What to watch on DStv Compact Plus in November 2020
26 October 2020
Get your game face and your fame face on as DStv Compact Plus gets playful in a fun November line-up
26 October 2020
Get your game face and your fame face on as DStv Compact Plus gets playful in a fun November line-up
November is exam time for some and pre-December run-around time for others. But when it’s all said and done, a well-deserved break and a little light-hearted fun is always the best reward.
The content available on DStv Compact Plus this November is here too offer customers exactly that, with a light-hearted monthly line-up full of new game shows, intriguing dramas, and so many local faces and shows help you to relax.
Starting the month’s highlights, one of our favourite comedies is back! Ilana and Abbi return with more ridiculousness in their final season of Broad City, like Ilana’s project to pioneer an outdoor workspace for New York’s smokers, and Abbi’s efforts to move up from being a sweater folder to becoming a window artist at overpriced (but secretly desirable) hipster homewares shop Anthropologie. There are invitations to exhibitions at the MOMA and an offer to become a hair model. But just as the BFFs find their feet in New York City, everything is set to change.
Broad City S5 Starts on Saturday, 14 November on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 22:30
And here’s what else is coming your way…
We need some silly fun, and thanks to Beer Adriaanse, comedian Kevin Hart and Hip Hop Squares contestants like Lamorne Morris, that’s what DStv Compact Plus viewers are getting in these shows…
This fun gameshow pits two families against one another in a series of trivia and Minute To Win It-style physical and mental challenges… like questions about all that stuff you’ve forgotten since your schooldays. It’s test time! Host Beer Adriaanse (the actor/writer/producer/director/musician adding yet another feather to his cap in his first time as a presenter) cheers everyone on. It’s not about the cash prize, it’s about the boasting rights as these families prepare to show off.
Starts on Friday, 6 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 18:00 (double episodes)
Comedian Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko, are taking on a new set of celeb partners in their silly challenges. The likes of Tracee Ellis Ross and her brother Evan, Niecy Nash and her BFF Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Terry Bradshaw and his daughter Rachel, will be shaking their booties to bounce balls out of the boxes around their hips, trying to guess what their partners are saying while wearing noise-cancelling headphones, re-creating TikTok dances, and trying to guess whether some strange personal facts are true or false.
Starts on Sunday, 22 November on E! (DStv 124) at 21:00
The celebrity stuffed game show is back! Hip Hop artists will be playing noughts and crosses against each other – for money. But you know it’s not about the game, it’s about the players. Along the way, they’ll be matching their wits and pop culture knowledge, letting their hair down and getting crazy! This season we’ll see the likes of New Girl’s Lamorne Morris go up against Jessie T Usher, Trina take on Dreezy, and Demetrius Shipp Jr square off against Machine Gun Kelly.
Starts on Thursday, 12 November on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:00 (double bills from Thursday, 26 November)
If you’re looking to get out of your drama and into someone else’s, DStv has 3 new dramas for you to obsess over – and they’re getting rave reviews. Strip club drama sounds seedy but P-Valley is going to change that perception in its humanising story filled with intriguing personalities. US Historical drama Grant gives us presidents to cheer for, and new medical drama Transplant combines an immigrant tale with the intensity of hospital emergency room. Check it out!
This drama series, created by playwright Katori Hall and set in a financially troubled Mississippi strip club, has been a critical hit. The story revolves around non-binary club owner Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan) and the dancers who work at their club, their public lives, backroom drama, familial relationships with their fellow dancers, and their private struggles. Aside from the artistry and athleticism of the dancing, the series spotlights racism in the American South, twisty business and local politics. P-Valley will air simultaneously on Showmax.
Starts on Tuesday, 17 November on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30
Executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio’s 3-episode historical drama mini-series Grant, based on Ron Chernow’s 2017 biography, combines dramatic re-enactments, enhanced archive footage and expert commentary to weave the story of 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant (Justin Salinger). The series follows Grant’s rise from a working class family to becoming President Abraham Lincoln’s (South African actor Carel Nel) favourite Civil War General. Following Lincoln’s assassination, Grant takes on the Presidency and the task of reuniting the country in the bitter, complex Reconstruction era.
Starts on Sunday, 1 November on History (DStv 186) at 20:15
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
What do chef Bertus Basson, comedian Lee Mack and Hip Hop royalty have in common? They’re getting real on DStv. Chef Bertus is looking for a new apprentice, Lee Mack is putting woodworkers through their paces in one of those relaxing UK talent shows, and the Growing Up Hip Hop kids are back with engagements, weddings and so many fights – if you like your reality with spice.
Comedian Lee Mack (Semi-Detached) hosts this reality talent show that pits 10 of the UK’s finest carpenters against one another under the eagle eye of Master Carpenter William Hardie. Together, all the woodworkers will create items and fixtures to furnish a magnificent cabin in the woods with eclectic-themed rooms including Nelson’s cabin on HMS Victory and a Mad Men-inspired Mid Century Modern lounge. The winner scores an exhibition of their work at the William Morris Gallery in London.
Starts on Monday, 9 November on History (DStv 186) at 20:15
8 aspiring chefs (aged 18-25) share a house together for 8 days in this reality competition show. They’re competing in a series of culinary challenges to win a 3-month apprenticeship with judge Chef Bertus Basson, as well as a cash prize. Chef Bertus is known for his love of locally sourced ingredients and creative dishes that express our South African heritage. And his attention to detail will have those young chefs sweating. Crystal Donna-Roberts leads the action as host and kitchen companion.
