There’s no need to be green with envy if you have access to the best of British shows on DStv. We’re going into a full-on green season! March and April are a nature lover’s dream with fantastic documentaries and series that’ll take you all over the world’s wild kingdoms with the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Gordon Buchanan, Prince William and Dame Judi Dench, along with Chris Packham and Gregg Wallace.
If you’re looking to break out of your pandemic slump, there are shows to help you heal your mind and body.
And then there’s some good old fun and entertainment with new seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Top Gear, Grand Designs and Death In Paradise. And brand-new shows to love like Miss Scarlet & The Duke. Read on, get into it and if you want more, remember there’s plenty of top-notch British entertainment on Showmax too.
BBC channels BBC Brit (DStv channel 120), BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) and BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) will continue to bring viewers all the best drama, comedies and documentary series. Some of them will also be seen on DStv’s premier channel, M-Net (DStv channel 101). And soapie fans can catch EastEnders from Mondays to Thursdays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 17:30.
If you’d like to catch the incredible upcoming action on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) and M-Net (DStv channel 101), there has never been a better time to upgrade to Premium.
With nature doccie A Perfect Planet going to a box set this March, you can binge on it to your heart’s content
March is Eco Season on BBC Earth
Extinction: The FactsEarth has seen animal populations shrink by 60% over the past 40 years. A million species of plants and animals now face extinction, some within the next 10 years. In this documentary, Sir David Attenborough guides us through the current extinction crisis, exploring the man-made reasons behind the crisis including hunting, toxic waste, and the conversion of land for agriculture. Sir David also discusses potential solutions to this global issue like responsible consumption, cutting back on meat and lowering carbon emissions… before it’s too late. Watch on Tuesday, 16 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Climate Change: The FactsSir David Attenborough presents this 2-part documentary on the science of climate change. We’ll see footage that reveals the impact of climate change across the Earth as scientists including Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Michael Mann and Professor Catherine Mitchell unpack the science behind recent extreme weather conditions like storms, wildfires and the rapid melting of polar ice. The documentary presents potential solutions, exploring innovations and actions the world's governments are taking to prevent further warming. It also introduces viewers to individuals who are creating change at grassroot level. Watch on Thursday, 18 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00 & 21:00 (double-bill)
7.7 Billion People and CountingBy 2050, there could be 10 billion people living on the planet, and that may simply be too many people for the Earth to sustain. In this documentary special, English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author Chris Packham, who’s dedicated his life to protecting the natural world, travels the globe in search of answers to some difficult and controversial questions. Could we reduce the impact of our growing human population, and could humans ever choose not to reproduce, for the sake of the planet? Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
The Age of NatureThis 3-episode documentary series aims to give us a deeper understanding of nature and our place within it. The first episode, Awakening, explores how our awareness of nature is growing and the action being taken to save it, along with examples of what happens when we act too late. Episode 2, Understanding, investigates how a deeper understanding of nature is helping us find surprising ways of healing it. And in episode 3, Changing, the show reveals how we’re learning to harness the power of nature to store carbon. Watch from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 March at 21:00 on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184)
Feast to Save The PlanetMasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry are inviting 5 guests to their restaurant for a dinner with a difference. After they make their selections on the menu, Hannah will reveal the real cost of their meal… to the planet, in terms of each dish’s carbon footprint. Food accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, so Gregg is doing his own part in the kitchen, too. While he cooks for the diners, he’ll be revealing his tips for cooking more sustainably at home. Watch on Friday, 19 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Cheetah Family & Me S1Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan came to South Africa to make this 2-episode documentary about a family of wild cheetahs. Tracking them on foot through the Kalahari, we see the world from their perspective as he tries to understand the threats that adults and their cubs face in today’s Africa. We’ll meet a host of fascinating characters including brave cheetah mother Savanna and more experienced mom Chili, who’s guiding her 5 newborn cubs on an epic migration to the feeding grounds, protecting them from lions, hyenas and other natural threats. Watch From Monday 29 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Also Coming to BBC
