October overload on DStv Compact Plus
29 September 2020
Compact Plus has tiger kings, makeover madness, Halloween horror and Samuel L Jackson is going to make you cry this October on DStv
29 September 2020
Compact Plus has tiger kings, makeover madness, Halloween horror and Samuel L Jackson is going to make you cry this October on DStv
October brings us 2 full moons and more than double the fun in a packed schedule for DStv Compact viewers.
Horror and Halloween fans will have a candy bag stuffed full of treats as the long-awaited The Walking Dead S10 finale special airs on FOX (DStv 125), and the ecological comic book horror series Swamp Thing comes to M-Net City (DStv 115). The Lifetime Channel (DStv 131) dishes up 4 tales of terror in its creepy October movies about women lured into dangerous relationships. And there are loads of Halloween-themed movies that’ll be available on the DStv Catch Up service to watch whenever you’re feeling haunted. For the kids, there's a magical, bewitching new series called The Owl House on Disney Channel (DStv 303), and all the kids' channels will be running their Halloween-themed episodes of the tinies' favourite shows on Saturday, 31 October.
There are dynamite new dramas including Vula Vala, a new tale of secret fathers, soccer stars and crime bosses, which is #goals on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161). The Chi returns to 1Magic (DStv 103) for that long-awaited third season. And if you're looking for simple fun in the sun, cop show Almost Paradise has your cocktail of cool chaos waiting, while LA’s Finest boss-babe cops are back to bring the law and real justice to the people on 1Magic (DStv 103).
True crime buffs, prepare to feast like Tiger Kings as Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) brings us a brand new Tiger King series and a documentary special. Meanwhile, local crime buffs can sit back for the second season of Mike Bolhuis's PI show, Bolhuis, on kykNET (DStv 147).
If you're looking for thoughtful documentary series, Samuel L Jackson's brilliant and heart-wrenching exploration of the Transatlantic slave trade takes the spotlight on 1Magic (DStv 103). And 2 series on farming, Megaboere S6 on kykNET DStv 144) and Vir Die Liefde Van Die Land S1 on VIA (DStv 147), will reveal how Africans and South Africa feed their people and grow their communities – no slavery required.
Continuing with documentaries, the History channel (DStv 186) is coming up Trumps in the run up to the US Presidential election on Tuesday, 3 November as it delves into the background of the current President, examines the US's political divisions, and takes us inside a White House special project and Air Force One itself.
It’s World Animal Day on Sunday, 4 October, and National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) will be celebrating with a whole day of animal-centric specials, along with dedicating the entire month to one extra-scary animal in particular: the crocodile. Welcome to Croctober, fans!
Reality fans get a ringside seat at family feuds with 3 new shows centred on fixing broken families: Mina Nawe S1 on Moja Love (DStv 157), Die Uitnodiging S1 on kykNET (DStv 144), and Lekunutu S1 on Moja Love (DStv 157).
If you're looking for girl power, modern sangoma series Izangoma Zodumo introduces us to 2 slay queens who've answered the calling, and it's “Mbaut time” – you know what we mean, because Ms Fabulous herself Khanyi Mbau's intimate new show MbauReloaded is coming to BET (DStv 129). E! (DStv 124) will be celebrating Kim Kardashian's 40th birthday, and introducing us to a new reality clan to love with The Bradshaw Bunch. And if you've heard about all that drama that's been going down between Denise Richards and Lisa Rinna, The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills S10 has it all and it is magnificent on 1Magic (DStv 103).
For lighter fare, quiz show Pointless returns to BBC Brit (DStv 120), as does Strictly Come Dancing, as we wiggle along to S18.
If looking good is your favourite revenge, you're going to love October's top-3 makeover shows: Mooimaak S3 on kykNET (DStv 144), Glam Guru S19 on kykNET (DStv 144), and Wraak My Mooi on VIA (DStv 147).
