History Africa Highlights – October 2020

Brand New & Exclusive

9 October – 27 November, Fridays 21:05 In 2018
The New York Times ran a front-page story on a secret government program that studied UFOs and the threat of alien invasion. Championed by American senators and shadowy billionaires alike, the program ran from 2007 to 2012 and allegedly compiled a trove of evidence into a 600-page report. Exclusive to HISTORY, this explosive special presents the report’s classified contents including startling video analysis that has never been released, until now.

Brand New Season and Exclusive

15 October – 17 December, Thursdays 20h15
There are men in America who must still make their living off the land; hunting and trapping to provide for their families. They are MOUNTAIN MEN. Their very survival is predicated on utilising ancient skills perfected over hundreds of years. This series features a variety of men from Appalachia to the Rocky Mountains to Alaska and follows them as they race against winter to obtain the sustenance and money needed to make it through the coldest months of the year. Together, they represent America’s true MOUNTAIN MEN.

4 October – 15 November, Sundays from 19h25

In the build up to the intense race for the 2020 US Presidential elections, HISTORY unpacks the legacies of Presidents past and present and unearths secrets of the White House and Air Force One, with the Presidents Stunt. Featuring exclusive premieres and leading titles such as Presidents at War, The Trump Dynasty and the epic mini series Grant which premieres on November 1.


4 October- 8 November, Sundays 19h25
From the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s to the origins of a New York real-estate empire, this provides an all-encompassing view of the Trump family that has rarely been seen. The series delves into Donald Trump’s childhood in Queens, his risky move into the world of Manhattan real estate, his notoriety as a best-selling author and reality television star, and the lead up to his 2016 presidential campaign. Drawing from first-hand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage, The Trump Dynasty examines the life and heritage of the 45th President of the United States.


4 October- 25 October, Sundays 20h15
An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode one traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump. Episode two examines how Donald Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide.


4 October, Sunday 21h20
Piecing together information from secret sources and a two-hundred-year evolution of the White House, investigative journalists and government insiders weigh in on the mystery of an unusual white box and a top-secret construction project dubbed the “Big Dig” that took place outside of the West Wing from 2007-2012. Using little known images, previously classified material and detailed graphics, the search for truth reveals not only what secrets might lay below the White House, but how their existence could affect democracy as we know it.


11 October, Sunday 21h20
This one-hour special utilises exclusive footage to bring audiences inside Air Force One like never before. Gripping archives paired with insider interviews will illuminate the hidden history of presidential flight and unveil the incredible history of America’s most famous plane.


18 October – 25 October, Sundays 21h20
Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Eight remarkable men who served in World War II and went on to become Commanders-in-Chief. This is the story of how their war experiences changed them, how they emerged from conflict as leaders, and how the crucible of war shaped the decisions they made when they ultimately reached the White House.


1 November – 15 November, Sundays 20h15
Grant tells the remarkable story of a humble man who overcomes incredible obstacles, rises to the highest ranks of power and saves the nation not once, but twice. With a seamless blend of dramatic scenes, expert commentary and enhanced archival imagery, this three-part miniseries uncovers the true legacy of the unlikely hero who led the nation during its greatest tests: the Civil War and Reconstruction.


Local Celebs Celebrate Lifetime’s Shamelessly Outrageous Movies

Lifetime (DStv 131), the leader in made-for-TV movies, is proud to bring you a full slate of shamelessly outrageous new movies every month and we’ve got some of your favourite local celebs coming along for the ride. From Shocktober thriller-style movies in October with Natasha Thahane to Wild Love movies in November with Ayanda MVP and Christmas movies in December with Lynn Forbes; tune in to Lifetime and stand a chance to win your share of prizes.

Hold on tight as Actress Natasha Thahane brings you all the nail-biting suspense of our October movie of the month, My Nightmare Landlord (Saturday 24 October at 19h20). In the movie, Lydia moves into a new apartment after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. She finds herself more and more isolated as her apartment manager becomes obsessed with her. Other thrillers to catch during “Shocktober” month include Psycho Yoga Instructor (Sunday 11 October at 19h20) and The Wrong Daughter (Saturday 3 October at 19h20).

Then in November, you can catch radio personality and TV presenter Ayanda MVP on the channel for a month of Wild Love. The movie of the month, Looking for Mr. Wonderful (Saturday 21 November at 19h20) sees Lisa create a bogus profile of her perfect guy on social media to make her mom and friends stop bugging her to get a man in her life. You’ll be gripped when the perfect guy comes knocking on her door and everything in Lisa’s life is thrown upside down. Other Wild Love movie titles include Perfect Wedding (Sunday 1 November at 19h20) and Suburban Swinger’s Club (Saturday 14 November at 19h20).

