The best TV picks to get you through the week

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Kick back and enjoy a film with the family or catch up on your favourite series with our selection of the most notable content on your screens this week.

The Secret She Kept (2020)

Lifetime (DStv channel 131)

Sunday, 7.20pm

The film stars Doctor Dolittle’s Kyla Pratt as Tia, who recently married the man of her dreams. She is on the brink of launching a major political campaign when a pattern of erratic behaviour leads her husband to uncover her secret – she suffers from a mental illness.

Playing with Fire (2019)

M-Net (DStv channel 101)

Sunday, 8.05pm

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson and his elite team of firefighters come to the rescue of three siblings, they quickly realise that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitting.

A Star is Born (2018)

M-Net Movies Smile (DStv channel 105)

Sunday, 8pm

After falling in love with struggling artist Ally, musician Jackson coaxes her to follow her dreams while he battles with alcoholism and his personal demons.

Beyond the River (2017)

Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)

Sunday, 8pm

In this gripping tale, two men from different backgrounds are forced to work together to compete in the Dusi canoe marathon.

Hippos After Dark

SABC3 (DStv channel 193)

Sunday, 6.30pm

For a dominant hippo bull, his territory is his empire. By day, he languishes confidently in his watery habitat. He’s aggressive, territorial and his rule is indisputable … But, by night, dark forces grip the land and control slips to the predators. To get to their grazing lands, the hippos must leave the safety of the river and run the gauntlet of the flesh-eaters.

The Adventures of Paddington

Nick Jr (DStv channel 307)

Monday, 7.40am


The Adventures of Paddington is a new tale about a familiar bear. This heart-warming show depicts the loveable bear in all his glory as his usual curious, kind and family-oriented self.

Station 19

M-Net City (DStv channel 115)

Monday, 7.10pm


This spin-off of the critically acclaimed show, Grey’s Anatomy, follows the lives of the men and women of firehouse Station 19 in Seattle, Washington state in the US.

Black Lightning -- The Book Of Consequences: Chapt

Black Lightning

1Magic (DStv channel 103)

Tuesday, 8.30pm


With Freeland under full-blown occupation, the Pierce family gets pulled in different directions.

Leave It to Stevie

BET (DStv channel 129)

Tuesday, 6.30pm

After breaking up with Joseline, Stevie J is looking forward to a fresh start focusing on music, family and being a bachelor.

90 Day Fiancé: Loren and Alexei Birth Special

TLC Entertainment (DStv channel 135)

Tuesday, 9pm

Series favourites Loren and Alexei share their journey of the arrival of their first baby during the Covid-19 coronavirus quarantine, in this special edition of the reality show.


Miles Apart, Miles Together

SABC3 (DStv channel 193)

Wednesday, 7.30pm


Many South Africans have taken the ultimate risk of moving abroad and seeking opportunities there, leaving the people they love behind. Now, separated by distance and time, some only get to see their lovers, family, friends and parents once or twice a year, at best. Births and birthdays are missed, as are anniversaries, weddings and many other milestone events traditionally shared by loved ones. Miles Apart, Miles Together has heard this plight and is reuniting families by bringing 13 lucky South Africans living overseas back to South Africa for an exciting surprise experience with their loved ones.

Irish Pickers

History (DStv channel 186)

Wednesday, 8.15pm


Irish Pickers, led by Dublin-based antiques expert and dealer Ian Dowling, heads to prestigious, interesting and historical places to hunt for and purchase unusual objects previously hidden from the world.

Celebrity Mystery Box

Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)

Wednesday, 8pm

Two local celebrities, two kitchens and one mystery box of ingredients. The winner gets R10 000 for themselves and R5 000 for their favourite charity.


American Justice: The Fight For Police Reform

BET (DStv channel 129)

Wednesday, 9.30pm

This programme examines the efforts made to pass meaningful police reform legislation, as well as the roadblocks along the journey to significant change. The special includes the voices of high-profile politicians.

Reasonable Doubt

Investigation Discovery (DStv channel 171)

Thursday, 9.20pm

In criminal cases, the law states that the defendant’s guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. But are convictions always so clear-cut?

Dinner Date South Africa

SABC3 (DStv channel 193)

Thursday, 7.30pm


Following the success of season one, this popular dating competition series, which puts love on the menu, is returning to our screens. This year serves up a new batch of hopeful singles looking to find true love through their love of good food.


1Magic (DStv channel 103)

Saturday, 9pm

Jane and the team reach out to Patterson’s father in the hopes of gaining access to a high-level conference in Finland, where they hope to bring Matthew Weitz on to their side.

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