DStv Compact Plus gets personal this March

Bachelorettes to Kardashians, RuPaul to Queen Latifah: DStv Compact Plus is all about big personalities and personal stories this March

March is getting-to-know-humans month on DStv Compact, with big shows focussed on big personalities, both good and evil.

From Will Smith to Eddie Murphy and Tiger Woods, Kim Jong Un to Adolf Hitler, DStv Compact Plus documentaries get personal this March. And they explore our journey from the Neanderthal days, to the colonisation of Mars and beyond.

Reality fans have plenty to look forward to this March with the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Bachelorette and Temptation Island.

The women are bringing the action to DStv Compact Plus series this March with Queen Latifah in The Equaliser, Serinda Swan in the new season of Coroner, and Victorian detective Miss Scarlet walking the streets.

The brand-new Korean entertainment pop up channel tVN (DStv channel 134) launches on Monday, 1 March and with 2 reality series focussed on K-Pop bands, you can see why everyone on the socials is going gaga for BTS.

kykNET (DStv channel 144) has 6 new movies full of personality for you to enjoy. And it’s time to get glammed up for Awards season because kykNET is presenting the Fiëstas, and Trevor Noah is hosting the Grammys.

There’s plenty for the kids, too, with new shows like Elliott From Earth, to the return of Spider-Man, the Spyders and Coop & Cami.

Sneak peeks

Newpop-up channel tVN

Awards season

March brings us the start of the real 2020-2021 awards season madness, with most of the ceremonies getting inventive to work around social distancing and travel lockdowns. You can keep up to date with all the lists of nominees and winners so far on DStv’s special awards season page.

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kykNET (DStv channel 144) will honour South Africa’s creative work during the trying 2020 art season at the 11th kykNET Fiëstas on Sunday, 7 March on kykNET at 20:00. This year’s ceremony will be held only as a televised event and nominees and artists like Corlea Botha, Lynelle Kenned, Devonecia Swartz en Elandré will be bringing viewers some stylish entertainment.

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Watch music’s biggest awards event, the 2021 Grammy Awards, hosted by South African funnyman Trevor Noah, on Monday, 15 March on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30. Or wake up early to catch the broadcast live from the US at 03:00, and catch all the red-carpet action with E! (DStv channel 124) just after midnight, at 00:00 on Monday morning.

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Watch The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2021 on Wednesday, 17 March on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) at 16:50. The host is Saturday Night Live superstar and comedian Kenan Thompson, and viewers will be taken on a hi-tech journey from Bikini Bottom to outer space and celebrities’ homes.

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Introducing K-Pop Up channel tVN

The brand-new Korean entertainment pop-up channel tVN (DStv channel 134) launches on Monday, 1 March with a host of dramas, comedies, action shows, supernatural fantasy series, along with two K-Pop reality series that will make you a K-stan if you haven’t already been swept up in the global phenomenon yet. The channel will be available for 4 months, and all series will show from start to end, some dubbed into English in the US, and others with English subtitles. Check out what’s to come:

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Super series

Queen Latifah brings some spy action magic to the brand-new series The Equaliser, Serinda Swan returns in a new season of Coroner, and there’s a new cop on the block in Victorian London in Miss Scarlet & The Duke. All this, and a new season of Snowfall, too! This March on DStv Compact Plus.


The Equaliser S1

In this reboot of the series of the same name from the mid-’80s, retired intelligence agent Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) has a lifetime of special skills and underworld contacts at her fingertips. Leaving her shadowy spy past behind, she hopes to use those skills to help people who need to get out of tricky situations, find lost loved ones or are in want of a guardian angel. After the success of her first case, Robyn posts an online message offering help to anyone who has the odds against them.
Watch from Tuesday, 9 March on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30

