DStv is your passport to brilliant British TV this winter


Stuck at home, you can still stamp your DStv passport with the best British shows this winter, from Bake Off, to legal drama The Split and sci-fi comedy series Avenue 5

The big news for fans of British TV is that from May, the BBC channels will be bringing a little local sizzle into the mix every Wednesday at 20:00.

First up on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) is the long-awaited second half of Come Dine With Me SA S6, which is back on screen from Wednesday, 5 May. Then, starting Wednesday, 16 June is the glamorous, high-flying property sales series Listing Jozi. And later this year, The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) will get an African twist when The Great Kenyan Bake Off launches on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174).

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Beat the winter chill when you cosy up in the DStv kitchen with shows like the new seasons of The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef: The Professionals, and a new show from beloved TV chef Ainsley Harriot, titled Ainsley's Food We Love.

And while those travel bans are in place, The BBC channels will continue to be our guide to the world – with an educational twist thanks to our guides Greta Thunberg, Ray Mears, Ben Fogle, Joanna Lumley and Simon Reeve, who all have their own new shows for us.

And read on, because as well aside from checking the menu for a feast of British fun this May, you can also find out what DStv will be bringing our way in June and July, like the return of The Mallorca Files, local reality series Listing Jozi, and more education travel series like Coast Australia, Sara Pascoe's Last Woman On Earth and Ade Adepitan's Climate Change: Ade On The Frontlines.

Also see where you can still find April’s series like Drag Race UK and Top Gear. And what you can catch up on with Showmax, including the release of every single Harry Potter movie this May!

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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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). And soapie fans can catch EastEnders on Mondays to Thursdays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 17:30.

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Coming in May…

Kitchen capers

It's back! Come Dine With Me South Africa brings us new dinner parties to be nosy at, which is great if it's just been your 4 walls and bowls of pasta for the past year in lockdown. There are new seasons of The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef: The Professionals, and look who's back! It's beloved TV chef Ainsley Harriott, who's brought along some of his celeb friends for cooking adventures in Ainsley's Food We Love.

Silly & serious series!

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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’s 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 Wednesday, 26 May on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

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Avenue 5 S1

Fans of The Orville and sci-fi comedy in general, prepare to blast off into space aboard interplanetary cruise ship the Avenue 5, with inept Captain Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie) and the ship’s billionaire owner, Herman Judd (Josh Gad). There’s been a technical mishap and now the ship is on an estimated 3-year journey back to Earth, with a dead chief engineer, and only enough supplies aboard for their planned 8-week cruise. The series is created by Armando Iannucci (Veep, I’m Alan Partridge, The Day Today).

Watch from Friday, 14 May on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30 and on Catch Up

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Traveling shoes

The BBC channels are full of travel shows with an environmental twist, a theme that will continue throughout the year. The documentary Greta Thunberg: A Year To Change The World will take us around the world with activist Greta; Wild China With Ray Mears takes us inside a little-explored part of the world; Ben Fogle: Return To The Wild UK catches up with people who’re trying to live more sustainable lifestyles off the grid; and both Joanna Lumley and Simon Reeve keep their travels close to home as they explore the UK during the pandemic. And a new season of River Hunters takes a historical journey around the UK's rivers.

Fatal Forecast S1

Weather report: Scorching temperatures, torrential floods and hurricanes! Recent climate shifts and technological advances have made weather reporting far more extreme than the soothing, non-news reports of the past. In this series, a panel of experts, scientists and meteorologists take an in-depth look at the increase in major weather events globally, and their consequences for the communities they affect. And if you’ve had questions about what makes predicting the weather so difficult even with a wealth of satellite information, here are the answers.

Watch from Thursday, 13 May on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00

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Home bodies

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George Clarke's Remarkable Renovations S1

George Clarke helps enthusiasts who have big dreams to turn non-traditional spaces into architecturally intriguing homes. This season, a couple are working to transform a 1930s stable block into their cosy retirement nest. A 1910 electricity tower is surrounded by coastal views that would make for a stunning home, and some postal office owners want to turn their shop into a cosy haven for retirement, while 3 generations of a family are restoring a coach house into a home that they can all enjoy.

