Coming exclusively to DStv Premium this April…


DStv Premium is all about the big names like Kaley Cuoco, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston and Dame Judi Dench – and the big events like Earth Day and Family Day this April

April is usually the time of year when we get to grips with the fact that “oh, this is actually happening”. It’s 2021 for real and time to get hustling. And then we hit that block of holidays around Easter (with Good Friday on 2 April, Easter Sunday on 4 April and Family Day on Monday, 5 April) and Freedom Day (on Tuesday, 27 April) – just in time to get us to stop, take a breath, and have a little fun and family time.

DStv Premium is bringing you so much to see in April, whether you want to get down to business with exciting, brand-new series, you just want some sweet family time with the This Is Us and Young Sheldon crowd, or you’re looking ahead in wonder to Earth Day on Thursday, 22 April, and want to give some thought to what you can do to help protect the planet, while experiencing its wonders and some amazing animals. These are perfect shows to watch as a family.

It’s a star-studded month with Dame Judi Dench and Prince William out in the wild heading up the Earth Day content. The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco stars in the dazzling comedy-drama series The Flight Attendant.

Clarice, the follow-up series to The Silence of The Lambs, Kate Winslet’s new cop drama series Mare of Easttown, Bryan Cranston’s new show, Your Honor, and the return of the Prodigal Son series all deliver top-notch crime thrillers.

If you’re looking for some relaxation, meditation and for ways to live your best life, DStv Premium’s shows have that covered, too.

April is Oscars month this year, 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, Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. 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 scoop.

So if you’re in a movie mood, there are big stars like Ewan McGregor, Jessica Chastain and Nicolas Cage in the grown-up movies on DStv Premium this April along with plenty for the kids to enjoy, too.

PS: Don’t miss the Love Island SA S1 season finale on Sunday, 11 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:00.

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Brand-new, brilliant series

It would be a crime not to tune in for April’s new DStv Premium series, all of which offer dramatic mysteries… with somewhat different tones. Kaley Cuoco’s The Flight Attendant takes a comedy route to a murder mystery. Clarice takes us back into the word of cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown and Bryan Cranston’s Your Honor take a grittier look at crime dramas, and Baghdad Central takes us back in time to The Green Zone in Iran for international shenanigans.

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. Based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. See an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30, and the series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay up on Catch Up during the season’s run.

Watch from Monday, 12 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

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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. But she also has to navigate the office 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 up on Catch Up during the show’s run.

Watch from Thursday, 15 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

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Mare of Easttown S1

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this 7-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. Cast includes Julianne Nicholson, Angourie Rice and Evan Peters.

Watch from Monday, 19 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

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Your Honor S1

New Orleans judge Michael Desiato (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston) sparks a tragedy when he conceals evidence to protect his teenaged son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), from deadly retaliation after Hunter kills the son of Mafia kingpin Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg) in a hit-and-run accident. When Michael’s actions accidentally frame a young gang member for murder, it could lead to an all-out war. Adapted from the Israeli TV series Kvodo. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay up on Catch Up during the show’s run.

Watch from Tuesday, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

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Baghdad Central S1

This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad in 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 an ex-British policeman, Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel)n 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 up on Catch Up during the show’s run.

Watch from Thursday, 29 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

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Series back & better than ever

Profiler and creepy killer series Prodigal Son is back, but if you’re looking for a family who’re a lot lighter and less twisted than the Whitlys, the Pearsons are back with a brand-new season of This Is Us, too, as are the Coopers in Young Sheldon. And for sci-fi fans, April is awesome thanks to new seasons of The Twilight Zone and La Porta Rossa.

The nature of things

With Earth Day on 22 April, it’s the perfect month to focus on the beauty and wonder of nature, and what we can do for our planet. Dame Judi Dench shows us around Borneo, Prince William introduces us to people who’re saving the planet in all sorts of different ways, Chris Packham shows us how clever animals can be, and there’s so much more to love, especially in China.

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Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure

Actress Dame Judi Dench is walking the lush rainforests, rivers and spectacular coral reef coastlines of Malaysian Borneo in search of its wildlife in this 2-episode series. With local expert guides to help her, she’ll be hoping to find 1 of her favourite animals, the Orangutan. She’ll also meet sun bears, elephants, a strange gliding mammal called the Kubong, a dung beetle named Bob, and a snake that Judi names James Bond. Judy runs a little wild herself, as she climbs one of the tallest tropical trees on Borneo.

