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Springbok World Cup Announcement – Live On DStv

There won’t be a tackle or a sensational try to savour, but the eyes of every rugby fan ought to be on DStv’s SuperSport at 15:00 on Monday, 26 August 2019.

This is because the much-awaited World Cup squad will be announced live on your World of Champions.

For weeks, speculation has mounted as to which players will make up the 31-man squad. The men who carry the hopes of a nation will be paraded for the first time at MultiChoice City where coach Rassie Erasmus and Siya Kolisi, the confirmed leader of the team, will speak of the challenge that awaits.

The Boks will have no easy ride as they seek to emulate the Cup-winning heroes of 1995 and 2007 – their first match at the World Cup will be against defending champions and eternal rivals New Zealand, in Yokohama on September 21.

It is expected to be a full-blooded battle with the winners likely to top the group and the losers sure to have a tougher road to the playoffs.

SuperSport has dedicated a substantial production crew to ensure that Monday’s broadcast goes off without a hitch. Amid the many challenges is securing a stage that can accommodate 4000kg of prime beef, the expected weight of the Bok squad once assembled.

Another is ensuring that the Boks are well fed both before and after the announcement. “They eat constantly, and not a little either,” said one SA Rugby staffer.

As ever with such announcements, the broadcast will include vibrant entertainment with the popular Gwijo squad set to belt out traditional songs, plus singing sensation Sho Madjozi and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Viewers will also be reminded of past glories with an all-action video highlighting many of the Boks’ best moments from previous World Cups.

Popular rugby hosts Motshidisi Mohono and Matthew Pearce will anchor the day’s events, ensuring the Boks get the send-off they deserve ahead of their departure for Japan next Friday. (30 August 2019).

“There are challenges with a live production such as this, but we are well set,” said Sam Sejamoholo, SuperSport’s producer of the show. “There are strict protocols around the Springboks, as you’d expect, but we are looking forward to being part of this momentous event. With a big live audience, rugby fever will be high.”

Monday signals the real countdown to the World Cup with SuperSport shortly rolling out its detailed plans for the tournament. These will include six magazine shows; world-class analysis and all 48 matches live and in High Definition, guaranteeing the very best broadcast package for rugby fans.

Monday’s announcement will be live on SS1, SuperSport Blitz, CSN and Showmax.

For those unable to get to their televisions, it will also be streamed on DStv Now.

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WWE® Goes All Day On New DStv Pop-up Channel

Pop-Up Channel to be available on DStv Premium, Compact+ & Compact packages until December

DStv Family & DStv Access to get a taste of the action with a Three-week open viewing until 21 August!

WWE fans in Africa can enjoy even more family-friendly action and entertainment from their favourite WWE Superstars like Roman Reigns™, Seth Rollins™ and Becky Lynch™ when MultiChoice launches a WWE pop-up channel on DStv channel 128 from Thursday, August 1.

The new pop-up channel means more non-stop, high-octane action every day, in addition to the regular weekly flagship shows of Raw (Tuesdays, 2am CAT) and SmackDown Live (Wednesdays, 2am CAT) and Special Events like WrestleMania™ and the upcoming SummerSlam™ (airing live from 1am on Monday, August 12). The pop-up channel will be available on the DStv Premium, Compact+ and Compact packages until December 31 however, DStv Family and Access customer will also get to enjoy some of the entertainment until August 21 through an open-viewing period of three weeks!

“WWE has proved to be a fantastic acquisition for viewers across the continent,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “This is a natural evolution that reflects the excitement and growth around our WWE broadcasts.”

Fans tuning in to the pop-up channel can look forward to original WWE programming including Total Divas™, WWE Vintage™, Miz and Mrs™, Bottom Line™, Afterburn™, WWE Main Event™ and WWE Experience™ airing every day on DStv channel 128.

The pop-up channel will run until December 31.

Programming includes:

Total Divas

The reality series is an inside look into the exciting lives of female WWE stars from their work within WWE to their personal lives and includes exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage.

WWE Vintage

SuperSport will take viewers on a journey recalling classic matches and memories from the WWE’s storied past.

Miz and Mrs

Miz and Mrs is a docu-series that chronicles the lives of WWE Superstars (and married couple) The Miz and Maryse. The series features the glamorous pair at work and play and includes moments from when they become parents for the first time.

Bottom Line

WWE Bottom Line is a one-hour, on-camera hosted programme that delivers all the highlights from Raw.

Afterburn

Recaps all the exciting events taking place every week on SmackDown.

WWE Main Event

Main Event features WWE Superstars exclusive to the SmackDown Live brand.

WWE Experience

WWE Experience is produced by WWE and mainly recaps events that took place on Raw and SmackDown Live.

Tune in to DStv channel 128 from Friday, 1 August to experience this exciting pop-up channel, available only on DStv, your number one entertainment destination!

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DStv Content Discovery: 19 To 25 July 2019

Grassroots S1 starts on Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 19:30. Same time on Showmax

Grassroots is a brand-new 13-part local series that explores the trials and tribulations of two young men from feuding families whose passion for rugby leads them into a new stage of their lives. In this coming-of-age story Asanda and Monwabisi both follow their hearts, leaving rural Eastern Cape for scholarships in Johannesburg. Will they be able to shake their past and band together to make the transition from the dusty rural streets to competing at a private school in the city? The brilliant Lihleli Tini stars alongside the talented and popular Oros Mampofu in this drama which explores themes of manhood and is richly woven with Xhosa tradition. It also stars veteran Connie Chiume, and Zikhona Sodlaka from Mzansi Magic’s Housekeepers.

The beautiful Bonang Matheba returns with more reality drama this week. As always, her famous friends will be joining her on the show, which reveals just how fabulous her life really is. This is as about as close to South African royalty as we can get!

With the news that M-Net is calling for contestants for a second season of our own local Bachelor SA, lovers of this reality show can, in the meantime, indulge in the international versions, thanks to 1Magic. Not only is there The Bachelorette US Reunion, which promises to be the biggest reunion in history, but the new season of The Bachelorette US is starting soon as well.

It’s all about the 50th anniversary of The Moon landing on DStv this week, with a host of fascinating shows that look at the ground-breaking event from every angle. And it’s not just the documentaries on HISTORY, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and BBC Earth that will keep everyone fascinated, M-Net’s Sunday movie First Man paints a dramatized, highly evocative portrait of the man who turned the dream into a reality, Neil Armstrong.

