Poppie Nongena, the feature film based on one of the finest African novel of the twentieth century, is set to grace DStv BoxOffice screens in June. An inspiring story of courage and tenacity, the movie explores the brutal and tender journey of a single woman caught between two families. Replete with tumultuous twists and turns, Poppie Nongena is sure to capture the hearts of DStv viewers.
“I’m thrilled that Poppie Nongena will be launching on DStv BoxOffice, as it brings the film to a whole new audience,” said lead actress Clementine Mosimane (Soul City, The Wild, Black Tax). “Poppie became part of me as I walked this journey with the film. Her grace, courage and tenacity touched me and many people deeply.”
Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Die Storie van Klara Viljee, Kanarie) plays alongside Mosimane, and the two powerhouse actresses both took home SAFTAs in recognition of their sterling work. The remainder of the cast includes veterans Chris Gxalaba (Long Walk to Freedom, The Crown, ER, Mandela and De Klerk), Rolanda Marais (Trackers, Wolwe Dans in die Skemer, Binnelanders, Out on a Limb), David Minaar (Torings, Fiela se Kind, Nag van die 19de, 7de Laan, Amalia) and Lida Botha (Invictus, Susters, Windprint, Pad na jou Hart, Die Boekklub, Hollywood in my Huis, Susters). Nomsa Nene, who played the title role in the international theatre production of Poppie, plays Poppie’s mother.
Rounding out the rest of the star-studded team are award-winning screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen, who directed the film along with cinematographer Vicci Turpin. Olwagen’s previous work includes the critically acclaimed films Johnny is Nie Dood Nie, Die Seemeeu and Kanarie.
The SAFTA and Silwerksermfees award-winning film Poppie Nongena, will air on DStv BoxOffice from 21 June 2020. Films on DStv BoxOffice cost R 25 to rent and the platform is available online (which means you don’t need to be a DStv subscriber to access the service online).
Nothing beats the lockdown blues quite like watching a good movie. A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, the film adaptation of the notorious 2003 bestseller with the same name by James Frey, is now showing on DStv Box Office and will definitely leave you with a lot to think about.
The motion picture, directed and adapted by acclaimed director Sam Taylor-Johnson, offers a realistic look at how a 23 year-old man pulls himself back from the brink of self-destruction during his time at a rehabilitation centre in Minnesota.
After waking up on a plane with a smashed up face and no memory of the past few weeks, James heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As he endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connecting with an interesting array of kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life.
While A MILLION LITTLE PIECES doesn’t hold back from displaying the harsh and horrible realities of addiction, it is not only a study of addiction, but also of recovery, love, friendship and hope.
“You don’t laugh as hard or cry as intensely as you do when you’re going through recovery,” explains the writer-director. “It was important to think about the balance of that in a way, the balance of the darkness and the light… The biggest thing I’d like is for people to come away with hope and optimism rather than despair.”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who also co-wrote the script, delivers a powerful performance in the lead role, which is perfectly complemented by the likes of Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Charlie Hunnam and Odessa Young.
“Aaron Taylor-Johnson is by far the best he’s ever been in A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, rivetingly ruined, and the film doesn’t flinch: as James is subjected to anaesthesia-free root canals, alongside similar physical batterings, you wince and cringe,” writes Empire’s Alex Godfrey.
A MILLION LITTLE PIECES is an adults-only rehab drama that is distributed locally by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. and is currently showing on DSTV Box Office.
M-Net is dishing up a legal drama feast on Thursday nights, with the final season of the popular series Suits and its brand-new spin-off series, Pearson, kicking off from 8 August.
Suits S9 starts on Thursday 8 August on M-Net (101) at 20:10
In the ninth season premiere of the high-stakes legal drama, Harvey and Samantha fight to salvage the firm’s tarnished reputation in the wake of Robert Zane’s self-sacrifice to save Harvey. With Jessica back in Chicago, Harvey rallies the troops, including Donna Paulsen, Louis Litt and Alex Williams, in a bid to restore the firm’s former glory. There’s been much speculation about Meghan Markle’s appearance in the season 9 trailer, but whether we’ll actually get to see a Rachel cameo remains to be seen.
Pearson S1 starts on Thursday 8 August on M-Net (101) at 21:10
Following straight after Suits is the series premiere of spin-off series, Pearson, that sees the poised and once-infallible Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) start her new job in the Mayor’s office in Chicago as a fixer. Having left New York with her tail between her legs after being disbarred, Jessica hopes to reunite with her family in the windy city of Chicago.
