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Saturday, February 12, 2022

DSTV HIGHLIGHTS: FEB 11 – 17, 2022

(Above: Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt in “Wild Mountain Thyme”)

It’s the month of love, and time to fall in love with the amazing content that is coming to DStv this week.

Nature lovers are in for a treat with Sir David Attenborough’s latest doccie The Green Planet on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184), which uses the latest camera technology and scientific research to show us our planet through the “eyes” of plants. Journalist Mariana Van Zeller is also in the hot zone, setting up connections with the criminal underworld in a new season of Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller. You’ll also get an eye-opening perspective on a little-explored topic when the Showmax original series Sex In Afrikaans delves into what our neighbours are doing behind closed doors. And it’s here! The second season of hit local drama series The Wife also starts on Showmax this week.

A crossover episode kicks things off for the international drama Station 19 and its sister series Grey’s Anatomy on M-Net (DStv Channel 101).

The Green Planet

Season 1 / Episode 1 / Watch from February 13 / BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) / 16h00

Backed by 26 years of new research, Sir David Attenborough shows us what specialist cameras can reveal about how plants grow, survive and reproduce. From deserts, tropical jungles and underwater worlds to seasonal lands and urban environments, this is Planet Earth from the perspective of plants.


Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller

Season 2 / Episode 1 / Watch from Thursday, February 17 / National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) / 21h00

Journalist Mariana Van Zeller calls on local journalists and activists to help her to tap into the world’s most illicit smuggling pipelines, from source to destination. She investigates everyone from romance scammers and deadly plastic surgery mills, to white supremacist organisations training American extremists in the Ukraine.



Station 19

Season 5 / Episode 1 / Watch from Monday, February 14 / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 19h30

The series skips ahead a year to a pandemic-free future, but we’ll get flashbacks, like the fallout from Carina and Maya’s wedding. Episode 1 is a crossover with episode 1 of Grey’s Anatomy Season 18, (on Monday, February 14). Sullivan goes viral as “Fire Daddy”, and Andy is transferred to Station 23.


Grey’s Anatomy

Season 18 / Episode 1 / Watch from Monday, February 14 / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 20h30

Meredith celebrates recovering from COVID and gets a job offer that would see her split her time between Seattle and Minnesota. Teddy and Owen tie the knot, and Jo adjusts to being a single mom. Addison and Meredith remember Derek together and Addison meets Derek’s children for the first time.



The Masked Singer

From February 11, 2022

Season 6 / Episode 1 & 2 / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 19h30 & 20h30 / double bills

The costumes, the masks and the mystery are back as a new batch of celebs participate in this singing competition where judges Robin Thicke, Jenna McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger must guess the identity of the singer behind the voice, the flamboyant costumes (including the show’s first human costume: a baby) and above all, the mask.


Spirit Untamed

February 12

Movie / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 16h00

Animated sequel to the 2002 horse film, Spirit: Stallion of The Cimarron. Shortly after moving to a small town, rebellious Lucky Prescott befriends Spirit the wild stallion, and she and her friends must come up with a way to defend Spirit and his herd from a mean horse wrangler.


United We Fall

February 12

Season 1 / Episode 1 / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 18h00

Sitcom about the pitfalls of modern parenting. Jo (Christina Vidal Mitchell) and her husband Bill’s (Will Sasso) household is turned upside down when Bill’s judgemental mom, Sandy (Jane Curtin), moves in with them and has loud opinions about how they’re raising their children – as do both sides of their family.

Celebrity Game Night

February 13

Season 3 / Episode 1 / E! Entertainment (DStv Channel 124) / 20h00

SAFTA award-winning smash Celebrity Game Night brings us new celebrity guests and some familiar favourites trying absurd games under the eye of super-host Anele Mdoda and team captains Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe. There are new games, new celebrities and even a brand-new extension to the Celebrity Game Night set.


Wild Mountain Thyme

February 13

Movie / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 20h05

Romantic comedy-drama. Irish dad Tony Reilly (Christopher Walken) threatens to leave the farm to his American nephew, Adam (Jon Hamm), unless his 30-something son, Anthony (Jamie Dornan), seals the deal with the woman next door, Rosemary (Emily Blunt).

(Cast of “Father Brown”)

Father Brown

February 14

Season 9 / Episode 1 / BBC Brit (DStv Channel 120) / 20h00

It’s 1953 in the charming English countryside, but there’s been a murder at the local holiday camp, and an assassination at Lady Felicia’s posh New Year Masked Ball marks the series’ 100th episode! Clergyman sleuth Father Brown is on the case, but newcomer to the parish, the evil Lord Hawthorne, is trying to chase him off.


Home Inspector Joe

February 14

Season 1 / Episode 1 / HGTV (DStv Channel 177) / 21h00

Home Inspector Joe Mazza comes from a solid construction background, and he knows all the cowboy shortcuts, so he isn’t ready to let builders get away with anything that would put his clients in danger on their new property. Designer Noel Gatts and Joe help to locate and renovate safe new homes for families.

(Left: Janet Jackson)

Janet Jackson

February 17

Season 1 / Episode 1 / M-Net (DStv Channel 101) / 21h30

Janet Jackson had a film crew follow her around for five years, starting with her State of The World Tour. In this 4-episode documentary, she talks about everything from her childhood and growing up with Michael, to her problematic relationships with controlling men and her too-early marriage. 

We’ll also get Janet’s side of the infamous SuperBowl nip-slip story and loads of unseen footage from her private and professional life.