DStv Family highlights local love in October

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.

Let’s talk about it


Tussen Ons S3

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


Minki S6

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

Couples therapy!

Hot new reality shows focused on love, romance and fixing broken hearts.


Die Liefde-eksperiment S1

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


Mina Nawe S1

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 

Lekunutu S1

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 

The South African Spirit

Shows across a range of reality genres including travel cooking, and competitions have one thing in common: they celebrate South Africa. Feel that pride.

Makeover takeover


Ster-status S2

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


Wraak My Mooi S2

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

All the Drama

A little escapism, a soaring tale of and secret identity and revenge, and a little creepy chill is coming in 3 new drama series.


Almost Paradise S1

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 S1

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


Die Spreeus S1

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

The realness


Ice Road Rescue S5

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


Airport Security S6: Peru And Brazil

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


Ghosts Of Morgan City S1

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

October is Animal Month


World Animal Day Stunt

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:

  • 00:30-02:53: Africa’s Deadly Kingdom S1: eps 2-4, South Africa’s West Coast, Reefs, and Grasslands.
  • 02:54: Born Wild (special): Young animals and their parents learn what it takes to survive in a changing world.
  • 03:40: Born In Africa S1: ep3, teen predators get their first real hunting lessons.
  • 04:25: Original Fight Club (special): Animals fight for survival in all sorts of different ways.
  • 05:13: Shark Survivors USA (special): A look at fascinating shark behaviour among different species in waters around the US.
  • 06:00: Yukon Vet Northern Lights S8: Eps 7 & 8, Dr Michelle Oakley treats a moose with a breathing problem, and she finds out that her dog, Bindi, is going to have 8 puppies. And then she has a musk ox for a patient, along with a baby reindeer, and she treats a horse named Ghost.
  • 06:50: Lady With 700 Cats (special): Lynea Lattanzio runs a cat sanctuary focussed on getting cats healthy and socialised for adoption.
  • 07:37: Girl Power (special): See nature and its survival struggles from the perspective of female animals.
  • 08:26: Regime Of The Queen (special): Iconic big cat stories centred on feline moms.
  • 09:16: Snake Island: Wild And Deadly (special): Visit an Australian island where the deadly tiger snake thrives.
  • 10:05: Lady With 700 Cats (r)
  • 10:53: Girl Power (r)
  • 11:42: Counting Tigers (special): See how the world’s largest-ever wildlife survey counted tigers in the wild.
  • 12:25 Vanishing Kings: Desert Lions Of Namib (special): A look at 5 young male lions who conquered the challenging Namib Desert.
  • 13:17 The Real Black Panther (special): Saya, a black leopard, rises to power in India’s Kabini forest. Photographer Shaaz Jung spent 10 hours a day over 3 years tracking and photographing Saya.
  • 14:04: Sharks Of The Bermuda Triangle (special): Finds out why this special patch in Bermuda is a shark haven for creatures like the Tiger Shark and Cookiecutter shark.
  • 14:51: Wild Alaska: Arctic Summer (special): Animals make the most of the 2-month summer in the Arctic Circle.
  • 15:38: Little Giant (special): Elephant calf Little E makes the dangerous journey across the Maasai Mara when drought strikes.
  • 16:24: India’s Wild Leopards (special): A cameraman documents the wild cats of India, and how they are adapting to all sorts of different environments.
  • 17:11: Secrets Of Wild India: Kings Of The Jungle (special): A look at the dazzling variety of India’s wildlife from its mountains, to desert and savannah, to forests and deep jungle.
  • 18:01: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tigers (brand-new special): Meet the zoo’s 3 new tiger cubs, who’s out exploring. But they’d better not disturb the grumpy tiger.
  • 18:48: Secrets Of The Zoo: Rhinos (brand-new special): The zoo has baby rhino fever, a rhino paints a masterpiece, and two rhinos get romantic.
  • 19:37: Monster Snakes (special): Anacondas, pythons and more of the world’s biggest snakes.
  • 20:26: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tiger Time (r)
  • 21:15-23:40: The Incredible Dr Pol (mix): Dr Pol and her team treat lame goats, and angry bulls who’re feeling the summer heat, there’s an animal who’s struggling to deliver twins, and a special episode looks into a whole week of animal emergencies that kept the clinic staff on the go 24-7.
  • 23:41: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tiger Time (r)
  • 00:30 Sharks Of The Bermuda Triangle (r)

Watch on Sunday, 4 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 00:30


Croctober S1

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

  • 18:00: Hippo versus Croc: Exploring the uneasy relationship between hippos and crocodiles – and how it turns deadly.
  • 18:48: Jaguars versus Crocodile: Wildlife photographer Steve Winter and cameraman Bertie Gregory capture footage of the jaguars in the Pantanal of Brazil hunting caiman in the water.
  • 19:37: Croc Inside Out: 2 Specialists explain how the Nile Crocodile’s physiology and adaptations make it the perfect ambush predator.
  • 20:26: Hippo vs Croc (r)

Sunday, 18 October

  • 18:00: Cave Crocs Of Gabon: A special species of dwarf crocodile lives underground in Gabon’s cave systems.
  • 18:48: Mother Croc: Highspeed cameras capture crocs in action as they hunt to reveal their strategies.
  • 19:37: Lake Of A Thousand Caiman: An uncharted lake in the Amazon is a hot spot for the black caiman.
  • 20:26: Cave Crocs Of Gabon (r)

Sunday, 25 October

  • 18:00: World’s Deadliest Crocs: There are 4 big crocodile species around the world. This show weighs up stories from survivors to explore their behaviour.
  • 18:48: When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs: Palaeontologist Paul Sereno tells us all about the prehistoric monster croc, Deinosuchus, which terrorised ancient rivers.
  • 19:37: Boss Croc: Cameras follow a crocodile named Brutus from his hatchling days, to his 50s, as he becomes the biggest croc to beat.
  • 20:26: World’s Deadliest Crocs (r)

Watch from Sunday, 11 October to Sunday, 25 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 18:00


Dr. T Lone Star Vet S1

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

Teeny weeny Halloween

There’s something spooky and kooky for the kids this October, too.


Ollie’s Pack S1

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


Dorg Van Dango S1

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

And don’t miss…

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

Halloween movies

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.

Download and watch later

Get the DStv Now app (Apple or Android) and download episodes to watch on your phone or tablet – just remember to connect to the Wi-Fi first so there are no surprise data costs.

Get it on Google Play

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