Think documentaries aren’t for you? It’s time to reconsider!

If documentaries aren’t usually your thing, these mind-blowing factual features will have you seeing the world in a whole new light.

If your favourite drama series hasn’t yet released its latest season, or that reality show you binged has no more fresh episodes, why not take a walk on the wild side with some of the incredible documentaries DStv has on offer this March. From action and adventure, to sci-fi and drama, we promise there’s something for just about every taste.

If you love sweeping dramas, don’t miss Seven Worlds, One Planet

Narrated by David Attenborough, the only expert whose masterful narration will do when it comes to being regaled by heart-wrenching yet inspiring tales of Mother Nature, BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet is a stunning seven-episode saga dedicating an entire episode to each of Earth’s continents. Audiences will get to see remarkable wildlife dramas playing out in areas as diverse as far-flung frozen Antarctica to the sweltering deserts of Africa. The series is filled to the brim with the unexpected and the awe-inspiring beauty and savagery that is our planet. Lauded by The Guardian as “breath-taking, moving, harrowing”, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

Starts Sunday 29 March on BBC Earth (184) at 21:00

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If you’re a science fiction fan, you’ll love Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Renowned astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson hosts this docuseries that explores mankind’s discovery of the laws of nature in what DeGrasse describes as “the Spaceship of the Imagination.” This four-time Emmy-winning series has inspired many a voyage throughout history, and” each episode features Hollywood A-listers like Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and Amanda Seyfried. If you think the link to sci-fi is tenuous at best – Star Trek franchise’s Brannon Braga contributed as co-writer and the fascinating journeys imagined in this series will satisfy even the most avid Trekkie.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds starts Wednesday 11 March on National Geographic (181) at 20:15


If you can’t get enough extreme action, you’ll get a kick out of Kings of Pain

No pain, no gain. That’s the very real mantra in this new HISTORY (186) series in which grown men encourage animals and insects to hurt them – in the name of science.

Wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and animal handler Rob “Caveman” Alleva are the crazy guys putting their bodies on the line. They attempt to get stung and bitten by animals and insects from different parts of the world so that they can measure the amount of pain they receive. This notably includes a reticulated python, which in one episode leaves Adam’s arm a bloody mess. There’s also a Nile monitor lizard, an executioner wasp, a piranha, a tarantula hawk and a giant Asian centipede. Ouch! The duo is highly trained in what they do, so do not try any of this at home!

Kings of Pain starts on Thursday 19 March on HISTORY (186) at 20:15


If reality TV is more your thing, Spy in the Wild is just up your alley

It doesn’t get more real than being able to witness nature’s greatest dramas and emotional encounters in Spy in the Wild in the footage caught on their revolutionary hidden cameras. This second series explores mass gatherings among the animal kingdom and features even more lifelike undercover spy creatures to infiltrate communities, giving you an unforgettable first-hand wildlife experience. Become part of a gorilla family for the day, discover all the drama of koala breeding season, and feel the heat of battle as Komodo dragons struggle for supremacy.

Watch Spy in the Wild S2 Mondays from 16 March on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00


If you live for legends and adventure, join Expedition Unknown on a journey of discovery

On Discovery Channel, adventure has a name, and its name is Josh Gates. This modern-day Indiana Jones (he holds a degree in archaeology) is on a mission to uncover the truth behind history’s most enthralling legends in this globe-trotting series. Interviewing key eyewitnesses and revealing the most recent developments in the story, Josh embarks on a fully immersive exploration to lead him closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas. This season, Josh resumes his quest to find the lost heart of the legendary Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, as he makes his way to the recently excavated tombs in the town of Turbek and makes an exciting ground-breaking discovery.

Watch Expedition Unknown Tuesdays on Discovery Channel (121) at 20:00

Intrigued? Here are some more top documentaries heading to your screens in March

Cannabis: Miracle Medicine or Dangerous Drug?

We weed out the facts in this eye-opening series aimed at educating even the most hardened conservative. UK-based doctor Javid Abdelmoneim detangles the truth from the fiction and debunks or confirms myths, with the intention to see if cannabis is truly the medical saviour we all need. Javid also visits Israel to learn why they have used cannabis as a medicine for over 20 years. At King’s College London he finds a new study linking cannabis to mental health problems, and he takes part in a ground-breaking trial showing the effects of cannabis on the brain.

S1 on Tuesday 17 March on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Women of Impact: Changing The World

National Geographic makes it their mission to showcase and celebrate the ground-breaking and often selfless acts from women the world over. This brand-new series dives into the lives of women who go over and above their daily lives to make the world a better place not only for themselves but for billions of people and animals too. Narrated by actress Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife, ER), the series includes interviews with well-known women like primatologist and anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall and American photojournalist, Amy Vitale. But that’s not all, we’ll also get to see women from all walks of life who truly inspire nations, communities and the world at large.

Sunday 15 March on National Geographic (181) at 21:00

Homicide City: Charlotte

Former homicide detective Garry McFadden – now a Sheriff in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, previously starred in and consulted on I Am Homicide, where he used his unorthodox methods to solve even the most brutal cases. In this new ID series, Garry reveals the city of Charlotte’s darkest and deadliest secrets in order to solve even the most heinous of crimes. In the season opener, teenager Harmahn Smith is reported missing after he misses his curfew. When his body is found floating in a pond, Garry and the CPD make it their mission to find out what exactly happened to the 18-year-old.

Wednesday 18 March on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00

Man With a Van S1

This innocently titled true-crime series comes laden with evil, blood and murder, featuring terrifying real-life accounts of killers who use the cover and anonymity of panel vans to stalk their victims by offering them a lift on the side of the road, showing up outside their homes or even intercepting people straight from the side of the road. The series starts off with Meredith Emerson who decides to hike with her dog on Georgia’s Blood Mountain on New Year’s Day. When Meredith’s dog is found nearly 100 km’s from where their hike began, authorities begin a frantic search for the missing woman.

Saturday 14 March on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00

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