Slide Into A Surreal Mystery With The Miniseries ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ Only On M-Net

Continuing to bring viewers only the best in television, M-Net channel 101 on DStv will air the much-talked about acclaimed miniseries, Picnic at Hanging Rock, starting Monday 20 August at 23:10. From the trailblazing timeless classic novel by Joan Lindsay, this surreal and stylish drama is fronted by Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer.

Natalie Dormer as Hester Appleyard in Picnic At Hanging Rock

Led by their enigmatic and formidable headmistress, Hester Appleyard (Dormer), a group of schoolgirls from Appleyard Ladies College go on an outing to the infamous Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day 1900. As the sun beats down and the afternoon progresses, three girls and their governess explore the rock – only to mysteriously vanish into the Australian wilderness. Their inexplicable disappearance will have a devastating impact on the staff, students and the rest of town, all of whom start to unravel once secrets slowly start surfacing and conspiracy theories twist into terrifying hysteria.

The stakes are high. The clock is ticking. But time plays tricks and the intensity of this mystery will force our characters to question how far they would go to escape their pasts and how far they would go to be free of their futures.

Each episode will tantalisingly piece together the events that led to the disappearance, as pivotal moments will be revisited creating fresh suspicions – and revealing new layers to this dark drama. With a vast narrative, the stunningly shot miniseries offers viewers themes of sex and murder, love and death and beauty and cruelty. Contemporary issues of control, sexuality, identity and the overwhelming power of nature are also explored.

Gorgeous gothic mansions and beautifully detailed Victorian costumes effortlessly set the tone for this polished period drama, along with a cast of relatable characters: a magnificent female antagonist, a handsome young hero and a rebellious young heroine.

Acclaimed director Larysa Kondracki, best known for her work on the movie The Whistleblower, series Gotham, The Americans and Legion directed the first 3 episodes of the show, introducing viewers to fevered dreamscapes and distorted recollections that are sure to tap into fears of the unknown. Along with the source material, the series’ script was further complimented by writer Beatrix Christian.

Picnic at Hanging Rock stars: Natalie Dormer as Hester Appleyard, Lily Sullivan as Miranda Reid, Samara Weaving as Irma Leopold, Madeleine Madden as Marion Quade, Lola Bessis as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers and Harrison Gilbertson as Michael Fitzhubert.

For more information on all M-Net channel 101 shows check out mnet.tv and follow the conversation on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #PicnicAtHangingRock) or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

Isithembiso September Teasers

S2 Episode 111: Monday 3 September 2018

Kero is in turmoil as Peanuts fights for his life. Claudia has no idea how to deal with Junior’s betrayal. Zamani makes a plan to raise his lobola money.

S2 Episode 112: Tuesday 4 September 2018

Kero snaps and Banzi faces fatality. Cheez launches the pool tournament on radio. Dolly fears Banzi and his tactics, but Simi will not bend.

S2 Episode 113: Wednesday 5 September 2018

Simi finds strength despite Banzi’s plans. Generous convinces Kandy to partner with her in crime.

S2 Episode 114: Thursday 6 September 2018

Simi takes a stand to face Banzi. Claudia loses it with Junior. Cheez spots the tournament odds as Generous and Kandy moonlight for money.

S2 Episode 115: Friday 7 September 2018

Claudia makes a final attempt to save the Axis Project. Chunks begins to smell a rat. Sne and Tiro go head-to-head on the pool table.

S2 Episode 116: Monday 10 September 2018

Heaven mocks Banzi after he learns that Claudia’s Axis Project could be a success. Palesa and Cheez’s tournament plan appears to be working until Diamond strikes gold.

S2 Episode 117: Tuesday 11 September 2018

Shivambu is forced to beg Claudia for help with the Consortium. Kero senses a war coming.

S2 Episode 118: Wednesday 12 September 2018

Zamani’s visit back home ends in tears. Anathi helps Palesa avoid making a bad decision.

S2 Episode 119: Thursday 13 September 2018

Banzi finds out who Claudia’s business partner is. Karlujah loses it with Banzi. Zamani realizes he may be the cause of his father’s unfortunate health issues.

S2 Episode 120: Friday 14 September 2018

Simi’s health deteriorates. Have Abednego and Chunks found the key to the gates of their love?

S2 Episode 121: Monday 17 September 2018

Ma Dolly alerts Simi’s gran to the truth. MK meets his match. Palesa realizes that Cheez is in trouble.

S2 Episode 122: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Ma Dolly’s worst fears are realized as Johannes dreams a bad omen. Shivambu deals with MK.

S2 Episode 123: Wednesday 19 September 2018

MK finds himself being dragged to the dark side. Things get heated between Cheez and Palesa. Millicent accepts Abednego’s invitation.

S2 Episode 124: Thursday 20 September 2018

Simi’s gran discovers that Dolly told her the truth. Banzi realizes he needs Karlujah. Abednego suffers the embarrassment of Millicent’s no show.

S2 Episode 125: Friday 21 September 2018

Karlujah manipulates the master. Zamani makes a life-changing decision. Oscar realizes the shocking truth about Chunks and Abednego.

S2 Episode 126: Monday 24 September 2018

Banzi hands MK a weapon that MK has every intention of using. Mo, Jameson and Zee have a big decision to make.

S2 Episode 127: Tuesday 25 September 2018

Will Johannes forgive Zamani? Claudia gets a chilling visit from the Ukrainian. Will Oscar spare Chunks and Abednego from cupid’s arrow?

S2 Episode 128: Wednesday 26 September 2018

Heaven faces a rebellion from within. Chunks and Abednego are stunned by their feelings for one another, while Zamani tries to apologize to Banzi.

S2 Episode 129: Thursday 27 September 2018

Banzi offers to sacrifice someone close to him. Zamani makes a terrible decision. Abednego tries to prove his manliness to Chunks.

S2 Episode 130: Friday 28 September 2018

Kero is unaware of the traitor amongst them. Banzi and Heaven’s plan is set into motion. MK’s student protest spirals out of control and ends in tragedy.

DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards Nominees Announced

Grit, Blood, Sweat and Tears!!! Are elements that our nominees recognise and what they’ve endured to get to where they are in their craft. Mzansi Magic brings the second chapter of the award ceremony that aims to acknowledge and celebrate  homegrown talent in various entertainment streams.

