March is all about Africa and hot action on DStv Compact
01 March 2021
DStv Compact celebrates South African flavour and international action and fun this March with the launch of tVN and new shows from Chef Nti Ramaboa and Chef Katlego Mlambo
01 March 2021
DStv Compact celebrates South African flavour and international action and fun this March with the launch of tVN and new shows from Chef Nti Ramaboa and Chef Katlego Mlambo
March on DStv Compact is authentic, African and action-packed, with plenty of international flavour to enjoy, too.
Looking for a taste? Chef Nti Ramaboa and Chef Katlego Mlambo are bringing us the African renaissance as they turn the spotlight on South African and African cooking, from street food to fine dining. It’s time to give Africa’s food culture the respect it deserves! And the new African lifestyle channel Honey (DStv channel 173) will be searching for the next big social media sensation.
March sees the launch of Korea’s top entertainment channel tVN (DStv channel 134), bringing you even more series, and all the K-Pop reality action. The British lifestyle legends Nigella, Graham Norton and Gok Wan are back, too, to make your March more fun.
And if you’re looking for addictive entertainment, DStv Compact’s March reality series will fill your popcorn box to overflowing as RuPaul, ex-Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, Zodwa Wabantu and the Kardashians raise the roof.
Had enough of reality? Keep your eyes wide open for DStv Compact’s action-packed March series like Coroner, Miss Scarlet & The Duke, NCIS, The Rookie and S.W.A.T.
March yourself over to that TV set and settle in for a great month.
The brand-new Korean entertainment pop-up channel tVN (DStv channel 134) launches on Monday, 1 March with a host of dramas, comedies, action shows, supernatural fantasy series, along with two K-Pop reality series that will make you a K-stan if you haven’t already been swept up in the global phenomenon yet. The channel will be available for 4 months, and all series will show from start to end, some dubbed into English in the US, and others with English subtitles. Check out what’s to come:
It’s an action-packed March as DStv Compact lays down the law with the long-awaited return of Coroner, the introduction of Victorian detective series Miss Scarlet & The Duke, and favourites like NCIS, The Rookie and S.W.A.T. And if you’re looking for something a little different, Lena Waithe’s brilliant The Chi is back, too, along with brand-new Mexican telenovela Don’t Mess With An Angel.
The season starts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jenny and her colleagues at the coroner’s office, including new pathologist Melanie (Uni Park), thoroughly overwhelmed by the flood of bodies – not all of whom were victim to the virus. In her personal life Jenny, who’s now single again, will embrace some unusual therapies as she gets to grips with her past trauma. And Detective Donovan will have to come to terms with his own looming health crisis.
Watch from Monday, 8 March on Universal (DStv channel 117) at 20:00
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 protégé. Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza?
Watch from Monday, 8 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
The big news for this season of the military police procedural NCIS is that former special agent Ziva David (Cate de Pablo) is returning from the “grave” to save her former boss Gibbs’s (Mark Harmon) life. Gibbs is going to get personally involved with his new single mom neighbour, Mira Sahar Azam (South African actress Louise Barnes), and her son, 9-year-old Phineas (Jack Fisher). And one of Gibb’s buddies might be dating a lonely hearts killer he met on a dating website.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 18:30
As the season begins, Nolan needs a new training officer and some way of coming to terms with the nature of the job, following the stressful situations that he went through in S1. And, of course, Nolan and Jessica’s relationship is on track to add even more complications. The rookies will need to develop their first informants, and cop work this season will include escorting a female serial killer, dealing with a missile crisis, a fellow officer’s abduction, and chasing up leads on cold cases.
Watch from Tuesday, 2 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 19:10
The 20-David squad, headed by S.W.A.T. leader Sergeant Daniel Hondo Harrelson Jr., welcomes Detective Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington) to their ranks as a tactical consultant, appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles. When she tries to make radical changes to their strategy, though, Hondo questions her motives. And Jim Street’s estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardrict), rocks up (episode 5) to assist with a joint investigation between S.W.A.T. and the Long Beach Police Department.
Watch from Wednesday, 17 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 19:10
Lena Waithe’s Chicago-based drama shifts the spotlight from how violence impacts young black men, to include how violence of all sorts impacts the women in their communities, too. Ronnie goes in search of a teenager named Keisha (Birgundi Baker) who’s being held captive in a storyline that explores victim blaming. And The Chi brings in its first lead trans character, Imani (Jasmine Davis), whose fight to overcome her own struggles has filled her with a desire to fight other people’s battles, too.
