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MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company Africa will make Disney+ available to South African DStv subscribers

 

Disney+ will launch in South Africa on 18 May 2022 and will be available to local DStv subscribers including via the Explora Ultra decoder on the same day. DStv customers can enjoy the benefits of exclusive contract packages and bundle deals, bringing all their entertainment needs to one central place.

The partnership with Disney+ leads with an expanded choice of content, ease and convenience of subscription and payment, with the DStv Explora Ultra as an enabler.

With Disney+, DStv subscribers will have access to the critically acclaimed “The Book of Boba Fett” and “The Mandalorian”, the Marvel Studios’ series “Moon Knight” and Academy Award®-nominated film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings”, Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-nominated “Luca”, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning “Encanto” and Academy Award®-winning “Cruella”.

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After captivating viewers with authentic storylines and beloved characters, the M-Net Local Entertainment Channels has announced Mzansi Magic’s The Queen and 1Magic’s Lingashoni final seasons are ending in 2023. The channel strategies for 1Magic (DStv channel 103) and Mzansi Magic (DStv channel161) have been revised to keep abreast with changing audience preferences and the evolving competitor landscape.

After six successful seasons, The Queen will premiere its finale 7th season in July 2022 and conclude on 13 January 2023. The final season of 1Magic’s Lingashoni will premiere from 21 March 2022 until 16 March 2023.

 

The Queen has been Mzansi Magic’s weekday 9pm offering since August 2016 and has celebrated unprecedented milestones such as 1 000-episodes in August 2020 and a historic crossover episode with 1Magic telenovela The River – a first for M-Net local productions. After six dynamic, entertaining seasons and milestones, The Queen is reaching a natural conclusion of its storyline.

Premiering in March 2021, Lingashoni is the second telenovela for 1Magic. The family-centred drama has captured viewers with shocking plot twists and much-loved ensemble cast of established actors alongside new talent, allowing M-Net to increase its local content offering for 1Magic audiences.

 

“As the M-Net Local Entertainment channels, we would like to applaud the producers, cast and crew of The Queen and Lingashoni for their dedication to delivering riveting storylines and award-winning content in highly contested primetime slots. We look forward to the thrills of the next 12 months as both productions draw towards their respective finales,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

Ferguson Films are acclaimed producers of Mzansi Magic’s RockvilleIgaziThe Queen and Unmarried, unlocking some of the best shows in local storytelling. “The Queen has been one of our most special projects to date. It has empowered and changed the lives of many, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity from Mzansi Magic. We look forward to new ventures and creating more riveting shows for our beloved viewers to enjoy,” said a spokesperson from Ferguson Films.

 

Stained Glass TV, celebrated producers of Showmax’s The Wife and Mzansi Magic’s Ifalakhe and eHostela, has brought riveting content to our screens and will continue to do so. “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed making Lingashoni, and want to thank the cast, crew and production team for their amazing work and dedication. We are grateful to M-Net for creating a supportive platform for local storytellers and we look forward to a continued working relationship,” said Pepsi Pokane, Managing Director at Stained Glass TV.

 

Adonisi further expressed gratitude for the channels loyal viewers who have been critical to Mzansi Magic and 1Magic’s success and realising M-Net’s ambition to be Africa’s most loved storyteller. She concluded by assuring viewers that the channels are currently exploring exhilarating content for 2023 and new shows will be announced in due course.

 

M-Net remains committed to unearthing more rich, local stories with Ferguson Films and Stained Glass TV. Catch The Queen on Mzansi Magic, Mondays to Fridays at 21h00, and Lingashoni on 1Magic, Mondays to Fridays at 21h30.

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SABC to air NBA games including a magazine show

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), through SABC Sport has announced an exciting multiyear television broadcast rights agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA).  As part of the partnership, SABC Sport will air more than 35 games throughout the season, including a Christmas Day game, NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Conference Finals and The Finals, broadcast live or delayed, on SABC 1 and the SABC Sports Channel on the DTT, TelkomOne and Openview platforms.  In addition, the SABC will host a weekly magazine show “NBA Action”, which covers the league’s news and highlights.

The first live broadcast will kick off with a pre-game live studio presentation at 22:30 on Saturday, 30 October at 23:00 SAST, followed by the inaugural live broadcast of the 75th Anniversary Season, where the Washington Wizards will host the Boston Celtics.

