DStv Compact Plus brings the world to you in January 2021
26 December 2020
From Die Boekklub to Belgravia, Bake Off to Anzél In Die Boland, DStv Compact Plus has a story to tell and a skill to share in January 2021
26 December 2020
From Die Boekklub to Belgravia, Bake Off to Anzél In Die Boland, DStv Compact Plus has a story to tell and a skill to share in January 2021
Whatever your goals in 2021, you can find a show to cheer you up on DStv Compact Plus.
January is stacked with fresh local content. You can see your life, your world and your body and home through new eyes, with brand-new reality and lifestyle shows.
For those ready to learn new skills in the kitchen, Bake Off: The Professionals is here along with shows from Gordon Ramsay, Martha Stewart, Ree Drummond and Herman Lensing.
Abandoned host Phumeza Mdabe is reuniting parents and children, and Ntombi Mzolo is releasing people from dark secrets in Lekunutu. And yes, the speculation is true: The Real Housewives of Durban is coming to Mzansi Magic.
kykNET’s Slot and Afgrond are leading the drama series, along with the long-awaited return of the incredible eHostela.
There are also scandalous international dramedies like The Oval and First Wives Club to enjoy. If you’re in the mood for something fancy, there’s Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows’ historic drama Belgravia. And if you’re looking for something lighter, Die Boekklub returns to kykNET, too.
Fresh local dramas like kykNET’s Slot and Afgrond are leading the way in January. We’re also celebrating the return of the explosive hostel assassin series eHostela. On the international front, Power Book II: Ghost returns with the second half of its first season. And we get to move in the first circles in The Oval, First Wives Club and Belgravia. So swanky! All this and more on DStv Compact…
This tightly plotted 5-episode psychological thriller, written by Leon Kruger and directed by Jozua Malherbe, revolves around a brilliant psychiatrist who’s taking 4 patients through secret therapy sessions on an isolated farm, using an illegal drug that immediately allows access to the patient’s subconscious. While it gives her access to all the patients’ underlying trauma, the therapy will also unlock elements within those patients that’ll have unexpected consequences. The series stars Rolanda Marais, Brendon Daniels, Greta Petersen, Albert Pretorius and Trudy van Rooy.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00
A year has passed since the tragic events of S1 played out. Mndeni (Thobani Nzuza) is living in isolation, still mourning the death of the love of his life, Khethiwe. But when he makes what is supposed to be an in-and-out visit to KwaDelinkani, he gets sucked back into the life he so desperately wants to leave. What Mndeni doesn’t realise is that the situation that he’s trying to escape could bring him closer to the family that he’s always yearned for… and the chance of a new beginning.
Starts on Sunday, 3 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
The series returns with episode 6, which lands us in the witness selection portion of Tasha’s trial. 2-Bit, a member of Tommy’s crew, is coming out of jail just in time to deliver some potentially damaging, or helpful, testimony. Brayden sets off the emergency signal to warn Tariq after Cane walks in on him during a compromising conversation. Cane’s cockiness leads to Lorenzo delivering a beatdown from behind bars, and drug kingpin mommy Monet is impressed by Tariq’s ingenuity after Diana tattles about what he’s been up to.
Starts on Tuesday, 26 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
5 women from different walks of life, including Julia Cilliers (Jana Kruger, Karen in Projek Dina), a psychologist struggling with the death of her child, Hannelie Fourie (Marguerite van Eeden), a woman who’s being sexually harassed at work, Lana Bridgett (Kim Cloete), a former soapie star who’s come out of a coma suffering from amnesia, Nadine May (Gretchen Ramsden). a trainee lawyer, and Leora van Niekerk (Kanya Viljoen), who has to take over her father’s funeral business, cross paths when each of them must fight for their survival.