At the DSTV Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) launch event held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, the Gqom sensation, Destruction Boyz, and their smash hit, Omunye the dynamic Durban duo commanded the spotlight. They also lead the nominees list with an impressive three nods; for Song of the Year, Favourite Rising Star and Favourite Music Artist/Group. It looks like they were right on the money when naming their breakout album Gqom is the Future!

Nipping close at the heels with two nominations each are Prince Kaybee and Kagiso Rabada. The house music master and Proteas fast bowler have been making waves and raking in the silverware respectively – most definitely #livingourbestlife in 2018!

Prince Kaybee is nominated in the Song of the Year and Favourite DJ categories, while Rabada appears in the Favourite Sports Personality of the Year and Favourite Personality of the Year lists.

Rabada will have to beat stiff competition from media darling Bonang Matheba, crowd favourite Papa Penny Ahee, Mzansi sweetheart Nomzamo Mbatha and the flamboyant reality TV star Somizi Mhlongo.

“ The DStv MVCA launched in 2017 to great fanfare,” said Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “The calibre of nominees, is testament to the quality shows and magnitude of the talent South Africa has to offer. With the viewers voting for the favourites in every category – this is anyone’s race.”

Said Sema: “The DStv MVCA is a way for us to give our viewers a platform to choose their favourite entertainers, who have become a significant part of their daily lives. Another important aspect of the awards is that they recognise both seasoned and new professionals, therefore contributing to the growth of Mzansi talent.”

Last year, fan favourite Thembisa Mdoda walked away with the gong for Mzansi’s ultimate favourite personality, a hotly contested category that had fans furiously casting a combined one million votes across categories.

This year there is the addition of a new category, Favourite Personality of the Year, which will be awarded to a personality that has gone above and beyond to have an impact in our society.

There’s also a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will be bestowed the Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE. This is a person who has worked tirelessly and passionately for the betterment of their community to create positive change. Not only will they be honoured at the ceremony, but will also receive a cash prize of R50 000 (Fifty Thousand Rands) as a thank you!

Kia is also back as an associate sponsor, joined by Castle Milk Stout.

Fans will be able to vote in 11 categories and the nominee with the most votes out of all the categories will be named the ultimate viewers’ choice. With so much love for their entertainment favourites, let The Game of Votes begin – and may the best Fandom win!

Below is the full list of categories and nominees…

FAVOURITE SONG OF THE YEAR
  • PRINCE KAYBEE & LASOULMATES FT ZANDA ZAKUZA & TNS – CLUB CONTROLLER
  • DJ MAPHORISA FT DJ TIRA, BUSISWA & MOONCHILD SANELLY – MIDNIGHT STARRING
  • HEAVY K FT NOKWAZI & BUCIE – INDE
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ FT DLADLA MSHUNQISI & BENNY MAVERICK – OMUNYE
  • KWESTA FT WALE – SPIRIT
FAVOURITE TV PRESENTER
  • LERATO KGANYAGO
  • THOMAS MLAMBO
  • PEARL MODIADIE
  • CAROL TSHABALALA
  • ANELE MDODA
FAVOURITE COMEDIAN (KIA)
  • SKHUMBA
  • FELIX HLOPHE
  • TUMI MORAKE
  • SMOWKEY NYEMBE
  • MPHO POPPS
FAVOURITE RISING STAR (KIA)
  • SMASH AFRIKA
  • LUVO MANYONGA
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • LANGA MAVUSO
  • LUNGI NGIDI
FAVOURITE RADIO PERSONALITY
  • ANELE MDODA
  • NTATE THUSO MOTAUNG
  • DUDU ‘LADY D’ KHOZA
  • DJ FRESH
  • SELBY ‘SELBEYONCE’ MKHIZE
FAVOURITE ACTOR (1LIFE)
  • WARREN MASEMOLA
  • HAMILTON DLAMINI
  • MDUDUZI MABASO
  • MASOJA MSIZA
  • KHULU SKENJANA
FAVOURITE ACTRESS (1LIFE)
  • THEMBSIE MATU
  • RAMI CHUENE
  • LINDA SEBEZO
  • MOSHIDI MOTSHEGWA
  • LESEGO MARAKALLA
FAVOURITE MUSIC ARTIST / GROUP (CASTLE MILK STOUT)
  • LADY ZAMAR
  • SHEKHINAH
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • KHUZANI
  • AKA
FAVOURITE DJ
  • MS COSMO
  • DJ MAPHORISA
  • PRINCE KAYBEE
  • DJ TIRA
  • BLACK COFFEE
FAVOURITE SPORTS PERSONALITY (SUPERSPORT)
  • KAGISO RABADA
  • PERCY TAU
  • CASTER SEMENYA
  • PITSO MOSIMANE
  • SIYA KOLISI
FAVOURITE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
  • PAPA PENNY AHEE
  • BONANG MATHEBA
  • NOMZAMO MBATHA
  • SOMIZI MHLONGO
  • KAGISO RABADA
LIFE CHANGER (1LIFE) – SEPARATE COMPETITION
ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE (DSTV) – MOST VOTED IN TOTAL

Sci-fi Procedural ‘Reverie’ Now On Showmax

Reverie, a new sci-fi procedural, is now available to binge, first on Showmax in Africa.

The series is named after a customisable and immersive virtual reality experience that scans users’ memories and social media footprints to help them bring their dreams to life.

REVERIE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint, Dennis Haysbert as Charlie Ventana — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

“It’s so real that when you go in, it’s hard to distinguish it from real life,” says actress Jessica Lu (Awkward, American Horror Story), who plays the tech genius behind Onira-Tech and its ground-breaking technology. “The problem is, for some people, their Reverie is better than their real life, so they choose to stay.”

Enter Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi from The L Word and Person of Interest), a failed hostage negotiator, who’s brought in to save people from themselves.

“It’s almost like Inception meets Alice in Wonderland,” says Shahi, although media have also compared it to a more mainstream version of Black Mirror and Forbes described it “The Matrix meets cop show.”

Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (President David Palmer on 24 and Nelson Mandela in Goodbye Bafana) co-stars as Charlie Ventana, Onira-Tech’s head of security, while Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) is an expert in dreams and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) is a venture capitalist.

Indiewire called Reverie “a dazzling and poignant summer diversion,” praising the “gorgeous… brisk and arresting pilot” with its “imaginative take on various mental and psychological playgrounds,” “vibrant visuals and lush virtual landscapes,” and “hints of unexpected side effects and bugs.”