LOCAL

Being Bonang S3 starts on Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 19:00. Also available on Showmax.

The US has Beyoncé and we have our Bonang! Our own Queen B has recently launched her own sparkling wine, which just might be the perfect pairing for her vivacious, bubbly personality. On this season of her own reality show, she’ll take us through the daily grind of the busy schedule that makes up her day. She’s not one to let haters get in the way of securing that bag, and is that Somizi we see coming to support his friend at the wine launch?

Minki S3 starts on Wednesday 24 July on VIA (147) at 20:00

Television presenter and model Minki van der Westhuizen’s talk show is back for its third run. Minki became a household name as the presenter of the lifestyle programme Pasella and kykNET’s Boer Soek ‘n Vrou, but when you’re invited to Minki’s own couch, you can count on a good chat, excellent company and a few surprises.

Lasizwe: Fake It Till You Make It S2 starts on Monday 22 July on MTV (130) at 21:30

Socialite and social media sensation Lasizwe has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He started with his own YouTube channel with any one of his alter egos re-enacting authentic South African experiences like standing at a queue at Home Affairs or the love-hate relationship we have with cashiers. We wonder though, has he ever exposed the real Lasizwe? And what are the chances we’ll finally get to meet him (irl) on Fake It Till You Make It?

Lui Maar Op, Belinda S1 on Monday 22 July on kykNET (144) at 20:00

Belinda Swanepoel works the cash register at a local shop. It’s not exactly her dream job; in fact, she’d rather be anywhere than working here. When two snobbish frenemies from her past pop up unexpectedly, Belinda pretends she owns the shop. Meanwhile, farm hero Frans gives timid Dirkie a lesson in farm exercise to build some muscle and look strong. StarringBrümilda van Rensburg and Annelisa Weiland.

Alles Malan S1 on Tuesday 23 July on kykNET (144) at 20:00

The Malans are the perfect family, or so they’d like everyone to think. In this week’s episode, it’s Valentine’s day, and Johan is about to ask Elani, the Malan’s teenage daughter, a very important question. And it had better be the right question, because Elani is pregnant. Meanwhile, their adopted son Freek is trying to win a girl’s heart.

Material Culture S1 on Saturday 20 July on Mzansi Wethu (163) at 19:30

The S’khothane’s or the Material crew love all things blingy, shiny and especially, obscenely expensive. Led by Material Don Dada, they plan to develop a worldwide membership and in this episode, Don finds out that he’s been catfished.

Survivor South Africa S7 on Thursday 25 July on M-Net (101) at 19:00

The castaways have merged into one tribe – Manumalo – and of course, the scheming and jostling for power kicked in almost immediately. The tribemates already voted off the island are forming part of the jury now, and it’s coming down to individual immunity where it’s one man, or woman, for themselves.

Impilo S1 on Monday 22 July on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

This drama is kicked off by the shady dealings of one shameless man, Khulubuse Mtshali, and his pyramid scheme which collapsed, costing his community their hard-earned cash. This Monday, Khulubuse’s son Mnqobi learns the truth about why his father abandoned him and wants nothing to do with him. Sthandiwe Kgoroge stars alongside Nay Maps and Candice Modiselle, with Desmond Dube as Khulubuse.

The Republic S1 on Sunday 21 July on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Trying to clean up the country after thieving Hendrik Mbuli’s term in office has made President Lufuno Mulaudzi many enemies, which has led to her kidnapping. Her whereabouts remain unknown, and Moses and his crew of kidnappers suggests that while they wait for the ransom, they relax and have a good time.

Mooimaak met Clare Wiese-Wentzel S2 on Tuesday 23 July on kykNET & Kie (145) at 20:20

Everyone needs a best friend like Clare. Season two of this original reality show kicks off with Clare Wiese-Wentzel helping Coreen, a lady from Stellenbosch who’s in need of a makeover. As always, Clare doesn’t only focus on how her guest looks on the outside, but helps them feel good on the inside with a much-needed confidence boost.

SPORT

Athletics: Diamond League, London on Saturday 20 July on SuperSport 6 (206) at 15:00 and Sunday 21 July on SuperSport 7 (207) at 15:00

A dazzling list of Olympic Games and world championship medallists are competing in this weekend’s Diamond League athletics meet. Olympic and world 800m champion Caster Semenya is ranked 4th for the 800m Women’s race, having taken victory in 1:55.70 in Stanford, California at the end of June. South African long jump stars Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai take on Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria in what could be the show-stopping item of the London leg. Manyonga set meeting records of 8.58m and 8.53m in England last year.

Netball: World Cup on 19, 20 and 21 July on SuperSport 10 (210) from 09:45 to 17:30

After the almost unbearable tension of the cricket World Cup final and the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, the netball World Cup tournament in Liverpool is heading in the same direction. The final, starting at 17:30 on Sunday, should be another classic sports contest. South Africa began the week unbeaten and on top in Group A after beating Jamaica 55-52. Now the Proteas are shooting for glory, along with fancied teams such as England, New Zealand and Australia.

Rugby: Currie Cup on Friday 19 July at 16:45 and 19:00 and on Saturday 20 July at 13:45 on SuperSport 1 (201)

Two Rugby Championship internationals take centre stage this weekend ‒ South Africa vs Australia at 16:55 and Argentina vs New Zealand at 19:55 on Saturday. But three Currie Cup matches should provide excellent sideshows. At 16:45 on Friday the Griquas, who beat the Sharks last week, are up against the Pumas, who lost by one point to the Lions. At 19:00, the Blue Bulls face the Cheetahs in Friday’s other match, and on Saturday the Sharks are at home to the in-form Western Province.

Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night on 20–21 July on SuperSport 11 (211) at 23:00

A potentially explosive welterweight bout between Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil and Jamaican Leon Edwards tops the bill of the tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The 24-year-old Edwards is 1,83m tall and has a telling reach advantage over Dos Anjos, a 1.73m, 34-year-old veteran who has lost 11 of his 40 bouts. Edwards’s record stands at 17-3. Live coverage of the preliminaries starts at 23:00 on Friday but the top-shelf action will be between 03:00 and 06:00 on Saturday.