And if you're more in the mood for coffee, chat and a little light travel, DStv has more. First and foremost, if you have caught election fever from some unmasked Americans, there's no time like now to watch Trevor Noah at his all-time best in the Daily Social Distancing Show on Comedy Central (DStv 122). Caffeine addicts will have a new BFF when they meet Henriëtte Marx in kykNET's new lifestyle series, Net Koffie (DStv 144), adventure junkies will get a new perspective on Africa – especially South Africa, thanks to Instagram celeb World Wide Nate, who now has his own cooking and travel show on Discovery Family (DStv 136), and if you're looking for old friends, kykNET is bringing back Nataniël in his sneaky lockdown travel and cooking show Toegang. Those looking for only the spiciest local flavours can give Phat Joe's new celeb chow down on Cheeky Palate a shot on 1Magic (DStv 103).
Finally, we’ll be welcoming a brand-new Miss SA on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sunday, 24 October.
October is packed wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor. Read on for all the dates, times and details of all these shows and more below
The world rejoiced when Zozibini Tunzi became Miss Universe in December 2019, passing her Miss SA Crown to Alberton-born Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier. What a year it has been for Sasha, who took up the fight on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and abuse with her #itsnotyourfault campaign all through lockdown during the global pandemic. Now while she’ll continue her fight, she’ll be passing on the crown, sash and platform to a new beautiful mind. This 2-hour special comes to viewers live from Cape Town, where we will see this year’s 10 finalists show why they should represent South Africa and possibly – if they make the top 3 – go on to take the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Supranational pageants.
Watch on Saturday, 24 October on M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 17:00
Mzi Mkhize moves from Ladysmith to the East Rand in Johannesburg, to help his uncle Bheki run his supermarket, and make a success of his life to impress his girlfriend back home. But Mzi is walking right into a web of secrets, and at the centre is his secret father, ruthless tycoon and failing PSL soccer team owner Bra Rex Ndlovu.
Watch from Sunday, 4 October on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
Christian Kane is back for this action series about semi-retired DEA agent Alex Walker, who now runs a hotel gift shop in the Philippines. Alex might be reduced to selling tchotchkes after getting a doctor’s warning that his hypertension could kill him, but the islands’ rich crime lords didn’t get his doctor’s note.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on Universal Channel (DStv 117) at 20:00
LAPD cop partners, detectives Syd and Nancy, are back to deliver justice, their way, in a new action and comedy-packed season. Syd and Nancy are here to protect and serve their community, and that means everyone, regardless of race or riches.
Watch from Monday, 19 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:30
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. This season, 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 Monday, 26 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
Based on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing comics, this series sees Abby Arcane return to her small Louisiana hometown to track an emerging virus on behalf of her bosses at the CDC (Center for Disease Control). She’ll cross paths with botanist Dr Alec Holland, who believes that the outbreak is linked to the illegal dumping of chemicals in the swamplands around the town.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on M-Net City (DStv 115) at 20:50
Following The Walking Dead S10B’s Catch Up on FOX (DStv 125) on Sunday, 4 October from 21:20 to 03:00, the COVID-delayed original season final 16th episode, titled A Certain Doom, will air live from the US. And now, it’s time for the final battle in The Whisperers War.
Watch on Monday, 5 October on FOX (DStv 125) at 03:00, repeating in prime time at 20:45
The first season of this show gained credibility when the US Navy confirmed that footage taken by its pilots showing UFOs was the real deal. And now exec producer Tom DeLonge (yes, the former Blink 182 singer/songwriter) is back with more unexplained aircraft sightings.
Watch from Friday, 9 October on History (DStv 186) at 21:05
Former FBI agent Ben Hansen, paranormal investigator Jereme Leonard, psychic medium Sarah Lemos and tech advisor K.D. Stafford have narrowed their search to super-haunted Morgan City in Louisiana. With the help of local historian Diane Wiltz, they’ll be uncovering the true stories of restless spirits that might be haunting the community.
Watch from Thursday, 15 October on Travel Channel (DStv 179) at 22:05
Early on in the pandemic lockdown, people all over the world were obsessed with the Netflix Tiger King series, a bizarre tale of murder allegations, murder for hire, big personalities, big cats and the epic battle between Joe Exotic and his nemesis, Carol Baskin. Now 2 new documentaries are aiming to take a different perspective on the story. The news that actor Nicolas Cage is preparing to play Joe Exotic isn't even the strangest thing to have happened in the Tiger’s tale this year.
It's time to let the cat out of the bag and address the lingering questions that viewers demand be answered. This 8-episode series, which features unaired footage from the Netflix series, will probe Carol Baskin’s past and her husband Don Lewis’s disappearance. The show also promises to reveal secrets that only Joe Exotic himself knows.
