Couch potato by Danie Jacobs, Documentary: Zero to Zero

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Couch potato by Danie Jacobs

Friday October 1: It’s the all-important kitchen reveal of The Block Australia. M-Net, 17:55.

Saturday October 2: Teams have a Shisanyma-style challenge on The Ultimate Braai Master. etv, 18:00.

Sunday October 3: 2067 is one man’s journey to the future to save a dying world. M-Net Movies 1, 23:00.

Monday October 4: New miniseries Scenes from a marriage is an English-language remake of a Swedish miniseries based on contemporary couples and their challenges. M-Net, 22:30.

Tuesday October 5: Ed Sheeran performs his number hit Shivers on The Graham Norton Show. BBC Brit, 20:00.

Wednesday October 6: Medical show New Amsterdam is on free TV! In this episode, Max and Bloom help a pregnant patient. etv, 20:30.

Thursday October 7: Get the popcorn ready for the 3 hour and 14 minute long Titanic! This film tells the story of eternal love aboard the ill-fated liner. M-Net Hollywood’s Sexiest pop-up on DStv, 16:50.

Friday October 8: Happy Mr Bean is a documentary about the unlikeliest of heroes. BBC Brit on DStv, 20:35.

Saturday October 9: Deutschland 89 is the third and final series in the trilogy. This series is set during the fall of the DDR and the Berlin Wall. M-Net, 22:30.

Sunday October 10: Follow South Africa’s Johannes Radebe on Strictly Come Dancing. BBC Brit on DStv, 19:00.

Documentary: Zero to Zero
Frontline healthcare workers document their fight against Covid-19 in M-Net’s gripping and emotional new documentary, Zero to Zero.

“Somewhere there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We have to believe it. Let’s hope for the dawn to break.” Those are the words uttered by Dr Yanila Nyasulu, specialist physician and a central figure in the riveting new documentary Zero to Zero, which will broadcast exclusively on DStv Premium on M-Net on October 8 at 14:30. 

Filmed over 15 months, the gripping one-hour doc offers an unfiltered look at what it’s like to be a healthcare worker in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic. It follows the staff of Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital (ZAH), a 100-year-old, private, non-profit hospital in Muckleneuk, Pretoria, from the moment they admit their first Covid-19 patient in June 2020. 

Gripping and emotional – at parts intense yet also hopeful - what makes Zero to Zero especially stand out is that it’s filmed by a frontline worker at the hospital, radiologist and part time filmmaker Prof Leonie Scholtz. She co-directed the film with Christa Lategan and Shem Compion. 

“What’s special about Zero to Zero is that it is told from the perspectives of those who have been battling this pandemic daily since it began. It humanises the frontline workers, showing us a fraction of what they have had to face,” says Jan du Plessis, Director for M-Net Channels. 

“It also puts faces to some of the Covid-19 stats - there are interviews with former patients about their experiences at the hospital, as well as with their families about the impact that this has had on them,” du Plessis concludes. 

About why she began filming the hospital’s fight against Covid-19, Prof Leonie Scholtz says in the documentary: “When the pandemic started, I immediately realised that this is one catastrophic event where no photographers were allowed. Being a photographer myself, and also having access to the inner sanctum of the frontline, I felt obliged to document it.” 

Filming the events as they unfolded presented a challenge for the team, as they had no idea how the story would unfold. “We dealt with people going through real life and death situations, so our focus remained on the human spirit. The constant changing narrative was immensely difficult, but the personal journeys delivered a wonderful and authentic story,” says Producer, Christa Lategan.

What results is an incredible film that gives us a glimpse of the toll the pandemic has had on healthcare and frontline workers, emotionally, mentally and physically. With some narration by actress Jana Cilliers, Zero to Zero also features interviews with various experts, including celebrated epidemiologist Prof Salim Abdool Karim.  

With unprecedented access to the hospital frontline, this story narrates what unfolded during the darkest moments of the Covid peaks. The unequalled footage from ICU and beyond tells a story of despair and hope.
This film will inspire viewers to remember the strength of the human spirit, but filmmakers and the healthcare workers also hope to drive home another key message: Protect yourself and the ones you love by wearing your mask, washing your hands, keeping a safe distance, and getting vaccinated. 