Watch from Friday, 14 May on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00

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10 Years Younger in 10 Days S2

TV journalist Cherry Healey and her team have just 10 days to transform people who’re looking and feeling old before their time in this makeover series. They show us how to handle broken, stained and missing teeth, receding hairlines, saggy skin, and creased lips, to wardrobe woes and sloppy posture. This season, she helps someone whose marriage melted down after the kids left home to get a new lease on life, and a single foster mom who has given her kids the world and herself nothing needs a little TLC.

Watch from Thursday, 6 May on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00

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Fun & games

The Cube S10

Phillip Schofield is back hosting this show that makes even simple games insanely difficult by pouring on the pressure. Each pair of players have 9 lives to complete 7 games. And as each game is won, the prize money mounts and the stakes get higher. S10 launches with Jason Manford and Mo Gilligan playing for their favourite charities. But if they’ve studied the game and think they know all the Cube’s tricks, they’re in for a shock, because there are new games on the cards.

Watch Sundays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 19:00

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All Round To Mrs. Brown's S4

In this unique talkshow, Mrs. Agnes Brown (comedian Brendan O’Carroll) invites her favourite celebrities and their moms round to her house for a cuppa and a natter, too. John Barrowman introduces Mrs. Brown to his mom and dad, who’re every bit as out there as he is. Billy Ocean performs the music for an episode in which Silent Witness star Emilia Fox and her mammy, Joanna David, drop by with comedian Lee Mack, and even Little Britain star Matt Lucas brings his mammy, Diana, to tea.

Watch from Tuesday, 11 May on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00

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Bluey S1

This award-winning Australian children’s animated series centres on a family of dogs including Bluey, a 6-year-old Blue Heeler, her 4-year-old sister, Bingo, mom Chilli and dad Bandit. Bluey loves to play, and her games transform her everyday family life into extraordinary adventures that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways. Aside from showing how Bluey learns from playing, the series also shows a healthy relationship between Mom and Dad, who love and play with their kids and share responsibilities around the house.

Watch weekdays on CBeebies (DStv channel 306) at 17:25

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Also watch…

Married At First Sight S5 on Sundays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00 

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Secrets Of The Supercars S1 from Thursday, 13 May on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00

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Movies with a British twist

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Twist

This modern take on Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel, Oliver Twist, stars Jude Law’s son, Rafferty, as the young graffiti artist Oliver Twist who is lured into a street gang headed by father figure Fagin (Michael Caine). Fagin is planning a series of crimes with the help of the brutal Sikes (Lena Heady), and cunning Dodge (Rita Ora).

Watch on Thursday, 6 May on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00 and Friday, 7 May at 13:15

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The Good Liar

This crime thriller is based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle. British con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) romances widowed ex-professor Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), hoping to snatch her millions while running an investment scam on the side, only to walk into a revenge plot years in the making.

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Military Wives

In the UK in real life, there are 75 choirs made up of wives of military personnel serving at home and abroad. This dramedy draws on their stories and 1 group’s efforts to train as a choir and function as a support group while their partners were serving in Afghanistan. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan.

Watch on Sunday, 9 May on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:30

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Coming soon in June & beyond

While cop drama fans can place a calendar note for the return of The Mallorca Files, if it's real-life drama you're after, make way for local reality series Listing Jozi. If you're looking for something to keep you cosy at home this winter, read more about My Impossible HouseDonal's Family Food In Minutes, and sunny, educational travel series Coast Australia. And if you long for travel with a purpose, environmental issues take the spotlight in Sara Pascoe's Last Woman on Earth and Ade Adepitan's Climate Change: Ade On The Frontlines.

