Have a happy new year with DStv Premium in January 2021
26 December 2020
The Lioness comes roaring in on DStv Premium this January, and it’s the year of the creep in Stephen King’s The Stand.
26 December 2020
The Lioness comes roaring in on DStv Premium this January, and it’s the year of the creep in Stephen King’s The Stand.
Want your 2021 New Year’s resolutions to last? Make plans to reward your efforts every step of the way, because you’re worth self-care and kindness while you focus on the things that matter.
If you love stories, what matters is quality – the greatest stars, directors and plots. That’s what DStv Premium is bringing you this January and beyond into 2021. It’s a first-class ride in the world’s greatest amusement park: your imagination.
Drama fans who’ve been riveted by Barely Breathing and Inconceivable have a brand-new local crime drama, Lioness, to look forward to on M-Net (DStv 101) with Shannon Esra (Candice in Still Breathing) in the lead. And if you’ve been intrigued by Alexander Skarsgård’s knack for playing a hot, nasty piece of garbage, his latest step in that direction is playing the sinister smiling Dark Man in the new Stephen King series, The Stand, on M-Net (DStv 101).
January also brings us the sheer fun of The Masked Singer, the sweetly touching BBC nature doccie Bears About The House, and many twisty crime dramas to get the little grey cells working again.
Set your Janu-worries aside and book a little TV-And-Me time. It’s the perfect reward for working on your resolutions every day. And you can quote some Lioness to yourself as you stick to those goals: “because backing down isn’t in my nature”.
There are so many top-quality series starting in January that we’ve been able to split them into some of our favourite genres. The big guns this month are the brand-new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, and the return of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic, American Gods.
Based on Stephen King’s 1978 apocalyptic horror fantasy novel of the same name, The Stand is set in a plague-stricken world where the forces of good and evil are engaged in battle over the scraps of humanity who’ve survived. On the side of good is 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), who guides a handful of survivors, including ordinary factory worker Stu Redman (James Marsden). On the side of evil: Randal Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man with a sinister smile, who has supernatural powers.
Starts on Monday, 18 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30 (see the episode 1 preview on Catch Up on Monday, 11 January at 22:30)
Mr. Wednesday calls his demi-god son, Shadow Moon, to come out of hiding from the New Gods in his new small-town home of Lakeside in Wisconsin, where he’s trying to live a normal life. Meanwhile, Shadow’s Orishas, the gods of his black ancestors, are also reaching out. This season, Shadow Moon will need to determine whether he stands on the side of the gods or humans. But more than that, the series will explore the modern American Immigrant experience, and the “new gods” that control their fate.
Starts on Wednesday, 13 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
This 9-episode horror anthology series tells a different twisted tale in each episode, which can be summed up in chilling phrases like, “She was stiff and cold in my arms. And then the doll blinked,” or "I didn't lock my door that night. It made it so much easier to catch my prey." The show covers many genres of horror and common fears, from straight-forward home invasion thrillers and serial killers, to ghost stories, doppelgangers and body horror. Perfect for fans of The Twilight Zone.
Starts on Friday, 22 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
S3 starts just over a month after the events of the S2 finale. The BlackBloods and the Bloodfists have enslaved the humans at The Outpost and put Garret and Tobin to work in the pits. It’s a situation that sees Zed halting outbreaks of violence and abuse as a way of manipulating Talon to do what the BlackBloods want. But the fight for control of The Outpost is going to lead to a death in the throne room and a new commander.
Starts on Friday, 8 January on Universal (DStv 117) at 20:50
Check in and check out this 5-episode anthology series from writer Tertius Kapp and director Jaco Bouwer, which takes place in a hotel room at an iffy establishment somewhere in South Africa. In each episode, we will meet new guests and a different kind of story will play out, from romance to horror, to science fiction and drama. They all have 1 thing in common, Marcelina, the hotel’s charming, ditzy chambermaid, played by Lida Botha (Hettie in Hotel). Cast also includes Beer Adriaanse in episode 1.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:30
Lighten up your January with the return of the delightful reality show The Masked Singer with a brand-new set of costumes and puzzles. Matt LeBlanc is back in the dad zone in Man With A Plan, you can take in the new BBC series based on James Herriot’s All Creatures Great And Small, and more.
If you love a twisty thriller, 2021 is off to a great start with 8 unpredictable local and international drama series that’ll have you questioning which way the plot will jump next, as well as taking a deeper look into issues of crime, justice and control. Highlights include brand-new local series Lioness, and the return of the riveting hostel assassin series, eHostela, as wells as a new season of Fargo.