Watch from Thursday, 22 October on Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) at 21:00
This 1-hour special delves into Joe’s past, his childhood and the major influences that led to him exploiting big cats, trying to become a popstar, embracing polygamous marriage, delving into politics, and trying to hire a killer to murder a woman who poses a threat to anyone mistreating exotic animals for personal gain.
Watch on Thursday, 29 October on Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) at 21:00
If you’d prefer your crime with a local twist, true-crime series Bolhuis, fronted by private investigator Mike Bolhuis, returns at long last. Evildoers, beware. This season Mike is on the trail of international fugitives, murderers and fraudsters and more. In the first episode, he’ll be showing how he and his team are fighting the war on drugs.
Watch from Thursday, 15 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00
This true-crime series focuses on the nightmarish experiences of people who’ve lost loved ones to violent crimes, and reveals how detectives work to bring the criminals involved to justice. Cases include the 2016 disappearance of Sierah Joughin, whose blood-stained bicycle was discovered hidden in a cornfield in Ohio.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) at 21:50
This true crime re-enactment series presents evidence in real-life investigations to viewers piece by piece, challenging us to solve the crime. But don’t be too sure of yourself, because each of these cases involves some surprising twists and dramatic new discoveries.
Watch from Sunday, 11 October on CBS Justice (DStv 170) at 19:00
The Lifetime channel is going all-out this October to bring us psychological horror and stories of human monsters that will make your skin crawl. For ultimate effect, watch for the dubious safety of your bath with rose petals, candles, a glass of wine… and a sense of paranoia that’ll have you wondering whether you just heard footsteps or saw a shadow pass under your door.
Justine Grace is at her wits’ end. Her marriage is in crisis, her life is a wreck, and she needs to do some serious work on herself, too. A little light flirtation with her handsome new yoga instructor, Dominic, promises to be just the pick me up that she needs.
Watch on Saturday, 11 October on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20
Alison is still feeling emotionally bruised after the failure of her marriage, when her friends set a profile for her on a dating site. At first it seems that Vincent could be an unexpectedly perfect match for her. But viewers will know from the opening scene that Vincent is a lady killer – literally...
Watch on Saturday, 17 October on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20
Have your kids ever brought home a new best friend who set your teeth on edge? Spare a thought for Renee, whose daughter, Deandra, seems taken with her new school friend, Olivia. When Olivia strikes Renee as dangerously and abusively controlling, though, she tries to separate the girls, only for them to run away together.
Watch on Sunday, 18 October on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20
Lydia is trying to make a fresh start in a new home after she breaks up with her boyfriend. And while her handsome landlord, Drew, might seem like something out of a romantic comedy plot, he soon romances Lydia with all the clichés including buying her clothes, cooking romantic dinners and even pouring champagne down her throat… by force.
Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20
There’s something spooky and kooky for the kids this October, too.
In this brand-new animated fantasy series, 14-year-old human girl Luz (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles) stumbles across a hidden magical world while she’s at a summer camp for juvenile delinquents. Despite not having any innate magical powers, Luz is determined to study as an apprentice with Eda (voiced by Wendie Malick), the most powerful witch on the Boiling Isles. Thanks to her success at helping Eda on a quest, Luz eventually becomes an exchange student at Hexside Academy.
Watch from Monday, 26 October on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 15:15
Plan your Halloween Saturday with special themed episodes of all the following shows, which will be playing on your kids’ favourite channels…
The Scare-A-Thon Stunt Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) from 11:05
Halloween Marathon Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Nick Jr (DStv 307) from 13:00
Bunnicula Halloween Stunt Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Boomerang (DStv 302) from 15:10
Halloween Stunt Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Disney Channel (DStv 303) from 16:10
Siesta Z Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 17:10
Science Max Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 17:40
Make Me a Super Halloween Special Watch on Saturday, 31 October on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 18:10
All of the following movies can be enjoyed on DStv Now, or you can watch them on DStv Catch Up to create your own special Halloween weekend movie marathon.