The Verge called it “refreshingly idealistic… fresh and timely,” while Slash Film said “the story is interesting, the acting is great, and the premise remains intriguing.”

Reverie is created and executive produced by Mickey Fisher, who worked with Steven Spielberg to create Extant and with Guillermo del Toro as a writer on The Strain. Directors include Daisy von Scherler Mayer (The Walking Dead), Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), John F Showalter (The 100), Kenneth Fink (The Expanse), P.J. Peske (Supernatural) and Wendey Stanzler (Arrow).

Binge now, only on Showmax in Africa.

HBO’s Hit Series ‘Succession’ Now Streaming On Showmax

“This is the thing about being rich: it’s f*ing great,” says Matthew McFadyen in HBO’s latest hit, Succession, a show that suggests just the opposite in its skewering of the Roy family, one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world.

McFadyen, in a slimy, sycophantic role miles away from Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice, is joined by a stellar cast that includes Emmy-winner Brian Cox (War & Peace) as the aging patriarch; Hiam Abbass (Blade Runner 2049) as his third wife; and Golden Globe nominee Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), Jeremy Strong (The Big Short), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Sarah Snook (Steve Jobs) as the children in the line of succession now that their father is starting to step back from the company. If you think the Lannisters are bad, meet the Roys…

Streaming exclusively on Showmax, Succession is currently at number 32 on IMDB’s Most Popular TV chart, has an 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been hailed as everything from “my favourite show of the summer… the only thing I’ve been able to think about” by Vox to “King Lear for the modern media age” by The Telegraph.

Appropriately for a show about the 1% of the 1%, Succession’s credits boast an embarrassment of riches. Creator Jesse Armstrong was nominated for an Oscar for In The Loop and a Writers Guild of America award for his work on Veep and won a BAFTA for Peep Show and a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for The Thick Of It.  Adam McKay, who directs Succession’s first episode and doubles as executive producer, won the Oscar for The Big Short and topped the box office with Talladega Nights, with Will Ferrell, who is also an executive producer here.

And then there’s Emmy-winning Veep writers Tony Roche and George Pritchett; Emmy-nominee Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones) as a director and executive producer; Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight); Emmy-winning editor Ken Eluto (30 Rock) and Art Directors Guild-winning production designer Stephen H. Carter (Birdman), among many others…

As you’d guess from those credits, there’s a tension in Succession between its comedy and its drama. Vulture pitched it as, “Having Veep withdrawals? Try Succession… another HBO comedy that also combines whip-smart dialogue, a killer ensemble cast, and a cynical look at the intersection of politics, corporate business, and mass media.”

But Succession doesn’t sit as comfortably within the comedy genre as Veep does. Rather, as Slate pointed out, “It’s a comedy and then it’s a tragedy, in the same show, but not at the same time… The show’s ethos: to gut you while you’re laughing.”

Similarly The Guardian warns, “The writing is savage, the dialogue sharp and foul-mouthed. Although funny in places, it is also scary, as any drama peopled by monsters ought to be.”

Not that Succession fits neatly into the drama genre either. “The show is a lot more fun than it might look,” says Vox, praising the way it “expertly strikes a balance between humour and heartbreak.”

The genre-bending result is one of the most acclaimed series of the year. As The Hollywood Reporter says, “Succession is spectacular… sharp, cutting, wonderfully acted… Each new episode is more darkly funny than the one before.”

Or as Slate says, “It’s amazing…  Electric, funny, fun, and occasionally, tragic…  You should be watching it.”

In November, Forbes reported that a study had found that America’s three richest individuals – Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos – collectively have more wealth than the bottom 50% of the population there – 160 million people in 63 million households.

Succession is a voyeuristic glimpse into a family with that level of wealth – where kids are offered a million dollars to hit a home run, where destination weddings are held in picturesque castles. But their family life is not as f*ing great as McFadyen’s character dreams it to be. Rather, as The Guardian says, “Above all, Succession is reassuring, in that it seems to argue that wealth and power offer no respite from the obligation to live one’s life in mortal fear… The next time you are annoyed by the arrogance of some ageing media mogul, try imagining him in the middle of the night, confused and alone, pissing all over an expensive carpet. I find it helps.”

Binge now, only on Showmax in Africa.

M-Net, M-Net Binge, M-Net City Line-up For September 2018

M-Net (channel 101), M-Net Binge (channel 900) and M-Net City (channel 115) highlights for September 2018

Saturday Movies

Saturday 01 September

21:00 The Last Man       16|Action

Sanity is a fragile notion in this paranoia-fuelled action drama. Suffering from PTSD, a young war veteran becomes obsessed with preparing for the end of days.

Saturday 08 September

21:00 Annabelle: Creation  16V|Horror

The producers of ‘The Conjuring’ bring us the chilling origin story of Annabelle: a lifelike doll possessed by a frightening demonic spirit.

Read the SAMDB review of Annabelle: Creation.

Saturday 15 September

21:00 Fun Mom Dinner    16SNL|Comedy

A night of comedy ensues in this chaotic movie. A harmless dinner takes an unexpected turn for four frazzled moms.

Saturday 22 September

21:00 Unlocked     16VL|Action

Action-packed spy thriller boasting an all-star cast. A CIA interrogator is lured into a plot that puts London at the mercy of a biological attack.

Saturday 29 September

21:00 The Neighbor 

Things are not what they seem in this domestic thriller. A middle-aged man in a stagnant marriage finds his life upended when an attractive young woman moves in next door.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

Sunday 02 September

20:05 Murder On The Orient Express   13V|Crime

Kenneth Branagh and a brilliant cast bring Agatha Christie’s classic mystery to life. A renowned detective attempts to solve a complex murder on train, where everyone’s a suspect.

Read the SAMDB review of Murder on the Orient Express.

Sunday 09 September

20:05 Star Wars: The Last Jedi  13V|Action

Mark Hamill reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in a galaxy far, far away. In this instalment of the saga, Rey develops her newfound powers under Skywalker’s unwilling tutelage.

Read the SAMDB review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Sunday 16 September

20:05 Dunkirk  16VL|War

Visionary director Christopher Nolan revisits the historical battle of Dunkirk in this Oscar-winning war drama, about a devastating combat that turned the tide of World War II.

Read the SAMDB review of Dunkirk.

Sunday 23 September

20:30 American Assassin 18VL|Action

Violence and espionage dash through this action movie. After his girlfriend is killed by terrorists, a young man’s quest for revenge draws him into the world of counterterrorism.

