DStv Family highlights local love in October
05 October 2020
There’s so much to love on DStv Family in October, from more Tussen Ons, to couples therapy and a big celebration of South Africa
05 October 2020
There’s so much to love on DStv Family in October, from more Tussen Ons, to couples therapy and a big celebration of South Africa
Aside from October being spooky season, it’s also go-time for a whole new roster of shows on local channels, and time for some changes, too.
Shows on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) are shifting around from Monday, 5 October. Tussen Ons will be broadcast Mondays to Thursdays at 17:30, Arendsvlei moves to 19:30 Mondays to Thursdays, with Binnelanders broadcast weekdays at 21:00, and Getroud Met Rugby moving to 21:30 weekdays.
Talkshow Tussen Ons on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) is going from 1 day a week to a fabulous 4 days, with a whole new look and feel. And if you're in a chatty mood, Minki will keep you company when S6 starts on V!A (DStv 147).
If you're looking for couples activities, DStv Family has 3 fascinating new shows in the bag. Matchmaking experiment Die Liefde-eksperiment S1 on VIA (DStv 147) asks whether all you need to fall for a stranger is the answers to 36 questions. Mina Nawe on Moja Love (DStv 157) heals love gone wrong with a relationship bootcamp, and Lekunutu S1 on Moja Love (DStv 157) has people preparing to reveal shocking paternity secrets in an effort to heal the past.
Heritage month? How about heritage year? There are brand-new travel shows, documentary series and even magic shows to give you heart-eyes for our country. World Wide Nate S1 on Discovery Family (DStv 136) gives an outsider's perspective on the wonders of Africa, especially South Africa. Vir Die Liefde Van Die Land S1 on VIA (DStv 147) celebrates the work and the people who keep South Africa alive and fed, and Wian S1 on VIA (DStv 147) brings street magic TikTok sensation Wian's magic touch to TV. There are also new seasons of Leef Jou Reis, Kom Ons Braai: Familie En Vriende, and Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas.
And it's makeover takeover time on VIA (DStv 147) as the new season of reality series Ster-Status and Wraak My Mooi begin.
If you’re turning on the TV for your stories, it's time for a beautiful escape with the new fun and guns in the sun cop series set in the Philippines, Almost Paradise S1 on Universal (DStv 117). Telenovela fans can settle in for Wild At Heart S1 on the new channel tlnovelas (DStv 133), and if you want something to send a chill up your spine, the detectives in Die Spreeus S1 on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) are busting ghosts and urban legends.
National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) is celebrating World Animal Day on Sunday, 4 October with 24 hours of special shows, followed by an entire month dedicated to our reptilian overlords. It's Croctober! And on the channel, Dr T from Dr K’s Exotic Animal ER is getting her very own series about her work with cute little animals. That's something the kids will love. And if they're feeling the creature vibes, there are 2 brand-new shows to get them in a Halloween mood on Nicktoons (DStv 451): Ollie's Pack S1 and Dorg Van Dango S1, along with all sorts of Halloween treats and special episodes coming on the kids' channels.
Finally, on Catch Up, there's an entire candy bag stuffed full of Halloween-themed movies, from comedy, to horror, family animation and creepy action, too.
October on DStv Family is a celebration of fun, love, drama and laughter. Read on for all the details.
Tracey Lange, Kay Karriem, Ingrid Jones, Success Lekabe and Zelda le Grange’s talkshow is going from their Thursday night slot, to evenings 4 nights a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the presenters will talk about current affairs and hot topics. On Tuesdays, Dr Darren Green will step in front of the cameras to discuss health matters and medical news. Tracey will walk down memory lane with her guests in Thursdays’ episodes, titled Tussen Ons #TBT, and she’ll also dish out the lifestyle tips.
Watch Mondays to Thursdays from Monday 5 October on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) at 17:30
Broken hearted in September when the final episode of S5 of Minki aired? Don’t be, because we’re going right into S6. Minki van der Westhuizen interviews celebrities and civilians with amazing stories to tell and while they’re chatting, she surprises her guest with someone dear to their hearts, who comes to join the conversation. It’s real South African hospitality, on TV – complete with a tasty cooking segment.
Watch from Wednesday, 7 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
Hot new reality shows focused on love, romance and fixing broken hearts.
Each episode of this fascinating romantic reality show features 2 couples who’re willing to undergo an experiment. They enter a room as total strangers and sit opposite each other at a table. In front of them is a list of 36 questions they must ask each other… and answer honestly. The questions, inspired by an experiment conducted by social psychology researcher Arthur Aaron of Stony Brook University, seem simple, but they increase in intimacy. And each new answer builds trust and connection.
