Spelling the Dream
Netflix South Africa
Following four hopeful competitors, this documentary explores Indian Americans' decades-long success at the biggest spelling contest in the U.S.
An Indian-American competitor has won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee for the past 12 years straight, making the trend one of the longest in sports history.
Spelling the Dream chronicles the ups and downs of four Indian-American students as they compete to realise their dream of winning the iconic tournament.
With perspectives from CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fareed Zakaria, comedian Hari Kondabolu, ESPN's Kevin Negandhi, 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner, Nupur Lala, and others, the film explores the reasons behind this incredible winning streak and what it means for the community.
VIA (DStv 147)
Docu-Reality, Music, Travel, Afrikaans
There is good news for anyone who is missing arts festivals. What do you get when you combine Nataniël, three retro kombis, some of the finest Afrikaans artists and a loaded wagon?
Not just a concert series, but a travelling one. A deconstructed arts festival in which you don't see a lot of shows in five days - they are spaced over a few months.
And the whole concert comes to where you live.
This series follows the Optog artists as they venture into the platteland and attends performances by Stef Bos, Jo Black, Anna Davel, Elvis Blue and Joshua na die Reën, among others.
Ray Donovan 5
The new season of Ray Donovan finds Ray turning his attention back to Hollywood and his celebrity fixer firm.
Meanwhile, Mickey is overjoyed to at last be welcomed into Ray's home and swears to finally mend his criminal ways.
Joining the series in a season-long arc is Susan Sarandon as legendary media mogul Samantha Winslow, who sets Ray against her own fixers in fear they may know too much.
In the Season 5 premiere, "Abby": Ray begins court-ordered anger management after a family tragedy sparks a bar fight as Mickey, Bunchy and Daryll prepare for Terry and Maureen's wedding.
Bridget looks up a mysterious acquaintance in New York and Conor, away from home for the first time, grows accustomed to military school.
Meanwhile, Sam Winslow, a powerful new employer, comes into Ray's life.
TVSA Show Page: Ray Donovan 5
BET (DStv 129)
Documentary Series, Interview Show
Being returns to chronicle the lives of dynamic African American women, and their intimate stories of struggle, perseverance and success in the entertainment industry.
Each episode highlights one of music and entertainment's most compelling figures, featuring never-before-seen photos, videos, revealing interviews and more.
Season 7 starts with the legendary Deborah Cox in which more is revealed about the singer, the mother, the wife and more.
Project Runway 18
1Magic (DStv 103)
Reality Competition, Fashion
Sixteen new hopefuls are ready to take the runway by storm and make fashion history.
Host Karlie Kloss is back, along with Christian Siriano as the mentor and returning judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth, to decide who has what it takes to make it in this industry.
Each 90-minute episode will feature the return of some fan-favourite elements, including the "Siriano Save," in which Christian has the opportunity to bring one eliminated designer back into the competition; and the pièce de résistance: a chance to present a final collection at New York Fashion Week.
Gotham remains a main character for this fashion adventure for challenge reveals and runway shows with iconic locations such as the famous TWA Hotel at JFK, The Vessel at Hudson Yards, and Bergdorf Goodman.
In addition, the series continues to shine a light on the evolution of fashion and inclusion by featuring a variety of sexual preferences, racial backgrounds and ages including a nonbinary model and a trans model, a "Dreamer," and the oldest designer ever to compete on Project Runway.
Challenging fashion norms, the designers are tasked with creating functional outfits for Olympians and Paralympians, as well as turning donated garments from Goodwill of NY into high fashion wear.
In the Season 18 premiere, "Blast Off": The competition begins with some twists right out of the airport gate.
With luggage still in tow, the designers are greeted at the TWA Hotel at JFK airport ready to take flight with their first challenge: to create an innovative look inspired by humanity's continued push into space exploration.
In a Runway first, these unfamiliar designers have to pair up and collaborate to make cohesive pieces that blow away the judges or they are out.
Fans will also get a chance to own a piece of the designer creations when they vote on the outfits they like best.
Maklik met Marinda 4
VIA (DStv 147)
The eccentric Marinda Engelbrecht offers quick cooking lessons in her own kitchen to celebrities who are clueless in theirs.
In the Season 4 premiere: Marinda shows the versatile Laetitia Solomons - actress, television presenter and taxi driver with many other talents - the secrets of stamp en stoot, chicken necks and pampoenpoffertjies with camel syrup.