 

Due to the time difference between South Africa and the United States, the live or delayed broadcasts will start between 20h00 and midnight on the same Saturday on SABC 1 and the Sports Channel.

 

Mr. Gary Rathbone, SABC Sport General Manager stated: “SABC Sport is incredibly thrilled to add one of the world’s most exciting and respected leagues to its live sports offering, as we know that there is a sports audience which loves the game of basketball in Mzansi. In bringing this great global sporting spectacle to our viewers, the SABC will also be setting out to inspire and entertain a whole new generation of basketball fans all over the country. Exciting times for Mzansi sports fans, Fo’ Sho.”

 

Victor Williams, NBA Africa CEO said: “We are thrilled to once again partner with SABC, beginning with our milestone 75th Anniversary Season.  Through this partnership we look forward to bringing the excitement of the NBA to more of our passionate fans in South Africa as part of our continued commitment of making basketball more accessible across the continent.”

 

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Newzroom Afrika will report live from Expo 2020 Dubai. The channel will focus on the South African activities at the Expo, broadcasting directly from the state-of-the-art TV studio located at the South African pavilion.

South Africa will participate in the Expo from October 2021 to March 2022, to promote the country as an investment destination.

 

They will give investors and visitors a true experience of what the country has to offer – from showcasing South Africa’s talent, diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes to displaying creative arts and tourism services and highlighting innovative technologies and unique investment opportunities.

 

Newzroom Afrika will also follow the journey of 20 South African SMEs and start-ups that were selected to participate in the MultiChoice Accelerator programme. This programme will develop these businesses and the skills of the entrepreneurs who built them, to empower them to present at the Expo to unlock business opportunities.

 

This coverage will be turned into a docuseries that will be broadcast on DStv Channel 405 from November 2021 until January 2022.

 

“We’re proud to shine a spotlight on all that South Africa has to offer and support our local entrepreneurs in their quest for global success. The Dubai Expo is a landmark event in the international trade calendar and a golden opportunity for South African businesses to establish new ties and grow beyond our borders,” says Newzroom Afrika’s Chief Executive Officer Thabile Ngwato.

 

This World Expo has been held in some form since 1851, making it one of the longest-running and biggest global events. Representatives from countries around the world gather to share progress and innovation on the technology, social and economic fronts, and to find solutions to universal challenges.

 

Expo 2020 Dubai will see representatives from almost 200 nations gather to showcase what their countries have to offer.

 

Team South Africa will focus the conversation on job creation and economic growth to revive South Africa’s economy. MultiChoice is the Official Broadcast Partner for South Africa at the Expo and will tell the country’s story through its various platforms.

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Podcast and Chill with MacG heads to Channel O!

Posted by radio On August - 23 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Whether talking about their careers, personal lives or other people’s business, few shows get SA celebs to open up as much as Podcast and Chill with MacG does. And now, the hugely popular series is heading to our TV screens as it joins the Channel O line-up next month with brand new interviews.

 

Hosted by DJ and radio personality MacGuyver Mukwevho, Sol Phenduka and the mysterious Ghost Lady, Podcast and Chill is one of the most popular podcasts in the country, with over 250 000 subscribers on YouTube, millions of views and a regular spot as one of the top five most-streamed podcasts in South Africa.

“We love giving our viewers content that is relevant, relatable and topical, and Podcast and Chill with MacG is exactly that. The interviews are always candid, interesting and impossible to ignore. The chemistry between MacG and his guests makes for great television and we’re thrilled to have them join Channel O,” says Nomsa Philiso, the Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

Channel O will be broadcasting the celebrity edition of Podcast and Chill with MacG, featuring brand new interviews with SAMA-winning and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Zahara, and kwaito legend, author and fitness mogul Kabelo ‘Bouga Luv’ Mabalane to mention but a few.

Some of the high profile names that have been featured on Podcast and Chill include Israel Matseke Zulu (formerly known as Israel Makoe), who plays the character of Don on Mzansi Magic’s popular telenovela Gomora and The Ranakas reality TV star and TV producer Dineo Ranaka.

No topic is off-limits, from the deeply personal (battling illness, life in prison, childhood traumas), to fame, politics and navigating media scandals. The conversations are so honest and raw that the viewer sometimes feels as though they are eavesdropping on private chats between close friends, a sign of interviewing done right.

