DStv Content Discovery: 12 To 18 April 2019

Game of Thrones S8
Starts on Monday 15 April on M-Net 101 at 03:00 and 22:00

Express from the US
Longer durations expected
Same time with Showmax

It’s been a long wait, but winter is here at last! The hugely anticipated final season has caused a frenzy worldwide – you’ll have to hide under a rock to avoid spoilers after the premiere drops at 03:00 on Monday. Season seven ended with Viserion, now an Ice Dragon (the debate about whether he is a Wight or White Walker rages on) blasting The Wall with ‘ice-fire’, the dead marching into Westeros , and the revelation of Jon Snow’s true lineage (which he doesn’t know, because, of course, he knows nothing!). Dip in, catch up or remember where we left off by bingeing from the beginning on Showmax. If you are all up to date, set your alarm-clock to wake you and enjoy the TV event of the year with the rest of the world!

Baptiste

Fans of The Missing will be thrilled to know its spin-off, Baptiste, starts on BBC First this week. This time around, the intrepid detective, Baptiste, must solve the case of a sex worker who has disappeared in Amsterdam’s red-light district.

Jesus: His Life

To celebrate Easter, History (186) is running an in-depth and fascinating new docu-drama that delves into the life of Jesus. Taking a slightly different approach, the show attempts to give viewpoints on Jesus’ life from those who knew him best – his friends, family and enemies.

Ghoemas Afrikaanse Musiektekenning 2019

It’s one of the biggest highlights of the Afrikaans music calendar, and fans can get to watch all the action on kykNET as the hottest talent will be recognised, including newcomer of the year, record of the year and song of the year.

LOCAL

Maak My Famous S1, Starts on Thursday 18 April on kykNET & kie (145) at 20:00

Singer and actress Tarryn Lamb from the pop group Blackbyrd teams up with legendary star Emo Adams to make dreams come true for singing hopefuls. In this energetic talent show, contestants will go head to head for the prize of a yearlong tour with a record company and the chance to be, well … famous. If Tarryn looks familiar, you’ll recognise her the kykNET series Suidooster.

iKhaya S2, Binge from the beginning S1-2 on Showmax

Now you can binge both seasons of this controversial series. Eddie has secretly been living two separate lives as the head of two different families who aren’t aware of one another, but circumstances beyond of his control threaten to expose his secret and turn his world upside down.

Klink Soos Naweek met JOOX S1, Starts on Friday 12 April on VIA (147) at 20:30

Start your weekend on a musical high note with the countdown of your favourite Afrikaans music videos from the likes of Francois van Coke, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Karen Zoid.

Ghoemas Afrikaanse Musiektekenning 2019, Wednesday 17 April on kykNET (144) at 20:00

The Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria hosts this prestigious award ceremony that promises to be bigger than ever this year. The Ghoemas celebrate the best in Afrikaans music, with performances from your favourite music stars.

Tyd met Aleit, Wednesdays on kykNET (144) at 18:00

Event planner extraordinaire Aleit Swanepoel is back with a fourth season of the reality show where he shows his celebrity guests how to use just about anything in their home as elegant décor for a fabulous event.

Isithembiso S3, Weekdays on Mzansi Magic (161) at 19:30

Also available on Catch Up

Dangerous alliances are forged and Lihle’s web of lies gets more tangled as she is forced to tell Banzi the truth. Sne makes a chilling revelation about Zamani and pastor Absalom surprises the naïve Anathi. Things get even more twisted when Ethel sets out to blackmail Lihle and a conniving Banzi causes chaos at the club.

Widowed, Saturdays on Mzansi Wethu (163) at 19:30

From being excluded by in-laws to upholding cultural practices such as wearing black for a year after the death of a spouse, these 13 widows know all about the emotional turmoil that comes with the death of a loved one. The reality show is mediated by relationship coach Phindile Grootboom.

The Herd S2, Sundays on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Binge from the Beginning – S1 on Showmax
The arrival of a new visitor ruffles some feathers in the Mthethwa household. Hold on to your seat and clutch your pearls because MamThembu is making her presence felt. Who is she to MamNgandi and what does she want?

Papa Penny S3, Wednesdays on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Giyani’s own superstar, Papa Penny, heads to the City of Gold for a meeting with an ex about one of his children. Mama is taken aback when her husband makes a request that she’s none too keen to fulfil.

Lockdown S4, Mondays on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

When corrupt prison governor Deborah Banda makes Tyson the leader of smuggling ring bringing contraband into the prison, pandemonium results. In other news, there’s a fresh face in Thabazimbi.

SPORT

Football UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals, Watch on Tuesday – Wednesday 16-17 April on SuperSport 3 (203) and SuperSport 5 (205)

The best of the best meet up this week in the hotly anticipated quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. For the first time in years, there are four British teams in the final eight, and two of them – Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur – will come up against each other. The rest of the fixtures will see Barcelona take on Manchester United, Juventus meet Ajax and Porto clash against Liverpool.