In this kid-friendly animated movie, Larry the Zombie and Fred the Mummy want to make big life changes – Larry wants to be alive again properly, while Fred wants his curse lifted. Acting on the advice of Boo the Boogeyman, they set off to talk to a magical tree named Ghoul, who might be able to grant their wishes on Halloween.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Friday, 2 October at 07:33
This animated comedy centres on Dracula’s hotel, where the whole staff is in a tizzy because Drac has invited monsters far and wide to come and celebrate his precious daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. But the staff will really be challenged when a human tourist wanders into the hotel, and decides to stay.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Thursday, 3 October at 17:28
Gomez and Morticia unwittingly hire a serial killer named Debbie as a nanny for their new-born son. Eager to make her life as easy as possible while she plots to take over the house, Debbie persuades Gomez and Morticia to send their older children, Pugsley and Wednesday, to summer camp, like regular human children.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Friday, 4 October at 03:45
This 2000 live action science fiction horror film centres on notorious prisoner Richard B. Riddick, whose surgically altered eyes allow him to see in the dark. That proves to be a plus when the spaceship that he’s travelling on crash lands on a strange planet, whose monstrous, photosensitive inhabitants immediately start picking off the survivors.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Friday, 4 October at 20:00
In this 2019 animated kids movie, a group of little monsters, including a baby vampire, werewolf, mummy and zombie, participate in a “Mischief Night” dance off to determine who’ll take the crown as best dancer. Along the way, Lil’ Fang unites his classmates to form a dance club and rehearse after school with him.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Monday, 5 October at 06:45
Dracula causes trouble when he falls for busy, frustrated working mom Emma Wishbone, whose marriage and family are falling apart. Emma is planning to pull her family back together by getting everyone to dress up for a big monster-themed party. But a witch’s curse transforms the whole family into the monsters they’re dressed up as.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Tuesday, 6 October at 11:38
In this live action film based on the third of author Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles novels, late singer Aaliyah plays Akasha, the vampire queen of the title, who becomes fascinated by the rule-breaking rockstar vampire, Lestat. Both Lestat’s high profile and Akasha’s obsession alarm the elder vampires, who search for a way to get rid of them.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Friday, 30 October at 01:35
In this horror comedy, Madea and her family are determined to stop 17-year-old Tiffany and her friends from attending a big, rowdy Halloween party with college kids. The kids retaliate by creating a series of pranks to convince Madea and the rest of Tiffany’s family elders that monsters are real, and are out to get them.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Saturday, 31 October at 19:00
Tiffany, who’s now 18 and just as much of a troublemaker, gets wind of a Halloween party - but the venue is said to be haunted in true slasher movie style by the murderous “Derrick” and his family. When Madea drives off to stop the party again, she and the girls will end up running and screaming through the woods.
Watch on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) on Saturday, 31 October at 20:45
Professor Phillip Goodman is obsessed with debunking psychics and has his own TV show dedicated to the task. Then his childhood hero, paranormal investigator Charles Cameron, asks him to help to debunk three difficult cases. But things aren't as they seem in this creepy tale.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Saturday, 31 October at 20:52
There are monsters who demand the teeth of innocent children living in an old mansion, which is bad news for 8-year-old Sally, who’s come to stay with her father, Alex and his girlfriend Kim. Poor Sally gets the blame when she unwittingly releases the creatures and they start playing all sorts of nasty, destructive tricks.
Watch on M-Net Movies 4 (DStv 108) on Saturday, 31 October at 22:30
Executive producers Samuel L Jackson and LaTanya Jackson, and author/broadcaster Afua Hirsch and investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici, are probably about to educate you more about slavery in these 6 episodes than your entire school career might have. The documentary takes Samuel’s experiences of searching out his family’s roots in Gabon, to reframe the misery, cruelty and scope of the Transatlantic slave trade. Each episode combines 3 angles: Samuel’s personal journey; the search for a sunken slave ship (a different ship in each episode); and Simcha and Afua’s historical research into the documented evidence produced by the trade throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas. “I count myself as being from a tribe of survivors," says Samuel as he introduces this story. And as much as this documentary is an indictment of the trade as a whole and the thought used to justify it, it is also a celebration of the resilience of the survivors and the traces of their culture and homes that they clung to against all odds and abuses.
Watch from Wednesday, 21 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:30
Aside from Enslaved, in October 2 Africa-focussed series zooming in on farming will show the truth about growing our crops and feeding the world – without slavery.
