So much more new and exciting entertainment in store for DStv Compact this April
With an all-new, all-star April line-up plus returning favourites you won’t want to miss, there’s never been a better time to stay connected or subscribe to DStv Compact.
April is a historically busy month filled with holidays, Family days, Freedom Days and Earth days and even April Fool’s Day. But the most important day is today - because this could be the day you find your perfect match on DStv Compact.
Not only is there a thrilling new telenovela on the way on Mzansi Magic, the channel is also launching the romantic reality dating series Pastor Wants A Wife, just after Easter.
Rockville fans, JB is in deep trouble thanks to COVID. It’s goodbye Bogatsu billions, and he’s kissing those fancy cars and that mansion goodbye, too! Could his marriage be next?
Plus, the Charmed sisters are back along with The Good Doctor and the Billions boys, and there are so many more local and international series to enjoy.
Trans life in South Africa takes the spotlight in Becoming, and two new Wendy Williams documentaries address exactly what happened in her troubled marriage, that on-set fainting spell and how she nearly lost her talkshow.
If you just want to kick back with family-friendly fun, there are new episodes of Tipping Point and Celebrity Game Night (don’t forget you can also see host Anele Mdoda leading the team in the talk show Buzz on Honey, DStv channel 173), and the Easter Basket Challenge will take baking to new heights.
All this, plus two new kids’ shows and some April movies with an action twist.
Finally, April is Oscars’ month this year. If you subscribe or stay connected to DStv Compact through April, you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest scoop.
A brand-new telenovela!
This brand new telenovela comes from the production team behind Lockdown, eHostela S2 and Vula Vala, and centres on four young women who were forced into crime while still in high school, just to make ends meet, and are now trying to make their way in the world. The first of the four we meet is small-time housebreaker Nox (Nozuko Ncayiyane) who was arrested after her brilliant little brother was shot dead during a robbery. Now she’s back home with her alcoholic dad and angry mom, Thandiwe (Dawn Thandeka King), who blames her for her brother’s death.
Watch weekdays from Monday, 5 April on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:30
On with the shows
DStv Compact has the hottest shows this April. Local lovers can embrace the brand-new drama The Station, and find out what the pandemic did to JB's businesses in a brand new season of Rockville. And if the international series are your jam, it's welcome back to The Good Doctor, Billions, Manhunt: Deadly Games and the Charmed witches, and hello to intense new crime drama The Victim
Charmed S3At the end of S2, Julian promised to deliver Macy to Aunt Vivienne, while Harry asked Maggie to change his romantic feelings for her sister Macy, and Mel’s relationship with Ruby seemed to reach a dead end. As S3 begins, the Charmed Ones are putting romance in the back seat. Maggie wants to focus on her career, Macy refocuses on her scientific roots, and Mel turns her attention back to activism. But The Faction is closing in on them, looking to destroy The Sisterhood. Watch from Friday, 16 April on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 19:10 (double bill episodes)
The Good Doctor S3Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) makes great strides in his personal life this season, particularly in his relationships with Lea (Paige Spara) and colleague Dr. Carly Lever (Jasika Nicole). Meanwhile, Dr. Morgan Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) will be grappling with the news that she has a potential career-ending medical condition. And Shaun will prove that he is learning about the benefits of working with others as he hands over a surgery that gets him in over his head. PS: This season was completed before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Mondays-Fridays from Thursday, 15 April on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 18:20
Billions S5When S5 picks up, ex-US States Attorney-turned-rising politician Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) has a new object of desire… Billions newcomer Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife) plays Catherine Brant, a whip-smart sociology professor and author of The O Gap (guess what that’s about, kids!). That’s a buzzer that Chucky Boy just needs to push, and he’s coming in with the old “my wife doesn’t understand me” angle to get into Catherine’s good books – and by that we mean her O book. Watch from Monday, 5 April on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 20:50
The Victim S1We love a tasty British crime thriller! In this 4-episode series set in Scotland, grieving mom Anna (Kelly Macdonald) is on trial for inciting violence she posts online that a local bus driver is really the man who murdered her child, now living under an assumed identity. 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 from Monday, 5 April on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 21:40
The real thing
There’s no drama in South Africa that causes more talk than when a new pastor arrives in town looking for a wife. And this April, Mzansi Magic will be playing matchmakers for real-life pastors and 12 women who want to marry into the church. There’s a must-see discussion of trans life in South Africa in Becoming, and 2 new Wendy Williams documentaries that don’t hold back at all! DStv Compact has it all and more this April, with ground-breaking reality shows.
