What to watch on DStv Compact in November 2020

New faces mean new developments in our local soapies and when the tension is too much, DStv Compact’s movies and real-life stories will help you to unwind. Here’s everything you need to watch this month.

DStv is going all-out to bring you the best storytelling this November. When you’re in a soapie mood, it’s time for a telenovela, or you can sit back for one of those tasty, twisted Lifetime (DStv 131) Wild Love movies with this month’s host, Ayanda MVP. You can even get all your martial arts action on KIX (DStv 114) – whatever you fancy, you’re in for 31 days of sheer entertainment.

There are beautiful documentaries for the whole family and when all you want is a little fun, DStv Compact will spin you into Top Gear, walk you down the aisle and bring you some of the world’s most beautiful cakes to feast your eyes on. Let your remote get you close to the action for…

Seriously soapie stories

Keep an eye out for 2 new faces in the soap world in November. Sihle Ndaba (Isibaya’s ex-Cebisile) has just joined the teaching staff at Gomora High as Business Studies teacher Ncebakazi Manzi in Gomora on Mzansi Magic (weekdays on DStv 161 at 19:30). She’s one of those teacher’s with the eye – all she has to do is stare and the children behave. But Ncebakazi has a secret – she knows the boys are staring because she’s hot, and she loves it. Poor sweet Teddy (Sicelo Buthelezi) soon has a crush on his teacher, unaware of the danger he’s in as the predatory Miss Manzi returns his interest and sets out to abuse her position.

And we’re keeping a close watch on Isibaya’s new leading man on Mzansi Magic (weekdays on DStv 161 at 20:30). In October, one door closed when series lead Siyabonga Thwala left the role of Mpiyakhe Zungu (RIP)… but that door opened right back up again when Thulani Mtsweni (Isidingo’s ex-Sibiya) waltzed in to play Mpiyakhe’s no-good, charming con man little brother Mpihlangene Zungu – the spoilt, last-born of the Zungu brothers. Oh, he says he’s come to take care of his brother’s family like a responsible sibling would, and to uphold those traditional values, but he’s really looking to cash in and with his slick tongue and manipulative gifts, he could soon pull the rug out from under the family and feather his own nest. If Thulani looks suspiciously familiar, you might be a real Isibaya fanatic – he played Godfrey back in S2 (2014/15).

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The action is also heating up in sinfully delicious soapie Isono on BET (Mondays to Thursdays on DStv 129 at 21:30). November starts with the fallout from the fatal incident in late October. Mother Mary (Nthati Moshesh) has a dangerous job on the cards for Abednego (Senzo Radebe), but his growing closeness to his childhood love, Mary's son Gabriel (Bohang Moeko), threatens Mary's plans… unless she can rope them into a brand-new business opportunity that she's spotted.

Mary’s daughter Esther's (Didintle Khunou) relationship with Makwande (Anga Makubalo) hits a rock named Millicent (Natasha Thahane), but Esther won't take their suspicious new closeness lying down when she finds out about his fling with that vixen! You know what they say about a woman scorned. Lesedi (Mpule Matlhola) is going to get a major makeover, and Gabriel and Mary should know better than to leave witnesses when they conduct a heist – no matter how close to home that witness is. With all the bodies dropping, Abednego is going to be in for quite a trial trying to find a hiding place for the latest one. Mo’ corpses, mo’ problems.

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Telenovela tears, tantrums and trysts

3 brand-new telenovelas are coming to the tlnovelas channel (DStv 133) this November. Expect glamour, betrayal, the strange geometry of love triangles, family legacies of pain, and a toy shop-owning playboy who’s about to learn a tough lesson about growing up…


Hospital drama

Medical drama lovers have a new prescription for raising that heart rate. In Transplant S1, Syrian doctor Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq) flees his country along with his little sister, Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus), and he tries to make a new home and life in Canada as he uses his battlefront experiences in emergency medicine in Syria to clinch a coveted role as resident in Toronto’s top hospital, York Memorial. Combining an immigrant and refugee story with hospital drama brings something fresh to the mix for fans of the genre, along with great emotional impact.

Starts on Friday, 27 November on Universal (DStv 117) at 20:00

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Quality reality, lush lifestyle, great games

If all that soapie, telenovela and drama action is threatening to destroy your peace of mind DStv Compact has plenty of touching reality series, lifestyle shows and a game show to get you giggling again...

On MTV, the Have Faith team meet with SA’s favourite social media stars, their families and their production teams to look at how they’re making their own success – and what it takes to keep up a constant presence on the socials without landing up cancelled. Watch Have Faith S2 from Monday, 2 November on MTV (DStv 130) at 21:30.

