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Thursday, August 26, 2021


(Above: A scene from “Gangs of London”)

Sport fever has gripped sports lovers after the Olympic Games, and now DStv Compact subscribers are in for a treat as SuperSport Variety (DStv channel 207) opens to the bouquet from August 24 to September 5 to showcase the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

DStv Premium subscribers are also in for a surprise when dark comedy Hacks comes out on August 27 on M-Net (DStv channel 101), because as soon as episode 1 airs, the rest of the entire season will be available on Catch-Up for an awesome binge watch. Now that is what DStv calls early access!

And there’s brand-new Afrikaans content, too. Actress Heléne Lombard takes viewers on a culinary journey in her bohemian kitchen in Boerediva, and Frank Opperman gives a stellar performance as a lonely farmer who tries to reconnect with his three estranged sons in the must-watch local drama Nêrens Noord-Kaap.

The eccentric tiger exploiter Joe Exotic is once again in the spotlight in doccie Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic, and then there is more local entertainment with 2 Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) movies, Umhlukanisi and Blessers, to brighten up Saturday nights.


Some of the highlights include:

(Left: Jean Smart in “Hacks”)


Season 1 / Episode 1 / from Friday, August 27 / M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22h30

In this dark comedy, legendary Las Vegas comic Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) teams up with Ava (Hannah Einbinder), a 25-year-old outcast comedic writer, to revive her career. DStv Premium subscribers can binge the box set – that’s the entire season of this show – on Catch-Up as soon as the first episode has broadcast


Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic

Special Doccie / on Thursday, September 2 / BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20h00

10 years after Louis met Joe for his documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets, Joe reached out to Louis from jail – where he’s serving a sentence for the attempted murder-for-hire of Carole Baskin and violating the Endangered Species Act – to ask whether Louis would let him tell his “real” story. Now Louis looks back on his original documentary, including hours of unseen footage, to unpick the mystery of how Joe Exotic influenced the people around him.


(Right: David Schwimmer stars in “Intelligence”)


Season 2 / Episode 1 / BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20h35

When this British-American spy comedy returns, Jerry (David Schwimmer) finds out that the Russians have gotten hold of a cyber weapon that Jerry himself helped to develop, threatening national security in the process.



Season 1 / Episode 6 / August 29, 2021 M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20h00

The police target Soda as a prime suspect in the serial killer case, and he flees for his life – is he an innocent scapegoat or a ruthless serial killer? Meanwhile, the Tyrone family experience a harrowing incident in the dead of the night. Is it a housebreaking or a contract hit? Reyka and the police start to piece together links between this event and their cane field killer case.


The Corrupted

August 29, 2021 Movie / M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21h00

Ex-con Liam (Sam Claflin) is determined to win back his family’s trust after losing everything to a powerful local crime syndicate leader (played by Timothy Spall) in this crime thriller set around the 2012 London Olympics.


Gangs Of London

Season 1 / Episode 1-9 September 1 2021/ Showmax

Sean Wallace (Joe Cole, John Shelby in Peaky Blinders,) fights to take over his murdered father’s criminal empire, making deals and enemies with modern London’s biggest underground leaders from the Albanian Mafia, to Kurdish freedom fighters, the Pakistani drug cartel and Welsh Travellers.


(Left: A scene from “Diana’s Decade”)

Diana's Decade

Season 1 / Episode 1 / September 02 BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20h00

This three-episode series examines some of the driving social forces in the last three decades of the 20th century, through the life of the late Princess Diana – from her childhood in the 1970s, to her wedding in the early 1980s, to her divorce and death in the 1990s and her relationship with the media.


Full of edge-of-your seat jeopardy, hilarious laughs, huge stars and a colossal spinning Wheel, witness exciting celebrity guests attempt to help contestants win a big cash prize! Although jam-packed with drama, above all else, Michael McIntyre brings laughter, camaraderie and excitement when we all need it most.

BBC Brit has something for the whole family. With the all-new dance show with a twist - The Masked Dancer UK, Sundays at 19h00; the fresh and fantastic game-show - Tipping Point which joins the line-up weekdays from September 20. And look out for the multi award-winning dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, the brilliant Graham Norton Show, the nail-biting quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Jeremy Clarkson and the fast-paced popular motoring show Top Gear.