All the shows to be obsessed about on DStv Compact in May


As always, Compact viewers can expect the best of local and international entertainment this autumn.

National Geographic (181)

Stonehenge Decoded: Update

We take it back in time to the ancient monument that has been at the centre of the largest prehistoric religious complexities in the world – Stonehenge. British archaeologist and historian Mike Parker Pearson unearths new evidence that supports a radical version of who actually built Stonehenge. One of the revelations includes a 4 500-year-old settlement with at least 300 houses just a few kilometres from Stonehenge, and it’s the largest Stone Age settlement in northern Europe.

Friday 1 May on National Geographic (181) at 21:00

Airport Security: Peru & Brazil

Guarulhos airport in Brazil is South America’s busiest hub of international travel and naturally, a lot of illegal contraband makes its way here. Just like Peru’s Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, the biggest problem here is cocaine smuggling. Drug traffickers have ingenious schemes to smuggle things such as ingesting capsules, drug infused clothes and even hiding them in their hair.

Thursday 7 May onNational Geographic (181) at 19:00

Heroes of the Sky: The Real Mighty Eighth

At the height of its destruction, between 1942 and 1945, World War II was characterised by death-defying bombing runs by the Eighth Air Force over cities like Berlin, Dresden and Hanover. They were, for much of the war, the only battles Allied forces waged inside the territorial borders of Nazi Germany. The Eighth’s effort to pry Europe from the claws of the Third Reich and their unrelentless air bombardment is the subject of this National Geographic once-off special, with exclusive interviews from army officials and previously undisclosed footage.

Friday 8 May on National Geographic (181) at 21:00

Saving Notre Dame

A year after this Paris landmark went up in flames, work to rebuild the structure to its former glory has begun, with architects working tirelessly to restore the 12th century monument. It’s estimated that it will take another three years before people can re-enter its doors. If all goes according to plan, the French would like to have it finished by 2024 to coincide with the Olympics, which they’re hosting.

Tuesday 19 MayonNational Geographic (181) at 19:00

X-Ray Earth S1

It’s a planet that has been ravaged and abused thanks to mankind’s greed and never-ending innovations that are both a blessing and a curse. And of course, National Geographic would not let a chance to go inside the Earth pass by. Using cutting-edge technology and scientific tools, the series shatters all the preconceived notions we’ve held and think we know about this place we call home – planet Earth. This sanctuary and cradle of civilisation has been the most debated topic among the world’s greatest thinkers like Galileo and Isaac Newton and even now, it has remained a majestic thing of beauty that lives on and provides life.

Wednesday 27 May on National Geographic (181) at 21:00

M-Net City (115)

Arrow S8

The hooded vigilante is bowing out with a bang in the last season of the popular DC Comics fantasy series. Oliver is about to face his most challenging battle that will impact the entire Arrowverse. From crossovers with other DC Comics like The Flash and Supergirl, Arrow has always delivered for the fans. This season is the “fitting end to an incredible journey”, says Rotten Tomatoes.

Saturday 2 May on M-Net City (115) at 20:50

Charmed S2

It’s the second season of the reboot of the cult 90s fantasy series of the same name, and the Charmed Ones move to modern times as three half-sisters suddenly find themselves thrust into a world of demons and monsters after the unexpected death of their mother. The sisters are highly intelligent, fierce feminists and the discovery of their magical powers allow them to battle not only the magical beings bent on their destruction, but social injustice as well. We may have loved the sisterly bond between Phoebe, Piper, Prue and their long-lost half-sister Paige, but these new charmed ones Mal, Macy and Maggie also prove that reboots do work when they keep the spirit of the original alive.

Friday 8 May on M-Net City (115) at 19:10

Studio Universal (112)

Bulletproof Monk

A monk is entrusted with a sacred scroll and a secret that he must protect for 60 years. As the decades pass, he searches for a suitable successor to take up his quest. Directed by Paul Hunter and starring Chow Yun Fat and Seann William Scott.

