These are some of the awards shows, documentaries and local series we’re particularly looking forward to:
US Awards Season
The Golden Globes are being broadcast live on DStv in the early hours of Monday, 6 January and the Grammy Awards in the wee hours of Monday, 27 January. If you’re not a night owl, like us, the recording will be available to watch at your leisure on Catch Up and on DStv Now.
Dive into luscious documentaries
If your New Year’s resolution is to consume less trash and more brainfood, DStv is serving up a veritable buffet of thought-provoking documentaries this month. Our picks are David Bowie – Finding Fame on 8 January, about how one of the most genius musicians of our time rose to prominence, The Disappearance Of My Mother on 15 January, about an iconic muse and model from the 60s turned radical feminist who becomes the unwilling subject of her son’s documentary, and Jawline on 19 January, about an online influencer, 16-year-old Austyn Tester, and his journey to dubious, even distressing heights of fame.
New seasons of your fave local series
We’re talking about the long-awaited Season 2 of Die Byl, about Piet van der Bijl, a brilliant detective who specialises in catching serial killers, starring Waldemar Schultz, Marvin-Lee Beukes, Milan Murray and Tertius Meintjies. Then Schalk Bezuidenhout – unstoppable these days – is back in Season 4 of the Afrikaans hit comedy Hotel on 6 January. Fans of The River will be delighted to know that their favourite telenovela is heading into its third season from 27 January.
Season boxsets this month
- Jane the Virgin S5, available to watch until 5 January
- Temptation Island S1, until 9 January
- The Twilight Zone S1, until 10 January
- Love After Lock Up S3, until 14 January
- Godfather Of Harlem S1, until 14 January
- Blue Bloods S9, until 15 January
- JC The Barber S1, until 17 January
- Watchmen S1, until 20 January
- La’t Wiel S21, until 21 January
- La’s Finest S1, until 22 January
- Ons Boere, Ons Inspirasie S1, until 23 January
- Grand Hotel S1, until 25 January
- Oppi Kassie S2, until 26 January
- Ifalakhe S1, until 26 January
- Vat Jou Goed en Trek S1, until 27 January
- Hier Gaan Ons Alweer S18, until 27 January
- Liefde Sonder Grense S1, until 27 January
- Ithemba S1, until 27 January
- Fynskrif S2, until 28 January
- Yim’lo S2, until 28 January
- Uyangthanda Na S4, until 29 January
- NCIS New Orleans S5, until 30 January
- Afskaal S1, until 30 January
- Mo & Mome S1, until 30 January
What else is new?
Here’s what’s being added to DStv Catch Up this month, available on your decoder, as well as online at now.dstv.com. (Look out for our Plum Picks in bold!)
Wed, 1 January
Met ‘n Huppel in die Stap S7
The Wife (2017)
Thurs, 2 January
- Boer Soek ‘n Vrou – In this episode, the farmers and their potential partners go to a romantic destination for a holiday. The question is: Are all the couples still together or have some of them already parted ways? The couples are offered a final opportunity to get to know each other even better, away from the farm and away from their respective families and friends.
Rescue Dogs (2016)
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
Fri, 3 January
Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings S2
Wild ‘n Out S12B (from episode 14)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Sat, 4 January
- The Unicorn S1 – Walton Goggins stars in this charming, feel-good comedy that sees a tight-knit group of friends and family help a middle-aged widower Wade who decides to start dating again a year after his wife’s passing.
Very Cavallari S3
The Wrong Stepmother (2019): The first in a series of Lifetime Original Movies this month.
Spark: A Space Tail (2016)
Ex On The Beach US S3
The Commuter (2018)
Speed Racer (2008)
12 Strong (2018)
Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
Sun, 5 January
- Sunday night movie: Aquaman (2018) – Jason Momoa takes over the ocean in this super-hero spectacle. Arthur Curry, the half-human/Atlantean returns home to claim his right as the heir to Atlantis and prevent a war.
- Die Byl S2 – It has been five years since we were introduced to Byl (Waldemar Schultz) and his team. Byl is still a super- sleuth, but it turns out that he was the reason that captain Juan Stuurman (Marvin-Lee Beukes) quit the unit. After having lived with her for quite some time, his relationship with Nicki Swanepoel (Milan Murray) has fallen to pieces. Byl and Neels van As (Tertius Meintjies) has buried the hatchet, but not for long…
- Documentary: Midnight Family (2019) – Critically acclaimed documentary following the Ochoa family in Mexico City, who operate a privately-owned ambulance in a competitive industry, highlighting a crisis in the health care system.
