DStv MARCH 2011 HIGHLIGHTS
M-NET (DStv channel 101/102)
The Hurt Locker: An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he’s indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, DStv audiences can tune in to The Hurt Locker on M-Net on Sunday 13 March.
Bounty Hunter: A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo finds themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure. Milo Boyd, a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly. He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough – staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, the movie will be screened on M-Net on DStv on Sunday 20 March.
Sherlock Holmes: Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. After finally catching serial killer Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder and deceit – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, DStv audiences can watch Sherlock Holmes on M-Net on Sunday 27 March.
UNIVERSAL CHANNEL (DStv channel 108)
Meteor Storm: A devastating disaster movie starring Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Kari Matchett and Eric Johnson (Flash Gordon). When a rogue comet orbits the Earth, astronomer Michelle Young is enthralled by the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. However, her wonder soon turns to terror when the comet causes meteors to fall from the sky and bombard the city of San Francisco delivering an unstoppable torrent of chaos to the city streets. While the city’s disaster official tries to evacuate the terrified population, Michelle investigates why San Francisco is at the centre of this cataclysm and how to halt the destructive storm. The movie will be screened on the Universal Channel on DStv on Thursday 24 March at 20:00 CAT.
DStv audiences can also look out for season 1 of CSI New York on the Universal Channel: A riveting police drama moving the award-winning formula to New York, where forensics experts and detectives must scrutinise the evidence found at crime scenes and track down the culprits. The New York team is headed up by Detective Mac Taylor, (Gary Sinise: Forrest Gump, Apollo 13), a no nonsense ex-Marine Major who is traumatised by the death of wife in the 9/11 attacks on the city and suffers from chronic insomnia. Mac is partnered by Detective Jo Danville, an experienced investigator driven by her empathy by the victims of crime. DStv audiences can watch CSI New York on the Universal Channel on Mondays at 20:00 CAT.
SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (DStv channel 113)
Clear and Present Danger: Harrison Ford (the original Star Wars trilogy, Blade Runner) returns as Jack Ryan in yet another compelling spy thriller based on Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. This time, the enemy is within his own government. As a high-ranking CIA official, Ryan is drawn in to investigate the murder of one of the president’s closest friends. However, unbeknown to him, he is being double-crossed from within his own ranks as the US government becomes embroiled in an illegal war against a Colombian drug cartel. Anne Archer is back as Ryan’s wife, and the film also stars Willem Dafoe (SpiderMan 3, The Boondock Saints). Clear and Present Danger was nominated for two Oscars®, and won a Blockbuster Award for favourite actor as well as an ASCAP award. Screening on Sony Entertainment Television on DStv on Sunday 13 March at 20:35 CAT.
The Sum of All Fears: Ben Affleck (Pearl Harbour, Good Will Hunting) is the latest actor to assume the on-screen role of Tom Clancy’s fictional CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who in this film must thwart a potential all-out war between the USA and Russia. Russia’s president dies and an enigmatic unknown succeeds him, opening the door for a return to frosty Cold War-era relations between East and West. Tensions escalate even more when the CIA starts suspecting that Russia is developing nuclear weapons – and that the target is the States. This fast-paced thrill-fest also features Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, Invictus) and Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate, CSI). Screening on Sony Entertainment Television on DStv on Sunday 20 March at 20:35 CAT.
The Pelican Brief: Based on a John Grisham page-turner, this gripping thriller stars Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich) as a character that Grisham apparently wrote with Roberts specifically in mind. She stars as a law student who stumbles across the truth behind the assassination of two Supreme Court justices. The massive conspiracy she uncovers places her life – and those of others – in grave danger, and the only ally she can turn to is a journalist (Denzel Washington – Training Day, Malcolm X). The two stars both went on to win Academy Awards® for their roles in subsequent films. The Pelican Brief won an ASCAP Award and is a solidly entertaining thriller, brimming with intrigue and boosted by solid performances by the two young leads. Watch The Pelican Brief on Sony Entertainment Television on DStv on Sunday 27 March at 20:35 CAT.