Also in November, Lifetime brings you brand new and exclusive new seasons of hit Wild Love reality shows: season 10 of Married at First Sight US and season 2 of Marrying Millions.

Megastar AKA’s mom, Lynn Forbes (also known as Glammy), will wrap up the year and bring you all the feels (and the glam) as she and her family host December’s movie of the month, Merry Liddle Christmas (Saturday 19 December at 19h20). In the movie, superstar Kelly Rowland plays Jacquie – a successful single entrepreneur whose messy family descends on her gleaming new dream home for the holidays. She struggles to keep her house together in time for a glossy video shoot of “the perfect Christmas.” And what would a Lifetime Christmas movie be without some romance thrown into the mix? While it isn’t be the Christmas Jacquie envisioned, it might just be the most magical one yet. Other heart-warming and star-studded holiday titles include; A Family Christmas Gift starring Patti LaBelle and Holly Robinson Peete (Sunday 20 December at 19h20) and A Very Vintage Christmas starring Tia Mowry (Sunday 6 December at 19h20).

Lynn Forbes says, “Shamelessly outrageous TV viewing gives us a way of escaping the unrealistic expectations of society, let down our hair and just be. The rebel inside me loves the shock factor.”

Since launching in the US 30 years ago, Lifetime Original Movies have solidified their place in pop culture. The movies have garnered over 63 Emmy® nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations and 20 Critics Choice nods.

Lifetime’s edgy, high energy and totally original movies are famous the world over and if you haven’t yet tuned in, now’s the time to do so – every Saturday and Sunday from 19h20 and weekdays from 14h35.

Lifetime Highlights – November 2020

01 November – 29 November
Wild Love Movies
Saturdays and Sundays from 1920

Lifetime brings you a full slate of shamelessly outrageous new movies every month; from Shocktober thriller-style movies in October with Natasha Thahane, to Wild Love movies in November with Ayanda MVP and Christmas movies in December with Lynn Forbes.

This month radio personality and TV presenter Ayanda MVP is bringing you all the Lifetime ‘love vibes’. Our wild love movies have it all from feel-good romance and beautiful wedding ceremonies to heart-racing drama and a deadly arranged marriage. Catch Ayanda MVP on Lifetime and across our social media during November and be sure not to miss out! Lifetime Movies air every weekend from 19h20 CAT on DStv 131.

Saturday 21 November 19h20

Lisa is bright and attractive and adores her job which is closely related to her passion: extreme sports. To her mother and friends, she’s only missing a man in her life. To make them stop bugging her, Lisa creates a bogus profile of her perfect guy on social media and everybody is happy to hear she’s dating someone. But when the perfect guy knocks on her door looking handsome and adorable, everything in Lisa’s life is thrown into turmoil.

Saturday 7 November 19h20

Detective Jones arrives at the house of a young couple, Ashley and Brad, blissfully engaged and preparing for their upcoming marriage. They had a mysterious break in at their home. While Det. Jones discovers nothing at the scene, we later find out it is their wedding planner, Mandy, who starts stalking them. She goes as far as
sabotaging Brad at work. Ms. Johnson, his boss, has no choice and places him on permanent leave as this Wrong Wedding Planner will stop at nothing to exact revenge. Vivica A. Fox, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Steve Richard Harris, Kristin Booth, Jackée Harry. (2020)

Sunday 01 November 19h20

Jessica, a single mom and by-the-book wedding planner, and Adam, a rival event planner who can’t remember the last wedding he attended, are forced to work together on the same wedding by the mother-of-thegroom. Jessica’s a traditionalist, while Adam thinks outside the box, making it difficult for them to agree on anything. But as they struggle to co-plan the perfect ceremony – the music, caterers, the dress, the flowers – they realise that they actually complement each other perfectly. Between being a devoted mother and a hardworking wedding planner, Jessica worries that there is no room in her life for a relationship, but Adam and her son, Luke, think that this might be the most perfect match yet!

Sunday 22 November 19h20

Lily (Clark Backo) dreams of being a successful hotel event coordinator and is thrilled when she’s given the chance to do so by helping Noah (Jonathan Keltz), a hotel guest, finish planning his sister Justine’s (Kathryn Kohut) wedding at a remote picturesque lodge. As she gets to know Noah, Lily realizes he is a workaholic and wants nothing more than to be at his office. Determined to make Justine’s wedding a success, Lily spends more time with Noah and encourages him to live in the moment and be more supportive of his sister’s big day. As the wedding day approaches, Lily and Noah learn to appreciate each other and what really matters in life and ultimately fall in love.

