Food for thought

2015-05-03 22:41

NEW to BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 184) on Wednesday, May 6 at 10 pm is Jimmy’s Food Price Hike, in which farmer Jimmy ­Doherty travels the globe to find out why the price of food is spiralling out of control.

Focusing on one meal in each episode, he uncovers why the staple ingredients we take for granted are increasing and why the era of cheap food may be over for good.

Doherty also finds out how extreme weather in America is affecting the cost of a loaf of bread, why China’s growing middle classes are making the ham sandwich more expensive and why, in the future, the price of oil might drive up the price of your cornflakes.


Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen join host Graham Norton to speak about the film in tomorrow night’s episode on BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120) at 9.40 am.

Speaking about how new CGI technology on the movie enabled him to be part of the action this time round, Ruffalo says: “When I did the first one they shot all the stuff of me against a green screen.

“I had to put my head in a vice and do all the Hulk acting with my head completely still, which I hated. This time, wearing a mask, I was able to act with the other actors.

“Last time I did most of it by myself locked in a broom closet. Once the laughter was over it was way easier doing it with everyone else.”

Asked if he used a real bow and arrow as Hawkeye in the filming of the movie, Renner said: “No. I’d kill someone! I only did it properly once or twice for a close up and they had to clear the set so it didn’t go in somebody.”

Also appearing on The Graham Norton Show will be British band Blur. They will be performing the single Lonesome Street.


Beyond the white sandy beaches and beneath the idyllic turquoise water of the Bahamas lies one of the fiercest natural habitats in the world. Bahama Blue, on Animal Planet (DStv channel) at 9 pm tomorrow, focuses how the unique geographical features of the Bahamas define and interact with the diverse wildlife.

The programme looks at the mangroves, deep blue water, sand flats and coral, caves and blue holes, which are home to several species of sharks, sea turtles, iguanas, dolphins, whales and flamingos.


To celebrate international Star Wars Day, Disney XD (DStv channel 304) is screening back to back episodes of the animated series, Star Wars Rebels, from 1.05 pm today. Fans can also see the new Secrets of the Rebels shorts, and Phineas and Ferb: Mission Star Wars.


Season eight of Supernatural can be seen on SABC3 at 9.30 pm on Thursdays, starting on May 7.

Starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, tells the story of brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat.

After dozens of bloody adventures, battling every kind of supernatural threat, Sam and Dean have straddled the line between good and evil: with the help of both fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins) and the reigning King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), they successfully averted the Apocalypse.

Last season, the boys encountered their worst enemy yet: Leviathan, a highly adaptable, seemingly unkillable foe embodied in the form of billionaire Dick Roman, who wants to turn the human race into a walking buffet.

The new series begins with Dean’s seemingly impossible escape from Purgatory, though Castiel is nowhere to be found.

Dean, however, isn’t alone. He’s returned with a mysterious comrade-in-arms whose reason for escape is perhaps more than Dean bargained for.

Meanwhile, Sam finds himself reconciling the life he discovered while Dean was gone with his brother’s sudden reappearance.

As the boys struggle with their unexpected reunion, they make a shocking discovery that could lead them on a deeply personal mission to settle old scores.


SABC2 will be screening the series Pretty Little Liars at 8 pm on Mondays, starting today.

The show is set one year after the disappearance of Alison, a manipulative and vindictive queen bee and four 16-year-old girlfriends — Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily — who have lost touch with one another until each begins to receive mysterious messages suggesting that Alison is watching them and knows secrets they are desperate to keep hidden.


Tonight at 6 pm viewers will be able to find out will walk away with the R50 000 prize on the Holiday Swap KZN.

During the reality show eight teams took on challenging tasks in order to win the ultimate holiday in KwaZulu-Natal.


There is a new face on SABC2 soapie, Muvhango. Rantebeng Makapan plays Morapedi Mojalefa.

When his parents’ businesses took a knock, Morapedi had just enrolled at Wits University to do a journalism degree.

Unable to afford the fees, he gave up on his dream to study without even putting up a fight and blames his father for destroying his chances of a successful life.

“Shooting Muvhango has been a great experience. I just hope the viewers will warm up to this character. Being part of the soapie has also helped propel my career to the next level … working here is a dream come true,” said Makapan.

Muvhango airs Mondays to Fridays at 9 pm on SABC2 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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