Read the SAMDB review of American Assassin.

Sunday 30 September

20:05 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle 13VL|Action

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan drive this reboot of the 90s cult hit. After finding a mysterious video game, four teenagers are sucked into its virtual world.

Read the SAMDB review of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

World Cinema Movies

(Note: Additional repeat has been added. See it again on Tuesdays at 01:00)

World Cinema titles will be added at a later date.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Monday 03 September

19:00 Deception 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

A combination of espionage and magic, the series premiere of this crime drama opens with superstar illusionist Cameron Black. From Emmy-nominee Greg Berlanti.

Thursday 06 September

22:00 Hard Sun 01 0006 “Episode Six” *Season 1 Ends*

Tired of operating on the defensive, Hicks and Renko take the fight to Grace – and DCS Bell arrests her and brings her in for questioning. Season finale of the Brit crime drama.

Saturday 08 September

17:00 The Goldbergs 05 0021 “Spaceballs”

When Beverly and Pops come up for parents’ weekend at school, Erica makes plans to tell them about an important decision she’s made. Family comedy set in the 80s.

17:30 The Goldbergs 05 0022 “Let’s Val Kilmer This Car” *Season 5 Ends with two back-to-back episodes*

In the season finale of the family comedy, Barry plans a senior prank to get out of going to prom after he’s rejected. Based on the real-life travails of creator Adam F. Goldberg.

Thursday 13 September

22:00 Trauma 01 0001 *Season 1 Starts*

In the premiere of this intricate psychological miniseries, Dan Bowker arrives home from work to find that his teenage son, Alex, is missing. From the acclaimed writer of ‘Doctor Foster.’

Friday 14 September

22:30 The Detour 03 0001 “The Run” *Season 3 Starts*

After a year on the lam across the continental US, the Parkers finally settle into the last place anyone would look for them: Alaska. Season premiere of the bawdy comedy.

Saturday 15 September

17:30 Champions 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

Gym owner Vince gets the shock of his life when his high school fling, Priya, unexpectedly drops off their teenaged son on his doorstep, in the series premiere of this family comedy.

Sunday 16 September

21:55 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 05 0022 *Series goes on a production break*New episodes resume Sunday 30 Sep*

Late night satirist John Oliver delivers his unique take on the week’s news, politics and current events with characteristic, unwavering humour.

Tuesday 18 September

02:00 70th Prime Time Emmy Awards 2018 *LIVE Broadcast of the ceremony*

‘Saturday Night Live’ alums Colin Jost and Michael Che will host this year’s prestigious ceremony, that honours the best in television.

See the full list of Emmy 2018 nominees.

21:00 70th Prime Time Emmy Awards 2018 *The Blacklist will be on a broadcast break to accommodate the awards*

Monday 24 September

22:05 The Handmaid’s Tale 02 0013 “The Word” *Season 2 Ends*

In the season finale of the critically acclaimed dystopian drama, Serena and the other Wives strive to make change, as Offred faces a difficult decision. Based on the celebrated novel of the same name.

Tuesday 25 September

21:00 The Blacklist 05 0006 “The Travel Agency” *The Blacklist returns from one week broadcast break*

Cooper turns to Reddington for help with a personal mission, while Liz and the task force track a murder-for-hire ring. Golden Globe-nominated crime drama.

Thursday 27 September

21:00 The Sinner 02 0001 *Season 2 Starts*

The Golden Globe-nominated crime anthology sees the return of Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose, whose prime suspect in season 2 is a young boy, accused of murdering his parents.

Sunday 30 September

22:05 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 05 0023 *Season 5 returns from production break*

Late night satirist John Oliver delivers his unique take on the week’s news, politics and current events with characteristic, unwavering humour.

Saturday 01 September

21:30 Supergirl 03 0001 “Girl Of Steel”         13VL

22:16 Supergirl 03 0002 “Triggers”     13V

23:02 Supergirl 03 0003 “Far From The Tree”         13V

23:48 Supergirl 03 0004 “The Faithful”         13VL

00:34 Supergirl 03 0005 “Damage”     13V

01:20 Supergirl 03 0006 “Midvale”      13VL

02:06 Supergirl 03 0007 “Wake Up”    13V

02:52 Supergirl 03 0008 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 1”          13V

03:38 Supergirl 03 0009 “Reign”         13V

04:24 Supergirl 03 0010 “Legion Of Super-Heroes” 13V

05:10 Supergirl 03 0011 “Fort Rozz”   13V

05:56 Supergirl 03 0012 “For Good”   13V

Sunday 02 September

21:30 Supergirl 03 0013 “Both Sides Now”   13V

22:16 Supergirl 03 0014 “Schott Through The Heart”       13V

23:02 Supergirl 03 0015 “In Search Of Lost Time”  13V

23:48 Supergirl 03 0016 “Of Two Minds”      13V

00:34 Supergirl 03 0017 “Trinity”       13V

01:20 Supergirl 03 0018 “Shelter From The Storm” 13V

02:06 Supergirl 03 0019 “The Fanatical”       13V

02:52 Supergirl 03 0020 “Dark Side Of The Moon”  13V

03:38 Supergirl 03 0021 “Not Kansas” 13V

04:24 Supergirl 03 0022 “Make It Reign”      13V

05:10 Supergirl 03 0023 “Battles Lost And Won”    13V

Saturday 08 September

21:30 Arrow 06 0001 “Fallout”  13VL

22:16 Arrow 06 0002 “Tribute” 13VL

23:02 Arrow 06 0003 “Next Of Kin”     13VL

23:48 Arrow 06 0004 “Reversal”         13VL

00:34 Arrow 06 0005 “Deathstroke Returns” 13VL

01:20 Arrow 06 0006 “Promises Kept” 13VL

02:06 Arrow 06 0007 “Thanksgiving” 13VL

02:52 Arrow 06 0008 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 2”    13VL

