Have a happy new year with DStv Premium in January 2021


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”.


Gods and Monsters

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.

A little laughter

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.

Local Comedy Specials

Starts on Thursday, 7 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30

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Criminal masterminds

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.


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Lioness S1

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

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eHostela S2

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

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A Confession S1

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

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The Capture S1

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

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In The Dark S2

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

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Fargo S4

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

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Power Book II: Ghost S1B

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

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Absentia S3

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

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Premium drama

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.

Get cooking

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.

Reality from the heart

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.

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Boer Soek ’n Vrou S13 Starts Thursday, 21 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00

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Human & nature

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

At home and abroad

Whether you’re staying home and looking for inspiration or putting together plans for a dream South African getaway, DStv has something to inspire.

Mzansi Cribs Makeover With Outsurance S1

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

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New for Kids

Banish the back-to-school blues with fun new series and movies for kids of all ages! Whether you’re into vampires, dinosaurs, spies, magic or you just love the ’toons, January TV is amazing on DStv.

Movies magic

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.

Three Cheers for Cheerleaders

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And the award goes to…

This month’s big awards show is the 2021 Grammy Awards, hosted by our own Trevor Noah.

Watch Live From The Red Carpet: The 2021 Grammys on Monday, 1 February on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) at 01:00 

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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

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