Watch from Wednesday, 21 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 20:30
Couples on the edge of disaster move out of home and into Mina Nawe’s (you and I) relationship bootcamp house. They’ll undertake exercises to test whether there’s anything in their relationship worth saving. And at the end of the show, presented with expert evidence, they’ll need to make the choice to work on improving their marriage and winning back love, or letting each other go for good.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on Moja Love (DStv 157) at 21:00
Are you ready to hear a secret? Prepare for your life to change. This series serves as a safe platform for mothers and fathers to reveal massive secrets that could completely break down their families – or set their children on the path to a changed understanding of themselves and a true connection with the ancestors. People will be coming clean about paternity secrets, and the show will be helping to reunite children with the fathers that they never knew they had.
Watch from Tuesday, 13 October on Moja Love (DStv 157) at 21:30
Shows across a range of reality genres including travel cooking, and competitions have one thing in common: they celebrate South Africa. Feel that pride.
When Chicago-born Nathan Fluellen was in college, one of his professors challenged him to see as much for the world as possible. He has now visited 6 continents and 60 countries. His first TV series will concentrate on his travels through the African continent. Nate will be spending quite a lot of his episodes in South Africa – he’ll be climbing in the Drakensberg, game watching In Phinda, swimming with sharks and surfing with Zulu friends in Durban, and Grand Prix racing in Joburg.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on Discovery Family (DStv 136) at 18:30
Based on the non-fiction book For The Love Of The Land by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens, this documentary series introduces South Africans to a diverse crop of farmers from across the country who share complex, layered stories about heritage and land. They discuss surviving trauma like land dispossession and forced labour, and the more current spectre of violent farm crimes. From the small farms to the agri-giants that feed South Africa, this series focuses on the power of land to heal, by telling seldom-heard stories.
Watch from Thursday, 8 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 18:00
Our travel guide, Gerrie Pretorius, filmed half this season in Lapland and Finland, and the other half in South Africa and Lesotho during lockdown, and it made him fall in love with his own country all over again. “It’s a rich country of culture, heritage and diversity, and if you’re a South African, you have no excuse not to get to know it better because it's all here on your stoep,” says Gerrie. “We have everything, sea, sun, mountains, forests and deserts (and also delicious desserts), and all of that will make your vacation worth it.” It’s a gem of a season as a result.
Watch from Friday, 2 October on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) at 21:00
Do you smell wood smoke and a boerie in the air? Summer is almost here and we’re firing up the braais. In this reality cooking competition series, 3 teams of family and friends must braai against one another for points and prizes. Only 1 can walk away at the end with the honour of being the champion braaiier. As South Africans, let’s just say we have opinions about how our meat is treated, from KZN to the Karoo, to Katlehong and Kempton Park. So, snap those braai tongs and let's get cooking.
Watch from Saturday, 24 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 20:30
For over 103 years, Huisgenoot has been knocking on doors and speaking to people in the midst of both triumph and tragedy, to scoop the country’s biggest stories. True crime, politics, financial scandals, celebrity, disaster and triumph, Huisgenoot covers it all. This series takes us behind the scenes to meet the writers, the experts and the subjects of some of South Africa’s biggest stories, to talk about what it was like to end up on the cover.
Watch from Monday, 26 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 20:00
This reality competition series is like a finishing school for fame. Entertainment industry experts guide a group of young women (aged between 20 and 35) through everything you need to manage fame and stay relevant in today’s media landscape as a singer, actress, model, journalist or influencer. Through workshops and training sessions, they’ll come to grips with the essentials of styling, building relationships with industry experts, making a difference through charitable work, and acting as brand ambassadors. At the end, the contestant who most excels will be crowned the winner. But really, everyone who plays, wins thanks to the level of exposure they get on the show. Last season’s winner, Jeanette Jacobs, will be stepping into the spotlight and testing everything she’s learned – because she’s this season’s presenter.
Watch from Tuesday, 27 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 18:00
In each episode of this reality series, someone who feels that their looks and style could be holding them back will receive a head-to-toe makeover from the glam squad of your dreams. And once they’re ready to dazzle, they’ll be invited to prance about in their new looks in front of someone who treated them like a reject and made them feel bad about how they presented themselves. That might even be done in front of a mirror, as we can be our own harshest critics. Get ready to ga na na na na na.
Watch from Thursday, 22 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
A little escapism, a soaring tale of and secret identity and revenge, and a little creepy chill is coming in 3 new drama series.