KIDS

Ralph Breaks the Internet premieres on Saturday 20 July on M-Net (101) at 15:30

This Saturday’s awesome Oscar-nominated Kid’s Movie sees the return of Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and her royal glitch-ness, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) as they plunge headfirst into the world wide web, where you never know what’s going to happen next (cute cats, exploding bunnies – it’s the Web!). Also listen out for the voice talents of Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Taraji P Henson, Alfred Molina and Gal Gadot.

Coop and Cami Ask the World S1 starts on Monday 22 July on Disney Channel (303) at 17:15

Cooper and Cameron Wrather have come up with a “wrather” brilliant way to make decisions in this live-action comedy – ask the world! Of course, the millions of followers of their online channel “Would You Wrather?” may not always give the most sensible advice. In the first episode, the duo discovers that their mom feels ready to start dating again. Woohoo! Right? Except her first date is none other than their school principal.

Butterbean’s Cafe S1 on Monday 22 July on Nick Jr. (307) at 10:20

This delightful animated series follows the adorable fairy, Butterbean, and her friends. They run their own café, and they’re really cooking now! Join in their adventures as they learn that “everything’s better when we do things together”. In today’s episode, everyone is convinced Cookie is causing Poppy’s allergic reaction, and it looks like The Bean Team might have to send their precious kitty away!

Marvel’s Super Hero Adventures S1 on Monday 22 July on Disney Junior (309) at 10:55

Marvel’s animated series of shorts is loaded with action and excitement, plus some super-cool lessons about friendship, working together and what it really means to be hero. When Ultron steals Tony Stark’s brand-new, high-tech garbage truck, Iron Man shows Spidey how to use problem-solving skills and inventiveness to stop the ravaging robot and clean up the city.

MOVIES

First Man premieres Sunday 21 July on M-Net (101) at 20:00

Part of the 50th Anniversary of The Moon Landing – see www.dstv.co.za/moonlanding50 for details.

Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong is the focus of this intense, sweeping character study drama by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and lead actor Ryan Gosling. Amid the political scheming and space race innovations, the film hones in on the people behind the mission – their lives, their demons, and what it takes to voluntarily strap yourself into what is essentially a tin can, to be hurtled into the dark unknown.

The Kindergarten Teacher premieres Sunday 21 July on Sundance TV (108) at 21:00

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s intense performance in this remake of an Israeli drama has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “her peak performance”. When teacher Lisa (Gyllenhaal) discovers five-year old poetry prodigy Jimmy, the lines between professional and predator become frighteningly blurred.

The Last Sharknado : It’s About Time on Sunday 21 July on Studio Universal (122) at 22:15

It wouldn’t be Shark Week without Sharknado! Known for being so bad that it actually became a massive success, the camp comedy franchise is the gift that keeps on giving. Throw in some prehistoric time-travel and you have the makings of a truly epic dinosaur vs shark showdown as Fin (Ian Ziering) travels back in time to prevent the first ever sharknado in thisSyfy/The Asylum creature feature cult hit that’s a roaring load of gory, escapist fun.

Also watch Planet of the Sharks on Friday 19 July on Studio Universal (112) at 22:20

Sharknado fans will also love this Jaws-meets-Waterworld dystopian horror action film that sees humans paying the price for ignoring the looming threat of global warming, with the melting of the icecaps having all but completely submerged the land. Now, it’s a world of floating cities dominated by sharks, and after having decimated ocean life, the ravenous sharks start feeding on humans. Filmed in South Africa, the movie stars Brandon Auret, Daniel Barnett and Alex Anlos.

Action Point on Sunday 21 July on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:30

Johnny Knoxville proves that the spirit of Jackass is alive and well in this 90-minute, no brakes thrill-ride. Based on actual events at an infamously dangerous and derelict New Jersey amusement park, DC (Knoxville) is the owner of Action Point, run by incompetent teenagers, with life-threatening zip-lines, high-speed toboggan rides and waterslides that inevitably result in hilarious don’t-try-this-at-home physical comedy.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

City on a Hill S1 starts on Tuesday 23 July on M-Net (101) at 22:00

The Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge star in this gritty crime drama series set in Boston in the early 1990s, where brazen criminals and corrupt cops own the streets. Following an armoured truck heist, ambitious new Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward forms an unlikely alliance with corrupt yet renowned FBI veteran Jackie Rohr to clean up the city’s justice system in this fictional account of what came to be known as the “Boston Miracle”.

Hatton Garden S1 on Wednesday 24 July on ITV CHOICE (123) at 20:00

This four-part mini-series is based on the real-life story of three elderly robbers who made off with £14million in loot from a vault in London’s diamond district over a sleepy bank holiday weekend in 2015. Starring Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Alex Norton, David Hayman, Nasser Memarzia, Kenneth Cranham and Brian F. O’Byrne.

American Crime S1-3 on Showmax

This anthology series features an ensemble cast including Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King. Each season focuses on issues plaguing America’s justice system.

Supernatural S14 starts on Saturday 20 July on M-Net City (115) at 20:50

Catch Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in a brand-new season of cult horror series Supernatural, first on M-Net City. The season premiere sees Sam and his new band of Hunters on a mission to find Dean, who’s still missing three weeks after Apocalypse World.

FACTUAL

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Moon landing with DStv’s Space Season!

On the 20th of July 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on The Moon. Six hours later, on July 21, the world held its breath as Armstrong stepped onto The Moon’s surface. DStv is celebrating the 50th anniversary of that landmark event all month, and this week is the main event! Visit www.dstv.co.za/moonlanding50 for all the details on a feast of shows guaranteed to fascinate and inspire the whole family.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back on Saturday 20 July on BBC Earth (184) at 18:00

The whole world watched in awe, but there was so much we didn’t get to see. Now, this 2×50 minute documentary double bill uses original archive footage, previously classified cockpit audio, newly shot film and cutting-edge special effects to seamlessly piece together and recreate the untold story of Apollo 11’s journey to The Moon, the 22 hours the crew spent on The Moon’s surface, and the nail-biting journey back home.

Secret Space Escapes on Sunday 21 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 13:45

Space is magical place; it’s also one hundred percent deadly to humans, should you be directly exposed to it. Don’t miss this revealing look at the accidents and near-misses you never even knew astronauts and cosmonauts had faced, and survived, including a life-threatening fire and an out-of-control cargo ship on the Russian space station, MIR.