Tune into the celebrity edition of Podcast and Chill with MacG on Channel O, DStv channel 320, starting on 1 September 2021 at 21:30.

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The Walt Disney Company Africa and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have today signed a distribution agreement to bring local and international live sporting events, news programming, as well as library and film sporting content from ESPN to SABC Sports viewers across South Africa, through its SABC Sports Channel.

With this agreement, SABC Sports viewers will unlock a selection of premium sports content. The undisputed home of American Sports, ESPN brings an unparalleled portfolio of US sporting content and documentaries to its viewers across the world. In Africa, the broadcaster extends this offering by showcasing the latest in European football and other international franchises.

 

Kicking off this weekend is the premiere of two brand-new ESPN-branded football slots that will air each Saturday and Sunday on the SABC Sports Channel at midday during European football season. The dedicated slots will offer viewers a live English Championship match on Saturdays at 13:30 and a Dutch Eredivisie game on Sundays at 12:15, as well as highlights from the US’ Major League Soccer and premiere football news roundups from ESPN’s magazine shows, including the popular ESPN FC.

 

SABC Sports will bring the world’s top track and field athletes to its viewers through ESPN’s four live World Athletics Events, with the first coming straight from Nairobi with the U20 Championships, currently on air. Additional events include the World Indoor Championships from Serbia (March 2022), World Race Walking Championships from Belarus (April 2022) and the World Championships from the USA (July 2022).

 

After a successful inaugural season in Kigali earlier this year, teams from across the continent will once again gather to showcase the best in local basketball talent in a hotly-anticipated second season of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). SABC Sports viewers can look forward to select fixtures of this celebrated local league being broadcast live on their screens in 2022.

 

Boxing fans will need to look no further as the SABC Sports will be bringing live boxing events and programming to viewers in 2022, including over 150 hours of boxing content from ESPN’s vast library, showcasing the greatest in boxing events, athletes and moments in the sport’s history.

 

SABC Sport General Manager, Mr. Gary Rathbone stated: “This agreement is going to add significant depth to our current offering on the SABC Sports Channel. Our channel will now offer unrivalled content to our local sport fans seven days a week, thanks to ESPN’s great boxing archive and film and documentary library. With the addition of long-awaited regular live boxing events, as well more live Football, Athletics and African Basketball, it’s clear that this partnership will deliver right across the board for our viewers”.

 

Rathbone also added that: “This partnership will not only give our viewers access to great sports content but will see the SABC Sport Channel and our teams benefiting from the resources and experience that this collaboration with ESPN offers.”

 

Says Kyle De Klerk, Director: Sports, The Walt Disney Company Africa: “With this content agreement we are excited to not only be bringing ESPN’s unprecedented and compelling sporting offering to new audiences, but to also be taking a great step in highlighting and celebrating some of the up and coming leagues and athletes from around this continent.”

 

Says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa: “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with SABC to include ESPN, bringing another diversified and exciting brand from Disney’s portfolio to local free-to-air audiences.”

 

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M-Net announces Legacy S2

Posted by radio On July - 25 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net (DStv channel 101) has announced that the channel’s very first local telenovela, Legacy has been renewed for a second season and is set to hit viewers screens mid-September 2021.

“The manner in which viewers embraced Legacy as M-Net’s first telenovela made this whole experience wonderful, and we are indebted to our viewers who have gone on this rollercoaster ride with us,” Tshedza Pictures Executive Producers, Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon share.

The impressive, first-of-its-kind telenovela won a remarkable six SAFTAS for its first season, including Best Telenovela and the second season promises to be nothing short of exceptional.  A new family is introduced, enemies become allies and secrets from the past are resurfaced…because nothing can be hidden forever. 

“As we move towards Season 2, we can promise viewers a rebirth of the series and a big expansion of the story universe which will allow us to tell more compelling and addictive drama,” Phathu and Gwydion conclude.

The second season also brings an array of talent behind the scenes. Krijay Govender moves into a Series Producer role, the dynamic directing team welcomes Zimkhitha Maseko and Christo Davids and the talented Thami Magqoki joins as the Director of Photography. 

Visit theM-Net Websitefor exclusive show content and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using #LegacySA and #mnet101. 