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Coroner S3

The season starts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jenny and her colleagues at the coroner’s office, including new pathologist Melanie (Uni Park), thoroughly overwhelmed by the flood of bodies – not all of whom were victim to the virus. In her personal life Jenny, who’s now single again, will embrace some unusual therapies as she gets to grips with her past trauma. And Detective Donovan will have to come to terms with his own looming health crisis.
Watch from Monday, 8 March on Universal (DStv channel 117) at 20:00

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Miss Scarlet & The Duke S1

This fun period drama follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) as she takes over her late father’s detective agency, refusing to marry to escape her now dire financial situation. But since she’s living in Victorian England, she isn’t allowed to own and operate a business without a male business partner – enter her reluctant childhood best friend, William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), who’s also her father’s former protégé. Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza?
Watch from Monday, 8 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00

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Snowfall S4

The battles for control of the crack cocaine market are heating up in South Central as Franklin tries to put a halt to all-out gang war while he wrestles with his conscience. Local reporter Irene Abe tries to figure out what’s happened to her previously poor, but relatively peaceful neighbourhood. And Gustavo and Teddy have practical matters to address, like how to keep drugs flowing smoothly to their customers despite the chaos around them, tensions back in Mexico, and the attention of the drug cops.
Watch from Tuesday, 16 March on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

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Hurrah for reality

March brings back favourites like RuPaul’s Drag Race UK S2, and the Kardashians for a final season of KUWTK. And if you’re looking for a little saucy romantic fun, there are brand-new seasons of The Bachelorette and Temptation Island, too. If you prefer your reality grittier, the series Released offers a compassionate look at what it takes to get back into society after time behind bars.

Living the Brit life

Settle for some hot dish, whether you prefer it in the living room or the kitchen, with Nigella and Graham Norton this March.


Nigella: Cook, Eat Repeat

Nigella Lawson returns to BBC Lifestyle with a new 6-episode series featuring her calm and sensual enjoyment of cooking. She’ll be using simple techniques to raise familiar ingredients to a different plane. Prepare to hum along with Nigella as she makes and enjoys chocolate peanut butter cake, rich and luxurious crab macaroni and cheese, and a fear-free fish stew. It’s all presented as a feast for the eye. Along the way, Nigella will explain the inspiration for her recipes, from her collection of vintage cookbooks to social media.

Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00

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The Graham Norton Show S28

Host Graham Norton will be getting the hilarious truth out of his guests both in-studio and remotely this season. The first episode includes the likes of Dolly Parton, Rupert Everett and Riz Ahmed. We can also expect Ewan McGregor to tell all about his new travelogue, Long Way Up. Singer Miley Cyrus performs Midnight Sky, Samuel L. Jackson discusses his documentary, Enslaved, and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas tells us all about her new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca, and more.

Watch from Tuesday, 2 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00

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Dynamic documentaries

DStv Compact Plus is the place to be if you want to go inside people’s minds this March. They’re all in the spotlight, from the entertainers like Tiger Woods, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Brody Stevens, to the dictators like Kim Jong Un and Adolf Hitler. An Anne Frank documentary looks at the life of the young Jewish girl that Hitler’s policies destroyed, while Escaping The Holocaust: Syndrome K reveals 3 doctors’ daring plot to help their Jewish patients escape the Nazis. And from the Neanderthals to life after the apocalypse, to life on the Moon and Mars, DStv Compact Plus’s documentaries reach for the stars this month…

For the kids

There’s something special for boys and girls of all ages this March. Coop & Cami and the Spyders are back with online madness for the tweens. Spider-Man unites with The Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy for an amazing crossover season. And new series Elliott From Earth whisks kids into space for intergalactic adventures. Plus, the Siyaya kids are back with some educational wildlife fun.

kykNET made for TV March movies

If you love local, kykNET (DStv 144) has plenty of movie treats in store this March with everything from comedy, to moving dramas like Fiela Se Kind and Voor Ek Vergeet.

NB! This is just the tip of your viewing iceberg. Check out the DStv Compact, Family and Access highlights packages to see what else will be coming your way this March. 

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