Apollo: The Lost Tapes on Sunday 21 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 17:15

This brand-new documentary is the result of the most extensive search for unseen footage ever undertaken. Hear from the surviving Apollo astronauts, including Apollo 11 Command Module pilot, Mike Collins, as well as NASA staffers at Houston Mission Control and at the Kennedy Space Centre in this two-hour documentary that deftly weaves together archive footage taken from thousands of forgotten films and remastered to shine new light on the greatest adventure in human history.

Space Dealers on Sunday 21 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 19:05

Back on Earth and 50 years down the line, a team of space fanatics travel the country in search of space artefacts. From a space toilet to an uneaten astronaut meal pack, they’re looking to buy cheap and sell for a profit.

Moon Landings: Lost Tapes on Sunday 4 August on HISTORY (186) at 20:15

This immersive narrative takes us inside man’s voyage to The Moon with the real story of how we actually got there – the messy, often harrowing reality of regular people actually doing the thing that was thought to be impossible. It includes previously unexplored material from audio interviews with astronauts and engineers, lunar footage that was thought to be lost for a generation and home movies that have gathered dust for decades.

SHARK FEST

When Sharks Attack S5 on Saturday 20 July on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

Beautiful and terrifying, sharks have fascinated and frightened us in equal measures for years. In these two back-to-back episodes, investigators try to solve the greatest shark attack mystery of all time on the Jersey Shore, and look into a sudden, alarming spike in shark attacks on the Southern California coastline.

Man vs Shark starts on Sunday 21 July on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

One man, one shark (we hope) and no cages. That’s been Jeremiah Sullivan’s lifelong mission since first jumping in the water with the ocean’s most infamous predators 50 years ago. Join him as he dives into their world.

Guardians of The Glades S1 starts on Wednesday 24 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 21:00

Epic snake-hunter, Dusty Crum, is on a mission to save the Everglades from massive snakes decimating the animal population. Come face to face with one of the five largest species of snakes – the Burmese python, as the python catcher and his team take on these foreign predators.

Heavy Lifting S1 starts on Thursday 25 July on HISTORY (186) at 21:10

If you love the power of heavy machinery, this brand-new series is for you. Heavy Lifting follows the lives and work of mobile crane operators: Dave Horobec has a messy locomotive demo at a scrap yard, JP Chiarot of Double D Crane works tackles a residential tree removal job, and Regional Crane brings out the big guns.

REALITY

Bachelorette Reunion US: The Biggest Reunion in Bachelor History Ever on Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 20:30

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison hits the road with the show’s super-fans to revisit some of the most memorable moments from previous seasons. Remember in season 5, when football player Jesse gave the rose to the wrong woman? How about when season 13 bachelor Jason changed his mind after the final rose ceremony? Revisit these moments and many more, and catch the biggest ever gathering of bachelorettes, including the very first bachelorette ever!

The Bachelorette Season 15 starts on Friday 26 July on 1Magic (103) at 20:30

If you’re not familiar with this show’s recipe for global success, a single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find her true love. Hannah Brown, a former Miss USA from the 23rd season of The Bachelor is the latest bachelorette looking for her Prince Charming. She now works as an interior decorator and all that’s missing from her dream home is someone to share it with. Will this season’s crop of singles measure up?

Dance Moms S8 starts on Monday 22 July on Lifetime (131) at 19:55

She’s gone to prison, she’s lost everything, and she’s battling cancer! And yet, the show must go on, and Abby is back in the studio! Will all of this make her a little softer, or just harden her resolve? Abby fans will also follow the emotional and physical struggles she endures as she undergoes chemotherapy during the season.

Girl Meets Farm starts on Thursday 25 July on Food Network (175) at 19:55

Molly Yeh is a classical musician and cookbook author who’s left the bright lights of New York for her sugar beet farm, where she shares her obsession with food. In the season premiere, she makes a special brunch for the family to celebrate her third wedding anniversary. The menu features shakshuka with feta and Brussels sprouts and bacon hash.

2 Families and a Wedding Dress starts on Wednesday 24 July on BET (129) at 21:30

Every Bride dreams of the perfect wedding dress for their big day. Now, Thembisa Mdoda hosts a brand-new wedding show with 13 brides hoping to win their dream gown. For many of them, that perfect, super-expensive gown will remain a dream, but the final choice will be made by one lucky lady’s family and her soon to be In-laws.

BOXOFFICE

Dumbo premieres on Wednesday 24 July on BoxOffice

From celebrated director Tim Burton comes Disney’s live-action 2019 family adventure remake of Dumbo – the endearing 40s classic tale of the lovable little circus elephant with the oversized ears. The tale is rewoven to include human viewpoints from characters portrayed by stars Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito, and Empire magazine praised the movie as “an enchanting blend of Disney twinkle and Tim Burton’s dark whimsy”.

Cold Pursuit premieres on Friday 19 July on BoxOffice

Dubbed by Rolling Stone as “Taken on ice, with a side of dark humour”, this action-drama remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance stars revenge action hero Liam Neeson as an ascetic snowplough driver on the hunt for the drug dealer he holds responsible for his son’s drug overdose death. The role of his son is portrayed by Liam’s real-life son, Micheál Richardson.

The Kid Who Would Be King premieres on Monday 22 July on BoxOffice

Camelot meets The Goonies as the legend of King Arthur gets the epic 80s treatment in this family-friendly adventure. When regular kid Alex (played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of Andy) pulls the fabled sword Excalibur from a scrapheap, his initial disbelief leads to a magical coming-of-age adventure. Together with his band of friends and one of the most delightful depictions of Merlin you’ve ever seen (played by Angus Imrie, son of Celia, with the elder Merlin played by Patrick Stewart), he sets off to Tintagel to save Britain.

Little Italy premieres on Friday 19 July on BoxOffice

From the director of Miss Congeniality, romantic comedy Little Italy is a delicious guilty pleasure that won’t linger on the hips! Hayden Christensen (Star Wars prequels) and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) star as the children of rival pizza store families in Toronto’s Little Italy. When they inevitably fall in love, it takes a special recipe to ensure a happy ending.