RuPauls Drag Race UK S2The brand-new 8-episode season of this drag competition brings Michelle Visage and RuPaul back to the UK, where they and judges Graham Norton and Alan Carr (along with special guest judges like Liz Hurley and Dawn French) will meet some astoundingly talented and funny drag queens as they take on weekly design, comedy, singing, dancing, acting and makeover challenges. A word of warning: This season is merciless, and some queens who you might pick as winners are going to be early outs for dubious reasons. Watch from Tuesday, 23 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 21:00
Miss Scarlet & The DukeThis fun period drama follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) as she takes over her late father’s detective agency, refusing to marry to escape her now dire financial situation. But since she’s living in Victorian England, she isn’t allowed to own and operate a business without a male business partner – enter her reluctant childhood best friend, William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), who’s also her father’s former protege. Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza? Watch from Monday, 8 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Donal's Super Food In Minutes S1Donal Skehan draws on his experiences from his own childhood, cooking for friends and family, his wife Sofie’s favourites, and what his own kids love to eat, along with family favourites around the world, to whip up this 10-episode series. He’ll tackle everything from midweek emergency meals to lazy brunches, and special date-night meals that’ll dodge those meltdowns. It’s a collection of new and re-mastered recipes that you can use to form the foundation of your own home cooking recipe collection. Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:35
Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat S1Nigella Lawson returns to BBC Lifestyle with a new 6-episode series featuring her calm and sensual enjoyment of cooking. She’ll be using simple techniques to raise familiar ingredients to a different plane. Prepare to hum along with Nigella as she makes and enjoys chocolate peanut butter cake, rich luxurious crab macaroni and cheese, and a fear-free fish stew. It’s all presented as a feast for the eye. Along the way, Nigella will explain the inspiration for her recipes, from her collection of vintage cookbooks to social media. Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
How To Look Good Naked S5Super stylist and body confidence expert Gok Wan returns in a 6-episode season to guide people to a place of loving themselves, flaws and all. He’s taking pairs of best friends, mothers and daughters, sisters and cancer survivors on a journey of body acceptance using his unique Naked Therapy, which will see them stripping down in various settings. With years of insecurities driven by messaging about unacceptable bodies in the media, taunts from school bullies and other damaging experiences to contend with, Gok has his work cut out for him. Watch from Thursday, 25 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
My Big Fat Desi Wedding S2Saffron Events in Scotland specialises in weddings for Asian brides. In this 5-episode season, law student Amani and lawyer Ehsin want an Indian Sangeet as well as a traditional white wedding and ceilidh dancing. A bride moves back in with her mother while the team arranges a glitzy mehndi. Someone who used to work at Saffron Events knows just who to turn to when her brother has something to celebrate. And a groom’s sisters need help organising a walima for his bride-to-be, who lives far away. Watch from Sunday, 7 March on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Griff’s Great Kiwi AdventureIn this 4-episode series, British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones heads out into the wilds to explore New Zealand, from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. If everything you know about New Zealand includes rugby and Hobbits, prepare to be surprised as Griff goes off the beaten track, mixing in with the locals to ask some unexpected questions. He’s hoping to reveal a new side to Aotearoa, the Mãori name for New Zealand, but advises travel fans to avoid Auckland’s city centre. Find out why. Watch from Friday 26 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Life Below Zero S8Our favourite families and characters are back living a tough life in this documentary series on the edge of the world, Alaska. This season, the Hailstones fight to keep their native traditions alive as their family expands. Sue Aikens creates new tools to survive in the tundra. Jessie Holmes and his sled dogs must learn to survive on their new land in Brushkana. Andy Bassich continues to teach his partner, Denise Becker, how to survive in a shifting landscape. And Ricko DeWilde continues the Athabaskan way of life, passing his family’s legacy to his children. Watch from Sunday, 21 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
- The Graham Norton Show S28 from Tuesday, 2 March, on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
- QI S19 from Friday, 5 March, on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
- Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet on Friday, 19 March, on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 21:00
- The Last Igloo on Saturday, 20 March, on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 22:00
- Agatha Raisin S3 from Friday, 19 March, on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 21:00
- Come Dine With Me S13 from Monday, 22 March, on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 18:00
Nature in April
Animal Einsteins S1Chris Packham turns to scientists in the field of behavioural research to show us how animals use their intelligence to survive and thrive in the wild. In each episode we’ll meet the Masterminds, Communicators, Builders, Social Networkers, Con Artists and Travellers of the animal kingdom. Find out how bees that can do maths and play football, apes use body language, cuttlefish disguise their gender, budgies choose mates based on intelligence, and dung beetles use the light of the Milky Way to navigate, and more. Watch from Monday, 26 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo AdventureActress Dame Judi Dench is walking the lush rainforests, rivers and spectacular coral reef coastlines of Malaysian Borneo in search of its wildlife in this 2-episode series. With local expert guides to help her, she’ll be hoping to find 1 of her favourite animals, the Orangutan. She’ll also meet sun bears, elephants, a strange gliding mammal called the Kubong, a dung beetle named Bob, and a snake that Judi names James Bond. Judy runs a little wild herself, as she climbs one of the tallest tropical trees on Borneo. Watch from Friday, 23 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Prince William: A Planet For Us All S1HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, is on a global mission to support pioneering work of local individuals and organisations behind movements to protect and preserve the natural world. This series follows the Prince over the course of 2 years, from Asia and Africa to the UK’s big cities and his own estate, Sandringham as he talks to passionate conversationalists of all ages, from small children to Sir David Attenborough. The show will touch on everything from rhino and elephant poaching, to protecting clams on the sea bed. Watch from Sunday, 4 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:10
China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom S1China has embarked on the world’s largest conservation project, with a commitment to dedicate 20% of the country as protected land. The series takes us on a tour of the national parks and the fantastic animals that they’re home to. It’s a journey from mountains filled with foxes, antelope and snow leopards, to forests where snub-nosed monkeys and giant pandas roam. The series also checks in on how local populations are dealing with the push to conservation, and how this project could lead the way worldwide. Watch from Sunday, 11 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:15
April mind & body
The Truth About Boosting Your Immune SystemDr. Ronx Ikharia introduces us to our body’s superhero: The immune system. It’s a complex fighting system powered by blood and lymph, and it keeps us all alive. Find out how you can support your immune system as experts in the medical field talk about everything from why a massage can help your immune system, to the underplayed role of the gut. Plenty of products are cashing in on our desire to defend ourselves from viruses with superfoods and supplements, but what does the science say really works? Watch on Tuesday, 13 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Mindful Earth S1Do you ever just zone out to a show like Blue Planet and relax while looking at turtles? Now the multi-award-winning BBC Studios Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have joined forces to create a 4-episode programme that combines nature footage and sounds with narration that immerses us in the natural world. Each episode explores what animals and nature can teach us about breathing, accepting change, finding joy, and rest. It’s the perfect show for helping you to break free of the dreaded Sunday afternoon gloom zone. Watch from Sunday 4 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:10
The Truth About Getting Fit At HomeThe pandemic lockdown in 2020 and continued gym closures have really challenged people to find alternative ways to keep fit and keep to an exercise routine. In this show, journalist and blogger Mehreen Baig teams up with scientists at Liverpool John Moores University and 100 volunteers, to test how much online workouts really improve your fitness, and to discover the tricks to help you stick with it and avoid giving up. Mehreen wants to make sure she’s not wasting her effort or her money. Watch on Tuesday, 20 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
The Truth About Improving Your Mental HealthClinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron and former England footballer Alex Scott, who has gone public about dealing with the challenges of her depression, team up to explore how science can help us to improve our mental health and wellbeing and overcome common issues like anxiety and insomnia, including being mindful when we exercise. And we’ll find out what a team from Imperial College London uncovered when they surveyed the mental health of over 350,000 people across the UK before and during the pandemic. Watch on Tuesday, 27 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
