These 11 spicy shows will make you feel right at home this week
A smidgen of deceit, a pinch of well-versed lies and a teaspoon of good-old fashioned treachery makes for a good dose of local entertainment.
Sometimes one has to lose it all in order to regain the spring in one's step, and our scintillating line-up of local dramas and telenovelas deliver all that and more this week on DStv.
1Magic’s (DStv channel 103) brand-new telenovela premieres on Sunday with veteran actor Patrick Mofokeng (Scandal!) and Thuli Thabethe (Isibaya) leading a strong cast in Lingashoni, a Zulu-titled telenovela meaning “may your good fortune never end”. With all the themes, twists and turns expected from a gripping telenovela, Lingashoni still manages to depict the life of real South Africans in a truly dramatic fashion.
kykNET (DStv channel 144) brings film fans two brand-new Afrikaans films this week. The drama, In Die Begin, airing on Sunday at 20:00, kicks off the night. Jan-Hendrik plans to surprise Bea by proposing to her, but family secrets threaten to derail their happy dreams.
Part of the channel’s Storyfilms series, Op Straat, airing on Friday at 21:00, is a tale of forgiveness and healing and the harrowing suffering created by addiction that can so easily tear a family apart.
Fans of M-Net’s (DStv channel 101) glam telenovela Legacy can look forward to a whole week of new episodes this week. The hit home-grown series recently celebrated its 100th episode and fans won’t want to miss one minute of the blistering drama this week!
As Season 13 of Boer Soek ‘n Vrou makes its way to its conclusion, Thursday’s new episode shows the final day on the farm with the farmers facing some tough decisions on kykNET (DStv channel 144). On the same night, the channel's health show, Gesondheid, prontuit returns for a second season as Dr Rust Theron shares more heart-warming stories of ordinary South Africans who are making history with their medical miracles.
1Magic’s newest telenovela is the story of a supposedly poverty-stricken farmworker who returns to his former life as a high-flying businessman after recovering from memory loss for over a decade. After witnessing Joburg mayor Robert Nondumo (played by Luzuko Nkqeto from Grassroots) commit a shocking murder, well-off "tenderpreneur" Mandla Cele (Patrick Mofokeng) went on the run, but not before surviving a murder from a close family member, which ultimately led to his devastating memory loss. He’s discovered on a riverbank by Seipati Moeketsi, a farmworker who lives with her two children. And so begins Mandla’s new life until, 10 years later, an incident sparks something in his memory. Also starring Liteboho Molise (Muvhango).
Sunday, 22 March, on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 19:30
Her Majesty: Busiswa
The vibrant dance queen and musician, Busiswa, makes her way to the BET Palace, covering content threads such as her hometown and the way her small-town upbringing influenced her music career. She reveals what collaborations are in the pipeline for her and about juggling motherhood while being in the entertainment industry.
Saturday, 20 March, on BET (DStv channel 129) at 19:30
The Next Big Trender
The call is out for Africa’s hottest influencer to own the title of the next big “trender”. Six aspiring reality TV stars from different countries go all out to introduce different facets of their lives in each of the 10 episodes. The judging panel comprises three of the continent’s most critical influencers who’ll judge the footage from their studio and score the hopefuls on a leaderboard. And the winner will be a new Honey star.
Friday, 19 March, on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 18:00
This moving film explores the devastating vice grip that addiction can have on its victims and the destruction it causes on those left to pick up the pieces. It looks at how one chooses to cope after life deals you a bad hand. When a family is torn apart, forgiveness, healing and atonement go a long way to make reparations.
Friday, 19 March, on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 21:00
Ngeso Lika Makhelwane (Mzansi Magic Movies)
You know it’s Saturday when your favourite channel brings you homegrown talent. This short film is about feuding neighbours whose rivalry lies deeper than what it seems.
Saturday, 20 March, on Mzansi Magic (16) at 20:30
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An orchestrated marriage proposal, a naïve woman and family secrets that refuse to stay hidden. All the drama is unleashed on the night Jan-Hendrik proposes to Bea. What was supposed to be the beginning of the rest of their lives, is the beginning of the end for Bea and Jan-Hendrik.
Sunday, 21 March, on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
Gesondheid, prontuit S2
Dr Rust Theron shares remarkable stories of people who survived challenging medical conditions, thanks to modern technology’s advances in early detection. These engaging real-life stories of ordinary people facing medical difficulties educates and encourages the audience to proactively focus on their health.
Thursday, 24 March, on VIA (DStv channel 147) at 18:30
Mnakwethu Happily Ever After? S1
Polygamy is the gift that keeps on giving in this spin-off reality series that looks at five couples who are in polygamous relationships.
Samantha goes crying to MaMchunu for help with Qondanisa. Bheki Cele's wife and his fiancée, MaXulu, finally meet again, and Siphiwe sets out a table for three with his wife, MaRhadebe, and girlfriend, Zandile.
Wednesday, 17 March, on Mzanzi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00
Celebrity Game Night S2
Get ready for new episodes and let the games begin with Anele, Jason and Ayanda. With guests like Maps Maponyane, radio and TV personality Ayanda MVP and actor Schalk Bezuidenhout, you already know it's going to be thrilling. Now add columnist Letshego Zulu, singer Juliet Harding and comedian Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, and this night of games will have these over-achievers totally out of their comfort zone.
Sunday, 21 March, on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 20:00
Can Petra survive the aftermath of her boardroom outburst? Felicity is feeling increasingly isolated from her family and James makes sure he is there to console her, in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Felicity finds herself caught between the family she was born into and the one she created as she’s caught between a rock and a hard place. Gordon and Angelique enlist an essential ally in their struggle against James.
Weekdays on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 19:00
Boer Soek 'n Vrou S13
It’s the final day on the farm and also the last chance to win the farmer's heart. Some of the farmers are struggling to express their emotions while others are freely expressive. The farmers are given the opportunity to get to know their visitors by spending quality time with each of them. Decisions, decisions.
Thursday, 25 March, on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
This brand-new, coming-of-age comedy is set in the famous Cape Flats and is about the life of hairdresser Elaine Williams, whose life takes an unexpected turn just as she thinks she’s got a handle on all things adulting. Directed by SAFTA winner Quanita Adams (Arendsvlei), this comedy stars Chanelle Davids, Vinette Ebrahim and veteran actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards.
Coming to Showmax on Sunday, 21 March
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