British TV winter warmers


Chill out and stay cosy this winter with the best of British TV on DStv, including The Split, Mallorca Files, Listing Jozi, The Masked Singer (UK)

This winter, the BBC channels will be bringing a little local sizzle into the mix every Wednesday at 20:00. Come Dine With Me SA is currently back on air, and starting Wednesday, 16 June, the glamorous, high-flying property sales series Listing Jozi will make your couch South Africa’s swankiest address. Location, location, location!

Later this year, The Great British Bake Off will get an African twist when The Great Kenyan Bake Off launches on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174).

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Now check out what’s on the way in June, coming soon, and already out there for you to watch on DStv, from exciting dramas to blue-chip nature and environmental documentaries, along with what you can see on Showmax – including every single Harry Potter movie, a whole lot of new Game Of Thrones content, and the return of Downton Abbey.

BBC channels BBC Brit (DStv channel 120), BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) and BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) will continue to bring viewers all the best drama, comedies and documentary series. Some of them will also be seen on DStv’s premiere channel, M-Net (DStv channel 101). Soapie fans can catch EastEnders on Mondays to Thursdays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 17:30.

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PS: The fantastic David Attenborough-narrated nature series A Perfect Planet will be available on Catch Up until Monday, 14 June.

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If you’d like to catch the incredible upcoming action on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) and M-Net (DStv channel 101), what better way to beat the winter chill than to upgrade to Premium for the hottest TV out there?

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June drama

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The Split S2

The Defoe sisters are still finding their feet in the newly merged law firm, Noble Hale Defoe, when this British legal drama series returns. Hannah is acting squirrely while trying to hide her fling with Christie on the night before James and Rose’s wedding, but that’s going to blow up in her face as the season progresses and the firm gets embroiled in the high-profile Fi Hansen (Donna Air) celebrity divorce case. And mom Ruth comes to grips with the new power structure in the firm.

Watch from Thursday, 10 June on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

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The Mallorca Files S2

Cop partners DCs Miranda Blake (Elen Rhys) and Max Winter (Julian Looman) are working like a well-oiled machine now, and they’re being entrusted with the trickier cases. This season, they’ll tackle the murders of world-famous Mallorcan opera singer Jose Castana (Carlos Magnusson) and the renowned food critic Oliver Barker (Andrew Whipp); a case that ties to the legacy of the Spanish Civil War; the stalking of a rising football star; childhood love and jealousy; bird smuggling; and what appears to be a grand patricide.

Watch from Monday, 14 June on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00

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June reality & games

Hmm, nice light, good neighbourhood, interesting details… we’ll take it! Local property reality series Listing Jozi is here at last to show us what the rich and famous can afford – and how some teams of ambitious real estate sharks are reeling them in. There’s more silly fun to come in the UK version of The Masked Singer, and we’re Back in the First Dates Restaurant down under in a new season of romantic dating reality show First Dates Australia. All this and the nailbiting challenges that lie await in gameshow The Cube, too. 

June’s awesome Earth shows

Conservation, travel and history shows are taking us around the world this June. Ade Adepitan travels the globe to meet communities who’re already feeling the effects of climate change to see how they adapt in Climate Change: Ade On The Frontline, while new documentary Day Zero will look at Earth’s growing water crisis. If you’re looking for something light and fun, actress Joanna Lumley’s train adventure in Joanna Lumley: Trans Siberian Adventure is the ticket, or join comedian Sara Pascoe as she travels around the world in Last Woman On Earth, trying her hand at some strange jobs. Then documentary series Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed and Coast Australia will take an educational look at some monuments and landscapes.

June at home

Stay cosy at home this winter with series like My Impossible House, which celebrates some amazing new home design ideas and construction projects. Donal Skehan’s Donal's Family Food In Minutes has ideas by the dozen for those weeknight meals when you “just cannot”. See the effects of lifestyle change and healthy habits in action in Lose A Stone In 21 Days With Michael Moseley. And if you’re sitting home with tiny kids, try out a clever little show that will encourage them to work through problems in Tinpo. 

