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Sunday, August 16, 2020


(Above: A scene from “Playing with Fire”)

This week, DStv is offering plenty of light relief to help South Africans stay positive as the COVID-19 crisis moves into its fifth month.

Playing with Fire (Comedy)

Available on Showmax from Monday, August 17

John Cena stars in this funny family comedy. When stringent fire superintendent Jake Carson (Cena) and his elite team of firefighters come to the rescue of three siblings, they quickly realise that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet - babysitting. As their lives, jobs and depot get turned upside down, the three men soon learn that children - much like fires - are wild and unpredictable.

10 Things You Don’t Know S1 (Reality)

Monday, August 17 on E! Entertainment (DStv Channel 124) at 19h05

Each self-contained episode is half an hour of pure fun. This show features a big-name celebrity and counts down ten unique, unbelievable and surprising facts about that person. From Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez and Tiffany Haddish, to Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Keanu Reeves and more, the series will uncover all the hysterical, outrageous, only-in-Hollywood scoop that prove stars really are just like us.

(Left: Anna Kendrick in “Love Life”)

Love Life (Romantic comedy)

Available on Showmax from August 20

Darby Carter (Anna Kendrick) embarks on a journey of first to forever love which includes the people she meets along the way. Scattered with a series of dead-end relationships and surprising human resilience, the film also stars the talents of Zoe Chao, Peter Vack and Hope Davis.


Shaft (Action)

Monday, August 17 on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 21h30

An all-star cast that includes Samuel L Jackson, Regina Hall, Method Man and Avan Jogia, Shaft is the sequel to the 2000 film with the same name. John Shaft Jr (Jessie Usher) is an FBI cyber-security expert whose best friend dies tragically. He turns to his previously absent father (Jackson) to help him navigate the heroin-infested underbelly of Harlem, New York.


Lovecraft Country S1

Monday, August 17 on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103) at 21h30

Based on the 2016 novel of the same name, this American horror is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism. It tells the tale of Atticus Black (Jonathan Mayers) who joins his friend Letitia (Full House and Birds of Prey’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across 1950s America in search of his missing father.


Killing Eve (Season finale)

August 19 on Fox (DStv Channel 125) at 20h45

When Eve's (Sandra Oh) mission in Rome is suddenly compromised, she must think fast. Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) briefs Eve on her current status as an employee of the British government and lets her choose her own path. Look out for season 3, coming next week.


Brave & Beautiful

Weekdays from Tuesday, August 18 on Star Life (DStv Channel 167) at 19h00

In this Turkish thriller, Cesur Alemdaroğlu (Kivanç Tatlituğ) returns to Korludağ, a small town outside Istanbul to take revenge on Tahsin Korludağ (Tamer Levent), who he believes killed his father. The only thing that he didn’t count on falling in love with Sühan (Tuba Büyüküstün), the beautiful daughter of the man he wishes to kill.


Reasonable Doubt S3

Thursday, August 20 on Investigation Discovery (DStv Channel 171) at 21h50

In criminal cases, the law states that the defendant's guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt - but are convictions always so clear cut? In this true-crime series, retired homicide detective, Chris Anderson, and criminal defence attorney, Fatima Silva, open controversial murder cases and re-examine the evidence. From a small-time drug dealer convicted of murder in an apparent botched robbery to a man convicted of the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, none of these cases are quite what they seem.