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Witness: My Father The Banker, Wed 10 Feb 2016, 8:00pm | Al Jazeera (406)

My Father The Banker”. Armed with a photo from Interpol, a filmmaker travels to Malaysia hoping to find her millionaire father who disappeared from Latvia 15 years ago.

 BBC Brit Channel 196 – Premium

Top Gear; Evans reveals new Top Gear Friend

Iconic American actor Matt LeBlanc has been revealed as one of the new presenters of the upcoming and eagerly awaited return of BBC Brit’s Top Gear – the planet’s biggest motoring entertainment show. LeBlanc’s appointment marks the first time the show has ever had a non-British host in its 39-year history.

In what promises to be an explosive cocktail of car-obsessed entertainers and cultural clashes – the eagerly anticipated return of the revamped show is expected to noisily announce itself on BBC Two and TV screens everywhere this May.

The Golden Globe-winning star of the popular BBC comedy Episodes, LeBlanc’s international appeal has never been stronger despite filming the finale of his global hit Friends almost 12 years ago. He’s already a familiar face to Top Gear viewers, having been a two-time guest on the show and the fastest celebrity to date around the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car. LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races, where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series.

He joins production immediately and additional Top Gear cast members will be confirmed shortly.

Matt is an American actor, comedian and producer, best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom, Friends. In 2011, LeBlanc began starring as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, a BBC Two/Showtime television series created by the Friends co-creators. He won a Golden Globe award for his work on Episodes, and was nominated for an Emmy three times for his work on Friends and four times for Episodes.

 

Matt holds the record for the fastest ever celebrity lap of the famous Top Gear track, having appeared as a guest in Season 18 Episode 2 (TX 5th Feb 2012) setting a still unbeaten 1m42.1sec in the Kia C’eed.  Matt also reappeared on the show in S19 E4 (TX 17th Feb 2013) when he was asked to test the new Kia C’eed on the track, against the old one.

 

Matt’s love of all things four and two wheeled will come as no surprise to Top Gear fans.  Whilst on set for his guest appearance, Matt also spent as much time as he was allowed driving the McLaren 12C supercar around the Top Gear track, accompanied by The Stig.

The Murder Detectives Fri 19 Feb 2016, 6:00pm

Dramatic documentary series following every twist and turn of a police investigation into the horrific murder of a teenager.

·       Cartoon Network Channel 301 – Premium

The Love Bug: Sunday 14 February from 12:10pm

Love is in the air on Cartoon Network this Valentine’s Day! This special stunt will air the most romantic episodes of your favorite show, including Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, Regular Show and Clarence to name a few. Between Finn and Flame Princess’ tumultuous relationship or Panda’s quest for love despite his brothers getting in the way, let’s just hope that everyone ends up living happily ever after! Celebrate budding love and epic romance this Valentine’s Day on Sunday 14 February at 12:10pm·

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Loving Leah: Sunday 14 February at 11:05pm

When 26-year-old Leah’s Jewish husband passes away, she finds herself in a dilemma: marry her late husband’s brother as traditionally done in the Jewish community or agree to her mother’s arranged marriage? This love story develops as the two agree to take part in an unconventional, yet, convenient marriage.

Alabama Love Story: 14 February at 12:45pm

A kidnapping leads to love for a down-on-his-luck cowboy in this romantic comedy drama. When former rodeo rider Roper Wylie hits rock bottom, he schemes to kidnap wealthy Alabama socialite Goodie Blankenship. As the kidnapper and the jilted wife begin to sympathize with one another, love blossoms and fuels their hunger for revenge on Goodie’s uncaring husband. Tune in on Sunday14 February at 12:45pm

One True Love: Sunday 14 February at 2:25pm

Inspired by a true story, One True Love, is a poignant romance between two strangers who meet at the site of a serious accident and in one life-altering moment, fall in love. Dana Boyer and Kevin Grant are passionate, fun-loving adults who meet when Kevin rescues Dana from a burning car. To complicate matters, Kevin is engaged and Dana is set to marry Phil her fiancé. Tune in on Sunday 14 February at 2:25pm.

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Live From the Red Carpet: The 2016 Grammy Awards: Monday 15 February at 9:00pm

All eyes are on the Staples Centre in Los Angeles as the biggest music stars on the planet attend the 58th Grammy Awards. E! has all angles covered across the red carpet as Guiliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest catch up with the nominees, presenters and performers. Monday 15 February at 9:00pm

Fox Channel 125, Premium

House Of Payne Thu 11 Feb, 4:55pm

Bake, Rattle And Roll”. Calvin has an incident at his job that leads him to getting suspended. Jazmine needs help baking and she reluctantly decides to ask Ella for help.

The Walking Dead Season 6 part B: 15 February at 7:00pm

The Walking Dead returns on 15 February at 7:00pm, its new time slot from the previous 21:20 as the Fox schedule is also getting an update this year. The zombie thriller has been renewed for a bloody seventh season and continues to be a firm favourite on the schedule for fans.

