British TV is going green in March and April on DStv

Highlights 19 March 2021

British TV brings the natural world into your world this March and April on DStv with plenty to laugh about and love

British TV is going green in March and April on DStv

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.

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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.

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With nature doccie A Perfect Planet going to a box set this March, you can binge on it to your heart’s content

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March is Eco Season on BBC Earth 

Also Coming to BBC

Also watch… 
  • 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

April mind & body

All in a day’s work

Sizzling Series

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

Coming soon

  • 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

Delicious leftovers 

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 

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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 

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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 

Watch BBC Lifestyle  Watch South Africa With Gregg Wallace

Riviera S3 

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 

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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 LedgerI Am MLK JrI 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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