Explore more with our Easter weekend line-up of factual shows


While the kids enjoy sweet treats on Easter, feast your eyes on great factual programmes on DStv

Whether you’re a history buff or an animal lover, DStv has a show for you!

For those who grew up listening to the legendary voice of Hugh Bladen on SuperSport Rugby, The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story recounts how the former junior Springbok made a name for himself in broadcast media on Supersport Rugby (DStv channel 211).

Over on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184), a new docu-series combines exquisite footage, natural soundscapes and mindfulness narration courtesy of everyone’s favourite mindfulness meditation app, Headspace. Tune in to check out – you won’t be sorry!

Heartland Docs on National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 182) follows the dynamic husband-and-wife veterinary duo, Drs Ben and Erin Schroeder, as they care for the animals of the land. Through blizzards, tornadoes and summer heatwaves, the docs and their two young boys not only save lives but bring merriment to the animals and their owners. At-home crime pundits will also get a kick out of Forensics, a new show on CBS Justice (DStv channel 170). The show follows forensic scientists and police as they look to science to reveal the criminals behind some of the world’s craziest crimes.

For the myth-busters, Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) has not one but two shows that really puts your knowledge of fact versus fiction to the test. Signs of Evil: The Runes of the SS tells the gripping story of the Nazi Party’s SS symbol, from the Middle Ages to the present day, while Monsters and Myths is shrouded in folklore, with a team of scientists eagerly searching for traces of the “chupacabra” in Texas.

For even more factual programming that will keep you up at night, DStv has a full slate just waiting to be uncovered.

The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story

Since 1994, one voice has enthralled many SuperSport viewers and this documentary celebrates the man behind the voice of rugby: Hugh Bladen. Chronicling the remarkable life of the former junior Springbok, relive every moment of his journey, from his television commentary debut at the SABC in 1976 to his legacy at SuperSport.

Friday, 2 April on SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) at 17:00

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Mindful Earth S1

Experience nature through a mindful lens. BBC Studios Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have collaborated for this unique multi-award-winning docu-series. Each episode combines exquisite never-before-seen footage, soundscapes and mindfulness narration to immerse viewers in the natural world. A perfectly relaxing series for the busy and stressful world we live in.

Sunday, 4 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:12

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Heartland Docs

In picturesque rural Nebraska, husband and wife veterinary team Drs Ben and Erin Schroeder care for the region's many animals in need. From winter blizzards and spring tornadoes to blistering summer heatwaves, each season brings about a long list of challenges for these passionate animal doctors. Along with their sons, 13-year-old Chase and 11-year-old Charlie, the doctors not only save the animals brought in for care but also make each trip an unforgettable experience for animals and owners alike.

Saturday, 3 April on National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 182) at 18:00

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Signs of Evil: The Runes of the SS

From the swastika to the runic insignia, the symbols of the Nazi Party have been revered, feared and hated throughout history. When the Nazi Party and all associated organisations were banned by the Allies in October 1945, the ban forbade all Nazi symbols, including the SS bolts of the Schutzstaffel. Now, this gripping documentary goes back in time to unpack the history of these bolts, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Tuesday, 6 April on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 20:00

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Monsters and Myths

Ever wondered if the monsters we see on television or relayed in ghost stories are fact or fiction? Monsters and Myths attempts to answer just that. Together with a team of scientists, the makers of this film explore the myth of monsters and search for traces of the “chupacabra” in Texas.

Wednesday, 7 April on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 20:00

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Forensics S1

Fans of real-crime “whodunits” and CSI’s forensic science have a new show to relish. Forensics follows forensic scientists and police as they unravel the evidence, put science to work and discover the truth behind real crimes. Each episode focuses on a single criminal case and covers every inch of a case file, including blood spatters, DNA, tool markings, digital forensics, toxicology, entomology and the latest cutting-edge scientific tech.

Sunday, 4 April on CBS Justice (DStv channel 170) at 20:00

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