DStv Compact delivers over 60 new seasons and series this May!
01 May 2021
DStv Compact is sheer May-hem this month with everything from the return of all the superhero shows and new Great British Bake Off, to a hive full of Honey shows
01 May 2021
DStv Compact is sheer May-hem this month with everything from the return of all the superhero shows and new Great British Bake Off, to a hive full of Honey shows
With 6 brand-new series launching on Korean entertainment channel tVN (DStv channel 134) – including the long-awaited Flower of Evil – 10 brand-new seasons and series on African lifestyle channel HONEY (DStv channel 173), and around 60 new seasons and series and 27 movies (including special collections of the Rocky and Mission: Impossible films) launching in May in total, DStv Compact proves that dynamite comes in small packages.
There’s great news for action and cop series, too, with the launch of the stylish new Michael Chiklis series Coyote, and the return of NCIS, Absentia and The Blacklist, Death In Paradise, and the start of Power spinoff series Power Book II: Ghost.
Reality heats up in the kitchen with the South African premieres of new seasons of reality series The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef: The Professionals. And if you love your home reno, Ty Pennington’s new show Ty Breaker has something to show you. There are also new seasons of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, Nicole Curtis has a new Rehab Addict spin-off, and Lara Spencer shows how to make your junk pay in Everything But The House.
Local reality fans have so much to see with the return of This Way Ngingakhona, Single And Mingle, and Dloz'lami.
And if you love animated comedy, there’s a brand-new season of The Simpsons, and the South African premiere of Solar Opposites, an adult comedy about aliens on Earth that was created by the Rick & Morty team.
Read on for details on all these shows and much, much more on DStv Compact this May!
May delivers some familiar faces in 6 intriguing new Korean TV series, ranging from historical drama The Crowned Clown, to Flower of Evil, and stories with supernatural twists like The Bride of Habaek and Tunnel.
Flower of Evil is 1 of those chilling “do you really know the man you married?” series. Passionately curious homicide detective Cha Ji Won (Moon Chae Won) has no idea how much her husband, Baek Hee Sung (Lee Joon Gi), is keeping from her about his past and his identity. But their picture-perfect family is set to shatter when Cha Ji Won investigates a series of unexplained murders and makes unwelcome connections. It’s about a man who acts like he’s in love, and a woman who loves danger.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Thursday, 6 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 21:15
Lord Ha-baek (Nam Joo-hyuk, who played Kwon Eun-taek in Cheese In The Trap), god of the Land of Water, comes to Earth on a quest to find the sacred stones that will allow him to take the throne. He seeks the help of Yoon So-ah (Shin Se-kyung), the only descendant of a family cursed to serve him for eternity. But So-ah, a neuropsychiatrist, immediately believes that this complete stranger trying to boss her about is delusional and tries to help him in a different sort of way.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Thursday, 6 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 20:00
A conceited former Idol and A-list actor named Yoo Baek (Kim Ji-seok, Lee Jin-sang in Another Miss Oh) is sent to a remote island after causing trouble in Seoul with his brutal honesty and nasty attitude. Forced to get used to his surroundings, he eventually comes to feel at home and falls in love with tough as nails, hard-working islander Oh Kang-soon (Jeon So-min) who’s not interested in love because she’s completely focussed on her studies, and her 2 jobs as a diver and supermarket manager.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 24 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 18:45
While desperately chasing a serial killer during an investigation in 1986, Detective Park Gwang-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) finds himself transported 30 years in the future after passing through a tunnel. There, he continues to track down the murderer with his new partner, detective Kim Seon-jae (Yoon Hyun-min) and the help of psychologist Shin Jae-yi (Lee Yoo-young), his own daughter, who’s now a university professor and criminal psychological counsellor. With the killer having 30 years to rack up their body count, there are a lot of cold cases to explore.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 10 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 18:45
In this historical drama series set in the mid-Joseon period (the 1500s), King Yi Heon (Yeo Jin-goo in a dual role) tries to escape a host of assassination plots plaguing the royal family by placing his doppelgänger, a clown named Ha-seon, on the throne. The clown proves to be an unexpectedly astute ruler and statesman, and a better king than the troubled, opium-addicted and sometimes cruel Yi Heon. But as Ha-seon’s power grows, Yi Heon tries to overturn the decisions that Ha-seon has been making out of jealousy and insecurity.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Friday, 28 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 22:30
Code-named “K2,” Kim Je-ha (Ji Chang-wook, Ma Dong-chan in Melting Me Softly) is a former mercenary who’s hired as a bodyguard to presidential candidate Jang Se-joon’s (Jo Sung-ha, Kim Cha-eon in 100 Days My Prince) team. He is assigned to guard his boss’s illegitimate daughter, Go Anna (Im Yoon-ah, a member of the K-pop group Girls Generation), a traumatised, shy woman who’s being used as a pawn by her ambitious stepmother, Choi Yoo-jin (Soon Yoon-ah), whose determination to be the First Lady will stop at nothing, including blackmailing her husband.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Friday, 28 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 20:00
African Lifestyle is sweet this May with makeover reality series like Salon Battle, a glimpse into the glamour with Nollywood Wives, and Kenya’s take on wedding dress show Wawu, That's My Dress. There are also new seasons of cooking competition series Hoot, Cook, Go, and makeover series Shine Shine… and so much more.
