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Thursday, April 22, 2021


(“Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure” on April 23, 2021)

As Freedom Month comes to a close, South Africans still have one more public holiday awaiting them on Tuesday, April 27. More than just another day off work, Freedom Day represents and commemorates the anniversary of South Africa’s first non-racial election in 1994 and South Africa’s liberation from apartheid. While DStv has been celebrating freedom for the entire month, there’s still a lot more ahead with special documentaries on History Channel (DStv channel 186).

Highlights include:

Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure

Friday, April 23 on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19h00

In this new mini-series, Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench takes us on the trip of a lifetime to Borneo. Beautifully filmed with cutting-edge technology, join Dame Dench as she explores the lush rainforests, magical wildlife and spectacular coastlines of Malaysian Borneo. She comes face-to-face with a variety of unique animals and meets the amazing individuals who live alongside them, all while examining the threats posed by global warming and deforestation.


Lady Driver (Drama)

Saturday, April 24 on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 15h45

In this feisty motorsport drama, a rebellious teenage girl finally gets her licence and, after some minor accidents, uncovers some pretty interesting family history. With the help of her uncle, she becomes a dirt-track racer and learns to connect with her “routes”.

(Right: Jessica Chastain appears in “Ava”)

 Ava (Action Thriller)

Sunday, April 25 on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20h05, and on Showmax

Jessica Chastain (The Help) stars as Ava Faulkner, a recovering addict and former soldier turned assassin. After questioning orders and breaking protocol from her own black ops organisation, she becomes marked for death. This action-thriller has a star-studded cast that includes John Malkovich (Of Mice and Men), Common (John Wick: Chapter 2), Geena Davis (A League Of Their Own, Thelma & Louise) and Colin Farrell (Phone Booth).


A Black Lady Sketch Show S2

Monday, April 26 on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21h30

This narrative sketch comedy series touches on culturally relevant themes such as social norms, anxiety, religion, sex, dating and relationships. In addition to being hilarious, it’s also notable for its many firsts in the entertainment sector: the first all-black women writers’ room, the first black woman sketch director and the first series’ cast composed entirely of black women. Each episode consists of five to six sketches with guest stars such as Angela Bassett (Black Panther), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister), Loretta Devine (Madea’s Big Happy Family), Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland and David Alan Grier (In Living Color).


Baghdad Central S1

Thursday, April 29 on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22h30

Set in 2003 right after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baghdad Central follows former police inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji in Iraq. Al-Khafaji must decide whether to become a collaborator with the US-led coalition to find his last remaining family member, his eldest daughter.


Just Go With It (Romantic Comedy)

Friday, April 23 on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 18h35

To marry the woman of his dreams, a plastic surgeon makes up an elaborate lie that involves his assistant and her two kids joining him on vacation to Hawaii. Once there, the kids pretend to be his loving children in front of the woman who he is expecting to marry. Catch this fun-loving family comedy with Adam Sandler (Grown Ups) and Jennifer Aniston (Friends).


Step Up (Dance)

Saturday, April 24 on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 16h35

In this rags to riches story, former real-life husband and wife Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) and Jenna Dewan (Witches of East End) star as street dancer Tyler and pro dancer Nora, respectively. When the two meet at the Maryland School of Arts where Nora is a student and Tyler is completing community service, she convinces him to be her dance partner after she secretly sees him performing. Will this unlikely duo have what it takes to succeed or will their differences keep them from achieving their dreams?

(Scene from "Palm Beach")

Palm Beach (Comedy Drama)

Sunday, April 25 on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 20h00

A group of old friends reunite at Sydney’s Palm Beach to celebrate the birthday of someone special. But, as with any friend group, secrets can’t stay hidden. When old secrets start to resurface, it threatens to ruin the celebration. Starring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Richard E Grant (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker).


 Dark Waters (Drama/Thriller)

Thursday, 29 April on Showmax

In order to stop a chemical manufacturing corporation, DuPont, from contaminating his town, defense attorney Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo of Avengers fame) is forced to jeopardise his own life to expose them. Will he be able to give up everything he worked for to save the lives of many? Also starring Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Bill Camp (The Queen’s Gambit), Victor Garber (Annie) and Bill Pullman (Independence Day).