What to watch on DStv Premium in May


New month, new shows! DStv Premium customers can get ready for the best brand-new international series and documentaries right here. Take a look at our line-up and get ready for a month of quality entertainment.

M-Net (101)

Shrill

Aidy Bryant leads the charge in this herstory about a young journalist trying to increase her self-worth despite what society has to say about her weight. She believes in herself, but the world keeps telling her otherwise – from her boss who makes un-pc remarks to lovers who treat her like a second-rate citizen. If you’re wondering if this is for you, The Guardian says this “taboo-smashing comedy is a big, fat, delight.”

Starts Friday 8 May on M-Net (101) at 22:30

Carol’s Second Act

You’ll know her from Everybody Loves Raymond. Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton returns to comedy starring as a woman who embarks on a unique second act. She has raised her children, divorced, and retired from teaching. Now she is pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern and must sink or swim with peers who are half her age.

Starts Saturday 9 May on M-Net (101) at 17:30

The Plot Against America

At last, the gifted Winona Ryder is back on the small screen with a highly anticipated

drama about a country moving towards anti-Semitic fascism. She stars alongside other acting greats like John Turturro (The Night of) and Zoe Kazan (What If). The series, which is an adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, is said to hit close to home as it tells the tale of a celebrity-turned-president (sound familiar?) whose woeful ways capture the imagination and votes of the masses.

Starts Monday 11 May on M-Net (101) at 22:00

Hawaii 5-0 S10

All good things must come to an end. It’s the final season of the cop drama that’s been entertaining audiences since 2010. And fans are hoping the creators will tie up any loose ends in terms of the task team’s professional and personal lives. Don’t miss a moment as Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan perform their last scenes as Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett and Detective Danny Williams.

Starts Wednesday 13 May on M-Net (101) at 19:00

Magnum PI S2

The smouldering Jay Hernandez stars as private investigator Thomas Magnum. You may recognise him from the 2001 film with Kirsten Dunst, Crazy/Beautiful, in which he played her teen love interest. Or recognise him from Toy Story 4 in which he voiced Bonnie’s dad. The new season begins with Magnum waiting for Higgins to decide if she'll officially become his partner.

Starts Wednesday 13 May on M-Net (101) at 20:00

American Horror Story: 1984

Did you know Gwyneth Paltrow’s beau is behind the successful horror series that’s been running since 2011? Brad Falchuk (that’s him) and Ryan Murphy are the brains behind the wildly successful anthology series and 1984 is no exception. This season the action takes place at an American summer camp. There is a murderer, Mr Jingles, on the loose. This will be the first season that mainstays Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters aren’t starring.

Saturday 16 May on M-Net (101) at 22:00

A Million Little Things S2

A group of friends are shattered when they learn one of their own has committed suicide. Their loss inspires them to band together and live fuller lives. In the season one finale we finally learnt why Jon took his own life. Watch season two and follow the highs and lows of a 40-something group of friends who move through adoption, divorce, heartbreak and parenting together.

Friday 22 May on M-Net (101) at 21:00

America’s Got Talent: Champions S2

It’s the best of the best, the cream of the crop. Watch America’s Got Talent winners from in and outside of America compete against each other for the coveted crown of “World Champion”. Talented performers from Australia, Spain, Germany, the UK, Russia and more will perform for the judges. Who is judging them? Well Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum of course! And Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews is hosting.

Season 2 starts Saturday 23 May on M-Net (101) at 19:00

Tell Me a Story S2

The twisted fairy-tale series returns interweaving three iconic stories: Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Follow the musical Pruitt family as they navigate love, loss, romance, and terror against the iconic backdrop of Nashville, Tennessee. In the season premiere, rising country music star Ashley Rose Pruitt celebrates the launch of her debut album but a tragic event threatens to derail it all. And troubled musician Jackson Pruitt tries to break old habits when an intriguing stranger enters his life.

Season 2 starts Saturday 23 May on M-Net (101) at 21:00

On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Critics have lauded Kirsten Dunst’s performance in this dark comedy as “extraordinary” and “hard to resist”. The Wall Street Journal says the actress sustains the series with “a life-giving performance.” Kirsten has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Krystal Stubbs, a down-on-her-luck working class mom who claws her way up the pyramid scheme that left her family broke. “It’s possibly among the best television series of the year,” says Culturamas. Save the date!

Monday 25 May on M-Net (101) at 21:00

My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name

The global bestselling novel by Elena Ferrante follows the complicated friendship of Elena and Lila in 1950s Naples. However now in season two, “Lila and Elena are old enough to have trickier, more adult problems,” says Vanity Fair. Follow the Italian coming-of-age story that is “gorgeously shot and full of incredible performances.” – Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday 27 May on M-Net (101) at 23:00

Council of Dads

Family comes in many forms. Some we're born into, and some we choose. If you’re a fan of This is Us, you’ll love this brand-new drama series about a dying father who enlists his best friends to become the Council of Dads to look after his family once he’s gone. As the Perry family navigate the news of their father’s cancer diagnosis, we watch the upheavals that follow.

