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Thursday, June 25, 2020


Mark Ruffalo’s brand new mini-series leads a packed DStv line up this week

In the week of 26 June to 2 July, DStv will premiere a number of brand new series, movies, reality shows and documentaries. Some highlights include Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of identical twins in I Know This Much Is True on M-Net and the History Channel’s full afternoon and evening of documentaries exploring events in history relevant to the global #blacklivesmatter movement.

Here are five of DStv’s top offerings this week:

I Know This Much Is True

Wednesday, July 2 on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22h00

I Know This Much Is True sees Mark Ruffalo – most famous as The Hulk in The Avengers – in the role of identical twin brothers. One brother, Thomas Birdsey, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and spends his time in and out of treatment facilities. In an attempt to have him released from an asylum, his twin, Dominic Birdsey, reviews their family history and recounts their rocky relationship.


Gemini Man

Sunday, June 28 on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20h05

Will Smith fans can gear up to see two sides of this versatile actor in Gemini Man. The Fresh Prince plays retiring hitman Henry Brogan, who comes face-to-face with a killer able to predict his every move – his younger, stronger clone (also played by Will).


McDonald & Dodds

Monday, June 29 on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20h00

Brand new to international series comes this British show, McDonald & Dodds. Moving to a new town is never easy and going from the bustle of London to a sleepy town like Bath is a big adjustment for Detective McDonald. Her toughest challenge is working with her new partner, Detective Dodds – her complete opposite in every way. She’s fast-paced and high energy. He’s quiet and accident-prone. Dodd finds his himself rejuvenated working with McDonald, while teaching her to value a slower investigative stance. Together, they must learn to adjust their thinking in order to solve various crimes in the small county.


Black History Matters

Sunday, June 28 on History Channel (DStv 186) from 14h15 to 23h00

As the Black Lives Matters movement continues to gather massive momentum globally, The History Channel (DStv 186) is screening a series of documentaries under the banner Black History Matter.


The compelling line-up includes:

 -Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America - a one-hour documentary exploring the key battles in the Civil Rights Movement that transformed American society.

 -The Mystery of the 364th - an investigation into whether rebellious members of the 364th Infantry Regiment were killed by their fellow soldiers in WWII with their deaths covered up by the army.

 -The Time is Now: Race and Resolution - this important conversation features influential social justice voices discussing the ways systemic racism, implicit bias and economic inequality are afflicting our nation, and pathways forward to help achieve lasting change.



Friday, June 26 on BoxOffice

Inspired by true events, Burden is the heart-rending story of two men who must find a way to resolve generational hate and pave a new path together despite their differences. A South Carolina town is caught in a renewed racial clash when a museum dedicated to the Ku Klux Klan opens. Reverend David Kennedy (Forrest Whitaker) is the head of a Baptist church who wants to keep long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. Mike Burden (Garret Hedlund) is an orphan raised within the KKK who decides to risk his life and break away from everything he has known. But when Reverend Kennedy decides to offer him protection, there are objections from both sides.



The Naked Wanderer

An over-the-top Australian rom-com. A man who was dumped by his girlfriend goes on a naked walk across the country for charity to win her back. But when he meets mesmerising backpacker Valerie, he finds himself questioning his motives.

Sunday, June 28 on M-Net Movies (DStv 104) at 20h15


Fighting with my family

The heart-warming true story of WWE Superstar Paige. Growing up in a wrestling-obsessed family, she wanted nothing more than to be part of WWE. One day, she steps into the ring and realises this may be a way to help her family out of financial ruin. When she gets a shot to make that happen, it's tougher than she ever expected.

Thursday, July 2 on Showmax

Genre: action



I know this much is true (Season 1) – see above


Dollface (Season 1)

Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) drives this quirky, fun-filled comedy. After being dumped by her long-time boyfriend, a woman tries to reconnect with the friends she neglected during the relationship.

Friday, June 26 on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:00


McDonald & Dodds – see above


Riviera (Season 2)

Georgina Clios is back, but this time she has a secret. She sets her sights on getting away with murder, but a sinister message reveals that someone knows what she’s up to. She meets with the Eltham family – who are vastly powerful with just as many secrets.

Sunday, June 28 on BBC First (DStv 119) at 20h00



Love by Chance (Friday local feature)

Worlds collide in this film about love and the film industry. Two South African actors, both in Hollywood to pursue their dreams, meet by chance. They begin to fall for each other, but between the daily struggle of auditioning, dealing with rejection, making connections, and financial difficulty, will their love survive?

Friday, June 26 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 22h00


Tats Nkonzo: Privileged (Saturday Stand-up Comedy)

Now you can watch the hilarious confession of how one comedian went from thinking he was an angel to realising he was the complete opposite. This is a show every South African needs to watch. It’s laced with all the uncomfortable and awkward interactions that come with engaging across social, racial and cultural lines.

Saturday, June 27 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 21h30



After Bongiwe's grandmother dies, she inherits the family house. Through a series of elaborate and hilarious plots, her disgruntled mother, aunt and uncle scheme to take the house from her.

Monday, June 29 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 18h00



Kwarantyn is kykNET’s new reality show that features two local families quarantined in two separate houses for 60 days. Both families have the end-goal in sight of winning over viewers (and a series of challenges) in a bid to walk away with the grand prize of R250,000 in cash.

Wednesday, July 1 on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20h00


Met ¢n Huppel in die Stap

Met ¢n Huppel in die Stap is kykNET's series for people over the age of 60. In this show, presenters Riaan Cruywagen, Simon Bruinders and Lieb Bester look at life during retirement and the interesting and practical ways older adults can enrich their lives. In this season, the team find out from people living in retirement villages how COVID-19 has affected their lives, how to easily set up your own vegetable garden and more.

Wednesday, July 1 on kykNET (DStv 144) at 17h30


Back of the Moon

It's July 28, 1958, and tomorrow the police will be forcing residents of Gerty Street out of their homes and moving them to a desolate township far away from the city. Badman, leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown – the Vipers – is preparing to die fighting for his home. But will his plans change when fate brings him close to the woman he has loved from afar, singer Eve Msomi?

Thursday, July 2 on Showmax



It's Christmas time – possibly the last Christmas that the Van Wyk family will spend with René. Corné and Christelle's dads get into a fight during Christmas lunch and Dolf learns something about fatherhood from Gertrude's dad.

Tuesday, June 30 on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20h00


Housekeepers (Season 1)

In a world behind high walls and luxury, the wealthy may believe they are powerful in the comfort of their mansions, but it is the housekeepers who see all and know all. A scandalous Zwide wedding ends in bloodshed and turns the life of a young woman upside down.

Tuesday, June 30 on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) at 20h00




Murder Comes Home Season 1

This ominous new series unravels powerful mysteries in a very bizarre way. It pairs actual CSI crime scene videos alongside the home videos of the same victim to piece together an undiscovered story. This week we meet Sue Weaver – a woman who dreamed of her own little quiet piece of paradise, but her dreams go up in smoke when a sinister guest comes knocking on 27 August 2001.

Wednesday, July 1 on Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) at 21h50


Natalie Wood

While there are still many unanswered questions about the iconic Hollywood actress's death, this documentary focuses on the short life she lived. It includes unseen home movies, photographs, letters and interviews with her friends and family.

Monday, June 29 on Showmax