Lovers of thrillers will find themselves engrossed in M-Net Sunday movie. A Simple Favor sees a conservative single mother being inadvertently caught up in a dangerous situation when she befriends the glamorous, wealthy mother of one of her son’s schoolfriends. The all-star cast includes Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.
See Gordon Ramsay in a brand-new light in the adventurous new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted on National Geographic. As he travels around the globe, he will be pursuing culinary inspiration in a totally different way, roaring through valleys, diving into oceans, hiking through forests and scaling mountains.
Wildlife series Serengeti starts on BBC Earth this week. It follows the interconnected stories of a cast of savannah animals over one year, presented in a bold new format. From warthogs to lions, mongoose to cheetahs, a cast of our favourite African animal characters will be filmed closer and more intimately than ever before, using ground breaking filming techniques and pioneering technology.
Two Families and a Wedding Dress on Wednesdays on BET (129) at 21:30
Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding dress for their big day. For most, that super-expensive designer gown is destined to remain a dream, but in this show, a dress fit for a princess, worth an astounding R30 000, could become a reality. The final choice will be made by the bride-to-be’s family and soon-to-be in-laws. The show is hosted by award-winning presenter Thembisa Mdoda, with narration by the spirited Moshe Ndiki.
Idols S15 on Sunday 4 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 17:30
The blind auditions are now done and it’s off to theatre week for the contestants. New rules mean more pressure, with the coaches and the judges raising the bar. The singers are now grouped into teams and the first round of eliminations have the contestants in a panic.
Grass Roots S1 on Fridays on 1Magic (103) at 19:30
Monwabisi and Asanda are at the mercy of the senior boys as hazing season gets underway at St. Sebastian’s. After arriving in Johannesburg to compete for a rugby scholarship, the two boys were initially rivals, both aiming for the same scholarship, but being the underdogs has brought them together.
Lui Maar Op, Belinda S3 starts on Monday 5 August on kykNET (144) at 20:00
This sitcom revolves around the staff at a general store in George, in the Southern Cape. Belinda (Brümilda van Rensburg), a former actress who daydreams about her once-glamorous life, finds naughty letters between Maggie’s things and reads them shamelessly, even while Frans cautions her to let sleeping dogs lie. Annetjie (Annelisa Weiland) tries to find a partner for Dirkie, but it’s not as easy as she thought.
Ster-status S1 starts on Monday 5 August on VIA (147) at 18:00
Women’s empowerment project, Apprentesses SA, helps women between the ages of 20 and 35 realise their dreams of being in the spotlight. Whether the candidate hopes to become a model, singer, actress, businesswoman or journalist, the project’s brand-new reality competition show will help them get a foot in the door with mentoring and confidence-building as well as establishing contacts and gaining experience in the entertainment industry.
The Queen S4 on Friday 2 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 21:00
Brutus, Shaka and Zodwa plan their ambush on Harriet after being left behind in jail while Harriet and her kids made bail. The Maake family suffer another loss and Mmabatho takes drastic steps to protect Baby Mzi.
No Excuse Pay Your Papgeld S2 on Saturday 3 August on MOJA LOVE (157) at 18:30
Award-winning Kwaito musician Dr Malinga hosts this series in which parents struggling with collecting payments for the maintenance of their children are given a platform to get assistance.
Liyana on Showmax
Combining documentary scenes and animation, Liyana is described as a hybrid documentary. It follows the story of a young Swazi girl who attempts to rescue her twin brothers after they’re kidnapped and is inspired by real-life stories.
Football: Super Diski: ABSA Premiership on 3 and 4 August on SuperSport 4 (204) and SuperSport 7 (207) from 14:50
The ups and downs that are part of league football are likely to kick in on the first weekend of this season’s premier division action. Mamelodi Sundowns start the defence of their title with a match against SuperSport United on Saturday. Pirates, who finished second last season, play Bloemfontein Celtic and Amazulu face Wits, who was third on the 2018/’19 log, at 20:10. On Sunday, Kaizer Chiefs play Highlands Park and Golden Arrows face Maritzburg United.
