DStv Access is TV to talk about in October


From the wonders of Animal Day documentaries, to crazy reality shenanigans and the pulse racing drama of eHostela, it’s all on Access this month

October on DStv Access is all about variety. It's everything from the beauty of World Animal Day documentaries on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182), to the latest science and engineering breakthroughs on Da Vinci (DStv 318) with shows like Disasters Engineered S1 and Secret Life Of Babies. That's TV that the whole family can watch together.

There's fun stuff for your little monsters this Halloween month with the brand-new Ben 10 movie, Ben 10 Versus The Universe on Cartoon Network (DStv 301), and the new season of PJ Masks on Disney Junior (DStv 309), along with Halloween special marathons across the kids' channels on Saturday, 31 October.

The big news for soapie addicts is that the 7th season of taxi war telenovela Isibaya is starting on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at the end of the month. But there's so much drama to sustain you until then. The epic and award-winning hostel assassin drama eHostela comes to Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163), and if you're looking for something that's more about friendship and fun with a dramatic twist, Unmarried S1 on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) is must-see TV.

There is so much fun reality TV to love on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163). You can see Somizi prepare for his wedding in Living The Dream With Somizi S4, Nimrod Nkosi is helping a young woman who is petrified that she might be dating her biological half-brother in Utatakho S7, Moshe has a real romancer on his hands in Uyang’thanda Na? S4, and the guy wants his own brother's girlfriend! And Andile Gaelesiwe is making troubled couples think twice about their issues in Before I Do S1.

Movie channel TNT (DStv 137) is celebrating its birthday month with some fun old faves and the delightful brand-new British coming of age drama Days Of The Bagnold Summer, which takes some quite unexpected twists. And Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) is showcasing an unusual story, too in the movie Ngithanda Wena.

And on the kykNET Lekker (DStv 148) channel exclusive to DStv Access viewers, we have the classic Emo Adams and Taliep Peterson musical comedy series Alie Barber starting.

Read on for all the details on the shows and more…

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Isibaya S7

A village feud from way back between the Zungu and Ndlovu families in Bhubesini continues to this day, but now the families have shifted their power struggle into rival taxi businesses and an epic clash over territories and control between Soweto-based Mpiyakhe Zungu (Siyabonga Thwala) and patriarch Samson Ndlovu (Bheki Mkhwane) and his bloodthirsty brother, Mandla (Bongani Gumede).

Watch Mondays to Fridays from Monday, 26 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 19:30


Ngithanda Wena

Love isn’t just romantic in nature. In this film, a decent man named Sizwe Ngwenya gives a drug addict named Jabu Matsamayi a second chance at life when no one else will after Jabu decides to clean up his life and fight his addictions.

Watch on Thursday, 29 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 17:00


Pulse-pounding local drama series

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eHostela S1

2 maskandi artists fall head over heels in love when they meet at a high-profile music competition. But the male artist is hiding a deadly secret. Mndeni (Thibani Nzuza) is a trained assassin, an inkabi, from a family of hitmen operating within the Delafuka Hostel in KZN’s KwaMashu Township. In exchange for being allowed to go live an ordinary life, he agrees to carry out one last assassination. Unknown to him, though, the target is his new love’s father. And then his love, Khethiwe (Lungelo Mpangase), asks him to use his contacts within the hostel to hunt down her father’s killer.

Watch from Saturday, 2 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 21:00


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Unmarried S1

This juicy drama series follows 3 female best friends and centres on their struggles juggling career, finances, love and marriage, motherhood and life goals. Despite coming from vastly different backgrounds, the squad have each other’s backs. Corporate high flyer Brenda has spent 10 years in a seemingly perfect marriage to Donald, slay queen Lesego is making her blessers sweat and reach for their wallets to buy her whatever her lovely head desires, and sweet pretty Thembi is raising a child, having fallen pregnant at 17.

Watch from Monday, 12 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 21:30


The Realness!

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Living The Dream With Somizi S4

Somizi Mhlongo opens his new season with preparations for his wedding to Mohale, and getting everyone in his family onboard with the fact that they’ll soon be Mr & Mr. But it’s not all wedding plans, as consuming as that is. We’ll be partying along with Somizi and his celebrity BFFs like Boity Thulo, Bonang Matheba (looks like they're back in each other’s good books at last) and his bestie, TT, who’s never afraid to throw some shade.

