Reality shows to keep you company this week


Ainsley Harriott returns to your screens in a brand new show coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) while a brand new singing competition debuts on 1Magic (DStv channel 103). This and more in our top Reality TV picks of this week.

This week, reality television heads to a place we’ve all been longing for: an escape from our homes. With travel still not on the cards for many, these shows will bring the hospitality of a hotel or chic dining experience straight to your small screen.

Get ready for a cooking frenzy with BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) and 1Magic (DStv channel 103). On the former, top chef and television presenter Ainsley Harriott is back with a delicious new show, Ainsley's Food We Love, while the latter serves up Fast Foodies, a celeb-fuelled food extravaganza.

Also on 1Magic, funnyman Ken Jeong is joined by Hollywood heavyweights in I Can See Your Voice. Each episode sees the celebrities attempting to guess who the skilled vocalist is from a group of participants – without hearing them sing. In Checked Inn, former Essence magazine editor Monique Greenwood leaves her cushy New York gig for a chance at happiness and entrepreneurship as she opens her own bed and breakfast.

And for those of us who are too afraid to let go of household items, Everything But The House on HGTV (DStv channel 177) may inspire you to finally hold that garage sale. Tune in as a team of expert appraisers help homeowners cash in on their hidden household treasures.

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Ainsley's Food We Love S1

One of Britain's top chefs serves up his all-time favourite al fresco dishes with a side of comic relief. Joining Aisley in the kitchen this season is a range of special guests, including performers, musicians and other chefs. Tune in for a masterclass of delicious dining and loads of laughs.

Tuesday, 11 May on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00

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I Can See Your Voice S1

Host Ken Jeong and an expert team comprising actress Cheryl Hines and vocalist Adrienne Bailon-Houghton help a celebrity panel guess the skilled vocalist from a group of tone-deaf participants without hearing them sing. With US$100,000 on the line, the contestants attempt to weed out the bad “secret voices” from the good, based on a series of clues, interrogation and lip-synch challenges.

Monday, 10 May on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 17:30

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Fast Foodies S1

In this scrumptious new food show, Top Chef winners Kristen Kish and Jeremy Ford go head-to-head with Iron Chef winner Justin Sutherland. Each episode sees the chefs recreate and reimagine a celebrity guest’s favourite fast food dish in record time.

Tuesday, 11 May on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 17:30

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Checked Inn S1

Follow the busy life of businesswoman Monique Greenwood as she tries establishing her bed-and-breakfast inn in Brooklyn, New York. After leaving her high-end job as editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, Monique wants to leave a legacy for her daughter in the form of a hospitality establishment named Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast.

Wednesday, 12 May on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 17:30

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Everything But The House

Trying to get rid of clutter and manage their homes more efficiently, families call on Lara Spencer and her team of expert appraisers. Tune in to watch as the team helps homeowners clear out and cash in on the hidden treasures of their homes.

Monday, 10 May on HGTV (DStv channel 177) at 20:35

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