March is a blast on DStv Premium! It’s no-napping TV as M-Net’s (DStv channel 101) March movies brings us the latest films from action daddies like Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Dwayne fans can stick round for his autobiographical sitcom series, Young Rock, also on M-Net.
It’s pedal to the metal with new seasons of reality series like RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, The Amazing Race and actual racing car series Street Outlaws.
TV sleuths can enjoy the premiere season of the crime-busting British series Miss Scarlet and The Duke, and the return of the Canadian series, Coroner.
On a more serious note, March is Eco Month on BBC with a host of new documentaries from (and about) Sir David Attenborough (he is also presenting the continuing A Perfect Planet series throughout March) and wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, who’s in South Africa to meet some cheetahs.
If you’re looking for something different, Korean drama and music reality channel tVN (DStv channel 134) launches on Monday, 1 March, joining Honey (a first of its kind pan-African lifestyle channel that launched in February) as one of 2021’s sweetest treats on DStv.
From Monday, 1 March, it’s total domination time from Love Island SA on M-Net (DStv channel 101), which is also home to the continuing fun of fellow local romantic reality series The Bachelorette South Africa.
And from The Globes to the Grammys to the Fiëstas, the 2020-2021 awards season is now in full swing on DStv.
Love Island SA S1
New pop-up channel tVN
March brings us the start of the real 2020-2021 awards season madness with most of the ceremonies getting inventive to work around social distancing and travel lockdowns. You can keep up to date with all the lists of nominees and winners so far on DStv’s special awards season page.
This year’s 78th Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by comedy besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who’re hosting live from New York and LA. Watch on Monday, 1 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 03:00 and 22:30.
kykNET (DStv channel 144) will honour 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.
Watch music’s biggest awards event, the 2021 Grammy Awards, hosted by South African funnyman Trevor Noah, on Monday, 15 March, on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30. Or wake up early to catch the broadcast live from the US at 03:00, and catch all the red-carpet action with E! (DStv channel 124) just at midnight at 00:00 on Monday morning.
Watch The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2021 on Wednesday, 17 March, on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) at 16:50. The host is Saturday Night Live superstar and comedian Kenan Thompson, and viewers will be taken on a hi-tech journey from Bikini Bottom to outer space and celebrities’ homes.
Love Island SA S1
It’s island time from now until Friday, 9 April, with an escape from the daily grind every weekday at 21:30 and a special Sunday treat after the 20:00 movie.
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 “wanted” 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. The season launched with a special 90-minute episode on Sunday, 28 February, at 20:00 which you can re-watch on Catch Up. Now, new one-hour episodes will air Monday-Friday at 21:30, with unseen footage from the week airing every Sunday after the 20:00 movie in Love Island SA S1: Unseen Bits.
Watch Monday-Friday from Monday, 1 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30
Cheese In The Trap S1Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 20:00
Another Miss Oh S1Watch Mondays-Wednesdays from Monday, 1 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 18:45
Signal S1Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 22:30
Tale of The Nine-Tailed S1Watch Mondays-Fridays from Tuesday, 16 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 21:15
Revolutionary Love S1Watch Mondays-Fridays from Tuesday, 16 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 20:00
Watcher S1Watch Mondays-Fridays from Thursday, 18 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 22:30
I-LandWatch from Thursday, 4 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 18:30
NCT World 2.0Watch from Friday, 5 March on tVN (DStv channel 134) at 18:45
As well as continuing with the A Perfect Planet documentary series, the BBC channels will continue to shine a spotlight on our planet’s ecology with a number of special programmes throughout March.
As well as hosting A Perfect Planet, Sir David Attenborough presents two documentaries on the topics of the current extinction crisis and climate change. The documentary, Attenborough’s Journey, will look at his remarkable lifetime of raising conservation awareness and appreciation of the natural world.
Also look out for repeats of on-topic documentaries 7.7 Billion People and Counting, Apocalypse Cow and The Last Igloo.
The Age of NatureThis 3-episode documentary series, narrated by Uma Thurman, aims to give us a deeper understanding of nature and our place within it. The first episode, Awakening, explores how our awareness of nature is growing and the action being taken to save it, along with examples of what happens when we act too late. Episode 2, Understanding, investigates how a deeper understanding of nature is helping us find surprising ways of healing it. And in episode 3, Changing, the show reveals how we’re learning to harness the power of nature to store carbon.