And if you haven’t gotten into Power Book II: Ghost, which is back for the second half of S1, check out the preview video.
In this crime drama, Shannon Esra (Candice in Still Breathing) plays a woman who’s torn from her children and sent to prison after being framed for a fraud that her husband committed shortly before his death. 8 years later, she finds out, while trying to reconnect with her son and daughter having served “her” time, that the husband who destroyed her life is still alive. She’s not going to sit in a corner and cry – as this Lioness says, “Backing down isn’t in my nature.”
Starts on Friday, 28 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:30
A year has passed since the tragic events of S1 played out. Mndeni (Thobani Nzuza) is living in isolation, still mourning the death of the love of his life, Khethiwe. But when he makes what is supposed to be an in-and-out visit to KwaDelinkani, he gets sucked back into the life he so desperately wants to leave. What Mndeni doesn’t realise is that the situation that he’s trying to escape could bring him closer to the family that he’s always yearned for… and the chance of a new beginning.
Starts on Sunday, 3 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
This BAFTA-nominated miniseries 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. Christopher 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 on Monday, 11 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:30
Brilliant young detective Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) is coming off a career-making case using evidence gathered from London’s CCTV network. But a new case, in which British soldier Shaun Emery (Callum Turner), is accused of kidnapping barrister Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock) turns up glitches in the CCTV footage that send Rachel down a rabbit hole, questioning how the evidence is being manipulated by the intelligence community. On the surface, a network that’s supposed to protect citizens instead gives the government shortcuts to do as they please.
Starts on Thursday, 7 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
At the end of S1, crooked detective Dean kidnapped Murphy after she figured out that he murdered Tyson, and Dean's car went over a bridge as Murphy was fighting with him. While Murphy was in hospital, drug boss Nia approached Murphy to launder money for her at Guided Hope, Murphy's school for training guide dogs for the blind. S2 picks up from that moment. Now, as Murphy tries to keep her friends, especially Felix, out of Nia’s claws this season, she’s expecting more trouble when Max returns.
Starts on Friday, 15 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00
Chris Rock, creator and narrator of Everybody Hates Chris, takes centre stage as Loy Cannon, the visionary head of the African American crime syndicate Cannon Limited in 1950s Kansas. It’s a tale of racial discrimination, sexism, immigrant struggles, and the pursuit of the American dream of building yourself up from the dirt to being filthy rich. We watch as underworld power passes from one group of discriminated against people to the next, from Jewish gangs, to the Irish, to the Italian, to America’s black gangs.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30
The series returns with episode 6, which lands us in the witness selection portion of Tasha’s trial. 2-Bit, a member of Tommy’s crew, is coming out of jail just in time to deliver some potentially damaging, or helpful, testimony. Brayden sets off the emergency signal to warn Tariq after Cane walks in on him during a compromising conversation. Cane’s cockiness leads to Lorenzo delivering a beatdown from behind bars, and drug kingpin mommy Monet is impressed by Tariq’s ingenuity after Diana tattles about what he’s been up to.
Starts on Tuesday, 26 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
Brainwashed ex-FBI agent Emily Byrne (Castle’s Stana Katic) is nearing the end of her suspension as she works to become a better mom to her son, Flynn. But a new criminal case places her ex-husband, Special Agent Nick Durand, in the firing line when Emily takes an interest, thanks to a mole in the FBI. This season’s first case involves immigrants who’re being trafficked for their organs and then murdered, and a group of rich criminals who’re profiting of both this and the creation of viruses.
Starts on Friday, 8 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
If serious prestige drama is your jam and you love stories with a deep emotional impact, brain teasing plots, beautiful wardrobes and keen insight, we have 6 local and international series for your consideration. From the psychological drama of kykNET’s brand-new series Slot, to romantic historical drama Belgravia and the return of Jim Carrey’s moving and funny Kidding, there’s so much to see.
In this coming-of-age drama from the director of 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, 2 American teens are growing up on a US Army base in Italy in 2016. Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) has 2 moms, and Harper (Jordan Kristine Seamón) is battling with gender identity issues and a possessive boyfriend. Together, they’ll start exploring and embracing life and their changing bodies, and pushing back against a world that wants them to fit between narrow lines.