Brand New Season and Exclusive
13 November – 26 March
Fridays 20h05

In Married at First Sight singles who have failed to find love put their hearts in the hands of a team of experts, who select their perfect partner. The couples then meet for the first time at the altar. After the wedding and honeymoon, the married couples move in together and start their new lives. From the first kiss to the first tears, cameras document every moment as experts analyse the relationships. Six weeks of marriage later, the couples must make a decision: stay together or file for divorce.

Brand New and Exclusive
17 November – 12 January
Tuesdays 20h05

For love or for money? Marrying a millionaire may sound like a modern-day fairy tale, but it’s not all champagne and caviar. Before saying “I do,” six unlikely couples, each with one wealthy partner, will confront their differences as the regular partner is plunged into the rich
partner’s lavish lifestyle. Will extravagant trips and gifts bring these lovebirds closer, or will they lead to questions of compatibility?

Brand New and Exclusive
24 November – 8 December
Tuesdays 21h00

Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day. But for people with serious weight issues, losing the pounds isn’t just a matter of looking amazing in pictures; it’s a matter of life or death. The Big Fat Wedding Walk follows the raw and authentic journey of couples desperate to lose weight before their big day.


ESPN Renews TSL Rights In Africa

Agreement brings Turkish Super League to fans across Africa on ESPN and ESPN2

The Walt Disney Company Africa is pleased to announce that it has renewed its rights to broadcast the Turkish Super League (TSL) across the African continent, starting 11 September 2020, exclusively on ESPN and ESPN2, for an additional year.

The TSL is the Turkish professional league for association football clubs. Run by the Turkish Football Federation, it is the top tier of the Turkish football league system. The 2020/21 season comprises of 21 teams, as opposed to the usual 18, as the global coronavirus pandemic meant no teams were relegated last season from the Super Lig but three teams were promoted from the Turkish 1st Lig.

There are a number of African players plying their trade in the Super Lig including Morocco duo Younes Belhanda and Nabil Dirar, Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah and Senegalese striker Demba Ba.

Viewers can look forward to fan favourites Fenerbache, Galatasaray and Besiktas while reigning Champions Istanbul Basaksehir will look to defend their maiden Turkish Super Lig title when play kicks off this weekend. At least three games will air per weekend across the two ESPN channels (DSTV 219 and 219).

“By renewing these rights for Africa, ESPN is able to continue bringing premier sporting content to audiences and enhancing the diversity of programming on our channels,” says Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, the Walt Disney Company Africa. “We are excited to continue bringing the excitement of this league to the many football fans across Africa.”

Younes Belhanda of Galatasaray AS during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Galatasaray AS and Real Madrid at Turk Telekom Stadyumu on October 22, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey(Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

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“Bin Laden’s Hard Drive” To Premier 13 September On National Geographic

New York Times Best-selling Author and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen Examines 470,000 Digital Files From Osama Bin Laden’s Compound and Decodes Their Secrets with Analysis from CIA Profilers, Criminal Psychologists, Religious Scholars and Military Experts

Home Videos, Photos, Audio Files, GIFs, Personal Documents and Downloads Exclusively Reveal Bin Laden’s Complex, Contradictory Personality and Personal Life Like Never Before in One-Hour Special Almost a Decade After al-Qa’ida Founder’s Death

Osama bin Laden standing in front of camera during his speech. He messes up and smiles. (CIA Freedom of Information Act)

On May 2, 2011, almost a decade after masterminding the brazen September 11 terrorist attack that would bring down New York’s Twin Towers, Osama bin Laden was tracked to a well-fortified safe house in Pakistan and killed. Now, almost a decade later, National Geographic and New York Times best-selling author and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen present a groundbreaking look at the al-Qa’ida founder’s personal life through an in-depth examination of newly declassified hard drives taken from the compound. With insights from CIA profilers, criminal psychologists, religious scholars, battle-tested military experts as well as men who personally knew Bin Laden, the one-hour event special, BIN LADEN’S HARD DRIVE which sifts through the trove of personal moments and the extremist content he created to piece together the story of the multifaceted man behind the headlines will premiere on National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220) on Sunday 13 September at 21:00 CAT.