Legacy Season 2 will premiere on Monday, 20 September at 19:00 on M-Net (DStv channel 101). The series is also available to binge from the beginning on Showmax. 

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Kamogelo Mafokwane, the dynamic content creator, lifestyle and style blogger, often provides a unique perspective on luxury fashion and beauty. Recently, she became a fan of Samsung’s Serif TV. As someone who has a superb eye for décor, she sees this sensational TV as a one-of-a-kind that you can’t ignore. She expressed her feeling clearly online:

 

“There are so many features I love from Ambient Mode to the seamless connection from your mobile to the TV. Apart from its beautiful design – with or without the stand, using the Samsung Serif TV has changed the way I experience and work with decor and design digitally.”

 

Through its versatile design, including a detachable metal floor stand as well as its iconic I-shape profile you can enjoy the view of your TV from all angles with The Serif’s harmonious design. Also, with just one touch, you can play music from your compatible smartphone through the Serif’s powerful TV speakers*. This means you can transfer your favourite songs on your mobile phone onto your TV screen with just a quick tap. The Serif seamlessly integrates into your personal style and interior décor. Kamogelo believes that the Serif TV effortlessly blurs the lines between modern design and technology. Koketso Chipane, the financier and lifestyle blogger agrees and took to Instagram to expand on her newfound love for this TV:

 

“Our home is filled with unique, bespoke, contemporary pieces that create a harmoniously beautiful space. The Serif TV is a perfect fit. I love how we can move it around seamlessly and create a new ambiance in any room in our home,”

 

The Serif TV is clearly something different, combining innovative design with stunning QLED picture quality and Smart TV features to deliver a seamless and intuitive TV journey.  With Multi-View, you can split your TV screen in two, putting the content you’re watching on one side, while mirroring your mobile screen on the other. From set-up to streaming, the stunning QLED 4K Smart TV allows you to easily navigate different devices and apps such as Netflix and YouTube. This is a must in the home of those who know the value of form and function. The Serif TV clearly has star quality.

 

*When using NFC on TV, Bluetooth on your compatible mobile will automatically activate. Compatible TV and device must be turned on. Only supported by Android OS-based smartphones that support Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless information sharing.

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Apple unveils the next generation of Apple TV 4K

Posted by radio On April - 21 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
Apple yesterday announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K, delivering high frame rate HDR with Dolby Vision and connecting customers to their favourite content with the highest quality. At the heart of the new Apple TV 4K is the A12 Bionic chip that provides a significant boost in graphics performance, video decoding, and audio processing. And with an all-new design, the Siri Remote makes it even easier to watch shows and movies on Apple TV with intuitive navigation controls. Together with tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — Apple TV 4K works seamlessly with Apple devices and services to magically transform the living room in ways that everyone in the family will love.
“Apple TV 4K is in a category of its own, leveraging a deep integration of Apple hardware, software, and services that delivers a massive upgrade to any TV for the very best cinematic experience,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the A12 Bionic and the all-new Siri Remote, Apple TV 4K lets customers enjoy their favourite shows, movies, and more in the highest quality, with simple and intuitive controls. And of course, Apple TV 4K offers easy access to Apple services, along with thousands of apps on the App Store for even more entertainment options.”

Improved Video Experiences

With A12 Bionic, Apple TV 4K now supports high frame rate HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision video, enabling fast-moving action at 60 frames per second (fps) to play more smoothly and appear more lifelike than ever before.1 Apple is working with leading video providers around the world, including FOX Sports, NBCUniversal, Paramount+, Red Bull TV, and Canal+, as they begin to stream in high frame rate HDR. And with high frame rate support in AirPlay, videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision on the new Apple TV 4K.
Through an innovative colour balance process, Apple TV works with iPhone and its advanced sensors to improve a television’s picture quality.Apple TV uses the light sensor in iPhone to compare the colour balance to the industry-standard specifications used by cinematographers worldwide. Using this data, Apple TV automatically tailors its video output to deliver much more accurate colours and improved contrast — without customers ever having to adjust their television settings.

