The best of factual entertainment this week on DStv

From restoring cars to murder mysteries and even crazy border crimes, DStv’s line-up of factual programming leaves no fact unknown

We live in a marvellous – and often scary – world. And there’s no platform that shows this dichotomy better than DStv.

Tune in to Discovery Channel (DStv 121) for a behind-the-scenes look at Border Control Europe, where the most bizarre and dangerous situations can occur. Or, if you enjoy tinkering under the hood, Plane Resurrection (Curiosity Channel, DStv 185) and Kindig Customs (Discovery Channel, DStv 121) will intrigue you with their restorations of aircraft and motor vehicles, respectively.

For lovers of true crime investigative series, The Menendez Brothers: The Crimes That Changed Us (ID, DStv 171) takes a deepdive into one of America’s most high-profile murders.

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Border Control Europe (Brand new)

Security and Customs Services, which operate at the borders of European countries, are extremely busy. As millions of people move across the continent, the expert teams are tasked with detecting danger and ensuring public safety. Delve into their world in this compelling series where anything seems possible – from hiding several kilos of cocaine in sauce packets in Rome to smuggling a protected species in Frankfurt. From Italy to Germany, Spain to Belgium, Europe’s border control teams must deal with the most bizarre and dangerous situations to curb the threat of drugs, weapons and suspected terrorists.

Saturday, 9 January on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:00

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The Menendez Brothers: The Crimes That Changed Us (Brand new)

In 1989, Hollywood exec Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty were brutally murdered in their Beverly Hills home. Surviving them are their sons, Erik and Lyle, who call 911 to the scene. What seems to be a mob hit on the couple soon becomes one of the United States most high-profile cases, hitting the very heart of the nation. As detectives take a closer look at the evidence, suspicious behaviour close to home leads the police to charge Erik and Lyle with killing their parents. As the brothers reveal disturbing family secrets, one of the country's most shocking and unexpected trials unfolds.

Thursday, 14 January on ID (DStv 171) at 21:00

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World’s Most Secret Homes (Brand new)

Using spectacular drone footage, World’s Most Secret Homes provides us with a bird’s-eye view of secluded forest homes, luxury bunkers and remote mountain hideaways. In California, a family retreat is embedded into rocky surroundings, a Norwegian cabin can only be accessed by helicopter and a Brazilian jungle lodge is peaked atop the mountains.

Friday, 8 January on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00

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Plane Resurrection (Brand new)

Head inside the cockpits of the world’s greatest restored fighting aircraft in this series. While unpacking the aircraft of yesteryear, the modern-day heroes who have dedicated their lives to bring these engineering masterpieces back to life invite us inside their world.

Thursday, 9 January on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 18:00

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Kindig Customs

This reality-styled show follows self-made Dave Kindig and his team at his custom car-fabrication shop Kindig-It Designs. Here, they build and restore exceptional cars for his demanding, and sometimes famous, clientele – from the ground up. This season, expect Team Kindig’s touches to a C-10 truck, Dave’s struggles with a 1964 Cadillac and a 1941 Chevy that only needs a paint job but hasn’t been driven in 30 years.

Friday, 8 January on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:00

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Ghost Nation S2

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango return to solve some of the most active paranormal cases they’ve encountered. This time, they’ll leave no trace of evidence behind as they bring along Shari DeBenedetti.

Wednesday, 13 January on Travel Channel (DStv 179) at 21:10

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