DStv Highlights : 28 May – 3 June 2021

Gather all your mates for the ultimate week of entertainment – only on DStv!

It’s been hinted at for years – and now we’re finally getting to see the entire Central Perk gang back together. We’re talking about the cast of Friends, of course! This week sees the epic return of Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Phoebe and Chandler on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and we’re definitely there for it. Join the gang as they relive some of their favourite scenes, play games and discuss the impact the show had – and is still having – on generations of viewers.

With winter setting in hard and heavy, there’s plenty more reasons to stay indoors and tune into your favourite shows. And if you think you’ve seen it all, think again as M-Net (DStv channel 101) has a plethora of new programmes coming your way. First up is Survivor South Africa, which sees a new twist as the concept of Immunity Island is introduced. MasterChef Australia is also back for the 13th season and this time around, the hopeful chefs will be given three immunity pins to be used at any point in the show – including the end! For the kids, Queen Poppy and Branch are back in another great musical adventure. In Trolls World Tour, they must stop the evil Queen Barb of the rock tribe as she seeks to destroy all musical genres.

Season 5 of Queen Sugar also airs on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) and sees the Bordelon siblings face even greater challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic hits followed by anti-racial protests across the United States. The Bordelons may inhabit a fictitious world, but the real world also has its own set of challenges as a result of the pandemic. In Cornwall with Simon Reeve on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184), the town of Cornwall is just opening up as the United Kingdom lifts lockdown restrictions. With an economy that is dependent on tourism, Reeve investigates the highs and lows of the town and its peoples during this turbulent time.

And there’s no shortage of action for the sports fans with All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite on TNT (DStv channel 137) and stages 19 to 21 of the Giro d’Italia on SuperSport Variety 1 (DStv channel 206). Rugby fans can tune into either SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) or SuperSport Variety 2 (DStv channel 207) to catch the final match of the FNB Varsity Cup, while diski lovers can look forward to Manchester City versus Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League on SuperSport Premier League (DStv channel 203) and two DStv Premiership matches (Swallows versus Sundowns and Galaxy versus Pirates) on SuperSport PSL (DStv channel 202).

With so much amazing entertainment on DStv, who needs – or even wants to – head outside this winter? And if you absolutely must brave the chilly weather, DStv can be right at your side – simply download the DStv app, available on Apple or Android to watch your favourite shows on-the-go!

The Friends Reunion (Sitcom)

Nineties kids, rejoice! Our favourite friends return to our screens in a movie of epic proportions. Join Rachel, Ross, Joey, Monica, Phoebe and Chandler in “The One Where They Got Back Together” to discuss the impact of friends, play games and recreate some of the most iconic scenes from this well-loved sitcom which aired for 10 seasons.

Survivor South Africa S8

The hit franchise is back – with a little bit of a twist. The premise remains the same: twenty castaways competing to be the ‘sole survivor’ in a remote area of South Africa. The catch? This season sees the first time the competitors will compete on Immunity Island.

Trolls World Tour (Family Musical)

Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Justin Timberlake (In Time) are back to reprise their roles as Poppy and Branch. In this new adventure, they discover there are six different troll tribes across the land and each one specialises in a specific kind of music – funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb played by Rachel Bloom (The Angry Birds Movie 2) and King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne) set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a dangerous mission to unite the trolls and save their music before they become extinct. The film also features a voice cast of spectacular talent, including James Corden (The Prom), Ron Funches (Trolls Holiday), Kelly Clarkson, Anderson. Paak, Sam Rockwell (Charlie’s Angels), George Clinton (Kuso) and Mary J. Blige.

Queen Sugar S5

Much like all the other television shows, Queen Sugar’s 2020 season spotlighted the realities of the pandemic. Unlike those other shows though, the aim behind the series’ fifth season is to act as a time capsule of events that shaped the United States during one of the most turbulent years in the country’s history. With this context as a backdrop, the Bordelon siblings continue to face challenges that will shape their future lives.

Cornwall with Simon Reeve

As the United Kingdom emerges from a lockdown, Simon Reeve takes the opportunity to explore his country. Reeve travels through the amazing Cornwall during a summer like never before, where the pandemic has highlighted the precarious nature of the economy during this time and its effects on people’s lives in the town of Cornwall, which is heavily reliant on tourism.

MasterChef Australia S13

Hopefuls who think they have what it takes to become a MasterChef display their cooking skills to three judges in the 13th season of Australia’s most popular cooking competition. This season, the contestants are given three immunity pins that can be used at any point of the competition – even at the very end. Look out for guests such as Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Clare Smyth, Heston Blumenthal, and many more.

Day-to-Day

Friday, 28 May

The Crowned Clown

The Crowned Clown takes place in the mid-Joseon era when upheavals and power struggles surrounding the throne had reached extremely devastating levels. In order to escape those who plan to assassinate him, the king (Hotel del Luna’s Yeo Jin-Goo) places a clown – his doppelganger – on the throne. Soon, things get complicated as the clown starts falling for the queen (Hit The Top’s Lee Se-Young).

Friday, 28 May on tVN Africa (DStv channel 134) at 21:15

The K2

Ji Chang-Wook (Healer and Suspicious Partner) plays Kim Je-Ha, a former mercenary soldier who takes a job as the bodyguard for a presidential candidate in the hopes of finding the men who killed his fiancé. Given the code name K2, he is assigned to watch over the candidate’s illegitimate daughter (Im Yoon-ah of best-selling Kpop group Girls’ Generation), but things get complicated when they become attracted to each other.

Friday, 28 May on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 20:00

Saturday, 29 May

Thomas and Friends: King of The Railway (Family Animation)

Thomas and his friends accidentally find a suit of armour and become curious about what it is. They soon discover the suit belongs to Sir Robert Narramby, who has come to the Island of Sodor to ask the gang for help to rebuild Ulfstead Castle.