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Lip Sync Battle (Season 2): Monday 15 February at 7:35pm

The mic is off, the battle is on! Lip Sync Battle, is back, hosted by LL Cool J with colourful commentary from social media maven and supermodel co-host, Chrissy Teigen. Each episode features two A-list celebrities like you’ve never seen them before – syncing their hearts out in hysterically epic performances. This month, you will see Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Marlon Wayans and many more every Monday 

·       TLC Entertainment – OWN – Channel 172, Compact/Compact Plus/Premium

Where Are They Now? Debbie Allen: On Sunday 14 February at 6:55pm

Debbie Allen says that as a child, Houston’s racial divide in the 50’s and 60’s prevented her from going to her first-choice dance school. Then, after years of applying, 13-year-old Debbie was finally accepted to the Houston Ballet Foundation. Watch as she shares how these experiences made her stronger and pushed her to become the dancer she is today. On Sunday 14 February at 6:55pm

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Under The Same Sky Tue 09 Feb 15:10

Carlos tells his son about his truck being stolen. Adela has the truck, and decides to sell it. Carlos and Luis head off in search of the truck.

       MTV Base Channel 322 – Premium

Love & Hip Hop – Hollywood: Premiere on Monday 15 February at 8:00pm

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood follows the young, hip-hop elite as they strive to either “make” or “maintain” a life in the La La Land of Hollywood! Love & Hip Hop Hollywood has the youngest, hottest cast to date. The series will follow the lives of rising stars and starlets, from hip-hop artists, to video vixens, to actors, personal assistants, girlfriends, and co-parents; we take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the lives of the hip hop couples as they struggle to balance their careers and their personal lives. Tune in to the Premiere on Monday 15 February at 8:00pm

·       M-Net Channel 101 – Premium

Grey’s Anatomy: Monday 15 February at 5:30pm

Experience the triumphs and heartaches of medical professionals in the impressive twelfth season of this Golden Globe award winning show. The award-winning series comes back from its production break from Monday 15 February at 5:30pm

The Fixer: Monday 15 February at 6:30pm

Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a consultant who “fixes” the most sensational scandals in politics. The series has been on a production break and will resume with new episodes fromMonday 15 February at 6:30pm

·       Vuzu Amp, Channel 114 –Premium

How To Get Away With Murder, Tue 09 Feb, 9:00pm

Meet Bonnie’. Asher discovers not everything is what it seems when you work for Annalise. Frank is presented with a situation that hits close to home. Wes’ search to solve Rebecca’s disappearance ends in a confrontation.

·       Zee World Channel 166, Access/Family/Compact/Compact Plus/Premium

Fear Files: Every Saturday at 7:00pm.

“Fear Files” brings to life the real stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences that defy explanation. The series uncovers the truth behind some of the most compelling and mystifying occurrences that have taken place around India. The show is a re-enactment of real incidents in an attempt to dispel the hoaxes from the real and possibly unexplainable. Tune in Every Saturday at 7:00pm.

Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai Sat, 13 Feb 5:00pm

After an operation, Durga regains her sight. She is unable to see the face of her love Rohit, who is presumed dead. She finds love in Raj. But Rohit resurfaces and seems awfully familiar.

 

 

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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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This Week On Miss Malaika Ghana – Our Culture, Our Heritage!!

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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio features K.O this Friday !

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With K.O, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week! (more…)

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Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa taps Preyé for September

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Preyé, Nigeria’s emerging soul powerhouse, has been selected as Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa artist for September. (more…)

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022

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Showmax is the best place in Africa to stream international series, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Content on Showmax won 27 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama (HBO’s Succession) and Limited or Anthology Series (HBO’s The White Lotus, the Emmys’ biggest winner this year with 10.)

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Al Jazeera English is proud to announce its end of year slate of new international documentaries

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Al Jazeera English (AJE) is home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe. The Internationally aclaimed  broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories, storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news. AJE airs over 300 documentaries a year, in regular strands and stand-alone slots.

AJE’s latest slate premieres several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In ‘Bollywood Dreams’ audiences  follow some of the thousands of ‘strugglers’ across India, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood. In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands we observe First Nation communities reclaim their heritage, combat environmental disaster and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning ‘Africa Direct’ returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs. AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon.

Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December. Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’.

AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output. From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.Its documentaries present a range of experiences, lives and views to help viewers think, understand, feel and connect with the world around them.

Our award-winning documentaries provide great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

Ingrid Falk, Manager of Programmes said  “Stories are hugely important in shaping our understanding of the world, so we in the Documentaries unit focus as much on how we tell stories, and who tells them, as the subject matter itself. We try to shift the power of the storytelling itself towards those who have experience the events – we have the space to move away from presenters and reporters as authoritative voices towards first person narratives. Our philosophy is that when we see and hear from people directly, confidently, centred in their own stories, only then can we reimagine notions of authority and power. And in this very unequal world, that is an important thing to do.”

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