The North Water
M-Net (DStv 101)
Miniseries, Drama, Thriller
This immersive drama is based on the novel by Ian McGuire and stars Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), Colin Farrell (True Detective) and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire).
Set in Hull, England, and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, the series follows the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship's doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.
But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, particularly Henry Drax, a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature.
As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilization.
The North Water's location work took place primarily in the Arctic, shooting on the frozen seas north of the Svalbard Archipelago.
The cast and production team sailed as far as 81 degrees north to film sequences in the pack ice, the furthest point north it is believed a drama series has ever filmed before.
In the series premiere: Hull, 1859. Disgraced ex-army surgeon Patrick Sumner (O'Connell) boards a whaling ship bound for the Arctic, also on board is Drax (Farrell), a brutish harpooner and force of nature.
Baxter, the ship's owner, and his Captain, Brownlee (Graham), scheme to ensure the voyage is a profitable one, regardless of the whales caught.
The journey to the ice floes is arduous and the seas are rough.
Will Sumner be able to keep his own secrets safe, keep his growing addiction at bay, and survive the dangers of the journey?
Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
Two people finds themselves at odds with each other in Mismatched: Shaurya and Anokhi.
He's a low life misogynist who believes women shouldn't work or study, and she's a woman who wants to do just that.
Shaurya's bigoted beliefs have arisen because he feels he was deserted by his mother Aastha, who left him to pursue a career and take care of her elderly parents.
She left him unwillingly and he was raised by his aunt and uncle who informed his belief system and values.
In contrast to Shaurya, Anokhi fights the patriarchy by insisting on an education and actively pursuing it.
She goes to college where she meets Aastha who's become a professor. Aastha teaches Anokhi, they form a bond and this how Anokhi meets Shaurya.
In between it all, she suffers the misfortune of marrying and escaping a man called Monty who believes women are "glorified servants".
Shaurya and Anokhi get close after Aastha suffers a life threatening injury and Shaurya reveals that he cares about his mother.
With his more open heart and awareness, he falls in love with Anokhi.
New! Mismatched Teasers - October 2021
Flea Market Flip 3
Real Time (DStv 155)
Reality Competition, Reality, DIY
Flea markets are filled with hidden treasures; the secret is to know where to look.
In this series, two teams compete against each other to see who can make the most money transforming unexpected gems into big-money items.
Each duo is given $500 along with a list of items they need to find and buy in just one hour.
Then they are given one day to transform their finds in the workshop, and one day to sell their refurbished items.
Whether it's transforming a dated TV cabinet into a fabulous bar or creating a chic storage unit out of a bargain find, the teams must put their design flair to the test in the ultimate flea market challenge.
And there's a lot to play for: the team that rakes in the biggest net profit wins $5,000.
In the Season 3 premiere, "Rocker Dudes vs Designing Moms": Rocker dudes Dave and Ryan are throwing down against designing moms Charlotte and Jill in a battle for Total Flea Market Domination.
The verbal jabs start flying between these two competitive teams while shopping at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
Here, they'll have only one hour and $500 to purchase three projects, including unexpected seating, creating a "funk-tional" piece, and a reimagine project.
Next the teams head into the workshop, where the sparks continue to fly as they makeover their pieces in the hopes of raking in big profits at New York City's Antiques Garage.
The team that comes out on top takes home $5,000.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Bustin' Up and Bustin' Out": Brooklyn buddies Anthony and Jack go up against cute and crafty lovebirds Cole and Kelly.
Both teams get one hour and a $500 budget to race through the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts to shop for design projects that feature chic storage, busted design, and a dining project.
The teams then head into the workshop to bust out their pieces, while busting each other's chops.
In the end, they'll take their reimagined finds to New York City's Antiques Garage, where the team that makes the biggest profit wins $5,000.
Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
Parents who have secret children out of wedlock introduce them to their spouses and families in this new reality show.
Many romantic entanglements result in spouses hiding the existence of children they had with other partners.
In these cases, the children are often made to feel like outsiders and are not given an opportunity to connect with their siblings.
Ingane Yam' narrates the stories of parents who, after years of procrastination, introduce their secret children to their spouses and families to help give the children a sense of belonging.
The show delves into why parents hide children from their past and how their families react to the big reveal of the child.
It also aims to show how children suffer by being denied their true identity and how they deal with rejection from people who should be taking care of them.
Ingane Yam' is hosted by "Real Housewives" star Lethabo Mathatho.
In the series premiere: Mpho has a daughter who is under the impression that her grandmother is her mother.
Mpho is dating Mphethi and there are talks about Lobola. Now she wants to come clean about having a child.
House of Payne 8
BET (DStv 129)
The eighth season of this comedy features retired fire chief Curtis Payne and his lovely wife Ella.
Together the loving couple navigates the problems of life with their quirky modern-day family.
In the Season 8 premiere, "Whiplash": The Payne family becomes concerned while searching for C.J. after learning he ran into a burning building.
While recovering from his injuries, C.J. comes under investigation for his conduct during the fire, and Lisa feels judged by Malik's family.
M-Net (DStv 101)
Police Procedural, Drama
NCIS is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humour, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colourful personalities.
Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all.
The team includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; and NCIS Special Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.
There's also the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, who built her reputation as the agency's premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs.
Assisting the team as the NCIS Historian is retired medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because he's seen it all.
Ducky's protégé is the naïve Jimmy Palmer, who graduated from assistant to fully licensed medical examiner and now runs the morgue.
Also on the team is Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines, Ducky's former graduate assistant who impressed Gibbs with her keen forensic skills during a critical time for the team.
Overseeing operations is NCIS Director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo.
From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
In the Season 18 premiere, "Sturgeon Season": Gibbs and Fornell attempt to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell's daughter.
Also, the team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.
TVSA Show Page: NCIS 18
In Pursuit with John Walsh 3
Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
True Crime, Documentary Series
Victims' rights activist John Walsh is on a mission to help law enforcement find leads on unsolved crimes in the USA, and to put fugitives from the law behind bars.
Since the tragic kidnapping and murder of his young son in 1981, he has dedicated himself to protecting children and aiding the authorities in capturing dangerous fugitives.
Now he uses his lifetime of experience combined with a call centre to get new information and insight into open cases, using the power of the public to help find missing children and track down those would prey on them.
Whether it's unravelling a history of violence after following the trail of a dangerous fugitive, to hunting down a suspect following a tragic double murder, nothing will stop John on his mission for justice.
In the Season 3 premiere, "Terror in Texas": In 1989, a young girl bravely came forward to reveal her adoptive father sexually abused her for years.
Callahan joins the hunt to bring this monster to justice.
John searches for Erik Arceneaux, a prime suspect in the murder of a devoted single mom, whose family needs justice.
Later, Cal learns the dark truth behind Mark Blevins, an accused sexual predator who has been on the run for over 30 years.