Starts on Tuesday, 17 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 17:00
The reality season Starts on with fireworks between Angela and Romeo after she doesn’t respond to the bible verse he sent to the entire cast. Briana has a new boyfriend, Sam is ready to propose to Egypt… which Tee Tee is determined to sabotage, and Raquel and Damon are moments away from having that baby. Coming up, we can expect a secret marriage, a security intervention, and a call for the cameras to shut off at Egypt’s 21st birthday party. Never a dull moment.
Starts on Friday, 6 November on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:30
From cakes to cars, grandmas to grand celebrations, pure enjoyment is on the menu on DStv Compact Plus this November. Brand-new series Terugkeer sees South African celebs visiting their hometowns and throwing a party, Top Gear is going offroad and off script with some absurd fun, grannies are going to solve all our problems in Ouma Weet Mos, and The Wonderful World of Cakes has something tasty in store…
In this lifestyle series, a celebrity returns to their hometown to invite family or friends to a grand celebration dinner at a local restaurant. One camera team will follow the restaurateur who’s preparing for the event, while another follows the celebrity around town as they revisit old haunts and old friends, and look back on their lives growing up. Celebrities include Rolanda Marais (Wellington), comedian Shimmy Isaacs (Worcester) and ex-Springbok rugby star De Wet Barry who returns to his teeny hometown, Op-die-Berg.
Starts on Monday, 2 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
Relationship problems? Career issues? Never fear, Granny is here. In this reality show, 3 grandmas combine 230 years of life experience to help their guests with tragic break-ups, unhealthy addictions and other life struggles. With age comes the wisdom of knowing what to cling onto, what’s not worth your tears, and what’s going to be a big deal if you don’t sort it out now. But this isn’t tough love – it’s done with that grandma touch of love and laughter.
Starts on Thursday, 12 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 20:00
This season’s preview was one of the highlights at BBC’s upfronts. Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are getting into some outrageous Top Gear shenanigans, like converting a Mr. Whippy ice-cream van into a monster truck and pitting it against a tank. The guys will take rubbish cars up a “wall of death”, put their holiday rental cars on skis and hit the slopes, and spend a full 24 hours in their cars, which requires some major acrobatics at refuelling time, let alone when nature calls.
Starts on Thursday, 5 November on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00
This 6-episode series turns the spotlight on the UK’s all-time favourite bakes, from the classic raspberry and chocolate Jaffa Cake, to the world’s most expensive cake, and the baker who made it happen. And we’ll see marvellous creations from newcomers to the field The Cake Illusionist and Lincolnshire’s Gadget Cakes, which specialises in cakes with moving mechanical elements.
Starts on Thursday, 12 November on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00
And don’t miss…
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.
Starts on Monday, 2 November on MTV (DStv 130) at 21:30
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
Monique Steyn hosts this in-studio musical talkshow and sings duets with her guests, watches their favourite Afrikaans music videos with them, and delves into their personal lives. Guests this season include former Idols star Willem Botha, David Johnson and Bianca Le Grange, and The Voice South Africa star Fatman.
Starts on Tuesday, 3 November on VIA (DStv 147) at 19:30
3 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. But there’s also a celebration of the work and dedication that goes into solving a crime in How I Caught The Killer…
Investigators share how they explore crimes to come to grips with possible motives that’ll point to suspects who’re hiding in plain sight. Cases include that of a sniper who’s shooting victims along Alaska’s busiest highway, two California serial killers (one targeting the homeless), a bombing in rural Alaska tied to a family’s plot for revenge, and a woman’s fall in the Grand Canyon that exposed a crime reaching back years earlier.
Starts on Monday, 16 November on Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) at 21:50
Courtroom cameras capture moments in trials when emotions spilled over. It’s not all brawls and screaming, either – we’ll see a moment when one prisoner meets his baby for the first time. The series features interviews with everyone in court, from the witnesses and family members, to criminal psychologists and prosecutors who talk about what it’s like working in a field where emotions run high, but courtroom rules demand that everyone stay in control.
Starts on Thursday, 5 November on Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) at 21:00
Ex-cop and “Crimewatch” presenter Rav Wilding narrates this series, which spotlights people who’ve brought killers to justice. In each 1-hour episode, detectives, crime scene investigators and family liaison officers in the UK and US talk about their roles in some hard-to-solve crimes. The series will explore the investigations via interviews in key locations, live-action re-enactments, a ticking clock ride-along on the action in the first 48-hours of the case, footage and photos from case files, and graphics that illustrate the clues along the way.
Starts on Tuesday, 10 November on CBS Justice (DStv 170) at 20:00
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 Plus 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…
In this 2-part, 2-hour follow up special, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is back on his mission to create beautiful and moving portraits of every single endangered species in captivity on Earth – before it’s too late. This season, he dives underwater to photograph the Amazonian manatee. And he captures the adorable pika in the wild in the Colorado Rockies.
Starts on Friday, 27 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00
In this moving documentary, director Ron Howard follows the efforts of a small California community to come to grips with tragedy, figure out how to survive, and completely rebuild their town, Paradise, following the devastating 2018 bushfires that left them homeless, and killed family members and pets. September 2020’s fires make this even more poignant to watch.
Watch on Sunday, 22 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00
Filmmaker Tom Jennings explores the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II – from her uncle’s abdication, to her grandsons’ drama – through a series of never-before-seen (or heard) interviews with those who know her personally. “I have gained exclusive access to untapped archives while piecing together the complete story of Queen Elizabeth II, which is most often underscored by love and marriage,” says Tom.
Watch on Sunday, 15 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00
Part of Curiosity’s Super Science Mondays, this Open University documentary special looks back on the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th Century to determine who made the greatest contributions to our understanding of the universe. In a century that saw the birth of radio and television, scientists’ discoveries from the insides of atoms, to the mysteries of the cosmos kept a worldwide audience awestruck.
Monday, 23 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 22:00
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.
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.
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