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Discovery And DStv Bring HGTV To SA Screens

This July Discovery and DStv brings you the #1 lifestyle and entertainment channel in the USA
Brand new and exclusive to DStv, South African audiences can now enjoy the most compelling and talked about Home and Garden TV.

18 July 2019

Discovery, the global leader in real-life entertainment and DStv is bringing the internationally renowned HGTV to South African screens. Launching on 15 July 2019 exclusively on DStv (ch 177), HGTV is the global authority on everything home, with engaging on-screen superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun.

Globally audiences are engaging more and more in entertaining lifestyle, DIY, makeover and home and garden content. South African audiences are no different, as seen by the growth in viewership on all DStv lifestyle channels and the last few years. With the addition of HGTV, a long-standing partnership between Discovery and DStv, is celebrated by bringing the best of the world into South African homes. The channel will be available to our Premium, Compact Plus & Compact customers.

With over 20 years investment in Africa and as part of its continued global content expansion since buying the former Scripps Network brands, Discovery now expands its portfolio to 11 channels, securing its position as the biggest real-life TV entertainment portfolio in Africa.

HGTV is rated the #1 cable network in the USA and has the highest viewing time spent in Europe of all the dedicated channels. In 2018 alone, HGTV saw the highest viewing time per person in the USA totalling 88.67 minutes a week – echoed by obsessed celebrity fans like Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogan. Soon South African audiences and personalities will no doubt join this list.

“With such phenomenal international success, we are so excited for South African audiences to have access to the best in real-life home and renovation content,” says Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and GM for Discovery in Africa and the Middle East. “As a global brand, it is important for us that our content transcends borders and inspires a wider audience.”

“We are thrilled that the Discovery group is bringing to DStv homes one of their most loved lifestyle channels. We look forward to seeing our customers enjoy the rich and diverse content on home improvements and inspirational tricks of the trade – available for the first time in this market. HGTV (Home and Garden Television) will be an enrichment of our lifestyle and culture genre which is an eclectic mix of passion, wonder & discovery – giving our valued customers something new to get excited about every day. Being able to bring viewers the best of international content is a key benefit of our partnerships with networks like Discovery and we look forward to seeing our viewers enjoy this special launch,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO for MultiChoice.

Content on the channel focuses on five pillars of the home: buying and selling, renovation, flipping, home improvement and dream homes, in addition to a library of new content that South African audiences will now have access to. “Understanding the call for new and exciting content, HGTV brings with it up to 800 new hours of content developed annually,” says Turnbull.

Brand new and exclusive shows include Home Town, My Lottery Dream Home, Good Bones, House Hunters USA and Flip or Flop.

“HGTV is testament to what we do best, powering people’s passions with content that inspires, informs and entertains across many screens. We tell great stories, with great talent and delivered to more audiences around the world,” concludes Turnbull.

HGTV will be available in South Africa from Monday, 15 July on DStv, channel 177 to compact and premium subscribers.

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MultiChoice Brings Edutainment Fun For Children With The Launch Of PBS KIDS

MultiChoice is always looking for the freshest in kid’s entertainment and has partnered with PBS to bring PBS KIDS’ high-quality educational content to the DStv platform available in all of sub-Saharan Africa. For three months, starting Wednesday, 22 May through Thursday, 22 August 2019, DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family & Access customers will have PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, ARTHUR and other well-known PBS KIDS series available on DStv Channel 313.

“MultiChoice is always open to exploring ways to expand our customer offering, adding a children’s channel that is not only entertainment for the entire family but also experiential and educational adds value to the DStv packages,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment for MultiChoice.

Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution, comments, “We are excited to offer this new audience the opportunities that PBS KIDS content offers. PBS KIDS is the number one educational media brand for kids, offering children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds. DStv is inviting parents and children to experience this trusted content that helps children learn and grow.”

To stimulate the intellect of our young ones on the go, they can stream PBS KIDS live with parental controls for a safe viewing environment anytime, anywhere via the DStv Now mobile app or online now.dstv.com.

Among the series included in the channel are:

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®, based on the beloved book series by Victoria Kann, encourages children to engage in self-expression and to explore the arts, including music, dance, and visual arts. Kids will be inspired to get creative by Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends through adventures in their neighborhood of Pinkville!

ARTHUR

Based on the best-selling children’s books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR follows the adventures of 8-year-old Arthur Read. Join the beloved aardvark for heartfelt and humorous stories about family, friends, and the challenges of growing up.

WORDWORLD

The lovable WordFriends take children on adventures in a world of words where they encounter problems that can only be solved by building a word. Playfully demonstrating the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning, WORDWORLD empowers children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read.

PBS KIDS on DStv will also feature episodes from POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER, PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, and TIME WARP TRIO.

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MultiChoice Group Is Launching A New Model Of DStv HD Decoder 6

It replaces the previous model HD Decoder 5 currently in stores and has the same features and functionality our customers are used to. The new model hit the markets on 2 May 2019, retailing at R399 as a standalone product, and R599 with installation.

The new model has the same user-friendly functionalities as the HD Decoder 5-series. While DStv’s new decoder retained most of the features of its predecessor, there are a few differences.

Importantly, the slimmer and more compact model is made up of recyclable components. MultiChoice considers recycling as a pinnacle part of their business operations, and are constantly looking at improving how they make their devices more environmentally friendly.

This decoder has a micro-sim and is also XtraView compatible with all DStv Explora models in the market.

Through understanding customer preferences and ongoing commitment to innovation and technology advancement, MultiChoice delivers unrivalled access to content across multiple platforms and aims to continuously update its current technology.

All MultiChoice decoders are manufactured locally and through high-level manufacturing and assembly chains, we’ve stimulated the decoder manufacturing industry. This also benefits related businesses such as part suppliers, carton printers, distribution and logistics providers.

Customers who have an HD Decoder 4 or 5 will not need to replace or upgrade their existing decoder. The DStv HD Decoder 6-series will be available from various retailers, DStv Service Centres and agencies from 2 May 2019.

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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.

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DStv Weekly Highlights: 1 – 7 March 2019

Binge Game of Thrones from the beginning

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.

LOCAL

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.

Isithembiso S2, Sunday, 3 March, Mzansi Magic, 19:30

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.

SPORT

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.

KIDS

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.

