Iconic international series on DStv this week

A 21-season run with TV’s longest-running primetime series, Law & Order: SVU, a Queen is set up to fail and the last season of Vikings.

The iconic “chung chung” from Law & Order: SVU is back for its 21st season; while two friends in witness protection are found by a hitman. All this and so much more on DStv this week.


Catherine the Great S1

With the incomparable Helen Mirren portraying the controversial Russian monarch Catherine the Great, this miniseries is set to be a perfectly detailed piece of storytelling. Towards the end of her tumultuous reign, Catherine’s legacy was marred by scandal and conflict, but Catherine is still praised with being the long-running female ruler in a time when being an empress was no easy feat. The series stars Jason Clarke (Pet Sematary) who also starred alongside Helen in the 2018 horror, Winchester.

Starts Monday 2 December on BBC First (119) at 20:00


Witless S2

A dark comedy, Witless tells the story of two friends who share a flat in Bristol and are then placed in witness protection after they are identified as eyewitnesses to a murder. Even with their new identities, hitman Benny is moments away, but the girls have just accidentally shot their neighbour Jackie. Zoe Boyle and Kerry Howard are the leads.

Starts Tuesday 3 December on ITV Choice (123) at 20:00


Law & Order: SVU S21

TV’s longest-running primetime live-action series is back and surpassed the previous mark of 20 seasons set by mothership series Law & Order (1990-2010) and Gunsmoke (1955-75). An actress accuses a powerful media mogul of attempted rape, leaving Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to play a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. With Ice-T and Kelli Giddish.

Starts Wednesday 4 December on Universal TV (117) at 20:00


Vikings S6

The final season of Vikings picks up after “the battle between brothers” which left Bjorn victorious and a hero to the people who had been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father’s shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals. Meanwhile, Ivar, searching for a new path to separate him from his past, is seen travelling along The Silk Road eventually leading him to Russia. There, he meets his match in Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky), a ruthless and unpredictable Russian ruler, who shocks even Ivar with his merciless actions.

Starts Thursday 5 December on Showmax

Now that you’ve learned about Russia’s longest-serving female monarch, be sure to check back here next week for some more international shows.

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