03:38 Arrow 06 0009 “Irreconcilable Differences”  13VL

04:24 Arrow 06 0010 “Divided” 13VL

05:10 Arrow 06 0011 “We Fall” 13V

05:56 Arrow 06 0012 “All For Nothing”  13V

Sunday 09 September

21:30 Arrow 06 0013 “The Devil’s Greatest Trick”  13V

22:16 Arrow 06 0014 “Collision Course”       13V

23:02 Arrow 06 0015 “Doppelgänger” 13V

23:48 Arrow 06 0016 “The Thanatos Guild”  13V

00:34 Arrow 06 0017 “Brothers In Arms”      13V

01:20 Arrow 06 0018 “Fundamentals” 13V

02:06 Arrow 06 0019 “The Dragon”    16V

02:52 Arrow 06 0020 “Shifting Allegiances” 13V

03:38 Arrow 06 0021 “Docket No. 11-19-41-73”     13V

04:24 Arrow 06 0022 “The Ties That Bind”    13V

05:10 Arrow 06 0023 “Life Sentence” 13V

Saturday 15 September

21:30 The Flash 04 0001 “The Flash Reborn” 13VL

22:16 The Flash 04 0002 “Mixed Signals”      13VL

23:02 The Flash 04 0003 “Luck Be A Lady”   13VL

23:48 The Flash 04 0004 “Elongated Journey Into Night” 13VL

00:34 The Flash 04 0005 “Girl’s Night Out”   13VL

01:20 The Flash 04 0006 “When Harry Met Harry”  13VL

02:06 The Flash 04 0007 “Therefore I Am”   13V

02:52 The Flash 04 0008 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 3”         13VL

03:38 The Flash 04 0009 “Don’t Run”  13VL

04:24 The Flash 04 0010 “The Trial Of The Flash”   13V

05:10 The Flash 04 0011 “The Elongated Knight Rises”    13V

05:56 The Flash 04 0012 “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”   13VL

Sunday 16 September

21:30 The Flash 04 0013 “True Colors”         13VL

22:16 The Flash 04 0014 “Subject 9”  13V

23:02 The Flash 04 0015 “Enter Flashtime”  13V

23:48 The Flash 04 0016 “Run Iris, Run”       13V

00:34 The Flash 04 0017 “Null And Annoyed”         13V

01:20 The Flash 04 0018 “Lose Yourself”      13V

02:06 The Flash 04 0019 “Fury Rogue”         13V

02:52 The Flash 04 0020 “Therefore She Is” 13V

03:38 The Flash 04 0021 “Harry And The Harrisons”         13V

04:24 The Flash 04 0022 “Think Fast” 13V

05:10 The Flash 04 0023 “We Are The Flash”          13V

Saturday 22 September

21:30 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0001 “Aruba-Con”   13VL

22:16 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0002 “Freakshow”   13VL

23:02 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0003 “Zari”    13VL

23:48 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0004 “Phone Home” 13VL

00:34 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0005 “Return Of The Mack”         13VL

01:20 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0006 “Helen Hunt”  13VL

02:06 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0007 “Welcome To The Jungle”   13VL

02:52 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0008 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 4”  13VL

03:38 DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0009 “Beebo The God Of War”     13VL

Sunday 23 September

21:30 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0010 “Daddy Darhkest”     16V

22:16 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0011 “Here I Go Again”     13VL

23:02 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0012 “The Curse Of The Earth Totem”          13VL

23:48 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0013 “No Country For Old Dads” 13VL

00:34 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0014 “Amazing Grace”      13V

01:20 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0015 “Necromancing The Stone” 13VL

02:06 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0016 “I, Ava” 13VL

02:52 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0017 “Guest Starring John Noble”          13VL

03:38 DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow 03 0018 “The Good, The Bad And The Cuddly”        13V

Saturday 29 September

21:30 Black Lightning 01 0001 “The Resurrection” 13VL

22:16 Black Lightning 01 0002 “Lawanda: The Book Of Hope”    13VSL

23:02 Black Lightning 01 0003 “Lawanda: The Book Of Burial”   13V

23:48 Black Lightning 01 0004 “Black Jesus”          13VL

00:34 Black Lightning 01 0005 “And Then The Devil Brought The Plague: The Book Of Green Light” 13VL

01:20 Black Lightning 01 0006 “Three Sevens: The Book Of Thunder”  13V

02:06 Black Lightning 01 0007 “Equinox: The Book Of Fate”       13V

Sunday 30 September

21:30 Black Lightning 01 0008 “The Book Of Revelation” 13V

22:16 Black Lightning 01 0009 “The Book Of Little Black Lies”   13V

23:02 Black Lightning 01 0010 “Sins Of The Father: The Book Of Redemption”         13V

23:48 Black Lightning 01 0011 “Black Jesus: The Book Of Crucifixion” 13V

00:31 Black Lightning 01 0012 “The Resurrection And The Light: The Book Of Pain”  13V

01:17 Black Lightning 01 0013 “Shadow Of Death: The Book Of War”   13VL

M-Net City Movies

Friday 07 September

21:00 The Hunger Games          16V|Sci-Fi

Based on the wildly popular young adult novels, Jennifer Lawrence stars as a fierce young woman who saves her sister by taking her place in a game of death.

Friday 14 September

21:00 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire        13V|Sci-Fi

Jennifer Lawrence returns in this action sequel, based on the bestselling young adult novels. Katniss and Peeta must face off against their enemies in a deadly new arena.

Read the SAMDB review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Friday 21 September

21:00 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1    13V|Adventure

In the final instalment of the franchise, Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss, who prepares for a showdown that will change the future.

Read the SAMDB review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Friday 28 September

21:00 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2   13V|Adventure

Jennifer Lawrence returns for the final chapter of the series set in a dystopian future. Katniss leads the rebellion as they take the war to the Capitol.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Saturday 01 September

21:00 The Originals 05 0013 “When The Saints Go Marching In” *Season 5 Ends*

The creator of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ penned this Emmy-nominated supernatural drama, following the tumultuous lives of the first vampire family.

Wednesday 05 September

21:00 Defiant Ones 01 0006 “Episode #06” *Season 1 Ends*

An opportune sit-down between Jimmy and Dre led to the idea of Beats Electronics, the speaker-headphone phenomenon that vaulted the partners to new heights.

Thursday 06 September

21:00 Homeland 07 0001 “Enemy Of The State” *Season 7 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the seventh season premiere of the critically acclaimed political thriller, Carrie is living with Maggie’s family in DC, while Saul remains in prison.  Emmy-winner Claire Danes stars.

Saturday 08 September

21:00 Supernatural 13 0001 “Lost And Found” *Season 13 Starts*Premieres on M-Net City*

Season 13 begins with Sam and Dean picking up the pieces after the loss of their mother, the demise of Crowley and the heart-breaking death of Castiel.

Tuesday 11 September

19:00 Code Black 03 0013 “The Business Of Saving Lives” *Season 3 Ends*

Angels Memorial descends into chaos when a plane crashes into the 8th floor of the hospital, in the season finale of this medical drama.

