DStv Family shines a light in November
27 October 2020
Prepare for bright, fun and funny shows that’ll have you loving life this November on DStv Family
27 October 2020
Prepare for bright, fun and funny shows that’ll have you loving life this November on DStv Family
November is a month for saying YES to life on DStv Family. 5 international comedies are coming your way, including new seasons of Black-ish and Grown-ish on Vuzu (DStv 116), plus singing, cooking and baking reality shows for your pleasure. There are also beautifully made documentaries for the whole family. And because we all like a little spice, there are new telenovelas and a brand-new medical drama to fall in love with, too.
There are few topics that we can’t laugh about, and we’re not talking about mean laughs. DStv Family’s November comedies put the humanity in humour. While characters are tackling issues as diverse as student debt, sexuality and obesity, immigration politics and even sexual assault, they’re all people first, and looking at life with laughter makes it easier to bare the hard times.
Comedy meets ground-level politics in this series about how disgraced New York City councilman Garrett Modi (Kal Penn) is forced to turn his life and attitudes around when he loses his job thanks to a disgraceful viral video. Backed into a financial corner, he starts earning money by helping a diverse group of immigrants – including a Dominican woman who’s juggling about 16 different sub-minimum wage jobs, and a pair of super-rich, ultra-spoilt Chinese-Korean twins –navigate the bureaucratic labyrinth of applying for US citizenship.
Starts Friday, 27 November on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 17:00
Pops has an art-loving new fiancée, Lynette (Loretta Devine), and a wedding to plan. The family explores the perks of a club for the black upper classes when Dre is invited to be a member. And Jack and Diane are headed for 8th Grade while Devante takes his first steps into preschool. What about Junior? Well, Mom and Dad suspect that he’s taking home life for granted while he works his social media manager gig, so his mooching days are numbered.
Starts Monday, 23 November, airs weekdays on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 18:30
This 12-episode British dramedy centres on Arabella ‘Bella’ (Michaela Coel), a novelist and social media influencer who was drugged and raped during a night out. Her friends, Kwame (Paapa Essiedu) and Terry (Weruche Opia), help her piece together the incident, but with no clear memory of what happened, Arabella is in a difficult position. As an influencer, she becomes a lightning rod for those who identify with her struggle, but she’s also desperate not to have this be the thing that defines her.
Starts Saturday, 7 November on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 22:00
This season of the Black-ish spin-off has Zoey asking whether exes really can be friends following her big break-up. Aaron finds out the true sum of his student loan debt, Ana leads a voter registration drive, and the mystery baby from S2 is born. It’s not all serious times, because Vivek’s hitting the dating apps, and later in the season Zoey 21st birthday is coming, and she lands a job as a fashion stylist that’ll make her question her studies at Cal U.
Starts Sunday, 1 November on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 21:00
Annie (Aidy Bryant) and her BFF, guide to fabulous womanhood, and roommate Fran (Lolly Adefope) are living their best lives as the comedy series returns. The season will explore issues beyond weight and love especially through Fran’s story, which opens up on her experiences of race and parental expectations (Fran has immigrant parents, so this is a big one) and queer identity. As much as Annie and Fran’s lives are complicated, they’re also filled with fun and enjoyment – this is not a mope fest!
Starts Sunday, 29 November on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 21:00
From the dazzling talent on show in a new season of The Voice, to Buddy Valastro’s new cake competition and Chef Bertus Basson’s search for an apprentice chef, November on DStv Family celebrates the amazing things people can do. And one of the most amazing things that we can do is to forgive, as Moja Love (DStv 157) will show in 2 moving new series about bringing secrets to light and reuniting families.
Looking for a bit of good company? This month, whether it’s celebrities throwing hometown reunion parties in the brand-new Terugkeer on VIA (DStv 147), or Kelly Clarkson throwing a TV talkshow ho-down on Vuzu (DStv 116), strangers are about to become friends. But it’s the 3 grannies of Ouma Weet Mos who we’d like to meet most…
Relationship problems? Career issues? Never fear, Granny is here. In this reality show, 3 grandmas combine 230 years of life experience to help their guests with tragic break-ups, unhealthy addictions and other life struggles. With age comes the wisdom of knowing what to cling onto, what’s not worth your tears, and what’s going to be a big deal if you don’t sort it out now. But this isn’t tough love – it’s done with that grandma touch of love and laughter.
Starts on Thursday, 12 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 20:00
American Idol S1 winner, The Voice coach and singer Kelly now has her own folksy musical talkshow with a focus on gratitude and people who give back to their communities. While the season starts in-studio, part way in the action will shift to episodes filmed at Kelly’s ranch during the COVID-19 lockdown in the US – and it’s fascinating to see how she and her team made the transition while still keeping the fun, intimate and sometimes silly spirit of the show.
Starts Monday, 9 November, airs weekdays on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 17:00
In this lifestyle series, a celebrity returns to their hometown to invite family or friends to a grand celebration dinner at a local restaurant. One camera team will follow the restaurateur who’s preparing for the event, while another follows the celebrity around town as they revisit old haunts and old friends, and look back on their lives growing up. Celebrities include Rolanda Marais (Wellington), comedian Shimmy Isaacs (Worcester) and ex-Springbok rugby star De Wet Barry who returns to his teeny hometown, Op-die-Berg.
