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Monday, July 18, 2022


(Above: The Tower of London. See July 19, 2022))

This is a big series premiere week on DStv, with kykNET and Mzansi Magic offering viewers a feast of fresh entertainment.

Get ready for the return of Idols South Africa Season 18 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161). From Sunday July 17, Thembi Seete and JR will take up two seats on the judging panel alongside Somizi. Keep glued to your screen to see which of the contestants is on the fast track to becoming this year’s superstar singer?

Thembisa Mdoda Nxumalo is on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) to take couples who want to resolve grievances through a lie detector test: will the truth set them on a path to fulfilment? See how the stories unfold on Suxoka S1, starting Saturday 16 July at 20:00.

It’s a blockbuster month on BoxOffice, with The Lost City (starring Sandra Bullock) and Downton Abbey: A New Era available for viewers who love mystery and adventure as much as family drama and historical films.



Idols SA S18

Starting July 17 at 17h30 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161)

The biggest singing competition in South Africa is back! The new judging panel includes dancing and music veteran Thembi Seete, musician and producer JR alongside fan favourite Somizi. Tune in to follow hopefuls on their journey to stardom.


Eat Me (or Try Not To)

Starting July 15 at 22h00 on Curiosity Channel (DStv Channel 185)

A six-part series that explores how global iconic food brands shape our world and where we’re headed. In the first episode we look at just how embedded popular brands and their affiliate products are in our everyday food consumption.


Lost Kingdom of Black Pharaohs

July 17 and 24 at 21h50 on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184)

The Kush Empire was an ancient superpower that dominated the Nile Valley and rivalled the Egyptians, and now, a new, cutting-edge investigation at a mysterious tomb could reveal the secrets of this formidable lost kingdom.


Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts (season nine)

July 18 from Monday to Thursday at 18h00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101)

Weeknights just got a lot more adventurous. Twenty castaways from previous seasons have been brought together for the chance to compete to be the ‘Sole Survivor’. What will they make of this second chance at glory? Expect to see Chappies Chapman, Dante de Villiers and Killarney Jones.

Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts will be available as a BoxSet.


Inside the Tower of London

July 19 at 20h15 on History (DStv Channel 186)

The Tower of London (see above) was at the heart of state life in the UK for almost 1,000 years and now is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Constructed soon after the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066, it has served as a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution for queens, and edifice to scare the population, royal zoo, mint and keeper of the Crown Jewels. Yet few know its full story. Aided by historian Stephen Porter of King’s College, University of London who is the author of ‘The Biography of the Tower of London’, and some beautiful re-enactments, we uncover startling stories and terrifying tales.


Spectacular Earth

July 21 at 20h00 on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184)

Get up close to the planet’s wonders with Spectacular Earth. In Arizona, if you catch the weather at just the right time you can witness lightning striking powerfully through crisp, clear air to create a magnificent show of nature’s elements.

You’ll be in awe of what our planet can really do.


Hachiko: A Dog's Tale

July 21 at 18h00 on Studio Universal (DStv Channel 112)

A college professor takes in an abandoned dog and through the new bond with his pet he learns the true meaning of love, family and loyalty. Starring Richard Gere.



Last Seen Alive

July 15

Gerard Butler stars as a man whose soon-to-be ex-wife mysteriously vanishes at a gas station. His desperate search to find her leads him down a dark path that forces him to run from authorities and take the law into his own hands.


Downton Abbey: A New Era

July 18

The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess' newly inherited villa.



July 18

A woman opts for a cloning procedure after she receives a terminal diagnosis. When she recovers her attempts to have her clone decommissioned fail, leading to a court-mandated duel to the death.


The Lost City

July 21

A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure. Starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt.


  Free Guy

July 24, 2022, at 20h05

16VL Action Adventure

Ryan Reynolds takes centre stage in this larger-than-life action sci-fi movie. A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open-world video game.



July 21, 2022, at 20h30

13VL Crime Action*Season 19 Starts* *Double Episodes*

A pulsating season nineteen premiere. As the NCIS team searches for Gibbs after wreckage from his boat is discovered, they find out he was tracking a serial killer with journalist Marcie Warren.