Rugby: Currie Cup Premier Division 2 and 3 August on SuperSport 1 (201) at 14:45 and 17:00 and 19:00
Reputations don’t count for much in South Africa’s top regional rugby competition these days. Teams that used to crowd the top of the log now face serious challenges, right from the start of the season. Last season’s champions, the Sharks, face a stiff test when they play the Pumas in an away match on Saturday before the Blue Bulls face Griquas in Pretoria. Free State Cheetahs, always hard to beat at home, meet the Golden Lions on Friday.
Cricket: The Ashes: England v Australia first Test 1 to 5 August on SuperSport 2 (202) at 11:45
England are chasing a notable milestone when they meet Australia in the first of five Test matches at Edgbaston this week. The new (ODI) World Cup champions will even the Ashes score if they win the 71st series. Australia, the present champions, have won the little trophy 33 times; one more than England’s tally. Five series were drawn. The hosts are fielding one of their most formidable and exciting teams in years, but the Aussies showed signs of returning to domination during the World Cup tournament.
Motorsport: Formula 1: Hungarian Grand Prix 4 August on SuperSport 6 (206) at 13:35
Lewis Hamilton would have banished all thoughts of his German Grand Prix nightmare when he seeks to retain his Hungarian title in Mogyoród this weekend. The Briton still leads Valtteri Bottas by a healthy margin in the championship standings. Max Verstappen, who held off Sebastian Vettel in Germany, could also enhance his position on the 4km Hungaroring track. The practice rounds will be broadcast live at 20:45 and 14:45 on Friday and 11:45 on Saturday, followed by the qualifying battle at 14:55.
A-X-L on Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 15:30
Pre-teens and teens will be caught up by this fast-paced, futuristic action-adventure movie. A teenager named Miles finds what looks like a piece of very expensive wrecked tech on a scrapheap, never suspecting the top-secret robotic dog will become his best friend. But A-X-L was designed as a weapon, and the scientists who built him want their pet project back. Now both boy and dog are in danger. Starring Alex Neustaeder, Thomas Jane and Becky G.
Disney Cook-About S3 on Saturday 3 August on Disney Channel (303) at 10:15
Disney’s fabulous, fun cooking game show, hosted by the hilarious Kirsten Mohamed and Mthunzi Ntoyi, is in Gauteng this season, putting young cooktestants through their paces as they vie for the Golden Trophy, and a R50 000 prize for their school. Along the way, kids will learn about healthy nutrition and pick up tips for preparing delicious dishes.
Teddles S1 on Saturday 3 August on CBeebies (306) at 10:55
These cute mini-stories with 2-minute songs will make the little ones laugh and help them learn about crucial life-skills like washing hands and tidying up, as the curious, confident Teddles is helped out by his kind friends when he makes mistakes. Today, Teddles doesn’t want to brush his teeth, but when he cheekily runs away, he bumps into Mr Walrus, who knows how important it is to look after your teeth.
Zog on Showmax
Zog is a young dragon determined to do well at Dragon School, where he learns about flying, roaring and breathing fire. But poor Zog experiences a few challenges along the way, many caused by his clumsiness. This is based on a brilliant Julia Donaldson best-seller (over 1,5 million copies sold) classic and was produced in South Africa by Triggerfish Studios as an award-winning 27 minute animated short with an all-star cast including Kit Harrington, Lenny Henry, Hugh Skinner and Tracey Ullman.
A Simple Favor premieres Sunday 4 August on M-Net (101) at 20:00
Described by Variety as a “clever, naughty suburban noir”, this slick thriller stars Anna Kendrick as suburban widow/vlogger Stephanie Smothers, and her bizarre relationship with fellow mom Emily, a power-dressing, enigmatic and cruel upper-class Blake Lively. As their friendship evolves over Martinis and oversharing, Emily asks Stephanie a simple favour – to collect her son from school one day, only to mysteriously vanish on the same day.
American Animals premieres Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 21:30
This crime drama is based on a real-life event in which a group of college students hatched a plan to rob their Kentucky university library’s rare book section, which included some of the most valuable books in existence, like a copy of Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) star in this movie, which Empire magazine calls a “knowing, blistering mix of heist flick and true-crime documentary”.
ATL on Friday 2 August on 1Magic (103) at 22:00
Nominated for a BET Hip Hop award for Best Movie, this coming-of-age-in-the-hood movie follows four friends as they try to make the most of their last few weeks of high school in their inner-city Atlanta neighbourhood before facing the challenges of looming adulthood. Featuring rapper T.I. and Evan Ross (son of Diana).
