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Tuesday, November 10, 2020


Friends and enemies can come in all shapes and sizes. This week, DStv takes a look at how to decipher which is which. From the devious dealings of chefs working hard to get the apprenticeship of a lifetime in Sjefhuis to animated film Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal, the lesson is to never judge a book by its cover.

For anyone looking for remarkable television, look no further than the anthology film series Small Axe. Director Steve McQueen is no stranger to daring approaches to racial intolerance, with his repertoire of films including the likes of 12 Years a Slave:

“Although all five films take place between the late 1960s and mid-80s, they are just as much a comment on the present moment as they were then. They are about the past, yet they are very much concerned with the present. A commentary on where we were, where we are and where we want to go.”

If you need a little more sunshine in your week, this year’s People’s Choice Awards will be hosted by Demi Lovato and honours Jennifer Lopez and Tyler Perry. The winners in each of the 44 entertainment categories will speak to you no matter your tastes.


The People’s Choice Awards (LIVE)

November 16 on E! Entertainment (DStv Channel 124) at 04h00 (LIVE)

Get ready for a sensational awards experience with host Demi Lovato! Covering more than 44 categories, you’ll be sure to see some of your favourite entertainment stars getting the recognition they deserve. There are some new categories this year, including The New Artist of 2020, The Collaboration Song of 2020 and The Soundtrack Song of 2020, making the awards more reflective of the year we’ve had. Returning for a second year, the African Social Star category will certainly peak interest – with Sho Majozi, Thuso Mbedu, Wian van den Berg, Karl Kugelmann, Dimma Umeh, Elsa Majimbo, Lydia Forson and Zozibini Tunzi all vying for the title, it will be difficult to choose a winner. Stay up and watch the live show at 02h00 or catch the rebroadcast at 21h30.


Sjefhuis S1

Tuesday, November 17 on VIA (DStv Channel 147) at 18h00

Get ready for a little bit of spice in this cooking-cum-Big Brother-type reality show. Watch as eight of the most talented and determined chefs not only take up the challenge of competing against each other, but also living together. Viewers will get to experience the full spectrum of emotions as cameras roll around the clock. From intense cooking challenges to sinister alliances, these contenders will need to think fast and work hard. With a coveted apprenticeship with master chef Bertus Basson up for grabs, there’s no telling what these ambitious protégés won’t do.


Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal

November 14 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 15h30

Written by the team that brought you The Snow Queen series and Beauty and the Beast comes a fun family film with moral undertones. Dubbed into English, this Russian fantasy-comedy takes elements of the cautionary tale about wolves in sheep’s’ clothing and adds a new narrative. Grey is a vegetarian wolf living an idyllic life where sheep and wolves live in harmony. When newcomers Simone and Josie arrive, their presence becomes delicious news for a rival, carnivorous clan of wolves.


Ford v Ferrari

November 15 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h05

Starring hunky Matt Damon and Christian Bale, this movie is based on actual events that occurred around the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966. Playing race-car drivers Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles respectively, Damon and Bale provide viewers with an inside look at the intense dealings off the track, including corporate interference and revolutionary tactics to try and bend the laws of physics. More than just an adrenaline rush, this movie is an eye-opener to the success of two great car manufacturers.


Small Axe

November 16 on BBC Brit (DStv Channel 120) at 20h00

This British-American anthology series received a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its incredible performances and beautifully layered sense of conviction. The series of films are all directed by Academy Award-winning Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and share the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community during the tumultuous era from 1969 to 1982. The themes of police brutality, marginalised voices, and illegal gatherings will resonate strongly with anyone paying attention to global activities. With a cast that includes John Boyega (Star Wars) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther), the first film Mangrove has already received strong praise.


Being the Queen

November 15 on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 21h00

The longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has spent her life maintaining her privacy while remaining beloved by the public. Pairing never-before-heard interviews of those who know the Queen best with archival footage, this biography aims to share a personal side of the most famous woman in England.