Friday 15 May on Studio Universal (112) at 20:00

Kick Ass 2

The fight between good and evil takes centre stage in this action sequel that takes comic book carnage to new heights. Kick Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is a superhero who’s still in high school, and in his latest fight against his old nemesis Red Mist, he must join forces with new heroes to defeat the villains. Also starring Morris Chestnut as Detective Marcus Williams.

Monday 25 May on Studio Universal (112) at 21:45

Blood Brother

It’s been 15 years since that fateful day when Jake (Jack Kesy) got arrested and his friends went on to live their lives. Now his best friend Sonny (Trey Songz) is a cop who hunts down guys like Jake. Meanwhile Jake is intent on getting revenge and extracting his pound of flesh from those who he feels let him down, his friends.

Thursday 28 May onStudio Universal (112) at 21:45

Mzansi Magic (161) Saturday Movies

The call is out, beautiful South Africans. It’s time to show your patriotism by supporting everything local, especially now. Mzansi Magic Saturday movies are a display of local talent on the screen and behind the scenes. Each Saturday, feel the pride of seeing Mzansi’s own actors telling authentic stories that relate to the ordinary South African.

Uyangenza on Saturday 2 May on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:30

Umlingisi on Saturday 9 May on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:30

Monate Mpolaye on Saturday 16 May on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:30

Uthando Lukayise on Saturday 23 May on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:30

Umshado ka Dadewethu on Saturday 30 May on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:30

The Funny Dance Show S1

Celebrity comedians dance for charity in this quirky and laughter-filled reality show. Imagine your favourite comedian completely thrown out of their element and having to do a dance routine inspired by pop culture? Now imagine them competing against their fellow comics in front of judges who don’t hold back with their criticism. What’s the prize you ask? Donating to their favourite charity. The Real’s co-host Loni Love is the judge alongside Allison Holker and Justin Martindale.

Monday 4 May on E! Entertainment (124) at 21:30

Zombies 2

Teens and pre-teens will love this musical comedy that chronicles the lives of two Seabrook High School students, Zed (Milo Manheim) and Addison (Meg Donnelly), and their budding romance that’s about to experience some unwanted attention – the arrival of werewolves.

Friday 8 May on Disney Channel (303) at 17:25

Celebrity IOU S1

The Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott come to our TV screens with this heart-warming show that’s perfectly timed in these uncertain times of global anxiety. They help Hollywood A-listers express their gratitude to individuals who’ve made a big impact in their lives. One famous guest is Brad Pitt, so get out the Kleenex because there’ll be some water works.

Saturday 16 May on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Stacey Dooley: Bounty Hunters

Investigative journalist and filmmaker Stacey Dooley looks into the bounty hunting business in the US where the profession is becoming more popular among law enforcement. In this once-off special on BBC Brit, Stacey meets with bounty hunters and follows them as they apprehend fugitives who’ve skipped out on their court date. We also have more specials where Stacey delves into the harrowing tale of Isis brides and the very much in-demand business of arms dealers.

Tuesday 19 May on BBC Brit (120) at 22:15

Stacey Dooley: Face to Face With Arms Dealers on Tuesday 19 May on BBC Brit (120) at 22:15

Stacey Dooley: Isis Brides S1 on Tuesday 26 May on BBC Brit (120) at 22:15

Stacey Dooley: Inside Spain’s Narcos War S1 on Tuesday 26 May on BBC Brit (120) at 22:15

Torn from the Headlines: New York Post Reports S1

Your true crime fix comes with this explosive and jaw-dropping six-episode series that details some of the Big Apple’s headline stories from the perspective of the journalists who broke the story. The series is a first of its kind for the city’s favourite tabloid, and according to the Post’s senior reporter Gabrielle Fonrouge on nypost.com, “there is no story like a New York crime story”.

Thursday 28 May on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00

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