Oprah talks with Idris

2014-06-02 00:00

FANS of Idris Elba, star of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who played Solomon Northup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, and Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Fruitvale Station, can’t afford to miss Oprah’s Next Chapter on TLC Entertainment (DStv channel 172) at 8.55 pm on Thursday.

Oprah Winfrey will be talking to the three actors about their performances in these three thought-provoking films.

The channel will also be screening, Inyanla Fix My Life: Fix My Blended Family at 8 pm on Thursday. In the show, Iyanla heads to Minneapolis to help Nicole, a wife and mother who says she feels worthless.

After three years of marriage, Nicole says she feels that her husband, Mike, is detached and unsupportive. Her teenage daughter says she wishes that her mother would leave him.

Nicole is struggling to hang on to her marriage — and deal with unhappy children — and says she’s become so good at masking her life that it has become her life.

Nicole doesn’t know if staying in her second marriage is best for her and her children. Can Iyanla give them the tools to fix their blended family?


The second season of the riveting drama, House of Cards, will be made available on DStv Catch Up as a box set before it airs on M-Net in June.

Set in present-day Washington, DC, the series stars Kevin Spacey, the executive producer of the show, as Frank Underwood, a power-hungry politician who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and “doing bad for the greater good” make for scintillating television viewing. The show also stars Robin Wright (who won a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for her performance in season one), Kate Mara and Corey Stoll.

Season one will be available until June 26 on DStv Catch Up, with season two starting on June 13. Season two will air on M-Net from June 27.

DStv Catch Up is offered free of charge to DStv Premium customers and is available on PVR decoders or online.


Airing on BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 184) at 9 pm on Thursday is End It Like Beckham. This special examines brand Beckham as the footballer retires from the sport.

From sarongs to Mohawk hairstyles, Beckham has led the way in brave and often controversial style choices. From the early days of his life as a celebrity, the news of a new haircut topped bulletins and made front-page headlines. Then there are the tattoos, at least 20 at last count.

He’s always been hotly sought after to front brands, and his face and body has adorned billboards and magazine covers the world over.


Season one of the romantic comedy Friends with Better Lives gets under way on M-Net at 6 pm on Wednesday.

The series follows six friends at different stages in their lives — married, divorced, newly engaged and single — who are outwardly happy but are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering: who really has the better life?


Another year of bachelorhood adventures awaits room-mates Walden Schmidt and Alan Harper, as season 11 of the comedy series Two and a Half Men begins on M-Net at 8 pm on Wednesday.

After his girlfriend turns down his marriage proposal, Walden is thrown back into the dating world in a serious way. He gets invited to a threesome with Alan and his girlfriend, Lindsey, and then creates a false identity in order to find a girl who is not after his money.

Then, when Walden’s old friend Missy comes to visit, Jake falls so in love with her, he goes Awol from the army.

The guys may have thought things were going to slow down once Jake got transferred to Japan, but they’re about to be proven wrong when a niece of Alan’s, who shares more than a few characteristics with her father, shows up at the beach house.


Survivor South Africa fans are being given the chance to bid for items on the reality show, which was won by financial manager Graham Jenneker. Former Springbok rugby Captain Corne Krige was the winning captain.

Among the items up for auction are the tribal immunity idol, the individual hidden immunity idols, the Juara immunity necklace, the tribal flags for Selatan, Utara and Juara, the salvation cup, the tree mail box and the Juara tree mail knife.

The auction will close on Wednesday. Fans need to download the auction bid form from the website (www.mnet.tv), complete one form per item they’d like to bid for and return the form to survivorauction@mnet.co.za.

Proceeds from the online auction of the items will go to Missing Children South Africa, an organisation close to the heart of Survivor SA host Nico Panagio.

It was established in March 2007 in response to the kidnapping and brutal murders of Sheldean Human from Pretoria and Anestacia Wiese from Mitchell’s Plain, in an effort to assist and support families finding themselves in similar desperate situations.

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