It’s back to the future for Sarah Conner in ‘Terminator’, while King Henry woos a new wife in ‘The Tudors’

2010-08-16 00:00

STARTING this week on SABC3 is the sci-fi series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It will be screened from Monday to Thursday at 10.15 pm.

At the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor, her son John and the 800 Series Terminator successfully destroy the T-1000, as well as the arm and computer chip from the first film Terminator. The T-800 from the second film, at its own request, is then also destroyed to eliminate any future technology that could be used to create Skynet.

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, it is revealed that Sarah subsequently dies of cancer and that Judgment Day has not been averted but merely delayed.

At the beginning of the television series, a T-888 using the name Cromartie is sent back to the time following Terminator 2: Judgment Day to kill John. Cameron, a Terminator that John sent back from 2027 to protect his earlier self, leaps forward in time with John and Sarah to 2007, jumping over the year in which Sarah would have died. Thus history changes and from John and Sarah’s perspective events now occur differently from those that occurred in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Now wanted fugitives with the fear of pending cancer playing on Sarah’s mind, they must also face the reality that other enemies from the future could be after them.

Other highlights this week:


• The Tudors — M-Net, 9.30 pm: The fourth season of this period drama which focuses on the life and romances of young King Henry VIII, starts tomorrow night. The last season ended with the reaction to Henry’s decision to create a new national church. In this series there’s a new wife on the horizon and more trouble brewing in the north.

• Married Single Other — BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120), 9.30 pm: Sexy, funny and painfully honest, this drama series tells the story of three couples who are trying to work out exactly what a couple is these days.

• Lincoln Heights — SABC1, 10 pm: This American drama television series centres on Eddie Sutton, a Mission Vista officer, who moves his family back to his old neighbourhood, Lincoln Heights, to start a new life and help out his old neighbourhood. It is a dangerous place to raise a family, and they soon learn that settling in is not as easy as it seems.


• Top Gear — BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120), 8.30 pm: Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond return for more challenges, road tests and petrol head fun.

• Gossip Girl — SABC3, 9 pm: Devastated by the recent plot twist in her life, Blair turns her back on her predictable Waldorf existence in favour of a wild, unpredictable lifestyle that includes Carter, causing Serena and Chuck to have serious concerns about their friend.


• To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday —, 8.30 pm: Undying love collides with real life in this unforgettable romance. David Lewis, a grieving widower on the brink of a breakdown, continues to “see” his late wife two years after her death. As he withdraws further into his fantasy world, he leaves his neglected daughter behind. Stars Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer


• 30 Rock — M-Net, 7 pm: In addition to dealing with her personal life and the demands of her job as a writer for The Girlie Show, Liz is told to find a new actor to make the company more appealing.

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