoundrels — M-Net Series (Dstv channel 110), 7.30 pm: Drama series about the West family who have always lived by two rules — do not invade people’s homes, at least not when they’re in them, and never, ever use violence, unless there is no other option. But things are forced to change when Wolf West is sentenced to a four-year prison term and his family starts coming apart at the seams.


• 1929: The Great Crash — BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 251), 9.30 pm: Over six days in October 1929, shares crashed by a third on the New York Stock Exchange. Later, 3 000 banks failed, taking people’s savings with them. Surviving eyewitnesses describe the biggest financial catastrophe in history.


• The Best of Tyra Banks Show — SABC3, 11 am: Tyra Banks speaks with Alicia Keys about her role as global ambassador for the charity Keep A Child Alive and the event she hosted on their behalf that was attended by Tyra, Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, Jessica Alba and many more.

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