The Redesigned Siri Remote

 

 

The all-new Siri Remote features an innovative clickpad control that offers five-way navigation for better accuracy, and is also touch-enabled for the fast directional swipes Apple TV users love. The outer ring of the clickpad supports an intuitive circular gesture that turns it into a jog control — perfect for finding a scene in a movie or show. And with its one-piece aluminium design, the new Siri Remote fits more comfortably in a user’s hand.
The new Siri Remote also has a power button that controls a TV’s power, and another for mute, making it the only remote needed while enjoying TV. Using Siri, customers can easily search for specific shows or movies, control smart home accessories, check sports scores or the weather, and much more. Siri now works on Apple TV in Austria, Ireland, and New Zealand, joining the 13 countries and regions that already support Siri.3

More to Enjoy in the Living Room

 

 

Apple TV 4K runs tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — offering a truly unique experience. Its tight integration with Apple devices and services gives everyone in the family a range of entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of their living room.4

Apple TV 4K delivers the most cinematic home theatre experience, giving customers easy access to all their favourite entertainment on the biggest screen in the home, like award-winning shows and movies on Apple TV+, including “Ted Lasso,” “The Morning Show,” “Greyhound,” and “Wolfwalkers,” and other popular video services through the Apple TV app. Using AirPods, up to two viewers can enjoy private listening without disturbing others.

Apple Music on Apple TV 4K turns the living room into a concert hall, offering multiroom audio and time-synced lyrics for millions of songs.

Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV 4K brings studio-style workouts to customers in the comfort of their own homes, featuring a team of some of the world’s most welcoming trainers across 10 different workout types. The first fitness service built around Apple Watch, Fitness+ integrates key metrics from Apple Watch right on the big screen to offer a personalised and immersive experience that keeps motivation high throughout every workout.

Apple Arcade on Apple TV 4K offers unlimited access to a growing collection of more than 100 premium games — featuring new original releases, award winners, and beloved favourites from the App Store, all without ads or in-app purchases. Players can pair supported game controllers to enjoy games like “NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition,” “SongPop Party,” and “Star Trek: Legends” on Apple TV 4K and continue the action from iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

AirPlay on Apple TV 4K lets customers effortlessly share videos, school projects, and other content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac, directly to the TV. Videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision thanks to high frame rate support in AirPlay. Photos on Apple TV 4K serves as a dynamic photo album for family members and friends to enjoy photos, videos, and Memories on the big screen.

Apple TV 4K can be used as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories, and allows customers to view HomeKit video cameras and doorbell notifications on the television screen.

 

With multiuser support on Apple TV 4K, family members can enjoy their own personalised recommendations for shows, movies, and music, access their purchased apps in the App Store, or play games on Apple Arcade.

Apple One is the easiest way to get all of Apple’s subscription services in one simple plan, including Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+, and iCloud. With a single subscription, customers in over 100 countries and regions can enjoy their favourite Apple services across their favourite devices, including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
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Thursday, 1 April

 

Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal (Animation)

Daisy, an eternally optimistic Quokka, will do just about anything to win the annual World’s Scariest Animal championship. She teams up with a former champion, a grouchy crocodile, to prove that winners can come in different shapes and sizes.

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 16:15

 

Friday, 2 April

 

The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story (Documentary)

Since 1994, one voice has enthralled many SuperSport viewers and this documentary celebrates the man behind the voice of rugby: Hugh Bladen. Chronicling the remarkable life of the former junior Springbok, relive every moment of his journey, from his television commentary debut at the SABC in 1976 to his legacy at SuperSport.

On SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) at 17:00

 

Saturday, 3 April

 

Fantastic Return To Oz (Animated Adventure)

This Russian-made, computer-animated film is based on the 2017 novel Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers by Alexander Volkov, but features the familiar characters and settings from the L. Frank Baum Oz books. After a little girl named Dorothy interferes with the envious and power-hungry Urfin Jus’s plans for world domination with his army of wooden soldiers, he returns one year later seeking revenge.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 16:00

 

Sunday, 4 April

 

Mindful Earth S1

Do you ever just zone out to a show like Blue Planet and relax while looking at turtles? Now the multi-award-winning BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have joined forces to create a four-episode programme that combines nature footage and sounds with narration that immerses us in the natural world. Each episode explores what animals and nature can teach us about breathing, accepting change, finding joy and rest. It’s the perfect show for helping you break free of the dreaded Sunday afternoon blues.

On BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:12

 

Monday, 5 April

 

DiepCity

This telenovela comes from the production team behind Lockdown, and centres on four young women forced into crime while still in high school to make ends meet. Now, they’re trying to make their way in the world. The first of the four we meet is small-time housebreaker Nox (Nozuko Ncayiyane) who was arrested after her brilliant little brother was shot dead during a robbery. Now she’s back home with her alcoholic dad and angry mom, Thandiwe (Dawn Thandeka King), who blames her for her brother’s death.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30

 

Tuesday, 6 April

 

Garden Tales

Little ones will be hooked on this imaginative soap-opera-style kids programme. The creative episodes use live-action footage to help young viewers discover and explore the natural environment. Each episode includes a tale of a specific animal and stories of their adventures – from a little duckling who gets lost while learning to swim and a badger whose taste for adventure gets him in trouble to a family of owlets playing hide-and-seek.

On CBeebies (DStv channel 306) at 16:45

 

Wednesday, 7 April

 

Becoming S1

Ramazan, Gugu, Yaya and Gina grapple with issues of what it means to be trans in South Africa. There’s a lot to learn as they chat to each other and compare notes on what it has been like growing up in the wrong body, the challenges they’ve faced in transitioning and the struggles of gaining acceptance. We’ll also see them take the huge step of sitting down with their families to tell them their truth, and their intention to fit into their true identity.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00

 

Thursday, 8 April

 

Bull S5

In the fifth exciting season, psychologist and trial science expert Dr Jason Bull faces his toughest case yet. When a major secret of his religious leader client is revealed, will Bull be able to save face in court and – more importantly – what will the impact be on his consulting firm, whose entire business relies on giving aid to jurors during trials?

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:35

 

Friday, 9 April

 

Deliciousness S2

Tiffani Thiessen hosts this comedic food spin-off of Ridiculousness. Comfort food cravings, BBQ disasters and home cooking failures make for the funniest foodie clips you’ll ever see.

On MTV (DStv channel 130) at 21:30

 

Saturday, 10 April

 

Wendy Williams: The Movie

Talk show host Wendy Williams produced this biopic on her own life, starring Ciera Payton as primetime Wendy. Find out how she started in the entertainment business, the toll it’s taken to stay at the top, and how she has kept going in the face of criticism, opposition and people’s lack of faith. This is a no-holds barred look at Wendy’s life that doesn’t shy away from her early struggles in radio, her drug abuse and the rape trauma she experienced.

On Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 19:20

 

Sunday, 11 April

Bad Boys For Life (Action Comedy)

Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) reprise their starring roles as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. This time around, they join forces with the Miami Police Department’s special team AMMO to take down a ruthless mother-and-son pair of drug lords wreaking havoc on Miami. Look out for appearances by Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Charles Melton (Riverdale).

On M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00

 

Monday, 12 April

The Flight Attendant S1

After making a passenger’s Mile High Club dreams come true, flight attendant Cassie (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a strange hotel room with the guy she hooked up with dead next to her and blood on her hands. This series is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and you can catch an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Tuesday, 13 April

Die Boekklub S3

When Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, he meets an eccentric group of people who changes his life forever. Season 3 is set in 2024 and will see the return of fan favourite characters Anna, Sofia and Lillie.

On DStv App

 

Wednesday, 14 April

 

Melting Me Softly (Dubbed)

A long experiment of being frozen sees two people wake up to find they are in a changed different world. This South Korean television series stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah and Yoon Se-ah.

On tvN (DStv channel 134) at 21:45

 

Thursday, 15 April

 

Clarice S1

In this procedural series based on the characters created by Thomas Harris, set in 1993 shortly after the events of The Silence of The Lambs, FBI special agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is back on the job hunting down serial killers and sexual predators. At the same time, she has to navigate the politics and rampant sexism in the FBI offices in Washington DC, particularly from her boss, Paul Krendler (Michael Kudlitz). The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Friday, 16 April

 

The Bachelor S24 (USA)

Get ready for liftoff with 28-year-old pilot Peter Weber who came in third place during season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown turned him down. Now he’s getting his chance to hand out roses and look for his Ms Right. Of this season’s 30 contestants, five have competed in beauty pageants, including 2016’s Miss USA Alayah Benavidez. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30

 

Saturday, 17 April

 

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

This biography series explores the lives of some of the 20th century’s towering figures, their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact. See how boxer Muhammad Ali rose from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Alabama, to international fame. While his athletic achievements inspired many, it was his political convictions and his courage to pursue them that arguably had the greater impact, at the cost of a far higher sacrifice. The actions that once made him a polarising figure today have made him a beloved and honoured hero.

