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The holiday fun has just begun – and DStv Premium’s going to make sure there’s never a dull moment with this exciting line-up.

DMVCA nominees & reminder to vote

The third annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) are just around the corner, on the 14th of March 2020 to be exact. The public votes for all 11 diverse entertainment categories, and the one that’s hotly contested is The Ultimate Viewers’ Choice. The awards have become the growing annul celebration of Mzansi’s favourite talent and this year, Prince Kaybee leads the pack with three nominations, newcomer Kabza de Small has two and John Cena’s favourite artist Sho Madjozi also nominated for two awards.


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Local

Arendsvlei S2 on Monday 23 December on kykNET&Kie (145) at 20:00
Genre: Series / Telenovela

Everyone is worried about how Sybil’s article will affect the school and Claudia seeks refuge at the Booysen household. Lionel (Jody Abrahams) and Janice (Crystal Donna-Roberts) declare a truce and there’s a big Christmas dinner planned. No matter what, the people of the Arendsvlei have always tried to rise above their problems and societal ills which plague them like teenage pregnancy and drug use amongst the youth.

The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S2 on Friday 20 December on 1Magic (103) at 19:00
Genre: Series / True Life

There’s never a dull moment when the Jozi ladies come strutting in their Sunday best for one of their infamous soirees when the bubbly doesn’t necessarily stay in the glass (be careful, these gals fight dirty). Featuring Mpho Merriweather, Mrs Mops, LeJoy, Lebo, Christall, Brinnette and Tarina.

Nomthawelanga on Saturday 21 December on Mzansi Magic (161) at 19:30
Genre: Movies / Drama

Nomthawelanga is a young girl who’s just lost her mother and is now stuck with her stepfather Vusi. When Vusi’s family insists that he take on another wife, Nomthawelanga finds herself forced into marriage because Vusi, after all, is not her biological father.


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INTERNATIONAL SERIES

Sticks & Stones S1 Starts on Saturday 28 December on M-Net (101) at 22:00
*** BRAND NEW
Genre: Series / Drama

M-Net’s brand-new workplace drama will make you grateful to be watching it during the holidays! From the writer of UK’s Doctor Foster comes a gripping three-part psychological British thriller set in the surprisingly cut-throat world of middle-management one-upmanship at an upscale London company. Described by The Guardian as portraying a “paranoid (stemming from) intensity from workplace bullying”, the series centres on a team leader who sets out to regain an important account but starts to suspect that his team is behind all his failures.

Call the Midwife Xmas Special 2017 and 2018 on 25 & 26 December on BBC First (119) at 18:20 & 17:55
Genre: Series / Drama

We relive the most recent of this beloved BBC drama’s Xmas specials, a whimsical highlight that fans worldwide have been looking forward to annually without fail for over six years. Settle with a cup of tea and mince pies and join Mother Mildred and the rest of the ladies from Nonnatus House for two special episodes celebrating the true spirit of the Christmas season.

Loudermilk S2 Starts Friday 20 December on M-Net (101) at 22:00
Genre: Series / Drama

Caustic antihero Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) realises that he is perhaps the one person who needs to work on his life after his return to Seattle in a desperate attempt to piece his world back together after his disastrous substance abuse relapse.


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MOVIES

Dumbo premieres Sunday 22 December on M-Net (101) at 20:00
Genre: Movies / Adventure

In this live-action remake, Tim Burton directs Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton in the classic tale about a magical elephant with giant ears who’s able to fly – a special ability for which little Dumbo eventually ends up suffering. French Vogue said: “Tim Burton’s Dumbo is one of the most anticipated films of 2019. 78 years after the release of Walt Disney’s classic cartoon, he has recreated the world of Dumbo, the flying elephant which has already amazed several generations.”

C'est La Vie! on Sunday 22 December on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:00
Genre: Movies / Comedy

This French romcom is a tale about the chaos surrounding a wedding that’s being held at a 17th Century Palace. In order to pull off the party of the year, the staff pull out all the stops to throw a good party. Starring Jean-Pierre Bacri and Jean-Paul Rouve.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? On Monday 23 December on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:00
Genre: Biography / Comedy / Crime

Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and also the British Academy Awards for their roles in this movie. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is a down-and-out author who, after her failure of her autobiography on Esteé Lauder, spirals deeper into alcoholism and soon literary forgery.