Also tune in for the season 3 of the series Leverage on Sony Entertainment television. Oscar® winner Timothy Hutton (best supporting actor for Ordinary People) returns to our screens as Nathan Ford, a former insurance fraud investigator who now heads up an elite group of modern-day Robin Hoods – who target the corrupt, the unjust and the downright greedy to right the wrongs that have been perpetrated on innocent citizens. The third season of this stylish drama series opens with Ford still in prison, having been captured by the FBI. The other members of his crack team of con artists, professional thieves and computer whizzes plot to help their mastermind escape – but find themselves blackmailed by a mysterious stranger into taking down an infamous criminal in the process. The series also stars Gina Bellman (Coupling, Jekyll) and Christian Kane (Angel, Into the West) as members of Ford’s highly skilled group of grifters who use their criminal prowess to settle scores. The series continues on Sony Entertainment Television on DStv on Thursdays at 20:30 CAT.
BBC ENTERTAINMENT (DStv channel 120)
Top Gear is the world’s premier motoring show. A consistent ratings hit in the UK, the show is no less popular across the globe having been licensed to more than 50 international broadcasters, and has local versions in Russia, Australia and the USA. The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, is a fan and the programme has a global audience of around over 100 million. The 15th series sees the Top Gear team, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard (The Hamster) Hammond and James (Captain Slow) May carry out weekly power tests on the world’s most exciting super-cars, take part in daring challenges and look back at some of the stranger aspects of motoring history.
James May explores how close he can drive to the tip of a volcano in the first episode of the new series, while Jeremy Clarkson visits Yorkshire to investigate why there aren’t more 3-wheeled cars in the world by taking the iconic Robin Reliant for an eventful test drive. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in Sweden to take part in a race against hardcore snowmobilers. All of the favourite elements from previous series are back as well, with the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car section featuring some Hollywood A-listers in Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, as well as Jeff Goldblum (The Fly), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and Formula 1 star Rubens Barrichello. The stars will also be driving a new car this year, but what will happen to the old Chevrolet Lacetti? Full of stunts, challenges and special features, Top Gear is self-deprecating, inclusive and passionate – there are no boring statistics and impenetrable conversations about camshafts and tyre pressures. Instead you get authoritative information and entertainment.
Series 15 airs on BBC Entertainment on DStv on Wednesdays in March at 20.30 CAT
DISCOVERY CHANNEL (DStv channel 121)
Stan Lee’s Superhumans: As part of ‘Incredible People’ night on Discovery Channel, we will take a closer look at ordinary people who possess extraordinary abilities and remarkable skills due to their genetic differences. Our exciting line-up of premiere programming features Stan Lee – the man behind some of the biggest comic book heroes of all time – who will go in search of people with genuine, real life super-powers in Stan Lee’s Superhumans. Here, Stan will visit Daniel Browning-Smith, the world’s most flexible man, and a man claiming to be immune to electrocution. Watch as these ‘superhumans’ undergo scientific testing to help explain their astonishing gifts, and then they are put to the ultimate test to demonstrate what separates them from every other person on the planet. From Tuesday 15 March at 20:00 CAT on the Discovery Channel on DStv.
AirCrash Confidential: Every air crash is a catastrophe that leaves behind bereaved families and ruined lives. With each air disaster that occurs a lesson is learnt, and it is because of each disaster that we now know how to build safer planes, evacuate passengers more swiftly, and avoid air collisions altogether. AirCrash Confidential investigates various aviation disasters that have occurred over time, and reveals how and why tragedies still happen today. This gripping new series will explore why, despite repeated warnings, terrorists remain one step ahead of airport security, and how sometimes only a seating plan error has managed to save hundreds of people from being blown up in mid-air. Using powerful personal accounts from survivors, pilots and witnesses as well as comments from aviation experts and CGI special effects, each episode will explore how human error can never be entirely eliminated. Tune in on the Discovery Channel on DStv on Thursdays (10, 17 and 24 March) at 20:55 CAT.
E! ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (DStv channel 124)
Kourtney and Kim Take New York: Kourtney and Kim are heading to New York to open a new Dash store, but it’s never all business with these stylish sisters. There’s also world-class shopping, A-list nightclubs and drama with Scott. And now that Kim’s newly single, she’s taking the New York dating scene by storm. Get ready for a sinfully good season. Kourtney and Kim Take New York premieres on E! on DStv on Sunday 27 March at 23:00 CAT.
Plus tune in for more Kendra: What a difference a year can make! Following the most tumultuous twelve months of their relationship, Kendra and Hank Baskett have emerged stronger and more committed than ever to one another. From cross country moves in pursuit of Hank’s football dreams to sharing with fans the truth about her troubled youth, to finding the proper balance between raising baby Hank and her very demanding career, Kendra has remained steadfastly determined to “do it all.” In this third season, Kendra and Hank move their new family to Philadelphia as Hank starts the new football season with the Eagles. Tune in to Kendra on E! on DStv on Sundays at 23:00 CAT.