On History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

 

Sunday, 18 April

 

Asinamali

Mbongeni Ngema of Sarafina! directs and stars in this apartheid-era movie. Asinamali sees a struggle activist working with convicts to create a musical play about their pasts. The play touches on forgiveness and questions reconciliation.

On Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00

 

Monday, 19 April

 

Mare of Eastown S1

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this seven-episode HBO psychological thriller, coming to M-Net express from the US. As Mare uncovers the dark side of her small town, she starts to crack under the weight of the community’s expectations of her, their need for her to be a flawless hero who can solve their problems, and even her own past trauma. The cast includes Guy Pierce (L.A. Confidential), Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story).

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Tuesday, 20 April

 

Bachelor in Paradise Australia S2

Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that Alex Nation and Richie Strahan are among the other known contestants returning this season. Contestants must juggle drama, exes and everything in between to try and find love in paradise.

On Vuzu (DStv channel 116) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 21 April

 

First Wives Club S1

This comedy series is based on the 1996 film of the same name, along with the original 1992 First Wives Club novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Three good friends – Bree (Michelle Buteau), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – gang up for sisterly comfort and maybe even revenge after their marriages fall apart. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

 

Thursday, 22 April

 

Op My Eish

South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld stars in this 13-episode reality dating show, set in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Neels will be getting to know 14 lovely ladies as he searches for the perfect partner – one with a great sense of humour, who is sure of herself, kind-hearted, and an all-around good person who’s not after a flashy lifestyle. He’s also looking for that spark of physical attraction. Will he find it or have to go back to the apps?

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Friday, 23 April

 

Laat die potte prut S13

This competition-format show follows three teams creating delectable meals on an open fire to impress the judges. Laat die potte prut will teach you handy tips and unique recipes to create at home or challenge your family to compete against each other.

On VIA (DStv channel 147) at 17:30

 

Saturday, 24 April

 

Mel Gibson Marathon

TNT honours Mel Gibson by showcasing an entire Saturday filled with his acting and directing feats.

 

11:40 – Conspiracy Theory (1997)

13:55 – We Were Soldiers (2002)

16:05 – Apocalypto (2006)

18:20 – Payback (1999)

20:00 – The Passion of the Christ (2004)

22:10 – Mad Max (1979)

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 11:40

 

Sunday, 25 April

 

E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars

April is Oscars month, and you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, and Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Also, keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage. And watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest news.

On E! (DStv channel 124) at 23:00

 

Monday, 26 April

 

The Buzz S4

Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talk show, which features five women from across the African continent sharing opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem – from romance and relationships with family and friends to health and side hustles.

On HONEY (DStv channel 173) at 19:00

 

Tuesday, 27 April

 

Die Byl S3

Colonel Piet van der Bijl, better known as Die Byl, and his team are back investigating serial killers in this Leon Kruger series. As the season begins, Byl is still reeling under the guilt he feels for what happened to his team during season 2, while Sergeant Stuurman’s physical and psychological process of recovery will place strain on his relationship with Dr Shani van Rooi. Meanwhile, Captain Lena Maree battles to juggle career and family in a profession that forces the demands of parenthood to take a backseat.

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 28 April

 

Rea Tsotella S12

A show which focuses on conflict resolution hosted by Bishop I Makamu. This reality talk show ranges from discussions around family and romantic relationships to various other issues that plague guests.

On DStv App

 

Thursday, 29 April

 

Baghdad Central S1

This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad, Iran around 2003, shortly after Saddam Hussein was ousted. Ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is wrongfully arrested and tortured by US troops while searching for his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). Later, he is recruited by ex-British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) to become a police officer in the Green Zone, the centre of international activity in Baghdad. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Friday, 30 April

 

Night Of The Wild (Horror)

When a meteorite hits a quiet town, all the residents’ dogs turn into mysterious beasts. The pets viciously attack the residents who need to fight back to save their family members.

On KIX (DStv channel 114) at 21:00

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