All in a day’s work
Top Gear S30With COVID-19 still hampering overseas productions, presenters Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are staying at home in the UK this season. This is Top Gear going back to its roots. The guys will be trying out “mid-life crisis cars”, as well as taking on a challenging off-road adventure in the Scottish Highlands and driving some of the most iconic cars from the James Bond films. For a special touch, they’ll be trying out the cars that their own dads drove way back when. There are also reviews of the new Toyota GR Yaris, the Ferrari Roma and more. Watch from Thursday, 15 April on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Inside The Factory S6Gregg Wallace visits some of the largest factories in Europe to show us the mindboggling processes and machinery behind high-volume manufacturing. This season, he’ll follow the journey of popular items such as cider and socks from raw ingredients to finished product. And outside the factory, Cherry Healey will investigate the science and innovation behind each product, while historian Ruth Goodman reveals how it was invented and popularised. We’ll also see how modern factories are working to reduce their packaging’s environmental impact. Watch from Wednesday, 21 April on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Undercover Boss S109 top-level executives in the US are going undercover as regular Joes on the job as they get to grips with their companies logistics and policies and how their ideas and innovations really affect the people who have to do the work that keeps the money rolling in. This season, we’ll check in with a sports bar business that’s looking to expand, a hazardous waste company that has too few employees for all the dirty work, an ice cream business that’s clawing its way back from bankruptcy, and more. Watch from Wednesday, 21 April on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Grand Designs S18Kevin McCloud is back to introduce us to more architectural dreamers and their unusual, innovative building plans. This season, we’ll see a radical barn renovation for a couple who’re defying illness, an ex-soldier who’s building a giant subterranean extension, and a pioneering couple who want to create the UK’s first self-heating house in the teeth of common sense and logic. Time to whip out the old TV bingo card and see which couples add pregnancy to the game, and decide to take over as project managers. Watch from Friday, 9 April on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Death In Paradise S10Detective Inspector Neville Parker is up to his elbows in new murders, from a local news reporter who’s found dead in her pool, to a murdered lottery winner whose body has mysteriously vanished. Luckily for him, DS Florence Cassell is back from her travels and tougher than ever. Meanwhile newly promoted sergeant JP Hooper not only has baby twins on the way, he has a wet behind the ears baby trainee on his hands, Officer Marlon Pryce, an ex-young offender who’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Watch from Monday, 19 April on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Also coming in April…
- Tipping Point S5B weekdays from Thursday, 1 April, on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 18:00
- Come Dine With Me S14 from Monday, 12 April, on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 18:00
- Come Dine With Me SA S6B coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) in May 2021
- Joanna Lumley’s Britain S1 coming to BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) in May 2021
- Cornwall With Simon Reeve S1 coming to BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) in May 2021
- All Round To Mrs Brown’s S4 coming to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) in May 2021
- MasterChef: The Professionals S13 coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) in May 2021
- George Clarke: Remarkable Renovations S1 coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) in May 2021
- Secrets of The Supercars S1 coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) in May 2021
- Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis coming soon in 2021 on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184)
And we’ll see new seasons of…
- The Great British Bake Off S11 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) in mid-2021
- Father Brown on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120). Date TBA
- Mallorca Files S2 on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120). Date TBA
February’s British series on the BBC channels and M-Net (DStv channel 101) are still on the go. Check them out now before they pass you by.
A Perfect Planet S1
Sir David Attenborough presents this 6-episode series about the forces and planetary systems that drive life on Earth, including volcanos, the sun, the oceans, the weather and humankind – each of which is covered in its own episode. The sixth episode takes us behind the scenes to reveal how the camera crew got those jaw-dropping shots. The research is extensive and the camera footage is simply incredible. And the storytelling focuses on how animals survive harsh environments across the planet such as volcanic islands, alkaline lakes, deserts and snowfields. It’s an entertaining, top-notch piece of education that’ll have the whole family wide-eyed in wonder.