Lean on Pete on Showmax
If you remember shedding happy (or sad) tears during famous horse-and-child movies like Black Stallion and Flicka, prepare your tissue stash for Lean on Pete. Fifteen-year-old Charley befriends a retired racing quarter horse bound for the slaughterhouse and, in an attempt to escape his own unhappy homelife and save his new friend’s life, the two set off from Oregon to Canada in search of a new life together.
The Goldbergs S6 starts on Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 17:30
Oddball 80s family, The Goldbergs, is back! The sitcom revolves around overbearing mom Beverly, deadbeat dad Murray, over-confident daughter Erica, quirky son Barry, and youngest son, geeky Adam, from whose viewpoint the series is told. The show is based on the real-life memories of show creator Adam F. Goldberg. The first episode of Season 6 sees Adam turn 16. He’s expecting his mom to make a huge deal about it but instead, he gets … nothing.
Departure S1 starts on Monday 5 August on Universal TV (117) at 20:00
When a passenger plane mysteriously disappears over the Atlantic Ocean, aviation investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife) is called in to find out what happened. The trail soon leads her to investigate her former boss and mentor Howard Lawson (Academy-award winner Christopher Plummer). Claire Forlani (Hawaii Five-0) also stars in this conspiracy thriller that’s been described as a “thrilling, high-octane drama”.
Snowfall S3 starts on Tuesday 6 August on 1Magic (103) at 21:30
AV Club calls this crime drama series “one of the most stylish, well-written shows on TV right now.” Revolving around the drug industry in Los Angeles in the 80s, this crime drama follows three characters on a violent collision course: drug dealer Franklin Saint, Mexican wrestler Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata, and CIA agent Teddy McDonald.
Sweet Bitter S1 on Showmax
Tess moves to New York, eager to experience new things. She lands a job at a top restaurant and has to navigate life in the Big Apple along with the crazy world of the restaurant business. Based on the novel.
Serengeti S1 starts on Sunday 4 August on BBC Earth (184) at 16:00
John Boyega (Finn from Star Wars) narrates this dramatised six-part natural history series that traces the interconnected stories of the Serengeti’s most iconic species. Using the latest ground-breaking technology and filming techniques, including drones and multiple static cameras, the series gets up-close and personal with the unique wildlife in this unspoilt pocket of the African savannah. In this episode, Kali, a brave lioness, has broken the golden rules of family life by having cubs with an outsider.
Murder Loves Company S1 starts on Tuesday 6 August on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00
This chilling new real-life murder mystery series looks at crimes that have happened within close-knit groups of people, from co-workers and friends to neighbours in a tight-knit community. Each case unfolds to reveal that someone in the group will be murdered … and someone in the group is the killer. The series opens with a girls’ movie night that ends tragically for a group of college roommates, leading police to search halfway across the state for the killer.
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy on Showmax
American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.
Out There with Jack Randall S1 starts on Wednesday 7 August on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00
Zoologist Jack Randall takes a walk on the extremely wild side, searching for rare, endangered, iconic and exotic species in some of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. In the season premiere, Jack ventures into the remote Northern Territory of Australia to search for six dangerous pythons.
Gordon Ramsay Uncharted starts on Wednesday 7 August on National Geographic (181) at 21:00
Get out of the kitchen and onto the unbeaten path to follow the Michelin-starred chef and Ironman athlete Gordon Ramsay as he meets indigenous locals around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes and flavours unique to each far-flung location. From South America to New Zealand, Alaska to Morocco, each episode concludes with Ramsay putting his newfound skills (and ingredients) to the test as he cooks up an exotic feast with a local legend.
Race Across the World on Friday 2 August on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00
Upping the ante on the reality travel shows we’ve seen before, contestants have to make their way from London to Singapore … without setting foot on a plane … or with the help of a smartphone, or card payments, and on the meagre budget of what a one-way flight would have cost them.
The Hills: New Beginnings on Thursday 8 August on MTV (130) at 15:00
There’s drama at the crystal party as Audrina confronts Justin about that little “goodbye” kiss, while Brody has some honest conversations about his failed relationship with father Caitlyn, as well as with his one-time best friend, Spencer.
Seann Walsh – Seann to be Wild on Tuesday 6 August on BBC Brit (120) at 20:00
With his trademark deeply personal observational humour, Walsh dishes on the life of an incapable 21st century male, from dealing with the crippling self-consciousness he suffers from in public spaces, to his love-hate relationship with alcohol.