SONYMAX (DStv channel 126)
Scare Tactics: Hosted by Shannen Doherty of Charmed and Beverly Hills 90210 fame, this is a “candid camera” style reality show. It involves a hidden camera being set up to record pranks played on unsuspecting victims by their so-called friends and family – but with a touch of the macabre thrown in for scary effect. Special effects and stage make-up are used to recreate terrifying scenes and horror-movie clichés to scare the living daylights out of victims. Of course, their reactions are being recorded from multiple angles. So look out for a faux UFO abduction, Bigfoot attack, psycho hitchhiker and runaway zombie in season one! Scare Tactics continues on SonyMax on DStv from Monday – Friday at 20:30 CAT.
The District (Season 2): This gritty police drama series has earned plaudits – and multiple award nominations – for its uncompromising look at the world of crime and justice. New York police chief Jack Mannion (played by Craig T. Nelson – CSI: New York, My Name is Earl, The Proposal), pledges to halve Washington DC’s crime rate with his no-nonsense approach. But it’s not only the thugs he has to battle in his quest to revitalise the force – he comes up against politics, apathy, internal corruption and cumbersome red tape as well. Inspired by the real-life experiences of Bill Bratton and Jack Maple, who reinvigorated the NYPD, the series also stars the late Lynne Thigpen (Anger Management, Law & Order), Roger Aaron Brown (Nip/Tuck, Supernatural) and Sean Patrick Thomas (Lie To Me, Save the Last Dance). DStv audiences can watch The District on SonyMax from Monday – Friday in March at 16:45 CAT.
I Dare You! The Ultimate Challenge: Gasp at the world’s greatest daredevils undertaking death-defying (and sanity-defying) stunts in an attempt to shatter records while keeping DStv viewers on the precipice of their seats. You’ll experience testosterone and adrenaline by the bucket load in this high-octane reality thrill-fest, hosted by Lee Reherman (Wizards of Waverly Place) and featuring commentary by legendary stuntman Evel Knievel. Not a show for the faint-hearted! Tune in on SonyMax on DStv on Tuesdays in March at 22:00 CAT.
e.tv AFRICA (DStv channel 144)
Scandal: Break-ups and no make ups in the month of March…Cole (Emmanuel Castis) and Shakira’s (Dawn Matthews) relationship hits rock bottom after his CD launch. Cole has been spending too much time in Donna’s company, especially when they both find they have so much in common. Cole plants a chaste kiss on Donna. Will this send Shakira off the rails when she finds out? We all know what happened to Abigail when Shakira did not get her way with Cole. On the other side of town, Mo and Alex have reached the end of the road. Following the death of Thabang, they are now in a tug of war over Kgomotso. Will they ever find their way back to each other or is their relationship doomed? DStv audiences can tune in to Scandal on e.tv Africa from Mondays – Thursdays at 19:30 CAT.
Rhythm City: From love triangles to two-edged swords and death traps, this month’s Rhythm City instalments are jam-packed full of drama, suspense and shocking revelations. With swords sharpened and guns polished, the Vilakazis press on with their strategy to kill Franco Genaro (played by Jamie Bartlett). But this becomes increasingly compromised as Suzuki stalks Miles to ask for more money to carry out the plan. Miles finds himself cornered and ends up embezzling funds out of Hustle Records, with startling consequences that will have him consider suicide. On the other hand, Lucilla jumps into bed with the devil, Tshinawa, so that he can help Miles swim out of his pool of troubles. Will Genaro’s knowledge of this deception rattle the Vilakazis further? Watch Rhythm City on e.tv Africa on DStv, weekdays at 18.30 CAT.
Breaking The Magician’s Code: Follow the intriguing Masked Magician as he dares to break the magician’s code: the code that binds magicians to never reveal how they perform their illusions. The Masked Magician defies fellow magicians and reveals the secrets behind tricks that have captivated audiences for centuries. You can’t afford to blink with Breaking The Magician’s Code on e. Saturday at 18.05 CAT.