Nearly 470,000 digital files. 250 gigabytes of data. Over 100 USB drives, DVDs and CDs. Five computers. And multiple cell phones. Piecing together every shred of evidence from these items taken from the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden was killed, BIN LADEN’S HARD DRIVE scrutinises the al-Qa’ida founder’s layered personal psychology, his relationship with his family, the lens through which he viewed faith and religion, as well as his nihilistic legacy of violence and destruction. The special offers a roadmap into the mind of a mass murderer that offers increasing twists and contradictions the deeper it goes.

Bergen leads a team of experts in the search for meaning in each letter and home video, leaving no item unturned in a quest for answers. Having produced the first televised interview with Bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1997, and as the only Western reporter to tour the Abbottabad compound before it was demolished, Bergen is uniquely placed to reach for the essence of what made this terrorist leader tick.

Osama bin Laden sitting at a gathering. (CIA Freedom of Information Act)

In addition, Peter Bergen sits down in London with Abdullah Anas — a former mujahideen and one of Osama bin Laden’s closest friends in the ’80s, who traveled with him to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet forces — to unpack his thoughts on Bin Laden’s evolution. He also speaks with Abdel Bari Atwan, a journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Al Quds Al Arabi, who offers unique insights as one of the only reporters to spend two days in person with Bin Laden.

“Exploring these hard drives, it is clear that digital information can say a lot. Osama bin Laden’s files left behind an imprint of a complex man, responsible for the murder of thousands of people. History will remember him for that but, in order to cut through the perception of this ascetic in a cave on a holy crusade, it is important for us to see how he crafted the videos that went out to his followers. To read how his well-educated wives helped him write incendiary speeches. To watch as he inculcated his children and grandchildren into an ideology of hate leading to acts of violence against animals and the recitation of jihadist poetry. Understanding him is vital in order to combat other potential Bin Ladens in the future,” said Bergen.

Spurning email and encrypted digital options, Bin Laden was careful to conduct all communication through couriers. Despite his curated facade of humility and quiet respectfulness, the letters reveal his narcissism and increasing paranoia while cut off from the outside world, including in this missive to one of his four wives, who he believed may have had a tracking device implanted in her tooth:

“I was told that you went to a dentist in Iran, and you were concerned about a filling she had put in for you…The size of the chip is about the length of a grain of wheat, and the width of a fine piece of vermicelli.”

Over 20 people lived with Bin Laden in the run-down Abbottabad compound, including three of his wives, a dozen of their children and grandchildren, as well as bodyguards and their families. Letters and footage expose Bin Laden’s strict rules about the children needing constant supervision when playing in the yard so as not to make noise, as well as the daily mundanity of their existence, sustained by livestock and vegetable gardens:

“We bake our own bread and the milk is delivered to the house…the chicken and the eggs are produced in the house.”

Eventually, the letters reveal, even the two men he relied on to safeguard the family and act as intermediaries with the outside world tired of their way of life:

“…they are getting exhausted, security-wise from me staying with them…I have tried so hard as God as my witness, to convince them to agree, but sadly I came to realise that they have reached a level of exhaustion that they are shutting down, and they asked to leave us all.”

Osama bin Laden and his followers. (CIA Freedom of Information Act)

Experts featured in the special include:

  • Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America and one of the few people in the world to have read every personal communication recovered from Abbottabad;
  • Dr. Reid Meloy, forensic psychologist and FBI consultant;
  • Ali Soufan, former FBI special agent who led investigations into al-Qa’ida and was one of the first to uncover the link between the terrorist outfit and the September 11 attacks
  • Dalia Mogahed, American-Muslim scholar and Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

“The events of 9/11 are deeply etched in our memories. The Bin Laden’s Hard Drive special presents new insights on the complex mind and intricate planning behind this event” said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

How to tune in:
DSTV: Channel 181
StarSat: 220 on DTH, 220 on DTT (249 on DTT in Uganda)


National Geographic Defies Gravity With “From Above”

Taking to the Skies over India, Ancient China, Egypt and Europe, National Geographic Cements its Successful From Above Titles as Television’s First Global Airborne Franchise with Forthcoming Chapters that Offer New Perspectives on Earth’s Developed and Untouched Footprints

National Geographic is expanding on the success of its From Above specials and creating television’s first global franchise driven primarily by aerial footage. With earlier iterations sweeping over the modern topography of China, Egypt, Europe, Japan and New Zealand, National Geographic located a sweet spot for viewers eager to rise above the fray and see their cultures, landmarks and landscapes with a new vibrancy.

