Unbeatable TV shows and movies to watch this weekend

Garcelle Beauvais and Dennis Quaid in 'Merry Happy Whatever.' (Adam Rose/Netflix)
Garcelle Beauvais and Dennis Quaid in 'Merry Happy Whatever.' (Adam Rose/Netflix)

Cape Town – Escape the shopping madness with our handy weekend viewing guide.

From a riveting thriller, to an adrenaline filled adventure reality series, to a local rugby show, to a father navigating the holding season, to three now movies in cinemas – you'll be thoroughly entertained.

1) Dublin Murders

Friday, 29 November

21:00 - BBC First (DStv 119)

CATCH UP: Based on the novels by Tana French, this psychological thriller follows a team of detectives on the hunt for the perpetrators who commit the most mind-boggling crimes. In the first episode, detective duo Maddox and Reilly investigate a case that makes them relive parts of their past they would rather not remember.

2) The Amazing Race

Sunday, 1 December

18:00 - M-Net (DStv 101)

S31: The six-time Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series sees 12 teams trekking around the world and competing for the ultimate prize, $1 million. Phil Keoghan has been presenting the show since its inception in 2001, and now, 31 seasons later, Americans are still vying to travel around the world whilst testing their ability to work in a team. It’s a test of the wills, physical stamina, and a fanatic sense of adventure.

3) Grassroots


This 13-part local series explores the trials and tribulations of two young men whose passion for rugby leads them into a new stage of their lives.

4) Merry Happy Whatever


A strong-willed father navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home for Christmas.

Now showing in cinemas

Knives Out

Hired by a mysterious, anonymous client, a crack private investigator is called in to investigate what seems to be the open-and-shut case of the suicide of a famous horror novelist. (READ OUR REVIEW HERE)

21 Bridges

After a pair of robbers leave six dead policemen in their wake following a botched cocaine robbery, NYPD detective, Andre Davis, is put on the case. Convincing the FBI to close off the twenty-one bridges in and out of Manhattan, Davis and his team have until morning to close in on the criminals and bring them in, dead or alive. (READ OUR REVIEW HERE)

Playing with Fire

A team of smoke jumpers rescue a trio of kids from a burning cottage but with no parents or legal guardians around they’re forced to look after them at the station house for the whole weekend. High jinks and life lessons ensue. (READ OUR REVIEW HERE)

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht.