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From the freezing Arctic to smoggy Victorian London, to behind prison walls and inside spy rings, to a Love Island in the sun filled with hot singles and a dazzling dancefloor… wherever you want to go today, you have a VIP passport to the best of British TV with DStv this October and November.
If you’re a fan of British entertainment, there’s never been a better time to have DStv. There are shows already on the go, including the just-launched season of Strictly Come Dancing(which we always watch to cheer on our South African professional dancers and judge), the Brit-Scandi crossover secret agent drama Cold Courage, and classic British Police drama McDonald & Dodds. Nature lovers can see Eden: Untamed Planet. And there’s a different kind of mating display going on in the fun and frivolous reality series Love Island UK.
Coming up this October we have tense nuclear submarine drama Vigil, the long-awaited Arctic period drama The North Water, and the return of detective drama Baptiste. Quiz show fans, are you ready for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire With Jeremy Clarkson? Too much tension? Try some gentler British reality with The Great Pottery Throw Down. This month’s nature extravaganza with Sir David Attenborough is The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet. And British Comedy genius Armando Iannucci delivers a fresh classic in the movie The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Looking ahead to November we can expect the return of the fun and flirty Victorian detective series Miss Scarlet and The Duke, the second season of the BBC Nature Unit’s Serengeti series and the making of Eden: Untamed Planet, the brand new South African season of competitive dining series Come Dine With Me SA. And a British Movies Festival filled with classics is coming to M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) and M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) in November, too.
Every month the BBC Channels BBC Brit (DStv channel 120), BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) and BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) – and M-Net (DStv channel 101) deliver the freshest British TV to you via DStv. BBC Earth and M-Net are available exclusively to DStv Premium subscribers, while BBC Brit and BBC Lifestyle are available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact.
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You’ll also be able to find British TV content across the board on DStv on The History Channel (DStv channel 186) and The Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) and more. And streaming service Showmax keeps a catalogue of brilliant British TV series and movies.
6-episode British drama set on a nuclear submarine in Scottish waters. Detective Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) of the Scottish Police is sent to investigate a suspicious death aboard the HMS Vigil. Could it be tied to the recent mysterious disappearance of a trawler? That’s not the sort of question that MI5 wants anyone asking.
Watch from Monday, 11 October on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:30
5-episode BBC drama based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Ian McGuire. In the mid-1800s, Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell) joins The Volunteer as a ship’s surgeon for an Arctic whaling trip, where he enters a battle of wits with the ship’s psychopathic harpooner, Drax (Colin Farrell).
Watch from Thursday, 28 October on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30
Crime drama. In the case for this season, Detective Julien Baptiste travels to Hungary to help the British Ambassador Emma Chambers (Fiona Shaw), whose sons have gone missing in a sinister kidnapping following the murder of her husband. Baptiste soon uncovers a chilling link to terrorism, racist politics and anti-immigrant extremists.
Watch from Monday, 11 October on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 21:00
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire With Jeremy Clarkson S1
15 Questions, 4 lifelines and £1 million (over R20 million now!). This tense quiz show is back for a special 20th anniversary edition with a new host: The Top Gear man himself, Jeremy Clarkson. And there’s a brand new lifeline: Ask The Host!
Watch from Wednesday, 20 October on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Siobhán McSweeney welcomes 12 new home potters to the competition to find Britain’s best clay slinger, with master potter Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller as judges. This season’s challenges include making a 3D building and busts of musical legends, and shaping a carafe and beakers while blindfolded.
Watch from Monday, 11 October on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00
Over the course of 5 episodes (that air back-to-back) Prince William, Sir David Attenborough and members of The Earthshot Prize Council, including Japanese engineer and ex ISS-astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, highlight solutions that prize finalists have created to solve 5 major challenges facing the planet.
Watch on Sunday, 24 October on Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) at 16:25
Historian David Olusoga and author Steven Johnson present this 4-part series on 300 years of science and medical innovation. Meet the scientists tackling COVID-19, and see how modern medicine has doubled the human lifespan in the past century.
Watch from Tuesday, 5 October on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
In the early hours of 26 December 2004, the Sumatra–Andaman earthquake gave rise to a wall of water that inundated the coast around Indonesia and Thailand. Scientists reveal the link between the quake and destruction as far afield as South Africa, while aid officials discuss the humanitarian disaster that followed.
Watch from Tuesday, 14 October on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Comedian and history buff Al Murray (and his alter ego The Pub Landlord) take us through the UK’s legacy of military encounters and so-called “victories”, and how these have impacted the country’s international relationships, as seen by comedians and celebrities from the countries involved.