Watch from Thursday, 6 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 21:40
Marichuy (Maite Perroni) grows up as a humble orphan after her birth mother, Cecilia, entrusts her to a priest who then abandons her at an orphanage. At the age of 14, she is raped by a drunken stranger, and then, having become rebellious, she is arrested. Psychiatrist Juan Miguel places her in the care of Cecilia and her strict husband, unaware that they are in fact her real parents. But Marichuy’s presence raises the hackles of Estefanía, a con artist who’s been pretending to be Cecilia’s lost daughter.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 March on tlNovelas (DStv channel 133) at 19:15
African lifestyle channel Honey is stepping it up in March with the reality talent show The Next Big Trender, drag fans can look forward to the hilarious and delightful RuPaul’s Drag Race UK S2, ex-Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump is bringing the party to you in her Overserved series. And if you like it spicy, Zodwa Wabantu is back and new confrontational series AmaBishop is placing church leaders in the hot seat. All this, a final KUWTK season, and so much more in March on DStv Compact…
Honey is looking for Africa’s hottest influencer. 6 aspiring social media stars from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa will be going all-out to win over the opinionistas by introducing different facets of their lives in each of the 10 episodes. 3 of the continent’s most critical influencers will judge the footage from their studio, and score the hopefuls on a leaderboard. The winner will be a new Honey star! Are we about to see the next Lasizwe take off?
Watch from Friday, 19 March on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 18:00
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 channel 120) at 21:00
While the church can be a pillar of the community, with the wrong character at the pulpit, it can become a predator. South African news is full of church scandals, from pastors taking sexual advantage of churchgoers, to those who twist the scriptures, and others who’re dipping their fists in the charity bag. AmaBishop is calling a roundtable of church leaders together to ask some hard questions about the issues bedevilling Christianity in South Africa, and how we can make leaders accountable for their actions.
Watch from Sunday, 7 March on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00
Zodwa is on a mission to build a lasting legacy for her son. This season, she’s trying to catch up with having made a late start and while she works to secure his future, Zodwa also sets out to take care of herself, embarking on a spiritual journey to reconnect with her roots. But this is still the same Zodwa, raw and unfiltered and embracing the hustle to survive 2020-2021. She will also be meeting with sex workers to get to understand them without prejudice.
Watch from Saturday, 6 March on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 21:00
Former Real Housewife (Beverly Hills edition) Lisa Vanderpump is living la vida lockdown in style, throwing grand themed outdoor parties at her home, Villa Rosa, for special surprise guests in each episode. Guests will include Anna Camp, Iggy Azalea, Jaleel White, Jeannie Mai, Joel McHale, Kym Whitley, Lala Kent, Loni Love, Margaret Cho, Mario Lopez, Meagan Good, Heather and Terry Dubrow and Terry Dubrow, Tori Spelling, Trixie Mattel, and Vivica A. Fox. Get ready for some outrageous drinking games and shenanigans.
Watch from Sunday, 21 March on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 21:00
Check out the most dramatic moments caught on tape in courtrooms across the US. Witnesses, judges and victims all share their side of the story as we view the footage. This season, a man with 40 kids is in court, a former child actor loses his temper, 2 teen former BFFs face off in court, and a prison break mastermind gives chilling testimony. We also meet Court Cam’s 5 most outrageous judges, view the 5 most shocking fights, and 5 most outrageous escapes.
Watch from Wednesday, 3 March on Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 20:05
Discover the truth behind Hollywood's best-kept secrets, showbiz scandals, celebrities' mysterious deaths and more. This season, we’ll see what it’s taken for black and Asian people to get a foothold in Hollywood from Al Jolson, to the likes of Jordan Peele, Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o. Also on the menu, Hollywood’s problems with child abuse and molestation and the exploitation of women that led to the #MeToo movement. There are also episodes about individual stars, and that whole Scientology thing.
Watch from Tuesday, 2 March on on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 21:00
Ufelani is one of Moja Love’s most devastating original series. This true-crime re-enactment show explores the terror of victims and survivors of domestic violence. Often deadly explosions of violence are recreated by performers, based on witness testimony and police reports. In previous seasons, the show has dealt strong blows to audiences through its chilling, visceral portrayals of abuse. Ufelani asks the question “What are you dying for?” as it shows us the results of staying in dangerous relationships and identifies the warning signs.
Watch from Thursday, 4 March on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 21:30
Dingaan Mokebe kaKhumalo is back playing negotiator and peace-maker for in-laws who’re having issues with each other. Whether it’s about inheritance, custody of the children, or how people are being treated and treating other, the host tackles it all. If you thought our favourite soapie characters had family problems, you should see what these folk are up to. Dingaan has to sort through everything from accusations of witchcraft, to private couple problems that have gotten blown out of proportion and become everyone’s business.
Watch from Saturday, 6 March on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 19:30
Our Perfect Wedding star Nomsa Buthelezi continues the battle against alcoholism in South Africa in the reality series Uyaphuza. She’ll be offering those in need a platform to get the help they want, as the show educates the audience about the signs and effects of alcohol abuse, through real human stories. It’s all about encouraging people to seek help and sympathetic interventions rather than scolding and blame. After 2020’s alcohol bans, we can’t wait to see how this is affecting the stories that Nomsa brings us.
