Boldly British telly to love this February on DStv


Fancy a slice? Go on, try a cheeky British TV treat this February on DStv… and see what’s coming soon if you’re feeling more-ish

Whether you’re looking to settle down with a nice, comforting show, want to get your blood racing with fiery flirtation and passion, or you’re looking for The One – that special show you can love for a lifetime – DStv’s British shows will put hearts in your eyes this February.

2 of the year’s biggest hits, the documentary series A Perfect Planet and the sexy reality series Love Island South Africa, won’t make us wait any longer. They’re here! Plus, a host of others will follow in February, March and April – including brand-new seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Top Gear.

True to form, BBC channels BBC Brit (DStv 120), BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) and BBC Earth (DStv 184) will continue to bring viewers all the favourite soaps, drama, comedies and documentary series. Some of them will also be seen on DStv’s premiere channel, M-Net (DStv 101).

Soapie fans can tune in to Coronation Street and Emmerdale on M-Net City (DStv 116) or on Catch Up (just follow the links to the shows above). You can also catch EastEnders on Mondays to Thursdays on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 17:30.

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February’s big hitters

A Perfect Planet S1

Sir David Attenborough presents this 6-episode series about the forces and planetary systems that drive life on Earth, including volcanos, the sun, the oceans, the weather and humankind – each of which is covered in its own episode. The 6th episode takes us behind the scenes to reveal how the camera crew got those jaw-dropping shots. The research is extensive, the camera footage is quite simply incredible. And the storytelling focuses on how animals survive harsh environments across the planet such as volcanic islands, alkali lakes, deserts and snowfields. It’s an entertaining, top-notch piece of education that’ll have the whole family wide-eyed in wonder.

Watch A Perfect Planet S1 from Sunday, 14 February on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 16:00 

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Love Island SA S1

Soapie star and host of Slank and Kom Ons Jol, Leandie du Randt, is presenting the first-ever season of the reality dating show Love Island South Africa. A group of sexy single South Africans are converging on a swanky villa in Cape Town, prepared for a summer of romance, friendship and fun. Every few days, they’ll have to pair off with someone they fancy, and it’s hard luck when some people are on everyone’s “want” list, and some, not so much. If nobody wants you, so sorry, you’re off the “island”. But even those who’re coupled up can’t just kick back in the pool together. There are new people arriving on the island, offering new temptations. And challenges will make people re-think their choices when it turns out it’s not enough just to be hot. Meanwhile, viewers will get their say, too. The season launches with a special 90-minute episode on Sunday 28 February at 20:00. Then, new 1-hour episodes will air Monday-Friday at 21:30, with unseen footage from the week airing every Sunday after the 20:00 movie.

Watch from Sunday, 28 February on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00 

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Drama

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The Victim S1

We love a tasty British crime thriller! In this 4-episode series set in Scotland, grieving mom Anna (Kelly Macdonald) goes on trial for inciting violence after she posts the address of a local bus driver online, identifying him as the man who murdered her child 14 years earlier. The bus driver’s lawyer has his own axe to grind, having been falsely accused of a crime himself. The series digs into what happens when people have had their trial but feel that justice has not been done.
Watch from Thursday, 4 February on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:30

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Riviera S3

A year has passed since the events of the Riviera S2 finale. Georgina has left the Riviera behind and wants to re-start her life by rebranding herself as an art restitution lecturer, going under the name Georgina Ryland. But the past can’t stay sunk like a luxury yacht, and there’s new trouble coming, too, when Georgina’s new colleague, the charismatic art restitution expert Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves), lands them in the middle of a conspiracy. Before long, Georgina will be fighting to prove her sanity from behind the bars of an insane asylum.
Watch from Wednesday, 24 February on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00 

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Nature and Travel

Get cooking & good looking

March is Eco Season on BBC Earth

Also coming to BBC in March

Also watch…

Midsomer Murders S14 from Wednesday, 15 March on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 19:00
Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet on Friday, 19 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 21:00
The Last Igloo on Saturday, 20 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 22:00
Agatha Raisin S3 from Friday, 19 March on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 21:00
My Big Fat Desi Wedding S2 on Sunday, 7 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00

On their way

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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) 

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Top Gear S30

With COVID-19 still hampering overseas productions, presenters Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are staying at home in the UK this season. This is Top Gear going back to its roots. The guys will be trying out “mid-life crisis cars”, as well as taking on a challenging off-road adventure in the Scottish Highlands and driving some of the most iconic cars from the James Bond films. For a special touch, they’ll be trying out the cars that their own dads drove way back when. There are also reviews of the new Toyota GR Yaris, the Ferrari Roma and more.

Coming in April on BBC Brit (DStv 120)

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Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure

Actress Dame Judi Dench is walking the lush rainforests, rivers and spectacular coral reef coastlines of Malaysian Borneo in search of its wildlife in this 2-episode series. With local expert guides to help her, she’ll be hoping to find 1 of her favourite animals, the Orangutan. She’ll also meet sun bears, elephants, a strange gliding mammal called the Kubong, a dung beetle named Bob and a snake that Judi names James Bond. Judy runs a little wild herself, as she climbs one of the tallest tropical trees on Borneo.

Coming in April on BBC Earth (DStv 184)

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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. Waterholes are also places of relaxation and strange truces. Now, Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi have specially built a waterhole with cameras galore – above and below water – to reveal the lives of African animals as never seen before.

Coming in 2021 on BBC Earth (DStv 184) 

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Also coming soon…

Mindful Earth S1 on BBC Earth (DStv 184) in April
Grand Designs S18 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) in April
The Great British Bake Off S11 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) in mid-2021

And we’ll 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

January’s British series on the BBC channels and M-Net (DStv 101) are still on the go. And while it’s now off air, the 2-episode nature documentary series Bears About The House is still a treat on Catch Up

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And don't miss…

How to Lose Weight Well S5 on Tuesdays on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
Jamie And Jimmy’s Food Fight Club S8 on Wednesdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
Hell’s Kitchen USA S19 on Tuesdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00 and on Catch Up
QI S19 on Fridays on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
Bake Off: The Professionals S3 on Mondays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00

Binge your British faves on Showmax

Fantasy fans can enjoy the epic, bloody and unexpectedly irreverent period fantasy Britannia, the dystopian drama Noughts and Crosses, as well as the debut season of A Discovery Of Witches, along with a 2-part making-of special, Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch. If you’re more on the sci-fi side of things, try The War of The Worlds.

Contemporary drama lovers can check out the debut season of Trigonometry, and if you have a yearning for historical series, there’s plenty of British ones: the royal drama Victoria (S1-3), the WWII submarine drama Das Boot (S1-2), the WWII hotel drama and spy series The Halcyon, and the Jane Austen historical romance Sanditon.

Comedy fans and light drama lovers can get onboard for Good Karma Hospital (S1-S3), which is available to stream first on Showmax.

Crime thriller fans, Rig 45 (S1-2) is a murder mystery aboard an oil rig around Christmas, and it’s a must-watch. There’s also the Ireland-based Taken Down S1. And newly added in 2021, the crime drama series The Bay.

There’s great factual entertainment on the line-up, too. The adventurous can try Expedition with Steve Backshall. On the human interest side, there are biographical documentaries like I Am Heath LedgerI Am MLK JrI Am Paul Walker, and Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History.

This February:

Showmax will be adding the following British series and movies:

The Capture S1 from Monday, 15 February This BBC crime thriller centres on an ex-Special Forces Lance Corporal who’s been accused of kidnapping, thanks to damning evidence from CCTV. But the Detective Inspector assigned to his case realises that there’s no other evidence whatsoever and starts to suspect that the footage has been tampered with.

The Gentlemen on Monday, 15 February Guy Ritchie directs Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell and Michelle Dockery in this movie about American ex-pat Mickey Pearson’s (Matthew McConaughey) attempts to sell his London-based Marijuana empire.

Lovers of classic romcoms should also keep an eye out for the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant film Notting Hill (8 February).

Coming up In March:

Showmax will feature crime drama Manhunt S1 from Friday, 26 March. The series is based on the true story of the manhunt that followed the 2004 murder of French student Amélie Delagrange in London, and stars Martin Clunes as Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton.

Tense docu-drama film Official Secrets joins the slate from Thursday, 18 March. South African director Gavin Hood presents Keira Knightley as the whistle-blower Katharine Gun, who exposed the illegal activities of the US and British intelligence services ahead of the Iraq War.

There’s more Keira coming up in the British comedy drama Misbehaviour on Thursday, 18 March. The movie is based on the story of British women who subverted the 1970 Miss World pageant. The cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lesley Manville, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Spencer and Emma Corrin.

Wild Rose on Monday, 29 March stars Jessie Buckley as an ex-con mother of two who has big dreams of becoming a country singing star.

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