Boldly British telly to love this February on DStv
10 February 2021
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
10 February 2021
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.
And if you’d like to catch the incredible upcoming action on BBC Earth (DStv 184) and M-Net (DStv 101), there has never been a better time to upgrade to Premium.
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
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
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
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
By 2050, there could be 10 billion people living on the planet, and that may simply be too many people for the Earth to sustain. In this documentary special, English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author Chris Packham, who’s dedicated his life to protecting the natural world, travels the globe in search of answers to some difficult and controversial questions. Could we reduce the impact of our growing human population, and could humans ever choose not to reproduce, for the sake of the planet?
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 20:00
This 3-episode documentary series aims to give us a deeper understanding of nature and our place within it. The first episode, Awakening, explores how our awareness of nature is growing and the action being taken to save it, along with examples of what happens when we act too late. Episode 2, Understanding, investigates how a deeper understanding of nature is helping us find surprising ways of healing it. And in episode 3, Changing, the show reveals how we’re learning to harness the power of nature to store carbon.
Watch from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 March at 21:00 on BBC Earth
Earth has seen animal populations shrink by 60% over the past 40 years. A million species of plants and animals now face extinction, some within the next 10 years. In this documentary, Sir David Attenborough guides us through the current extinction crisis, exploring the man-made reasons behind the crisis including hunting, toxic waste, and the conversion of land for agriculture. Sir David also discusses potential solutions to this global issue like responsible consumption, cutting back on meat and lowering carbon emissions… before it’s too late.
Watch on Tuesday, 16 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 20:00
Sir David Attenborough presents this 2-part documentary on the science of climate change. We’ll see footage that reveals the impact of climate change across the Earth as scientists including Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Michael Mann and Professor Catherine Mitchell unpack the science behind recent extreme weather conditions like storms, wildfires and the rapid melting of polar ice. The documentary presents potential solutions, exploring innovations and actions the world's governments are taking to prevent further warming. It also introduces viewers to individuals who are creating change at grassroot level.
Watch on Thursday, 18 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 20:00 & 21:00 (double-bill)
MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry are inviting 5 guests to their restaurant for a dinner with a difference. After they make their selections on the menu, Hannah will reveal the real cost of their meal… to the planet, in terms of each dish’s carbon footprint. Food accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, so Gregg is doing his own part in the kitchen, too. While he cooks for the diners, he’ll be revealing his tips for cooking more sustainably at home.
Watch on Friday, 19 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 20:00
Sir David Attenborough is now 94 years old. This film documents his extraordinary life, from his boyhood days as a fossil hunter and his early years as a presenter, to the shows that he worked on, which changed the face of natural history programming. It takes us along on a lifelong journey across the globe, from the islands of the Galapagos, to the mountains of Canada, the jungles of Borneo and both poles, combining exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, candid on location interviews and stunning moments from his documentaries.
Watch on Sunday, 28 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 16:00
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan came to South Africa to make this 2-episode documentary about a family of wild cheetahs. Tracking them on foot through the Kalahari, we see the world from their perspective as he tries to understand the threats that adults and their cubs face in today’s Africa. We’ll meet a host of fascinating characters including brave cheetah mother Savanna and more experienced mom Chili, who’s guiding her 5 newborn cubs on an epic migration to the feeding grounds, protecting them from lions, hyenas and other natural threats.
Watch From Monday 29 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
The brand-new 8-episode season of this drag competition brings Michelle Visage and RuPaul back to the UK, where they and judges Graham Norton and Alan Carr (along with special guest judges like Liz Hurley and Dawn French) will meet some astoundingly talented and funny drag queens as they take on weekly design, comedy, singing, dancing, acting and makeover challenges. A word of warning: This season is merciless and some queens who you might pick as winners are going to be early outs for dubious reasons.
Watch from Tuesday, 23 March on BBC Brit (DStv 12) at 21:00
This fun period drama follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) as she takes over her late father’s detective agency, refusing to marry to escape her now dire financial situation. But since she’s living in Victorian England, she isn’t allowed to own and operate a business without a male business partner – enter her reluctant childhood best friend, William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), who’s also her father’s former protege. Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza?
Watch from Monday, 8 March on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
Donal Skehan draws on his experiences from his own childhood, cooking for friends and family, his wife Sofie’s favourites and what his own kids love to eat, along with family favourites around the world, to whip up this 10-episode series. He’ll tackle everything from midweek emergency meals to lazy brunches, and special date-night meals that’ll dodge those meltdowns. It’s a collection of new and re-mastered recipes that you can use to form the foundation of your own home cooking recipe collection.
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:30
Nigella Lawson returns to BBC Lifestyle with a new 6-episode series featuring her calm and sensual enjoyment of cooking. She’ll be using simple techniques to raise familiar ingredients to a different plane. Prepare to hum along with Nigella as she makes and enjoys chocolate peanut butter cake, rich luxurious crab macaroni and cheese, and a fear-free fish stew. It’s all presented as a feast for the eye. Along the way, Nigella will explain the inspiration for her recipes, from her collection of vintage cookbooks to social media.
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
Our favourite families and characters are back living a tough life in this documentary series on the edge of the world, Alaska. This season, the Hailstones fight to keep their native traditions alive as their family expands. Sue Aikens creates new tools to survive in the tundra. Jessie Holmes and his sled dogs must learn to survive on their new land in Brushkana. Andy Bassich continues to teach his partner, Denise Becker, how to survive in a shifting landscape. And Ricko DeWilde continues the Athabaskan way of life, passing his family’s legacy to his children.
Watch from Sunday, 21 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
Super stylist and body confidence expert Gok Wan returns in a 6-episode season to guide people to a place of loving themselves, flaws and all. He’s taking pairs of best friends, mothers and daughters, sisters and cancer survivors on a journey of body acceptance using his unique Naked Therapy, which will see them stripping down in various settings. With years of insecurities driven by messaging about unacceptable bodies in the media, taunts from school bullies and other damaging experiences to contend with, Gok has his work cut out for him.
Watch from Thursday, 25 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
In this 4-episode series, British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones heads out into the wilds to explore New Zealand, from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. If everything you know about New Zealand includes rugby and Hobbits, prepare to be surprised as Griff goes off the beaten track, mixing in with the locals to ask some unexpected questions. He’s hoping to reveal a new side to Aotearoa, the Mãori name for New Zealand, but advises travel fans to avoid Auckland’s city centre. Find out why.
Watch from Friday 26 March on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
Brash and bossy American NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer) gets everyone's back up – except for bumbling computer analyst Joseph Harries (played by series creator Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso’s Nathan) – when he is assigned as liaison to the cybercrimes unit in the UK's Government Communications Headquarters, and immediately starts throwing his weight around in this 6-episode workplace comedy.
Fridays on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:40 and on Catch Up
Archive footage and interview material tells the dramatic story of Britain’s royal family, from the abdication of King Edward VIII. The series highlights recurring themes of love versus the crown, and the press and public’s lasting fascination with the personal turmoil of the royals. The final episode focuses on Harry and Meghan’s choice to leave “the firm”.
Sundays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 16:00 and on Catch Up
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). Fulcher nearly saw the killer slip through his fingers when his confessions became inadmissible as evidence.
Watch Monday on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30 and on Catch Up
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, 2 days before the Battle of Waterloo. The cast includes Tamsin Greig, Alice Eve, Richard Goulding and Tom Wilkinson.
Mondays on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
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
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 Ledger, I Am MLK Jr, I Am Paul Walker, and Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History.
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).
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.
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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