And don’t miss…

And don’t miss…


Help! I Wrecked My House S1

Home reno expert Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential and Rock The Block) steps in to help homeowners whose DIY projects have gone horribly wrong, mangling their bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms. Jasmine brings in an expert work team to help her turn disasters into dream designs. Even plumbing disasters can’t shake Jasmine!

Starts on Tuesday, 3 November on HGTV (DStv 177) at 20:35

True-crime time

2 series are putting the “No” in November. Devil Among Us takes us inside investigations into some truly disturbing crimes and brazen criminals who thought they could get away with it, and Chaos In Court looks at what happens when emotionally charged cases get in front of a judge.

Gripping documentaries

With the world still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Geographic (DStv 181) is spotlighting the latest research in Virus Hunters on Wednesday, 25 November at 21:00.

National Geographic epidemiologist and ecologist Christopher Golden is hunting for patterns that lead to international health issues. He and ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman, who has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic intensively, will travel across continents to meet the scientists on the frontlines of the efforts to halt COVID-19, and those who’re in the field trying to stop the next pandemic before it starts – like wildlife rangers, virus gene trackers and even bat scientists.

And before this episode airs, viewers can see what has happened since the series was shot in Breakthrough: Virus Hunters Update on Wednesday, 18 November on National Geographic (DStv 182) at 21:00. Following up in December, there is a documentary investigating how viruses become epidemics and even pandemics: Going Viral: From Ebola To COVID-19, airing on Wednesday 2 December on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00.

There’s so much more beautifully filmed edutainment coming for DStv Compact viewers, from the return of wildlife photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project, to filmmaker Ron Howard’s celebration of hope and resilience in Rebuilding Paradise, and Tom Jennings’ definitive look at the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II…

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Special events

We’re into awards season for real now, and the big news in November is The People’s Choice Awards. Following E!’s Live From The Red Carpet coverage (airing between 02:00 and 04:00), the awards themselves will be broadcast live on air. The ceremony itself will be handing out awards across 44 different categories, with some celebs receiving lifetime or special awards. Actor-director Tyler Perry will be honoured with a People’s Champion Award (in recognition of his leadership during 2020, particularly in pioneering the re-launch of TV production under the new COVID-19 protocols and his charitable support of families in need), while Tracee Ellis Ross will be collecting the 2020 Fashion Icon Award, and Jennifer Lopez will receive the People’s Icon Award. These awards are for the big crowd pleasers, voted on by fans online – so it’s worth sitting back and making a note of what to go looking for on your favourite streaming sites, particularly in the movies category since this hasn’t been much of a year for bigscreen buzz.

Watch on Monday, 16 November on E! (DStv 124) at 04:00

Also look out for:

  • Soul Train Awards on BET (DStv 135) – date and time TBC
  • 2020 EMAs on MTV (DStv 130) – date and time TBC

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Lifetime’s Wild Love November

November’s Lifetime (DStv 131) movies are all about that Wild Love – a love that’s sometimes deadly, sometimes delightful, but always surprising and overpowering. Movie fans can join Ayanda MVP for special watch-along movies throughout the month. New movies double bills are airing every Saturday and Sunday at 19:30 and 20:50, and there will be a movie marathon on Saturday 21 November from 11:45 to 19:20, before the movie of the month, Looking For Mr. Wonderful, sweeps you and Ayanda off your feet.

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Looking for Mr Wonderful
Looking for Mr Wonderful

Get your KIX fix!

KIX (DStv 114) is bringing viewers November fireworks with hot action and martial arts titles from China and the US. There are tales of honour and vengeance and… zombie zoo animals? Human organ hunters? Time-traveling gamblers? Well, there’s never a dull second on KIX.

Read more below for the fresh new titles you can catch on KIX (DStv 114) in November.


And something special

Filmmaker Steve McQueen (Shame and 12 Years a Slave) has spent the past 11 years creating Small Axe, a series of 5 films exploring life in London’s West Indian community from the 1960s to the 1980s. Together, the Small Axe films are an uplifting celebration of community, family, joy, music and food, and the stories represent a triumph over racism and British class issues. The film subjects range from celebrations of real-life political resistance and activism, to explorations of music and ordinary life.

“They’re linked, and the connective tissue is the Black British experience, the Black Indian experience. These are historical pieces that we need to come to light,” says Steve, whose father is from Grenada, while his mom came from Trinidad. The films’ stars include Letitia Wright and John Boyega, along with previously undiscovered talent.

Starts on Monday, 16 November on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00

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