Pastor Wants A Wife S1
Pastors Aaron, Zion and Lincoln are looking for true love and a woman fit to stand by their side and help them to lead a church in this new reality show from super producer Basetsana Kumalo. 12 women are onboard to compete for their hearts and prove that they can be the perfect “Mamfundisi”. This isn’t just about the love or chemistry between a man and a woman, it’s about seeing eye-to-eye on the greater moral and theological issues.
Watch from Thursday, 8 April on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
Love Back S5
Get ready to tell the 1 who got away to come back and stay. Thomas Gumede plays Cupid in this relationship reality show, and as he quips about the new season on social, “Maybe the pandemic reminded you what’s important, maybe uyajola99 caught up with you, whatever the reason, write in…” Whether you’re here for the reunion, the romantic dates and reconciliation, or you just love those car crash-style moments that show why 2 people are not meant to be, Love Back is always welcome back.
Watch from Tuesday, 6 April on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
Married At First Sight S11
10 singles from New Orleans walk down the aisle to marry a complete stranger. Theatrical art director Bennett has gotten hitched to medical resident Amelia. Teacher, and coach Woody has said yes to social-work focussed Amani. IT expert Brett tied to knot with Olivia the nurse. Henry the clinical recruiter and single mom flight attendant Christina are an unusual pair. And finally, educator Miles and Karen the consultant will be seeing what they have in common. Find out what happens after these 5 new couples “I do”.
Watch from Friday, 2 April on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 20:05
Ramazan, Gugu, Yaya and Gina grapple with issues of what it means to be trans in South Africa. There’s a lot for us all to learn as they chat to each other and compare notes on what it has been like growing up in the wrong body, the challenges that they’ve faced in transitioning, and the struggles of gaining acceptance. We’ll also see them take the huge step of sitting down with their families to tell them their truth, and about their intention to fit into a truer identity.
Watch from Wednesday, 7 April on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00
Wendy Williams Hot Topic
Talkshow host Wendy Williams produced this biopic on her own life, starring Ciera Payton as prime time Wendy. Find out how she started in the entertainment business, and the toll it has taken to stay at the top, and how she has kept going in the face of criticism, opposition and people’s lack of faith in her. Wendy story doesn’t shy away from her early struggles in radio, her drug abuse and the rape trauma she had to learn to deal with.
Watch on Saturday, 10 April on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20
Wendy Williams What A Mess!
Wendy Williams herself speaks directly to the camera in this candid, no-hold barred special, which includes interview footage with her parents, family, friends and colleagues, including her TV producers. She exposes her life, from childhood to the present day, and lifts the lid on the abuse and terrible behind the scenes secrets within her abusive and controlling marriage that saw her talkshow go down in flames. And get Wendy’s side of her feuds with the rich and famous, including Mariah Carey and Whitney Huston.
Watch on Saturday, 10 April on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 20:50
Total Bellas S6
Coming up this season, Nikki talks about sexual assault as the Bella twins’ memoir hits the streets, the Bellas take a “babymoon” in Arizona and throw a joint baby shower. A sexually frustrated Nikki surprises her partner, dancer Artem Chigvintsev, by skinny dipping. The Bellas’ mom, Kathy, needs emergency surgery, and the twins give birth, but Nikki struggles with a newborn on her hands and postpartum depression as Artem goes back to work on Dancing With The Stars. And the Bellas decide to move back to California.
Watch from Sunday, 18 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 20:00
Catfish UK S1
Nev Schulman’s Catfish reality show is headed across the pond to search for British chancers and romancers in the field of online dating. Hosts Julie Adenuga and journalist/author Oobah Butler will track down the people behind the scenes to expose affairs, fraud and even criminal activity that take advantage of people’s lonely hearts. As an investigative reporter, Julie isn’t afraid to ask cutting questions, and she won’t let liars off the hook, and Oobah has years of documentary filmmaking under his belt to capture every awkward instant.
Watch from Wednesday, 28 April on MTV (DStv channel 130) at 21:30
My Family’s Deadly Secret S1
The true-crime series investigates family secrets that people have been desperate to keep at all costs, including murder. Find out what Earnest Lee Hargon did to his cousin, cousin’s wife and their child over a family will, and who stabbed Cathy Torrez 74 times before dumping her body in the boot of her car. And learn why Nathan Bradley Maddox and his wife, Krystal, were gunned down outside a church. In all these cases, the person (or people) who wanted the victim dead was someone they knew well.
