Thu 13 Apr 2017, 16:30
Entertainment for the whole family.
Easter is family time, and what better way to spend the holiday than in the company of DStv – from traditional viewing on your TV with the entire family; to DStv Now on your laptop, smartphone or tablet when you’re on the move – you can take DStv with you wherever you go this Easter.
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Whether you’re into solving age-old mysteries on the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity; or you want to pay tribute to the life of South African music legend, Taliep Petersen; or you want to binge watch your favourite series; or perhaps keep the kiddies’ entertained, there’s something for everyone on DStv.
The story of Jesus and Christianity
The Story of God
Prophets, spiritual enlightenment and the afterlife — they are mysteries as old as time. National Geographic and Revelations Entertainment seek clarity on some of humanity’s biggest questions in season two of the Emmy-nominated hit series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. Freeman will again take viewers around the world on a quest for interfaith understanding and connectivity through the lens of the world’s major religions, science, anthropology and archaeology. Each of the episodes in the new season will explore a different major theme.
From 18:25 on Sunday, 16 April, catch The Chosen One, Heaven and Hell and new episode, Proof of God at 20:05 on National Geographic Channel (DStv Channel 181). In each episode Freeman meets with individuals, faith leaders, scientists and archaeologists to help him understand these big topics.
The Jesus Code
On History (DStv channel 186) catch two new episodes of The Jesus Code back-to-back at 19:30 and 20:20 on Sunday, 16 April. Each episode of the series deals with an artifact from Jesus’ life and Sunday’s episodes cover ‘The True Cross’ and ‘The Story of Mary Magdalene’. His life and death is the subject of intense debate. But Jesus of Nazareth, the most famous man in history, left no physical trace...or did he? This series investigates the value and authenticity of six artefacts which could shed new light on Jesus and his world, including relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the lost Gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, and the Gospel of Mary. Discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilizing the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. Part documentary investigation, and part thrilling and emotional drama, The Jesus Code look at the Gospel characters and stories that these artefacts connect with, such as the baptism, the betrayal, the Passion, and the Resurrection.
The parable film, Pieces of Easter will screen twice over Easter weekend on DStv’s brand new Christian channel, God TV (DStv channel 344). Tune in on Saturday, 15 April at 19.30 and on Sunday, 16 April at 13.00. In this movie, all Alza Bennett wants is to get home to her estranged family for the Easter holiday. An auto mishap leaves the highly-strung executive more than 700 miles short of her destination and standing on the doorstep of a grizzled, reclusive farmer named Lincoln, whose life goal is to be left alone. After a deal is struck, the mismatched pair sets out on a three-day odyssey of misadventures along the highways and byways of America where they encounter rat-infested motels, convenience store holdups, rural rabbit stalkers and a star struck couple from the local trailer park. Best of all, they are forced to encounter each other as the two worlds of the princess and the hermit collide at each and every turn.
Live Sunday Services
On Easter Sunday, Emmanuel TV (DStv channel 390) will broadcast a Sunday Live Service at 09:00; and in kykNET’s Die Boodskap Oggenddiens at 09:00 and Die Boodskap Sondagdiens at 17:30, Johan Geyser shares the significance of Jesus’ resurrection from Mosaiek. The live broadcast of Faith Worship on Faith TV at 09:00 (DStv channel 341) will also be centred around the theme of Resurrection Sunday.
On BET (DStv channel 129), catch the documentary, Women of the Bible – with scenes cut from “The Bible” interspersed with commentary on the women instrumental in the story of Jesus and Christianity on Sunday, 16 April at 20:00.
If you’re a lover of choral music, you’ll love Ouverture: Messias on kykNet at 14:30 on Sunday, 16 April. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and had its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. This is an acapella version with soloists Hanli Stapela, Minette Du Toit-Pearce, Siyabonga Maqungo and Rouel Beukes – recorded at Aardklop in 2010.
