Hot on the box

2010-05-24 00:00

SABC3 is launching two new series this week — the family comedy Suite Life on Deck and the drama Cane.

Airing at 7.30 pm tonight, Suite Life on Deck is a spin-off of the popular Disney Channel series, T he Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and follows the adventures of twin brothers Zack and Cody Martin (Cole and Dylan Sprouse) and hotel heiress London Tipton (Brenda Song) as they travel aboard the S.S. Tipton to places such as Italy, Greece, India and the United Kingdom.

Cane, which will be broadcast Monday to Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the power struggles of a Cuban-American family running a successful rum and sugar business in south Florida. When the family patriarch, Pancho Duque (Hector Elizondo), is offered a lucrative but questionable deal by his bitter adversaries, the Samuels, he is faced with a difficult choice: should he cash out of the sugar business and focus solely on rum or should he protect the family legacy he built from the ground up?

Other highlights this week:


• 50/50 — SABC2, 7.30 pm: The team revisit members of the Bhekabantu and Mbongweni communities, who live on the eastern border of Ndumo Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Despite promises by the local MEC to help improve the land claims process and service delivery, nothing has been done and land invasion is threatening to destroy the entire reserve.

• World Combat League —, 8 pm: In this new reality series created by martial arts legend Chuck Norris, two teams of seven competitors use boxing, kickboxing, kung fu and karate to determine which city in the U.S. has the toughest residents.


• 3rd Degree —, 9.30 pm: South Africans are consumed by the issue of race. In a two-part series, 3rd Degree looks at this thorny issue. Tonight focuses on white South Africans and asks whether they are stuck in the racist past, or if it is only extremists who can’t move forward.


• Against the Odds — SABC1, 8.30 pm: This Namibian film is part of the Soul City: Love Stories in a time of HIV and Aids series. Set in Windhoek’s Khomasdal township, it tells the story of Granny Mouton who survives by cooking meat on the streets. When the owner of a successful car wash offers her a place to cook for his customers, she believes things will improve until she discovers that his real motive for helping her is her beautiful and innocent granddaughter, Jenny.


• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: This week’s show includes interviews with Sharks rugby star Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira and celebrity couple Emmanuel Castis and Louise Carver.


• Dirty Dancing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Patrick Swayze stars in this romantic drama about a young girl, Frances (Baby), who falls in love with her holiday camp dance teacher.

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