Universal TV (DStv 117)
Police Procedural, Drama
Inspired by the series of books of M.R. Hall, Coroner is a female-driven series following Jenny Cooper – played by Serinda Swan (Inhumans, Ballers) – a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto.
Jenny is a brave and determined yet vulnerable coroner driven by an intense desire for the truth.
A former ER doctor and a recently widowed mother of a teenage son, her husband's death has unlocked a primal connection to death, tied to a secret in her past that is only now coming to the surface.
With storylines based on real-life cases, Jenny is a coroner of our time, an advocate for the dead even when it's inconvenient for the living, and defender of those who are powerless or in peril.
Big Little Lies 2
M-Net (DStv 101)
The second season of this subversive, darkly comedic drama will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.
Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode... the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.
The Monterey Five - Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) - are joined by Celeste's visiting mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), and their husbands, Ed (Adam Scott), Nathan (James Tupper) and Gordon (Jeffrey Nordling), in this seven-episode season.
In the Season 2 premiere, "What Have They Done?": Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie's behaviour and, later, is shocked when Abigail says she doesn't want to go to college.
Mary Louise, Celeste's mother-in-law, offers her unvarnished assessment of Madeline's character.
Jane learns from her new coworker, Corey, that she's known in town as one of the "Monterey Five."
CBS Reality (DStv 132)
True Crime, Reality
Follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a team of crime scene investigators and detectives as they crack cold cases.
Siegler, a Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and her team of crime scene investigators and trained detectives, put their vast knowledge and experience to work helping local law-enforcement officers and families of violent-crime victims get to the truth.
With a fresh set of eyes on old evidence, interrogation skills and access to advanced DNA technology and lab testing, Siegler is determined to bring about a legal and emotional resolution.
Taking on a different unsolved crime each week, the team carefully re-examine evidence, question suspects and witnesses, and chase down leads in order to solve cases that would have otherwise remained cold indefinitely.
The 1990s: The Deadliest Decade
IDx (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
Documentary Series, Factual, True Crime
The 90s was the decade of peace, economic prosperity and the rise of the Internet; but the cosy lens of nostalgia is shattered as this series journeys back in time to recount murder investigations in a fondly-remembered decade.
Each of these stories taps into major themes, giving a snapshot of the national mood, the major new stories of the time, and the pop culture trends.
But lurking underneath is the occurrence of a shocking murder. As the investigators struggle to piece together what happened, the sinister side of the nineties emerges.
From the cold-blooded murder of a beautiful mother who had an affair that started in an internet chatroom, to the harrowing case that leads back to witchcraft and a surprising love triangle, these gripping tales reveal why the 90s was actually one of the darkest and deadliest decades in recent history.
In the series premiere, "Lone Star": When Doris Angleton is shot in her home, cops think it's linked to her husband's bookmaking business.
But she had her secrets, like an affair that began in AOL chatrooms.
Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
Docu-Reality, Nature, DIY
Modern life can be relentless and stressful, so much so that many of us dream of starting again with a new way of living.
Former covert military man and intelligence officer Brett Hines and his family intend to do just that, having transitioned from living under the modern trappings of life in America to forming their own way of life in the mountains of Tonasket, Washington.
Using survival and security techniques Brett developed in the military, in intelligence, and later as a private contractor, they are now two years in.
Even though they're self-sufficient, the 10 family members depend upon each other to make it through the harsh conditions, and this series intimately documents their journey, including footage they have self-shot over the years.
Restarting their lives hasn't been easy, but the Hines are determined to live a life free of the distractions of the modern world.
Will their effort succeed, or will this new way of living prove too difficult for these 21st century pioneers?
The Handmaid's Tale 3
M-Net (DStv 101)
Season 3 is driven by June's resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds.
Startling reunions, betrayals and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: "Blessed be the fight."
Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) and Elizabeth Reaser (Grey's Anatomy) have been cast as Commander Winslow and Mrs. Winslow this season.
Commander Winslow is a powerful and magnetic Commander who hosts the Waterfords on an important trip.
Mrs. Winslow is Commander Winslow's wife, who becomes a friend and inspiration to Serena Joy.
CBS Reality (DStv 132)
There's nothing quite like an auction, and no two are alike.
Based in Atlanta, Paul Brown and his staff run a successful auction house and work daily with an eclectic mix of consignors who bring their varied treasures to sell to the highest bidder.
Take a look behind the scenes at the craziness of running an auction house, check out the wondrous items for sale and see how strategy and egos come into play when bidders compete for the same prize.