Watch A Perfect Planet S1 on Sundays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:00
Love Island SA S1
Soapie star and host of Slank and Kom Ons Jol, Leandie du Randt, is presenting the first-ever season of the reality dating show, Love Island South Africa. A group of sexy single South Africans are converging on a swanky villa in Cape Town prepared for a summer of romance, friendship and fun. Every few days, they’ll have to pair off with someone they fancy, and it’s hard luck when some people are on everyone’s “want” list, and some, not so much. If nobody wants you, so sorry, you’re off the “island”. But even those who’re coupled up can’t just kick back in the pool together. There are new people arriving on the island, offering new temptations. And challenges will make people re-think their choices when it turns out it’s not enough just to be hot. Meanwhile, viewers will get their say too.
Watch weekdays on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:00 and Love Island SA S1 Unseen Bits on Sundays following the 20:00 movie
South Africa With Gregg Wallace S1
MasterChef’s Number One foodie, Gregg Wallace, comes to Mzansi to visit six of his bucket list destinations: Cape Town, The Whale Coast, big game reserve Amakhala, Soweto, a Zulu village in the garden province of KZN and the Augrabies Waterfalls in the Kalahari Desert. He’ll be sampling local cuisine like vetkoek and bobotie and learning new skills in the kitchen Mzansi-style.
Watch Wednesdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
A year has passed since the events of the Riviera S2 finale. Georgina has left the Riviera behind and wants to restart her life by rebranding herself as an art restitution lecturer going under the name of Georgina Ryland. But the past can’t stay sunk like a luxury yacht and there’s new trouble coming when Georgina’s new colleague, the charismatic art restitution expert Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves), lands them in the middle of a conspiracy. Before long, Georgina will be fighting to prove her sanity from behind the bars of an asylum.
Watch Wednesdays on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
The Victim S1We love a tasty British crime thriller! In this 4-episode series set in Scotland, grieving mom Anna (Kelly Macdonald) goes on trial for inciting violence after she posts the address of a local bus driver online, identifying him as the man who murdered her child 14 years earlier. The bus driver’s lawyer has his own axe to grind, having been falsely accused of a crime himself. The series digs into what happens when people have had their trial but feel that justice has not been done. Watch until Wednesday, 24 March on Catch Up and binge on Showmax from Thursday, 1 April
Griff’s Great Australian Adventure S1In this 6-episode series, actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones is venturing around Australia by train, motorbike, dinghy, bungee cord, parachute, small plane, camel and even his own feet. He’ll go everywhere, from Perth to Kalgoorlie and Darwin to Uluru, dodging deadly Aussie wildlife and soaring temperatures along the way, and giving us a crash course in Australian slang and pastimes. Highlights include a visit to the partly underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy, and Griff getting desert survival tips from an Aboriginal elder. Watch Fridays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Chasing Monsters S5French fishing enthusiast Cyril Chauquet is looking for the most dangerous underwater creatures in the world. This season begins in Polynesia, where he is on the trail of a fish known in local legends as the Uruati, but he might become the hunted when he dives into a shark’s playground. Danger isn’t far away in his next destination, either: A deserted island off the West coast of Panama, where he is in search of the Dienton, a species of fish notorious for its massive teeth. Watch from Mondays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Survival of The Species With Ben Fogle S1In this 5-episode series, adventurer Ben Fogle is in Africa on a conservation mission with a team of wildlife experts. He’ll be talking to poachers, hunters and conservationists to understand the complex politics and economic forces behind plummeting species population numbers and habitat destruction. Ben will also tackle the pandemic dangers posed by the bushmeat trade, and meeting the people and communities in South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya and Liberia who’re driving change and education to preserve Africa’s wild places and wildlife. Watch Wednesdays on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
Dinner Date S10The reality stars are out to play in this 2020 season. Former Love Island star Chris Taylor (season 5, 2019) is looking at 5 menus created by women looking for a date. Once he’s picked 3 possibilities, he’ll have dinner with each of the ladies. Also up in this 16-episode season are Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter, Love Island’s (2019) Michael Griffiths, and TOWIE’s Demi Sims. Watch from Mondays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 18:00
You Are What You Wear S1Host Rylan Clark-Neal has 5 top stylists on hand at a “department store of dreams” to turn fashion flops into trendsetters. While each participant chats to Rylan about their struggles, the stylists secretly sitting behind the mirror will decide which of them must take the challenge. And the subjects each have a week to decide whether the makeover works for them. Watch Thursdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Binge your British faves on Showmax
Fantasy fans can enjoy the epic, bloody and unexpectedly irreverent period fantasy Britannia, the dystopian drama Noughts and Crosses, and the debut season of A Discovery of Witches, along with a two-part making-of special, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. If you’re more on the sci-fi side of things, try The War of The Worlds.
