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DStv Highlights For October 2020

1 October 2020: October is a big month on DStv with tons of scream-worthy Halloween viewing, brand new dramas, special events and movie magic.

Halloween

October brings two full moons and a host of spooky programming from DStv, including the long-awaited The Walking Dead S10 finale special on FOX (DStv 125), and the ecological comic book horror series Swamp Thing on M-Net City (DStv 115). The Lifetime Channel (DStv 131) dishes up four tales of terror in its creepy October movies about women lured into dangerous relationships.

Samantha Morton as Alpha – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

Halloween-themed movies will be available on the DStv Catch Up service to watch whenever you’re feeling haunted. For the kids, there’s a magical, bewitching new series called The Owl House on Disney Channel (DStv 303), and all the kids’ channels will be running their Halloween-themed episodes of the tinies’ favourite shows on Saturday, 31 October.

Brand new dramas

There are dynamite new dramas including Ethan Hawke’s surprisingly funny Civil War abolitionist tale The Good Lord Bird on M-Net (DStv 101), the revamped Party Of Five if you’re looking for a show that’ll steal your heart and make it bleed on M-Net (DStv 101).

Reality and lifestyle

Reality fans can settle in for Miss Fabulous herself Khanyi Mbau’s intimate new show on BET (DStv 129), E! (DStv 124) will be celebrating Kim Kardashian’s 40th birthday, as well as introducing us to a new reality clan to love with The Bradshaw Bunch.

Talent show fundis can keep an eye out for South African singer Belinda Davids in Britain’s Got Talent S14 on M-Net (DStv 101), and quiz show Pointless returns to BBC Brit (DStv 120), as does Strictly Come Dancing, as we wiggle along to S18.

Caffeine addicts will have a new BFF when they meet Henriëtte Marx in kykNET’s new lifestyle series Netkoffie (DStv 144), adventure junkies will get a new perspective on Africa – especially South Africa, thanks to Instagram celeb World Wide Nate, who now has his own cooking and travel show on Discovery Family (DStv 136), and if you’re looking for old friends, kykNET is bringing back Nataniël in his sneaky lockdown travel and cooking show Toegang. Those looking for only the spiciest local flavours can give Phat Joe’s new celeb chow down on Cheeky Palate a shot on 1Magic (DStv 103). And if you’re just looking for relaxing chat and music, Kelly Clarkson is back with a second season of her talk show on M-Net (DStv 101).

True Crime

True crime buffs, prepare to feast like Tiger Kings as Investigation Discovery (DStv 171) brings us a brand-new Tiger King series and a documentary special. Documentary fans can also look forward to the inspiring Chasing The Sun series on M-Net (DStv 101) that takes us inside the SA Rugby Team’s 2019 World Cup victory in Japan and shows us how their teamwork made the dream work. Samuel L Jackson’s brilliant and heart-wrenching exploration of the Transatlantic slave trade takes the spotlight on 1Magic (DStv 103). And the History channel (DStv 186) is coming up Trumps in the run-up to the US Presidential election on Tuesday, 3 November as it delves into the background of the current President, examines The US’s political divisions, and takes us inside a White House special project and Air Force One itself. It’s World Animal Day on Sunday, 4 October, and National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) will be celebrating with a whole day of animal-centric specials, along with dedicating the entire month to one extra-scary animal in particular: the crocodile. Welcome to Croctober, fans!

Vula Vala S1

Ever wonder what happens to your favourite sports stars after they retire? Then you will certainly enjoy this new drama series! Sello Maake ka-Ncube returns to the screens as Bra Rex, a retired soccer player with a new goal – to become a successful football-club owner himself. When an aspiring soccer player decides to move to Johannesburg, it seems that everything is working in his favour when he joins The Warriors. However, it seems that fate has a cruel sense of humour when an old secret is revealed that could take away his dreams. Filled with family secrets, soccer dreams and crime bosses, is #goals on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

Miss SA!

Finally we’ll be welcoming a brand-new Miss SA on M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sunday, 24 October.

October is packed wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor.

Highlights per DStv package can be found here:

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.

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