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Sunday, October 11, 2020


(Kelly Clarkson hosts the 2020 Billboard Music Awards))

This week, everybody will be “Kung Fu Fighting” with the debut of a new action channel, KIX, on DStv Channel 114. With a wide variety of movies on offer, DStv has selected a few highlights. There’s also next-level drama as Isono returns to our screens. For those who prefer a tamer ride, the second episode of Chasing the Sun might be more your speed (after all, we know how it ends).

And if you’re craving a concert, the incredible performances at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards will leave you dancing in your living room.

Here’s just a taste of what’s in store for the week of October 9 to 15 on DStv.

2020 Billboard Music Awards

Thursday, October 15 on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103). LIVE at 02h00 CAT - Replay at 20h30 CAT

It’s a hat trick for Kelly Clarkson, who returns to host the rescheduled BBMA’s for an impressive third year. Unsurprisingly, Post Malone leads with 16 nominations and will be performing on the night at one of the music world’s most entertaining ceremonies of the year while Good as Hell singer Lizzo has 12 nominations – not bad for her first time! The performances for this year will certainly make a splash with fan favourites such as BTS, Bad Bunny and En Vogue confirmed. Country crooner Garth Brooks will also be receiving the ninth ever ICON Award. With music greats like Prince, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey in this appropriately-named category, he’s in excellent company.

New on KIX (DStv Channel 114)

A new channel dedicated to all things action-packed. From thrillers to classics, here is a selection of action movies that you never knew you needed.

Black Maiden: Chapter A (Horror)

Friday, October 9 at 21h00

This sequel to Black Maiden: Chapter Q is a perfect late-night thriller to get you in the Spooktober mood. Two girls from different backgrounds are adopted into a wealthy family. But when the family finances take a turn for the worst, they realise they can only keep one of the orphans. With a comfortable life with a loving family in the balance, their sisterly-bond turns dark.

The Fast and The Fierce (Action)

Saturday, October 10 at 20h24

Think of this as Speed for the skies: Terrorists have planted a bomb on a passenger plane that will explode as soon as they go below 800 feet (240 metres). As the travellers work to keep the plane in the air, they also need to diffuse the bomb before they run out of fuel.


God of War (Historical Action)

Sunday, October 11 at 19h00

Based on historical events of the 16th century, two commanders have been given the difficult task of keeping the Chinese coastline safe from the Samurai-turned-pirate crew. When they realise they are outnumbered, the commanders decide to train local villagers in the art of war.


The Blood Brothers (Action Drama)

Monday, October 12 at 19h00

First released in 1973, this classic movie has achieved cult-like status from action enthusiasts across the world. Three aimless men find meaning as they defend the public against hoodlums and bandits. When one of them decides to change his path and pursue a path in local government, this new ambition disrupts their lives.



Sunday, October 11 on National Geographic WILD (DStv Channel 182) from 18h00 to 20h30

It’s week two of the fiercest predator showcase – and it’s about to get even wilder. If you’ve ever wondered how these semi-aquatic ambush predators coexist in water and land, then get comfy on the couch for some snapping good fun. Here’s what you can enjoy this week:


18h00: Hippo versus Croc

Exploring the uneasy relationship between hippos and crocodiles – and how it turns deadly.


18h48: Jaguars versus Crocodile

Wildlife photographer Steve Winter and cameraman Bertie Gregory capture footage of the jaguars in the Pantanal of Brazil hunting caiman in the water.


19h37: Croc Inside Out

Two specialists explain how the Nile Crocodile’s physiology and adaptations make it the perfect ambush predator.



Monday to Thursday from Monday, October 12 on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 21h30

This local telenovela has come back from hiatus and is even more spicy than before.

 (Right: Nthati Moshesh stars in “Isono”)

 Self-serving Mother Mary and her strait-laced son Gabriel face off after a family secret comes to light. Despite their dysfunctional relationship, breaking away from each other is still a tough decision. 

Things get even trickier as Abednego returns to Johannesburg. And this time, his violent and criminal skills make him a formidable friend – or a dangerous enemy. With all these plot twists, you’ll want to watch weekly to keep up with all the drama and intrigue.


Day-by-day highlights

Wian S1

Watch from Friday, October 9 on VIA (DStv Channel 147) at 20h00

South Africa’s TikTok street magic sensation, Wian Magic (Wian Van Den Berg), is bringing his illusions, magic tricks and pranks to TV again. He’ll be stopping strangers in the street to pull them into his magic tricks as he strives to dazzle, baffle, entertain and amaze. Think Dynamo, think David Blaine – but with South Africa jokes.


Haunted Gingerbread Showdown S2

Watch from Saturday, October 10 on Food Network (DStv Channel 175) at 19h55

In each episode, host Clinton Kelly calls on three of the US’s best gingerbread artists to create masterpieces based on a variety of spooky topics. The season starts with a fun episode in which the bakers must create tributes to the horror comedy film Ghostbusters to celebrate its 35th birthday this year.


Murder Wall S1

Watch from Sunday, October 11 on CBS Justice (DStv Channel 170) at 19h00

This true crime re-enactment series presents evidence in real-life investigations to viewers piece by piece, challenging us to solve the crime. But don’t be too sure of yourself as each of these cases involves some surprising twists and dramatic discoveries.