Thursday 28 May on M-Net (101) at 20:00

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

If you’ve been missing Modern Family, good news! Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays red-head Mitchell, hosts this revamped renovation show. In it, 10 deserving families are awarded a new home but must move out as a week-long transformation project gets underway. Watch it for all the soppy moments that pull at your heartstrings. Guest stars include Laila Ali, Anthony Anderson and LeAnn Rimes.

Sunday 31 May on M-Net (101) at 18:00

Universal TV (117)

Deputy

Stephen Dorff is back in a lead role as badass cop Bill Hollister who is thrown into the role of Sheriff of Los Angeles County when his superior dies. Used to breaking the rules to put baddies behind bars, Bill struggles to conform to the political and bureaucratic confines that comes with management. David Ayer, who directed Suicide Squad and penned the screenplay for Training Day is the executive producer behind this gritty cop drama. Watch the first two episodes which he personally directed.

Starts Monday 11 May on Universal TV (117) at 20:00

BBC First (119)

White House Farm

It was one of Britain’s most notorious murder cases – a family of five all shot to death on their estate in Essex. Brought back to life as a six-part drama, the series received positive reviews: “Even if you know the outcome, this is still gripping and tense and disturbingly beautiful,” praised The Mail on Sunday. “It is a measure of how riveting the drama is that you genuinely fear that will be that, case closed,” said The Herald (Scotland).

Starts Friday 8 May on BBC First (119) at 21:00

Liar S2

From Harry and Jack Williams BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated producers and screenwriters comes this drama about an attraction between two people that leads to far-reaching consequences. At the end of the first season, Andrew enlisted Luke as his alibi fearing he might get arrested. Season two kicks off with Andrew’s murder after he is found dead in the Kent Marshes.

Starts Tuesday 19 May on BBC First (119) at 20:00

BBC Earth (184)

Easy Ways to Live Well

Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage) and Steph McGovern (BBC Breakfast) have paired up to test drive the latest health hacks that will help us live well. As we enter a new era where our mental and physical wellbeing is of utmost importance, these two try on the latest health trends while having a laugh. Watch as they test out cold water swimming in the depths of a British winter, forest bathing and CBD oil.

Starts Tuesday 19 May on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Anomaly: The Bermuda Triangle in Space

Are you an astrophile? Someone who loves to learn about space. If you are ... then don’t miss this brand-new doccie! There are phenomena happening “out there” that are wreaking havoc with spacecraft computers. An astronaut has described the event as “a gigantic, white blinding flash” but without the boom. “I didn’t hear anything.” Join the investigation to find out more about this possible Bermuda Triangle in Earth’s orbit.

Starts Wednesday 20 May on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Tigers: Hunting the Traffickers

It’s estimated 96% of the world’s wild tigers have disappeared since the turn of the 20th century, with fewer than 4 000 tigers left in the wild. In this one-hour special, a former Royal Marines commando; and mom-of-two camerawoman scale walls and go undercover to bring us the story of the cruel confinement and butchery of tigers bred for their parts in illegal tiger farms in South East Asia.

Premieres Sunday 24 May on BBC Earth (184) at 16:00

Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti

The Ab Fab actress has done several stellar travel shows and this time the journey takes her to Cuba and Haiti. The critics praise her for truly finding the hidden gems. In Cuba she visits a boxing gym and questions why women aren’t allowed to box professionally. And she goes shopping! (Who doesn’t want to watch the stylish star shop?) Rumour has it, the trip to Haiti was hair-raising as the crew were held at gunpoint, but Lumley finds the silver lining.

Premieres Wednesday 27 May on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Nick Jr. (307)

Rusty Rivets S3

Have you got a young engineer in the house? Someone who loves diggers, robots and all things to do with machines? Rusty Rivets inspires those with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math through the accomplishments of two young inventors. Each episode the duo is faced with a problem they have to solve. Cue a robot invention that will take care of it!

Continues Monday 11 May on Nick Jr. (307) at 09:20

The Adventures of Paddington

Direct from the silver screen to your TV screen. The story of the Peruvian bear who is adopted by the Brown family in the UK premieres on DStv. Ben Winshaw who voiced Paddington in the successful film franchise continues to bring the lovable character to life. In the animated show, perfect for four-year-olds and up, Paddington writes letters to Aunt Lucy celebrating the new things he has discovered through the day's exciting activities.

Starts Monday 25 May on Nick Jr. (307) at 07:40

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