Watch from Thursday, 15 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 21:30


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Utatakho S7

Nimrod Nkosi is back helping people to identify their biological fathers with paternity tests, and assisting them to reach out and make contact once they know the truth. Those coming to him for help are not just out to be nosy and pry in their parents’ private business. This season, Nimrod will be helping a young woman who grew up suspecting that her mother cheated with a man who has the same surname as the man she’s now dating herself. Could they be related?

Watch from Thursday, 15 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 19:00


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Uyang’thanda Na? S4

This is a “watch with a friend” show, because you’ll need someone to grab onto while you’re shrieking and cringing in shared humiliation, or basking in joy. Host Moshe Ndiki helps his guests to ask their crushes one very difficult question: Do you like me back (Uyang’thanda na)? He’ll work with them to set up a cool date in a safe space where they can ask the big question, and some guests take this as license to pour on the romance, right at the starting gate.

Watch from Saturday, 17 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 18:00


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Before I Do S1

In this reality show, host Andile Gaelesiwe reaches out to help couples who want to take their relationship to the next level – whether that’s moving in together, getting married, having a baby or starting a business – to work through any stumbling blocks that they’re already facing in those relationships, or that are giving them doubts. Andile uses her warmth to set everyone at ease before she talks with them, and slowly uncovers the underlying issues troubling one partner who’s saying no while the other one is all go.

Watch from Saturday, 17 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 18:30


Dramatic documentaries

There are so many intriguing educational shows in the line-up this month.

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Secret Life Of Babies

This documentary special narrated by Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) will draw on recent scientific studies about the first 3 years of human life. As well as exploring how all of this happens, the documentary reveals surprising facts – like that babies don’t even have kneecaps when they’re born, and they have no fear of even big, predatory animals, and they understand as much as 3 times the amount of words that they can say. The documentary will also reveal how babies can recover when things go terribly wrong.

Watch on Sunday, 4 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 22:00


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A Force For Good S3

This documentary series takes viewers inside the various branches of the SANDF to talk to service personnel about why they joined up, and what it’s like to wear the uniform. From training montages that reveal the physical grind it takes to stay in shape for the job, to individual profiles that reveal the different career streams available within the Defence Force, A Force For Good reveals how and why the Force trains in a country that’s not at war.

Watch from Tuesday, 6 October on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 17:30


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Disasters Engineered S1

Using real-life footage, computer models and expert interviews, Disaster Engineered will takes us through events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Challenger space shuttle disaster to reveal how catastrophic structural failures happened, along with the bureaucratic tangles, mismanagement and financial decision-making that led to expert engineers’ warnings being ignored.

Watch from Thursday, 8 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 22:00


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Curing Alzheimer’s

Along with exploring the history of Alzheimer’s Disease, this in-depth documentary will look at modern developments in spotting the disease early, and current treatments, along with progress on work towards prevention. 1 in 4 people carry the genetic marker that identifies them as being susceptible to Alzheimer’s. Given how widespread Alzheimer’s is and how it devastates families, this is definitely worth a look.

Watch on Saturday, 10 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 20:00


Animal Month on DStv Access!

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World Animal Day Stunt

National Geographic Wild’s special day of programming on Sunday, 4 October will include 2 new brand-new episodes of Secrets Of The Zoo, one focussed on tigers and the other on rhinos. Here’s what to expect on the day:

  • 00:30-02:53: Africa’s Deadly Kingdom S1: eps 2-4, South Africa’s West Coast, Reefs, and Grasslands.
  • 02:54: Born Wild (special): Young animals and their parents learn what it takes to survive in a changing world.
  • 03:40: Born In Africa S1: ep3, teen predators get their first real hunting lessons.
  • 04:25: Original Fight Club (special): Animals fight for survival in all sorts of different ways.
  • 05:13: Shark Survivors USA (special): A look at fascinating shark behaviour among different species in waters around the US.
  • 06:00: Yukon Vet Northern Lights S8: Eps 7 & 8, Dr Michelle Oakley treats a moose with a breathing problem, and she finds out that her dog, Bindi, is going to have 8 puppies. And then she has a musk ox for a patient, along with a baby reindeer, and she treats a horse named Ghost.
  • 06:50: Lady With 700 Cats (special): Lynea Lattanzio runs a cat sanctuary focussed on getting cats healthy and socialised for adoption.
  • 07:37: Girl Power (special): See nature and its survival struggles from the perspective of female animals.
  • 08:26: Regime Of The Queen (special): Iconic big cat stories centred on feline moms.
  • 09:16: Snake Island: Wild And Deadly (special): Visit an Australian island where the deadly tiger snake thrives.
  • 10:05: Lady With 700 Cats (r)
  • 10:53: Girl Power (r)
  • 11:42: Counting Tigers (special): See how the world’s largest-ever wildlife survey counted tigers in the wild.
  • 12:25 Vanishing Kings: Desert Lions Of Namib (special): A look at 5 young male lions who conquered the challenging Namib Desert.
  • 13:17 The Real Black Panther (special): Saya, a black leopard, rises to power in India’s Kabini forest. Photographer Shaaz Jung spent 10 hours a day over 3 years tracking and photographing Saya.
  • 14:04: Sharks Of The Bermuda Triangle (special): Finds out why this special patch in Bermuda is a shark haven for creatures like the Tiger Shark and Cookiecutter shark.
  • 14:51: Wild Alaska: Arctic Summer (special): Animals make the most of the 2-month summer in the Arctic Circle.
  • 15:38: Little Giant (special): Elephant calf Little E makes the dangerous journey across the Maasai Mara when drought strikes.
  • 16:24: India’s Wild Leopards (special): A cameraman documents the wild cats of India, and how they are adapting to all sorts of different environments.
  • 17:11: Secrets Of Wild India: Kings Of The Jungle (special): A look at the dazzling variety of India’s wildlife from its mountains, to desert and savannah, to forests and deep jungle.
  • 18:01: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tigers (brand-new special): Meet the zoo’s 3 new tiger cubs, who’s out exploring. But they’d better not disturb the grumpy tiger.
  • 18:48: Secrets Of The Zoo: Rhinos (brand-new special): The zoo has baby rhino fever, a rhino paints a masterpiece, and two rhinos get romantic.
  • 19:37: Monster Snakes (special): Anacondas, pythons and more of the world’s biggest snakes.
  • 20:26: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tiger Time (r)
  • 21:15-23:40: The Incredible Dr Pol (mix): Dr Pol and her team treat lame goats, and angry bulls who’re feeling the summer heat, there’s an animal who’s struggling to deliver twins, and a special episode looks into a whole week of animal emergencies that kept the clinic staff on the go 24-7.
  • 23:41: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tiger Time (r)
  • 00:30 Sharks Of The Bermuda Triangle (r)

Watch on Sunday, 4 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 00:30


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Croctober S1

This stunt of programming is dedicated to one of the fiercest predators in the wild today: the crocodile. As well as digging back into the prehistoric times, the shows will bring us in-depth stories of how crocs around the world hunt and live. Enjoy the following specials:

Sunday, 11 October

  • 18:00: Hippo versus Croc: Exploring the uneasy relationship between hippos and crocodiles – and how it turns deadly.
  • 18:48: Jaguars versus Crocodile: Wildlife photographer Steve Winter and cameraman Bertie Gregory capture footage of the jaguars in the Pantanal of Brazil hunting caiman in the water.
  • 19:37: Croc Inside Out: 2 Specialists explain how the Nile Crocodile’s physiology and adaptations make it the perfect ambush predator.
  • 20:26: Hippo vs Croc (r)

Sunday, 18 October

  • 18:00: Cave Crocs Of Gabon: A special species of dwarf crocodile lives underground in Gabon’s cave systems.
  • 18:48: Mother Croc: Highspeed cameras capture crocs in action as they hunt to reveal their strategies.
  • 19:37: Lake Of A Thousand Caiman: An uncharted lake in the Amazon is a hot spot for the black caiman.
  • 20:26: Cave Crocs Of Gabon (r)

Sunday, 25 October

  • 18:00: World’s Deadliest Crocs: There are 4 big crocodile species around the world. This show weighs up stories from survivors to explore their behaviour.
  • 18:48: When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs: Palaeontologist Paul Sereno tells us all about the prehistoric monster croc, Deinosuchus, which terrorised ancient rivers.
  • 19:37: Boss Croc: Cameras follow a crocodile named Brutus from his hatchling days, to his 50s, as he becomes the biggest croc to beat.
  • 20:26: World’s Deadliest Crocs (r)

Watch from Sunday, 11 October to Sunday, 25 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 18:00


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Dr. T Lone Star Vet S1

Dr. Lauren Thielen (Dr. T) from pet & vet series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER is opening up her own exotic animal practice in her home state of Texas. She’s next door to one of the state's largest and busiest animal hospitals. Dr. T will be one of 12 specialists called on to treat everything from emus, to hedgehogs, lemurs to cockatiels. There’s even a kangaroo. She specialises in the smaller exotic animals, who require the most delicate of handling.