If you have a yearning for historical series, there’s plenty of British ones: the royal drama Victoria (S1-3), the WW2 submarine drama Das Boot (S1-2), the WW2 hotel drama and spy series The Halcyon, and the Jane Austen historical romance Sanditon.
Comedy fans and light drama lovers can get on board for Good Karma Hospital (S1-S3), which is available to stream first on Showmax.
For crime thriller fans, Rig 45 (S1-2) is a murder mystery aboard an oil rig around Christmas, and it’s a must-watch. There’s also the Ireland-based Taken Down S1, the crime drama series, The Bay, surveillance footage conspiracy thriller The Capture and star-studded Guy Ritchie drug empire crime caper The Gentlemen.
There’s great factual entertainment on the line-up too. The adventurous can try Expedition with Steve Backshall. On the human interest side, there are biographical documentaries like I Am Heath Ledger, I Am MLK Jr, I Am Paul Walker and Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History.
If you love a Brit flick rom-com, the classic Notting Hill is also on Showmax while the all-time favourite, Four Weddings and A Funeral, is coming to Showmax on Thursday, 25 March.
Coming up in March:
Tense docu-drama film Official Secrets joins the slate from Thursday, 18 March. South African director Gavin Hood presents Keira Knightley as whistle-blower Katharine Gun, who exposed the illegal activities of the US and British intelligence services ahead of the Iraq War.
There’s more Keira coming up in the British comedy-drama, Misbehaviour, on Thursday, 18 March. The movie is based on the story of British women who subverted the 1970 Miss World pageant. The cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lesley Manville, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Spencer and Emma Corrin. Look out for Loreece Harrison as Miss Africa South Pearl Jansen.
Wild Rose on Monday, 29 March, stars Jessie Buckley (see her in Misbehaviour too) as an ex-con mother of two who has big dreams of becoming a country singing star.
Coming up in April:
Britcrime thriller series The Victim S1 arrives on Showmax on Thursday, 1 April, along with the Martin Freeman series, A Confession, which is based on a real-life police case.
Victorian-era HBO Joss Whedon (Marvel’s Avengers) sci-fi drama series The Nevers S1 launches on Monday, 19 April. The series focuses on The Touched, a gang of women with unusual abilities who’re on a mission to change the world. The cast is led by Laura Donnelly (Britannia, Outlander, Tolkien) and British Independent Film Award winner Olivia Williams (Dollhouse, Counterpart) and includes BAFTA nominee James Norton (Grantchester, War & Peace).
Movie fans can pick up the MI6 spy action-thriller, Legacy of Lies, from Thursday, 22 April, along with historical drama Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as wartime British PM Winston Churchill on Thursday, 15 April
DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers can enjoy these shows at discounted rates if they add Showmax to their DStv bill.
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