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REALITY

André Rieu: Love in Maastricht on Saturday 21 December at 20:00
Genre: Actuality / Music / Special Interest

For more than an hour and a half, allow André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra to serenade you with his sweet sounds of one of his most unique concerts. Expect romantic and emotional melodies as you are transported to a world of truly dreamy music and there’s a special treat of Los del Rio when they perform their global hit, Macarena.

Jamie's Quick and Easy Christmas Special on Saturday 21 December on BBC Lifestyle (174) at 20:00
Genre: Actuality / Cuisine

Jamie applies his quick and easy principles to the festive season. He believes in simple, easy-to-prepare dishes that still stay true to the Christmas tradition. Let’s just say that when Jamie Oliver takes to the kitchen, we sit, salivate and savour.

Deal Or No Deal Christmas Special on Monday 23 December on BBC Brit (120) at 18:15
Genre: Shows / Game Show

This game show has 22 contestants each vying for the grand prize of £250,000. To put that in perspective, that’s R4.8 million, a little but shy of R5 million and oh so life changing. Noel Edmonds hosts this game while Howie Mandel hosts the American version.


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SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer on Saturday 21 December on M-Net (101) at 15:30
Genre: Movies / Family

The entire family will love this sweet animated Christmas movie which delivers a key message about the importance of following your heart. When one of Santa’s main reindeer Blitzen announces his retirement, a brave little miniature horse steps up and decides to fulfil his lifelong ambition to join the legendary team in charge of pulling Santa's sleigh. With the voice talent of comedy greats like Jeff Dunham, Martin Short and John Cleese.

Peter Pan (Animania) on Saturday 21 December on M-Net Movies Smile (105) at 19:00
Genre: Movies / Animated

The awesome Animania festival on M-Net Movies Smile continues with the best and most entertaining animated films this holiday. This classic 1953 Disney animated version of the beloved tale by J.M. Barrie about the Boy Who Won’t Grow Up promises to enthral a whole new generation of children with the endearing antics of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy and the rest of their friends in the magical world of Neverland.

Teen Titans Go! (New Episodes) on Monday 23 December on Cartoon Network (301) at 17:30
Genre: Kids / Comedy

It wouldn’t be the holidays without unwrapping all-new side-splitting and chaotic episodes of our favourite young titans, at home, when the masks (or capes!) come off. Having recently been awarded a BAFTA award for best International Animation, this long-running favourite ticks all the boxes when it comes to fun, laughter and action.


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FACTUAL

Minding the Gap on Sunday 22 December on SundanceTV (108) at 21:00
Genre: Actuality / Documentary

Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Annual Academy Awards, first-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s courageous and insightful documentary is the product of an astonishing 12 years’ worth of intimate filming. Sensitive and undeniably raw, the film has touched a nerve in the world awakening to the reality of the inevitable vicious cycle of gendered violence, fractured families and racial tensions. Starring Keire Johnson, Bing Liu and Zack Mulligan.

Rise of the Superbombs S1 on Sunday 22 December on HISTORY (186) at 20:15
Genre: Actuality / History

When President Trump ordered the use of the Mother Of All Bombs over Afghanistan, it ushered in a new age of military technology. The school bus-sized bomb was the largest ever used in combat, but it is a technology already over a decade old. A new arms race of massive, non-nuclear bombs is well underway. Rise of the Superbombs is a two-hour special that will provide unprecedented access to the Pentagon and military testing sites to understand the technology and capability of these devastating weapons.

Chuck Berry on Tuesday 24 December on 1Magic (103) at 20:30
Genre: Actuality / Showbiz / Biography

He’s known as “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, and his legendary contribution to the music industry can never be forgotten. This highly anticipated feature-length documentary gives you never-before-seen access to Chuck Berry’s life, and includes interviews with some of the people who knew him best, including Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. It also includes commentary from his widow, Themetta.