DStv Premium lights the fuse with explosive new shows and movies in November
23 October 2020
DStv is filling Premium viewers’ nights with stars and starbursts this November. It’s going to be a firecracker month!
23 October 2020
DStv is filling Premium viewers’ nights with stars and starbursts this November. It’s going to be a firecracker month!
November? How about New-vember! There are so many brand-new gripping dramas, hilarious comedies, exciting game shows and fascinating documentaries in store for DStv Premium customers this month.
And besides that, the People’s Choice Awards are going to be your perfect lead-in to absolute movie madness as the Lifetime (DStv 131), KIX (DStv 114), M-Net (DStv 101) channels bring you the best of the best with over 60 new titles. We’re also looking forward to the finale on baby drama series Inconceivable on M-Net (DStv 101) on Thursday, 26 November. And speaking of fresh, Idols fans can expect some new tunes as the production team brings another record label onboard. Let’s light the fuse on this firecracker and start November with a bang.
Whether you’re looking for Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelly’s latest collaboration in The Undoing, political backstabbing in The Comey Rule, a brand-new Brit-crime drama to investigate, the healing power of new medical drama or even the return of Stephen King’s serial killer chiller Mr. Mercedes, November is lit.
Read more after taking in these quick previews…
Looking for star power? With David E. Kelly (Big Little Lies) in the creator/producer's seat, Nicole Kidman (co-producing and playing the series lead, Grace) and Hugh Grant (Mike, Grace’s husband) starring, drama mini-series The Undoing delivers on all fronts. It’s based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel, You Should Have Known (2014), and will captivate you from the get-go. It’s a tale of posh lives torn apart and a woman whose perfect success dissolves into a justified and epic meltdown as a crime destroys her picture-perfect family over the course of 6 tense and plot-twisty episodes.
Starts on Monday, 30 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:30
This timely 2-part political drama is based on former FBI director James Comey's 2018 autobiography, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership. It turns the spotlight on the 2016 US Presidential Elections and Comey's (Jeff Daniels) time in office before he was fired in 2017 by then-US President Donald Trump (Brendan Gleeson, looking like a Halloween mask version of Trump). Expect a rogue's gallery of US political figures, from Vladimir Putin (Stass Klassen), to Robert Mueller (Peter Coyote) in this ethical horror story.
Starts on Tuesday, 24 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:30
Fans of Brit-crime series, take note. Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong's (Morven Christie) latest case hits close to home as this mother of 2 investigates the disappearance of twins – only to find out that their stepfather, Sean (Jonas Armstrong), is a man that she had a dirty alleyway fling with on the night of the twins' disappearance. She could provide him with an alibi… but when the price would be her own reputation, Lisa makes a split-second decision that’ll complicate both their lives.
Starts on Thursday, 12 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
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
Stephen King’s 2015 crime novel, Finders Keepers (the second in the Mr. Mercedes series), provides the backbone for this season of Detective Bill Hodges’ (Brendan Gleeson) investigations into a new villain, Morris Bellamy (Gabriel Ebert), who has murdered Bill’s favourite author, John Rothstein (Bruce Dern), and stolen his manuscripts (we love Stephen King’s take on crazed fans!). Director and executive producer Jack Bender is intent on looking at how evil deeds and people continue to affect the communities around them, even after they’re out of the picture.
Starts on Tuesday, 3 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
If you like your drama to get real, you’ll be saying Yes to November’s reality and game shows. They range from the silly family fun of The Misery Index and Celebrity Game Face, to game-changing seasons of Survivor and MasterChef Australia. And The Rock is back to rock your world with the astonishing physical challenges of The Titan Games. Check out what it’s all about…
The Good Place’s Tahani – Jameela Jamil – hosts this comic gameshow in which 2 opposing teams (made up of 2 professional comedians and 1 civilian contestant) rank hilarious real-life disasters (as seen online) on a scale of 1-100 – based on the 3 “pillars of misery”: physical pain, emotional trauma, and long-term psychological impact. Each of the civilian contestants will bring their own real-life miserable moment to the game. It’s about the comedy, not the gameplay – and it’s not quite the saying, but boy does misery love comedy.
Starts on Thursday, 5 November, airing weekdays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 16:30
Comedian Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko, are taking on a new set of celeb partners in their silly challenges. The likes of Tracee Ellis Ross and her brother Evan, Niecy Nash and her BFF Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Terry Bradshaw and his daughter Rachel, will be shaking their booties to bounce balls out of the boxes around their hips, trying to guess what their partners are saying while wearing noise-cancelling headphones, re-creating TikTok dances, and trying to guess whether some strange personal facts are true or false.
