An empowering line-up on DStv Premium this August
24 July 2020
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24 July 2020
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John Nolan and the team are back and this season starts off with a bang. The oldest rookie in the LAPD continues to work smarter and harder than the rest so he can prove that age is just a number. The team of LA officers must learn to deal with crazy cases on a daily basis – from terrorist plots to elaborate kidnapping sting operations.
Mondays from 3 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00
Fans of The Good Wife will be excited by the return of this spin-off. After a major financial scam, Diane Lockhart has been working for the past three years to rebuild her reputation and her life. Together with her colleagues Lucca and Maia, she works on brutal cases and searches for justice. The first episode is a must watch as the show flashes to an alternate reality where Hillary Clinton won the US elections in 2016. This changes things for the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein.
Mondays from 3 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
Based on the novel by Ross Thomas comes a drama-filled series that you won’t want to watch alone. Rosario Dawson (Sin City) is a detective who returns home to investigate her sister’s mysterious death in a car explosion. As she pulls on the thread of the events surrounding the bombing, she uncovers a large web of corruption that involves a significant proportion of her small hometown.
Mondays from 3 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:00
Calling all Downton Abbey fans! This six-part series is a historical drama that will warm your heart and be a feast for your eyes. Set in beautiful Delhi before the arrival of the British, it follows a man, John Beecham, who is looking for a new start in India with his family. As a former soldier of the East India Company, he sees his new magnificent mansion as a safe haven and an indication that things are changing for the better.
Thursdays from 13 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:00
A spin-off of hit teen series Riverdale, this musical comedy-drama is set 5 years after the fourth season. It follows four characters from the Archie Comics, Katy, Josie, Ginger/Jorge and Pepper. This team works hard to navigate life in New York City – a far cry from their small town lives, but just as crazy. Fans of Pretty Little Liars will be excited to see Lucy Hale return to the screen as Katy.
Saturdays from 1 August on M-Net (DStv 101)
Yes, it has been 20 years since the start of this ground-breaking show. Jeff Probst hosts this milestone season, which will be changing things up as winners go against winners. The returning masterminds won’t have it easy, there are updated challenges and new immunity rewards to get used to. But with a staggering $2 million up for the grabs – the largest jackpot in Survivor history – and the title of ultimate survivor, there’s plenty of incentive to go all out!
Sundays from 9 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 18:00
This dating reality show takes commitment to the next level as sexy singles go to beautiful settings around the world in the hopes of finding a perfect match and winning the £50,000 jackpot prize. This year, these UK islanders will share a villa in South Africa. There are many games and challenges to force singles to couple up, and couples to rematch. This season will also touch on the sad passing of presenter Caroline Flack.
Weekdays from 3 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 23:00
A well-received story of confidence in face of adversity. Based on the popular book by Lindy West, this show is about a young woman with a robust figure who is struggling to build a career in journalism and overcome a troubled love life. But no matter how hard she works, she realises that the world will always judge her by her weight first. As she begins to build her own confidence levels, she sees changes happen all around her.
Fridays from 14 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
The stunning duo of Allison Janney (I, Tonya) and Anna Faris (The House Bunny) as mom and daughter return for another hilarious and poignant season. They both face challenges as one decides to go back to law school and the other works hard to build a healthy relationship with a significant other. Familiar faces such as Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl) and Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun) make appearances as supportive friends.
Saturdays from 29 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 18:00
The wildly successful daytime talk show host tries her hand as a gameshow host alongside her sidekick, tWitch. This is a show that the whole family can watch together. With strange trivia rounds and unusual challenges, you will be amazed at the level of skill each contestant has. There’s also $100 000 up for grabs in every show, so get ready for tons of laughter and cheering.
Saturdays from 1 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:00
A must-watch movie with a powerhouse cast, this movie is based on real events that escalated around the time of the 2016 US presidential elections. Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie is Kayla Pospisil. All three are successful newscasters at right-leaning Fox News, who deal with sexual harassment from all areas of their workspace, even the head of the network. Even when the events are reported, the culture at the company strongly favours the men, who only get a slap on the wrist. However, the women realise that the more they tell their story, the more other victims will feel empowered to speak up.
Sunday 9 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05
A comedy for the whole family, with some faces the parents might recognise (John Cena, John Leguizamo, Keegan-Michael Key). A team of specially trained wildland firefighters is committed to tackling difficult and dangerous situations to save lives – often at the expense of their personal lives. After a successful rescue of three children, three of the ‘smokejumpers’ find themselves in a sticky situation when they are required by law to care for the children until a parent or guardian is found. Hilarity ensues as these rough and tough rescuers realise they are more comfortable going into a burning building that taking care of kids.
Sunday 16 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05
The final chapter (for now) of John Rambo’s quest to keep his family safe, this movie is just as action-packed as you would expect. Sylvester Stallone returns as a retired Special Forces officer who plans to live a quiet life on the family ranch in Arizona. Things take a turn when his adopted daughter is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. Explosions and fast-paced fight scenes are the only way to save her.