Watch from Wednesday 17 February on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00
Check in and check out this 5-episode anthology series from writer Tertius Kapp and director Jaco Bouwer, which takes place in a hotel room at an iffy establishment somewhere in South Africa. In each episode, we will meet new guests and a different kind of story will play out, from romance to horror, to science fiction and drama. They all have 1 thing in common, Marcelina, the hotel’s charming, ditzy chambermaid, played by Lida Botha (Hettie in Hotel). Cast also includes Beer Adriaanse in episode 1.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:30
This TV adaptation of the 1996 comedy revolves around 3 divorced women – former BFFs Hazel (Jill Scott), Bree (Michelle Bateau) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – who band together to take revenge and give each other sisterly support after their marriages fall apart and they get thrown over for a younger, hotter woman. Hazel’s husband, Derek (Malik Yoba), has tried to shift all the blame for his affair onto her, and had better watch out because he’s going to get what's coming to him.
Starts on Monday, 11 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 23:00
Tyler Perry’s deliciously spicy White House drama promises scandal galore for philandering President Hunter Franklin and First Lady with an axe, Victoria Franklin. All the action in the upcoming 22 episodes will take place over 3 to 4 days, so we’re expecting a major political and personal uproar. There’s plenty in the S1 finale that could get us there, from ex-Press Secretary Diana’s explosive tell-all press conference, to the Franklins’ son, Jason, murdering White House staffer Jean and stuffing her corpse under his bed.
Starts on Wednesday, 20 January on BET (DStv 129) at 22:30
Regency-era drama Belgravia, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey), explores personal and military drama during the Napoleonic wars. The action begins at the Duchess of Richmond's ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington two days before the Battle of Waterloo, where not even the oncoming battle can slow down the matchmaking frenzy of the season. Cast includes Tamsin Greig, Alice Eve, Richard Goulding, Tom Wilkinson and Nicholas Rowe.
Starts on Monday, 25 January on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
WWII drama series World On Fire follows ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States as they struggle to survive in all walks of life during a time of war. It’s a timely look at how people deal with sudden, devastating change and a world that seems to be falling apart in front of their eyes. Expect secret marriages, shameful pregnancies and naughty love affairs and the like. Stars include Sean Bean and Helen Hunt, as well as a large European cast.
Starts on Wednesday 20 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 23:00
S3 ended with a kiss between Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré), but with Jessica leaving the show soon after the double-episode S4 premiere (directed by David), it looks like that storyline will be coming to a dead end. The show will open with the team on the hunt for a terrorist leader in the Spin Ghar Mountain Range. They’ll also be on the lookout for the son of a high-profile target, who Jason had a run-in with early in his career.
Starts on Wednesday, 13 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
Former US Police chief Bill Hixon (Rob Lowe) relocates from Miami to rural Lincolnshire in the UK after he's fired for beating up a boy who posted sexual images of his 14-year-old daughter, Kelsey (Aloreia Spencer), online. Now in this dramedy he’s trying to whip the local cops into shape, with the help of eager-beaver trainee detective Muriel Yeardsley (Bronwyn James). Bill investigates every crime the British countryside can offer from corpses in Dead Man’s Wood, to heads in freezers and bodies in suitcases.
Starts on Thursday, 21 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
S3 starts just over a month after the events of the S2 finale. The BlackBloods and the Bloodfists have enslaved the humans at The Outpost and put Garret and Tobin to work in the pits. It’s a situation that sees Zed halting outbreaks of violence and abuse as a way of manipulating Talon to do what the BlackBloods want. But the fight for control of The Outpost is going to lead to a death in the throne room and a new commander.
Starts on Friday, 8 January on Universal (DStv 117) at 20:50
Whether you enjoy British comedy, American comedy or a local laugh, there’s be something to suit your mood. Grown-ish is back, there’s a new series based on James Herriot’s All Creatures Great And Small, and the local comedy festival is back on 1Magic, while Die Boekklub returns to kykNET.
January’s reality series are all about the emotions. Abandoned host Phumeza Mdabe is reuniting parents and children, Ntombi Mzolo is releasing people from dark secrets in Lekunutu. Boer Soek ’n Vrou is back for a lucky 13th season. And all the speculation is true. The Real Housewives of Durban S1 starts Friday, 8 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30.