Streaming cameras are set up in 3 different hair and nail salons in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Stylists and technicians at these different salons must then race against the clock to each complete a look. We cut between the streams until each salon does their big reveal. Will it be a hit or miss? Only the big reveal will tell. It’s the ultimate beauty competition!
Watch from Tuesday, 18 May on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 17:30
Dr. Ayobami Aranmolate, the most famous plastic surgeon at Grandville Medical and Laser Clinic in Lagos – best known as Dr. Laser – is on a quest to help people who have serious body image issues to get out of their shell. We see people tackling their insecurities head-on as they kick 1 insecurity to the curb thanks to Dr. Laser’s work in giving them their dream body.
Watch from Friday, 14 May on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 18:00
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.
Watch from Friday, 21 May on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 17:00
In each episode of this cooking competition, a man’s wife and his mother must both cook his favourite meal. As viewers, we’ll get insider tips on variations on some incredible Zambian dishes. He will taste their dishes blindfolded and choose the 1 he likes best. The woman who has whipped up the best dish wins boasting rights forever, but will she have to keep cooking for him too?
Watch from Tuesday, 18 May on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 17:00
If you love cops and crooks, it’s a packed May on DStv Compact, with the arrival of the gripping Michael Chiklis series Coyote, in which he plays a US-Mexico border guard whose world view is about to be upended. And we welcome back the NCIS team, Red and Liz in The Blacklist, the twisted FBI drama in Absentia, Death In Paradise, and Power spin-off series Power Book II: Ghost.
In this blend of classic Western and Noir storytelling, US border patrol agent Ben Clemens (Michael Chiklis, star of The Shield, Fantastic Four, Gotham) has worked on the US-Mexico border for over 30 years, and on his last day on the job, he uncovers a smuggling ring’s secret cross-border tunnel. What he sees next shakes up his black-and-white views about policing the border, and he finds himself trying to lead a young sex trafficking victim to safety while teaching her how to get asylum in the US.
Watch from Monday, 17 May on Universal TV (DStv channel 117) at 20:00
The big news for this season of the military police procedural NCIS is that former special agent Ziva David (Cate de Pablo) is returning from the “grave” to save her former boss Gibbs’s (Mark Harmon) life. Gibbs is going to get personally involved with his new single mom neighbour, Mira Sahar Azam (South African actress Louise Barnes), and her son, 9-year-old Phineas (Jack Fisher). And 1 of Gibbs’s buddies might be dating a lonely hearts killer he met on a dating website.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Thursday, 13 May on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 18:20
Brainwashed ex-FBI agent Emily Byrne (Castle’s Stana Katic) is nearing the end of her suspension as she works to become a better mom to her son, Flynn. But a new criminal case places her ex-husband, Special Agent Nick Durand, in the firing line when she takes an interest, thanks to a mole in the FBI. This season’s first case involves immigrants who’re being trafficked for their organs and then murdered, and a group of rich criminals who’re profiteering of both this and the creation of viruses.
Watch from Monday, 24 May on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 20:50
The big news for this season of the twisty spy drama is trying to figure out whether this woman that Red (James Spader) is calling Katarina (Laila Robins) really is his daughter Liz’s (Megan Boone) birth mom, Katerina Rostova – or whether, like Red, she is a cunning impostor. The season finale answered the dilemma posed by the COVID-19 production break by having the actors voice their parts, then animating the action and switching back and forth between animation and live action in the episode.
