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DStv Highlights: 6 – 12 November 2020

Get ready for a month of extraordinary NEW-vember viewing! Take a journey to India with the well-crafted and culturally accurate new show for kids, Mira Royal Detective. With stars like Jameela Jamil and Freida Pinto adding their voices to the series, it’s guaranteed to be a spellbinding treat.

Working hard to shed his Harry Potter identity, Daniel Radcliffe stars in another TNT movie premiere – with a look at the consequences of online trolling. Following his incredible work in Escape from Pretoria, his portrayal of a frustrated programmer who feels unlucky in life in Guns Akimbo is worth the watch.

Get ready to step into detective mode with How I Caught the Killer. Hear first-hand accounts from detectives and forensic specialists who piece together information to find unbelievable motives for murder. If this feels a little too real, take a jaunt with a fictional British detective in The Bay.

For a feel-good new show that features the power of honesty, forgiveness and starting over, home-brewed Lekunutu pulls out all the stops. Locals step up and share their secrets to their friends and family, hoping that this will prove how much they have changed.

With all the entertainment, you’ll be on the edge of your seat from 6 to 12 November – only with DStv

2020 MTV European Music Awards

Shot from multiple locations across the world, the 2020 EMAs promises to be a global event with extraordinary star power. British girl group Little Mix will host and perform new music from their upcoming album. As the most nominated artists at this year’s show, can they grab Best UK & Ireland act for a third year in a row? First-time performers at the show include Sam Smith, Maluma, YUNGBLOOD and Doja Cat while competition is fierce as Lady Gaga leads the nominees list this year with an impressive seven possible wins; BTS and Justin Bieber follow behind with five each.

Monday, 9 November on MTV (DStv Channel 130) at 22:00

Mira Royal Detective S1

Inspired by Indian culture and customs, this animated mystery series will take you and your little ones on an epic adventure while learning key life lessons. It follows a brave and resourceful girl named Mira and her many friends. Set in a fictional kingdom that resembles 19th-century India, Mira is the first commoner to be appointed as a royal detective for the queen. She travels all over Jalpur with her two mongoose BFFs, Mikku and Chikku, helping whenever she can. Mira is a wonderful role model with kindness, patience and deductive reasoning. Prominent South Asian actors also contribute to the series, with the likes of Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Hannah Simone ( New Girl) and Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) all providing recurring vocals.  

Guns Akimbo

Get ready for a thrill ride in this Matrix meets Fight Club movie – with a daring twist. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Miles, a programmer with little ambition who still pines for his ex-girlfriend Nova. His only outlet is to anonymously insult people who post objectionable online content. During an ultra-violent game run by a cyber gang known as Skizm, Miles runs his mouth at the wrong time and insults the entire platform. The next day, he wakes to a vengeful surprise that will require him to navigate the insane, gun-crazed game in order to survive – and save Nova’s life. The video game-style action scenes and dark comedy add slick and energetic elements to this movie.

How I Caught the Killer S1

Join former police officer Rav Wilding as he narrates this true-crime documentary series. Every episode is filled with real-life accounts of the most chilling and mystifying cases in the US and UK. Get a look at the key discoveries and small pieces of evidence that helped investigators catch the killers. Using case files, crime-scene footage and the accounts of forensic analysts, family liaison officers and detectives, you’ll feel like you’re solving the case, too.

Tuesday, 10 November on CBS Justice (DStv Channel 170) at 20:00

Lekunutu S1

An interesting look at the secrets people keep and what happens when they finally take the skeletons out of the closet. This show provides a safe space for people to come forward and share a secret that has a major impact on their loved ones. A powerful show that reveals the power of forgiveness and the value of honesty in relationships.

Tuesday, 10 November on Moja Love (DStv Channel 157) at 22:00

The Bay

Set in Lancashire, England, this crime-drama series follows a family liaison officer, Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, on cases with complex layers of emotion and suspense. Not your typical drama, get ready for suspects and police officers who share secrets, endings with surprising twists and turns, and a craving for new episodes

Thursday, 12 November on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 22:30

Sports

Italian Serie A

Sassuolu vs Uldinese

Friday, 6 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 21:35

Cagliari vs Sampdoria

Saturday, 7 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 15:50

Benevento vs Spezia

Saturday, 7 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 18:50

Cagliari vs Sampdoria

Saturday, 7 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 21:35

Lazio vs Juventus

Sunday, 8 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 13:20

Atalanta vs Inter Milan

Sunday, 8 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 15:50

Genoa vs Roma

Sunday, 8 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 15:50

Bologna vs Napoli

Sunday, 8 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 18:50

AC Milan vs Verona

Sunday, 8 November on FTB (DStv 205) at 21:35

La Vuelta a España

Stage 16 Salamanca – Cuidad Rodrigo (162 km)