Young adults who grew up in care after being abandoned at birth or as young children by desperate mothers often have unanswered questions and self-esteem problems that affect their ability to make connections. Host Phumeza Mdabe, along with Abandoned’s research team and private investigators, will be going around the country to track down those missing parents so that their children can talk about the issues that have been weighing heavily on their hearts, and find out why their birth parents couldn’t raise them.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
When you tell the secrets that keep you in the darkness, they no longer have the power to hold you back. This reality series, hosted by Ntombi Mzolo, is going to help people who’ve been suffering because of their secrets to figure out who to tell, and how. Whether it’s teen pregnancy, paternity secrets, sexuality and gender identity, devastating secrets like rape and molestation, addiction or long-held lies, it can all come to air, allowing people to seek the help they need and start healing.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on Moja Love (DStv 157) at 21:30
This new reality series from the Oprah Winfrey Network centres on Monique Greenwood, the former editor-in-chief at Essence Magazine who left behind the hustle and bustle of the press to concentrate on the Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns – her and her husband Glenn’s chain of B&Bs – to create a legacy for their daughter, Glynn. The main action is set at Akwaaba’s Mansion, where celebrity guests like musician Peabo Bryson, black haircare entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, and Pastor John Gray and his wife, Aventer, go to unwind.
Starts on Saturday, 23 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
Charmaine isn’t letting being fired from 9MAG wreck her dreams, she’s starting her own tattoo shop, 2nd City Ink, with a new artist from London, Jess. Charmaine will be taking on even more when she gets some exciting baby news. Meanwhile at 9MAG, business is booming, but Ryan has been sleeping in the office for months since Rachel kicked him out of the house. At the end of the season, we’ll see what happens when the global shutdown hits the tattoo business.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on BET (DStv 129) at 22:00
The teen moms are headed for drama as Caelan and McKayla’s relationship crumbles and McKayla battles to support her two children. Chloe and Max’s progress is threatened by his sobriety issues and impulsive behaviour, along with the fact that her family can’t stand him. Matthew and Hailey’s baby journey is 1 text message away from disaster, Lexus is still juggling men, women and babies, and if you’ve been stalking Rilah and Anthony on social media, you’ll know what becomes of this season’s promises.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on TLC (DStv 135) at 21:00
The Iconic Hills crew return. Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are back, and so is Kristin Cavallari, who was going through a messy divorce with Jay Cutler during production. The season was filmed both before and after lockdown, so we’ll be intrigued to see how that affects the cast’s living arrangements. Not returning? Most likely Stephanie Pratt, after a massive blowout with both her brother, Spencer, and Spencer's wife, Heidi. But there will be new faces, like Audrina's boyfriend, Sean Stewart (son of Rod Stewart).
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on MTV (DStv 130) at 21:30
South Africa is in the spotlight with new travel series this January, and we’ll be going off the beaten track to visit small towns and local hidden gems in the Karoo and the Boland. There’s also a drama that takes us right up to the Arctic Circle…
Things might not seem to change much in the Karoo. But this series will show us how looks can be deceiving. We’ll meet Karoo residents to learn more about their careers, families, and daily lives in this wild, wide landscape. The series starts off in Montagu, where one family is restoring their Cape Dutch house dating to 1854. Then we’re off to the artists’ Magpie Collective in Barrydale, we’ll meet Zoar’s most famous tour guide and storyteller, and so many more people living fascinating lives off the beaten track.
Starts on Tuesday, 5 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 21:00
Reality cooking and baking competition series, talk shows and cooking shows are all inviting us into the kitchen on DStv Compact Plus this January. Bake Off: The Professionals is back, and kitchen greats like Gordon Ramsay, Martha Stewart, Ree Drummond and Herman Lensing will be showing us how it’s done. It’s a 7-course banquet of great cooking TV.
In cooking competition show Afloskombuis, presented by Neels van Jaarsveld (Ben van Wyk in Fynskrif), each week 2 teams compete to prepare a delicious dish. But there’s a catch: the 3 members of each team take turns in the kitchen, and when they tag the next person, they must guess what the previous one planned.
Watch from Friday 22 January on VIA (DStv 147) at 17:30
Liam Charles and Tom Allen welcome professional bakers to the Firle Place estate. Challenges this season include making geometric chocolate tarts with moving parts, and edible chocolate hats for a runway show. Anyone who makes it through to the final will have just 7 hours to prepare a historic banquet for family and friends
Starts on Monday, 4 January on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
This season plays out at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and the audience is getting one of the best new seasons of Hell’s Kitchen. The teams seem likeable, high on competence, low on unnecessary drama and anyone not up to scratch goes fast, with 2 chefs given the boot in episode 2.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 194) at 20:00
Imagine a summer camp for bakers. In this reality show, host Jesse Palmer will help keep 6 bakers on task while baking experts Carla Hall and Dan are ready with a useful word of advice. The winner of each challenge will go through for a one-on-one mentoring session with home decor and cooking guru Martha Stewart in her home kitchen.