Watch from Monday, 15 to Wednesday, 17 March on BBC Earth
7.7 Billion People and CountingBy 2050, there could be 10 billion people living on the planet, and that may simply be too many people for the Earth to sustain. In this documentary special, English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author Chris Packham, who’s dedicated his life to protecting the natural world, travels the globe in search of answers to some difficult and controversial questions. Could we reduce the impact of our growing human population, and could humans ever choose not to reproduce, for the sake of the planet?
Watch from Monday, 15 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Extinction: The FactsEarth has seen animal populations shrink by 60% over the past 40 years. A million species of plants and animals now face extinction, some within the next 10 years. In this documentary, Sir David Attenborough guides us through the current extinction crisis, exploring the man-made reasons behind the crisis including hunting, toxic waste and the conversion of land for agriculture. Sir David also discusses potential solutions to this global issue like responsible consumption, cutting back on meat and lowering carbon emissions… before it’s too late.
Watch on Tuesday, 16 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Climate Change: The FactsSir David Attenborough presents this 2-part documentary on the science of climate change. We’ll see footage that reveals the impact of climate change across the Earth as scientists, including Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Michael Mann and Professor Catherine Mitchell unpack the science behind recent extreme weather conditions like storms, wildfires and the rapid melting of polar ice. The documentary presents potential solutions, exploring innovations and actions the world's governments are taking to prevent further warming. It also introduces viewers to individuals who are creating change at grassroot level.
Watch on Thursday, 18 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00 & 21:00 (double-bill)
Feast to Save The PlanetMasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry are inviting 5 guests to their restaurant for a dinner with a difference. After they make their selections on the menu, Hannah will reveal the real cost of their meal… to the planet, in terms of each dish’s carbon footprint. Food accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, so Gregg is doing his own part in the kitchen, too. While he cooks for the diners, he’ll be revealing his tips for cooking more sustainably at home.
Watch on Friday, 19 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 20:00
Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the PlanetEnvironmental campaigner George Monbiot explores how the current wasteful and destructive food industry is driving climate change, habitat destruction and pollution as mankind’s hunger for red meat burns jungles. George looks at alternative food sources available right now, including synthetic meat, and a process that produces protein from bacteria and air. The documentary will visualise what would happen if we exchanged grazing land for forests and halted overfishing to allow the seas to recover, too, in an effort to change before change is forced on us.
Watch on Friday, 19 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 21:00
The Last IglooImagine being able to join a real Innuit hunter on a trip into the wilderness, to watch first-hand as he tracks animals, and builds a traditional igloo to shelter in and explains to you how and why he’s doing it, along with explaining the nature of the snow he must use. It’s the stuff of childhood fantasy, and it comes true in this documentary about life on the edge of climate change. It’s a fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful show with moments of magic, like when the aurora borealis dances through the night sky.
Watch on Saturday, 20 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 22:00
Attenborough’s JourneySir David Attenborough is now 94 years old. This film documents his extraordinary life, from his boyhood days as a fossil hunter and his early years as a presenter, to the shows that he worked on, which changed the face of natural history programming. It takes us along on a lifelong journey across the globe, from the islands of the Galapagos, to the mountains of Canada, the jungles of Borneo and both poles, combining exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, candid on-location interviews and stunning moments from his documentaries.
Watch on Sunday, 28 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:00
Cheetah Family & MeWildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan came to South Africa to make this 2-episode documentary about a family of wild cheetahs. Tracking them on foot through the Kalahari, we see the world from their perspective as he tries to understand the threats that adults and their cubs face in today’s Africa. We’ll meet a host of fascinating characters including brave cheetah mother Savanna and more experienced mom Chili, who’s guiding her 5 new-born cubs on an epic migration to the feeding grounds, protecting them from lions, hyenas and other natural threats.
Watch From Monday 29 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00
March brings Premium subscribers dazzling exclusives like Dwyane Johnson’s autobiographical sitcom series, Young Rock. British TV fans will welcome crime-busting period dramedy Miss Scarlet and The Duke. And it's many happy returns to series like Coroner, The Blacklist, The Rookie. All this and more…
Young Rock S1
In this comedy series (created by Fresh Off The Boat’s Nahnatchka Khan and Dwayne Johnson) the year is 2032 and as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is running to be US president, he looks back over his childhood years growing up in Hawaii in a family of wrestling icons, his teen years as a 15-year-old with muscles and a moustache, and his sporting life as a football star at university. Adrian Groulx plays 10-year-old Dwayne, Bradley Constant plays him as a 15-year-old, and Uli Latukefu plays the 18-20-year-old version.