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Delicious leftovers

Catch these before you get caught short! These series are already on Catch Up and ideal for bingeing and downloading for days when you suspect that loadshedding might be looming. All 8 episodes of fantasy series The Watch, based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, are finally here along with the complete RuPaul’s Drag Race S2The Great British Bake Off S11 is still on the go, as in the second half of Come Dine With Me South Africa S6, and the space comedy series Avenue 5. On a more serious note, you haven’t missed the remarkable documentary Greta Thunberg: A Year To Change The World because it’s available on Catch Up until 20 June. There’s still plenty of comfort viewing to be had in Ainsley's Food We Love and kids show Bluey, so check out all the detail on these shows and more below.

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Binge your British faves on Showmax

Coming in June…
  • Hugh Grant fans won’t need Two Weeks Notice because this romantic comedy arrives on Showmax on Thursday, 3 June.
  • Director Guy Ritchie’s rollicking fun Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. are on the way. From Monday, 21 June you’ll be able to see both Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows.
  • E Nesbit’s classic children’s story gets an update in Four Kids And It which stars, among others, comedian Russell Brand and Matthew Goode. Michael Caine voices the Psammead. That’s available from Thursday, 24 June.

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Drama

Liam Neeson (Love Actually) and Lesley Manville (Harlots) star in the drama Ordinary Love, about a middle-aged couple who’re confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

Fantasy

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.

If you’re not still salty over GOT’s final season, there’s a 2-part making-of special, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch; a season 8-centred, 10-episode Game Of Thrones Behind The Scenes documentary series; the 2020 Game Of Thrones Reunion special, and the entire 8-season Game Of Thrones series.

If you’re more on the sci-fi side of things, try The War Of The Worlds. The time-hopping drama series Years And Years will give you plenty to think about. The Victorian-era HBO Joss Whedon (Marvel’s Avengers) sci-fi drama series The Nevers S1 focusses on The Touched, a gang of women with unusual abilities who’re on a mission to change the world. The cast is led by Laura Donnelly (Britannia, Outlander, Tolkien) and British Independent Film Award winner Olivia Williams (Dollhouse, Counterpart), and includes BAFTA nominee James Norton (Grantchester, War & Peace). The Third Day, a psychological folk horror thriller (think Midsommar) starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, centres on a mysterious island and a sinister cult.

Period drama

If you have a yearning for historical series, there’s plenty of British shows: the royal drama Victoria (S1-3), the WWII submarine drama Das Boot (S1-2), and the WWII hotel drama and spy series The HalcyonGentleman Jack (S1) gives us the unconventional Victorian heroine Anne Lister and her romance with a lady named Ann. Beecham House gives us drama and mystery in India. A whole world is at war in WWII drama World On Fire, and you can still see all 6 seasons of big house drama series Downton Abbey.

Comedy

Light drama lovers can get onboard for Good Karma Hospital (S1-S3), which is available to stream first on Showmax. Sketch comedy series Famalam (S1) gives you a British twist on series like Key & Peele and A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Crime thriller

The Good Liar stars Sir Ian McKellan and Dame Helen Mirren in a grifter story filled with wicked twists, Rig 45 (S1-2) is a murder mystery aboard an oil rig around Christmas, and it’s a must-watch. Britcrime thriller series The Victim S1 tells the story of a difficult court case and the limits of the justice system, and the Martin Freeman series A Confession is based on a real-life police case and the complexities of confessions and evidence. There’s also the Ireland-based Taken Down S1, the crime drama series The Bay, surveillance footage conspiracy thriller The Capture, and star-studded Guy Ritchie drug empire crime caper The GentlemenThe Night Of with Riz Ahmed is a tense crime drama in which the accused has no memory of the night of a murder.

Factual entertainment

On the human interest side, there are biographical documentaries like I Am Heath LedgerI Am MLK Jr, and I Am Paul Walker.

Brit flicks

Romcom classic Notting Hill is on Showmax, along with the original Four Weddings And A Funeral movie.

British comedy drama Misbehaviour 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, Keira Knightley and Emma Corrin. Look out for Loreece Harrison as then-Miss South Africa Pearl Jansen. Wild Rose stars Jessie Buckley (see her in Misbehaviour, too) as an ex-con mother of 2 who has big dreams of becoming a country singing star.

In tense docu-drama film Official Secrets, 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. Spy and war drama fans can also check out MI6 spy action thriller Legacy Of Lies and historical drama Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as wartime British PM Winston Churchill.

The big news is that ALL 8 Harry Potter movies are now available on Showmax. So set up that viewing party and look out for:


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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