Watch from Sunday, 11 April on ID (DStv channel 171) at 21:00
Manhunt: Deadly Games S2
In the explosive anthology series Manhunt: Deadly Games, the real-life terror attack taking the spotlight in S2 is the bombing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, which left 111 injured. Rather than focus on the victims of this attack, Manhunt takes us inside the police investigation and hunt for the attacker. Centennial Olympic Park security guard Richard Jewell (Cameron Britton) spotted the bomb and quickly moved people to safety, but because of media speculation and conspiracy stories he became the prime suspect.
Watch from Thursday, 1 April on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 19:10 (double bill episodes)
Fun & games
Looking for some light-hearted fun the whole family can enjoy? DStv Compact has something perfect for you, from new episodes of Celebrity Game Night (don’t forget you can also see host Anele Mdoda leading the team in the talk show Buzz on Honey, DStv channel 173), to a new reality baking series called Easter Basket Challenge, and new episodes of Tipping Point.
Easter Basket Challenge S17 Easter-obsessed competitors face off in this 5-episode baking reality competition series hosted by Sunny Anderson (star of The Kitchen) and judged by Claudia Sandoval and Jordan Andino. Each week they will interpret outrageous themes to create everything from little treats to giant edible displays. Only 1 baker can take home the Bunny Money grand prize: a golden egg filled with cold, hard cash. Challenges include making pop art tarts, fashion-inspired and edible Easter bonnets, and even an edible Easter parade float. Watch from Sunday, 4 April on Food Network (DStv channel 175) at 19:55
Celebrity Game Night S2The lovely Anele Mdoda back as host, and Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe are team captains as celebs come to the studio to play silly games like Where Are You Going, Popped Quiz and Clue Room. On Sunday, 4 April you can see Boity Thulo, Yonda Thomas, Celeste Ntuli, Refilwe Modiselle, Holly Rey and Tats Nkonzo trying their luck. And on Sunday, 11 April Lamiez Holworthy, Roxy Burger, Yaaseen Barnes, Natasha Thahane, Ms Cosmo and Stacey Norman will be on the couch. Watch from Sunday, 4 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 20:00
Tipping Point S5BPresenter Ben Shephard asks contestants general knowledge questions. If they get them right, they’ll get the chance to put one of their 3 game tokens that they start with into the show’s giant arcade-style coin-pusher machine (or make one of their fellow players pop their counter in the machine instead if they don’t think it’s ready to pay out yet). Each counter that the machine pushes out is worth money, but some counters double the amount, and there are mystery counters to play, too. Simple, nail-biting fun. Watch weekdays from Thursday, 1 April on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 18:00
The Buzz S4Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talkshow, which features 5 women from across the African continent who share opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem, from romance and relationships with family and friends, to health and side hustles. Watch Mondays-Thursdays from Monday, 26 April on Honey (DStv channel 173) at 19:00
April’s movies are filled with action and mischief, with Jackie Chan starring in martial arts classic The Karate Kid, some YouTubers busting out in their very own prank movie, and new action movies on KIX (DStv channel 114).
The Karate Kid12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) attracts the wrong kind of attention from his new schoolmates when he moves from the US to Beijing in China with his mom, Sherry (Taraji P. Henson). But local maintenance worker and kung fu master Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) teaches him not only to defend himself, but to gain control over his life with discipline. Watch on Saturday, 3 April on Studio Universal (DStv channel 112) at 17:20
Natural Born PrankstersRoman Atwood, Dennis Roady and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy are internet famous for the outrageous stunts they pull on YouTube. Now they have a big film budget and can make all their prank fantasies a reality. These are pranks targeted at the unsuspecting public, but they occasionally also turn the jokes on each other in more fun stunts like shooting at one another with confetti cannons. Watch on Monday, 5 April on Studio Universal (DStv channel 112) at 22:00
AlgojoDesta’s (Darius Sinathrya) happy family life and childhood were snatched away by witchcraft. Now grown up to be a mysterious loner, Desta is on a quest to find the mastermind behind his parents’ deaths and to make them pay. But Desta must question his assumptions about witchcraft when he crosses paths with a group of teenagers who have great powers. Watch on Saturday, 10 April on KIX (DStv channel 114) at 19:00
Ma MaAn orphaned young woman named Ma Ma works as a street-level drug dealer for the Black Cat Gang. But after her boyfriend dumps her, she finds out that she’s pregnant, the Black Cat’s boss demands that Ma Ma choose between her own life and that of her unborn child. Ma Ma makes an even more drastic choice, instead. Watch on Saturday, 17 April on KIX (DStv channel 114) at 19:00
NB! This is just the tip of your viewing iceberg. Check out the DStv Family and Access highlights packages to see what else will be coming your way this April.
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