British TV is going green in March and April on DStv
19 March 2021
British TV brings the natural world into your world this March and April on DStv, with plenty to laugh about and love
19 March 2021
British TV brings the natural world into your world this March and April on DStv, with plenty to laugh about and love
There’s no need to be green with envy if you have access to the best of British shows on DStv. We’re going into a full-on green season! March and April are a nature lover’s dream, with fantastic documentaries and series that’ll take you all over the world’s wild kingdoms with the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Gordon Buchanan, Prince William, Dame Judi Dench, along with Chris Packham and Gregg Wallace.
If you’re looking to break out of your pandemic slump, there are shows to help you heal mind and body.
And then there’s some good old fun and entertainment, too, with new seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Top Gear, Grand Designs, and Death In Paradise. And brand-new shows to love like Miss Scarlet & The Duke. Read on, get into it, and if you want more, remember there’s plenty of top-notch British entertainment on Showmax, too.
BBC channels BBC Brit (DStv channel 120), BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) and BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) will continue to bring viewers all the best drama, comedies and documentary series. Some of them will also be seen on DStv’s premiere channel, M-Net (DStv channel 101). And soapie fans can catch EastEnders on Mondays to Thursdays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 17:30.
If you’d like to catch the incredible upcoming action on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) and M-Net (DStv channel 101), there has never been a better time to upgrade to Premium.
With nature doccie A Perfect Planet going to box set this March, you can binge it to your heart’s content
Sir David Attenborough is now 94 years old. This film documents his extraordinary life, from his boyhood days as a fossil hunter and his early years as a presenter, to the shows that he worked on that changed the face of natural history programming. It takes us along on a lifelong journey across the globe, from the islands of the Galapagos, to the mountains of Canada, the jungles of Borneo and both Poles, combining exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, candid on location interviews, and stunning moments from his documentaries.
Watch on Sunday, 28 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:00
Earth has seen animal populations shrink by 60% over the past 40 years. A million species of plants and animals now face extinction, some within the next 10 years. In this documentary, Sir David Attenborough guides us through the current extinction crisis, exploring the man-made reasons behind the crisis including hunting, toxic waste, and the conversion of land for agriculture. Sir David also discusses potential solutions to this global issue like responsible consumption, cutting back on meat and lowering carbon emissions… before it’s too late.
Watch on Tuesday, 16 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Sir David Attenborough presents this 2-part documentary on the science of climate change. We’ll see footage that reveals the impact of climate change across the Earth as scientists including Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Michael Mann and Professor Catherine Mitchell unpack the science behind recent extreme weather conditions like storms, wildfires and the rapid melting of polar ice. The documentary presents potential solutions, exploring innovations and actions the world's governments are taking to prevent further warming. It also introduces viewers to individuals who are creating change at grassroot level.
Watch on Thursday, 18 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00 & 21:00 (double-bill)
By 2050, there could be 10 billion people living on the planet, and that may simply be too many people for the Earth to sustain. In this documentary special, English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author Chris Packham, who’s dedicated his life to protecting the natural world, travels the globe in search of answers to some difficult and controversial questions. Could we reduce the impact of our growing human population, and could humans ever choose not to reproduce, for the sake of the planet?
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
This 3-episode documentary series aims to give us a deeper understanding of nature and our place within it. The first episode, Awakening, explores how our awareness of nature is growing and the action being taken to save it, along with examples of what happens when we act too late. Episode 2, Understanding, investigates how a deeper understanding of nature is helping us find surprising ways of healing it. And in episode 3, Changing, the show reveals how we’re learning to harness the power of nature to store carbon.
Watch from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 March at 21:00 on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184)
MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry are inviting 5 guests to their restaurant for a dinner with a difference. After they make their selections on the menu, Hannah will reveal the real cost of their meal… to the planet, in terms of each dish’s carbon footprint. Food accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, so Gregg is doing his own part in the kitchen, too. While he cooks for the diners, he’ll be revealing his tips for cooking more sustainably at home.
Watch on Friday, 19 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan came to South Africa to make this 2-episode documentary about a family of wild cheetahs. Tracking them on foot through the Kalahari, we see the world from their perspective as he tries to understand the threats that adults and their cubs face in today’s Africa. We’ll meet a host of fascinating characters including brave cheetah mother Savanna and more experienced mom Chili, who’s guiding her 5 newborn cubs on an epic migration to the feeding grounds, protecting them from lions, hyenas and other natural threats.
Watch From Monday 29 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
The brand-new 8-episode season of this drag competition brings Michelle Visage and RuPaul back to the UK, where they and judges Graham Norton and Alan Carr (along with special guest judges like Liz Hurley and Dawn French) will meet some astoundingly talented and funny drag queens as they take on weekly design, comedy, singing, dancing, acting and makeover challenges. A word of warning: This season is merciless, and some queens who you might pick as winners are going to be early outs for dubious reasons.
Watch from Tuesday, 23 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 21:00
This fun period drama follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) as she takes over her late father’s detective agency, refusing to marry to escape her now dire financial situation. But since she’s living in Victorian England, she isn’t allowed to own and operate a business without a male business partner – enter her reluctant childhood best friend, William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), who’s also her father’s former protege. Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza?
Watch from Monday, 8 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Donal Skehan draws on his experiences from his own childhood, cooking for friends and family, his wife Sofie’s favourites, and what his own kids love to eat, along with family favourites around the world, to whip up this 10-episode series. He’ll tackle everything from midweek emergency meals to lazy brunches, and special date-night meals that’ll dodge those meltdowns. It’s a collection of new and re-mastered recipes that you can use to form the foundation of your own home cooking recipe collection.
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:35
Nigella Lawson returns to BBC Lifestyle with a new 6-episode series featuring her calm and sensual enjoyment of cooking. She’ll be using simple techniques to raise familiar ingredients to a different plane. Prepare to hum along with Nigella as she makes and enjoys chocolate peanut butter cake, rich luxurious crab macaroni and cheese, and a fear-free fish stew. It’s all presented as a feast for the eye. Along the way, Nigella will explain the inspiration for her recipes, from her collection of vintage cookbooks to social media.
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Super stylist and body confidence expert Gok Wan returns in a 6-episode season to guide people to a place of loving themselves, flaws and all. He’s taking pairs of best friends, mothers and daughters, sisters and cancer survivors on a journey of body acceptance using his unique Naked Therapy, which will see them stripping down in various settings. With years of insecurities driven by messaging about unacceptable bodies in the media, taunts from school bullies and other damaging experiences to contend with, Gok has his work cut out for him.
Watch from Thursday, 25 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Saffron Events in Scotland specialises in weddings for Asian brides. In this 5-episode season, law student Amani and lawyer Ehsin want an Indian Sangeet as well as a traditional white wedding and ceilidh dancing. A bride moves back in with her mother while the team arranges a glitzy mehndi. Someone who used to work at Saffron Events knows just who to turn to when her brother has something to celebrate. And a groom’s sisters need help organising a walima for his bride-to-be, who lives far away.
Watch from Sunday, 7 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
In this 4-episode series, British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones heads out into the wilds to explore New Zealand, from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. If everything you know about New Zealand includes rugby and Hobbits, prepare to be surprised as Griff goes off the beaten track, mixing in with the locals to ask some unexpected questions. He’s hoping to reveal a new side to Aotearoa, the Mãori name for New Zealand, but advises travel fans to avoid Auckland’s city centre. Find out why.
Watch from Friday 26 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Our favourite families and characters are back living a tough life in this documentary series on the edge of the world, Alaska. This season, the Hailstones fight to keep their native traditions alive as their family expands. Sue Aikens creates new tools to survive in the tundra. Jessie Holmes and his sled dogs must learn to survive on their new land in Brushkana. Andy Bassich continues to teach his partner, Denise Becker, how to survive in a shifting landscape. And Ricko DeWilde continues the Athabaskan way of life, passing his family’s legacy to his children.