Sunday 23 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05
Another gripping saga in the fight to save the galaxy that will delight Star Wars fans. Emperor Palpatine returns from the dead with a hunger for vengeance. Rey has completed her Jedi training and is given her first mission with Finn and Poe. Along the way, she uncovers some shocking truths about her parents that change her outlook for the future. And yes, there are plenty of Kylo Ren scenes for all the Adam Driver fans.
Sunday 30 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05
A beautifully shot documentary with a powerful ending. Popular for playing a fierce female warrior in the hit hero movie Black Panther, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o goes on a quest with a very personal connection. Come along as the Mexican-Kenyan actress treks across West Africa to find a forgotten female army known as the ‘Agoji’ or ‘Amazons’. She learns more about their high recruitment standards, extensive training and futuristic war tactics. Through a stroke of luck, they also get a first-hand account from the last surviving warrior. Epically entertaining – this is definitely worth the PVR space.
Monday 3 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
This is a detective series with a scintillating twist. The strain of tracking down a group of deadly killers has taken its toll on the two detectives. They begin a romance to find a sense of humanity, but we soon see the sexual attraction quickly turn to emotional manipulation. Can they close the case without things getting too volatile?
Wednesday from 5 August on BBC First (119) at 20:00
The world-renowned chef tackles all kinds of adventures in pursuit of the world’s most unique and tasty dishes. This season, he brings the thrill close to home with a game hunt in South Africa, a visit to the dangerous jungles of Guyana, and the unknown terrain of Tasmania. But there’s more for the world-traveller as he visits icy fjords in Norway and the swamps of Louisiana. This will be a no holds barred trek with a man who loves to speak his mind at every turn.
Wednesdays from 26 August on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00
Childhood friends from different backgrounds find themselves on equal footing as they both work for the National Crime Agency. The second season promises to be just as action-packed as the first as Aaron Bishop and Ronnie Pike have learnt to get along. They start off with a bang as the dynamic duo is tasked with infiltrating an infamous international crime syndicate with an illegal activity rap sheet longer than the Nile.
Mondays from 10 August on Universal TV (DStv 117) at 20:00
This four-part series takes an in-depth look at various opportunities being offered to young people who face uncertain futures. Reggie Yates investigates programmes around the world with benefits that seem too good to be true. From a London church helping people to leave their gang life behind them to the burgeoning film industry in Nigeria known as Nollywood, we find out what their true intentions are.
Thursdays from 13 August on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
It’s Dancing with the Stars meets The Bachelor in this feel-good dating show with a difference. Each week, Ashley Banjo matches up lovelorn romantics and gets them entangled in bespoke choreography dates. They must communicate without words and this makes each dance more important than ever. At the end of the dance, they must decide if their chemistry on the dance-floor can translate into a real life romance.
Sundays from 9 August on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
Following the trend of the Lego Movie, this lovely animated adventure features two siblings, Marla and Charlie, who go on a magical journey. When they get separated, it’s up to older sister Marla to team up with some new magical friends to help find her brother and get them home. Tons of laughs for kids and parents!
Saturday 1 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:15
Based on true events, this is the inspiring story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. We meet a girl who is raised in a family that loves all aspects of horseracing and sees many of her siblings become jockeys. As the youngest of ten, her racehorse trainer father sees her special gift for racing. The magic begins when she meets a gelding named Prince of Penzance, and their relationship brings out the best in both of them.
Saturday 8 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:15
A perfect blend of mystery and comedy, fans of the books will approve of this series. A London-based PR guru relocates to the quiet of the Cotswolds. She soon realises that the town is anything but quiet as crimes of all kinds occur underneath her nose. Agatha quickly becomes a successful amateur sleuth and spends her days solving crime – often in unorthodox ways.
Fridays from 7 August on BBC First (DStv 119) at 20:00
A roaring return to Birmingham and the chaotic lives of the staff and patients at a major medical practice. There’s lots of drama as rodents take over the office, prescription pill abuse ensues, and someone thinks they are a reincarnated vampire. A fun cast of misfits that you have to watch.
Mondays from 3 August on BBC First (DStv 119) at 12:00
With so much in common with humans, it’s no surprise that we find primates so fascinating. In this series, experts travel to all the corners of the world to explore varying species and see their differences despite their shared location. Get ready for fantastic stories of massive gorillas all the way to tiny lemurs. There’s also beautiful shots of the Amazon jungles, Himalayas and beyond. Fun family viewing.
Sundays from 16 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 16:00
See how the world’s first empire rose to prominence and fell to its demise. This series goes all across the former kingdom to reveal cultural and historical sites that have now been absorbed into modern-day Iran. A wonderful explorative series that talks to the Persian heritage, customs and artistry that contributed to life as we know it today.
Fridays from 7 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
The tenacious presenter returns to tackle the railways with a new itinerary going the opposite direction. This time, he purposefully travels off the beaten track as he visits Argentina, Mexico, and Peru, to name a few. Get ready to explore beautiful, distant landscapes from the comfort of your couch.