Wednesday 12 September

21:00 Unsolved: The Murders Of Tupac And The Notorious B.I.G. 01 0001 “Wherever It Leads” *Season 1 Starts*Aired on 1Magic*

A true crime series based on the police investigation into the murders of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

Thursday 13 September

22:15 Next Of Kin 01 0006 *Season 1 Ends*

Barnes and the counter terrorism unit face a race against time to foil the imminent terror attacks, in the season finale of this British thriller.

Sunday 16 September

23:00 12 Monkeys 04 0011 “The Beginning PT 2” *Season 4 Ends*

When all hope is lost, Cole must complete his cycle so that his younger self will one day arrive at the end with the answer. Series finale of the sci-fi drama.

Thursday 20 September

22:15 The Path 03 0001 “The Beginning” *Season 3 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the season premiere of this provocative drama, Eddie, now Guardian of the Light, opens the movement up with the help of a new publicist. Golden Globe-nominee Aaron Paul stars.

Saturday 22 September

19:00 For The People 01 0010 “This Is What I Wanted To Say” *Season 1 Ends*

Jay faces his fears and goes up against Kate in a case involving a PTA president accused of selling drugs to students. Emmy-nominee Shonda Rhimes backs this high-stakes legal drama.

20:00 Beyond 02 0010 “There’s No Home For You Here” *Season 2 Ends*

Diego’s latest attack hits close to the Matthews home, leaving Holden and Charlie to explain the situation to a frantic Tom and Diane, in the season finale of the sci-fi fantasy.

Tuesday 25 September

19:00 Chicago PD 05 0001 “Reform” *Season 5 Starts*

In the season premiere of this fast-paced instalment to the ‘Chicago’ series, the team attempts to bust a gun deal that quickly turns dicey when innocent civilians get involved. From Emmy-winner Dick Wolf.

22:10 Longmire 06 0010 “Goodbye Is Always Implied” *Season 6 Ends*

In the series finale of this crime drama, Walt gets an unexpected visitor as Jacob’s troubles escalate at the casino and an inevitable confrontation leads to changed lives.

Wednesday 26 September

20:00 Gotham 04 0022 “No Man’s Land” *Season 4 Ends*

In the season four finale, Jeremiah warns a sceptical Gordon of more destruction coming to Gotham. Fantasy drama set in the DC comic book universe.

Thursday 27 September

19:00 Suits 07 0016 “Good-Bye” *Season 7 Ends*

It’s all hands on deck as Louis, Donna and Alex defend the firm, while Harvey aids Jessica on a case, in the season finale of the high-stakes legal drama.

20:00 The Fixer 07 0018 “Over A Cliff” *Season 7 Ends*

In the thrilling series finale of this acclaimed political drama, the Gladiators make the ultimate sacrifice in order to take down Cyrus and Jake – but how far will they go to get justice?

Saturday 29 September

19:00 Timeless 02 0001 “The War To End All Wars” *Season 2 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

Wyatt Logan, Rufus Carlin, Connor Mason and Agent Denise Christopher are all holed up with the Lifeboat in a deserted missile silo, in the season premiere of this fantasy time-travel series.

20:00 The 100 05 0001 “Eden”

In the fifth season premiere, Clarke struggles to survive on a desolate, scorched earth, while her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope. Emmy-nominated dystopian drama.

22:00 American Horror Story 07 0011 “Great Again” *Season 7 Ends*

In the near future, Kai’s arrogance and ambitions haven’t dimmed despite the fact that his station in life has changed dramatically. Multiple award winning horror anthology.

Thursday 30 September

20:00 Bull 02 0001 “School For Scandal” *Season 2 starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the season premiere of the legal drama, Bull goes up against his romantic interest in a case involving a billionaire widow. Follows the cases of a trial consulting firm.

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences And The Linux Foundation Launch The Academy Software Foundation

Founding members include Animal Logic, Autodesk, Blue Sky Studios, Cisco, DNEG, DreamWorks Animation, Epic Games, Foundry, Google Cloud, Intel, SideFX, The Walt Disney Studios, and Weta Digital

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Linux Foundation today launched the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) to provide a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Linux Foundation for this vital initiative that fosters more innovation, more collaboration, more creativity among artists and engineers in our community,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “The Academy Software Foundation is core to the mission of our Academy: promoting the arts and sciences of motion pictures.”

“Open Source Software has enabled developers and engineers to create the amazing visual effects and animation that we see every day in the movies, on television and in video games,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “With the Academy Software Foundation, we are providing a home for this community of open source developers to collaborate and drive the next wave of innovation across the motion picture and broader media industries.”

The ASWF is the result of a two-year investigation by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council into the use of Open Source Software (OSS) across the motion picture industry. The survey found that more than 80% of the industry uses open source software, particularly for animation and visual effects. However, this widespread use of OSS has also created challenges including siloed development, managing multiple versions of OSS libraries (“versionitis”) and varying governance and licensing models that need to be addressed in order to ensure a healthy open source ecosystem.

“Developers and engineers across the industry are constantly working to find new ways to bring images to life, and open source enables them to ​start with a solid foundation while focusing​ on solving ​unique​, ​creative challenges rather than reinventing the wheel,” said Rob Bredow, ​SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic and Member of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council​, Open Source Investigation Committee. “We are very excited to launch the Academy Software Foundation and provide a home for open source developers to collaborate​, regardless of where they work, and​ share best practices ​which we believe will drive innovation across the industry.”

ASWF Mission: The mission of the ASWF is to increase the quality and quantity of open source contributions by developing a governance model, legal framework and community infrastructure that lowers the barrier to entry for developing and using open source software. Developers interested in learning more or contributing can sign up to join the mailing list at www.aswf.io/community.

The ASWF Goals are to:

  • Provide a neutral forum to coordinate cross-project efforts, establish best practices and share resources across the motion picture and broader media industries.
  • Develop an open continuous integration (CI) and build infrastructure to enable reference builds from the community and alleviate issues caused by siloed development.
  • Provide individuals and organizations with a clear path for participation and code contribution.
  • Streamline development for build and runtime environments through the sharing of open source build configurations, scripts and recipes.
  • Provide better, more consistent licensing through a shared licensing template.

