For Real: The Story of Reality TV
E! (DStv 124)
Documentary Series, Reality
E! delves into the origin story of one of the most intriguing and polarising subsects of the entertainment landscape.
Hosted and executive produced by Andy Cohen, the seven-part limited series explores different themes including celebreality, dating, competition and extreme makeover series, among others.
It also shares shocking revelations from those industry executives, producers and journalists who helped catapult reality programming into the pop culture zeitgeist.
Featuring untold stories and "never-before-seen" footage, Cohen reminisces with some of the biggest stars to examine the evolution and decades-long cultural impact of unscripted television.
Cohen navigates reality's storied past as he dishes with the Kardashian/Jenner family ahead of their final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians; and celebrates all that Black women have brought to the genre with an insightful conversation with Kandi Burruss, Vivica A. Fox and producers Holly Carter and Mona Scott-Young.
Andy also reveals secrets from The Bachelor with Jason and Molly Mesnick; and brings together cast members of the first season of The Real World for a tearful reunion after 20 years.
Additional talent interviews for the series include Bret Michaels, Caroline Manzo, Clay Aiken, Dr. Drew, Janice Dickinson, Julie Chen, Kendra Wilkinson, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Luann de Lesseps, Melissa Rivers, Omarosa Newman, Dr. Paul Nassif, Rachel Zoe, Ramona Singer, Richard Hatch, Ruben Studdard, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Teresa Giudice, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Thom Filicia.
HISTORY (DStv 186)
Who financed Hitler? Where did he get the money and the backing to achieve power in 1933 Germany?
This miniseries unearths Hitler's money trail and exposes his secret partners and money managers who enabled him to finance his success and become the most powerful man in Europe.
Hidden treasures, bank accounts and much more.
This series unravels the covert financial web that Hitler spun across Europe and around the globe to bankroll his dream of world domination.
The Man Cave 7
Vuzu (DStv 116)
Follows a variety of presenters as they tackle all matters male, competing against each other in tasks, test driving cars, reviewing gadgets, giving DIY tips and more, all with the aim of providing men with their own haven - a virtual man cave.
The series delivers a weekly dose of testosterone-driven content to men seeking a hefty helping of adventure.
Now in its seventh season, the show has moved from original broadcaster SABC3 to M-Net and returns with 10 all-new, adrenaline-fuelled episodes.
Bringing their testosterone to the table are returning presenters Siv Ngesi, comedian Jason Goliath and radio jock-come petrol-head DJ Warras.
Joining the team this season is presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee.
The series – offering insights into the multiple facets of the modern-day man – features a line-up of competitive challenges, adventures, casual conversations, engagements with local heroes and sporting stars, bucket-list adventures, supercars and classic rides.
Exclusive to this season, the guys actively address issues that plague today's society, explore South Africa and its people, discover the mythical bond between man and machine and host casual, non-scripted conversations with top local personalities.
TVSA Show Page: The Man Cave 7
BBC Earth (DStv 184)
Nature, Documentary Series
Day Zero seeks to illuminate how humanity is rapidly consuming Earth's precious, ancient, fresh water supplies and simultaneously removing nature's ability to replenish them.
The film deliberately seeks out the voices of people who are already on the front line of this rapidly unfolding crisis – people who, unlike most of us, do not have the luxury of thinking water scarcity is someone else's business.
In Africa, Kansas, California, Brazil – and even in space - we find ourselves on a truly global journey as drought begins to threaten every corner of the Earth.
Through our character's stories we realise that water stress is in fact one of the first, tangible symptoms of our new reality: a planet that simply cannot cope with the over consumption, over population and assault on natural systems that modern life requires to sustain it.
The Night Caller
CBS Justice (DStv 170)
True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama
From 1959 to 1963, a mysterious attacker terrorised Perth, Australia, committing random and extraordinarily violent crimes.
The Perth police were determined to find the culprit.
Deaf Darryl Bleamish was arrested, questioned without parents or lawyer, charged with murder and sentenced to death – but while he was in prison, the attacks began again.
Many more violent crimes were committed, before a second young man – John Button – was arrested, cross-examined until he confessed, and also sent to prison.
A few months later a babysitter was shot in the head. Police combed the crime scene and found a fingerprint.
They fingerprinted 30,000 men and interviewed 8,000 residents, yet despite every possible effort, there was no sign of the Night Caller – until an elderly couple, out for a stroll, spotted a rifle under a bush...
A four-part true crime docu-series, The Night Caller depicts and explores a killer's harrowing legacy – of tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption – as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Thomas Meadmore, returning to his childhood home and spending time with those closest to the killer and his victims, whose lives he altered irrevocably.
With unprecedented access to the killer's wife and the two men wrongly convicted of his crimes, this is a series about the devastating aftermath of serial murder, and how his victims - which include his wife and those wrongly convicted of his crimes - have come together through grief and injustice in the pursuit of closure and redemption, which includes finally holding the police to account.
The Masked Singer UK 2
BBC Brit (DStv 120)
Reality Competition, Music
The Masked Singer UK returns with a brand-new panellist as award-winning comedian Mo Gilligan takes up a chair and the challenge of figuring out "who's that behind the mask?"
Host Joel Dommett presides over the unique guessing game. Singer Rita Ora and TV presenters Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross also resume their celebrity sleuth roles.
Across eight shows a fresh cast of 12 celebrities, complete with new and flamboyant elaborate character costumes, will be singing and concealing their identities as they attempt to stump viewers and the panel alike on who they could possibly be.
The new line-up will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the first winner, Nicola Roberts, who performed as Queen Bee and triumphed over an eclectic and unexpected range of singers that numbered politician Alan Johnson, singers Kelis, Justin Hawkins, Skin, Jake Shears and Katherine Jenkins, footballer Teddy Sheringham, comedian Jason Manford and TV personality Denise Van Outen.
World War II: The Battleships
HISTORY (DStv 186)
The story of Germany's great battleships during the Second World War.
With graphic recollections from veterans of the 'Kriegsmarine', this film depicts the rise of Hitler's Naval Expansion program, through to the ultimate destruction by the allies
Ships featured are the Schlesig Holstein, the Scharnhorst, the Admiral Scheer, the Gneisenau, the Graf Spee, the Tirpitz and finally the legendary Bismarck.
Mzansi Comedy Nights
Vuzu (DStv 116)
Comedy variety series hosted by Tol A$$ Mo, which showcases a wide variety of stand-up comedians as they perform in front of a studio audience.
Filmed at the Taboo nightclub in Johannesburg, comedians featured in the first season include Summary, Trevor Gumbi, Gilli Apter, Justice Kubheka and Felix Hlophe, among others.
TVSA Show Page: Mzansi Comedy Nights