MOVIES

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.

Read the SAMDB review of I, Tonya.

Den of Thieves, Sunday, 3 March, M-Net, 20:00

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).

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

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
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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.

Murdoch Mysteries S12, 5 March, ITV CHOICE, 20:00 & 23:50

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.

FACTUAL

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.”

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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.

REALITY

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.

America’s Got Talent: Champions, Friday, 1 March, M-Net, 18:00

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.

BOXOFFICE

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.

Read the SAMDB review of Black Panther.

Mr Robot, Showmax

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.

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Television

DStv’s New Pop-Up Channel Dedicated To The Greatest Superheroes

Legendary superheroes to take over the holidays and rule over new action-packed Pop-Up channel

Mojak Lehoko

SuperheroHQ is an exciting new Pop-Up channel premiering on DStv, super-powered by Cartoon Network. SuperheroHQ is where our universally appealing superheroes will share their best stories about saving the world and their most action-packed adventures, offering viewers an almighty battle between the best of animated adventures against the unsurpassed action-packed superhero movies for the whole family to enjoy!

SuperheroHQ’s offering kicks off on Friday, 15 March 2019 and runs for two weeks, through to Sunday, 31 March, covering the school holidays. The much-loved superheroes will set up home on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact on channel 300.

During the day, starting at 06:00, the kids will get to enjoy eight of their favourite animated, caped-hero series like Batman, Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern and Teen Titans. Then, from 20:05 in the evenings, the whole family can settle down to watch some thrilling superhero sagas together such as the four Superman films, and all three Spy Kids movies. For fans of the legendary animated superhero movies, the ultimate selection has been made including The LEGO® Batman Movie, Batman Gotham Knight and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.

“Delivering on a diverse slate of programming that you cannot find anywhere else, SuperheroHQ will offer matchless animated and live-action superhero entertainment for the whole family,” says Guillaume Coffin, VP Head of Commercial and Business Development. “We know that superheroes are loved by both kids and adults alike, and with 51% of Cartoon Network’s audience comprising of adults, we anticipate again that both kids, and their parents, will tune in to SuperheroHQ to watch our exciting and unique programming line-up. “

The bringing in of acclaimed South African comedian, Comic’s Choice Award and Emmy Award nominee, Mojak Lehoko, is to further reinforce Cartoon Network’s commitment to bring localised programming to the African continent. Lehoko will promote the channel, and its content, on and off air, injecting some local humour which will resonate well with African viewers. Not only will Lehoko promote the channel through generic promos, but he will also present super-comedic stand-up videos where he identifies with the humour found in the superheroes of the channel.

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DStv Weekly Highlights: 15 – 21 Feb 2019

SAFTA Nominees on DStv and Showmax

The 13th annual SAFTA Awards are set to take place on 2 March at Sun City and MultiChoice is leading the nominations, for the second year in a row. The Awards recognise the very best of local programming, and 1Magic’s popular telenovela The River has bagged an incredible 17 nominations while Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya comes in closely behind with nine nominations.

Afrikaans channel kykNET received 60 nominations (collectively) while M-Net’s local reality shows also received plenty of recognition. Not to be outdone, Showmax received a total of seven nominations. Just proof once again that MultiChoice is providing the best local entertainment in Africa. The exciting news for fans of these solid gold nominees is many are returning in new seasons. Lockdown will be back in its fourth season alongside the second season of The Herd, in April, Hotel will return for a new season early next year. More exciting news on upcoming seasons and new shows will announced soon.

She is King and Kanarie are two very different but equally unmissable local movies on screen this month, showcasing the incredible talent this country has to offer once again. She is King is on 1Magic and Kanarie is available to rent on BoxOffice. And speaking of local, home girl Charlize Theron makes a sterling, and highly praised appearance in the M-Net Saturday movie Gringo.

Crime + Investigation’s special documentary Rose McGowan: Being Brave takes the #MeToo movement to a different level, as she honestly, and bravely, reveals how coming forward has transformed her life – and how she wouldn’t change a thing. This is the third documentary from Crime and Investigation dealing with sexual harassment and the abuse of celebrity in Hollywood this month. The first was Surviving R Kelly followed by The Harvey Weinstein Scandal.

LOCAL

She is King, Friday, 15 February, 1Magic, 21:30

A young girl from a rural South African village travels to Johannesburg in search of fame in this locally made movie. She is cast in a play about Zulu Queen Mkabayi, Shaka’s aunt, and finds herself at the mercy of the jealous leading lady, while trying to survive this strange new world while remaining connected to her culture. Idols SA contestant, Gugu Zulu stars in the leading role.

Carte Blanche, Sunday, 17 February, M-Net, 19:00

Emalahleni in Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide hotspot across six continents. Carte Blanche investigates what local governments can do to respond to this public health crisis.

Then, meet Don Madge, no stranger to fans of EFC, who find himself on the precipice of the opportunity of a lifetime. A talented Muay Thai fighter, he wants to take his shot at glory inside the fabled UFC octagon. South African fighter have struggled to make the jump from EFC to UFC but Madge signed his UFC contract in 2018 and won his first fight in October. He is training for his next bout in April. Carte Blanche meets the up and coming fighter, showcasing the desire and dedication required to make it to the top of the fastest growing sport in the world.

kykNET Verslag in Gesprek, Monday, 18 February, kykNET, 21:30

Seasoned journalist Waldimar Pelser brings viewers up to speed on all the current affairs you need to know about. Politicians, authorities and industry experts are brought into the studio to share their opinions. Waldimar has been nominated for a SAFTA for Best TV Presenter. @Waldimar said he was, “Absolutely delighted and honoured to be nominated for a @SAFTAS1 for best TV presenter for @KNverslag In Gesprek!”

Jou Sondagdrama: Bottervisse in die Jem, Sunday, 17 February, kykNET, 20:00

Based on Deon Meyer’s short story, this charming movie revolves around a cynical artist whose world is turned upside down when a wise young boy arrives at his studio. He starts to confront past emotions and to heal.

Yobe S2, Saturday, 16 February, 1Magic, 20:00

Forgiveness is at the core of this touching South African docu-reality show which is all about giving offenders the chance to engage with victims of their crimes or their victim’s families.