“In the last 25 years, software engineers have played an increasing role in the most successful movies of our time,” said David Morin, Project Lead for the Academy Open Source Investigation. “The Academy Software Foundation is set to provide funding, structure and infrastructure for the open source community, so that engineers can continue to collaborate and accelerate software development for moviemaking and other media for the next 25 years.”

For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit www.aswf.io.

SIGGRAPH 2018

The ASWF will have a significant presence at SIGGRAPH 2018. Interested developers and engineers can learn more about the ASWF by attending the keynote session on Monday, August 13, from 2:00 – 3:15 pm PT by Rob Bredow, ​SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM, or following the keynote livestream on YouTube or Facebook.

Conference attendees are also invited to participate in the Academy Software Foundation Birds of a Feather (BoF) session on Tuesday, August 14, from 9:00 – 10:00 am PT in the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building, Room 11.

Academy Software Foundation Supporting Premier Partners

Founding members of the ASWF include: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Animal Logic, Autodesk, Blue Sky Studios, Cisco, DNEG, DreamWorks Animation, Epic Games, Google Cloud, Intel, Walt Disney Studios, and Weta Digital at the Premier level, and Foundry and SideFX at the General level.

Animal Logic

“Animal Logic is proud to be an inaugural member of this industry initiative to support foundational software on which future innovations will be developed. Combined with our open-source contribution through AL_USDMaya, this signifies our commitment to giving back to the community that has provided us with so much.”

– Darin Grant, CTO, Animal Logic Group

Autodesk

“Autodesk understands and appreciates the diversity of our media and entertainment customer’s workflows and the critical role open source projects play in making them successful. We are very excited to collaborate with the Academy and The Linux Foundation to build this industry initiative to strengthen the projects and ecosystem we all rely on.”

– Guy Martin, director of Open Source, Autodesk

Blue Sky Studios

“Blue Sky Studios is thrilled to be a part of the Academy Software Foundation launch. Open source technologies give filmmakers the wonderful opportunity to collaborate and give back to the community. As a studio we are committed to making entertainment that means something to the world, and are excited when other filmmakers do the same. With the ASWF we have the opportunity to help each other in this goal: to create technology for ourselves and each other, so we can craft beautiful and compelling stories that make us all proud.”

– Hank Driskill, Chief Technology Officer, Blue Sky Studios

Cisco

“Cisco is joining the Academy Software Foundation to help fuel technology innovation in the creation and production of film and TV. Linux and OSS have become de facto standards across a wide number of industries, and we are realizing the distinct benefits for pre- and post-production as Hollywood and Silicon Valley continue to explore best practices for technology transfer.”

– Dave Ward, Senior Vice President, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco

DNEG

“Open source software projects have contributed significantly to the success and growth of the Visual Effects industry. DNEG recognises the importance of these projects in the service of our key goal: participating in the telling of inspiring and innovative stories through technology. As such we are delighted to support the ASWF and are excited by the prospect of collaborating on the software that will form the basis of the future of our industry.”

– Graham Jack, CTO, DNEG

DreamWorks Animation

“DreamWorks Animation is pleased to be a founding Premier member of the Academy Software Foundation. The formation of the Foundation underscores how vital open source technology is in the production industry, and how essential it is to future innovation and advancements. As an active open source contributor, and a dedicated consumer, we at DreamWorks Animation recognize the value of an oversight organization to ensure continued resources and momentum for software development.”

– Andrew Pearce, VP of Global Technology, DreamWorks

Epic Games

“Epic Games is committed to providing a new generation of real-time technology for the film and television industry based on standard technology and practices. We are strong supporters of open source software and open platforms, and are thrilled to be part of the new Academy Software Foundation.”

– Marc Petit, General Manager, Unreal Engine Enterprise at Epic Games

Google Cloud

“Google Cloud is excited to be a Premier member of the Academy Software Foundation and to help contribute to the open source standards for industry software. Our core belief in an open platform for cloud users echoes the sentiments of the VFX industry and we look forward to collaborating on projects that will benefit all users.”

– Todd Prives, Product Manager, Google Cloud

Intel Corporation

“As a founding member of the Academy Software Foundation, Intel will join a vibrant community of studios, and software and hardware technology leaders to spur developer innovations and enable top-quality motion picture content that is better, faster and less expensive to make. Intel’s just announced Intel® Rendering Framework including software libraries Embree and OSPRay, and the new OpenImageDenoise library, can be used by ASWF members to develop compelling motion pictures and visual effects with all the benefits of open source solutions on Intel® architecture-based systems.”

– Lynn Comp, Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager, Visual Cloud Division, Intel Corporation

The Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios

“The creation of the Academy Software Foundation is an important and exciting step for the motion picture industry. By increasing collaboration within our industry, it allows all of us to pool our efforts on common foundational technologies, drive new standards for interoperability and increase the pace of innovation.”

– Nick Cannon, Chief Technology Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Weta Digital

“We are proud to help establish the Academy Software Foundation as a Founding member.  Thoughtful curation and dedicated financial commitment to open source platforms and standards is vital for our industry as we mature. The pace of innovation in visual effects is supported by a reliable platform of technology contributions by many companies and groups. The Academy Software Foundation will provide a unique collaboration environment that marries the interests of all parties and ensures the industry’s history of experimentation and creativity will continue well into the future.”

– Joe Letteri, Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

About the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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Black Panther Giveaway This Month

Wakanda Forever !!

Black Panther, from Marvel and Disney, that soared to new heights at the South African box office, making history, is now available to purchase for your home movie collection, with Avengers: Infinity War following in the near future (watch our news pages for details).

Forming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) the film is an integral part of the story that spans a decade of cinema.

And this August, SAMDB has the distinct pleasure of offering a giveaway of 5 copies of this epic tale, on DVD, to five of our fans / followers. All you have to do is like us on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter and either comment or tweet to tell us who your favourite Marvel character is, and why. See the links and embedded posts below.

Read the SAMDB review of Black Panther.

Please Note:

  • This giveaway is only open to persons living in South Africa
  • Names chosen, at random, will be contacted directly
  • The giveaway will be one copy of Black Panther, on DVD, and DVDs will be sent to chosen names by Disney South Africa
  • The five (5) persons chosen will be chosen at random from our fans and follows who tweet or comment.
  • You have until Friday 24 August 2018 to make these tweets or comments on our Facebook post or Twitter tweet.