Watch from Friday, 19 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 19:00
Jim Carrey’s melancholy kids show host character Jim Pickles is bringing some light and colour back into his world with new puppet characters and magical realism. But Mister Pickles’ Puppet Time show’s fate is in the balance after he lost sponsors thanks to S1’s on-air Christmas speech about death. There’s also the small matter of him running over his ex-wife’s new boyfriend. And this season, the release of his new talking-and-listening Mister Pickles doll will make parents fear for their children’s safety.
Watch from Friday, 5 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30
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
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
The Rookie S3
The rookies are now in their final month of training (the 30 days will play out in the first nine episodes of the season). Nathan will go into the season facing the consequences of Armstrong’s efforts to frame him in the S2 finale and the rogue action that he takes to get off that hook. And the team will take on the case of a former child actor, which has another set of investigators involved – the crew of a true-crime documentary series.
Watch from Wednesday, 3 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 19:30
The Blacklist S7B
This series returns with its final nine episodes including the innovative final episode, which overcame the pandemic lockdown hurdle through use of an animated sequence. Coming up, Ressler tells Liz about her mother, Red reunites with an old flame at a deadly dinner party, Ressler’s estranged brother, Robby, returns and in a flashback to Ressler’s past in 1995, we see how Robby covered up a murder that Ressler committed. And Red prepares to hand his criminal empire to Liz, while she weighs up whether to be loyal to Mom or Dad.
Watch from Wednesday, 24 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30
This crime drama, which lists Jerry Bruckheimer among its producers, spotlights the opioid epidemic in the US. Alcoholic and drug-addicted National Marine Fisheries Service Agent Jackie Quiñones (Monica Raymund) is determined to find the killers of a fellow addict – a key informant for drug cop Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale) – whose body she finds washed up on the beach. As Jackie investigates the case, she’ll start seeing her friends and neighbours in a new light as many people in town are involved in the drug trade.
Watch from Thursday, 4 March, on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30
Reality off to the races
Whether you’re into a Drag Race with wigs or Drag racing with cars, or The Amazing Race, March has something to get your motor revving. The Kardashians return for their final season too. Take a peek at what’s on the way before settling in for some fabulous celebrity encounters with RuPaul’s Drag Race judge and talk show host Graham Norton.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK S2The brand-new 8-episode season of this drag competition brings Michelle Visage and RuPaul back to the UK, where they and judges Graham Norton and Alan Carr (along with special guest judges like Liz Hurley and Dawn French) will meet some astoundingly talented and funny drag queens as they take on weekly design, comedy, singing, dancing, acting and makeover challenges. A word of warning: This season is merciless and some queens who you might pick as winners are going to be early outs for dubious reasons.
Watch from Tuesday, 23 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 21:00
The Amazing Race S32As long-time host Phil Keoghan will explain in the first episode, this season was filmed back in 2018 before the global pandemic. We’ll see 11 teams of pairs race around the world, winding up in a different country in each leg of the race including Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Germany, Kazakhstan, India, Cambodia and the Philippines. Teams this season include regular folk as well as sports stars like Olympic hurdlers Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette, and America's Next Top Model cycle 21 runner-up Will Jardell.
Watch from Sunday, 7 March on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 18:00
Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings: Grudge NightWith the speed race from Maryland to Ohio coming up, the Street Outlaw teams are out to learn all they can about a new track. The 405 are playing their cards close to their chest, racing only against each other so they can keep their data to themselves. Team Texas takes note, so while they start the night racing against other teams, they soon lock down to just Team Texas. Solo racers find themselves at a disadvantage with no outside information or help with their cars.
Watch on Friday, 21 March on Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) at 20:55
Undercover Billionaire: Comeback City S1Businessman Glenn Stearns went undercover in a remote town to build a million-dollar company, Underdog BBQ, from the ground up in just 90 days – starting with only $100 (along with his transport, phone, medical aid and accommodation being covered, no debt and no family obligations). Now he’s returning to Erie, Pennsylvania to rescue small businesses that are about to go bust. Each episode follows Glenn as he analyses why a different business is failing, then helps it to transform over the course of 27 days.
