DStv highlights - December 11, 2012

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TO chicago fire Monica Raymond as Gabriela Dawson in the new drama, Chicago Fire.

• Aretha Franklin Live, Mzansi Magic, 19.00

Aretha Franklin epitomised soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-

‘60s hits with Atlantic Records – Respect, I Never Loved a Man, Chain of Fools, Baby I Love You, I Say a Little Prayer, Think, The House That Jack Built and several others – earned her the title Lady Soul, which she has worn uncontested ever since.

• Wild Pantanal, Nat Geo Wild, 19.00

The Pantanal wetland lies in the heart of Brazil. It looks idyllic, but life there is harsh. As the annual floodwaters drain away, the Pantanal becomes big cat territory. The battles of jaguars and caimans play out on a stage set by the most extreme elements on Earth. Land animals must snatch their chance to eat, meet, and breed.

• Chicago Fire, M-Net, 19.30

Facing suspension, Dawson gets a hand from the same girl she saved through the procedures that landed her in front of the disciplinary board.

• Wreck Trek, Travel Channel, 22.00

For their latest insane adventure, John Lovejoy and Tony Perez recruit four team members for a journey from Germany to South Africa in the cheapest junk cars they can find. The trip quickly descends into chaos. Driving a Renault at 120km/h in third gear is a sure way to blow an engine, as Susan quickly discovers. Battling to even exit Europe, the team fall out and argue constantly. Once in Africa their problems multiply. After suffering robberies and arrests the atmosphere in the team is hostile and as the roads continue to deteriorate so does any hope of reaching South Africa. Never was a trek so aptly named.

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