Watch from Wednesday, 14 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00


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Siyaya: Come With Us S1

This educational series takes kids on tours of South Africa’s fascinating national parks, with expert guides who talk about the animals, plants and ecosystems that they’re protecting. The show host is a mischievous scientist named Oompie, who gathers up groups of kids in his zebra-striped minibus, and takes them on a journey to explore real caves, traverse wild rivers, abseil down mountains and go diving in the sea.

Watch from Saturday, 17 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 14:30


Little Monsters

Fun stuff for the kids

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Ben 10 Versus The Universe: The Movie

A giant meteor is headed for Earth and only Ben can stop the coming destruction of the planet, so he flies off into space to stop it. But the meteor is really a spacecraft being steered by the villain Vilgax, who’s back for vengeance. And when Ben winds up stranded in space, it’s up to Team Tennyson to team up with Kevin 11 to protect the planet from Vilgax.

Watch on Saturday, 10 October on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) at 10:10


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PJ Masks S4

As the new season begins, Owlette loses her memory, the PJ Masks learn that to be hero you have to be a good friend first, and Gekko hides the fact that he accidentally let The Moths infiltrate PJ Masks’ HQ. And in a surprise turn, Motsuki comes to the Masks team asking for help when Luna goes missing.  

Watch from Sunday, 18 October on Disney Junior (DStv 309) at 18:00 


And enjoy the Halloween month of fun in October:

Siesta Z Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 17:10

Power Rangers Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) at 17:15

Science Max Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 17:40

Make Me a Super Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 18:10


TNT’s birthday big bang

TNT (DStv 137) is hauling out new features and action favourites when it celebrates its birthday in October. Look out for…

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Days Of The Bagnold Summer

This brand-new British film adapted from the 2012 graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, stars Earl Cave as heavy metal-loving teenager Daniel Bagnold and Monica Dolan as his gentle, understanding mother Sue. The two are driving each other up the walls of their boring suburban house over the course of an English summer. Daniel is moping because he was supposed to go visit his dad is the USA in sunny Florida but the trip has been cancelled.

Watch on Saturday, 3 October on TNT (DStv 137) at 20:00


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The Transporter

Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is kicking back happily in the French Mediterranean living his best life. In-between sunning himself and enjoying life, he keeps up the cash and keeps a hand in the game by hiring himself out to move goods for anyone who’ll pay his fees. You give him the package, he gets it to your specified destination, fast. His guarantee is there will be no peeking and no questions, along with top-notch security for whatever you need to get from A to B.

Watch on Friday, 16 October on TNT (DStv 137) at 18:20


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The Transporter 2

Mercenary and specialist courier for hire Frank Martin returns, and this time his job seems a little easier. For one thing, his “package” is willing to take the trip. All he has to do is to play chauffeur and bodyguard to Jack, son of high-profile, troublemaking politician Jefferson Billings. When a drug cartel lashes out as Jefferson by attacking his son, Frank’s job isn’t just to get the boy to his destination, he must also snatch him back from the cartel and locate an antidote for the virus that he’s been infected with.

Watch on Friday, 16 October on TNT (DStv 137) at 20:00


Also watch

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Alie Barber S1

In this musical sitcom set in a barber shop, starring Emo Adams, Loukmaan Adams and Taliep Petersen, everyone’s getting ready for the wedding of the year but catastrophe strikes when Margie’s bridesmaid dress gets an oil smudge and the shop keys disappear. Then a big muddle occurs when a rugby player forgets a bag with “prescription drugs” on the counter, just as Mr. Min returns from his doctor's visit. In two snips of the scissors, their pills get mixed up.

Watch from Saturday, 3 October on kykNET Lekker (DStv 148) at 19:30


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Slice Of Paradise S1

Peter and Shelley compete to secure the best possible deals for the clients, who all have different priorities. The 16 property-hunters include first-time home buyers, new immigrants, people looking for investment properties and more, and they’ll be searching for the perfect match from Auckland, to Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Bay of Plenty, Palmerston North, Hamilton and more. I

Watch from Monday, 19 October on The Home Channel (DStv 176) at 16:00


Gqom Ten S1

This 45-minute music show counts down the country’s biggest Gqom hits of the week.

Watch on Saturdays on MTV Base (DStv 322) at 10:15


Is’gubhu S1

This 1-hour music show features South Africa's best bass-thumping beats from the kasi streets to the ’burbs.

Watch on Sundays on MTV Base (DStv 322) at 14:00


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