Nkululeko, Thursday, 14 February, Showmax

Nkululeko has a special talent for maths, which could help him escape the impoverished streets of Khayelitsha. But a fateful moment of passion might cost him everything in this gripping coming-of-age movie.

Skelmpie, Wednesday, 20 February, kykNET, 20:30

Annelize and Madi join Rian van Heerden in studio to chat about their relationship. Find out what makes them tick and why they consider themselves to be a controversial couple. Then, meet Jan, who’s having a relationship with a woman but thinks he might prefer men.

Isithembiso S2, Friday, 15 February, Mzansi Magic, 19:30

Danger is always lurking around the corner for this group of young students. The strike spirals out of control, forcing Kero to take drastic action. Meanwhile, Simi makes a decision that will affect her studies in a big way. This gripping youth series has been nominated for five SAFTA Awards.

Isibaya S6, Friday, 15 February, Mzansi Magic, 20:30

There’s never a dull moment in this Mzansi Magic gem. Lillian’s life is on the line, forcing Beauty into a difficult position. Still battling with his own demons, Mpiyakhe’s investigation of Ngwebedla leads to another dead end. Isibaya received 13 SAFTA nominations, including Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela and Best Soap as well as Best Actress for Nomzamo Mbatha as Thandeka, and Best Actor for both Pallance Dladla as Jabu and Sdumo Mtshali as Sbu.

The Queen, 15 February, Mzansi Magic, 21:00

As Goodness starts to stand up for herself, it creates even more drama, with Jerry and Vuyiswa not sure whether to believe her or not. Meanwhile, there’s an arrest on the cards, and Mmabatho has an important announcement to make, and gives Shaka an ultimatum. Goodness refused to be bribed – but she has her own idea.

SPORT

Super Rugby: Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers at Loftus Versveld, Saturday, 6 February, SuperSport 1

In what will be one of the fiercest Super Rugby battles, the Bulls meet the Stormers at their homeground at Loftus. The ‘gees’ is going to be strong – and the on-field action electric. In the warm-up game at Cape Town Stadium recently the Stormers achieved a narrow victory – but there’s everything to play for.

Emirates FA Cup – Chelsea v Manchester United, Monday, 18 February, SuperSport 2

The last time these two sides met Chelsea scored a last-minute equaliser, so Man United is going to be more determined than ever to show their superiority. But it’s on Chelsea’s home turf, which is never going to be easy.

Sri Lankan Tour of South Africa, Thursday, 21 February, SuperSport 2

The second Test gets underway on Thursday at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and both teams will be keen to prove their worth. It’s the format of the game that really shows who the strongest players really are, and real cricket fans won’t want to miss a moment.

SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates, Wednesday, 20 February, SuperSport 4

The Buccaneers will be in desperate need of all 3 points away from home to remain in the ABSA Premiership title race when they face Matsatsantsa at Mbombela Stadium.

KIDS

Noobees S1, Monday, 18 February, Nickelodeon, 17:45

Silvia is an independent young girl who must help her brother practise for the Professional Video Game league. Problem is, she’s never been interested in video games but her brother’s dream of being a professional gamer depends on her. Together they create a competition called the NOOBees where other gamers can compete and also Silvia’s brother can get hands-on training.

Mythbuster Jr. S1, Thursday, 21 February, Discovery Channel, 19:00

This American-Australian television programme seeks to debunk all those myths and stereotypes we’ve heard or discarded as old wives’ tales. For instance, is it really that hard to find a needle in a haystack? This and other urban legends will be put to the test in Mythbuster…

The Legend of Sarila, Saturday, 16 February, M-Net, 15:30

This Saturday kid’s movie revolves around three young Inuits who set off on an epic journey when they realise their tribe is at risk of extinction. There is famine in the land and starvation is rampant, however, the promised land they are seeking is said to have all the food supplies the tribe needs, but only a select few can enter.

Floogals S1, Showmax

Three little aliens move in with a human family to learn more about life on Earth. They have to stay hidden, but it’s not easy when you’re so different. From understanding human behaviour to the different food they must now get used to, these three little fellas are intent to have a jolly good time on their learning expedition.

MOVIES

Gringo, Saturday, 16 February, M-Net, 21:00

A dark, action comedy featuring backstabbing and business deals gone wrong amid the Mexican cartel territory. A law-abiding citizen, Harold, finds himself between a rock and a hard place when trying to stay alive and beat the cons at their own game. Charlize Theron plays the evil wife of Harold’s boss. Empire magazine said: “A very funny slice of pulp fiction with a number of stand-out performances, notably the ferocious Theron”.

The Layover, Sunday, 17 February, M-Net, 20:00

Best friends Kate – a mild-mannered schoolteacher – played by Alexandra Daddorio and Meg – a care-free risk-taker – played by Kate Upton, jet off on a tropical holiday. When their flight is redirected due to a hurricane warning, they end up in a hotel in St Louis, going to ‘Misters before Sisters’ extremes to compete for the attentions of a hot stranger (Matt Barr) they met on the flight. Directed by William H Macy, currently on M-Net in Shameless, this is a raucous, naughty comedy!

Wonder Wheel, Monday, 18 February, M-Net Movies Premiere, 20:00

Set on Coney Island in the 1950s, this is the tale of a carousel operator, his wife and his estranged daughter, who is married to a mobster and thus finds herself a ‘marked woman’. The story is told through the eyes of the lifesaver, on Base 7. This Woody Allen-directed film features an all-star cast including Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Kate Winslet and James Belushi.

The Deep Blue Sea, Sunday, 17 February, Sundance TV, 20:30

Rachel Weisz (the Favourite) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers: Infinity War and The Night Manager) star in this highly acclaimed drama. After World War II, a shell-shocked RAF pilot starts an affair with the wife of judge. She is seeking excitement away from her passionless marriage, while he is looking for an escape from his troubling memories.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

Blackish S5, Thursday, 21 February, 1Magic, 19:00

The Johnson family is back with a brand-new season showcasing their loveable and hilarious family dynamic. In the season premier, Junior has been accepted to one of the finest universities in America and his parents Dre and Bow are beyond excited about this huge milestone. Junior is ceremoniously dropped off at his varsity res only for him to return home days later, citing he’s not ready for academia and that he’d much rather take a gap year.