Football Premier League, Saturday – Monday 13-15 April on SuperSport 3 (203)

In British football news, there’s plenty of Premier League action for fans this week. Another big match for Tottenham Hotspur will see them come up against Huddersfield on their home ground. Manchester United faces West Ham United, Crystal Palace takes on the mighty Manchester City and Watford comes up against Arsenal. One of the biggest matches of the week will see Liverpool take on Chelsea. There’s lots of pressure on Liverpool – and many are saying this could be the League decider.

World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series, Saturday – Sunday 13-14 April on SuperSport 5 (205) and SuperSport 1 (201)

Fiji are going from strength to strength in this series, having just secured a historic fifth title at the last event in Hong Kong. The next leg takes place in Singapore and the rest of the teams are going to have to do whatever it takes to knock the kingpins from their thrones. But it isn’t going to be easy. Gareth Baber’s side is full of confidence and determined to stay on top.

Football PSL, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, 13, 14 and 17 April on SuperSport 4 (204)

Local PSL football action is also hotting up this week with a strong line-up that is sure to enthral fans. Black Leopards will first take on Kaizer Chiefs and then come up against Mamelodi Sundowns, who will also get to play Baroka FC. Orlando Pirates will clash against the Free State Stars.

KIDS

RoboCar Poli S1, Starts on Wednesday 17 April on JimJam (301) at 14:00

Welcome to Broomstown, a beautiful city under the protection of the Robocar Poli Rescue Team. Poli is a blue police van that transforms into a robot, while Jin is the genius inventor with long blonde hair. There’s Helly the rescue helicopter, Amber the ambulance and Roy the fire truck. This is the trusted crew that’s always willing to help those in distress.

Yokai Watch S2, Starts on Saturday 13 April on Cartoon Network (301) at 11:25

According to Japanese folklore, when one befriends a yo-kai, you get a medal or a watch that allows you to summon the yo-kai at any time. With the city under siege by violent yo-kai, a young, inquisitive boy named Nate and his friend, Whisper, make the daring trip to the yo-kai world to get the new watch with special powers.

Turbo, Starts on Thursday 18 April on Showmax

Forget everything you think you know about snails – Theo is obsessed with speed and dreams of winning the Indy 500 someday. Featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L Jackson and Maya Rudolph.

Oggy and the Cockroaches: The Movie, Starts on Saturday 13 April on Boomerang (302) at 14:00

Oggy is the laziest cat in the land, and proud of it. Unfortunately for him, his roommates Joey, Marky and Dee-Dee just happen to be cockroaches whose mission in life is to disturb Oggy’s daily naps, raid his fridge and make a huge mess around the house.

MOVIES

Being Mary Jane (Finale movie), Premieres on Thursday 18 April on BET (129) at 21:00

Also available on Catch Up

We’ve grown to love feisty, driven journalist Mary Jane Paulsen in the series Being Mary Jane, and the finale movie is the conclusion we’ve all been waiting for. Her love life has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, her family life is just as dramatic, and is that the sound of wedding bells we hear?

Hampstead, Premieres on Monday 15 April on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:00

After her husband dies leaving her in debt, Emily befriends a grumpy neighbour who lives quite the eccentric life. When developers threaten to take his land, Donald and Emily put up a fight and the two find themselves fighting not only the lawyers and developers, but also their feelings for each other.

Overboard, Premieres on Sunday 14 April on M-Net (101) at 20:00

Leo Montenegro is a filthy-rich billionaire who’s never done a day’s manual labour in his life. After being thrown from his yacht, he wakes up in hospital with no memory of his past, and along comes his former cleaning-lady, Kate, a struggling single mom of three who’s got a bone to pick with the billionaire. What starts off as a revenge-scheme turns into the best time of Kate’s life and, ironically, Leo’s as well.

A Boy Called Po, Premieres on Sunday 14 April on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:30

David has just lost his wife to cancer, and is in the midst of grieving. His autistic son, Po, is battling bullies at school and retreats into a fantasy world as a survival mechanism. As each of them retreats into their own universes, they somehow need to find a way to survive the real world together.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

Baptiste S1, Starts on Sunday 14 April on BBC First (119) at 20:00

Drama fans – lock off your Sunday nights for the next six weeks for Baptiste, the brilliant new spin-off from The Missing. The series kicks off with mercurial French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) on a well-deserved sabbatical when he’s drawn into the case of a young sex worker reported missing by her uncle, Edward (Tom Hollander from The Night Manager). The case soon leads to the criminal underworld of Amsterdam’s red-light district.

Cheat S1, Starts on Monday 15 April on ITV CHOICE (123) at 20:00

This four-part psychological drama set in the university city of Cambridge weaves suspense, betrayal, deceit, lies and fear into a lethal cocktail that we can’t wait to get home to on Mondays. When average student Rose (Molly Windsor) turns in an exceptional dissertation, her professor is instantly suspicious. But what looks to Dr Leah Gale (Coronation Street’s Katherine Kelly) like a straight-forward case of academic misconduct rapidly escalates into a series of devastating and shocking events with fatal consequences.