(Left: The Secret History Of Air Force One)

 The Secret History Of Air Force One

Starts Sunday, October 11 on History (DStv Channel 186) at 21h20

This one-hour documentary special takes us inside Air Force One itself – the plane dedicated to transporting the US President – with exclusive and archival footage as well as interviews with insiders. It’s time to explore the history of the most famous aircraft in the US.


 The Kelly Clarkson Show S2

Weekdays from Monday, October 12 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 17h00

 Kelly’s talk show will blend live and virtual features this season. Kelly explains: “We are going to continue to have important conversations with changemakers. Plus, musical guests this season will include Common, John Legend, Little Big Town, Machine Gun Kelly, Sabrina Carpenter, Neil Patrick Harris, Queen Latifah and Usher”.


Grey’s Anatomy S16

Watch from Monday, October 12 on M-Net City (DStv Channel 115) at 19h10

M-Net City Grey’s fans can enjoy double episodes of this twisty 21-episode season. Meredith Grey is going to jail (briefly) while her former BFF, Christina (Sandra Oh – not on the screen, alas), is playing matchmaker and sends Meredith the way of sexy surgeon Cormac Hayes. Richard Webber has a job change, a health scare and a marriage meltdown on the horizon.


(Right: Nataniël presents “Toegang”)

 Toegang S1

Monday, October 12 on KykNET (DStv Channel 144) at 20h30

South African cabaret artist, cook and lifestyle king Nataniël will be taking us around the country with his special all-access pass to places we weren’t allowed to enter during the pandemic lockdown Level 3. He’ll take us on an insider tour of some iconic buildings’ art collections, inner workings and surprise features, and he’ll be taking along his stove plate to whip up a special meal in each location.


Lekunutu S1

Watch from Tuesday, October 13 on Moja Love (DStv Channel 157) at 21h30

This series serves as a safe platform for mothers and fathers to reveal massive secrets that could completely break down their families – or set their children on the path to a changed understanding of themselves and a true connection with the ancestors. People will be coming clean about paternity secrets, and the show will be helping to reunite children with the fathers they never knew they had. 


Naked And Afraid XL S5

Watch from Wednesday, October 14 on Discovery Channel (DStv Channel 121) at 20h55

This season’s 12 all-star survivors will be dropped off on the island of Palawan in the Philippines – and challenged to survive 40 days in the wilderness with only their two chosen items to aid them. No clothes, no food, no shelter, no water. They’ll be dropped off in the ocean by boat in teams of three and have to swim for the island, dodging sharks. 

(Left: Dr Lauren Thielen)

 Dr T Lone Star Vet S1

Starts Wednesday, October 14 on National Geographic WILD (DStv Channel 182) at 18h00

Dr Lauren Thielen (Dr T) from pet-and-vet series Dr K’s Exotic Animal ER is opening up her own exotic animal practice in her home state of Texas. She’s next door to one of the state's largest and busiest animal hospitals. Dr T will be one of 12 specialists called on to treat everything from emus to hedgehogs, lemurs to cockatiels. There’s even a kangaroo. She specialises in the smaller exotic animals, who require the most delicate of handling. “In Florida and Texas, for the most part, the climate is acceptable but they’re also the biggest hubs for exotic animal importation – actually, Texas being huge for that. So I think that’s why we get a lot of it,” explains Dr T. “I like the little prickly or fuzzy ones – or animals that I can just carry around effortlessly; that’s my type of pet or patient.”


Ghosts Of Morgan City S1

Watch from Thursday, October 15 on Travel Channel (DStv Channel 179) at 22h05

Former FBI agent Ben Hansen, paranormal investigator Jereme Leonard, psychic medium Sarah Lemos and tech advisor K D Stafford has narrowed their search to super-haunted Morgan City in Louisiana. With the help of local historian Diane Wiltz, they’ll be uncovering the true stories of restless spirits that might be haunting the community.


Living The Dream With Somizi S4

Watch from Thursday, October 15 on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 21h30

Somizi Mhlongo opens his new season with preparations for his wedding to Mohale and getting everyone in his family on-board with the fact that they’ll soon be Mr & Mr. Somizi. The show will take viewers along as he respectfully approaches one of his grandparents to discuss what they would expect in a traditional wedding between two men within the Basotho culture. But it’s not all wedding plans, as consuming as that is. We’ll be partying along with Somizi and his celebrity BFFs like Boity Thulo, Bonang Matheba (looks like they're back in each other’s good books at last) and his bestie, TT, who’s never afraid to throw some shade. And we’ll be there for the morning after, too, as Somizi emerges groaning with his make-up smeared after a night partying ’til 3 am. On the more serious side, he and Mohale will be adjusting to living together and Somizi will be working on his relationship with his daughter, Bahumi, and grappling with her decision to drop out of university following her mom’s brush with death in a car accident.


uTatakho S7

Watch from Thursday, October 15 on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 19h00

Nimrod Nkosi is back helping people to identify their biological fathers with paternity tests and assisting them to reach out and make contact once they know the truth. Sometimes Nimrod will help children to track down fathers who walked out on their families, leaving their moms to struggle alone. But whatever the issue, Nimrod isn’t there to shame. He’s there to ask the difficult questions needed to uncover the truth, with warmth and understanding. Those coming to him for help are not just out to be nosy and pry in their parents’ private business. This season, Nimrod will be helping a young woman who grew up suspecting that her mother cheated with a man who has the same surname as the man she’s now dating herself. Could they be related?