Binge the best series as a Box Set this July

Strangers You Know, G.I.L, Preacher Wants A Wife and Nollywood Queens – just 4 of 37 fabulous new reasons to stay indoors and keep warm with some great TV this winter

Brr! It’s cold out there and if you’re looking for a reason to snuggle up on your couch and enjoy a break, DStv has 37 of them (and 20 more on the way) – all in Box Sets. If you love your local shows, take note that 16 of these are proudly South African.

DStv’s Box Sets let you binge your favourite shows in your own time, hold viewing marathons, replay favourite scenes, and go back to check out clues – however you want to watch, that remote control is in your hands.

July’s big Box Sets include the dramatic local true-crime series Strangers You Know, which delves into the issue of gender-based violence in South Africa and how this has impacted victims and their surviving loved ones, as detectives and other experts try to make sense of the epidemic. The series is made with care and sensitivity towards the victims, considering the nature of the crimes.

On the lighter side, it’s time to binge sensational local reality series Pastor Wants A Wife, which had fans sitting down to a piping hot cup of scandalous tea by the time it came for the pastors’ families and friends to meet the potential wives. And it had viewers talking, too, when it turned out that 1 pastor already had 2 failed marriages to his name and his eyes on a 21-year-old! Staying with reality series, Nigerian reality-lifestyle series Nollywood Queens brings the glamour, sunshine, African pride and some ooh-la-la scandal. It’s like becoming friends with the loudest, loveliest people in the room. And the looks are fire.

Then if you just want a silly giggle, Afrikaans mockumentary series G.I.L follows the misadventures of the ground crew at Grobbies “International” Airport – where the “international” is like the serving size on a box of cereal. Like, seriously? It’s a fun office comedy filled with real characters.

Now chase away the winter blues by the light of a DStv Box Set. It’s toasty hot TV!

How to watch Box Sets

July’s Main Attractions


Strangers You Know S1A

In this original true-crime docu-series, the serious subject of gender-based violence will be under the spotlight in 8 prominent cases that shocked South Africa. The effects of these horrendous crimes and how they destroyed lives and families will be told through a compassionate lens as investigating officers, family members, forensic pathologists and legal experts give viewers insights into how the crimes were solved, and how they continue to impact the survivors. The series also looks at the role South Africans can play in bringing about change.

Binge from Sunday, 18 July to Wednesday, 18 August (DStv Premium and Compact Plus)

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Pastor Wants A Wife S1

Pastors Aaron, Zion and Lincoln are looking for true love and a woman fit to stand by their side and help them to lead a church in this new reality show from super producer Basetsana Kumalo. 12 women are onboard to compete for their hearts and prove that they can be the perfect “Mamfundisi”. This isn’t just about the love or chemistry between a man and a woman, it’s about seeing eye-to-eye on the greater moral and theological issues.

Binge from Thursday, 1 July to Thursday, 29 July (DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family)

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Nollywood Queens

6 sassy, glamorous Nollywood women open up their personal lives and what it takes for them to maintain these exclusive lifestyles. Whether they’ve earned their way to the top with high-paying acting jobs, married influential Nigerian men, or are climbing their way through dating in the world of the hip & happening in Lagos, they’ll take us behind the walls and to the best parties. Let Nuella Njubigbo, Belinda Effah, Venita Akpofure, Mercy Isoyip and Mimi Orjiekwe be your guides to the fabulous life.

Binge from Friday, 16 July to Friday, 23 July (DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family)

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This small-town mockumentary series follows the escapades of go-getter Barry Wiese (Bennie Fourie) who leaps at the chance to run an “international” airport, only to find that Grobbies International Airport is just kidding with that International thing. But while his staff – Rietjie (Ashley de Lange), Clive (Hendrik Cronje), Prof (Gershwin Mias) and Tips (Ruan Wessels), Princess Mohandi (Vele Manenje), Letricia (Michelle Burgers) and Kreef Kreef (Frank Opperman) – might not appreciate his grand vision, they still have a few tricks they could teach him.

Binge from Monday, 21 June to Monday, 26 July (DStv Premium)

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