My Impossible House S1

If you’re a fan of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Grand Designs shows, this series explores similar territory as it takes us inside the design challenges faced by people working on over-the-top renovation projects to transform unique buildings into dream homes. We’ll see projects involving old windmills and churches, derelict barns and lighthouses filled with curved walls, oddball angles, and ancient features that challenge modern materials and working methods. And at the end of it all, we’ll see the solution the builders arrive at.

Watch from Friday, 11 June on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00

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And look out for…

First Dates Australia S3 Coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) from Sunday, 6 June at 20:00

Tidal Wipeout – Freddie & Paddy Takeover S1 Coming to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) from Sunday, 4 July at 17:00. Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff’s banter track follows the action in the anarchic Japanese-style game show with a tricky obstacle course.

Pointless S24 Coming to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) from Monday, 5 July at 18:00. Quiz show co-presented by Alexander Armstrong and host Richard Osman.

Mary Berry’s Simple Comfort S1 Coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) from Monday, 19 July at 20:00. Mary Berry’s brand-new 6-episode series is all about comfort food around the world.

Amazing Hotels S3 Coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) from Tuesday, 20 July at 20:00. Presenters Giles Coren and Monica Galetti go behind the scenes to meet the staff at a tropical paradise in St. Lucia, a historic Highlands retreat and more.

Top Gear S29 & S30 – The Best Of Coming to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) from Thursday, 22 July at 20:00.

The Great Kenyan Bake Off S1 Coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) from Wednesday, 28 July at 20:00. 12 Kenyan amateur bakers take on the judges’ challenges.

Green Planet S1 Coming soon to BBC Earth (DStv channel 184). Sir David Attenborough presents this 5-episode series from the BBC Natural History Unit, which shows us life from the perspective of plants.

Oti’s South African Odyssey S1 Coming soon to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120). Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse returns to her home country to tour SA, especially her childhood home in Mabopane.

Top Gear S31 Coming soon to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120). Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are hoping to get back on the road with eased travel restrictions.

Strictly Come Dancing S19 Coming soon to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120). South African stars Oti Mabuse and Johannes Radebe return to put the celebs through their paces, with Oti’s sister, Motsi, on the judging panel.

Delightful leftovers

These series, which started in April, are still on the air or still available on Catch Up. Whether you get your motor racing with Drag Race UK or Top Gear, there’s still plenty of action. If you go wild for wildlife, you can still catch Animal Einsteins, Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure, and China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom. There are 3 The Truth About documentaries that'll help you understand more about your own body. And we get down to business with Grand Designs, Inside The Factory and Undercover Boss.

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

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Binge your British faves on Showmax

Coming in May…

The big news for May is that ALL 8 Harry Potter movies are coming to Showmax on Thursday, 13 May. So set up that viewing party and look out for:

  • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Pt1,
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Pt2.

Crime Thriller The Good Liar stars Sir Ian McKellan and Dame Helen Mirren in a grifter story filled with wicked twists, available from Monday, 17 May.

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, which comes to Showmax on Thursday, 27 May.

And parents can keep an eye out for the kids’ animated classic Quest For Camelot, about the race to find a lost sword and save King Arthur. With the voices of Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Jane Seymour, Pierce Brosnan, Gabriel Byrne and John Gielgud.

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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. The time-hopping drama series Years And Years will give you plenty to think about. Victorian-era HBO Joss Whedon (Marvel’s Avengers) sci-fi drama series The Nevers S1 focuses 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).

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 Halcyon.

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. 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 Gentlemen.

There’s great factual entertainment on the line-up, too. On the human interest side, there are biographical documentaries like I Am Heath LedgerI Am MLK Jr, and I Am Paul Walker, and American Dynasties: The Bush Years. 

If you love a Brit flick romcom, the classic Notting Hill is also 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 and Emma Corrin. Look out for Loreece Harrison as then-Miss South Africa Pearl Jansen. Wild Rose on Monday, 29 March 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.

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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