Starts on Sunday, 22 November on E! (DStv 124) at 21:00
Something tasty and new is cooking in the MasterChef kitchen. Brand-new judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and series 4 winner Andy Allen replace former judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston. Look out for Katy Perry and Gordon Ramsay as guest judges, and a lot of familiar faces as this season focuses on returning chefs from all the way back to season 1! Sharp-eyed viewers will also note all the COVID-19 regulated changes in place on the competition floor.
Starts on Wednesday, 11 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 18:00
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s sports reality series has new mental and physical challenges. The series Starts on with mixed pairs of “ordinary” contestants squaring off against the likes of former American Football star Joe Thomas and Olympic gold medallist and middleweight boxing champion Claressa Shields, as they do things like pushing a giant slab of wall into your opponent’s zone, or race through obstacle courses. One for the Ninja Warrior fans.
Starts on Thursday, 26 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:30
As the big daddy of TV reality shows hits its 20th anniversary milestone, 20 winners from past Survivor seasons return to compete. This is one of the most fascinating seasons ever for fans, as it digs deeply into how the game is played and won, particularly with regards to how strategy worked in the earlier versus later seasons. Worth coming back to the show for if you’ve dropped it along the way.
Starts on Sunday, 8 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 18:00
The November Premium experience will help you live your best life, from travel with the delightful Joanna Lumley, to junketing about with the seriously silly Top Gear guys. There’s home renovation, glorious cakes, weddings, and even a show that’ll take you inside the lives of South Africa’s hottest social media stars. Just look at what’s in store!
Joanna revisits some of her earlier travel shows in this 3-episode series. She chats us through previously unseen footage and exposes life behind the cameras… and all those little travel and filming hiccups along the way like roaring traffic, uncooperative camels, dodgy weather, street market rip-offs. The series Starts on with Joanna’s journey from frozen the Japanese sea of Okhotsk, to lake Baikal in Siberia, then continues to the Silk Route and India series before taking in Iran, Georgia, Vencia and Cuba.
Starts on Thursday, 26 November on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
This season’s preview was one of the highlights at BBC’s upfronts. Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are getting into some outrageous Top Gear shenanigans, like converting a Mr. Whippy ice-cream van into a monster truck and pitting it against a tank. The guys will take rubbish cars up a “wall of death”, put their holiday rental cars on skis and hit the slopes, and spend a full 24 hours in their cars, which requires some major acrobatics at refuelling time, let alone when nature calls.
Starts on Thursday, 5 November on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
This 6-episode series turns the spotlight on the UK’s all-time favourite bakes, from the classic raspberry and chocolate Jaffa Cake, to the world’s most expensive cake, and the baker who made it happen. And we’ll see marvellous creations from newcomers to the field The Cake Illusionist and Lincolnshire’s Gadget Cakes, which specialises in cakes with moving mechanical elements.
Starts on Thursday, 12 November on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
The Have Faith team meet with SA’s favourite social media stars, their families and their production teams to look at how they’re making their own success – and what it takes to keep up a constant presence on the socials without landing up cancelled.
Starts on Monday, 2 November on MTV (DStv 130) at 21:30
Home reno expert Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential and Rock The Block) steps in to help homeowners whose DIY projects have gone horribly wrong, mangling their bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms. Jasmine brings in an expert work team to help her turn disasters into dream designs. Even plumbing disasters can’t shake Jasmine!
Starts on Tuesday, 3 November on HGTV (DStv 177) at 20:35
A team of experts plays matchmaker but the couples they’re putting together will meet for the first time ever – on film – on their wedding day. After a night together and a honeymoon, they’ll check back in on the couples to see whether it’s true love, or big trouble and time for a takeback.
Starts on Wednesday, 4 November on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
2 series are putting the “No” in November. Devil Among Us takes us inside investigations into some truly disturbing crimes and brazen criminals who thought they could get away with it, and Chaos In Court looks at what happens when emotionally charged cases get in front of a judge.
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
In this brand-new series, TV producer, journalist and doctor Michael Mosley (Trust Me, I’m a Doctor) has put together a team of 12 of the UKs top specialists to help diagnose patients whose symptoms have baffled the medical experts that they’ve approached. When all the doctors work together, the reward could be a complete turnaround for the patient’s struggles.
Starts on Tuesday, 17 November on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
We’re into awards season for real now, and the big news in November is The People’s Choice Awards. Following E!’s Live From The Red Carpet coverage (airing between 02:00 and 04:00), the awards themselves will be broadcast live on air. The ceremony itself will be handing out awards across 44 different categories, with some celebs receiving lifetime or special awards. Actor-director Tyler Perry will be honoured with a People’s Champion Award (in recognition of his leadership during 2020, particularly in pioneering the re-launch of TV production under the new COVID-19 protocols and his charitable support of families in need), while Tracee Ellis Ross will be collecting the 2020 Fashion Icon Award, and Jennifer Lopez will receive the People’s Icon Award. These awards are for the big crowd pleasers, voted on by fans online – so it’s worth sitting back and making a note of what to go looking for on your favourite streaming sites, particularly in the movies category since this hasn’t been much of a year for bigscreen buzz.
Watch on Monday, 16 November on E! (DStv 124) at 04:00
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Whether you’re after action, family or a sweet kid’s movie, M-Net (DStv 101) is punching your ticket in November as it fills your night with stars like Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kuluuya, John Travolta and Naomie Harris…
This action thriller was 1 of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman’s final roles. He plays NYPD detective Andre Davis, who shuts down all 21 of Manhattan’s bridges connecting it to the mainland, to trap and capture a pair of cocaine thieves and cop killers (Stephan James and Taylor Kitsch).
Watch on Sunday, 1 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05
This fun and silly Norwegian-made (dubbed into English) animated movie aimed at ages 6 and up follows the adventures of Ella and her jealousy as a new kid in town, Johnny, takes over all Ella’s best friend Henry’s time and attention.
Watch on Saturday, 7 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:30
Lena Waithe and James Frey co-wrote this romantic comedy road trip with a crime twist. Criminal Defence Attorney Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and her dating app dinner partner, Slim (Daniel Kuluuya), go on the run together after killing a cop in self-defence during a stop and search.
Watch on Saturday, 7 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
This neo-noir thriller, based on Richard Salvatore’s 2018 novel of the same name, focuses on private investigator Carson Phillips’ (John Travolta) search for a missing mental patient in his Texas hometown, and the truth about the death of his own daughter's abusive boyfriend.
Watch on Saturday, 14 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
This action thriller sees US Army veteran Alicia West (Naomie Harris) join the police department of her New Orleans hometown. She needs to depend on the help of the community after she witnesses the police murder of an unarmed drug dealer, and captures footage of the event on her body cam.
Watch on Saturday, 21 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
Tis the season – already! This Christmas-themed BET movie centres on Devin (Tobias Truvillon), a good guy who gets blackmailed into taking part in a jewel heist, only to fall for a jewellery shop owner’s daughter, Jade (Chaley Rose).
Watch on Saturday, 28 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
During the holiday season, a hardened criminal (Vincent Vargas) gets a second chance at setting his life right when he crosses paths with a smart little girl (Scarlett Diamond) who has an angel on her side.
Watch on Friday, 27 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
November’s Lifetime (DStv 131) movies are all about that Wild Love – a love that’s sometimes deadly, sometimes delightful, but always surprising and overpowering. Movie fans can join Ayanda MVP for special watch-along movies throughout the month. New movies double bills are airing every Saturday and Sunday at 19:30 and 20:50, and there will be a movie marathon on Saturday 21 November from 11:45 to 19:20, before the movie of the month, Looking For Mr. Wonderful, sweeps you and Ayanda off your feet.
KIX (DStv 114) is bringing viewers November fireworks with hot action and martial arts titles from China and the US. There are tales of honour and vengeance and… zombie zoo animals? Human organ hunters? Time-traveling gamblers? Well, there’s never a dull second on KIX.
Read more below for the fresh new titles you can catch on KIX (DStv 114) in November.
Filmmaker Steve McQueen (Shame and 12 Years a Slave) has spent the past 11 years creating Small Axe, a series of 5 films exploring life in London’s West Indian community from the 1960s to the 1980s. Together, the Small Axe films are an uplifting celebration of community, family, joy, music and food, and the stories represent a triumph over racism and British class issues. The film subjects range from celebrations of real-life political resistance and activism, to explorations of music and ordinary life.
“They’re linked, and the connective tissue is the Black British experience, the Black Indian experience. These are historical pieces that we need to come to light,” says Steve, whose father is from Grenada, while his mom came from Trinidad. The films’ stars include Letitia Wright and John Boyega, along with previously undiscovered talent.
Starts on Monday, 16 November on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00