The Grinch (2018) premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice
Cindy-Lou Who and the people of Who-ville love everything about Christmas, but The Grinch cannot stand it. When he realises they want to make Christmas three times bigger than ever before, he devises a plan to steal it from them. The only person standing in his way is that outrageously happy girl, Cindy-Lou. Pharrell Williams narrates and Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this latest animated comedy adaptation of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic.
Sew the Winter to My Skin premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice
Ezra Mabengeza, Nomhle Nkonyeni, Antoinette Louw, Brenda Ngxoli and Kandyse McClure star in this emotionally charged and beautifully filmed action-drama by acclaimed controversial South African filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka (Of Good Report). Set in the 1950s, it reimagines the historical 12-year manhunt for “the Samson of Boschberg”, John Kepe, a mid-century Robin Hood and stock thief, dubbed an outlaw by the ruling apartheid government, but a hero to the poor.
What Men Want premieres on Thursday 8 August on BoxOffice
Inspired by What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy that starred Mel Gibson, What Men Want sees the roles reversed as a dynamic sports agent (Taraji P Henson), undermined in her male-dominated profession, gains an unexpected advantage after she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts.
What They Had premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice
When Bridget’s mother falls victim to Alzheimer’s, her brother pleads with her to come home to help with the caregiving. Upon her return, she finds that not much has changed and her father’s refusal to accept the situation doesn’t make matters easy. Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster star in this insightful drama with moments of authentic humour that will make you recognise your own loved ones in its poignant study of a family in crisis.
Get a glimpse of your favourites ahead of the worldwide premiere of Season 8 on 14 April, and catch up by streaming all seven seasons on Showmax.
The night is cold and full of terrors! It’s been a long wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. When we last saw our beloved Westerosi (Westerosians? Westerooons?) the White Walkers were poised to overrun the seven kingdoms and Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen were… well, let’s not spoil it for the stragglers.
Season 8 is being released on 14 April 2019. Be ready for it, whether you’ve never watched Game of Thrones before, or need a recap before the no-doubt gut-wrenching final season.
We’ve done the maths — and if you start a binge watch marathon it will take you two days, 15 hours and 30 minutes to watch all seven seasons of Game of Thrones on Showmax. That’s without breaking for pizza deliveries. But who needs food when you’re fuelled by the fire of the Lord of Light?
HBO has released a teaser trailer for season 8 and they’re not giving anything away about the six-episode conclusion of the series based on A Song of Fire and Ice. It’s 39 seconds of icy-hot anticipation.
DStv Premium customers get Showmax at no additional cost. DStv Compact and DStv Compact Plus subscribers get a two-month free trial. Find out more at showmax.com/dstv.
Sports fans will be delighted to know that DStv will open up all sports channels to all bouquets this weekend. That’s right, for an entire weekend DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family or Access customers can live the Premium life and tune into whatever sport they wish. And it’s going to be an action-packed weekend, with Super Rugby, ODI Cricket and more on the cards.
It won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, now Free Solo can be viewed on National Geographic this week. It’s an in-depth, moving story of free soloist climber Alex Honnold who sets out to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope.
There’s plenty of local SAFTA-nominated local drama on screen, from Binnelanders to Isithembiso. The awards take place on 3 March, so it’s the perfect time to familiarise yourself with all the contenders.
The Live Series (Jason Goliath), Friday, 1 March, 1Magic, 21:30
For an hour and 30 minutes, Jason Goliath’s stand-up comedy show is just the thing for a Friday night. Bring out your tissues (because you will laugh until you cry), and giggle at all life’s toils, troubles and turmoil. His commanding stage presence and boisterous energy have earned him a spot as one of the country’s leading comedians. Not only experienced in the art of making people laugh, Jason is also an actor and a motivational speaker
Enter One Night with My Ex, 1Magic
1Magic’s newest reality show allows for couples to get closure before they move on to the next relationship. Whether it’s “the one that got away” or just that partner who knew which buttons to push to get your blood boiling, One Night with My Ex is perfect to help you get over the past relationship. 1Magic (DStv channel 103) is calling on all lonely singles, scorned lovers and deserted dreamers who need their mysteries of lost love resolved, to join us on this new relationship show starting this April. If you have a lost love and want to reawaken what “might have been”, reach out to us on 060 567 9955, and who knows, we might be able to help you reignite the passion, and reunite with that long-lost ex. Entrants must be over 21.
