Reality divas rule the roost on DStv Compact this October

Horror slashers versus slay queens, real family drama versus SA’s hottest new drama series: you pick the winner on DStv Compact

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). And if you're looking for simple fun in the sun, cop show Almost Paradise has your cocktail of cool chaos waiting on Universal (DStv 117). And telenovela fans can indulge with S1 of Wild At Heart on the new home of telenovelas, tlnovelas (DStv 133).

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. Continuing with documentaries, 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!

But it's with reality shows that DStv Compact really knocks it out of the park in October.

Take a ringside seat at family feuds with 2 new shows centred on fixing broken families: Mina Nawe S1 on Moja Love (DStv 157), and Lekunutu S1 on Moja Love (DStv 157). Then Married At First Sight spin-off series Couples Cam will take you inside their surprising relationships during lockdown on Lifetime (DStv 131), while there's more lockdown family drama captured live on camera in True Life presents: Quarantine Stories S1 on MTV (DStv 130).

Reality divas are bringing the drama to compact in new series and old favourites. Modern sangoma series Izangoma Zodumo introduces us to 2 slay queens who've answered the Calling on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161), and it's “Mbaut time” – you know what we mean, because Miss Fabulous herself Khanyi Mbau's intimate new show MbauReloaded is coming to BET (DStv 129), while E! (DStv 124) will be celebrating Kim Kardashian's 40th birthday.

And there's so much more reality fun including top makeover show Wraak My Mooi on VIA (DStv 147), Instagram celeb World Wide Nate's own cooking and travel show on Discovery Family (DStv 136), street magic from South Africa's TikTok sensation Wian on VIA (DStv 147), and the brand-new season of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC Brit (DStv 120).

We’ll be welcoming a brand-new Miss SA on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sunday, 24 October.

And if martial arts action movies are your true love, get ready for all the action when the KIX channel (DStv 114) launches on Thursday, 1 October! Keep an eye on when we’ll be breaking down all the movies coming to the channel in October.

October is everything on DStv Compact. Read on for all the dates, times and details of all these shows and more below.

Special events


Miss SA 2020

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

All the Drama

And don’t miss…

Halloween horror series!

True Crime nightmares

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.

Lifetime Shocktober movies

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.

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Shocktober slashers

Teeny weeny Halloween

There’s something spooky and kooky for the kids this October, too.


The Owl House S1

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, the most powerful witch on the Boiling Isles.

Watch from Monday, 26 October on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 15:15

And don’t miss…

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

Halloween movies

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.

October is Animal Month


World Animal Day Stunt

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:

