‘Boer Soek ‘n Vrou’, ‘The Stand’ and more on DStv this week

Valentine’s Day is a month away, and to help you feel the love, there’s a line-up of entertainment.

Looking to get loved-up in lockdown? Boer Soek ‘n Vrou returns for a highly anticipated 13th season and a new presenter! Join Marciel Hopkins on a quest to find true love for 10 farmers. With no grand prizes, this show is all about finding that someone special.

The popular Norwegian franchise gets its first hit film, Captain Sabertooth and The Magic Diamond. Dubbed in English, this fun family movie is about the beauty of adventure and the magic of friendship and will have the entire family in laughs.

In My Spy, a new CIA agent is given an important task to keep secret surveillance on a mother and daughter with ties to organised crime. But the tech-savvy Sophie quickly discovers their plan and uses it to her advantage. When her mother discovers her daughter’s blackmailing ways, she decides to help the handsome agent.

Giles Clark’s love of wildlife knows no limits. In Bears About The House, we see the extraordinary lengths this conservationist and his family must go to protect endangered animals. Thanks to an increased demand for bear bile, South East Asia is slowly losing the battle to save sun and moon bears. From raising cubs to rehabilitating adults, this is a “bear-y” important show to watch.

No matter how big the star, every celebrity has had a moment of doubt before becoming famous. This feel-good show returns for another season there is an opportunity for A-list celebs to show their appreciation with a much-needed renovation. The Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, are up for this important challenge. The first season of Celebrity IOU featured stars like Brad Pitt, Michael Bubble, and Rebel Wilson. Watch to see which household name steps up in season 2.

With all this entertainment, you’ll be on the edge of your seat from 15 to 21 January – only with DStv

Boer Soek ‘n Vrou

Chosen from hundreds of applicants, the setup is quite different but wildly successful for the new batch of farmers on a quest for love. First introduced to the public through a share session of their hopes, dreams and what they are looking for in a partner, in order to be considered for the programme, aspiring matches across the country must write letters to pique the interest of the new agri-beaus. The farmers choose their own potential candidates for the show – and that’s when the magic happens.

Thursday, 21 January on kykNET (DStv Channel 144) at 20:00

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Captain Sabertooth and The Magic Diamond (Family Animation)

This is a pirate adventure like no other! Captain Sabertooth and his gang have a lot to overcome on their quest to find a powerful jewel that fulfills wishes on the full moon. Along the way, they encounter interesting new people – from a vampire who loves the daylight so much, he suffers with sunburn to a shape-shifting queen looking for love. As they journey to the dangerous islands of Maga Kahn, the motley crew will learn valuable lessons and overcome incredible obstacles.

Saturday, 16 January on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 15:00

My Spy (Action Comedy)

Fans of retired pro wrestler, Dave Bautista, can get ready to see him in a completely new light! Bautista plays JJ, a retired soldier that joins the CIA. After a disastrous first mission, JJ is given surveillance duty on the family of a dangerous illegal arms dealer. Nine-year-old Sophie quickly discovers cameras that lead her to the entire setup. Instead of telling her mother, Sophie decides that a well-trained operative is just what she needs to be popular at school.

Saturday, 14 November on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 15:30

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The Stand

Based on the novel by horror icon Stephen King, this new series focuses on post-apocalyptic life after the world is ravaged by a man-made plague. The only way to overcome the chaos lies within 108-year-old Mother Abigail (played by the talented Whoopi Goldberg). The cast includes other stellar actors with a penchant for dystopian dramas such as James Marsden (Westworld), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Owen Teague (Black Mirror). Fresh from the US, a preview is available from 11 January.

Monday, 18 January on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 22:30

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Bears About The House S1

Giles Clark is a conservationist who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to animal rescue. Having previously spent time raising endangered big cats in his home, Giles decides to move his family to Laos to help a rescue centre for sun and moon bears. While tackling the heavy task of raising three curious and precocious bear cubs, he also takes viewers across South East Asia to rescue bears and help them live a life of freedom and peace. 

Monday, 18 January on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) at 19:00

Celebrity IOU S2

This feel-good show returns for another heart-warming new season. Before they were famous, celebrities had many hurdles to overcome. For many, a supportive friend or family member was the push they needed to succeed. Watch as A-list stars take an opportunity to share their thanks and love for the people who believed in them when they had nothing to offer with a show-stopping renovation by The Property Brothers. This season Zooey Deschanel, Justin Hartley, Rainn Wilson and Allison Janney are some of the stars that step up to transform homes and share the incredible kindness of people in their lives.