Megaboere is back after a 2-year break, and in episode 1 it’s heading up Africa, crossing the Nile into Northern Uganda to meet the innovators behind Grainpulse. The season will also showcase 13 farmers who’re leading the way in empowering communities and standing at the forefront of technological development. We meet Patrick de Wet of De Wet Vrugte, and on 19 October, it is time for the inspirational story of Lawrence Hoatson and his company, Tekwani.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00
Based on the non-fiction book For The Love Of The Land by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens, this documentary series introduces South Africans to a diverse crop of farmers from across the country who share complex, layered stories about heritage and land. They discuss surviving trauma like land dispossession and forced labour, and the more current spectre of violent farm crimes.
Watch from Thursday, 8 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 18:00
This 6-hour documentary series explores the origins of the Trump family from the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, to the White House. Along with family history, it digs into 45th US President Donald Trump’s New York childhood with his millionaire parents, his actions as a real estate mogul, and his experiences as an author and reality show host.
Watch on Sunday, 4 October on History (DStv 186) at 19:20
This 2-episode special highlights the conditions of and reaction to the presidency of Barack Obama that paved the way for the current Trump Presidency. It’s an effort to make sense of the current bitter divide in US politics, and an exploration of how the Trump Presidential Campaign exploited the divisions in the country on the way to the White House.
Watch on Sunday, 4 October on History (DStv 186) at 20:15
Investigative journalists and government insiders bring to light a top-secret construction project that took place outside of the West Wing of the White House from 2007 to 2012. What lies beneath the President’s residence following this construction project known as The Big Dig? Certain documents are now no longer classified, and they will be used, along with unseen images from the project, to inform graphics that reveal the true nature of the project.
Watch on Sunday, 4 October on History (DStv 186) at 21:20
This one-hour documentary special takes us inside Air Force One itself – the plane dedicated to transporting the US President – with exclusive footage, archive footage, and interviews with insiders. It’s time to explore the history of the most famous aircraft in the US.
Watch on Sunday, 11 October on History (DStv 186) at 21:20
Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush all participated in WWII before going on to sit in the Oval Office. This documentary will explore how their wartime experiences changed them and shaped their leadership styles and their decision-making processes in the White House.
Watch on Sunday, 25 October on History (DStv 186) at 21:10
National Geographic Wild’s special day of programming on Sunday, 4 October will include 2 new brand-new episodes of Secrets Of The Zoo, one focussed on tigers and the other on rhinos. Here’s what to expect on the day:
Watch on Sunday, 4 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 00:30
This stunt of programming is dedicated to one of the fiercest predators in the wild today: the crocodile. As well as digging back into the prehistoric times, the shows will bring us in-depth stories of how crocs around the world hunt and live. Enjoy the following specials:
Sunday, 11 October
Sunday, 18 October
Sunday, 25 October
Watch from Sunday, 11 October to Sunday, 25 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 18:00
Dr. Lauren Thielen (Dr. T) from pet & vet series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER is opening up her own exotic animal practice in her home state of Texas. She’s next door to one of the state's largest and busiest animal hospitals. Dr. T will be one of 12 specialists called on to treat everything from emus, to hedgehogs, lemurs to cockatiels. She specialises in the smaller exotic animals, who require the most delicate of handling.
Watch from Wednesday, 14 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00
Family drama and family secrets have us sipping the reality tea in October. But there’s also girl power galore, with some unusual slay queens taking the stage.
Couples on the edge of disaster move out of home and into Mina Nawe’s (you and I) relationship bootcamp house. They’ll undertake exercises to test whether there’s anything in their relationship worth saving. And at the end of the show, presented with expert evidence, they’ll need to make the choice to work on improving their marriage and winning back love, or letting each other go for good.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on Moja Love (DStv 157) at 21:00
Presenter Cato Bekker plays mediator in this series about family disputes, broken friendships and arch rivalries. Cato’s first goal is to get people talking to each other… nicely. In one such intervention, Etienne asks Cato to step in to help his mom and her brother to mend fences. In another case, Cato tries to work out why one best friend no longer seems to care.
Watch from Tuesday, 6 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 21:00
When Khanyi Mbau posted pics of herself boarding her private jet for a flight to Bloemfontein this August, there was criticism. There always is. But some fans dubbed her their Rich Aunt – you know, the one who knows how to live her best life. Now we’re hoping her reality show will give us the naked truth about how she does it.