SAMDB on Twitter – www.twitter.com/samoviedatabase

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Survivor South Africa Philippines: Who Will Be The Sole Survivor

After 39 days of Outwitting, Outplaying and Outlasting their fellow Castaways, the Final 3 on M-Net’s Survivor South Africa: Philippines are just two hours away from the R1 Million prize and title of ‘Sole Survivor’. And in a season which was all about vicious twists, unexpected turns and cataclysmic blindsides, the epic two-hour Final episode of Survivor South Africa: Philippines (Thursday 16 August) is set to turn up the heat, like never before.

Annalize, Jeanne and Tom must face one final Immunity Challenge, with the winner securing an epic advantage – not just a guaranteed ticket to the Final, but also the ability to vote one member off the Jury as they prepare to make their case for the Million. To win the ultimate advantage, they’ll have to combine speed, skill and stamina – and keep their wits about them.

After a strong start to the game as a member of the ‘Big 5’ at Luzon before a comeuppance in episode 2 when she almost went home, herself, Annalize played mostly under the radar – and managed to earn herself a prominent role amongst the ‘blues’ at Mindanao and later, at Araw. She joined Mindanao during Episode 4’s Tribe Shuffle and was voted out in Episode 6 – but instead found herself heading across to Luzon, instead of out of the game altogether. Staying close to Werner helped her cause all the way through to Episode 15, where she heeded Jeanne’s warning that none of them stood a chance at the prize if they found themselves alongside the Pastor, before the Jury and duly helped vote out the ‘Godfather’.

Survivor Superfan Jeanne entered the game hoping that people would underestimate her because of her stature, declaring: “They have got to think that they can beat me”. She and Stacey thrashed Tom and Ace in the first fire-making challenge, marking her out as a fierce competitor. The tribe shuffle in Episode 4 helped Jeanne, when finding herself in a former Mindanao-led majority alongside Toni and Werner, versus Ace and Josie, gave her a stay of execution. She was in camp when Werner picked up the Idol that Ace had so frantically been digging for, meaning he had to take her into his confidence and giving her yet another lifeline. She milked that bond with Werner all the way up to Episode 15, where she completed an amazing come-from-behind victory in the ‘Dragon’s Breath’ challenge and engineered Werner’s departure via Tom and Annalize.

Despite Tom continually irking almost everyone in the game – even those outside his tribes – he made it to Merge on the back of a combination of his outdoor survival skills and being in the right place at the right time. Despite being the third-oldest of the castaways this season (behind Neil and Annalize), Tom’s ability to find food, build shelter and make fire won him several reprieves in the game – despite losing out to Jeanne and Stacey-Lee in the fire-making challenge in episode 1, which he described as “a humbling experience”. With an Immunity Idol in his pocket, Episode 4’s tribe shuffle saw him partnered with Chané at new tribe Visayas and up against former Luzon members Vusi and Palesa, with Murishca the sole newcomer. His behaviour around camp – in particular, his eating habits – pitted Chané against him but he made it to Merge and when his former tribemates failed to approach him, the ‘blue blood’ bloc gleefully swooped in and made him one of them, as he slowly helped vote out his former red tribemates one by one. His sworn allegiance to Werner saw him snitch on Katinka to help send her home – but he finally capitulated in sight of the Final and helped vote the Pastor out last week to give himself a shot at the R1 Million prize.

It all comes down to this week – who can claim the final, pivotal advantage of the season, and what can the Final Two say to convince the Jury to hand them R1 Million and the title of Sole Survivor? Tune in to Survivor SA: Philippines this Thursday (16 August) for the epic two-hour Finale at 19:00 on M-Net 101 to see who Outlasts after Outwitting and Outplaying their fellow Castaways.

A Live Chat will be running on the DStv Online YouTube page during the Final this week, from 19:00 on Thursday 16 August and a special Live After: Survivor South Africa episode will be streamed from 18:05 after Sunday 19 August’s repeat of the Survivor South Africa: Philippines Final on M-Net 101, featuring the winner of Season 6 and a host of surprises. Get your questions for the winner in, by tweeting using #LiveAfter and @survivor_sa and Phil get them to answer it in the ‘Ask Me Anything’ segment of the show.

While fans of the show enjoy all the action in the episode, there are also some magnificent prizes up for grabs on the Survivor SA: Philippines website:

  • A Huawei P20 Pro phone valued at R15 499.
  • A 1-year supply of Bio-Strath products valued at R10 000.
  • A delicious Steers Wacky Wednesdays voucher for one year, valued at R2800.
  • A brand new DStv Explora 2.

All you have to do is to go to www.mnet.tv/survivorsa and answer the weekly quiz question. Every entry then also goes into the draw for the grand prize of a tropical island holiday experience for four, brought to you by Cathay Pacific and Club Med. And, if you’d like to earn additional points, explore the island and find the Huawei P20 Pro phone in our 360 VR experience.

Survivor South Africa: Philippines is also streamed live on DStv Now and available on DStv Catch Up within 24 hours of the live show. You can also catch the repeat on Sunday afternoons at 17:00 on M-Net Channel 101.

Survivor SA is powered by the Huawei P20 Pro and is produced by Afrokaans Film and TV.

Final Round Before The Big Chop For Idols Hopefuls

Day 4 of Theatre Week started off with an exciting scavenger hunt for the remaining 31 Idols contestants left at Wild Coast Sun in Port Edward.

The group dug around the beach to uncover a treasure chest containing CDs with their names and the songs the judges had chosen for their Solo Performance round; the last before their fate would be sealed.

The loot excited some, but left others in dread.

But it wasn’t just the song choice that brought butterflied to their stomachs. For the first time in their short singing careers, the contestants were about to take on a big stage under the watchful gaze of the judges and a theatre packed with an audience. It was showtime!

The only thing standing between them and a spot in the Top 16 was an intense 48 hours with vocal coaches.

Challenges arose soon with some of the aspirant singers buckling under the pressure. There were people who missed rehearsals by hours; others couldn’t grasp the songs and kept forgetting lyrics. Anxiety got the best of the jittery ones.

The audition finale on stage was a thunderous affair, with the audience giving spirited applause and standing ovations while the judges mulled over their verdicts at the back of the theatre. Singers were not given any feedback, leaving them to await their fate on the final day of Theatre Week.

Who will walk the plank in glee and who will be gloomy? Find out in next week’s results show!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website: www.idolssa.tv

You can also join the Idols SA conversation via social media on… Facebook: Idols South Africa (www.facebook.com/IdolsSA) , Twitter: @IdolsSA #IdolsSA Instagram: @IdolsSA