Starts on Monday, 2 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
Monique Steyn hosts this in-studio musical talkshow and sings duets with her guests, watches their favourite Afrikaans music videos with them, and delves into their personal lives. Guests this season include former Idols star Willem Botha, David Johnson and Bianca Le Grange, and The Voice South Africa star Fatman.
Starts on Tuesday, 3 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
In keeping with DStv Family’s November celebration of the best of humanity, the new medical drama Transplant emphasises the value that immigrants bring to their new countries, and the need to open doors to those in need.
Syrian doctor Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq) flees his country along with his little sister, Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus), and he tries to make a new home and life in Canada as he uses his battlefront experiences in emergency medicine in Syria to clinch a coveted role as resident in Toronto’s top hospital, York Memorial. Combining an immigrant and refugee story with hospital drama brings something fresh to the mix for fans of the genre, along with great emotional impact.
Starts on Friday, 27 November on Universal (DStv 117) at 20:00
It wouldn’t be DStv Family if we neglected the children. 2 new shows this month embrace the joys of friendship and imagination, whether you’re a colourful little pony, or the weird kid in a new neighbourhood.
3 brand-new telenovelas are coming to the tlnovelas channel (DStv 133) this November. Expect glamour, betrayal, the strange geometry of love triangles, family legacies of pain, and a toy shop-owning playboy who’s about to learn a tough lesson about growing up…
Francois' glossy life is falling apart. This high-flying lawyer treasures his daughter, Natalia, but his marriage with his wife, Roberta, is falling apart. Francois feels stuck because Roberta’s father, Mauro, owns the law firm he works at. He is on the path to make some terrible mistakes. But he’ll need to keep it together, because while Natalia is fleeing her boyfriend’s attempts at date rape, she runs over a prominent football player in a hit-and-run accident that destroys his career dreams. Baby girl needs a lawyer!
Starts Monday, 9 November, airs weekdays on tlnovelas (DStv 133) at 16:05
It’s new love versus old in this love-triangle telenovela about how past rivalries can destroy a new generation’s happiness. Elisa must choose between 2 friends: she’s deeply in love with Damián, but their relationship has rekindled the spark with his friend Gael – who was once Elisa’s childhood sweetheart. Meanwhile, Elisa’s own BFF has lost her heart to Gael. And the whole situation is complicated when someone who’s driven by the ghosts of past betrayals blackmails Elisa into marrying Gael by threatening Damián’s life.
Starts Monday, 16 November, airs weekdays on tlnovelas (DStv 133) at 17:40
Playboy toy shop owner Mauriciois has it all – money, charm, and dashing good looks. Mauriciois secretly can’t stand children, so he trusts the day-to-day running of his store to his childhood best friend, Fabián. But when Mauriciois’ all play, no work lifestyle threatens to bankrupt the store, Fabián will have to put his foot down – and he might have some help getting the playboy to grow up when the lovely, athletic Renée comes along to challenge everything that Mauriciois thought he knew about love.
Starts Monday, 30 November, airs weekdays on tlnovelas (DStv 133) at 16:15
With the world still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Geographic (DStv 181) is spotlighting the latest research in Virus Hunters on Wednesday, 25 November at 21:00.
National Geographic epidemiologist and ecologist Christopher Golden is hunting for patterns that lead to international health issues. He and ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman, who has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic intensively, will travel across continents to meet the scientists on the frontlines of the efforts to halt COVID-19, and those who’re in the field trying to stop the next pandemic before it starts – like wildlife rangers, virus gene trackers and even bat scientists.
And before this episode airs, viewers can see what has happened since the series was shot in Breakthrough: Virus Hunters Update on Wednesday, 18 November on National Geographic (DStv 182) at 21:00. Following up in December, there is a documentary investigating how viruses become epidemics and even pandemics: Going Viral: From Ebola To COVID-19, airing on Wednesday 2 December on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00.
There’s so much more beautifully filmed edutainment coming for DStv Premium viewers, from the return of wildlife photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project, to filmmaker Ron Howard’s celebration of hope and resilience in Rebuilding Paradise, and Tom Jennings’ definitive look at the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II…
In this 2-part, 2-hour follow up special, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is back on his mission to create beautiful and moving portraits of every single endangered species in captivity on Earth – before it’s too late. This season, he dives underwater to photograph the Amazonian manatee. And he captures the adorable pika in the wild in the Colorado Rockies.
Starts on Friday, 27 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00
In this moving documentary, director Ron Howard follows the efforts of a small California community to come to grips with tragedy, figure out how to survive, and completely rebuild their town, Paradise, following the devastating 2018 bushfires that left them homeless, and killed family members and pets. September 2020’s fires make this even more poignant to watch.
Watch on Sunday, 22 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00
Filmmaker Tom Jennings explores the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II – from her uncle’s abdication, to her grandsons’ drama – through a series of never-before-seen (or heard) interviews with those who know her personally. “I have gained exclusive access to untapped archives while piecing together the complete story of Queen Elizabeth II, which is most often underscored by love and marriage,” says Tom.
Watch on Sunday, 15 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00
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