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…