Bake Off, Love Island, Strictly and Midsomer – it’s tip-top British TV on DStv
22 October 2020
DStv’s British TV update promises loads of excitement from now well into 2021
22 October 2020
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
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 12 November on M-Net (DStv 101)
In this 6-part drama series, a 60-something prim and proper British mom angers her adult children, who she’s put first all their lives, by taking a lover their age. It’s not about the children, though. It’s time for their mother to find happiness in life and actually put her happiness first. But could her Mr. Right just be in it for the mummy money? Look out for Julia Ormond (Howard’s End) and Ben Barnes (Westworld) as the mismatched lovers.
Starts 2 December on M-Net (DStv 101)
This somewhat tongue-in-cheek BBC series presents the inside story on US President Donald Trump’s rise to power and presidency, featuring interviews with friends and foes alike, including Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton and Steven Bannon. Prepare to find out what was really going on behind the headlines during the Russia investigation, the Hurricane Dorian map alteration, the advent of COVID-19 and more. And it’s all spiced up with Trump tweets and eye-opening recordings of the President at work.
Starts 3 December on M-Net (DStv 101)
A man and woman get stuck on a mysterious island in different seasons of the year, and discover that its inhabitants, and the island itself, are hiding secrets. Not necessarily secrets that they want outsiders to be aware of. Stars Jude Law (The Young Pope) and singer Florence Welch. This 6-episode drama series will give you folk horror vibes as we slowly become aware of the cult running the island and their strange ceremonies, along with great acting and an intriguing plot.
Starts 7 December on M-Net (DStv 101) (will also air on Showmax)
This BAFTA-nominated mini-series based on real-life events tells how DS Stephen Fulcher (Martin Freeman) risked his career and his reputation to hunt for a serial killer, Christopher Halliwell, who was targeting women, including missing 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan (Florence Howard). But Fulcher nearly saw the killer slip through his fingers when he contravened the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and he wound up in court himself trying to justify his actions after the killer’s confessions were thrown out and became inadmissible as evidence.
Starts 11 January on M-Net (DStv 101)
South Africa becomes the 20th country globally to get their own version of sexy, saucy reality dating and double-crossing show Love Island. Sexy South African singletons will come together at Love Island’s top-secret location in the Western Cape looking to couple up, make friends and have fun. New Islanders will also come in to disrupt the game, but if you don’t find love, you’re out. Wanna-be Islanders can send in their sizzling auditions to https://m-net.dstv.com/production from Sunday, 8 November.
Starts in February 2021 on M-Net (DStv 101)
Elliot Colla’s novel of the same name is brought to life in 2003 Baghdad as the city is under US-coalition control. In this 6-episode drama series, retired police inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) launches a mission to find his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany), but his search is hampered by the military. To gain access to the prohibited Green Zone, Muhsin calls in a favour and starts working for the police again.
Starts 4 March 2021 on M-Net (DStv 101) (Also on Showmax)
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.
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 more.
Starts 5 November on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
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 12 November on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
This series of films created by Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen tells personal stories of pride, family, love and endurance in the face of racism from London's West Indian community from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. The series has attracted big named including John Boyega (Star Wars films) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther) while also introducing fresh talent.
Starts 16 November on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
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 17 November on BBC Earth (DStv 184)
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, unco-operative camels, dodgy weather, street market rip offs. The series starts with Joanna’s journey from frozen the Japanese sea of Okhotsk, to Lake Baikal in Siberia.
Starts 26 November on BBC Earth (DStv 184)
The Marmite of British comedy chat shows (love it or hate it) returns with superstar power in series 3. Look out for the likes of Teri Hatcher, Rob Beckett, Anna Friel, “Naughty Boy” Shahid Khan, Olly Murs, Noel Edmonds, Johnny Vegas, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Kamara as they’re getting a going over from Mrs. Brown. And there are sketches and musical performances to enjoy, too.
Starts 2 December on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
Banish those soggy bottoms because baking is about to get in tents. Kenya joins the Bake Off family for 10 weeks of ultimate cake challenges full of local flavour. The winner will jet off to France for a 2-week pastry and baking training course before they return home to a 2-month apprenticeship at a Kenyan bakery. On your marks, get set, baaaaake!
Starts 7 December on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
Environmental campaigner George Monbiot explores how the food industry is driving climate change, habitat destruction and pollution as mankind’s hunger for red meat burns jungles. George looks at alternative food sources available right now, including synthetic meat and a process that produces protein from bacteria and air. The documentary will visualise what would happen if we exchanged grazing land for forests.
Watch on 7 December on BBC Earth (DStv 184)
Medical journalist Michael Mosley teams up with blogger and journalist Mehreen Baig to turn the spotlight onto the science and safety of cosmetic treatments in the UK, where the industry is largely unregulated. From injectable fillers to fat freezing, Michael and Mehreen will find out how effective, and how safe, they really are as they put them to the test.
Starts 15 December on BBC Earth (DStv 184)
The murder mystery writer’s TV adaptations will air back-to-back on BBC Brit throughout December 2020.
21 December to 3 January on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
MasterChef’s number-1 foodie, Gregg Wallace, comes to Mzansi to visit everywhere from the Kruger Park to Cape Town, Durban to Upington. And it’s not just for a holiday – he’s also going to be sampling local cuisine and learning new skills in the kitchen, Mzansi style.
Starts soon on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
This fun period drama follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) as she takes over her late father’s detective agency. But since she’s living in Victorian England, she isn’t allowed to own and operate a business without a male business partner – like her reluctant childhood best friend, William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin). Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza?
Starts soon on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
Historical drama Belgravia, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey), explores personal and military drama during the Napoleonic wars. The action begins at the Duchess of Richmond's ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington two days before the Battle of Waterloo. Cast includes Tamsin Greig, Alice Eve, Richard Goulding, Tom Wilkinson and Nicholas Rowe.
Coming soon on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
Detectives John Nettles and John Hopkins return to tackle more cute country homicide. Brit TV Fans are in for a real treat as the season includes a special crossover episode with Strictly Come Dancing. The Strictly set gets transformed into Midsomer’s Paramount Dance Extravaganza dance competition, aka the scene of crime. Look out for 4 familiar faces from previous seasons, who’ll be playing dancers.
Coming in 2021 on BBC Brit (DStv 120)
The Planet Earth and Blue Planet team presents a 5-part series presented by Sir David Attenborough. A Perfect Planet will look at the conditions that make life on Earth possible, even at its extremes. Find out how wildlife has adapted to fill specialised niches, and how the forces of nature, from weather, oceans and sunlight to volcanoes drive, shape and support the diversity of life on Earth.
Coming in 2021 on BBC Earth (DStv 184)
And don’t miss…
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)
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)
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)
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)
Don’t forget these shows, which started in October…
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)
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.
Started 22 October on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
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.
Started on 25 October on BBC Brit
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 Trigonometry, Das Boot, Miracle Workers, The War of the Worlds, Good 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.
With the DStv app, the same channels you watch on your decoder at home are available for you to stream online at https://now.dstv.com/, or using the DStv app on your phone.