Watch from Tuesday, 25 May on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 20:50
Detective Inspector Neville Parker is up to his elbows in new murders, from a local news reporter who’s found dead in her pool, to a murdered lottery winner whose body has mysteriously vanished. Luckily for him, DS Florence Cassell is back from her travels and tougher than ever. Meanwhile, newly promoted sergeant JP Hooper not only has baby twins on the way, he has a wet behind the ears baby trainee on his hands, Officer Marlon Pryce, an ex-young offender who’s trying to turn over a new leaf.
Watch from Monday, 3 May on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
The Power S6 finale revealed that drug dealer-turned-nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick’s (Omari Hardwick) own son, Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.), shot him dead. This spinoff series tells Tariq’s story. Ghost’s will leaves all his property to Tariq but there are strings attached. Tariq doesn’t see a cent until he earns a 4-year university degree. And thanks to a muddle with alibis, an unsuccessful frame job and plots gone wrong, Tariq’s mom, Tasha, will be on trial for Ghost’s murder.
Watch from Thursday, 13 May on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 21:40
It’s time for the returns of SA dating show Single And Mingle and 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After.
This reality dating series follows single people on their blind dates, from start to end, exposing all the drama and intrigue as they get to know each other. The real gold is in the “private” straight-to-camera comments the daters make about each other, critiquing everything from their date’s fashion sense, to the venue they’re at to the conversation. Picky, picky! This is a series that you want to watch with your #SingleAndMingle at the ready, because the viewers comments are on another level.
Watch from Thursday, 6 May on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 18:00
90 Day Fiancé couples who tied the knot within the time allotted on their 90-day K1 visas are back. Catch up with Kalani & Asuelu and Elizabeth & Andrei’s in-law battles, check in with 2 couples who’ve been split by the pandemic: Tiffany & Ronald and Angela & Michael. Joining the cast, we have Tim & Melyza (90 Day Fiancé, S2) and 3 couples from 90 Day Fiancé, S8: Brandon & Julia, Jovi & Yara, and Mike & Natalie. But Larissa (90 Day Fiancé S6) won’t be back, since she was deported after TLC fired her.
Watch from Thursday, 20 May on TLC (DStv channel 135) at 20:00
Compassionate local reality series This Way Ngingakhona, which turns a spotlight on South Africa’s LGBTQ+ community, and local medium Thembi Nyathi’s series, Dloz'lami, both return, along with a tragic, unmissable season of Little Women: Atlanta, which also has a new after-show hosted by Loni Love (the new host of Bridezillas, which is also on DStv Compact this May). The UK’s Love Island guys are back in a new season of house-sharing series Living The Dream, and the Teen Mom OG crew returns along with Dr. Now's patients. And a brand-new show called The Blended Bunch shows what happens when newlyweds with 11 kids between them try to live under 1 roof.
Show like Green Eyed Killers and Shocking Emergency Calls take us behind the crimes and shocking news stories to reveal what really happened and why…
Jealousy is the common thread behind all these tales of true crime. Cases include Michael Medina’s murder of his wife, Kimberly Greene-Medina, after she started divorce proceedings, and his “revenge” murder of his 16-month-old son with his new wife, Becky. We’ll also dig into Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy’s murder of high school frenemy Skylar Neese. And find out how John Wayne Mackay conspired with his mistress, Nicole Houchin, to have his ailing wife Dana murdered – with help from Nicole’s estranged husband, Nace.
Watch from Wednesday, 5 May on Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 21:00
These are the real stories behind the most dramatic and extraordinary calls made to emergency operators around the world, featuring exclusive interviews and never before seen footage, as well as first-hand accounts from emergency services’ responders who put their lives at risk by walking into terrifying situations. A day’s work at an emergency call centre can include everything from terrorist attacks and fire, to murder, kidnapping, animals on the loose (think tigers and a rampaging chimpanzee), and even cold-blooded killers trying to cover their tracks.
Watch from Saturday, 1 May on CBS Reality (DStv channel 132) at 21:10
The US Department of Home Security is responsible for keeping watch on the millions of people entering the US through airports every year, and singling out the people who are carrying illegal items and substances and trafficking people and animals, too. People will go to any lengths to get drugs across the border, from meth in candles and a hollowed-out truck battery packed with heroin, to cocaine in coffee bags for a real breakfast treat. And on a more serious note, cocaine lethally smuggled inside drug mules’ bodies, too.