Carte Blanche, Sunday, 3 March, M-Net, 19:00
It wouldn’t be a Sunday evening without the investigative and human-interest stories on SA’s award-winning current affairs programme. This week the crew travels to Lisbon, Portugal, to find out if their famous approach to their addiction problem might provide a blueprint for turning the tide in the fight against drugs here. In the 70s and 80s Portugal’s port capital Lisbon was overrun by drug peddlers. By 1999 the country had the highest rate of HIV among injecting drug users in Europe. Then it adopted one of the world’s most progressive drug policies – and impact has been startling. Another story looks at zoos around South Africa – are our animals living in cages that are too small and in inadequate conditions? Can our municipalities manage them effectively?
Op Seer Se Spoor, Tuesday, 5 March, kykNET&Kie, 20:30
Kuier magazine’s feature editor Ernusta Maralack goes in search of some of the most hard-hitting stories to come out of the Western Cape. Tonight, she revisits the story of Cameron Wilson, from the Cape Flats, who was renamed as a modern day serial killer. She focuses on Lekitha Moore (18), who Wilson killed in 2016 by stabbing her 98 times.
Binnelanders, Thursday, 7 March, kykNET, 19:30
The last few weeks’ tension comes to a head, with Brett Adler’s murderer being uncovered. It will be a shock for some people – especially when unconditional love is put under fire. Make sure to tune in to this gripping soapie, which has been nominated in the category Best TV Soapie at SAFTAs.
How Do I Look South Africa S2, Thursday, 7 March, E! Entertainment, 20:00
Roxy Burger and Kat Sinivasan are back from a break to assemble a much-needed glam squad for those challenged people who just can’t seem to style themselves properly. Not everyone knows that horizontal lines are a big no-no or that cerise pink and neon green are just for costume parties, but these fashion gurus will show them the way.
Ehostela, Sunday, 3 March, Mzansi Magic, 20:00
In KwaMashu KZN, there lives two brothers, Jama and Mndeni. Like the proverbial story of two brothers, theirs is a relationship of jealousy, secrets and resentment. Jama feels that he’s the rightful heir while Mndeni believes that blood is not the bond for kith and kin.
This coming-of-age drama, set in the dog-eat-dog worlds of Jozi and rural KwaZulu-Natal, looks at the lives of young students and some of the perilous choices they make in their lives. We all thought it was over for Banzi when he shot Claudia and Simi has a new purpose in life now after the birth of her baby. It’s been nominated for six SAFTAs this year.
Trippin with Skhumba, Showmax
In the second episode, Skhumba and another of his comedian friends hit another home town, getting back to their roots and seeing where it all began.
Imposter S2, Showmax
In this second season of the locally produced anthology series, a streetwise hustler discovers he has a recently deceased identical twin brother. He assumes his identity – and the fun begins.
Get your free pass to watch SuperSport all weekend
There’s great news for all DStv subscribers this weekend. All subscribers – whether DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family or Access customers – get the full DStv Premium sports experience by using the DStv Now app. For just one entire weekend, all SuperSport channels will be available for all DStv customers to stream on DStv Now.
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspurs v Arsenal and Everton v Liverpool, Saturday-Sunday, 2-3 March, SuperSport 3, 14:30 and 18:15
Tottenham and Arsenal fans will be out in force to support their teams this weekend in one of the biggest rivalries in the Premiere League. The feud has been going on since 1913, so there’s a lot at stake. Then two Merseyside teams clash when Everton comes up against Liverpool. The latter may be the favourites – but Everton are not going to go down easily.
SA Cricket, ODI Series, South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st ODI, Sunday, 3 March, SuperSport 2, 10:00
After Sri Lanka claimed a historic Test series win against the Proteas, our local team is going to have to pull out all the stops to save face in the ODIs. It’s certain to be thrilling cricket to watch!
Vodacom Super Rugby: Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers, Saturday, 2 March, SuperSport 1, 15:05 and 17:15
The Lions play the Bulls in Johannesburg this week, and the Stormers face the Sharks in Durban on the same day in clashes that are likely to show the intensity that even leading New Zealand teams will find hard to match.
Bitz & Bob S1, Monday, 4 March, CBeebies, 15:30
This new pre-school animated series guides youngsters through the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) through the adventures of eight-year-old inventor Bitz and her younger brother Bob. With her unique “Steam Pink” style, intrepid Bitz is bound to become a favourite among boys and girls alike, and prove that your imagination has no limits.