Watch from Saturday, 23 October on History (DStv channel 186) at 19:25
Scotland's Murder Mysteries S1
This true crime series highlights motives of wealth, class, and cruelty that are particular to Scotland, from the 1700s to the 20th century. See inside the cases of Oscar Slater, socialite and poisoner Madeleine Smith, friend butcher Jessie McClachlan, family killer Donal Merrit, 2-faced Deacon Brodie and child killer Jessie King.
Watch from Thursday, 7 October on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 22:00
Part of Curiosity’s Travel & Adventure Fridays. Whether you’re a water burning kitchen catastrophe, or you’re on your way to cooking up a storm but want to polish your skills, Gordon will take you there as he passes on essential kitchen skills from handling a knife to avoiding waste, to learning 100 recipes.
Watch from Friday, 8 October on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 19:00
Part of Curiosity’s Travel & Adventure Fridays. Comedian Richard Ayoade is back on the road, looking to have the most “culturally efficient holiday possible”. He’ll spend 48 hours in Athens with Dawn French, putter around Porto with Nish Kumar, take in Tallinn with Alice Levin, and hit Hamburg with Bob Mortimer.
Watch from Friday, 1 October on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 20:00
Go behind the scenes to see how some of the products from the world’s most iconic brands are made, from the factory line to small, hand-made batches in this British series. It’s everything from pianos to fencing equipment, to lawnmowers, to suitcases, to a breakfast sausage.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Tuesday, 19 October on Discovery Family (DStv channel 136) at 20:10
This absurd, comic movie on the life of Charles Dickens’ character, from the 1850 novel David Copperfield, comes from Armando Iannucci (Avenue 5, Veep). David himself (Dev Patel) looks back over the events of his life to determine whether he’s the hero of his own story.
Watch from Sunday, 3 October on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:00
The 3rd in Lifetime’s movie series about Prince Harry (Jordan Dean) and Meghan Markle (Sydney Morton). This film plays out the palace drama in the run up to Harry and Meghan’s final split from the monarchy, move to the US and their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Watch on Thursday, 7 October on Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 20:05
Eden: Untamed Planet – The Making Of coming to BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) on Sunday, 7 November
Serengeti S2 coming to BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) on Sunday, 14 November
MasterChef S17 coming to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) on Monday, 22 November
Miss Scarlet & The Duke S2 coming soon on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120)
Come Dine With Me SA S7 coming soon to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174)
Grand Designs S19 coming soon to BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174)
The Supervet S7 coming soon to BBC Earth (DStv channel 184)
November British movie festival
The British Movies Festival is coming to M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) and M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) in November, with the best of British comedy, family, action and fantasy films.
On M-Net Movies 1 this includes Bean, Mr Bean’s Holiday, and all the Johnny English films. Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Sense And Sensibility & Austenland. Love Actually, Death At A Funeral and The Boat That Rocked. Paddington 2, Patrick The Pug, Four Kids & It. The Iron Lady, The Young Victoria & The Other Boleyn Girl. Little Women, Military WIves, Late Night & An Actor Prepares and more.
On M-Net Movies 2 this includes: London Boulevard; Kingsman: The Secret Service; Robin Hood 2018; Sherlock Holmes & Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows; All of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films; Doctor Sleep; AI: Artificial Intelligence; Murder On The Orient Express; Billionaire Boys Club; The Circle; Birds Of Prey; The Good Liar and more.
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Here are 3 unmissable series coming in October, November and December:
Sci-fi series about escaped female convicts in space, 124 years in the future. Cop Ash Harper (Savannah Steyn) is framed for treason and sentenced to exile in a prison colony. But she has to weigh up her loyalties when her fellow prisoners stage a mutiny and demand that she pilots the ship to the mythical, rebel-held colony, Arcadia.
This dark comedy created by Billie Piper and Lucy Prebble follows the chaos that erupts when former teen pop star and actress Suzie Pickles’ (Billie Piper) phone is hacked and compromising photos are splashed online. Now Suzie and her best friend and manager, Naomi (Leila Farzad) have to keep things together until the storm blows over.
Watch on Showmax from Monday, 1 November
Period drama set in 1955, inspired by Anaïs Nin's Little Birds (1979) collection of erotic short stories. American heiress and debutante Lucy Savage Cavendish-Smyth (Juno Temple) is in for a culture shock when she arrives in Tangier, fresh off the transatlantic steamer, and walks into 1 of the last surviving outposts of colonial decadence.
Watch on Showmax from Wednesday, 1 December
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