Thu 23 Aug 2018, 08:00
It’s the last week of women’s month, so this week - take the power of entertainment in your hands and enjoy.
It’s the last week of women’s month, so this week - take the power of entertainment in your hands and enjoy – loads of laughter with the judges and unusual talent of The Gong Show; The drama on Anna’s wedding day in Getroud met Rugby; The intriguing conversation about motherhood and mental health in Tully. Take a tour with Stacey Dooley Investigates, Russia War on Women and discover the Russians dark secrets.
INTERNATIONAL SERIES THIS WEEK
For fans of detective series, this takes mystery solving to the next level! For fans of Westworld, take a trip to a parallel existence, with all the freedom of the Westworld parks without the confusing timelines.
Dreams and reality mix in Reverie, a new virtual reality game that allows people to return to their most treasured memories and spend time with those most-dear to them in ideal settings. But this fantasy is so magnificent that players start resisting their return to reality. As marvelous as staying in their ideal world may seem, it can have lethal ramifications. One woman is their only hope but will she herself fall prey to the temptation of correcting past mistakes and having those lost before returned?
The Gong Show S1: Sunday 26 August at 17:00 on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
Before Simon Cowell, Idols or X-Factor, there was The Gong Show! The talent show that brought amateur talent to TV in search of fame and fortune. The Gong Show disappeared from screens and made way for the modern-day talent shows we are all now very aware of. But it's back, dripping with star power! In the premiere of this fun and entertaining game show, celebrity judges Will Arnett, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis praise, critique and gong unusually talented and unique performers in their unique and hilarious way, in fact it's hard to tell what's more entertaining, the performance or the judges.
Make America Great-a-thon, The President Show Special: Monday 27 August on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
President Trump, played by creator/executive producer Anthony Atamanuik, is hosting a telethon to raise money for all of the projects he can’t get anyone in Congress to fund – like the wall and infrastructure (plus these mouthy porn stars aren’t going to pay themselves off!). Along with his sidekick, Vice President Mike Pence, played by executive producer Peter Grosz, Trump takes to the Oval Office to raise funds via a good old-fashioned telethon.
LOCAL SERIES THIS WEEK
Getroud met Rugby: Friday 24 August at 21:00 on kykNET (Ch 144) and streaming live on DStv Now
It is Anna and Daniël’s big day. Daniël is over the moon, because he is marrying the love of his life. However, Anna and Reitz’s history is catching up with them. Although Reitz has been invited to the wedding, he isn’t sure that he will be able to share in the couple’s joy, knowing that he let her slip through his fingers. Will the wedding day run smoothly or will Anna’s doubts get the better of her?
Fashion Fix S1: Monday 27 August at 21:00 on FOX Life (Ch 126) and streaming live on DStv Now
Hosted by Mercy Ajisafe, Fashion Fix puts you in slay mode whenever and wherever through tips, tricks and advice for all occasions!
Ek Wou Nog Sê S2: Tuesday 28 August at 18:30 on VIA (Ch 147) and streaming live on DStv Now
A documentary series exploring the power of poetry.
MOVIES THIS WEEK
Dayveon: Sunday 26 August at 20:30 on SundanceTV (Ch 108) and streaming live on DStv Now
In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.
Tully: Monday 27 August on BoxOffice
Starting an important conversation about motherhood and mental health. Charlise Theron delivers her most fearless performance yet with Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the power duo who brought us the independant hits, Juno and Young Adult at the helm. The film was met by strongly held opinions on the mommy blogisphere, psychologists and film critics alike, it's a love or hate title that sticks with you long after you've finishhed watching it.
FACTUAL THIS WEEK
The Knights Templar were the most powerful and secretive fighting force of the middle ages. God’s Holy Warriors and legendary defenders of the Grail. Until they vanished overnight. Two former soldiers, Mikey Kay and Garth Baldwin launch a revolutionary investigation using military tactics and tech to solve a 700-year-old mystery, what happened to the Knights Templar? Were they completely destroyed in 1307 as history alleges? Or did they pull off the greatest escape in history and take the Grail with them?
If you are interested in The Knights Templar, binge on The Knights Templar, take a look at the "Secrets of the Dark Ages" collection on HISTORY Vault Catch Up Plus and DStv Now.
Stacey Dooley Investigates, Russia War on Women: Wednesday 29 August, HISTORY and Catch Up on DStv Now Only
Behind closed doors, Russian society has a dark secret. It’s estimated thousands of Russian women are murdered every year by their husbands or partners. Domestic violence is so deep-rooted in Russia there’s even a well-known saying – “If he beats you, it means he loves you”. Despite the scale of the problem, in February 2017 the Russian government decriminalised certain forms of domestic violence.
In Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia’s War on Women, Stacey travels to Russia to explore the reasons behind this decision and the impact the law-change is having on women. She meets the victims forced into hiding to escape their abusive partners and comes face to face with a prolific violent offender. She visits the hard-line Orthodox Christians championing Russia’s return to traditional values and spends time with the young feminists fighting for equality despite threats and intimidation.
KIDS THIS WEEK
April and the Extraordinary World: Saturday 25 August at 15:30 on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
1941. France asleep in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents. This multi-award-winning animated film is a visual feast for kids and parents alike.
REALITY THIS WEEK
Eat, Sleep, BBQ S1: Thursday 30 August on Food Network (Ch 175) and streaming live on DStv Now
A lover of true barbecue, Rashad Jones is on a mission to find not only down-home authentic meats, but also unexpected ways of using them. He's got the inside scoop on where to find classic and creative 'cue you'll crave.
Manchester United host Tottenham in the next Monday night Football game, an early top four clash at old Trafford as both look to overhaul Man City from the pinnacle of the Premier League title stakes.
All the top teams will be looking to gather as much points as possible to keep up with City but these big match-ups will define their season.
The big challenge for both United and Tottenham is having so many Players who played on till the end of the World cup and as such needing to go through pre-season without most of their top stars.
Both also weren’t too active in the transfer market but perhaps that should be a bonus as they don’t have too many Players to try and fit in.
Tottenham in fact didn’t t sign any Players in the transfer window and they will hope Harry Kane overcomes his now regular August curse where he never scores in August.
United will again look to World champion Paul Pogba for inspiration as well as Romelu Lukaku who also had a great World Cup with Belgium.
Expect fireworks at Old Trafford.
Remember to keep connected to DStv Premium for the best in local and international series to enjoy.