Tuesday, 19 January on HGTV (DStv Channel 177) at 19:45

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Friday, 15 January

In The Dark S2

At the end of S1, crooked detective Dean kidnapped Murphy after she figured out that he murdered Tyson, and Dean’s car went over a bridge as Murphy was fighting with him. While Murphy was in hospital, drug boss Nia approached Murphy to launder money for her at Guided Hope, Murphy’s school for training guide dogs for the blind. S2 picks up from that moment. Now, as Murphy tries to keep her friends, especially Felix, out of Nia’s claws this season, she’s expecting more trouble when Max returns. 

Starts on Friday, 15 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00

Saturday, 16 January

We Are Who We Are S1

In this coming-of-age drama from the director of 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, 2 American teens are growing up on a US Army base in Italy in 2016. Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) has 2 moms, and Harper (Jordan Kristine Seamón) is battling with gender identity issues and a possessive boyfriend. Together, they’ll start exploring and embracing life and their changing bodies, and pushing back against a world that wants them to fit between narrow lines. 

Saturday, 16 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00

Sunday, 17 January

Afgrond S1

5 women from different walks of life, including Julia Cilliers (Jana Kruger, Karen in Projek Dina), a psychologist struggling with the death of her child, Hannelie Fourie (Marguerite van Eeden), a woman who’s being sexually harassed at work, Lana Bridgett (Kim Cloete), a former soapie star who’s come out of a coma suffering from amnesia, Nadine May (Gretchen Ramsden). a trainee lawyer, and Leora van Niekerk (Kanya Viljoen), who has to take over her father’s funeral business, cross paths when each of them must fight for their survival. 

Watch from Sunday, 17 January on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00

Monday, 18 January

A Confession S1

This BAFTA-nominated miniseries based on real-life events tells how DS Stephen Fulcher (Martin Freeman) risked his career and his reputation to hunt for a serial killer, Christopher Halliwell. Christopher was targeting women, including missing 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan (Florence Howard). But Fulcher nearly saw the killer slip through his fingers when he contravened the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and he wound up in court himself trying to justify his actions after the killer’s confessions were thrown out and became inadmissible as evidence.

Monday, 18 January on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:30

Tuesday, 19 January

The Hills: New Beginning S2

The Iconic Hills crew return. Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are back, and so is Kristin Cavallari, who was going through a messy divorce with Jay Cutler during production. The season was filmed both before and after lockdown, so we’ll be intrigued to see how that affects the cast’s living arrangements. Not returning? Most likely Stephanie Pratt, after a massive blowout with both her brother, Spencer, and Spencer’s wife, Heidi. But there will be new faces, like Audrina’s boyfriend, Sean Stewart (son of Rod Stewart). 

Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on MTV (DStv 130) at 21:30

Abandoned S1

Young adults who grew up in care after being abandoned at birth or as young children by desperate mothers often have unanswered questions and self-esteem problems that affect their ability to make connections. Host Phumeza Mdabe, along with Abandoned’s research team and private investigators, will be going around the country to track down those missing parents so that their children can talk about the issues that have been weighing heavily on their hearts, and find out why their birth parents couldn’t raise them. 

Starts on Tuesday, 19 January on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00

Wednesday, 20 January

The Oval S2 

Tyler Perry’s deliciously spicy White House drama promises scandal galore for philandering President Hunter Franklin and First Lady with an axe, Victoria Franklin. All the action in the upcoming 22 episodes will take place over 3 to 4 days, so we’re expecting a major political and personal uproar. There’s plenty in the S1 finale that could get us there, from ex-Press Secretary Diana’s explosive tell-all press conference, to the Franklins’ son, Jason, murdering White House staffer Jean and stuffing her corpse under his bed.

Starts on Wednesday, 20 January on BET (DStv 129) at 22:30

Thursday, 21 January

Wild Bill S1

Former US Police chief Bill Hixon (Rob Lowe) relocates from Miami to rural Lincolnshire in the UK after he’s fired for beating up a boy who posted sexual images of his 14-year-old daughter, Kelsey (Aloreia Spencer), online. Now in this dramedy he’s trying to whip the local cops into shape, with the help of eager-beaver trainee detective Muriel Yeardsley (Bronwyn James). Bill investigates every crime the British countryside can offer from corpses in Dead Man’s Wood, to heads in freezers and bodies in suitcases. 

Starts on Thursday, 21 January on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 21:30

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