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Sunday, January 17, 2021


(Whoopi Goldberg appears in “The Stand”)

Valentine’s Day is a month away, and to help you feel the love, there’s a line-up of entertainment on DStv.

Here are some of the highlights:


The Stand

January 18 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 22h30

Based on the novel by horror icon Stephen King, this new series focuses on post-apocalyptic life after the world is ravaged by a man-made plague. The only way to overcome the chaos lies within 108-year-old Mother Abigail (played by the talented Whoopi Goldberg). The cast includes other stellar actors with a penchant for dystopian dramas such as James Marsden (Westworld), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Owen Teague (Black Mirror). Fresh from the US, a preview is available from January 11.


Bears About The House S1

January 18 on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) at 19h00

Giles Clark is a conservationist who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to animal rescue. Having previously spent time raising endangered big cats in his home, Giles decides to move his family to Laos to help a rescue centre for sun and moon bears. While tackling the heavy task of raising three curious and precocious bear cubs, he also takes viewers across South East Asia to rescue bears and help them live a life of freedom and peace.


Celebrity IOU S2

January 19 on HGTV (DStv Channel 177) at 19h45

This feel-good show returns for another heart-warming new season. Before they were famous, celebrities had many hurdles to overcome. For many, a supportive friend or family member was the push they needed to succeed. Watch as A-list stars take an opportunity to share their thanks and love for the people who believed in them when they had nothing to offer with a show-stopping renovation by The Property Brothers. This season Zooey Deschanel, Justin Hartley, Rainn Wilson and Allison Janney are some of the stars that step up to transform homes and share the incredible kindness of people in their lives.


In The Dark S2

Starts on January 15 on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20h00

At the end of S1, crooked detective Dean kidnapped Murphy after she figured out that he murdered Tyson, and Dean's car went over a bridge as Murphy was fighting with him. While Murphy was in hospital, drug boss Nia approached Murphy to launder money for her at Guided Hope, Murphy's school for training guide dogs for the blind. S2 picks up from that moment. Now, as Murphy tries to keep her friends, especially Felix, out of Nia’s claws this season, she’s expecting more trouble when Max returns.


We Are Who We Are S1

January 16 on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21h00

In this coming-of-age drama from the director of 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, two American teens are growing up on a US Army base in Italy in 2016. Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) has two moms, and Harper (Jordan Kristine Seamón) is battling with gender identity issues and a possessive boyfriend. Together, they’ll start exploring and embracing life and their changing bodies, and pushing back against a world that wants them to fit between narrow lines.


A Confession S1

January 18 on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21h30

This BAFTA-nominated miniseries based on real-life events tells how DS Stephen Fulcher (Martin Freeman) risked his career and his reputation to hunt for a serial killer, Christopher Halliwell. Christopher was targeting women, including missing 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan (Florence Howard). But Fulcher nearly saw the killer slip through his fingers when he contravened the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and he wound up in court himself trying to justify his actions after the killer’s confessions were thrown out and became inadmissible as evidence.


The Oval S2

Starts on January 20 on BET (DStv 129) at 22h30

Tyler Perry’s deliciously spicy White House drama promises scandal galore for philandering President Hunter Franklin and First Lady with an axe, Victoria Franklin. All the action in the upcoming 22 episodes will take place over three to four days, so expect a major political and personal uproar. There’s plenty in the S1 finale that could get us there, from ex-Press Secretary Diana’s explosive tell-all press conference, to the Franklins’ son, Jason, murdering White House staffer Jean and stuffing her corpse under his bed.


Wild Bill S1

Starts on January 21 on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21h30

Former US Police chief Bill Hixon (Rob Lowe) relocates from Miami to rural Lincolnshire in the UK after he's fired for beating up a boy who posted sexual images of his 14-year-old daughter, Kelsey (Aloreia Spencer), online. Now in this dramedy he’s trying to whip the local cops into shape, with the help of eager-beaver trainee detective Muriel Yeardsley (Bronwyn James). Bill investigates every crime the British countryside can offer from corpses in Dead Man’s Wood, to heads in freezers and bodies in suitcases.