Friday, 6 November on VR1 (DStv 206) at 16:35

Stage 17: Sequeros – Alto de La Covatilla  (178.2 km)

Saturday, 7 November on VR1 (DStv 206) at 12:55

Stage 18: Hipodromo de la Zarzuela – Madrid (125.4 km)

Saturday, 8 November on VR1 (DStv 206) at 16:35

PGA Tour

Houston Open Day

Friday to Sunday from Friday, 6 November on GOL (DStv 213) at 19:00

Day-to-Day

Friday, 6 November

Die Flinkste Familie S1  

This fun gameshow pits two families against one another in a series of trivia and Minute To Win It-style physical and mental challenges… like questions about all that stuff you’ve forgotten since your schooldays. It’s test time! Host Beer Adriaanse (the actor/writer/producer/director/musician adding yet another feather to his cap in his first time as a presenter) cheers everyone on. It’s not about the cash prize, it’s about the boasting rights as these families prepare to show off. 

Starts on Friday, 6 November on VIA (DStv Channel 147) at 18:00 (double episodes)

Growing Up Hip Hop S6

The reality season starts with fireworks between Angela and Romeo after she doesn’t respond to the bible verse he sent to the entire cast. Briana has a new boyfriend, Sam is ready to propose to Egypt, which Tee Tee is determined to sabotage, and Raquel and Damon are moments away from having that baby. Coming up, we can expect a secret marriage, a security intervention and a call for the cameras to shut off at Egypt’s 21st birthday party. Never a dull moment. 

Starts on Friday, 6 November on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103) at 20:30

Saturday, 7 November

Ella Bella Bingo (Animated, Family)

This fun and silly Norwegian-made (dubbed into English) animated movie is aimed at ages six and up. It follows the adventures of Ella and her jealousy as new-kid-in-town Johnny takes all the time and attention from Henry, Ella’s best friend. 

Watch on Saturday, 7 November on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 15:30

Queen & Slim (Romantic Comedy)

Lena Waithe and James Frey co-wrote this romantic-comedy road trip with a crime twist. Criminal Defence Attorney Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and her dating app dinner partner, Slim (Daniel Kuluuya), go on the run together after killing a cop in self-defence during a stop and search. 

Watch on Saturday, 7 November on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00

South Africa, Land of Extremes

South African wildlife survives in an enormous range of environments and circumstances. This documentary shows how certain species have adapted everything, including their size, to exploit the niches on offer. 

Saturday, 7 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv Channel 182) at 18:00

The Wrong Wedding Planner (Suspense)

Detective Jones (Vivica A. Fox) arrives at the house of young couple Ashley and Brad. They are blissfully engaged and preparing for their upcoming wedding. When they encounter a mysterious break-in at their home with nothing stolen, the last person they suspect is their wedding planner… Get ready for a gripping tale of jealousy, obsession and the dark side of love.

Saturday, 7 November on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131) at 19:20

Mad About You S1

Helen Hunt and Paul Reister star in a revival of the 1990s sitcom about a married couple living in New York City. Tonya supervises Jamie as she transitions back into the workplace as a therapist. At the gym, Mark is upset when Paul refuses to be naked around him.

Saturday, 7 November on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 18:30

Sunday, 8 November

Survivor: Winners At War S40

As the big daddy of TV reality shows hits its 20th anniversary milestone, 20 winners from past Survivor seasons return to compete. This is one of the most fascinating seasons ever for fans, as it digs deeply into how the game is played and won, particularly with regards to how strategy worked in the earlier versus later seasons. Worth coming back to the show if you’ve dropped it along the way. 

Starts on Sunday, 8 November on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 18:00

Africa’s Deadliest: River Rivals

African river predators like the crocodile and hippopotamus are so feared that they’ve given rise to myths and monsters. This doccie reveals the truth about their lives and rivalries, and the dangers that any animal in Africa faces when they go for a sip of water. 

Sunday, 8 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv Channel 182) at 18:00

10 Things You Need To Know About The Future S1

Will a robot take your job? Is this the last generation that will experience death and ageing? And yes, when are we getting our flying cars (and what will they be powered by)? Using the latest data from scientific studies and trends, along with field expert interviews (and some surprise guests), mathematician Dr Hannah Fry looks ahead 30 years to predict what life might be like in 2050… if we survive global warming, the obesity epidemic, insect extinctions, the plastics pollution crisis and COVID-19. 