Start this meaningful holiday period in the company of ONE Gospel (DStv channel 331) with Bishop Benjamin Dube in Duets on Thursday, 13 April at 21:00, Friday, 14 April at 09:00, Saturday, 15 April at 17:00 and Sunday, 16 April at 20:00. Also on Easter Sunday, watch Steps of Reconciliation at 12:00 to see Bishop Dube and a panel of pastors unpack the Stations of the Cross. Bishop Dube then sits with four artists that have mentors in Looking Back at 16:00.
TBN in Africa (DStv channel 343) will be broadcasting a TBN Easter Special on Sunday, 16 April at 14:00. In this special called No Wonder They Call Him The Savior, Matt and Laurie Crouch celebrate the Easter season from the heart of the Holy Land, with special guests Max Lucado, Joel and Victoria Osteen, and music by Matthew West.
kykNET pays tribute to Taliep Petersen
This year marks ten years since one of the most beloved sons of Cape Town, Taliep Petersen met his untimely death. Artists unite to pay tribute to the late great artist, celebrating a legend and the man behind the popular name. On Easter Sunday, 16 April, tune into kykNET (DStv channel 144) to join Shaleen Surtie-Richards as MC and artists including: David Kramer; Emo Adams; Alistair Isobell; Loukmaan Adams; Jody Abrahams; Terry Fortune; Sophia Foster; James Bhemgee; Jimmy Nevis; Neville D; Chad Saaiman; Karen Kortje; Sasha-Lee; Madeegha Anders; Denise Newman; Rik-lynn Groenewald; The Petersen Kids Group; Die Jaloersbokkies; Nur Abrahams; Vicky Sampson; The Rockets; Cape Malay Choir and The South African Youth Choir.
Binge viewing on Vuzu Amp
This Easter weekend, Vuzu Amp (DStv channel 103) brings you binge viewing of your favourite series. Can science find your soul mate? Catch Married At First Sight Australia Seasons 1 and 2 on Saturday, 15 April from 06:00 to 18:00, to see eight Aussie singles get hitched to spouses they see for the first time on their wedding day. Real Housewives Of Atlanta Season 9 will entertain viewers with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, 16 April from 07:00 until 10:00.
Also on Sunday, catch Preachers Of Atlanta Season 1 (12:00 – 20:00) – a reality series that follows five pastors in the city of Atlanta, highlighting the different approaches they take to their ministries; and if you enjoy following the life and ministry of celebrity pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. and his wife, Dawn Chere Wilkerson, tune into Rich In Faith from 07:00 – 17:00 on Monday, 17 April 2017.
For the kids
With 10 channels dedicated to kiddies’ content 24 hours a day, the kids will have no shortage of entertainment this Easter holiday. For a special Easter treat, catch the adorable film Hop on M-Net Movies Smile (DStv channel 105) on Saturday, 15 April at 15:40, where Russell Brand gives the Easter Bunny a funky new edge. The Easter Bunny’s teenage son leaves for Hollywood where he hopes to become a rocker.
For TV watching on the go, DStv Now is the solution. The service offers an unprecedented content pool of sport, movies and series. You can stream live action from around the world when you can’t be near a TV, or download local and international shows like Isibaya, Our Perfect Wedding, Quantico and Homeland to watch at your convenience.
On Sunday, 16 April sport fans can stream the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea live on SuperSport 3 at 17:00; catch the M-Net 101 movie premiere, Independence Day: Resurgence live at 20:05, followed by the Oscar-nominated, foreign-language drama Embrace of the Serpent at 22:35. Also on Sunday, and available to stream live on M-Net Movies Premiere at 20:30, is the revenge thriller, I am Wrath, starring John Travolta. On Monday, 17 April, join AKA, Khuli Chana and Tumi Molekane as they seek out Mzansi’s new hip hop sensation on The Hustle on Vuzu AMP at 19:30. DStv Now is currently available to all DStv Premium customers.