Lord of the Skies S4, Starts on Monday 15 April on Telemundo (118) at 22:00

Following the shock of his brother’s death in season three, drug lord Aurelio Casillas faces a new challenge when he fails to find a suitable kidney donor among his family members. But a long-lost son may hold the key to his survival. Season four hits the box on 15 April and will screen from Mondays to Friday.

The Good Wife: Binge from the beginning S1-7 on Showmax

Inspired by real-life political scandals involving married men, this smash-hit drama series follows Alicia Florrick, wife of a disgraced state’s attorney. She has to pick up the pieces of her family and revive her law career.

FACTUAL

Jesus: His Life, Starts on Sunday 14 April on HISTORY (186) at 19:20

Also available on Catch Up

This new documentary brings a unique approach to the story of the life of Jesus Christ – each episode is told through the eyes of the men and women closest to him: Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter. They guide viewers through the emotional story of Jesus’s life through a combination of scripted drama and documentary-style interviews with historians and faith leaders.

Deadly Legacy, Starts on Sunday 14 April on Investigation Discovery (171) at 22:00

Also available on Catch Up

In December of 1978, a horrifying discovery in the crawlspace of a Chicago home sent shock waves across America and the world. More than 30 years later, cold case detective Jason Moran reopens the file on one of the US’s most infamous serial killers, John Wayne Gacy, only to discover that eight of his victims remain unidentified even after the killer’s execution in 1994.

Wild Arctic, Starts on Sunday 14 April on National Geographic Wild (182) at 18:00

Also available on Catch Up

From polar bears struggling to hunt on the dwindling sea-ice to a caterpillar that takes over a decade to pupate, the Arctic pushes its inhabitants to the max. This series captures the planet’s toughest creatures in the harshest and most spectacular habitats. Explore haunting landscapes of islands still being forged by the fire of Arctic volcanoes, the punishing frozen tundra, and the snow-covered expanse of the vast Taiga forest.

World’s Most Evil Killers S3, Starts on Monday 15 April on CBS Reality (132) at 21:10

Delve into the gripping real-life stories of the world’s most terrifying and prolific killers, from Fred and Rose West to Ed Gein. Each episode focuses on one notorious killer and features authentic first-hand accounts from detectives, journalists, relatives and even survivors, with fascinating analysis by criminologists, crime journalists and psychologists.

REALITY

James Davis: Live from the Town, Starts on Friday 12 April on Comedy Central (122) at 22:00

Comedian James Davis is back with his one-hour stand-up show. Expect a hilarious line-up, including an impersonation of former president Barrack Obama, James’s rant about the wonderful yet perilous effect of social media on millennials and of course, his take on the #MeToo movement. Best known for the reality series Hood Adjacent with James Davis, the comic has a knack for conspiracy theories and this time, he’s got one on Magic Johnson.

Love After Lockup S2, Starts on Tuesday 16 April on 1Magic (103) at 19:00

The way to the altar is fraught with challenges, and even more so when the couples are meeting each other for the first time after being imprisoned. From getting to know their intended to meeting the family, first impressions last and for convicted felons, the odds are already stacked against them.

Dating No Filter S1, Starts on Thursday 18 April on E! Entertainment (124) at 20:00

Also available on Catch Up

Dating in the modern age can be daunting, even without a line-up of cadid comedians commenting on your every move. From being ghosted to being cat-fished, the audience will get a front row seat to the first awkward date between two singletons and see the cringe-worthy moments.

Tricks on The Street S1, Starts on Friday 12 April on Discovery Family (136) at 18:30

Also available on Catch Up

Internet sensation and street magician Ryan Tricks takes his trickery to Hammersmith, London where he wows the community with his gift and gives a group of moms some pointers.

BOXOFFICE

Mary Poppins Returns, Premieres Monday 15 April on BoxOffice

The magical nanny returns to help the now grown-up Michael Banks and his three children through a tough time in their lives. The enigmatic nanny takes it upon herself to bring joy to the distraught family by showing them the beauty of life. Set in the 1930s during the great depression, this family flick starring Emily Blunt (Beauty and the Beast) inspires us all to find the positive and the magical all around us, even in times of hardship.

Read the SAMDB review of Mary Poppins Returns.

The Old Man and the Gun, Premieres Monday 15 April on BoxOffice

It was the most shocking escape Detective John Hunt had encountered in his career. At 70 years old, Forrest Tucker pulled off an impressive prison break and went on a crime spree, robbing banks across the country. Robert Redford earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Forrest Tucker in this movie based on a true story.

The Princess and the Dragon, Premieres Wednesday 17 April on BoxOffice

Meet inquisitive, just-turned-seven year old Princess Barbara, whose discovery of a magical book in this charming animated film transports her to a magical land full of charming supernatural creatures and, of course, dragons.

Life Itself, Premieres Friday 12 April on BoxOffice

Award-winning This Is Us writer Dan Fogelman directs this multi-generational saga about the everyday life-choices that send ripples through time. Set in New York and Spain, Life Itself brings together a stellar cast that includes Antonio Banderas and Samuel L Jackson.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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