April offers opportunities for much needed rest and time with loved ones, what with the double dose of long weekends this month. Here’s a selection of entertainment you can check across the DStv channels for the rest of April
Monday, 12 April
The Flight Attendant S1
After making a passenger’s Mile High Club dreams come true, flight attendant Cassie (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a strange hotel room with the guy she hooked up with dead next to her and blood on her hands. This series is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and you can catch an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.
On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30
Tuesday, 13 April
Die Boekklub S3
When Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, he meets an eccentric group of people who changes his life forever. Season 3 is set in 2024 and will see the return of fan favourite characters Anna, Sofia and Lillie.
On DStv App
Wednesday, 14 April
Melting Me Softly (Dubbed)
A long experiment of being frozen sees two people wake up to find they are in a changed different world. This South Korean television series stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah and Yoon Se-ah.
On tvN (DStv channel 134) at 21:45
Thursday, 15 April
In this procedural series based on the characters created by Thomas Harris, set in 1993 shortly after the events of The Silence of The Lambs, FBI special agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is back on the job hunting down serial killers and sexual predators. At the same time, she has to navigate the politics and rampant sexism in the FBI offices in Washington DC, particularly from her boss, Paul Krendler (Michael Kudlitz). The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.
On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30
Friday, 16 April
The Bachelor S24 (USA)
Get ready for liftoff with 28-year-old pilot Peter Weber who came in third place during season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown turned him down. Now he’s getting his chance to hand out roses and look for his Ms Right. Of this season’s 30 contestants, five have competed in beauty pageants, including 2016’s Miss USA Alayah Benavidez. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.
On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30
Saturday, 17 April
In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali
This biography series explores the lives of some of the 20th century’s towering figures, their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact. See how boxer Muhammad Ali rose from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Alabama, to international fame. While his athletic achievements inspired many, it was his political convictions and his courage to pursue them that arguably had the greater impact, at the cost of a far higher sacrifice. The actions that once made him a polarising figure today have made him a beloved and honoured hero.
On History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15
Sunday, 18 April
Mbongeni Ngema of Sarafina! directs and stars in this apartheid-era movie. Asinamali sees a struggle activist working with convicts to create a musical play about their pasts. The play touches on forgiveness and questions reconciliation.
On Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00
Monday, 19 April
Mare of Eastown S1
Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this seven-episode HBO psychological thriller, coming to M-Net express from the US. As Mare uncovers the dark side of her small town, she starts to crack under the weight of the community’s expectations of her, their need for her to be a flawless hero who can solve their problems, and even her own past trauma. The cast includes Guy Pierce (L.A. Confidential), Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story).
On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30
Tuesday, 20 April
Bachelor in Paradise Australia S2
Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that Alex Nation and Richie Strahan are among the other known contestants returning this season. Contestants must juggle drama, exes and everything in between to try and find love in paradise.
On Vuzu (DStv channel 116) at 20:00
Wednesday, 21 April
First Wives Club S1
This comedy series is based on the 1996 film of the same name, along with the original 1992 First Wives Club novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Three good friends – Bree (Michelle Buteau), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – gang up for sisterly comfort and maybe even revenge after their marriages fall apart. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.
On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30
Thursday, 22 April
Op My Eish
South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld stars in this 13-episode reality dating show, set in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Neels will be getting to know 14 lovely ladies as he searches for the perfect partner – one with a great sense of humour, who is sure of herself, kind-hearted, and an all-around good person who’s not after a flashy lifestyle. He’s also looking for that spark of physical attraction. Will he find it or have to go back to the apps?
On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
Friday, 23 April
Laat die potte prut S13
This competition-format show follows three teams creating delectable meals on an open fire to impress the judges. Laat die potte prut will teach you handy tips and unique recipes to create at home or challenge your family to compete against each other.
On VIA (DStv channel 147) at 17:30
Saturday, 24 April
Mel Gibson Marathon
TNT honours Mel Gibson by showcasing an entire Saturday filled with his acting and directing feats.
11:40 – Conspiracy Theory (1997)
13:55 – We Were Soldiers (2002)
16:05 – Apocalypto (2006)
18:20 – Payback (1999)
20:00 – The Passion of the Christ (2004)
22:10 – Mad Max (1979)
On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 11:40
Sunday, 25 April
E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars
April is Oscars month, and you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, and Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Also, keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage. And watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest news.
On E! (DStv channel 124) at 23:00
Monday, 26 April
The Buzz S4
Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talk show, which features five women from across the African continent sharing opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem – from romance and relationships with family and friends to health and side hustles.