Gamba, Saturday, 2 March, M-Net, 15:30
This Saturday kids’ movie sees an adventurous young mouse travel to the city in search of help as his home, Dream Island, has been taken by the wicked weasel clan.
Ben 10 S4, Monday, 4 March, Cartoon Network, 18:30
Pack your bags, and be aware of sneaky attacks, as Ben travels between mountains and national monuments in the quest to use his powers in heroic ways. This exciting episode sees Grandpa Max’s engineer buddy, Phil Billings, give Team Tennyson the Omni-Copter, a state of the art flying vehicle that can transport the Rustbucket for overseas adventures.
Big Hero 6: S2 (New Eps and Finale), Saturday, 2 March, Disney XD, 08:30
Teenage tech wiz Hiro and his lovable and compassionate inflatable robot Baymax are back for more superhero adventures along with the rest of the Big Hero 6 team. Things almost fall apart when Richardson Mole makes a breakthrough and manages to get Fred to reveal Big Hero 6’s secret identities. He then blackmails his way into the team, becoming its seventh member.
I, Tonya, Sunday, 3 March, M-Net Movies Premiere, 20:00
An award-winning biopic that takes a look at the scandal that rocked the ice-skating world and changed the life of figure-skater Tonya Harding, who inadvertently becomes embroiled in the aftermath of an attack on a fellow skater that was planned by her ex-husband. Tonya’s mother is played by Alison Janney, who won last year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role while Margot Robbie was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Tonya.
In this high-octane bank robbery block buster, rapper and business mogul 50Cent (Curtis Jackson) stars alongside action man Gerard Butler. It’s said that for each successful bank robbery, inside info is crucial. Enter “Big Nick” O’Brien (Gerard Butler), a crooked sheriff and in integral part in the nabbing of US$30 million from the Federal Reserve Bank in Downtown Los Angeles.
London Road, Wednesday, 6 March, Sundance TV, 20:30
This musical (based on the stage musical of the same) tackles the grim topic of a serial killer who killed five women in London Road in Ipswich, Surry in 2006, and the repercussions for the people living in the area. Starring Olivia Colman, who this year won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in The Favourite.
U: July 22, 3 March, M-Net, 23:10
A moving drama based on the real-life events of the horrific massacre of Norwegian students in 2011 at the Utoya summer camp. While the story is real, the characters are fictional, but were created in close collaboration with some of the survivors. This international movie was nominated for more than 22 Amanda Awards (those given at the Norwegian International Film Festival).
BULL S3, Thursday, 7 March, M-Net, 21:00
Season three brings Trial Analysis Corporation a new prominent Health Insurer to defend, and the case hits close to home for Dr Bull who is still recovering from his cardiac episode. Having recently faced his own mortality, and then having to contend with the unexpected and shocking loss of one of his team, the sometimes arrogant doctor finds himself forced to examine his own life and the decisions he has made a little more closely.
Legacies S1, Friday, 1 March, M-Net City, 20:00
A supernatural drama that continues where The Originals left off, Legacies follows 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson and a new generation of young witches, vampires, and werewolves at the Salvatore School for the Young & Gifted in Mystic Falls.
Strike Back S6, Showmax – S6 First on Showmax – Binge from the beginning from S1 When a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of the revived Section 20 are sent to investigate. They uncover a conspiracy that threatens to push the world to the brink of global conflict.
Meticulous and dashing detective Murdock is back, and in the season opener the housewarming party for his newly completed home designed by none other than Frank Lloyd-Wright, turns into a real-life murder mystery evening.
Free Solo, Monday, 4 March, National Geographic, 21:00
Named Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, Free Solo depicts the wildly ambitious yet highly personal journey of climber Alex Honnold as he sets out to achieve his ultimate dream: scaling the face of the world’s most famous rock wall, the over 900 m high El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without rope or harness.
The New York Times describes Free Solo as “an engaging study of a perfect match between passion and personality.”
Dead by Dawn S1, Monday, 4 March, Nat Geo Wild, 18:00
At night mother nature reveals her sadistic side. As mysterious monsters come out to feed on the weak, anything can become prey. To survive you’ll have to be smart, fast and lucky or you might find yourself dead by dawn.
Grizzly Bear Cubs and Me S1, Sunday, 3 March, BBC Earth, 16:00
This new documentary will leave viewers feeling all warm and fuzzy as wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan helps to rehabilitate three sets of orphaned baby grizzly bear twins back into the Russian wilderness.
