Digging deeper with these documentaries

Unlock hidden mysteries with these thought-provoking documentary series.

The past can change the future – take a look at these incredible lessons from history that will make you see the world differently.


The iconic Samuel L. Jackson travels to Gabon for the first time to retrace his heritage and meet the tribe of his ancestors. He takes this pilgrimage to the next level when he joins a dive team to uncover secrets that were lost at sea. A powerful and detailed documentary about the Atlantic Slave Trade, be prepared for a journey from Africa to the New World through three different storylines. Available as a boxset, this six-part series is worth the PVR.

Wednesday, 21 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:30

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Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Ups

Fact can often be stranger than fiction. None more so than when the world discovered the self-titled Tiger King aka Joe Exotic. Now, as he remains behind bars in Texas, you’ll get to experience the other side of the story. With phone interviews from Joe Maldonado-Passage, we hear his unfiltered thoughts on Carole Baskin, his innocence and finding justice. And, of course, will we ever know what happened to Carole’s ex-husband Don Lewis? You’ll have to watch both parts of this series to find out!

Thursday, 22 October on ID (DStv 171) at 21:00

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The Redemption Project

Focusing on restorative justice programmes, this series shows the power of forgiveness to transform lives. Even after justice has been served, the victim’s family is often left without answers. Host Van Jones helps them face the incarcerated criminal who took their loved one in the hopes they will get the closure they need. For the offender, seeing the true effects of their actions is a tough but jarring moment that can lead to true transformation. Raw humanity at its finest.

Wednesday, 21 October on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 21:00

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Presidents at War

For many United States presidential candidates, any military service is showcased as a beneficial skill that makes them a better leader. This series looks at eight presidents who all served and fought for their country before becoming Commander-in-Chief. A fascinating look at how these war experiences changed Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and helped them reach the White House.

Sunday, 18 October on History (DStv 186) at 21:10

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Apocalypse WWI: Verdun

Famously known as the longest battle of World War 1, the fight between the French and Germans lasted nine months, three weeks and six days. With a collective 200 000+ killed and even more wounded, it was a monumental bloodbath for both sides. This gripping documentary takes footage and adds colour to give it an even more jarring element.

Tuesday, 20 October on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 22:00

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