DStv Compact’s January 2021 is TV to get you on the right track


From eHostela to Abandoned, Belgravia to Lovecraft Country, let DStv Compact take you places in January 2021

It’s January 2021 and you mean business. You’re taking charge, and you’re going to make something of this year. Your TV needs to get onboard, too. So, it’s no napping January on DStv Compact.

Expect hot, new, sensational TV from the brand-new season of eHostela, to first seasons of Jordan Peel’s cult horror series Lovecraft Country, quirky crime drama Briarpatch, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows’ new series Belgravia, and vet-in-peril comedy All Creatures Great And Small.

If you’re in the mood for making over your house or yourself, there’s a show for that, with Property guru Thato “TT” Mbha, Flip Or Flop king Tarek El Moussa, and 10 Years Younger’s Cherry Healey.

DStv Compact’s January reality series emphasise compassion and healing. Phumeza Mdabe is helping people to track down lost parents in Abandoned, while Ntombi Mzolo is holding people’s hands as they break the chokehold that secrets have had on their lives.

Make the most of your January with all these shows…

Top-class drama

eHostela returns at long last as we catch up with hostel assassin clan sole survivor, Mndeni. And DStv Compact is really delivering with international series. Get your first look at Jordan Peel’s cult horror series Lovecraft Country, fall in love with the wardrobe, and giraffes, in the quirky crime drama Briarpatch, get a first look at Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows’ new series, Belgravia, and the new series based on James Herriot’s wonderfully funny vet-in-peril book, All Creatures Great And Small. Fans of international series can also look forward to new seasons of Outlander, Riverdale, Blindspot, The Oval and The Outpost.

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And if you want a good old binge, the brilliantly filmed and creatively imagined series Westworld S1-3 starts Monday, 11 January, daily on M-Net City (DStv 115) at 22:30

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Reality with compassion

DStv Compact’s January reality series emphasise compassion and healing. Phumeza Mdabe is helping people to track down lost parents in Abandoned, Ntombi Mzolo is holding people’s hands as they find the courage to admit to the secrets that are choking them, the Hoarders team are helping people to break free of their cluttered houses, and as Louis Theroux reconnects with people he’s met throughout his career, he reveals that you can recover from hate groups and cults.

Brand new lifestyle shows

Property guru Thato “TT” Mbha and Flip Or Flop king Tarek El Moussa will show you how to make the most of your home reno, while Cherry Healey shows us full-body makeovers that can get you looking 10 years younger in 10 days.

Mzansi Cribs Makeover With Outsurance S1

Friends and family have nominated loved ones to get a room makeover to the value of R50,000. Expect full builds, cement, work crews, angle grinders – whatever it takes to turn ordinary rooms into extraordinary spaces. Hosted by South Africa’s Black Real Estate king, Thato “TT” Mbha, Mzansi Cribs isn’t one of those “Give dad a holodeck” or “Stick some straw on the walls and give them new cushions” kind of shows. All the projects aim to increase the house’s value, while also creating beautiful spaces.

Starts on Thursday, 7 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 21:30

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Show us the menu

From the fires of Hell’s Kitchen, to the bliss of the Pioneer’s Woman’s farm, DStv Compact’s January kitchen pantry is stocked with tasty shows. Cookbook author and Sarie Food editor Herman Lensing will even help you to make the most of your microwave. All this, and Bake Off, too…

Crime time

It wouldn’t be DStv without some true-crime series to give your brain a workout this January. From a look at the late ’80s scandal of the Menendez Brothers murder case, to campaigns to free possible innocents behind bars, DStv Compact lets you be the judge.

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.

Cartoon Network To The Rescue S1 starts on Monday, 18 January on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) at 18:35

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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.

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Three Cheers for Cheerleaders

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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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