Women lead the way this March on DStv

News 05 March 2021

International Women’s Day, which took place on Monday, 8 March, is all about the representation and celebration of women without restrictions. What better place to watch women do it all than on DStv?

Women lead the way this March on DStv

On Wednesday, 21 January 2021, Kamala Harris was sworn in as the Vice-President of the United States of America. She was the first woman, the first black person, and the first person of South Asian descent to ever hold the position in the country’s entire 243-year history. Now she stands as a beacon of hope for young women who’re making their way in society. She may be the first, but she will not be the only one.

On International Women’s Day on Monday, 8 March, this year’s theme is Choose To Challenge. If we want to create a world in which any girl child can chase her dreams and realise her potential, we need to address gender-based inequality on many fronts.

International Women’s Day is about representation, and celebrating women without restrictions, at home and at work. The more ways in which we can see women, the better. And what better place to watch women do it all than on DStv?

On Monday, 8 March, DStv will feature Women Who Made History on the Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185), while Miranda Cosgrove introduces us to female scientists in a number of fields in Mission Unstoppable.

The start of a new season of the drama series, Coroner (which is headed behind the scenes by two female executive producers), focuses on Jenny Cooper's (Serinda Swan) work in a scientific field, as well as addressing how she copes with the enormous pressure of the pandemic and her anxiety disorder. And the fun British procedural period drama, Miss Scarlet and The Duke introduces a female detective defying the norms in Victorian London.

There are also all sorts of series launching in the run-up to the 8th, the week of the 8th itself, and throughout March that put women first. From Busiswa Gqulu (aka Her Majesty), Zodwa Wabantu and Chef Nti Ramaboa to Queen Latifah, Anne Frank and the Kardashians, it’s a celebration of women.

They’re joining the family of female-first shows already on DStv like the new local M-Net (DStv channel 101) drama, Lioness, starring Shannon Esra. Then there's all the fun new series on the recently launched female-dominated African lifestyle channel, HONEY (DStv channel 173). There’s no place women aren’t going on DStv – including into the most dangerous criminal organisations on Earth as journalist Mariana Van Zeller demonstrates when she interviews underworld figures in the gun-running black market in the latest episode of Trafficked, on Thursday, 11 March, on National Geographic (DStv channel 181) at 21:00.

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Women will also be in the spotlight when kykNET (DStv channel 144) honours South Africa’s creative work during the trying 2020 art season at the 11th kykNET Fiëstas on Sunday, 7 March, on kykNET at 20:00. This year’s ceremony will be held as a televised event and nominees and artists like Corlea Botha, Lynelle Kenned, Devonecia Swartz and Elandré will be bringing viewers some stylish entertainment.

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Celebrate Women’s Day on Monday, 8 March

Coroner S3

Coroner 3

The season starts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with Jenny and her colleagues at the coroner’s office, including new pathologist Melanie (Uni Park), thoroughly overwhelmed by the flood of bodies – not all of whom were victims of the virus. In her personal life, Jenny, who’s now single again, will embrace some unusual therapies as she gets to grips with her past trauma. And Detective Donovan will have to come to terms with his own looming health crisis.

Watch from Monday, 8 March, on Universal (DStv channel 117) at 20:00 

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Women Who Made History S1

Women Who Made History

To stand out in history, these famous female leaders, politicians and activists had to truly swim against the tide. This documentary series looks at how we see them now, and how their behaviour was viewed in their time – from Egyptian queen and wily diplomat Cleopatra and visionary peasant military leader Joan of Arc, all the way through to anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl. On Monday, kids will be able to learn about Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth The First and Catherine The Great.

Watch on Monday, 8 March, on the Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) from 08:00-12:00

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Mission Unstoppable S1


Miranda Cosgrove presents this series about science and scientists with fun experiments and demonstrations presented by real working female scientists across all fields – from chemists to conservationists and more.

In the first episode, Miranda meets a chemist who uses science to entertain. The series collects a huge gathering of female chemists to set off a fun chemical reaction simultaneously, a chemist teaches Miranda and her friends about make-up science, and one of Miranda’s friends meets a young scientist who’s working on saving wetlands.

In the second episode, Miranda chats to a photographer who uses pictures to help save the environment. Miranda will show viewers how to make a hologram using a smartphone, an expert takes us hunting for scorpions, and we meet a marine biologist who is training sharks.

Watch on Monday, 8 March, on the Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 18:00 and 18:30

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke S1

Miss Scarlet The Duke

This 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 protégé. 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 

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Italian Bride S1

Italian Bride

Dreamy, romantic Fiorella Bianchi has had to care for her sick father and sister ever since her mother died. The Bianchis live in a dingy room, which is all that Fiorella can afford while working as a cleaner. She daydreams of a fairytale wedding with a man she once saw on the street. Instead, after her father dies, she and her sister travel to Mexico where their father’s 60-year-old friend, Vittorio Dragone, is waiting to marry Fiorella. But then she runs into that same handsome stranger again…

Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 8 March, on tlNovelas (DStv channel 181) at 17:40

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Before Monday, 8 March

From entertainment to education, telenovelas to socially conscious series about gender-based violence, it’s all here on DStv, with women front and centre as we build towards International Women’s Day. And DStv will also be launching the brand-new Korean drama and K-Pop music reality series channel, tVN (DStv channel 134), which is full of emotionally engaging shows that have been a huge hit with women around the world.

In the week of Monday, 8 March

It’s pure entertainment with Queen Latifah’s new action series, The Equaliser, and brand-new seasons of The Bachelorette (US) and Temptation Island!

And looking ahead…

Of course, female-led entertainment doesn’t start and end on International Women’s Day. Stay tuned for the following brilliant series throughout March. Some are educational, some entertaining, and there are some guilty pleasures coming up too! Say yes to the likes of Her Majesty Busiswa, Chef Nti and Nigella. Learn more about Anne Frank and catch up with the Kardashians.

Fiela Se Kind
Fiela Se Kind

In this Dalene Matthee tale set in 1865, Fiela (Zenobia Kloppers) raises a three-year-old boy who she found lost on her doorstep as if he was her own. Officials try to return him to his supposed family, but he and Fiela spend the next decade fighting to reunite.

Watch on Saturday, 6 March, on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

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Megan Fox In Rogue

Megan Fox plays a mercenary who’s leading a team that has been sent to East Africa to rescue a governor's daughter and her two friends from a crimelord’s clutches. As the mercenaries flee the crimelord’s gunmen, they stray into an abandoned game farm where an escaped lioness has developed a knack for hunting humans.

Watch on Saturday, 6 March, on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00

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