Bake Off, Love Island, Strictly and Midsomer – it’s tip-top British TV on DStv

DStv’s British TV update promises loads of excitement from now well into 2021

What’s already on the telly, what’s coming in November, and a peek into December and 2021, too! It’s all here, all British, all the time.

With Love Island South Africa on the way, November will see South Africans sending in their sexy selfies and silly recordings in an effort to join the show. Fans of British crime series can book the couch for Martin Freeman’s brilliant new series, A Confession, which was based on a real-life serial killer case. For crime buffs who prefer a classic British Village murder, we have exciting details about the new season of Midsomer Murders. And for reality fans, we have all the latest on Strictly Come Dancing, The Great Kenyan Bake Off and more.

Soapie fans, remember to tune in to Coronation Street and Emmerdale on M-Net City (DStv 116) or on Catch Up (just follow those links) and EastEnders on Mondays to Thursdays on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 17:30

You can watch these shows on the go by downloading the DStv app from the Google Play or Apple app stores. Or, watch on your laptop by visiting

Boldy British on M-Net

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More of the best on BBC

The BBC channels have always been popular with DStv customers, and top channels BBC Brit (DStv 120), BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) and BBC Earth (DStv 184) will continue to bring customers the very best in British entertainment. All your favourite soaps, drama, comedies and documentary series will continue to screen on these channels.

And don’t miss…

Married At First Sight S4

A team of experts play 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 4 November on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)


Come Dine With Me SA S6B

COVID-19 lockdown is over and it’s dinner party time with the much-loved reality show. 4 new contestants every episode will try to out-wine, out-dine and out-entertain each other as they try to win the cash prize of R10,000.

Starts early 2021 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) 


You Are What You Wear

Style superstar Rylan Clark-Neal and his crew of stylists help Plain Janes and Average Joes revamp their wardrobes from hat to shoe, from underwear to outerwear.

Starts January on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) 

Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis

In Africa, drinking at a waterhole is a gamble between life-giving water and a gauntlet of death from the predators who surround and live in the water. Water holes are also places of relaxation and strange truces. Now, Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi have specially built waterhole with cameras galore above and below water level to reveal the lives of African animals as never seen before.

Coming in 2021 on BBC Earth (DStv 184)

And we’ll soon see new seasons of…

  • Death In Paradise on BBC Brit (DStv 120). Date TBA
  • Father Brown on BBC Brit (Dstv 120). Date TBA
  • Mallorca Files S2 on BBC Brit (Dstv 120). Date TBA

Delicious leftovers

Don’t forget these shows, which started in October…


Jamie: Keep Cooking & Carry On S1

Bubbly chef Jamie Oliver is giving lockdown a licking, and anyone stuck at home will get brand-new ideas for the kitchen. Everyday ingredients get whipped up into tasty treats including tomato risotto, minestrone soup, chicken curry and more as Jamie teaches you to cook from the comfort of your lounge.

Started 19 October on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) 


Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Chefs Giles Coren and Monica Galetti are traveling the world giving you ideas for your next international vacation. Their mission is simple: work at some of the planet’s best hotels, whether they’re famous and well-known, or hidden gems you’ve never heard about.

Watch it on BBC Lifestyle

Started 22 October on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) 


Strictly Come Dancing S18

Strictly gets a shorter season and had to be filmed entirely in-studio this year due to pandemic restrictions – but it’s here at last. Judge Bruno Tonioli will be commenting remotely from LA, although there are plans afoot to get him to Elstree Studios late in the season. But Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood will all be in their judging seats in person. The celeb dance partners include Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly), Wanted singer Max George, morning show presenter Ranvir Singh, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, EastEnders’ Maisie Smith, pop star HRVY, and Black Adder comedian Bill Bailey.

Watch it on BBC Lifestyle

Started on 25 October on BBC Brit 

Binge your British faves on Showmax

In addition to M-Net, the MultiChoice Group has further enhanced its British entertainment offering by including popular British titles on popular internet streaming service Showmax.

Already, the first 2 seasons of the epic, bloody and unexpectedly irreverent period fantasy Britannia, as well as the debut seasons of TrigonometryDas BootMiracle WorkersThe War of the WorldsGood Karma Hospital (up to S3) and Noughts and Crosses are available to stream first on Showmax along with WWII hotel drama and spy series The Halcyon.

Come 2021, Showmax will also add The Bay S1 and Baghdad Central S1 to its British offering. In The Bay, DS Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) is the mother of two children and working for (the fictional) West Lancashire Police Service as a Family Liaison Officer (FLO). Meanwhile, it’s 2003 and Iraq is occupied by a US-led coalition in S1 of Baghdad Central as Sawsan (Leem Lubany) has gone missing. Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter), an ex-police inspector in the Iraqi Police Service, is determined to find his daughter.

February 2021 will see the arrival of Luminaries S1. The 6-part series, based on Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, and starring Penny Dreadful’s Eva Green is set during New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush.

DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers can enjoy these shows at discounted rates if they add Showmax to their DStv bill.

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