Watch from Saturday, 10 October on BET (DStv 129) at 21:30
Prudence and Makgotso are fab, fierce and fashionable. They’re also deeply connected to their spiritual sides. These 2 modern sangomas with share their insights into traditional healing and training practices, family dynamics, love and friendships in a series that’ll have you seeing traditional healers in a whole new light.
Watch from Wednesday, 7 October on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
Romeo left in a huff following his failed sit-down protest at the end of S5, but there’s still drama to come – and then some – in this exploration of the lives of kids who grew up with Hip-Hop royalty. Things are heating up between Angela and Bow Wow, who’s about to confess a secret that could destroy their relationship, while Sam and Egypt’s relationship faces some hurdles, including drama with Tee Tee.
Watch from Thursday, 8 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
RHOBH brings us a new champagne-flinging, Botox-bingeing season focused on the lives of Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Denise Richards and Garcelle Beauvais. We can also expect Eileen Davidson, Brandi Glanville, Camille Grammer, Faye Resnick, Kim Richards and Adrienne Maloof to drop by. But enjoy Denise while you can – this is her final season.
Watch from Friday, 16 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 18:00
The second half of KUWTK S18 starts (episode 11), following the shock announcement that its 20th season, which will air in 2021, will be its last. As we return, Kim meets with some former prisoners who will be helping her with her Justice Project. Scott has a health crisis, and a fight between Kendall and Kylie derails Kris’s plans for a healing family holiday in Palm Springs.
Watch from Sunday, 4 October on E! (DStv 124) at 20:00
The twisty-thinking quiz show that rewards our brains’ determination to remember random titbits is back! Presenter Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman will be putting contestants through their paces as they try to come up with the answers to questions (which have multiple correct answers) that the fewest of the 100 people who were polled for the show in advance will have thought of.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 19:00
In each episode, host Clinton Kelly calls on 3 of the US’s best gingerbread artists to create masterpieces based on a variety of spooky topics. Themes coming up this season include alien attacks, a mummy’s curse, and Freddy Krueger will challenge the bakers to produce tributes to nighmaring horror flick A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Watch from Saturday, 10 October on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:55
American Football star Terry Bradshaw invites viewers inside his family’s lives on their ranch in Oklahoma. The family is Terry, his prankster wife, Tammy, and his grown-up daughters Rachel, Erin and Lacey, as well as Lacey’s 7-year-old daughter, Zurie. They’re all just trying to get through the pandemic lockdown in one, sane piece together.
Watch from Monday, 12 October on E! (DStv 124) at 19:05
In this 40th birthday special, E! Is taking viewers back to the start and showcasing special episodes that were milestone moments for Kim. Remember when Kim tried to fire Kris as her momager? When she kept taking selfies while they were driving Khloe to jail? That time she secretly fed the family placenta? All this and more…
Watch from Monday, 19 October to Sunday, 25 October on E! (DStv 124) from 06:50
Strictly gets a shorter season, and had to be filmed entirely in-studio this year due to pandemic restrictions. Judge Bruno Tonioli will be commenting remotely from LA, but Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood will all be in their judging seats in person. The celeb dance partners include Caroline Quentin, Max George, Ranvir Singh, Nicola Adams, and EastEnders’ Maisie Smith.
Watch from Sunday, 25 October on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 19:00
An October makeover doesn’t have to be all rotting flesh and warty noses. You can embrace glamour and a look and style that’s perfectly you with 3 marvellous makeover shows… And if you’re not into that, could we interest you in a cheeky talk show or 2, or a brand-new Nataniël?
Mooimaak S3 has a new time slot at 21:00. Clare Wiese-Wentzel will be guiding 14 newcomers through the makeover of a lifetime. They’ll be undergoing non-surgical cosmetic procedures, aesthetic dental treatments, make-up, hair and even a wardrobe makeover. And along the way, Clare will be guiding their mental makeovers, too. The series will introduce the latest studies on health, weightloss, psychology and lifestyle habits to help these 14 lucky makeover mates step into being their best selves.
This season’s courageous makeover volunteers include Riëtte, a widow from Rawsonville who is struggling to get over the death of her husband, and Jo and Tanya, a married couple who’re trying to live a healthier life. We also meet Michelle, a woman who set aside her own life to support her son with his rehabilitation.