Christian Kane is back with his The Librarians and Leverage series director Dean Devlin for this action series about semi-retired DEA agent Alex Walker, who now runs a hotel gift shop in the Philippines. Alex might be reduced to selling tchotchkes after getting a doctor’s warning that his hypertension could kill him, but the islands’ rich crime lords didn’t get his doctor’s note. They aren’t taking a holiday, and Alex keeps finding himself pulled into cases with local detective Kai Mendoza (Samantha Richelle) – whether she likes it or not.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on Universal Channel (DStv 117) at 20:00
Wild At Heart is a remake of the 1994 Mexican telenovela, Marimar. Beautiful Maricruz Olivares grows up poor in the Mexican countryside, and falls head over heels for dashing pilot Octavio Narvaéz after an accidental meeting. But Octavio’s snobbish family feel nothing but contempt for Maricruz and her humble background, and they run her out of town. A few years later, a poised, elegant and ferociously intelligent businesswoman arrives at the Narvaéz estate.
Watch Mondays to Fridays from Monday, 19 October on tlnovelas (DStv 133) at 20:50
Not even death can stop fearless detectives Bas Koorts (Chris Vorster) and his partner, Beatrice Mack (Monique Rockman) – they’ll chase you down even in the afterlife. Their unit investigates occult phenomena and strange sightings. The first 2 episodes are based on the CJ Langenhoven story The Ruin At Wilgerdal, and local horror fans can also look forward to takes of the Ghost Of Uniondale, Antjie Somers and the tokoloshe.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) at 20:00
In the new season of this courageous rescue show, a new generation of towing drivers are tackling Norway’s icy roads for the first time, while the older generation sets about establishing new partnerships and exploring new ground. As the season begins, Bjoern calls on Thord for help when a truck with a full load winds up buried in a ditch under the snow. And then when a winter storm hits Southern Norway, Bjorn must figure out how to safely navigate high winds to get a chassis cab back from the edge of a main road suspension bridge.
Watch from Tuesday, 6 October on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 19:00
Police have to outsmart wily cocaine smugglers, who’re coming up with cannier ways to hide their product every day. And they’re also working to prevent illegal immigration. This season, a man alters his suitcase to conceal cocaine, while another smuggler conceals drugs in food packages, another man has filled the entire handle of his suitcase with cocaine – which is quite some carry-on baggage – and even olives aren't safe from being tainted.
Watch from Thursday, 8 October on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 19:00
Get ready to meet a new team of ghost hunters! Former FBI agent Ben Hansen, paranormal investigator Jereme Leonard, psychic medium Sarah Lemos and tech advisor K.D. Stafford have narrowed their search to super-haunted Morgan City in Louisiana. With the help of local historian Diane Wiltz, they’ll be uncovering the true stories of restless spirits that might be haunting the community, causing citizens to flood the police department with stories of strange mists and people walking through walls.
Watch from Thursday, 15 October on Travel Channel (DStv 179) at 22:05
National Geographic Wild’s special day of programming on Sunday, 4 October will include 2 new brand-new episodes of Secrets Of The Zoo, one focussed on tigers and the other on rhinos. Here’s what to expect on the day:
Watch on Sunday, 4 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 00:30
This stunt of programming is dedicated to one of the fiercest predators in the wild today: the crocodile. As well as digging back into the prehistoric times, the shows will bring us in-depth stories of how crocs around the world hunt and live. Enjoy the following specials:
Sunday, 11 October
Sunday, 18 October
Sunday, 25 October
Watch from Sunday, 11 October to Sunday, 25 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 18:00
Dr. Lauren Thielen (Dr. T) from pet & vet series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER is opening up her own exotic animal practice in her home state of Texas. She’s next door to one of the state's largest and busiest animal hospitals. Dr. T will be one of 12 specialists called on to treat everything from emus, to hedgehogs, lemurs to cockatiels. There’s even a kangaroo. She specialises in the smaller exotic animals, who require the most delicate of handling.
Watch from Wednesday, 14 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00
There’s something spooky and kooky for the kids this October, too.
Canadian animated comedy series Ollie’s Pack follows the adventures of tween Ollie and his backpack, which acts as a portal between our world and the world of monsters, allowing them to travel between the “Monsterverse” and Earth. Ollie and his 2 best friends have to hunt down some dangerous monsters that are no good, but there are also friendlier monsters who can help them in their heroic pursuits… or even with boring Earth stuff.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on NickToons (DStv 451) at 13:10
This Canadian-Irish animated series is the brainchild of Fabian Erlinghäuser (Song Of The Sea) and Nora Twomey (The Secret Of Kells). The story follows Dorg, a normal kid, living in the town of Normill. Nothing to see here, even the town mascot is the nor-mole… until Doug meets The Magicals: the super-cool leather jacket-wearing unicorn Lazor Jet; Patronella the ancient witch; RD the curious alien; and Yooki, a spooky ghost. They’ve all broken loose from the cryptid containment zone at Area 51, and beg Doug to help them to hide.
