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6 Must See Docu-Series on DStv

Trafficked, Narco Wars S1 and more.

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There’s nothing better than grabbing a snack and watching a good docu-series. It’s such a vast world of varying themes, topics, people and subjects. This year, DStv has lined up a slew of some really interesting ones.

From the most the world’s most dangerous underground black markets in Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, to the inner workings of cartels with Narco Wars, to the world’s greatest mysteries with Laurence Fishburne or channel your inner conspiracy theorist with Roswell: The First Witness.

There’s something there for your taste.

SOME SIX DOCU-SERIES LANDING SOON ON DSTV

TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER

This series sees Mariana van Zeller go deep into the nuts and bolts of the world’s most dangerous underground black markets. Each episode of the 8-part series will see Mariana in a different market – including but not limited to drugs – with glimpses into the businesses, people and the real life economic impact of each one.

Thursday on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 21:00 or on Catch-Up

ROSWELL: THE FIRST WITNESS

This series takes the form of the personal diary of Major Jesse Marcel Sr., the first person to investigate the wreckage of Roswell on 8 July, 1947, after a mysterious object crashed.  The Major maintained the US Military’s claim that it was a weather balloon was wrong. This series will detail what was found in the Major’s diary and what it could mean about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Sunday on History (DStv 186) at 19:25 or on Catch-Up

HISTORY’S GREATEST MYSTERIES WITH LAURENCE FISHBURNE 

Laurence Fishburne hosts a new series attempting to answer some of the unanswered questions relating to the world’s greatest events. From the Titanic to the disappearance of D.B. Cooper, no enigmatic event will be left untouched by Fishburne.

Sunday on History (DStv Channel 186) at 20:15

NARCO WARS S1

If you’ve seen Cartel Tik Tok, which gives inside information into how Mexican cartels store and ship drugs, you’ll love this series, which goes in-depth into the drug war. Narco Wars is a docuseries exploring the Mexican drug war from the point of view of the hitmen, smugglers, criminals, various politicians and journalists at the forefront of these stories. This show will take shape as a 10-part series combining action and documentary to culminate in the real raw footage of a murder.

Monday on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 21:00

ENDURANCE: THE HUNT FOR SHACKLETON ICE SHIP

This tale is one of history’s greatest mysteries. Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 – 28 if you count the cat – went on an exhibition to Antarctica, but along the way Endurance, their ship, was destroyed by glaciers. Sir Ernest and the men remarkably managed to survive, but the ship’s final resting place remains unknown. This series will follow a new ground-breaking expedition to find it.

Sunday on History (DStv 186) at 20:15

 A PERFECT PLANET 

This new 8-part docuseries sees Emmy winning narrator, Sir David Attenborough explore how the planet works. It delves into various topics and how these elements allow life to flourish. The final episode will also go into detail as to how the series was created – including its recording time in South Africa. The extraordinary footage is sure to make you rethink the world and your role in it.

Starts, Sunday 14 February on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) at 16:00

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Wendy Williams Biopic + Doccie Premiere in South Ah this Weekend

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Last month, popular American television talk show host Wendy Williams caused a frenzy in South Africa after claiming that April 10th was an official Wendy Williams holiday in the country. We understand it happened after a chat with local media personality Anele Mdoda.

But while such a holiday does not exist anywhere in our calendar, this Saturday does come with a special event on Lifetime, where Wendy’s biopic and documentary will be airing back to back at 19:20 and 20:50 respectively. We’re getting the popcorn all sorted for that one!

Both autobiographical projects distill the award winning broadcaster’s iconic career and her life journey, which includes intimate details of her life that ended up making her the hot topic. Wendy Williams: The Movie will be screening for the first time on Lifetime, DStv channel 131 tonight, with the documentary Wendy Williams: What A Mess’ coming on right after.

Williams co-executive produced the biopic, which covers her entire life. The movie reveals all the highs and lows through the years as she became the most talked about radio shock jock in the late 1990’s to mid 2000’s, when she became known as the undisputed Queen of radio in America. Wendy has cultivated the reputation of being the exclusive celebrity tea on her radio shows, before successfully leveraging that into her eponymous talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.