Watch from Sunday, 21 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
February’s British series on the BBC channels and M-Net (DStv channel 101) are still on the go. Check them out now before they pass you by.
Sir David Attenborough presents this 6-episode series about the forces and planetary systems that drive life on Earth, including volcanos, the sun, the oceans, the weather and humankind – each of which is covered in its own episode. The 6th episode takes us behind the scenes to reveal how the camera crew got those jaw-dropping shots. The research is extensive, the camera footage is quite simply incredible. And the storytelling focuses on how animals survive harsh environments across the planet such as volcanic islands, alkali lakes, deserts and snowfields. It’s an entertaining, top-notch piece of education that’ll have the whole family wide-eyed in wonder.
Watch A Perfect Planet S1 on Sundays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:00
Soapie star and host of Slank and Kom Ons Jol, Leandie du Randt, is presenting the first-ever season of the reality dating show Love Island South Africa. A group of sexy single South Africans are converging on a swanky villa in Cape Town, prepared for a summer of romance, friendship and fun. Every few days, they’ll have to pair off with someone they fancy, and it’s hard luck when some people are on everyone’s “want” list, and some, not so much. If nobody wants you, so sorry, you’re off the “island”. But even those who’re coupled up can’t just kick back in the pool together. There are new people arriving on the island, offering new temptations. And challenges will make people re-think their choices when it turns out it’s not enough just to be hot. Meanwhile, viewers will get their say, too.
Watch weekdays on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:00 and Love Island SA S1 Unseen Bits on Sundays following the 20:00 movie
MasterChef’s number-1 foodie, Gregg Wallace, comes to Mzansi to visit 6 of his bucket list destinations: Cape Town, The Whale Coast, big game reserve Amakhala, Soweto, a Zulu village in the garden province, KZN and the Augrabies Waterfalls in the Kalahari Desert. He’ll be sampling local cuisine like vetkoek and bobotie, and learning new skills in the kitchen, Mzansi style.
Watch Wednesdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
A year has passed since the events of the Riviera S2 finale. Georgina has left the Riviera behind and wants to re-start her life by rebranding herself as an art restitution lecturer, going under the name Georgina Ryland. But the past can’t stay sunk like a luxury yacht, and there’s new trouble coming, too, when Georgina’s new colleague, the charismatic art restitution expert Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves), lands them in the middle of a conspiracy. Before long, Georgina will be fighting to prove her sanity from behind the bars of an insane asylum.
Watch Wednesdays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
We love a tasty British crime thriller! In this 4-episode series set in Scotland, grieving mom Anna (Kelly Macdonald) goes on trial for inciting violence after she posts the address of a local bus driver online, identifying him as the man who murdered her child 14 years earlier. The bus driver’s lawyer has his own axe to grind, having been falsely accused of a crime himself. The series digs into what happens when people have had their trial but feel that justice has not been done.
Watch until Wednesday, 24 March on Catch Up and binge on Showmax from Thursday, 1 April
In this 6-episode series, actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones is venturing around Australia by train, motorbike, dinghy, bungee cord, parachute, small plane, camel and even his own feet. He’ll go everywhere, from Perth to Kalgoorlie and Darwin to Uluru, dodging deadly Aussie wildlife and soaring temperatures along the way, and giving us a crash course in Australian slang and pastimes. Highlights include a visit to the partly underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy, and Griff getting desert survival tips from an Aboriginal elder.
Watch Fridays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
French fishing enthusiast Cyril Chauquet is looking for the most dangerous underwater creatures in the world. This season begins in Polynesia, where he is on the trail of a fish known in local legends as the Uruati, but he might become the hunted when he dives into a shark’s playground. Danger isn’t far away in his next destination, either: A deserted island off the West coast of Panama, where he is in search of the Dienton, a species of fish notorious for its massive teeth.