Saturday, 29 May on Jim Jam (DStv channel 310) at 12:09

Dil Juunglee (Romantic Comedy)

Sumit (Saqib Saleem of Race 3) is an aspiring Bollywood actor who falls for the daughter of a business tycoon. Koroli (Pink’s Taapsee Pannu) teaches English to adults, so Sumit joins her class in an attempt to win her over.

Saturday, 29 May on ZeeWorld (DStv channel 166) at 14:00

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Action)

In his most dangerous mission yet, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team take on The Syndicate, which is hellbent on destroying the IMF. This predictable franchise ticks all the boxes of great action and is thrilling enough to keep you wanting more (or watching again).

Saturday, 29 May on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00

Sunday, 30 May

Lycra & Petticoats (Drama)

Having only met and with just 24 hours to introduce Romeo and Juliet to a waiting audience, a shy pianist and seven actors must find a way to work together. With one member refusing to speak and the others mourning a German director who ran away, will they be able to pull off a breathtaking performance?

Sunday, 30 May on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

The High Note (Musical Romance)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) stars as singing superstar Grace Davis who is experiencing a career crisis. She hires a new personal assistant, Maggie (Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson) who, along with a young singer named David (Kelvin Harrison Jr of Waves), helps her pursue something new in her career.

Sunday, 30 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 20:00

Monday, 31 May

Alvinnn!!!! And the Chipmunks S5

When Alvin lands up in detention again, he’s convinced Dave will drive him out to the desert to abandon him. Later, Alvin and Theodore play a game with unexpected consequences.

Monday, 31 May on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) at 13:40

Tuesday, 1 Jun

Player

A group of modern-day Robin Hoods team up to serve true justice on the rich and corrupt in South Korea. The team consists of an expert driver, a master hacker and a top fighter who are led by a former prosecutor-turned-conman. Together, they strive for justice – and deal it out in equal parts, too.

Tuesday, 1 June on tVN Africa (DStv channel 134) at 22:30

Baby Surgeons S1

This new docu-series takes viewers on a cinematic and emotional journey in an area of medicine many people would not dream of experiencing. Hopeful parents visit doctors only to be shocked when prenatal scans reveal some problems with their unborn child. Follow the pioneering surgeons as they perform remarkable surgeries on babies still in the womb.

Tuesday, 1 June on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:02

The Equalizer S1

In this second reboot of the 1980s’ hit series, Queen Latifah returns to screens as Robyn McCall, a former operative for a branch in the US government called ‘The Company’. After becoming disenchanted with her work, she leaves the Company, only to find herself being drawn to help those with nowhere else to turn.

Tuesday, 1 June on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30

Wednesday, 2 May

Seasons of the Forest

The seasonal forest is like no place on earth and this Wildlife Wednesday, we explore its yearly transformations. The seasons are ever-changing and with this change, the forest must adapt in a varied and dynamic way. From flora and fauna to the interwoven behaviours and practices of the animals in these woodlands, this is a fascinating look at nature that very few get to experience.

Wednesday, 2 June on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 20:00

Thursday, 3 June

Anthem of a Teenage Prophet (Drama)

Luke Hunter (Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan) is your average teenage boy – except he has the gift of premonition. When he sees the death of his best friend and is labelled “The Prophet of Death”, he soon sees his gift as a curse. Also starring Peyton List (Cobra Kai) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers).

Thursday, 3 June on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00

SuperM’s As We Wish

Nicknamed the ‘Avengers of Kpop’, Supreme represents four of the biggest Kpop groups in the world. In this reality show, they show off their amazing teamwork abilities while ticking off items on their individual bucket lists. Each member’s unique characteristics and irresistible charms will keep viewers entertained and literally rolling on the floor with laughter.

Thursday, 3 June on tVN Africa (DStv channel 134) at 18:45

Sport

Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite

Featuring a world-class roster of male and female wrestlers, this show provides fans with a new experience of their favourite sport.

Tuesday, 1 June on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 18:20

Rugby

FNB Varsity Cup

Final

Monday, 31 May on SuperSport Rugby and SuperSport Variety 2 (DStv channels 211 and 207) at 18:55

Cycling

Giro d’Italia

Stage 19: Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera (178 km)

Friday, 28 May on SuperSport Variety 1 (DStv channel 206) at 18:40

Stage 20: Verbania to Valle Spluga (164 km)

Saturday, 29 May on SuperSport Variety 1 (DStv channel 206) at 12:10

Stage 21: Senago to Milano (29.4 km)

Sunday, 30 May on SuperSport Variety 1 (DStv channel 206) at 13:15

Motorsport

MotoGP

Grand Prix of Italy Qualifying

Saturday, 29 May on SuperSport Action (DStv channel 210) at 14:05

Grand Prix of Italy MotoGP

Sunday, 30 May on SuperSport Motorsport (DStv channel 215) at 13:55

Tennis

Roland Garros

Day 1: Singles 1st Round

Sunday, 30 May on SuperSport Tennis (DStv channel 214) at 11:00

Day 2: Singles 1st Round

Monday, 31 May on (SuperSport Tennis (DStv channel 214) at 11:00

Football

UEFA Champions League

Final: Manchester City v Chelsea

Saturday, 29 May on SuperSport Premier League (DStv channel 203) at 20:50

DStv Premiership

Swallows FC v Mamelodi Sundowns

Saturday, 29 May on SuperSport PSL (DStv channel 202) at 16:55

TS Galaxy v Orlando Pirates

Sunday, 30 May on SuperSport PSL (DStv channel 202) at 14:55

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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