The Greatest Dancer S1
Tyd Met Aleit S5 – Wedding and events planner, Aleit Swanepoel, catches up with South African celebrities every week. Tables are set, delicious food presented and the conversation flows! Guests on the show, include Sue Duminy, Zenobia Kloppers, Hannon, Lizz Meiring, Simoné Nortmann and Willem Botha.
Lokshin Bioskop: Amagugu
Omen S1 – In this isiPedi local series, a high flying lawyer has his life turned upside down when he discovers that he comes from a long line of witches, whose men have ruled the supernatural world of the five tribes. Will he answer his true calling?
The Hidden Kingdom of China S1 – China’s bamboo forest is full of secrets and surprises, including the legendary giant panda, red panda, and Tibetan macaque.
First Dates UK S7
The Hangover 2 (2011)
Mon, 6 January
- Green Book (2018)
- Grey’s Anatomy S16 (four-week double bill from episode 2) – In the Season 16 premiere of the acclaimed Shondaland drama, Meredith, Richard and Alex deal with the consequences of being fired. Jackson helps a man in danger. Tom gets a new role.
- Hotel S4 – The two-star Fransen Hotel is still standing despite its personnel, who are responsible for an equal amount of heart and blatant bad service. Ferdie considers retiring in the wake of the city council planning to demolish the Hotel, but the staff are dead-set on saving the hotel while trying to sort out their love lives.
- The 2019 Annual Golden Globe Awards
Deadliest Job Interviews S1
Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas S4 (returns)
Mooi S3 (returns)
Blitsbrein Jr S1
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
A Mermaid’s Tale (2017)
Tues, 7 January
- Absentia S2 – In the season premiere of this crime thriller, Emily Byrne struggles to make sense of her past and time in captivity. Meanwhile, agent Nick Durand and the FBI investigate a terrorist attack in Boston.
The Game (special)
Mr Nelson on the North Side (special)
Going for Sold S1 – Real estate and design duo Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin find a project in a charming community, a walking neighbourhood with no driveways.
Projek Dina S1
Boereverneukers S1 (returns)
Landbouweekliks S9 (returns)
Love Bites aka Taco Shop (2018)
Wed, 8 January
- Documentary: David Bowie – Finding Fame (2019) – Following five years of Bowie’s early career, from the late 1960s through to the on-stage death of Ziggy Stardust in 1973, this film features never-before-seen archive interviews with some of Bowie’s earliest collaborators.
Dirty God (2019) – The survivor of an acid attack takes drastic action as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and adjust to her new reality in this gritty and powerful drama.
All Rise S1 (returns)
Thurs, 9 January
- Masterchef Australia S11 – The final season where Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston serve as judges.
Kuier-mense S2 (returns)
Minki S4 (returns)
My Matriekafskeid S3 (returns)
Life and Nothing More (2017)
Fri, 10 January
I Am I S1 & 2
My Life is a Murder S1
My Vreemde Vriende S3 (returns)
Baard, Bos en Kos S2 (returns)
Sat, 11 January
- Nancy Drew S1 – A dynamic reboot of the iconic teenage detective Nancy Drew. Nancy is making plans to leave her hometown for college but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery.
The Wrong Tutor (2019)
Snow White’s New Adventure (2016)
Sun, 12 January
Sunday night movie: Hunter Killer (2018) – Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman drive this war drama. A US submarine captain makes a difficult choice to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Earth’s Tropical Islands S1
Documentary: Sacred Cod (2017)
The Wrong Teacher (2018)
Veep S7 (double bill)
21 Jump Street (2012)
We’re the Millers (2013)
Message from a Mistress (2017)
Mon, 13 January
- Howards End S1 – Experience the social and class divisions in early 20th-Century England through the intersection of three families – the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.
- Why Women Kill S1 – Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste run this dark dramedy about three women in three decades who all lived in the same house dealing with infidelity.
- Ben is Back (2018)
The Good Karma Hospital S3
Twin Turbos S1
Tues, 14 January
- God Friended Me S2 – The new season is a time of change, with the podcast getting pulled, Priya destroying a critical account, Arthur and Trish getting engaged, and Miles accepting that he might never know who is behind the account – until another person who got a friend request from God enters his life.
