The best festive TV shows

2017-12-17 00:00

Johannesburg - Holidays are in full swing for many of us. Here are the TV picks you can indulge in.


The Imposter

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)

Time: 20:00

Twin sisters Mantwa and Matshepo Tau find themselves at war as a consequence of a moment that changed their lives. One of the sisters breaks out of prison after 17 years and takes over the wonderful life of her identical twin.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 20:05

The live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. Starring Emma Watson.

Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids

Channel: SABC3 (DStv 193)

Time: 21:00

Celebrated BBC documentarian Louis Theroux travels to San Francisco, where a group of pioneering medical professionals help children who say they were born in the wrong bodies.

Omar Sosa: Out of Africa

Channel: BET (DStv 129)

Time: 22:01

The Grammy-nominated Cuban composer, pianist and bandleader records a song with a local musician in each of the east African countries he visits in this epic road movie.


Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 22:15

Ben Anderson returns to Afghanistan for a shocking report that questions America’s longest war and expands on the Taliban’s control over territory.


Radical Rasdien: The Joey Rasdien Show

Channel: SABC2 (DStv 192)

Time: 19:00

Ben Rasdien has a son, a successful career and a fancy house. His brother is his manager and wants to cash in on his crazy mind. The trouble is, Ben is a 30-year-old kid.

The Disappearance

Channe: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 19:00 

During a treasure hunt on his 10th birthday, Anthony Sullivan inexplicably disappears. As the investigation unfolds, long-buried family secrets are uncovered, with devastating consequences.

Mzansi Magic Music Special

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)

Time: 21:30

Bob Mabena is joined by musical giants All 4 One in the premiere episode of Mzansi Magic Music Specials season 4.


Judge Faith

Channel: TLC (DStv 135)

Time: 17:45

Sassy attorney Judge Faith Jenkins presides over intriguing real-life hearings in her courtroom. With her tough style of justice, she’s the boss.

Beat Shazam

Channel: Vuzu Amp (DStv 103)

Time: 19:00

Actor and musician Jamie Foxx hosts a unique game show with four teams of two who race to identify songs by sound and win a cash prize.

Hacking the Wild: Curse of the Jungle

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)

Time: 22:00

Andy tries to survive a remote, tropical jungle in Hawaii, one of the most rain-soaked places on Earth. Making his electronic equipment work in this environment challenges his hacking skills to the limit.


Basketball Wives LA

Channel: Vuzu Amp (DStv 103)

Time: 18:00

A group of women who are currently, or used to be, in a relationship with a basketball player come together on this show to tell their stories.

South Streets: My Mzansi Adventure

Channel: eExtra (DStv 195)

Time: 20:30

A dynamic and diverse look at some of the most exciting aspects of this beautiful land that 53 million South Africans call home.

Village of the Damned

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)

Time: 22:00

Explores important and disturbing questions about how innocent people become ensnared by evil. Will this tight-knit community survive these pressures?



Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)

Time: 21:30

In this local TV movie, two friends pay dearly for arrogantly refusing to give back cash belonging to an elderly woman.

Sex Sent Me to the ER

Channel: TLC (DStv 135)

Time: 22:45

After a sneaky romp, college sweethearts are busted and must go to the ER and the dentist. A fetish feast leaves a woman unable to hear.


The Carbonaro Effect

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136)

Time: 21:00

Michael Carbonaro is a magician by trade and a prankster at heart. He performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public, all caught on hidden camera.


Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 22:30


In the premiere of this acclaimed comedy series, former president of the US Richard Graves (Oscar-nominee Nick Nolte) has an existential crisis after realising that his policies have ruined the country.


Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 23:45


In the season premiere of this outrageous, semi-autobiographical comedy, Dice is cursed by his old rabbi and is forced to live his life as if “The Diceman” never existed.



Channel: M-Net Movies Smile (105)

Time: 20:49

A chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) who has lived as a sheltered family pet finds himself in the middle of an identity crisis.


Have you got that warm festive feeling yet? Here are some top TV picks to get you in the mood:

Snow Dogs (DStv channel 194)
Sunday, 15:00
A dentist from Miami must deal with a mischievous team of sled dogs when he goes to Alaska.

Starlight Classics 2017
M-Net (DStv channel 101)
Sunday, 17:30
South Africa’s top vocalists perform with a full philharmonic orchestra in this spectacular show.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (DStv channel 194)
Saturday, 19:30
Olaf teams up with Sven to find Christmas traditions for sisters Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (DStv channel 194)
Saturday, 20:00
A wonderful animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel.


The Legend of 420

Available on Netflix SA

The Legend of 420 has been called “the all-encompassing cannabis documentary we’ve been waiting for”. It explores the growing trend of dagga decriminalisation in the US and looks at the use of cannabis in medicine, art, fine dining and more. As dagga use expands from society’s fringes and dark alleys into everyday life, will its opponents succeed in stopping its spread?

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