In recent years, however, Wendy found herself being the at the main topic on the blogs. Amongst other things, rumours of her now former husband cheating on her and settling with the mistress, who also got pregnant, were splashed all over the media.

The Lifetime feature provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. In it, she explores the fast paced world behind mic and camera, which includes battle with drug addiction in the early years, dealing with infidelity with her husband, the heated climate that resulted from her shock jock career, and more. Ciera Payton takes on the lead role while Morocco Omari stars as Wendy’s ex-husband Kevin Hunter.

The doccie, on the other hand, is Wendy Williams talking about absolutely everything.

Wendy Williams: The Movie and Wendy Williams: What A Mess air on Lifetime, DStv channel 131 on Saturday, April 10th at 19:20 and 20:50 respectively.

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Everything to Expect on Netflix in March

Loyiso Gola Comedy Special, Biggie Doccie and more.

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We’ve been quite excited about the premiere of the Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell documentary, which landed on Netflix on Monday, March 1st. It distills the life of the Hip Hop icon, giving us a further dive into the fast-paced reality that propelled him to a god-like figure before his tragic death.

But we are also looking forward to Loyiso Gola’s original Netflix original comedy special, which debuts on the streaming platform March 23rd. It’s called Unlearning, and we are digging around for more tea on it for you. Keep an eye!

Here’s what’s coming up on Netflix (South Africa) through March

LOYISA GOLA: UNLEARNING (NETFLIX ORIGINAL COMEDY SPECIAL) 23/03/2021

South African comedian Loyiso Gola serves up practical philosophy and filter-free humor as he tackles topics like race, identity and world politics.

BIGGIE: I GOT  A STORY TO TELL – NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCCIE NOW STREAMING

Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary celebrates the life of The Notorious B.I.G. on his journey from hustler to rap king.

MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS – NETFLIX DOCCIE 3/3/2021

High-stakes exploits turn deadly — and shake a global church to its core — in this extraordinary true crime story.

FORMULA 1: DRIVE TO SURVIVE: SEASON 3 PREMIERING 19/3/2019

During a shortened 2020 season, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and other top drivers pursue checkered flags as COVID-19 turns the world upside down.

WHO KILLED SARA – ORIGINAL SERIES 24/3/2021

After 18 years in prison, Álex takes his revenge on the Lazcano family, who framed him for the murder of his sister Sara to save their reputation.

CAUGHT BY A WAVE – NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM 25/03/2021

After falling in love at a beachside summer camp in Sicily, a painful truth inspires two teenage sailing enthusiasts to live their lives to the fullest.

NAILED IT!: DOUBLE TROUBLE – NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES 26/03/2021

When two clueless cake “artists” team up, the reveals are even more ridiculous. From best buds to brothers and sisters, these bakers are twice as bad.

BAD TRIP – NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM 26/03/2021

In a hidden-camera comedy from the producer of “Bad Grandpa,” two pals embark on a road trip full of funny pranks that pull real people into the mayhem.

HAUNTED: LATIN AMERICA – NETFLIX SERIES 31/03/2021

Real people’s terrifying tales of the chilling, unexplained and paranormal come to life with dramatic reenactments in this reality series.

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Netflix’s ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’ First Look

It was all a dream.

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Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is the definitive portrait of the man who became The Notorious B.I.G. With unprecedented access granted by the Wallace estate, this cinematic documentary is an emotional and personal journey through the people, places, and events that created the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time.

In rarely seen footage from his breakout years, we go behind the scenes with Biggie to watch him create classic songs in the studio and bring them to life onstage in incredible unseen concert clips. Intimate and candid interviews show the most trusted members of Biggie’s inner circle opening up like never before to share stories that have never been told publicly.

In the words of his mother, Voletta Wallace: “This will be the first documentary to focus on the experiences of my son’s life rather than the circumstances of his death. It is a celebration of who he was and where he came from. This is how he would have wanted to be remembered.”

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