Starts on Friday, 8 January, weekdays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:00
Cookbook author and Sarie Food editor Herman Lensing is here to reclaim the kitchen’s most sneered-at appliance, the microwave, to show us all that it has a place in fine dining. As he prepares his luscious dishes in microwave minutes, he’ll use that time to turn the spotlight on his studio guest for the episode.
Starts on Wednesday, 20 January on VIA (DStv 147) at 17:00
S2 of this talk and cook show continues with episode 5, in which we’ll learn tricks with jackfruit and a finger-licking chicken wing recipe. We’ll get grown-up versions of childhood favourites like chicken strips, enjoy indulgent desserts including some vegan options, and we’ll meet the series hosts Seth and Leslie’s spouses for brunch.
S2B Starts on Thursday, 7 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:30
Ree Drummond serves up American frontier food on her Oklahoma ranch. At the start of this season, we’ll see her more “down home” than ever as she uses kitchen and pantry essentials to prepare quarantine treats for a house full of teenage boys. It brings a different kind of warmth to the show.
Starts on Thursday, 14 January on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:00
January’s documentary series on DStv Compact Plus revisit 3 famous historical wrecks: the sinking of Titanic, the wreck of Shackleton's Endurance, and the mysterious UFO crash on Roswell, New Mexico that launched a thousand conspiracy theories. And documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux revisits some of his most controversial series to find out what’s happened to the people he met.
UFO chasers have been on the trail of the truth about one particular sighting ever since July 1947, when a strange object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. 70 years later, the Marcel family are determined to get answers. Jesse Marcel III, John Marcel and Denise Marcel are the grandchildren of air force intelligence officer Major Jesse Marcel, the first person to see the wreckage and transport it to a military base. Now they’re searching his journal for a secret code that they believe will reveal the real story.
Starts on Sunday, 24 January on History (DStv 186) at 19:25
Lord Mersey, the British jurist and politician who was appointed to investigate the sinking of Titanic in 1912 (he was also responsible for investigating the sinking of the Lusitania), kept his personal notes on the sinking. They’ve stayed neglected in his manor house in a dust-covered box for the past 107 years. Now, for the first time, the History channel has secured the rights to open the box, and track the course of his investigation, including interviews with shipping officials and architects, survivors and the rescuers.
Watch on Sunday, 24 January on History (DStv 186) at 20:15
The tale of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous 1914 expedition to Antarctica aboard The Endurance, and its sinking in the pack ice, is one of the all-time great stories of survival against all odds in the polar exploration era. Now, a new expedition is back in the frozen seas, searching for the remains of The Endurance. But there are great technical challenges, even using state-of-the-art unmanned submarines, as the area in which the ship sunk is under ice 10 months of the year.
Watch on Sunday, 31 January on History (DStv 186) at 20:15
Louis looks back on 25 years of documentary filmmaking and updates us on some of his most controversial stories. He catches up with survivalist and prepper Mike Cain to find out what he thinks of the Trump presidency, and with former white nationalists Lamb and Lynx. Louis tracks down wanna-be porn star JJ and heroin addict Katilia. And he will also update us on people he met in his documentaries on police and jails, as well as the Westboro Baptist Church, trans kids and those he met in A Different Brain.
Starts on Wednesday, 6 January on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
With most of us still determined to avoid movie theatres, January’s stay-at-home movie roster will be packed. But 2 special themes are making the most of the fun. KIX (DStv 114) is hosting a 6-movie Jackie Chan fiesta, while Lifetime (DStv 131) is giving us 3 cheers for cheerleaders.
And catch more of Trevor’s breakdown of US politics and social issues in the sanity saving The Daily Social Distancing Show S26, which starts weeknights from Tuesday, 5 January on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 23:00