My Name is Earl: Everyone’s favourite hillbilly with a Karma-cleansing quest is on e.Africa every Sunday in the popular sitcom, My Name is Earl. The loveable Earl (Jason Lee) is determined to correct his past mistakes. Joining him along his quest to cleanse his karma are a few dim-witted friends: hapless brother Randy (Ethan Suplee) and the very sexy Catalina (Nadine Velazquez). Even Darnell (Eddie Steeples), the owner of the Crab Shack where Earl drinks beer, offers his support. But it’s Earl’s ex-wife Joy (Jamie Pressly) who won’t lift a finger to help unless there’s something in it for her. Despite his seemingly limited intelligence, Earl is oddly effective – and the comedy series, like Earl himself, has a voice and style all its own. Tune in on Sundays at 19:30 CAT.
Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola II: March brings with it a brand-spanking-new season of the satirical show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola and will continue to reduce audiences to tears of laughter. Late Nite News anchor Loyiso Gola is known for his no-holds-barred comedy and this new season won’t be any different. Tune in to Late Nite News with Loyisa Gola on e.tv Africa on DStv on Wednesdays at 21.30 CAT.
BBC LIFESTYLE (DStv Channel 180)
10 Years Younger USA PREMIERE (Series 4): This US version of the hit show 10 Years Younger aims to turn back the clock for people who are looking a little worse for the passage of time. The causes of premature aging are varied and many, but the 10 Years Younger USA team of specialists, including fashion stylist Jorge Ramon, make-up artist Damone Roberts, and hairstylists Gina Derry and April Barton, are on hand to help out. They are backed up by a team of doctors and dentists who assist with strictly non-surgical procedures to complete the new look. Each person featured on the show is placed in the ‘big box’, which is situated on the busy streets of either New York or Los Angeles, to find out their perceived age from members of the public. The team then have ten days to take them from fuddy-duddy to fabulous before sending them back into the ‘big box’ to see how much their perceived age has dropped. Prepare to be amazed. From Wednesday 23 March at 21:45 CAT, series continues on BBC LifeStyle on DStv every Wednesday and Thursday at 21:20 and 21:45 CAT.
STYLE (DStv channel 183)
Fashion Police (Continuing Series): Joan Rivers brings her notorious and no-holds-barred celebrity fashion and pop culture commentary to E! viewers. From hot new trends to red carpet risks, Joan will take viewers through a complete recap of the week’s celebrity fashion and ultimately decide who sizzled – and who fizzled. Catch Joan Rivers and her fashion team, including Brit Kelly Osbourne and E!’s Giuliana Rancic, dissect the week’s celebrities, events, and of course, style, all showcasing Joan’s uniquely hilarious point of view. Tune in for Fashion Police on Style on DStv on Sundays at 20:00 CAT.
FOOD NETWORK (DStv Channel 185)
Food Network Challenge (Series 9): Food Network Challenge is back with a new season of even tougher challenges for top chefs. Each evening from 14 – 20 March, watch the best in cookery showdowns as small-town cooks to world renowned cooks do battle. In the first episode, four of the best food stylists in the business come to Challenge to prove who has the skills to take home prize and title. The competition takes place over three rounds: breakfast, mystery lunch box, and romantic dinner for two. They don’t need to make the food taste good; they need to make it look irresistible. The competitors whose presentations garner the best photographs will take home ten thousand dollars and the all important coveted gold medal. Later in the series, two teams of pastry chefs face off to build giant gingerbread houses. Not only do they have to make sure the six foot tall creations stand tall in just eight hours, the teams have to decorate the houses in the fairytale spirit. With reputations and cash prizes at stake it’s always heated in the Food Network Challenge kitchen. Let battle commence! Tune in to the Food Network Challenge on the Food Network on DStv from Monday 14 March at 18:30 CAT.
ESPN (DStv channel 230)
March has more live coverage of world-class basketball from the National Basketball Association (NBA) on ESPN, opening at full speed with the Boston Celtics hosting past league MVP Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics’ All-Star lineup boasts not only the trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, but also rising star Rajon Rondo and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. Next up on the 5th is a doubleheader spotlighting some favourites for this year’s title as Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic host the Chicago Bulls, followed by a ‘Best of the West’ meets a ‘Beast of the East’ as the San Antonio Spurs take on the Miami Heat.
The Heat nabbed all the preseason headlines with the debut of their electric threesome of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but they’ll have to play sharp all season to stay ahead of the hot Celtics and Magic – not to mention the impressive Bulls and Atlanta Hawks – in the East. In the West, the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have some serious obstacles in their path back to the NBA Finals, among them the Spurs, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks – in action against the New Orleans Hornets on the 10th – and the Oklahoma City Thunder, home to last season’s scoring leader, Kevin Durant.
