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Friday, February 12, 2021


(Above: Hightown)

From celebrating planet love with A Perfect Planet to a homegrown original sequel, Home Affairs: A Love Story, the month of love is in full swing and DStv has something special in store for couples, singles and everyone in-between for the week February 12 to 18.

Brand new shows include an exploration of Mother Earth in documentary series A Perfect Planet, real-life drama in Buddy Valastro: Road to Recovery and a murder mystery in Hightown. There’s more local love with Meisies Wat Fluit and Home Affairs: A Love Story, two original home-grown movies that take a closer look at love and family. For a timeless and enduring family masterpiece, the critically acclaimed remake of the classic Little Women is the perfect way to end the weekend.

New to local screens, Hightown is produced by television icon Jerry Bruckheimer. Set in Cape Cod, the murder-drama series follows one woman's journey to sobriety which is overshadowed by a murder investigation dragging her into its fold. After the death of a woman named Sherry, Detective Jackie Quiñones finds herself drawn to the case. At the same time, alongside state cop Ray, she pursues Frankie, a drug kingpin. But Ray doesn’t always do things by the book, meaning the pair must compensate for each other’s failings as they pursue justice.

(Left: A Perfect Planet)

A Perfect Planet

February 14 on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) at 16h00

In this five-part series, Sir David Attenborough presents a fresh look at life on Earth. By combining a global view of the planet with intimate animal stories, the show reveals what makes the planet tick so perfectly. State-of-the-art imagery and technology are used to capture how the seasons drive both our global weather patterns and ocean currents, as well as how this supports the planet's incredible diversity of plant and animal life. 

The series also reveals those moments when the planet doesn't seem so perfect as forces of nature – such as hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and volcanoes – wipe out life in the blink of an eye.

Home Affairs: A Love Story

February 12 on Movie Magic 1 (DStv Channel 104) at 20h00

Pieter and Benita's wedding is quickly approaching. And with it, the inane, cruel frustrations that family can bring. Although this is their second time at the altar, nothing can prepare the couple for what awaits that includes an unexpected visit from Benita's mother. For Pieter and Benita, nothing goes according to plan as every single attempt turns into a disaster waiting to unfold. Overwhelmed with responsibilities, they can't seem to get out of their own way or get past their individual histories that have shaped the present. The cast includes Hilton Pelser, David Viviers and Bronte Snell.

(Right: Little Women)

Little Women (Romantic Drama)

February 14 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h00

Little Women is an undeniable classic. It's also the ultimate feminist text by renowned American novelist Louisa May Alcott, which is another reason why it's so well-loved. In this remake by Greta Gerwig, the film adds new dimensions for feminist literary enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys reading about the complex relationships between women. The story meanders against the backdrop of the American Civil War and follows the trials and tribulations of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Performances by Emma Watson, Florence Pugh (Black Widow) and Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar, Lady Bird) make this an enchanting watch.


Hightown S1

When the body of a young opioid addict, Sherry (Masha King), washes up in the bay of Provincetown, Massachusetts, National Marine Fisheries Service agent Jackie Quiñones (Chicago Fire’s Monica Raymund) quickly jumps on the case, despite being haunted by her own ghosts of addiction and sobriety. She soon finds out that Sherry was an informant to interagency cop Detective Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale), who has jurisdiction over the investigation, and that Sherry had been killed for meddling in the affairs of incarcerated drug kingpin Frankie Cuevas (Amaury Nolasco, Prison Break’s Fernando Sucre).

The Midnight Gang

February 13 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 16h00

An adaptation of the bestselling book of the same name, The Midnight Gang is a thrilling story that’s perfect for pre-teens and anyone with a sense of adventure. When Tom gets on the wrong side of a bully, he is rushed to hospital where he is met with a cast of quirky, lovable characters. Your family will enjoy exploring their fears of growing up through the film’s imaginary world where doctors are magical, and anything can happen after midnight.


Summer Love (Romance)

February 13. Lifetime (DStv Channel 131) at 19h20

Widowed mom Maya (Rachael Leigh Cook) embarks on a strangely different life when she lands an internship at a tech company famous for making social media apps, a line of work that she is completely in the dark about. Her work life becomes more complicated when two different executives start vying for her attention.


Summer Villa

February 14: Lifetime (DStv Channel 131) at 19h20

Bestselling romance novelist Terry (One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton) flees her writer’s block with a trip to her editor’s villa in France. She’s expecting to flounce about alone but is shocked to find her editor’s brother, a famous chef, also planning to spend summer at the villa. Perhaps a little poolside romance is what they both need to feed their creative spirits.



From February 16 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h30

Fresh from the US, FBI’s third season is bringing Maggie back from her undercover work – but that doesn’t mean she’ll instantly click with OA. This is all thanks to Maggie’s romance with her undercover agent lover. The season is off to a topical start with the agents wearing masks thanks to COVID-19 and investigating a mass shooting perpetrated by a white nationalist organisation. Meanwhile, Scala gets a new partner from the NYPD.


The World From Above

February 18: Curiosity Channel (DStv Channel 185) at 20h00

This bird’s-eye view of a variety of landscapes and environments shot from aircraft and drones, allows us to see how plants, animals, weather and landscapes interconnect, as well as how and why a change to one will affect the others. It’s also a beautiful and seldom-experienced way of looking at the world around us at a completely different scale.