A User’s Guide to Cheating Death S2, Monday, 4 March, BBC Earth, 20:00
Find out how you can live longer with Timothy Caulfield as he delves into the social and science issues surrounding today’s increasingly demanding health trends to understand how they do or don’t impact and enhance our lives.
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan S1, Sunday, 3 March, BBC Earth, 20:00
British comedian Romesh Ranganathan is taken out of his comfort zone as he explores international destinations that most travellers would think twice about adding to their itinerary. Whether he is witnessing a voodoo ceremony in Haiti, meeting up with Rastafarians in Ethiopia or getting tattooed in a bunker in Albania, the hilarious Romesh shows viewers a different side to these less-visited countries.
This exciting new spin-off of the original show format pitches a host of winners, finalists, and standout performers from previous seasons against each other in front of judges Simon, Mel, Heidi and Howie.
Tipping Point S9, Monday, 4 March, ITV CHOICE, 19:05
Tune in for a brand-new season of this popular UK game show. Four contestants are pitted against the show’s distinctive machine in their quest to walk away with the cash prize.
Dance +4 S1, Saturday, 2 March, Star Life, 21:00
An energetic dance reality show championed by master choreographer Remo D’Souza who along with mentors Dharmesh, Shakti and Puneet, are out to find the country’s most original and unique dancing talent.
Widows, BoxOffice, Monday, 4 March
After the death of their husbands, four women team up to forge a future of their own in the criminal underworld. Veronica, the widow of known heist-mastermind Harry Rawlings, calls on three fellow widows in orchestrating a huge hold-up. Boasting an all-star cast of Oscar winners such as Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Viola Davis (Fences), this action-packed thriller sees four helpless widows change into fearless ringleaders.
Ben is Back, BoxOffice, Friday, 1 March
It’s Christmas Eve and 19-year-old drug addict Ben has returned home after being away for a while. His relieved mother (played by Julia Roberts) welcomes him back but is unsure of what the future holds. She’s right to worry – the troubled teen has not quite cut ties with his bad-influence friends.
Kin, BoxOffice, Friday, 1 March
When Jimmy is released from prison, his relationship with his younger brother Eli is somewhat sour, until Eli comes across a mysterious weapon that he uses on some unsavoury characters to save Jimmy’s life. Problem, is, some very powerful people want this weapon and the two brothers find themselves targets.
17-Year old Myles Truitt, the lead in this film was included in Variety’s 2018 “Young Hollywood Impact Report” of talent poised for break-through. He portrayed ‘Ronnie DeVoe’ in The New Edition Story, broadcast recently on BET and appeared opposite Donald Glover in Atlanta, Season 2 of which concluded on FOX in January.
Time Freak, BoxOffice, Monday, 4 March
Young love. Don’t you wish time would just stand still at that stage? One genius teenage boy does exactly that – he freezes time in a machine that goes back to the day before his girlfriend broke up with him. This rom-com stars Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner.
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Les Miserables, DStv Now
She was awarded a Best Actress Oscar for her exceptional performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite, but Olivia Colman is hardly recognisable yet equally impressive in her role as the cruel innkeeper’s wife in BBC’s non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel.
True Detective, DStv Now
Mahershala Ali picked up his second Best Supporting Actor award at the 91st Annual Academy Awards®, in recognition of his portrayal of genius composer Don Shirley in The Green Book. His powerful performance in the third season of True Detective has also received rave reviews, marking a welcome return to the series’ original tone and quality under the watchful eye of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, as Executive Producers.
Disierto, DStv Now
Viewers can catch more of Best Director winner Alfonso Cuarón’s skilful storytelling in Disierto, a tense and minimalist thriller that follows a border patrol guard’s overly vicious pursuit of immigrants along the US and Mexican border, which he produced with his equally gifted son Jonas.
Black Panther, DStv Now
If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance! Immerse yourself in all things Wakanda in this epic fantasy adventure that has wowed critics and fans alike. Having won an impressive three of the six Oscars it was nominated for – it is clear that Black Panther is more than your average superhero movie.
Best Actor winner Rami Malek wowed audiences with his true-to-life portrayal of the charismatic late Freddy Mercury in the smash hit Bohemian Rhapsody, but Mr Robot fans have always known that this talented actor was destined for stardom. Binge from the Beginning and immerse yourself in all three seasons of the ground-breaking, mind-bending series.