On HONEY (DStv channel 173) at 19:00
Tuesday, 27 April
Die Byl S3
Colonel Piet van der Bijl, better known as Die Byl, and his team are back investigating serial killers in this Leon Kruger series. As the season begins, Byl is still reeling under the guilt he feels for what happened to his team during season 2, while Sergeant Stuurman’s physical and psychological process of recovery will place strain on his relationship with Dr Shani van Rooi. Meanwhile, Captain Lena Maree battles to juggle career and family in a profession that forces the demands of parenthood to take a backseat.
On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
Wednesday, 28 April
Rea Tsotella S12
A show which focuses on conflict resolution hosted by Bishop I Makamu. This reality talk show ranges from discussions around family and romantic relationships to various other issues that plague guests.
On DStv App
Thursday, 29 April
Baghdad Central S1
This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad, Iran around 2003, shortly after Saddam Hussein was ousted. Ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is wrongfully arrested and tortured by US troops while searching for his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). Later, he is recruited by ex-British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) to become a police officer in the Green Zone, the centre of international activity in Baghdad. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.
On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30
Friday, 30 April
Night Of The Wild (Horror)
When a meteorite hits a quiet town, all the residents’ dogs turn into mysterious beasts. The pets viciously attack the residents who need to fight back to save their family members.
On KIX (DStv channel 114) at 21:00
Full List of All SAFTA Nominees 2021
Check out the full list of SAFTA Nominees for 2021.
Despite the pandemic disrupting most of the television production last year, Mzansi actors and actresses pushed through the extremely taxing conditions to deliver jaw-dropping performances every week. It would only be fitting to award each and every one in the industry with an award for the sheer commitment to the craft.
But since this is not a perfect world, only those that displayed Herculean resilience to keep us gripping our seat have received nods for the 15th South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs).
It was an exceptional year for content on the streaming service Netflix, with a total of 45 SAFTA nominations. The front runner is How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding, leading the pack with 10 nominations. They go up against viewer’s favourite The River and Legacy, which earned 12 nominations on their debut season. Its quite telling, since both shows are from the local production house, Tshedza Pictures.
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— NetflixSA (@NetflixSA) April 29, 2021
Here is the full 2021 SAFTA nominees list:
Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Ira Blanckenberg, Toorbos
Jane De Wet, Griekwastad
Tarryn Wyngaard, Stam
Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film
Hakeem Kae Kazim, Riding with Sugar
Justin Strydom, Dust
Nicholas Campbell, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Best Feature Film
Riding with Sugar
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Binding Adventures from The Animation School
Flower in the Subway from The Animation School
The Boy and the Robin from The Animation School
Best Made for TV Movie
A Christmas Chorus
Home Affairs – A Christmas Tale
Best Documentary Feature
A New Country
Days of Cannibalism
Day Zero Films
How to Steal a Country
Mother to Mother
Best Documentary Short
Lefu – The Funeral
Lindela under Lockdown!
When the Flame Speaks
Best Made for TV Documentary
Badimo S1 – Music and Trance
Chasing the Sun
Evolution of Mzansi Street Culture
My Story of Kwaito – I am Still In Love with Kwaito
Best Structured Soapie Reality Show
Lebo M: Coming Home
Life with Kelly
Somizi & Mohale: The Union
Best Variety Show
Mzansi Magic Music Specials
Republiek van Zoid Afrika
Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar
Best Online Content
AFI Fashion Week 2020
Noko Mashaba – Lockdown Shandis
Best TV Presenter (Public Vote Category)
Devi Sankaree Govender, The Devi Show
Dineo Ranaka, Yimlo
Entle Bizane, Hectic on 3
Palesa Tembe, Afternoon Express
Katchie Nzama, Come Again
Katlego Maboe, Tropika Island of Treasure Curacao
Waldimar Pelser, KN Verslag in Gesprek
Best Actress – Feature Film
Elani Dekker, Toorbos
Inge Beckmann, Stam
Tinarie Loots, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Best Actor – Feature Film
Andre Odendaal, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Gideon Lombard Lombard, Stam
Tshamano Sebe, 8
Best Actress – Telenovela
Crystal Donna Roberts, Arendsvlei
Mary-Anne Barlow, Legacy
Sindi Dlathu, The River
Best Actor – Telenovela
Dawid Minnaar, Legacy
Menzi Ngubane, Isibaya
Presley Chweneyagae, The River
Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela
Rami Chuene, Isono
Michelle Botes, Legacy
Quanita Adams, Arendsvlei
Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela
Andrew Buckland, Legacy
Lawrence Maleka, The River
Meshack Mavuso, The River
Best Actress – TV Soap
Cindy Swanepoel, Binnelanders
Petronella Tshuma, Rhythm City
Shoki Mmola, Skeem Saam
Best Actor – TV Soap
Clint Brink, Binnelanders
Cedwyn Joel, Suidooster
Bongile Mantsai, Scandal!
Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap
Mapula Mafole, Rhythm City
Masasa Mbangeni, Scandal!
Portia Joel, Suidooster
Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap
Molefi Monaisa, Skeem Saam
Mothusi Magano, Skeem Saam
Roderick Jaftha, Getroud met Rugby
Best TV Soap
Best Actress – TV Drama
Kate Liquorish, Still Breathing
Tiffany Barbuzano, Still Breathing
Tina Jaxa, Erased
Best Actor – TV Drama
Abduraghman Adams, Melody
Brandon Auret, Still Breathing
Zolisa Xaluva, Kings of Joburg
Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama
Jay Anstey, Inconceivable
June van Merch, Sara se Geheim
Lorcia Cooper, Housekeepers
Zola Nombona, Lockdown
Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama
James Ngcobo, Queen Sono
Lindani Nkosi, Housekeepers
Michael Richard, Still Breathing
Best TV Drama
Blood and Water
Best Actress – TV Comedy
Busisiwe Lurayi, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Chanelle de Jager, Kniediep in die Warm Water
Mari Molefe van Heerden, Die Vlieende Springbokkie
Best Actor – TV Comedy
James Borthwick, Hotel
Keenan Arrison, The Riviera
Mandla Jwara, Black Tax
Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy
Chantal Herman, The Riviera
Clementine Mosimane, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Martelize Kolver, Hotel
Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy
De Klerk Oelofse, Hotel
Desmond Dube, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Motlatsi Mafatshe, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Best TV Comedy
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Mark your calendar’s so that you don’t miss the event that will take place on Saturday, 22 May. The award ceremony will be broadcast on SABC 3, DStv Channel 193.
WATCH: Official Trailer of The Underground Railroad
Check out the trailer from The Underground Railroad starring Thuso Mbedu!
If you needed another reason to flex about the crop of talent that South Ah exports to the U.S., Thuso Mbedu is the latest case study.
The actress is set to feature on an Amazon Prime Video’s limited series as lead on The Underground Railroad. She plays the role of Cora Randall in Barry Jenkins’ 10-episode series that is adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
The novel follows the story of Cora, a slave who concocts a plan to escape from a plantation in Georgia with the help of her trusted companion, Caesar. The duo’s journeys out of the Antebellum South sees them make a run for it though the rumoured underground railroad.
While on the run, hot on the heels of her every turn is a bounty hunter that is intent on catching her because the only other slave that evaded his clutches was Cora’s mother. Cora flees from state to state, passing North and South California in search for freedom – a journey that leads her to Tennessee.
The series will drop next month May 14 on the streaming platform. The thespian has been dropping scenes from the series on the socials as teasers. Cav
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Watch the official trailer of The Underground Railroad below:
Bonang on another ‘Being Bonang’ Season “I’m Over it”
“They owe me money”
Bonang Matheba has squashed every last fantasy of ‘Being Bonang’ ever coming back on our screens.
The South African media personality responded to a fan on Twitter, who pleaded with her to revive her popular reality television series. It’s not happening, Queen B confirmed. “I’m over it”, she revealed, because also “they owe me money.”
It’s unclear who owes Bonang money. But the the show, which aired it’s third and last season in October 2019, was produced for BarLeader for M-Net. We’re guessing it’s somewhere there.
The news wouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know that she’s already said no more. On the last day of its airing, Bonang shocked fans when she announced that she wouldn’t be making herself available for another season. At the time, she did not get into the details of why she had opted to discontinue the series, despite its popularity.
As soon as the final episode had aired in 2019, the media personality went ahead and described the filming of the third series as “one of the worst experiences in my life”
….making Being Bonang Season 3 was one of the worst working experiences of my life!! Glad it’s ending….. remind me to tell ya’ll why one day! ❤️
— Bonang Matheba 👑 (@bonang_m) October 11, 2019
And then went on to confirm that it’s “finished, finished, finished!”
Matheba did however tease the possibility of reloading B*Dazzled, the web docu-series she did in 2011. If she shops that around, we could still basically get ‘Being Bonang’, under a different title.