Starts on Saturday, 9 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00
Jim Carrey’s melancholy kids show host character Jim Pickles is bringing some light and colour back into his world with new puppet characters and magical realism. But the fate of Mister Pickles’ Puppet Time show is in the balance because he’s lost sponsors thanks to S1’s on-air Christmas speech about death. There’s also the small matter of him running over his ex-wife’s new boyfriend. And this season, the release of his new talking and listening Mr Pickles doll will make parents fear for their children’s safety.
Starts on Friday, 22 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:00
This tightly plotted 5-episode psychological thriller, written by Leon Kruger and directed by Jozua Malherbe, revolves around a brilliant psychiatrist who’s taking 4 patients through secret therapy sessions on an isolated farm, using an illegal drug that immediately allows access to the patient’s subconscious. While it gives her access to all the patients’ underlying trauma, the therapy will also unlock elements within those patients that’ll have unexpected consequences. The series stars Rolanda Marais, Brendon Daniels, Greta Petersen, Albert Pretorius and Trudy van Rooy.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00
Tyler Perry’s deliciously spicy White House drama promises scandal galore for philandering President Hunter Franklin and First Lady with an axe, Victoria Franklin. All the action in the upcoming 22 episodes will take place over 3 to 4 days, so we’re expecting a major political and personal uproar. There’s plenty in the S1 finale that could get us there, from ex-Press Secretary Diana’s explosive tell-all press conference, to the Franklins’ son, Jason, murdering White House staffer Jean and stuffing her corpse under his bed.
Starts on Wednesday, 20 January on BET (DStv 129) at 22:30
Regency-era 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, where not even the oncoming battle can slow down the matchmaking frenzy of the season. Cast includes Tamsin Greig, Alice Eve, Richard Goulding, Tom Wilkinson and Nicholas Rowe.
Starts on Monday, 25 January on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
Julia Bechly (Brittany Snow) finds out that her father, Leon (Timothy Hutton), the revered head of their famous fertility clinic, has secretly been using his own sperm to help their patients conceive (a form of sexual assault) and that she therefore has over 100 half-siblings, including her childhood friend, Edie (Megalyn Echikunwoke), and ex-Olympic athlete Roxy Doyle (Emily Osment). As the company’s communications director, Julia now has to deal with the PR nightmare, along with her complex feelings about her new “sisters”.
Starts on Saturday, 30 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00
Yes! Bake Off is back in January, and if caking and baking is your way of welcoming the new year, you’ll love Martha’ Stewart’s Bakeaway Camp. Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen rounds out the cooking competition shows, and there are new cooking talk shows, too with Cookbook author and Sarie Food Editor Herman Lensing’s Herman Se Mikro-geheime. Check out all the tasty treats.
January’s reality series are all about the emotions. Abandoned host Phumeza Mdabe is reuniting parents and children, Ntombi Mzolo is releasing people from dark secrets in Lekunutu. Boer Soek ’n Vrou is back for a lucky 13th season. And all the speculation is true: The Real Housewives Of Durban S1 starts Friday, 8 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30.
The Iconic Hills crew return. Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are back, and so is Kristin Cavallari, who was going through a messy divorce with Jay Cutler during production. The season was filmed both before and after lockdown, so we’ll be intrigued to see how that affects the cast’s living arrangements. Not returning? Most likely Stephanie Pratt, after a massive blowout with both her brother, Spencer, and Spencer's wife, Heidi. But there will be new faces, like Audrina's boyfriend, Sean Stewart (son of Rod Stewart).
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on MTV (DStv 130) at 21:30
This new reality series from the Oprah Winfrey Network centres on Monique Greenwood, the former editor-in-chief at Essence Magazine who left behind the hustle and bustle of the press to concentrate on the Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns – her and her husband Glenn’s chain of B&Bs – to create a legacy for their daughter, Glynn. The main action is set at Akwaaba’s Mansion, where celebrity guests like musician Peabo Bryson, black haircare entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, and Pastor John Gray and his wife, Aventer, go to unwind.
Starts on Saturday, 23 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
Young adults who grew up in care after being abandoned at birth or as young children by desperate mothers often have unanswered questions and self-esteem problems that affect their ability to make connections. Host Phumeza Mdabe, along with Abandoned’s research team and private investigators, will be going around the country to track down those missing parents so that their children can talk about the issues that have been weighing heavily on their hearts, and find out why their birth parents couldn’t raise them.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
When you tell the secrets that keep you in the darkness, they no longer have the power to hold you back. This reality series, hosted by Ntombi Mzolo, is going to help people who’ve been suffering because of their secrets to figure out who to tell, and how. Whether it’s teen pregnancy, paternity secrets, sexuality and gender identity, devastating secrets like rape and molestation, addiction or long-held lies, it can all come to air, allowing people to seek the help they need and start healing.