Watch from Thursday, 1 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 21:00
Hannon and his team are back for more makeover madness. In the first episode this season, Jolene, who doesn’t have a special someone or a job, is hoping that a new look will help her turn over a new page. Rosa is another one of those women who’ve put themselves last in their lives because they’re taking care of someone else, but while she’s still taking care of her bedridden husband, Hannon and his team will show her how she can value herself, too.
Watch from Sunday, 4 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 18:00
In each episode of this reality series, someone who feels that their looks and style could be holding them back will receive a head-to-toe makeover from the glam squad of your dreams. And once they’re ready to dazzle, they’ll be invited to prance about in their new looks in front of someone who treated them like a reject and made them feel bad about how they presented themselves. That might even be done in front of a mirror, as we can be our own harshest critics. Get ready to ga na na na na na.
Watch from Thursday, 22 October on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
Radio’s loss was our gain this year when DJ Phat Joe (Majota Khambule) resigned from Radio 2000’s breakfast show. He didn’t leave his chatty days behind him. Instead, he’ll be grilling celebrities and spiking things up in his very own reality show. His chosen guests are people known for their hot takes, so expect some spicy conversation.
Watch from Friday, 9 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:00
If you haven’t been tuning in to watch political comedy talkshow host Trevor Noah grow his hair out during lockdown, what are you even doing? Nevertheless, this is THE month to catch up with Trevor and his correspondents, because the US Presidential election is happing in just one month and the circus is in town, tigers are roaming the street and the buffoons are swinging from the trapeze.
Watch Tuesdays to Fridays on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 22:30
South African cabaret artist, cook and lifestyle king Nataniël will be taking us around the country with his special all-access pass to places we weren’t allowed to enter during the pandemic lockdown (level 3). He’ll take us on an insider tour of some iconic buildings’ art collections, inner workings, and surprise features, and he’ll be taking along his stove plate to whip up a special meal in each location. He’ll also introduce the artists and designers behind his ranges of tableware and jewellery. Nataniël intends to surprise viewers, as he kept his travels under his hat in the run-up to the show airing.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:30
If you saw the word coffee and thought, “Gimme”, you share your passion with humans around the world who’re collectively drinking 2,25 billion cups of coffee every single day. Entrepreneur Henriëtte Marx, owner of Coffee Excellence, is the host of this new lifestyle show that will take you around the world looking at cafe culture and coffee production.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 18:00
Presenters Hamilton Wessels and Leandie du Randt are making Saturdays party day again, so you won’t be dancing with yourself. In each episode, one of South Africa’s biggest entertainers will be popping in to deliver a virtual concert. Viewers can join in the show for the first hour via Zoom, and we’re also encouraged to send in videos and messages.
Watch from Saturday, 3 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00
Chicago-born Nathan Fluellen has visited 6 continents and 60 countries. His first TV series will concentrate on his travels through the African continent. Nate will be spending quite a lot of his episodes in South Africa, climbing in the Drakensberg, game watching In Phinda, swimming and surfing in Durban, and Grand Prix racing in Joburg.
Watch from Monday, 5 October on Discovery Family (DStv 136) at 18:30
Jamie has tightened his belt, and this series focuses on making the most of pantry staples and hacks to prepare and present the same foods in all sorts of different ways. He’ll be making good use of his freezer and tinned foods, and he has a whole lot of ingredient swaps up his sleeve to help you to cook a bang-up meal, on a budget.
Watch from Monday, 19 October on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
In this special, soccer star and captain of the US national soccer team, Megan Rapinoe is meeting with politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), comedian Hasan Minhaj, and Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to discuss a range of hot topics like race, class and gender issues, the COVID-19 pandemic and issues spotlighted by the upcoming 2020 US Presidential elections.
Watch from Monday, 19 October on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:30
The Voetspore team are back on the road and headed for a reunion. Johan Badenhorst and 12 of his most adventurous friends revisit the past 10 Voetspore seasons, during which they visited close to 40 African countries and travelled for 300,000 km on the continent. Now they’ll be chatting about the changes they’re seen take place across the African continent as they retrace some wonderful paths.
Watch from Sunday 25 October on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00