DStv Compact Plus puts a smile on your face this May

DStv Compact Plus will keep you laughing and bring families together with great entertainment this May, from Bertus Basson’s In Die Sop, to Dloz’lami and 5 international comedy favourites like Bob Hearts Abishola making a comeback

This May, DStv Compact is going to town to entertain. It’s a particularly great month for comedy fans, with 5 favourite funny series returning, 4 stand-up comedy specials a stand-up series, and the series finale of Superstore. And if you're just looking to relax and have fun, 2 new reality/game shows, I Can See Your Voice.

There’s so much for families to watch together. Older rock fans have a treat in store with a series of History channel (DStv channel 186) documentaries that will play every Saturday throughout May. You can sit down with the grandkids and crack out the vinyl after each show to bond over some great music. And if you want to get in tune with modern pop culture, Desus & Mero is really a who's who of culture in the US today, while new talk show Open Late specialises in music culture. And there are beautiful, educational documentary series like River Hunters and The Magic of The Wild for families to watch together. Plus, parents and grandparents can also enjoy the charming new live action series targeted older kids, Golden Oldies, which sees an American mom and her 2 kids move to the UK to live with her dad and his 3 kooky 70-something roommates.

Reality fans welcome back 2 batches of Housewives along with 90 Day Fiancé and My 600Lb Life favourites. Chef Bertus Basson has a new series, In Die Sop, spiritual medium series Dloz'lami is back, too. And we’ll see how 1 pair of newlyweds tries to get their 11 children to live together under 1 roof in The Blended Bunch, plus so much more! Meanwhile, the intriguing Murder In Amish Country and a second season of the New Zealand-based Forensics series will reward true crime fans.

And DStv Compact Plus movie buffs can enjoy a brand-new movie every Sunday at 20:00 on kykNET (DStv channel 144), including Brümilda van Rensburg's Madelein, along with the premiere of TNT's (DStv channel 137) Oliver Twist adaptation, Twist.

Read on for details on all this and more, on DStv Compact this May…

Comedy rocks!

With 5 favourite funny series like The NeighborhoodBob Hearts Abishola and Another Period returning, 4 stand-up comedy specials – including Call Your Mother, which airs this Mother’s Day on Sunday, 9 May – and a brand-new season of Comedy Central Live At The Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar, along with the series finale of Superstore, you’ll be laughing all month long with DStv Compact Plus.

Borderline drama


Coyote S1

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

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Give me the music!

You're never too old to rock ’n roll! This May, History (DStv channel 186) is spotlighting the Icons of Music every Saturday throughout the month, with documentaries on Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Bob Marley and South Africa's Johnny Clegg.


Paul McCartney: Wings of A Beatle

Sir Paul McCartney’s rise from playing small clubs in Liverpool, to being a worldwide sensation in The Beatles and Wings was a bumpy ride. This doccie examines the highs and lows of his life and career, and is a great jumping off point to introduce young family members to his work as it includes clips of his hit music – but misses some favourites that you can share afterwards. Includes pop culture expert interviews with musician and author Sid Griffin, and Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike.

Watch on Saturday, 1 May on History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Bob Marley: Roots of A Man

Jamaican-born reggae musician Robert Nesta Marley’s music and activism had such an impact worldwide that political enemies tried to have him assassinated in 1976. His music and messages about racial and economic issues and support of Pan Africanism continues to have an impact today, and his sound still has people bopping and rocking. This doccie includes interview footage with Bob Marley himself, as well as with Ziggy Marley (one of his 11 children). A solid introduction that goes beyond the greatest hits, the T-shirt and the marijuana.

Watch on Saturday, 8 May on History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Ozzy Osbourne: Throne of Darkness

Nowadays, Ozzy is something of a Clown Prince of Darkness, but this doccie takes us inside how a working-class kid from Birmingham, England, worked to achieve his crazy ambition of being a rock star with heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Among the people interviewed for the show is Gerry Conway, co-creator of Marvel Comics’ Punisher character, and Ozzy himself, at the age of 70, reminisces a little, too. Another one that will have you hauling out your favourite albums to show the kids what music is about.

Watch on Saturday, 15 May on History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Stevie Nicks: Wild At Heart

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks is still music’s Bohemian fairy godmother. This introductory documentary lays out her triumphs and tragedies with the band, as well as her career as a solo artist, and how she carved out a place for herself at a time when the music industry didn’t have much time for women. Includes interviews with Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike and music journalist Chris Salewicz. While superfans will find a lot of familiar ground covered, it’s a solid introduction to the spirit of Stevie as an artist for newcomers.

Watch on Saturday, 22 May on History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Mick Jagger: A Knight To Remember

Rolling Stone and solo artist Mick Jagger is 1 of those artists who practically built the world of Rock ’n Roll frenzy from the ground up, with 50 long years in the game not just as a stage musician, but pulling the strings and being 1 of the most entertaining commentators and observers of the music, fashion and celebrity scenes throughout his lifetime. The documentary includes interviews with a host of pop culture experts and music journalists and will bury you in nostalgia. Time to fire up YouTube.

Watch on Saturday, 29 May on History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Johnny Clegg: The White Zulu

At the height of apartheid, South African musicians Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed the band Juluka, and took to the stage to demonstrate a harmony beyond music. Johnny and Sipho blended Zulu and white South African culture, music and dance – becoming a lightning rod for young South Africans who wanted to rebel against the state while rocking out to a unique sound. This documentary looks at the impact of Juluka’s message of hope and support of political freedom fighters, as well as at Johnny’s solo career and lifetime in music.

Watch on Saturday, 5 June on History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Great talk

Open Late S1

Watch from Wednesday, 19 May on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 22:00

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Desus & Mero S3

Watch from Monday, 10 May on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 22:00

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2 new documentary series and 1 special will give history buffs what they want. River Hunters’ new season uses artefacts found in rivers in the UK as a jumping off point to talk about the eras history that they represent, while How The Nazis Lost The War features historians’ thought on what went wrong within German high command, and National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin is globetrotting in search of evidence that backs up Great Flood myths around the world.

Nature lovers

From the value of national parks in The Magic of The Wild and on the Wild Earth channel, to looking at the true meaning of extinction, these series and specials deliver dramatic and thought provoking nature footage.

Real people, real drama

Whether you prefer local flavour with Chef Bertus Basson’s new series, In Die Sop, and a brand-new season of spiritual medium series Dloz'lami, or you just want your Real Housewives of New Jersey S11 or Real Housewives of Atlanta back, DStv Compact Plus delivers, along with more 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever, and My 600Lb Life: Where Are They Now?. There’s also big family shenanigans in new series The Blended Bunch, and 2 series from producer Oprah Winfrey: Love In The City and Checked Inn.

True crime time

DStv Compact Plus true crime buffs are in for a variety-filled May. Murder In Amish Country shows us how 1 unique culture deals with crime, and Forensics S2 explores the science and puzzle aspects of crime solving. Shocking Emergency Calls has an interesting jumping off point into a vast range of crimes and terrifying incidents, and National Geographic’s To Catch A Smuggler explores the battle of wits between smugglers and security services.

And don’t miss Terror! S1 from Sunday, 30 May on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 20:00

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Kids shows & specials

Movie highlights

DStv Compact Plus can look forward to a brand new TNT premiere, along with a month full of fun, new kykNET (DStv channel 144) made-for-TV movies that air every Sunday.



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

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And Sunday is fun day with kykNET!



All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite

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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