 

 

Death Personified - Couch potato by Danie Jacobs

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Couch potato

Friday September 17: A snowplow driver seeks revenge after the killing of his son in Cold Pursuit. M-Net Movies 3 on DStv, 23:25.

Saturday September 18: A married father of three tries to maintain his manliness in Last man standing. M-Net, 18:30.

Sunday September 19: Hide and Seek is a horror flick about a little girl and her imaginary friend who helps her deal with her mother’s death. etv, 23:10.

Monday September 20: Top comedy show Hacks is up for 15 Emmy Awards. Catch the award show live in the morning with a repeat in primetime. M-Net, 21:30.

Tuesday September 21: Ewan McGregor is a guest on The Graham Norton Show. BBC Brit on DStv, 20:00.

Wednesday September 22: Follow the crew of a German icebreaker as they spent a year in the North Pole in Arctic Drift: A year in the ice. BBC Earth on DStv, 19:00.

Thursday September 23: The Bridge, a new British reality series, has contestants building a bridge to an island where the winner’s cash is hidden. M-Net, 19:30.

Friday September 24: Ava goes on a wild Las Vegas night in Hacks. M-Net, 22:30.

Saturday September 25: Pearl Harbour is a film about love, war and friendship after the bombing of the US naval base. SABC3, 21:30.

Sunday September 26: Tenet is a film about espionage set in something beyond real time. M-Net, 20:05.

Couch Potato with Danie Jacobs - Get ready for Loli

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Get ready for Loli

Loli’s Luck (A suerte de Loli) will premiere on Telemundo Africa (DStv Channel 118) on Monday September 13 at 22:00. 

Loli’s Luck tells the story of Loli Aguilar, a single and successful executive producer at Global Radio Group, the top broadcast network on the US West Coast. As Loli’s career continues to rise, her love life takes the back seat while she enjoys her freedom and a commitment-free life. She’s a woman who has never found true love and has made the decision to never have children of her own.

However, her life turns upside down when her best friend Mariana suddenly passes away leaving everything to Loli, including her two children.
The news takes everyone by surprise, especially Loli, who feels she is the least qualified person to raise her best friend’s kids. Loli will have to face her new reality and learn, through the struggles, that the most important thing isn’t her career as she discovers that the true meaning of life’s success is family and love.

Couch potato by Danie Jacobs

Friday September 10: The Taste Master SA kicks off. One of the most competitive cooking shows exposes talent to the world. SABC2, 18:59.

Saturday September 11: Live coverage of the memorial events in NY, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon during 9/11 20 Years Later. CNN, 14:00.

Sunday September 12: In Face/Off, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery to find a killer. SABC2, 19:30.

Monday September 13: Fashion’s biggest night takes place with the 2021 Met Gala. E! on DStv, 23:00.

Couch potato by Danie Jacobs - watch this...

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Top comedy to watch

New M-Net sitcom Hacks has 15 Emmy nominations under its belt.

Starring Jean Smart of Designing Women fame, it is a biting, hilarious and insightful comedy laced with genuine pathos, fuelled by its smart writing about generational warfare and compassion between two women who thought they had nothing in common.

Hacks is one of the strongest debuts of 2021, and it’s already been renewed for a second season.

Smart plays Deborah Vance, a legendary comic with a Las Vegas residency and lucrative merchandise deals. The owner of the Vegas hotel is threatening to cut her nights, in favour of younger acts who can attract a different audience. Deborah isn’t relevant enough.

At the same time, Ava is a 25-year-old out-of-work comedy writer who’s been cast out of her industry for an insensitive tweet, putting an end to her career barely before she’s started.

She reluctantly agrees to a meeting with Deborah, set up by their mutual agent without Deborah’s knowledge. Will they get along?

Couch potato by Danie Jacobs - this weekend

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New Season: In Treatment

Viewers can gather for their weekly therapy session in In Treatment. The new season, with a new host, kicks off on M-Net at 21:30 on Friday August 6.

This season, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba plays the role of a therapist Dr Brooke Taylor in present-day Los Angeles as she helps her patients navigate a variety of modern concerns.

Issues such as the global pandemic and recent major social and cultural shifts are a backdrop to the work Brooke undertakes, all while dealing with the complications of her own personal life.

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