Thursdays from 13 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
Major rivers mean major drama. Simon Reeves takes on the challenges of cruising three of the world’s most epic rivers with gusto. Experience the wonder and majesty of the Nile, Yangtze and Ganges as Simon uncovers the influence of these beautiful natural wonders on surrounding traditions, religious rituals, and modern life as we know it.
Mondays from 10 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 20:00
A fun family sitcom about a divorced man whose life is filled with chaos. His ex-wife lives across the road, his eccentric booze-hound father lives next door and his new girlfriend thrives on attention. Watch every week to see the mayhem unfold.
Fridays from 21 August on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:40
Similar to Shark Tank, this show encourages budding entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a panel of experienced investors from a variety of industries. The contestants are hoping to exchange equity in their business for a sizeable sum of money upfront. The Dragons are also looking for a bargain and will try every tactic they can to get the best deal. Will the Dragons try to lowball their offers for maximum gain or can the fledgling entrepreneurs motivate them to bring the big bucks?
Wednesdays from 5 August on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
Ever feel like bad luck follows you? Leslie Winner must live with the irony of his last name as he often finds himself in the middle of misfortune. He is able to keep an optimistic heart as he finds himself engaged to a lovely woman, Jemma. With their wedding day fast approaching, Leslie realises that he needs to overcome his ill-fated life to impress his sceptical future father-in-law and change his luck forever.
Fridays from 7 August on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:40
A new season and host for this unique show promises a spinning-ly good time. Every week, 12 passionate home potters compete in various challenges that will test their skills and creativity. They must be prepared to tackle anything, from homeware to toilets, as master potters Keith Brymer Jones and award-winning ceramist Sue Pryke judge their final results. Each week one contestant is crowned Potter of the Week and one is sent home.
Mondays from 10 August on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
For most house buyers, choosing the right place can be a time consuming experience as they struggle to make their budgets stretch. But sometimes, circumstances don’t give you the luxury of time. This series follows ordinary couples as they rush to find a perfect property with the added stress of being in an unknown new town. With just one weekend to find their new home, can they spot something that meets their needs and fits their finances?
Mondays from 24 August on HGTV (DStv 177) at 19:50
Eve Polastri and Villanelle bring killer chemistry to the last episode in season 2. The two finally come head-to-head with unexpected results. Tired of playing their cat-and-mouse game, the two women must make a choice that could spell disaster or perfection. You’ll have to tune in to watch the cliff-hanger finale but don’t worry, season 3 will follow next week!
Wednesday 19 August on Fox HD (DStv 125) at 20:45
Be sure to savour each episode of this season – once you’re done, you’ll be all caught up with the rest of the world. It seems Villanelle is doubting the course of actions she took last season. Eve wants a clean slate too, and gets the perfect opportunity to put the past behind her. Daring TV that puts fierce females in the spy seat. We can’t think of a better way to spend Women’s Month.
Wednesday 26 August on Fox HD (DStv 125) at 20:45
A survival series like no other, with a man who willingly chose to travel across the Amazon jungle in Crocs. This time, First Man Out returns with the same footwear and a new travel mission – to beat the world’s best survivalists and adventure experts in a race to a pre-determined location. He tackles them in a variety of locations, from formidable deserts to deathly swamps.
Wednesday from 5 August on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:00
You’ll want to clear the PVR for this all-day smorgasbord of adventure. From Expedition Unknown and Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox, to Bear Grylls: Man vs Everest – your appetite for adventure will be satiated. Watch all the shows that celebrate the brave men and women who take on the task of major quests with limited resources and a camera.
Monday 3 August on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 11:00
Prepare to never sleep again as the host of this scary series is none other than Robert Englund (who played Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street). As if that wasn’t already scary enough, he presents some of America’s most terrifying real-life horrors. Between the historical commentary from experts and Englund’s ominous tone, the retelling may be just as frightening as the real thing.
Mondays from 10 August on Travel Channel (DStv 179) at 20:15
A paranormal reality show that gives celebrities the opportunity to share their experience with the metaphysical. Listen as they recount their spine-chilling and unexplainable stories… be sure to watch with someone else nearby. Familiar faces like Taye Diggs, Kelly Osborne and Paula Abdul step up this season with tales of the mystical.
Tuesdays from 4 August on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 21:55
Don Wildman goes where few have been allowed to go before – to the vaults of the world’s most respected institutions. He explores artefacts to investigate unsettling stories like recounts of spontaneous human combustion and whisperings of a blood-suckling beast. Luckily, we get to experience his historical adventure from the safety of our homes with the lights on!
Tuesdays from 18 August on Travel Channel (DStv 179) at 21:10
From Pulitzer-winning author Annie Proulx comes an entrancing story of hope, hardships and brutality as a group of outcasts dream of a better life. They must battle unknown obstacles within their group and from outside as they pursue glory on the way to the New World.
Thursdays from 13 August on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 20:43
The quest to find South Africa’s most talented unknown singer continues with a brand new season of Idols. With some of the auditions done before lockdown, there will no doubt be an abundance of talented and misguided people who share their gifts with the judges and the rest of the country. Get ready for entertainment at its best and get a head start on rooting for your favourite crooner.
Sundays from 2 August on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 18:00
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