DStv Compact Plus brings the world to you in January 2021

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.

Serious about series

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…

For a laugh

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.

Reality from the heart

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.

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Boer Soek ’n Vrou S13 Starts Thursday, 21 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00

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Traveling shoes

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…


Karoobewoners S1

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

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Welcome to the kitchen

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.

Live your best life

Whatever your goals in 2021, you can find a show to cheer you up on DStv Compact Plus as home makeovers, wellness, diet and even buying a car take the spotlight.

Dive into documentaries

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.

New for Kids

Banish the back-to-school blues with fun new series and movies for kids of all ages! Whether you’re into vampires, dinosaurs, spies, magic or you just love the ’toons, January TV is amazing on DStv.

Movies magic

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.

Three Cheers for Cheerleaders


And the award goes to…

This month’s big awards show is the 2021 Grammy Awards, hosted by our own Trevor Noah.

Watch Live From The Red Carpet: The 2021 Grammys on Monday, 1 February on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) at 01:00 

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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

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