ESPN’s coverage of the NBA airs live all season. Games feature a same day re-air in the afternoon/evening.
Schedule: CAT LIVE coverage – Host team shown first
Mar 3 02:30 Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns
Mar 3 19:30 Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns (R)
Mar 5 02:00 Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls
Mar 5 13:00 Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls (R)
Mar 5 04:30 San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
Mar 5 15:00 San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat (R)
Mar 10 03:00 Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Hornets
Mar 10 19:30 Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Hornets (R)
Mar 12 03:00 Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks
Mar 12 13:00 Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks (R)
Mar 17 02:00 Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Mar 17 21:00 Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (R)
Mar 19 01:30 Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat
Mar 19 13:00 Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat (R)
Mar 24 02:00 New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic
Mar 24 19:30 New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic (R)
Mar 26 01:30 Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Mar 26 13:00 Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (R)
Mar 31 01:00 Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic
Mar 31 19:30 Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (R)
BBC KNOWLEDGE (DStv channel 251)
Richard Hammond’s Invisible Words (3 episodes): Just beyond the perception of our naked eyes lies an invisible world of secret forces that touches every aspect of life on Earth and shapes it in unseen ways. Now, for the first time, this hidden world is revealed. The human eye is a remarkable piece of precision engineering, but all around us is an astonishing and beautiful world we cannot see. Some wonders are outside the visible spectrum, others are too fast, too slow, too small or too remote for our eyes and brains to interpret. From lightning sprites and shockwaves to heater bees and the crystalline structure of a spider’s web, Invisible Worlds uses cutting-edge camera technology – some specially adapted for this series – to reveal the full glory of these secret forces and hidden powers. Combining bold ideas with lucid scientific insights and stunning footage, Invisible Worlds is packed with surprising facts as well as phenomena never seen before on TV. See the deadly discharge leaking from high-voltage power lines as repairmen risk their lives to fix it, the intense heat and energy of a forest fire, the hidden patterns and colours of a flower garden as an insect sees them, how German scientists have unlocked the secrets of animal movement, and a black hole at the centre of our universe. Richard Hammond’s Invisible Words continues on BBC Knowledge on DStv, every Wednesday at 22:30 CAT.
CRIME AND INVESTIGATION NETWORK (DStv channel 255)
Crime 360: Viewers go inside investigations as theories and evidence are brought to life through state-of-the-art 3D photography. We’ll follow each case from start to finish; experiencing the crime scene in three dimensions and the evidence at the microscopic level. DStv audiences can tune in on Wednesday 16 March at 20:30 CAT.
The First 48: In medicine, they call it the ‘critical hour’, in criminal investigations; they call it the first 48 hours. If detectives don’t have a lead, a suspect or an arrest within 48 hours, their chances of solving the case are cut in half. The new series continues to follow homicide detectives during these initial critical hours as they race against time to solve their cases. New Episodes – Tuesdays at 20:30 CAT.
ANIMAL PLANET (DStv channel 264)
Swarm Chasers: Surprisingly some of the most terrifying and awe-inspiring events in the natural world do not involve animals with jaws and claws. Swarm Chasers explores a phenomenon that can turn even the most innocuous creatures into killers – the instinct to swarm. In this action-packed series, hosts Steve and Greg head into the eye of the greatest animal plagues on the planet to experience their devastating power and discover what it takes to transform organisms into ferocious and deadly mobs. First up, Steve and Greg meet leading scientists and tacticians in the military-style war on locusts, then head to the blowtorch heat of the Australian outback, swarm-chasing a well-known pest that has terrorised humanity since the dawn of civilisation. Next, rodent expert Dr Steven Belmain is on an expedition to a dangerous region of Bangladesh to try and unravel a bizarre mystery that has plagued locals for generations – a swarm of black rats. Tune in to Swarm Chasers on Animal Planet on DStv from Wednesday 16 March at 22:00 CAT.