NCIS: LA S10, Thursday, 21 February, M-Net, 20:00

LL Cool J delivers tons of action in this award winning undercover special projects drama. In season 10, the team will ensure to infiltrate a terrorist cell, solve the case regarding an elaborate bank heist where a single safe deposit box was stolen, as well as investigate the home invasion of Navy Captain Dean Hadlow.

The Brokenwood Mysteries S3, Sunday, 17 February, Universal TV, 20:00

A fast-paced detective drama based in a fictitious New Zealand town that follows Neill Rea as Detective Mike Shepherd, as he solves a host of mysterious cases in and around Brokenwood. The first episode sees publican Ray Neilson decide to launch a tourist business, taking people on “Lord of the Ringz Tours”, but things fall apart when his wife’s body is discovered under a giant foam spider.

The Crossing S1, Saturday, 16 February, M-Net City, 19:10

Follow the fascinating time-travel story of a community that fled and survived a war that took place 180 years in the future. They must survive in the old world (present day), which now features a race of hybrid humans with super powers, that are determined to wipe out ordinary humans. The first episode sees the refugees wash up on the beach of a small fishing town.

FACTUAL

Rose McGowan: Being Brave, Wednesday, 20 February, Crime + Investigation, 20:50

She was one of the first woman to speak out against the way Harvey Weinstein treated her. Now, Rose McGowan has become a key figure in the #MeToo movement, leading the fight for social justice. This documentary takes you along on her compelling, heart-felt journey to give insight as to why she could no longer remain silent, and what it takes to be brave.

Cassette, Showmax

Cassette inventor Lou Ottens digs through his past to figure out why the audiotape won’t die. Young bands and rock veterans release music on tape as Lou takes a trip down musical memory lane.

Lost Treasures of Egypt S1, Sunday, 17 February, National Geographic, 19:00

An immersive and discovery-led series following international teams of Egyptologists as they unearth the world’s richest seam of ancient archaeology – Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. We follow these modern-day explorers for a full season of excavations and with unprecedented access to the teams on the front line of archaeology. The first episode looks at Tutankhamun’s treasures.

Stacey Dooley – Gypsy Kids in Crisis, Tuesday, 19 February, BBC Brit, 22:15

Hungary has more Roma gypsy kids in institutional care than any other EU country, facing a potential crisis. Stacey Dooley looks into this worrying issue and meets some of the parents, children and social workers on the frontline of Hungary’s child protection system.

REALITY

The Brit Awards 2019, Wednesday, 20 February, BBC Brit, 22:00

DStv has celebrated every glimmering moment of a truly spectacular ‘awards season’ and the next sparkly celeb-fest on the agenda is The Brit Awards. Comedian and actor Jack Whitehall returns as host from London’s O2 Arena, after his debut last year, which saw him unofficially dubbed as the “best host in years” by fans. With several performances lined up by top British artists such as George Ezra and Little Mix, and an opening act from Hugh Jackman performing “The Greatest Showman”, this star-studded event is definitely not one to miss.

Riccanza S1, Thursday, 21 February, MTV, 21:30

Europe’s young and stinking rich are living their best lives, driving the most exclusive luxury cars and wearing only haute couture. This irreverent reality shows takes us behind the champagne and cocktails with the likes of Elettra Miura Lamborghini, nephew of Ferruccio Lamborghini and Gian Maria Sainato, former model, now fashion and lifestyle influencer.

Rich House, Poor House S1, Thursday, 21 February, ITV CHOICE, 21:00

A thought-provoking show that follows two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide as they trade places to find out if money really does buy happiness. In each episode, one family from the richest 10% and another from the poorest 10% swap homes, budgets and lives for a week, following each other’s spending patterns and weekly schedules.

Knight Fight S1, Monday, 18 February, HISTORY, 20:15

Members of the Armored Combat League vie against one other in real-life duels. Part build show, part battle strategy, part mayhem, watch as six contestants compete with customised weaponry and armour in a series of battle challenges to see who has the guts, skill and smarts to win the ultimate Knight Fight.

BOXOFFICE

Kanarie, Friday, 15 February, BoxOffice

With five SAFTA nominations to its name, Kanarie is a local movie that is making its mark, here and around the world. Leon van Nierop gave it five stars and called it, “Vreeslos en Besonders” (fearless and outstanding), while Spling said, “Original, compelling, provocative and powerful”. This film enjoyed a longer than average cinema run in South Africa as audiences just kept filling cinemas, has gone on to sign a theatrical release in the USA and has recently been featured on magazine covers in Australia as it hits the antipodean shores. The film took home five awards at Die Silwerskerm Fees, including ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Film’, has brought home five more awards from festivals across the USA and ‘Best LGBT Film from the Cape Town Film festival. This unique look at a young man’s journey through conscription to self-discovery is a must-watch movie.

Christopher Robin, Saturday 16 February, BoxOffice

In a story of re-discovery, Christopher Robin’s childhood friends Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore must come out of the wood and into the city in order to remind him of who he is. As Pooh say, “I always get where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been”, this is definitely a movie worth walking towards for a feel-good reminder of the important things in life.

Read the SAMDB review of Christopher Robin.

Halloween, Monday, 18 February, BoxOffice

It has been 14 years to the day – the day when Laurie’s life changed after her confrontation and narrow escape from masked killer Michael Myers. Myers only preys on his victims on Halloween, and he has never accepted Laurie’s escape. Today he has come to take his pound of flesh – or more than a pound, in fact.

Jamie Lee Curtis has led all five ‘Halloween’ movies since the original in 1978 and this one boasted the honour of posting the biggest opening weekend for a film with a 55+ woman as lead, opening at $77,5 million! “Jamie Lee Curtis is an absolute force of nature in this film,” said Universal Domestic Distribution President Jim Orr. Jamie Lee Curtis allowed herself a little boast tweet, pointing out that this was, “Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. Second biggest October movie opening ever. Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone.

The Super, Friday, 15 February, BoxOffice

When Phil accepted the position of being the superintendent of a large New Yok City high rise apartment, he had no idea of the history of its tenants or how more than one has mysteriously disappeared without a trace. He casts his suspicions on the old, reclusive maintenance guy, and with his daughters’ lives at stake, Phil battles an evil entity that’s much stronger than his former police training. Val Kilmer stars as the creepy maintenance man.