Watch from Saturday, 6 March on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 20:30
In South Africa, fame and fortune don’t necessarily go together. Beloved actors can wind up on the street, music artists get ripped off, and some people just have the urge to spend, spend, spend. The likes of Rapper Prokid died too poor to afford his own funeral, while gospel artist Lundi Tyamara went from being a millionaire to dying homeless and broke. This reality series explores the darker side of the limelight as it takes us behind the curtain with some of South Africa’s well-known personalities.
Watch from Monday, 7 March on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 21:00
As the Kardashians return for their final season, Kim and Kayne are talking divorce, while Khloe and Tristan Thompson discuss the possibility of baby #2. Kim and Kylie discuss catching Kourtney having a nap on the sofa with her ex, Scott Disick, and the possibility of a reconciliation. The family also deal with the news that this will be their final season together and reflect on their years on the series. It looks like the only Kardashian-Jenner who’s opting out this season is Caitlyn.
Watch from Sunday, 21 March on E! (DStv channel 124) at 19:05
Busiswa makes her way to the BET Palace. From her throne, she’ll reveal where she came from, delve into her award-winning music career, bring us the real stories from her collaborations with international superstars, and open up about how she juggles family life with her busy schedule.
Watch from Saturday, 20 March on BET (DStv channel 129) at 19:30
Nigella, Graham Norton, Gok Wan and the Desi wedding team at Scotland’s Saffron Events are serving up a feast of British lifestyle entertainment this March.
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 and 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 channel 174) at 20:00
Super stylist and body confidence expert Gok Wan returns in this 8-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.
Watch from Thursday, 25 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Saffron Events in Scotland specialises in weddings for Asian brides. In this 5-episode season, law student Amani and lawyer Ehsin want an Indian Sangeet as well as a traditional white wedding and ceilidh dancing. A bride moves back in with her mother while the team arranges a glitzy mehndi. Someone who used to work at Saffron Events knows just who to turn to when her brother has something to celebrate. And a groom’s sisters need help organising a walima for his bride-to-be, who lives far away.
Watch from Sunday, 7 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Host Graham Norton will be getting the hilarious truth out of his guests both in-studio and remotely this season. The first episode includes the likes of Dolly Parton, Rupert Everett and Riz Ahmed. We can also expect Ewan McGregor to tell all about his new travelogue, Long Way Up. Singer Miley Cyrus performs Midnight Sky, Samuel L. Jackson discusses his documentary, Enslaved, and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas tells us all about her new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca, and more.
Watch from Tuesday, 2 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Joburg-based Chef Katlego Mlambo (head chef at the Marabi Club) takes us on a food journey around the world to share fine African and South African dining at its best. Chef Mlambo has cooked for former US President Barack Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Watch from Saturday, 13 March on Food Network (DStv channel 175) at 19:00
Follow fabulous Chef Nti Ramaboa on her journey around South Africa, from the cities to the townships, to uncover the defining characteristics of our modern culinary culture. Along the way she will be hunting down those dishes that make South Africa tick as a nation.
Watch from Wednesday, 17 March on Food Network (DStv channel 175) at 19:55
There’s something special for boys and girls of all ages this March. Coop & Cami and the Spyders are back with online madness for the tweens. Spider-Man unites with The Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy for an amazing crossover season. And new series Elliott From Earth whisks kids into space for intergalactic adventures. Plus, the Siyaya kids are back with some educational wildlife fun.
Sylvester Stallone stars in a triple bill of Escape Plan movies coming your way this March.
When Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a lawyer turned prison security tester, goes undercover as an arrested terrorist inside the world's most secret and secure prison, he persuades inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help him to plot and execute a prison break in this twisty thriller.
Watch on Sunday, 7 March on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00
Prison security tester Ray Breslin’s (Sylvester Stallone) protégé, Shu Ren (Huang Xiaoming), is kidnapped and trapped in an elaborate prison called Hades where inmates are forced to fight each other. While Shu plots his escape, Breslin makes plans from the outside to help him.
Watch on Sunday, 14 March on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00
Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) infiltrates a prison complex called Devil’s Station with his team to free the kidnapped daughter of a business mogul. But they’re walking into a trap set by the insane son of an old enemy, who’s taken Breslin’s girlfriend Abigail (Jaime King) hostage.
Watch on Sunday, 21 March on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00
In this horror comedy film set in the 1980s, Joel (Evan Marsh), the snide and sarcastic film critic for a horror magazine, stumbles across a secret underground self-help group for serial killers. Using his appetite for the grotesque, he must blend in with the group of 5 killers and escape discovery throughout the night – or become their next victim.
Watch on Thursday, 4 March on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00
Experts, journalists, government officials and even an assassin explore North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s leadership decisions over the past 3 years, including his meeting with US ex-President Donald Trump, the country’s history of isolationism, and the rise of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jung, and her use of fear and violence to maintain order. Among the rare and exclusive interviews in the documentary, for the first time ever João Micaelo, Kim’s former childhood classmate, speaks about visiting Kim in North Korea.
Watch on Tuesday, 2 March on National Geographic (DStv channel 181) at 21:00
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