Starts on Tuesday, 12 January on Moja Love (DStv 157) at 21:30
The teen moms are headed for drama as Caelan and McKayla’s relationship crumbles and McKayla battles to support her two children. Chloe and Max’s progress is threatened by his sobriety issues and impulsive behaviour, along with the fact that her family can’t stand him. Matthew and Hailey’s baby journey is 1 text message away from disaster, Lexus is still juggling men, women and babies, and if you’ve been stalking Rilah and Anthony on social media, you’ll know what becomes of this season’s promises.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on TLC (DStv 135) at 21:00
Charmaine isn’t letting being fired from 9MAG wreck her dreams, she’s starting her own tattoo shop, 2nd City Ink, with a new artist from London, Jess. Charmaine will be taking on even more when she gets some exciting baby news. Meanwhile at 9MAG, business is booming, but Ryan has been sleeping in the office for months since Rachel kicked him out of the house. At the end of the season, we’ll see what happens when the global shutdown hits the tattoo business.
Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on BET (DStv 129) at 22:00
This January’s documentary series bring us British vets making a new life in Africa. Surgeons are trying cutting-edge new lifesaving techniques, and we revisit 3 famous historical wrecks: the sinking of Titanic, the wreck of Shackleton's Endurance, and the mysterious UFO crash on Roswell, New Mexico, that launched a thousand conspiracy theories.
But the real treat might be Bears About The House S1, which starts on Monday, 18 January on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00
Whether you’re staying home and looking for inspiration or putting together plans for a dream South African getaway, DStv has something to inspire.
Friends and family have nominated loved ones to get a room makeover to the value of R50,000. Expect full builds, cement, work crews, angle grinders – whatever it takes to turn ordinary rooms into extraordinary spaces. Hosted by South Africa’s Black Real Estate king, Thato “TT” Mbha, Mzansi Cribs isn’t one of those “Give dad a holodeck” or “Stick some straw on the walls and give them new cushions” kind of shows. All the projects aim to increase the house’s value, while also creating beautiful spaces.
Starts on Thursday, 7 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 21:30
Houseflippers have a bad name for shoddy, rushed builds and for gutting unique architectural features to produce bland, samey houses. Now, the King of Flipping, Flip Or Flop's Tarek El Moussa, will draw on his experience in successfully making over and reselling over 300 houses to mentor wanna-be flippers in how to do it right. It’s a look at everything from buying the right property and the right time, to essential fixes, adding features that attract buyers, and the nitty gritty of project management.
Starts on Thursday, 7 January on HGTV (DStv 177) at 20:10
The Hoarders helpers are back to try dig people who’re suffering from hoarding disorders, unprocessed grief and childhood trauma, out from under their disastrously cluttered houses and properties. This season, we’ll see a woman who has abandoned her husband in their mansion after making it unliveable, a woman who’s been protecting herself from the world with a mountain of trash, rats, rats and more rats, and a house where one hoarder has been holding onto massive amounts of 40-year-old milk.
Starts on Wednesday, 6 January on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 20:05
This 13-episode travel series will take us to see the Boland’s hidden gems in towns like Paarl, Franschhoek, Riebeek-Kasteel, Malmesbury, Robertson and Hermanus. Travel bug Anzél will take us to meet Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling, she’ll take a jog with marathon icon Elana Meyer, and chat with Martin Venter about how he made his property development dreams come true at Val de Vie, just outside Franschhoek. And we’ll get a look at the food, wine and culture throughout the Boland, starting with the first episode, in which Anzél drops in on Swartland wine maker Adi Badenhorst.
Starts on Thursday, 7 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 17:30
With most of us still determined to avoid movie theatres, January’s stay-at-home movie roster will be packed. But 2 special themes are making the most of the fun. KIX (DStv 114) is hosting a 6-movie Jackie Chan fiesta, while Lifetime (DStv 131) is giving us 3 cheers for cheerleaders.
And catch more of Trevor’s breakdown of US politics and social issues in the sanity saving The Daily Social Distancing Show S26, which starts weeknights from Tuesday, 5 January on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 23:00