Sunday, 8 November on Da Vinci (DStv Channel 318) at 22:00

Monday, 9 November

I Plead Guilty S1

Francois’ glossy life is falling apart. This high-flying lawyer treasures his daughter, Natalia, but his marriage with his wife, Roberta, is falling apart. Francois feels stuck because Roberta’s father, Mauro, owns the law firm he works at. He is on the path to make some terrible mistakes. But he’ll need to keep it together because while Natalia is fleeing her boyfriend’s attempts at date rape, she runs over a prominent football player in a hit-and-run accident that destroys his career dreams. Baby girl needs a lawyer!

Weekdays from Monday, 9 November on tlnovelas (DStv Channel 133) at 16:00

Wicked Tuna: North vs South S7

It’s the Clash of the Titans on this season of Wicked Tuna, with championship boats from both Gloucester and the Outer Banks. The captains battle for big paychecks and giant bluefin tuna to finally settle the question: Who is the best of the best?

Monday, 9 November on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 20:00

Tuesday, 10 November

Rate My Plate S1

Each episode of this reality talent show pits three South African home cooks (some as young as 17) against one another as they whip up their signature dishes in Chef Dede Wyt’s kitchen. Chef Dede will judge each plate on five criteria: budget, preparation time, presentation, taste and backstory. The recipe from the winning plate will be published in Drum magazine. Long processes, difficult-to-source rare and expensive ingredients? No thank you. This is all about heart-warming family favourites. 

Starts Tuesday, 10 November on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 18:30

Yim’Lo! S1

Would you like to hear a secret? Is the past weighing on your heart? This show features brave individuals who are stepping forward to tell host Dineo Ranaka about some shattering truths that have forced them to live double lives. Guests include someone who supported their family with money earned by being a sex worker, another who’s landed their family in debt, a pregnant teen with one month to go before she gives birth, a hoarder, and even someone who can’t stop lying.

Starts Tuesday, 10 November on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 19:00

God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai (Action Comedy)

When battling a psychic gambler, Sing hurtles back in time to 1937 Shanghai. He must come to grips with his family history and get back to the present. Starring Stephen Chow, Gow Li and Wu Meng Da.

Tuesday, 10 November on KIX (DStv Channel 114) at 19:00

Wednesday, 11 November

Suidooster

There is a shocking twist in the Wilmien saga, which could have serious repercussions for Tim and Suidooster Properties. The tension in the Samsodien family is at knife point and Mymoena is at breaking point.

Tuesday, 11 November on kykNET&kie (DStv Channel 145) at 18:30

The Queen

Georgina tries to convince Vuiswa to lay a charge against her attacker. Jackal plots to make a romantic move on a new addition to Corner House.

Tuesday, 11 November on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 161) at 21:00

Thursday, 12 November

The Wonderful World of Cakes S1

This six-episode series turns the spotlight on the UK’s all-time favourite bakes, from the classic raspberry and chocolate Jaffa Cake to the world’s most expensive cake – and the baker who made it happen. And we’ll see marvellous creations from newcomers to the field, The Cake Illusionist and Lincolnshire’s Gadget Cakes, which specialises in cakes with moving mechanical elements. 

Starts on Thursday, 12 November on BBC Lifestyle (DStv Channel 174) at 20:00

Hip Hop Squares S4

The celebrity-stuffed game show is back! Hip Hop artists will be playing noughts and crosses against each other – for money. But you know it’s not about the game, it’s about the players. Along the way, they’ll be matching their wits and pop culture knowledge, letting their hair down and getting crazy! This season we’ll see the likes of New Girl’s Lamorne Morris go up against Jessie T Usher, Trina take on Dreezy, and Demetrius Shipp Jr square off against Machine Gun Kelly. 

Starts on Thursday, 12 November on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103) at 19:00

Ouma Weet Mos S1

Relationship problems? Career issues? Never fear, Granny is here. In this reality show, three grandmas combine 230 years of life experience to help their guests with tragic break-ups, unhealthy addictions and other life struggles. With age comes the wisdom of knowing what to cling onto, what’s not worth your tears and what’s going to be a big deal if you don’t sort it out now. But this isn’t tough love – it’s done with that grandma touch of love and laughter. 

Starts on Thursday, 12 November on VIA (DStv Channel 147) at 20:00

Top Gear S29

This season’s preview was one of the highlights at BBC’s upfronts. Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are getting into some outrageous Top Gear shenanigans, like converting a Mr. Whippy ice-cream van into a monster truck and pitting it against a tank. The guys will take rubbish cars up a “wall of death”, put their holiday rental cars on skis to hit the slopes, and spend a full 24 hours in their cars, which requires some major acrobatics at refuelling time, let alone when nature calls.

Starts on Thursday, 5 November on BBC Brit (DStv Channel 120) at 20:00

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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