All American S2
Air Crash Investigation S19
Wed, 15 January
- Cooking special: Jamie’s Ultimate Veg
- Documentary: The Disappearance of my Mother (2019)
- The Blacklist S6 (returns; double bill) – Fans have been hailing the latest episodes of The Blacklist as some of the best, and this new season will keep that sentiment alive. The story of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and his continued deception of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) digs even deeper into the enigmatic “concierge of crime”. Reddington has had his ups and downs over the past several seasons, but viewers will see him reach new lows in the show’s sixth season.
9-1-1 S3 (double bill)
Trap! Dis My Huis S1
Thurs, 16 January
- Mixed-ish S1 – The second spin-off to come from the Black-ish franchise looks at the upbringing of the young Rainbow Johnson in the 1980s. Rainbow, played by Arica Himmel, and her family move from a commune to mainstream society. The commune was a safe space for Rainbow’s interracial family but now she finds herself feeling as though she has to “pick a side” and identify as either white or black.
- Black-ish S6
Kids Say the Darndest Things with Tiffany Haddish S1
Rocky I (1976)
Ackermans Style Squad S1
Fri, 17 January
- This Is Us S4 – Jack meets Rebecca’s parents and there are new characters introduced in the season premiere of the Golden Globe-winning dramedy from the writer of Tangled.
Growing Up Hip Hop S1
Pretty Ugly People (2008)
Killer Bods S1
Rocky II (1979)
Sugar and Spice (2001)
Sat, 18 January
- Silwerskerm Fees: Binnelandse Sake
- Silwerskerm Fees: Die Begrafnis
- American Gods S2 – Bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s fantasy returns. After the epic showdown at Easter’s party, Mr Wednesday continues his quest to convince the Old Gods to go to war; Mr World plans revenge.
The Wrong Friend (2018)
Rocky III (1982)
The Mermaid Princess (2016)
Sun, 19 January
- Sunday night movie: Avengers: Endgame (2019) – The high-stakes final instalment of the Avengers saga ends the 11-year cinematic journey. The Avengers sacrifice everything to save their loved ones and the universe from Thanos.
- Documentary: Jawline (2019)
The Wrong Cheerleader (2019)
Rocky IV (1985)
Masterchef Junior S7 – The best junior chefs compete in a series of delicious challenges, in this Emmy-nominated reality cooking competition series.
Due Date (2010)
Mon, 20 January
American Beauty Star S2
Rocky V (1990)
On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Blue Bloods S9 (double bill)
Tues, 21 January
The Resident S3
Queens of Mystery S1
Rocky Balboa (2006)
The Conjuring (2013)
Wed, 22 January
- 9-1-1 Lonestar S1: Rob Lowe drives this pulsating spin-off to the hit first responder drama series. A New York cop relocates to Texas with his son where he works to save people’s lives.
Stand-up Comedy Special: Lil Rel Howery: Live In Crenshaw (2019)
Thurs, 23 January
Kaap, Kerrie en Koesisters S5 (returns)
Stand-Up Comedy Special: Drew Michael (2019)
Fri, 24 January
- Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo
Battle Drone (2018)
Cake Masters S1
Beach Hunters S5 (double bill)
In Search Of S2
The UnXplained with William Shatner
Escaping Evil: My Life In A Cult S1
Sat, 25 January
The Wrong Cruise (2018)
Creed I (2015)
Treasure Hounds (2017)
Sun, 26 January
- Sunday night movie: Aladdin (2019) – Will Smith drives this retelling of the Disney classic. After finding a genie in a magic lamp, a street urchin tries to win the heart of a princess.
- Documentary: The Lost Women of NXIVM (2019)
- Documentary series: Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath S1
Documentary series: Watergate S1
The Voice UK S4
The Wrong Crush (2019)
Creed II (2018)
Lokshin Bioskop: Lerato Lethole Wena
X Factor S16
Scary Movie 5 (2013)
Mon, 27 January
- The River S3
- 62nd Annual Grammy Awards
Snow Cats and Me S1
Stay or Sell S1
The Old Man and the Gun (2018)
Coroner S1 (boxset)
Tues, 28 January
- Black Tax S1
Konings van Kitskos S4
Wed, 29 January
- Documentary: Halston (2019)
Fri, 31 January
Please note: the dates and shows listed here might change.