Watch from Thursday, 6 May on National Geographic (DStv channel 181) at 19:00
In this documentary special, adventurer, research scientist and National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin travels from the lost remains of a prehistoric civilization in the depths of the Black Sea in Turkey, to a sacrificial site in the Peruvian Andes, all on the trail of “Great Flood” stories shared by different cultures across the globe. In Peru, for example, folktales from the Huarochirí region tell of a llama who warns his master to retreat to the highest mountains to escape a coming flood.
Watch on Sunday, 9 May on National Geographic (DStv channel 181) at 21:00
Sit down as a family for a guided, real-time TV safari (1 at sunrise and another around sunset) in % of South Africa’s great parks: Djuma, Ngala, Pridelands, Phinda and Tswalu. As the animals do their thing, the experienced and knowledgeable guides pick out interesting details for you to look at. They’ll explain the animals’ behaviour and even perform experiments to demonstrate intriguing nature facts. It’s May and we’re getting into the dry season, which sees animals of all kinds clustering around waterholes and on river banks.
Watch daily from Monday, 3 May on Wild Earth (DStv channel 183) at 06:30 and from 15:30
Twins Booker, Nia and their best friend, Tess, are setting off for high school for the first time, leaving Levi behind in middle school. Meanwhile, Raven and Chelsea have their hands full running Your Best-Dressed Life, their growing life coaching and fashion business. This season, someone uses Nia’s photo as their own social media avatar, the kids want to plan a surprise for Raven’s birthday (good luck keeping secrets around Raven), and Booker and Nia try to land work as assistants to raise cash for their fun summer plans.
Watch from Monday, 10 May on Disney Channel (DStv channel 303) at 17:00
Each Saturday and Sunday at 16:00 throughout May, M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) will show a new kids’ movie title. Saturdays titles are great for fish and dog lovers, aside from while Sunday’s movies have a fairy-tale and fantasy edge aside from A Second Chance, which is an Australian movie about junior gymnastics targeted at tweens.
Watch on Sunday, 16 May on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 16:00
Watch on Saturday, 22 May on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 16:00
Watch on Sunday, 23 May on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 16:00
2 great action franchises turn up the heat in May. On Saturdays at 18:00, M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) will be airing the first 5 of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies (there have been 8 to date, with 2 more in the works), focussed on boxer Rocky Balboa. And on Saturdays at 20:00 on the same channel, you can enjoy the first 5 films in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise (of which there are 6 films to date and 1 more in the works). Mzansi Magic is premiering new local movies every Saturday at 20:30 throughout May. There’s also a brand-new movie called Twist premiering in South Africa on TNT (DStv channel 137), and KIX (DStv channel 114) serves up the brand-new action film The Case: Death Drugs, which premiered in China this year,
This modern take on Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel, Oliver Twist, stars Jude Law’s son, Rafferty, as the young graffiti artist Oliver Twist who is lured into a street gang headed by father figure Fagin (Michael Caine). Fagin is planning a series of crimes with the help of the brutal Sikes (Lena Heady), and cunning Dodge (Rita Ora).
Watch on Thursday, 6 May on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00
In this action thriller, a young drug maker creates a dangerous new street drug and targets the youth market in Hong Kong. The drug has dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects, and it’s up to the Anti-Drug Operation Unit to stop it before the crisis claims more lives. With Lam Tze Chung, Philip Keung, Eugene Tang and Terry Zou
Watch on Saturday, 29 May on KIX (DStv channel 114) at 19:00
Watch on Saturday, 1 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30
Watch on Saturday, 8 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30
Watch on Saturday, 15 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30
Watch on Saturday, 22 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30
Watch on Saturday, 29 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30
This is a new global wrestling league, founded in 2019 and headed by the Khan Family. Their star male and female wrestlers include some famous faces like Chis Jericho (yes, the actual rock star himself), Cody Rhodes (son of Dusty Rhodes) and his half-brother, Dustin Rhodes (Runnels), along with Cody’s wife, Brandi (well known to WAGS Atlanta fans and now also AEW’s Chief Brand Officer), AAA Mega Champion Tyson Smith, current AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida, and South African-born Angelico. PS: Look out for repeats of Friday’s episode on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
Watch from Friday, 7 May on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00
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