Now, four new epic chapters will deliver more spectacular views, unique insights and brand-new perspectives from the skies above. The forthcoming INDIA FROM ABOVE and ANCIENT CHINA FROM ABOVE will premiere in 2020, while EGYPT FROM ABOVE: PAST MEETS FUTURE and a second season of EUROPE FROM ABOVE will debut on the channel in 2021. ANCIENT CHINA FROM ABOVE premieres the first of three episodes in this installment on the National Geographic channel (DStv 181, StarSat 220) on Saturday 5 September at 19:00 (CAT).

Featuring breathtaking drone footage as its centre-piece, the From Above franchise explores, in stunning visual detail, the culture, history, innovation and engineering feats that have helped shape the world as we know it. With exclusive access all over the world, National Geographic’s cameras are able to fly through restricted airspace, capturing never-before-seen views of the Earth. Epic cinematography marries with advanced technologies to enable iconic tracking shots, with a drone able to lock in its flight coordinates and return to the same location to capture the exact same shot at different times and seasons, highlighting changes in the macrocosm below.

Anchoring the visual storytelling with the hard-won observations and wisdom of a local inhabitant who has a deep and abiding connection with their land, is integral to each show’s success. These human voices bring perspective and insight to the series while exploring geological wonders, animals and native wildlife, migratory routes carved over generations, marvels of human engineering, big celebratory festivals and ancient half-forgotten wonders.

“We started exploring the From Above world way back in 2013 and in success returned with additional specials, but now we are committing to the creation of television’s first global franchise to be driven by cutting-edge aerial footage. We are planting our flag to let viewers know this will be a staple on our channel moving forward,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president, global unscripted entertainment for National Geographic.

“Our previous specials resonated hugely with audiences who delighted in seeing their homelands in a new way but, in a time of closed borders and limited travel, we believe this series brings a much-needed perspective on our societies and cultures whose differences often pale in comparison to some of their breathtaking similarities. With such visually stunning experiences and the deeper connections this franchise offers, we could not be more excited to offer these more frequently and with even greater diversity,” he added.

“At National Geographic, we are always striving to go further, always seeking to reveal our planet in new and exciting ways. With the From Above specials, we are able to combine new filming technology with well-known landscapes and landmarks to give viewers across the continent a new, breathtaking perspective of them” said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Increasingly used in film and television over the past decade, the game-changing potential in lightweight drone technology has never before been fully harnessed by a global television network. National Geographic has committed to developing a franchise with multiple upcoming installments that let viewers take flight and see their world in a whole new way. Much of the footage in each episode is able to be filmed by a single cameraperson operating a drone in the field, offering a safe and reliable, socially distanced pathway to gathering and telling universally resonant stories.

About the forthcoming From Above titles:


Premieres 5 September 2020

Ancient China From Above moves into the realm of satellite and LiDAR technologies to help peel away layers of modern development, taking viewers back in time to see how earlier landscapes were shaped in ways just like today. The series scours the largest manmade structure on Earth in Secrets of the Great Wall; explores Kublai Khan’s legendary lost city in inner Mongolia in Mysteries of Xanadu; and reveals Shimao, a newly discovered megacity from 4,000 years ago that was one of the largest on the planet and whose inhabitants created amazing Maya-like carvings and practiced human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale in China’s Pompeii. Tackling astonishing new archaeological findings from above, the three-part series opens up new possibilities for potential future installments of the franchise.


Premieres 9 December 2020

One of the world’s oldest continuing civilisations, India has the youngest population of any country on the planet. With an average age of 29 years, the populace is now faced with the largest democratic exercise in human history. India >From Above hovers over the 850 million voters casting their ballots in 2019 to form a government. This story of a nation, at once both modern and steeped in mysticism, is told over two powerful episodes that will premiere globally on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages from August 2020.


Premieres globally in 2021

Egypt From Above: Past Meets Future surveys the rhythms of this ancient landscape through new eyes. Taking a spectacular aerial journey across the country helps unlock the secrets of one of history’s most spectacular civilisations in the context of exploring the surprises of its unfolding future. The one-hour special will debut on National Geographic outside the U.S. in 2021.


Season 2 premieres globally in 2021

Then, across six glorious hours, cameras return to the skies over Europe, capturing the changing seasons over the course of a year in season two of Europe From Above. With exclusive access to key locations in Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Sweden and Turkey, the series reveals how tradition, engineering and natural wonders have shaped this epic continent. New perspectives on these well-known countries paint a vibrant portrait of the region and the people who keep it alive. The new season will premiere globally on National Geographic in 2021.

How to tune in:
DSTV: Channel 181
StarSat: 220 on DTH, 220 on DTT (249 on DTT in Uganda)