Watch from Mondays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
In this 5-episode series, adventurer Ben Fogle is in Africa on a conservation mission with a team of wildlife experts. He’ll be talking to poachers, hunters and conservationists to understand the complex politics and economic forces behind plummeting species population numbers and habitat destruction. Ben will also tackle the pandemic dangers posed by the bushmeat trade, and meeting the people and communities in South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya and Liberia who’re driving change and education to preserve Africa’s wild places and wildlife.
Watch Wednesdays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
The reality stars are out to play in this 2020 season. Former Love Island star Chris Taylor (season 5, 2019) is looking at 5 menus created by women looking for a date. Once he’s picked 3 possibilities, he’ll have dinner with each of the ladies. Also up in this 16-episode season are Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter, Love Island’s (2019) Michael Griffiths, and TOWIE’s Demi Sims.
Watch from Mondays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 18:00
Host Rylan Clark-Neal has 5 top stylists on hand at a “department store of dreams” to turn fashion flops into trendsetters. While each participant chats to Rylan about their struggles, the stylists secretly sitting behind the mirror will decide which of them must take the challenge. And the subjects each have a week to decide whether the makeover works for them.
Watch Thursdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Fantasy fans can enjoy the epic, bloody and unexpectedly irreverent period fantasy Britannia, the dystopian drama Noughts and Crosses, as well as the debut season of A Discovery of Witches, along with a 2-part making-of special, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. If you’re more on the sci-fi side of things, try The War of The Worlds.
If you have a yearning for historical series, there’s plenty of British ones: the royal drama Victoria (S1-3), the WWII submarine drama Das Boot (S1-2), the WWII hotel drama and spy series The Halcyon, and the Jane Austen historical romance Sanditon.
Comedy fans and light drama lovers can get onboard for Good Karma Hospital (S1-S3), which is available to stream first on Showmax.
Crime thriller fans, Rig 45 (S1-2) is a murder mystery aboard an oil rig around Christmas, and it’s a must-watch. There’s also the Ireland-based Taken Down S1, the crime drama series The Bay, surveillance footage conspiracy thriller The Capture, and star-studded Guy Ritchie drug empire crime caper The Gentlemen.
There’s great factual entertainment on the line-up, too. The adventurous can try Expedition with Steve Backshall. On the human interest side, there are biographical documentaries like I Am Heath Ledger, I Am MLK Jr, I Am Paul Walker, and Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History.
If you love a Brit flick romcom, the classic Notting Hill is also on Showmax, while all-time favourite Four Weddings and A Funeral is coming to Showmax on Thursday, 25 March.
Tense docu-drama film Official Secrets joins the slate from Thursday, 18 March. South African director Gavin Hood presents Keira Knightley as the whistle-blower Katharine Gun, who exposed the illegal activities of the US and British intelligence services ahead of the Iraq War.
There’s more Keira coming up in the British comedy drama Misbehaviour on Thursday, 18 March. The movie is based on the story of British women who subverted the 1970 Miss World pageant. The cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lesley Manville, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Spencer and Emma Corrin. Look out for Loreece Harrison as then-Miss South Africa Pearl Jansen.
Wild Rose on Monday, 29 March stars Jessie Buckley (see her in Misbehaviour, too) as an ex-con mother of two who has big dreams of becoming a country singing star.
Britcrime thriller series The Victim S1 arrives on Showmax on Thursday, 1 April, along with the Martin Freeman series A Confession, which is based on a real-life police case.
Victorian-era HBO Joss Whedon (Marvel’s Avengers) sci-fi drama series The Nevers S1 launches on Monday, 19 April. The series focuses on The Touched, a gang of women with unusual abilities who’re on a mission to change the world. The cast is led by Laura Donnelly (Britannia, Outlander, Tolkien) and British Independent Film Award winner Olivia Williams (Dollhouse, Counterpart), and includes BAFTA nominee James Norton (Grantchester, War & Peace).
Movie fans can pick up MI6 spy action thriller Legacy of Lies from Thursday, 22 April along with historical drama Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as wartime British PM Winston Churchill on Thursday, 15 April
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