DISNEY CHANNEL (DStv channel 303)
Snow Buddies: Get ready for nonstop adventure with the premiere of the heart-warming movie, Snow Buddies on Disney Channel on Saturday 19 March at 09:00 CAT. The five adorable talking puppies venture to the frosty arctic for a thrilling dogsled race across Alaska. Join the Buddies – the big fella Budderball, rappin‟ B-Dawg, courageous RoseBud, mellow Buddha, dirty dog MudBud, and their new Alaskan friend, Shasta – for fun, action and excitement in a wonderful family film about the power of teamwork and following your dreams. Don’t miss the lovable Snow Buddies on Saturday 19 March at 09:00 CAT, the movie will be rescreened the same day at 19:10 CAT. There will also be a chance to see the film on Friday 25 March at 18:45 CAT.
CBEEBIES (DStv channel 306)
Buzz & Tell: Perfect for preschoolers, Buzz & Tell is a fun and entertaining question and answer show which sees a team of puppet contestants battle it out to win points, overseen by a walrus quiz master. Walter Flipstick is the highly professional but often exasperated puppet walrus TV presenter in this quick fire comedy quiz. He’s joined by various panels of puppet contestants that include, among others: Charles Cheese, a diminutive and highly excitable cheese-loving mouse, Mr Biscuits, an earnest but jovial cuddly toy of unknown origin who is obsessed with biscuits, Henrietta Peck, a motherly and worldly wise hen who often lays an egg when struggling to answer a question, and Orange Bernard, a jolly but irredeemably dim orang-utan. The quiz consists of a number of rounds such as guess the missing word, a picture round, guess the sound, a numbers round and a general knowledge round. Questions are designed to be simple with straightforward one word answers. However, Walter’s contestants are not the brightest. While the puppets shout out lots of silly responses, children at home will enjoy shouting out the correct answer. Buzz & Tell is a fast and funny take on a well known format which is totally new to the preschool audience. Its combination of loveable and harmlessly silly characters, vibrant backgrounds, crazy sound effects and unique interactivity make for a frantic five minutes which children will come back to day after day. Series continues every day in March at 08:10 and 14:35 CAT.
CHANNEL O (DStv channel 320)
O-Xpress: The O-Xpress brings you the hottest, freshest tracks and the biggest names the industry has to offer from the likes of R. Kelly, P Square, Jigga, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Ikechukwu, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Naeto C and many more. Make sure you catch the O-Xpress, exclusive to Channel O. Tune in on Thursday 31 March.
Also this month, tune in for Featuring Banky W. This specialized Xpress features gifted songwriter, producer and vocalist, Banky W. An artist who has been able to connect with his fans on a personal level, he has created a large following worldwide. Born Olubankole Wellington in the United States, he grew up in Lagos and is regarded as one of the biggest Nigerian artists to date. Screening on Friday 18 March (21:00 CAT in East, West and Central Africa) and on Friday 25 March (20:30 CAT in Southern Africa).
CNN (DStv channel 401)
Earth’s Frontiers: This month, Earth’s Frontiers travels to Uganda to find out how genetic modification can prevent the global food crisis. As the fourth largest crop in the world, Uganda produces 10 million tonnes of bananas annually, second only to India. In an attempt to help to stem Africa’s growing food crisis, Earth’s Frontiers investigates the first trial of its kind in Africa as scientists adopt plans to inject banana plants with a protein to make them resistant to deadly bacterial diseases. However, local opposition could jeopardise the project. The programme finds out whether genetically modified crops will ever be embraced by African society. Wednesday 23 March at 09:30 and 19:30 CAT; Saturday 26 March at 09:30, 14:00 and 20:30 CAT; Sunday 27 March at 07:30 and 19:30 CAT; Monday 28 March at 05:30 CAT.
Duration: 30 minutes
CNN Marketplace Africa: This week on CNN Marketplace Africa, David McKenzie meets women in Kenya who have formed Chamas – investment collectives. The boardroom is like any other high-powered boardroom in Nairobi: sales pitches; big property deals; power investments. But there is one key difference: no men. This is Unathi investments, a group of Kenyan women who have banded together to form a Chama, or investment collective. When it comes to investment, they are leaving the men behind. Chamas started as revolving funds, now, these groups are putting together deals in the millions. One Chama is even listed on the stock exchange, and around nine million Kenyans belong to Chamas. David meets the women of Unathi investments and finds out just how powerful Chamas have become. Friday 25 March at 21:45 CAT; Saturday 26 March at 03:45 and 08:15 CAT; Sunday 27 March at 09:15 CAT.
Please note that programming, dates and times are subject to change. In addition, please note that different channels are available in different DStv bouquets and in different countries.