Watch from Tuesday, 9 March on Discovery (DStv channel 121) at 20:00
Keeping Up With The Kardashians S20As the Kardashians return for their final season, Kim and Kayne are talking divorce, while Khloe and Tristan Thompson discuss the possibility of baby #2. Kim and Kylie discuss catching Kourtney having a nap on the sofa with her ex, Scott Disick, and the possibility of a reconciliation. The family also deal with the news that this will be their final season together and reflect on their years on the series. It looks like the only Kardashian-Jenner who’s opting out this season is Caitlyn.
Watch from Sunday, 21 March on E! (DStv channel 124) at 19:05
The Graham Norton Show S28Host Graham Norton will be getting the hilarious truth out of his guests both in-studio and remotely this season. The first episode includes the likes of Dolly Parton, Rupert Everett and Riz Ahmed. We can also expect Ewan McGregor to tell all about his new travelogue, Long Way Up. Singer Miley Cyrus performs Midnight Sky, Samuel L. Jackson discusses his documentary, Enslaved, and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas tells us all about her new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca, and more.
Watch from Tuesday, 2 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00
Armchair travel and lifestyle
Still locked down at home? It’s time to go to extremes at the ends of the Earth. British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones is taking us to Australia, while the BBC and National Geographic take us on wilderness adventures on the Alaskan frontier. And if you’d rather be home in the kitchen, Nigella has some new delights to serve up.
National Geographic is making this a March to remember with an extraordinary documentary that takes us inside the hidden realities of North Korea.
Experts, journalists, government officials and even an assassin explore North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s leadership decisions over the past three years, including his meeting with US ex-President Donald Trump, the country’s history of isolationism, and the rise of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jung, and her use of fear and violence to maintain order. Among the rare and exclusive interviews in the documentary, for the first time ever João Micaelo, Kim’s former childhood classmate, speaks about visiting Kim in North Korea.
Watch on Tuesday, 2 March, on National Geographic (DStv channel 181) at 21:00
Action movie aces
There’s no such thing as a sleepy Sunday this March as M-Net’s action daddies take over the scene. Expect muscle-pumping thrills from Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Megan Fox leads a special Saturday action movie titled Rogue, which was filmed here in South Africa. And this month’s TNT original title, Vicious Fun, sees a horror movie critic stuck in a self-help group with serial killers.
BloodshotThis superhero movie is based on the Valiant Comics character created in 1992 by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton. Dead special forces soldier Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is resurrected and given superhuman abilities. He sets out on a rampage of revenge, slowly uncovering his so-called allies’ backstabbing. With Sam Heughan and Lamorne Morris.
Watch on Sunday, 7 March on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05
Hard KillProgrammer Eva Chalmers is furious that her technological breakthrough has been annexed for military use and makes a deal with a terrorist known as The Pardoner only to be betrayed as he takes her hostage. Her father, Donovan (Bruce Willis), hires a team of mercenaries, led by Derek Miller (Jesse Metcalfe), to take on The Pardoner and rescue Eva.
Watch on Sunday, 14 March on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00
Jumanji 2Two years after the events of Welcome To The Jungle, Spencer vanishes on the night of his planned Christmas reunion with Fridge, Martha and Bethany. Realising that he’s gone into Jumanji, Spencer's friends, his grandfather, Eddie, and Eddie's ex-business partner, Milo, go back into the game to find him. With Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Danny DeVito.
Bad Boys For LifeBad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) join the Miami Police Department's special team AMMO to take down Armando Aretas after he puts Mike in a coma on the day of Marcus’s grandson’s christening under orders from cartel kingpin Benito’s widow, Isabel, who’s out to kill everyone who landed Benito behind bars.
Watch on Sunday, 28 March on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00
RogueMegan Fox plays a mercenary who’s leading a team that has been sent to East Africa to rescue a governor's daughter and her 2 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
Vicious FunIn this horror comedy film set in the 1980s, Joel (Evan Marsh), the snide and sarcastic film critic for a horror magazine, stumbles across a secret underground self-help group for serial killers. Using his appetite for the grotesque, he must blend in with the group of 5 killers and escape discovery throughout the night – or become their next victim.
Watch on Thursday, 4 March on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00
For the kids
There’s something special for boys and girls of all ages this March. Coop & Cami and the Spyders are back with online madness for the tweens. Spider-Man unites with The Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy for an amazing crossover season. And new series Elliott From Earth whisks kids into space for intergalactic adventures. Plus, the Siyaya kids are back with some educational wildlife fun.
NB! This is just the tip of your viewing iceberg. Check out the DStv Compact Plus! Compact, Family and Access highlights packages to see what else will be coming your way this March.
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