Watch from Saturday, 24 October on NickToons (DStv 451) at 12:45
Plan your Halloween Saturday with special themed episodes of all the following shows, which will be playing on your kids’ favourite channels…
Hallowed Evenings Stunt Watch from Monday, 26 October, to Saturday, 31 October on Nicktoons (DStv 451) at 17:20
Bunnicula Halloween Stunt Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Boomerang (DStv 302) from 15:10
Siesta Z Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 17:10
Science Max Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 17:40
Make Me a Super Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 18:10
All of the following movies can be enjoyed on DStv Now, or you can watch them on DStv Catch Up to create your own special Halloween weekend movie marathon.
In this kid-friendly animated movie, Larry the Zombie and Fred the Mummy want to make big life changes – Larry wants to be alive again properly, while Fred wants his curse lifted. Acting on the advice of Boo the Boogeyman, they set off to talk to a magical tree named Ghoul, who might be able to grant their wishes on Halloween.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Friday, 2 October at 07:33
This animated comedy centres on Dracula’s hotel, where his spooky guests can take a break from the weird and frightening human world. The whole staff is in a tizzy because Drac has invited monsters far and wide to come and celebrate his precious daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. But the staff will really be challenged when a human tourist wanders into the hotel, and decides to stay.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Thursday, 3 October at 17:28
Baffled parents Gomez and Morticia unwittingly hire a serial killer named Debbie as a nanny for their new-born son. Eager to make her life as easy as possible while she romances Addams Family fortune holder Uncle Fester and plots to take over the house, Debbie persuades Gomez and Morticia to send their older children, Pugsley and Wednesday, to summer camp, like regular human children.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Friday, 4 October at 03:45
This 2000 live action science fiction horror film centres on notorious prisoner Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel), whose surgically altered eyes allow him to see in the dark. That proves to be a plus when the spaceship that he’s travelling on crash lands on a strange planet, whose monstrous, photosensitive inhabitants immediately start picking off the survivors. Riddick agrees to take on the locals in exchange for his freedom.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Friday, 4 October at 20:00
In this 2019 animated kids movie, a group of little monsters, including a baby vampire, werewolf, mummy and zombie, participate in a “Mischief Night” dance off to determine who’ll take the crown as best dancer. Along the way, Lil’ Fang unites his classmates to form a dance club and rehearse after school with him.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Monday, 5 October at 06:45
Dracula causes trouble when he falls for busy, frustrated working mom Emma Wishbone, whose marriage and family are falling apart. Emma is planning to pull her family back together by getting everyone to dress up for a big monster-themed party. But a witch’s curse transforms the whole family into the monsters they’re dressed up as – which is great news for Dracula (he thinks) because Emma was dressed as a vampire.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Tuesday, 6 October at 11:38
Fantasy and horror combine in this 2002 live action film based on the third of author Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles novels, which also gave us Interview With The Vampire (1994). The late singer Aaliyah plays Akasha, the vampire queen of the title, who becomes fascinated by the rule-breaking rockstar vampire, Lestat (Stuart Townsend). Both Lestat’s high profile and Akasha’s obsession alarm the elder vampires, who search for a way to get rid of them.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Friday, 30 October at 01:35
Madea (Tyler Perry) and her family are determined to stop 17-year-old Tiffany (Diamond White) and her friends from attending a big, rowdy Halloween party with college kids in this horror comedy. But when Madea spoils the fun, the kids retaliate by creating a series of pranks to convince Madea and the rest of Tiffany’s family elders that monsters are real, and are out to get them. This prank war is going to get nasty and chaotic!
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Saturday, 31 October at 19:00
Tiffany is now 18 and just as much of a troublemaker. She gets wind of a Halloween party happening up at the lake and decides to drop by with her girlfriends. The venue is said to be haunted in true slasher movie style by the murderous “Derrick” and his family. And when Madea drives off to stop the party again, she, Angela and the girls will end up running and screaming through the woods.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Saturday, 31 October at 20:45
This 2017 live action British horror film comes from the pen of the League Of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson. Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) is obsessed with debunking psychics and has his own TV show dedicated to the task. Then his childhood hero, paranormal investigator Charles Cameron (Leonard Byrne), asks him to help to debunk three difficult cases. But things aren't as they seem in this creepy tale.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Saturday, 31 October at 20:52
One of the all-time horror greats, Guillermo del Toro, wrote and produced this 2010 haunted house film. There are monsters who demand the teeth of innocent children living in an old mansion, which is bad news for 8-year-old Sally (Bailee Madison), who’s come to stay with her father, Alex (Guy Pierce) and his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes), while they do restoration work on the house.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Saturday, 31 October at 22:30