Watch from Friday, 23 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00 

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Animal Einsteins S1

Chris Packham turns to scientists in the field of behavioural research to show us how animals use their intelligence to survive and thrive in the wild. In each episode, we’ll meet the Masterminds, Communicators, Builders, Social Networkers, Con Artists and Travellers of the animal kingdom. Find out how bees that can do maths and play football, apes use body language, cuttlefish disguise their gender, budgies choose mates based on intelligence, and dung beetles use the light of the Milky Way to navigate, and more.

Watch from Monday, 26 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00 

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Prince William: A Planet For Us All S1

HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, is on a global mission to support pioneering work of local individuals and organisations behind movements to protect and preserve the natural world. This series follows the Prince over the course of 2 years, from Asia and Africa, to the UK’s big cities and his own estate, Sandringham, as he talks to passionate conversationalists of all ages, from small children to Sir David Attenborough. The show will touch on everything from rhino and elephant poaching, to protecting clams on the sea bed.

Watch from Sunday, 4 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:10 

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China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom S1

China has embarked on the world’s largest conservation project, with a commitment to dedicate 20% of the country as protected land. The series takes us on a tour of the national parks and the fantastic animals that they’re home to. It’s a journey from mountains filled with foxes, antelope and snow leopards, to forests where snub-nosed monkeys and giant pandas roam. The series also checks in on how local populations are dealing with the push to conservation, and how this project could lead the way worldwide.

Watch from Sunday, 11 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:15 

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Boost your mind and body

April puts us at one third of the way through 2021. It’s the perfect time to take a breath and to refocus on mind and body health. Enjoy some science-based documentaries about how to boost your immune system, embrace mindfulness and nature at the same time, get fit at home, and boost your mental health.

Kids’ movies

Movies for grown-ups

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Doctor Sleep

This supernatural horror film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name (2013), is a sequel to The Shining (1977). Psychic Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is grown up and working at a hospice. He is determined to protect a girl with a gift just like his from a cult that tortures and kills psychics.

Watch on Sunday, 11 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:00

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Primal

Poacher and animal trafficker Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage) becomes a man hunter, too, when dangerous assassin and ex-Special Forces operative Richard Loffler (Kevin Durand) escapes aboard the boat that Frank is using to transport some dangerous animals to the US, and he releases Frank’s animals to prowl the ship, too, as he embarks on a killing spree.

Watch on Sunday, 18 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:00

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Ava

Recovering addict and ex-soldier Ava Faulkner (Jessica Chastain) is working as an assassin when she’s overheard asking 1 of her targets why someone would want him dead. News of the breach of protocol reaches her superiors, including Simon (Colin Farrell), who puts out a hit on her behind the back of her handler, Duke (John Malkovich).

Watch on Sunday, 25 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:00

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The Creatress

The phenomenal success of bestselling young author Eryn Bellow (Lindy Booth) stirs resentment and jealousy in the literary world in this dark comedy. Critics turn sour and 1 even writes a damaging fake memoir about Eryn. Can Eryn write her way out of this tangled web? Her agent, Carrie (Fran Drescher), senses another hit on the way.

Watch on Friday, 9 April on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 20:00

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5 Years Apart

In this dramedy, estranged brothers Andrew (Scott Michael Foster), a stick in the mud, and wild child Sammy (Michael Vlamis) were born on the same day 5 years apart. Their conflict comes to a head when they each arrive at their family’s holiday house with their significant others to celebrate their birthday weekend, with catastrophically clashing plans.

Watch on Friday, 16 April on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 20:00

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Palm Beach

A group of lifelong friends (played by the likes of Bryan Brown, Richard E. Grant, Sam Neill and Greta Scacchi) hold a reunion party at Palm Beach in this Australian dramedy, and invite their grown-up kids along for the fun, too. It’s time for some age inappropriate tomfoolery, some telling of secrets, and settling of grievances.

Watch on Sunday, 25 April on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 20:00

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Sports fans

Kobe: The Life of A Legend

This statistics-heavy sports documentary about the life of basketball legend Kobe Bryant digs into what made him such a great player and athlete. It looks at his beginnings, his impact on how basketball is played, and his legacy following his tragically early death in January 2020.

Watch on Friday, 2 April on SS1 (DStv channel 201) time TBC


NB! This is just the tip of your viewing iceberg. Check out the DStv Compact Plus! Compact, Family and Access highlights packages to see what else will be coming your way this April.

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