  • 00:30-02:53: Africa’s Deadly Kingdom S1: eps 2-4, South Africa’s West Coast, Reefs, and Grasslands.
  • 02:54: Born Wild (special): Young animals and their parents learn what it takes to survive in a changing world.
  • 03:40: Born In Africa S1: ep3, teen predators get their first real hunting lessons.
  • 04:25: Original Fight Club (special): Animals fight for survival in all sorts of different ways.
  • 05:13: Shark Survivors USA (special): A look at fascinating shark behaviour among different species in waters around the US.
  • 06:00: Yukon Vet Northern Lights S8: Eps 7 & 8, Dr Michelle Oakley treats a moose with a breathing problem, and she finds out that her dog, Bindi, is going to have 8 puppies. And then she has a musk ox for a patient, along with a baby reindeer, and she treats a horse named Ghost.
  • 06:50: Lady With 700 Cats (special): Lynea Lattanzio runs a cat sanctuary focussed on getting cats healthy and socialised for adoption.
  • 07:37: Girl Power (special): See nature and its survival struggles from the perspective of female animals.
  • 08:26: Regime Of The Queen (special): Iconic big cat stories centred on feline moms.
  • 09:16: Snake Island: Wild And Deadly (special): Visit an Australian island where the deadly tiger snake thrives.
  • 10:05: Lady With 700 Cats (r)
  • 10:53: Girl Power (r)
  • 11:42: Counting Tigers (special): See how the world’s largest-ever wildlife survey counted tigers in the wild.
  • 12:25 Vanishing Kings: Desert Lions Of Namib (special): A look at 5 young male lions who conquered the challenging Namib Desert.
  • 13:17 The Real Black Panther (special): Saya, a black leopard, rises to power in India’s Kabini forest. Photographer Shaaz Jung spent 10 hours a day over 3 years tracking and photographing Saya.
  • 14:04: Sharks Of The Bermuda Triangle (special): Finds out why this special patch in Bermuda is a shark haven for creatures like the Tiger Shark and Cookiecutter shark.
  • 14:51: Wild Alaska: Arctic Summer (special): Animals make the most of the 2-month summer in the Arctic Circle.
  • 15:38: Little Giant (special): Elephant calf Little E makes the dangerous journey across the Maasai Mara when drought strikes.
  • 16:24: India’s Wild Leopards (special): A cameraman documents the wild cats of India, and how they are adapting to all sorts of different environments.
  • 17:11: Secrets Of Wild India: Kings Of The Jungle (special): A look at the dazzling variety of India’s wildlife from its mountains, to desert and savannah, to forests and deep jungle.
  • 18:01: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tigers (brand-new special): Meet the zoo’s 3 new tiger cubs, who’s out exploring. But they’d better not disturb the grumpy tiger.
  • 18:48: Secrets Of The Zoo: Rhinos (brand-new special): The zoo has baby rhino fever, a rhino paints a masterpiece, and two rhinos get romantic.
  • 19:37: Monster Snakes (special): Anacondas, pythons and more of the world’s biggest snakes.
  • 20:26: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tiger Time (r)
  • 21:15-23:40: The Incredible Dr Pol (mix): Dr Pol and her team treat lame goats, and angry bulls who’re feeling the summer heat, there’s an animal who’s struggling to deliver twins, and a special episode looks into a whole week of animal emergencies that kept the clinic staff on the go 24-7.
  • 23:41: Secrets Of The Zoo: Tiger Time (r)
  • 00:30 Sharks Of The Bermuda Triangle (r)

Watch on Sunday, 4 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 00:30


Croctober S1

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

  • 18:00: Hippo versus Croc: Exploring the uneasy relationship between hippos and crocodiles – and how it turns deadly.
  • 18:48: Jaguars versus Crocodile: Wildlife photographer Steve Winter and cameraman Bertie Gregory capture footage of the jaguars in the Pantanal of Brazil hunting caiman in the water.
  • 19:37: Croc Inside Out: 2 Specialists explain how the Nile Crocodile’s physiology and adaptations make it the perfect ambush predator.
  • 20:26: Hippo vs Croc (r)

Sunday, 18 October

  • 18:00: Cave Crocs Of Gabon: A special species of dwarf crocodile lives underground in Gabon’s cave systems.
  • 18:48: Mother Croc: Highspeed cameras capture crocs in action as they hunt to reveal their strategies.
  • 19:37: Lake Of A Thousand Caiman: An uncharted lake in the Amazon is a hot spot for the black caiman.
  • 20:26: Cave Crocs Of Gabon (r)

Sunday, 25 October

  • 18:00: World’s Deadliest Crocs: There are 4 big crocodile species around the world. This show weighs up stories from survivors to explore their behaviour.
  • 18:48: When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs: Palaeontologist Paul Sereno tells us all about the prehistoric monster croc, Deinosuchus, which terrorised ancient rivers.
  • 19:37: Boss Croc: Cameras follow a crocodile named Brutus from his hatchling days, to his 50s, as he becomes the biggest croc to beat.
  • 20:26: World’s Deadliest Crocs (r)

Watch from Sunday, 11 October to Sunday, 25 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) from 18:00


Dr. T Lone Star Vet S1

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. There’s even a kangaroo. She specialises in the smaller exotic animals, who require the most delicate of handling. “In Florida and Texas, for the most part, the climate is acceptable, but they’re also the biggest hubs for exotic animal importation, actually, Texas being huge for that. So I think that’s why we get a lot of it,” explains Dr. T. “I like the little prickly or fuzzy ones – or animals that I can just carry around effortlessly, that’s my type of pet or patient.”

Watch from Wednesday, 14 October on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00

Real family drama

Family drama and family secrets have us sipping the reality tea in October. There’s couples therapy, lives and struggles in lockdown, and interventions for everyone!

Reality Divas slay all day

And so much more reality fun

Finally, keep an eye on the weekly highlights as more information becomes available on Ingane’ Yami S1, starting Tuesday, 20 October on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00.

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