DStv Highlights for the week; July 7-14


Lifetime Original Movie: Betty & Coretta airs on Lifetime on Sunday 10 August at 20:00 CAT

Focusing on the extraordinary women behind the two men who would change history, Betty & Coretta tells the true stories of Coretta Scott King (Angela Bassett), wife of Dr Martin Luther King Jr (Malik Yoba), and Dr Betty Shabazz (Mary J Blige), wife of Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre).

When their husbands were tragically assassinated, these two women not only inherited the mantle of the civil rights movement in America, each also found herself to be a single mother who had to find a way to raise and support her children. Betty & Coretta explores how these women put aside the differences of their husbands in life to unite in their quest for justice and to keep the ideals of the civil rights movement alive.

Does Someone Have to Go airs on Sony Entertainment on Sundays at 20:30 CAT

Have you ever yearned to be the boss of your company for just one day, thinking about all the radical changes you’d make in the workplace? Well, in this unscripted reality series, billed as “Survivor meets The Office”, employees are given carte blanche by their fed-up bosses to make some tough decisions at the office – including whether to fire lazy, unlikeable or just plain incompetent co-workers. So, who would you give marching orders to? 

Oprah’s Next Chapter: The Voice airs on TLC Entertainment on 07 August 20:00 CAT

Oprah makes a special visit to the set of the hit television singing competition The Voice and sits down with all four coaches—Usher, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine—who share their personal journeys as artists and how their lives have been affected by the show. Plus, Shakira discusses the challenges of motherhood, Usher shares how he learned to navigate the music industry at a young age, Blake opens up about his marriage to country superstar Miranda Lambert, and Adam reveals what he keeps in his bedroom.

Michael Johnson: Survival of the Fastest

Survival of the Fastest Thursday 07 August 2014 21:00 | BBC Knowledge (184)

Why is it that all of the athletes who lined up for the men’s 100m final at the Beijing Olympics could trace their ancestry back to the transatlantic slave trade?

In this documentary, Olympian Michael Johnson embarks on a personal genealogical and scientific journey in a bid to understand if he and other world class African American and Caribbean athletes are successful as a result of slavery.

Michael uncovers some disturbing truths about the lives of his enslaved ancestors as he confronts this appalling history and investigates the role slavery may have played in altering the genomes of the descendants of this ignoble trade.

Watch Michael Johnson: Survival of the Fastest on Thursday 7 August at 21:00 on BBC Knowledge.

The Aristocrats airs on Disney Channel from Friday 8 August at 17:00 CAT

The fur certainly starts to fly when Madame Adelaide Bonfamille dies, and instead of leaving her fortune to her butler, Edgar, she leaves it to her cat! Edgar is furious, and plots dastardly deeds, including the immediate demise of Duchess the cat and her three kittens. Can anyone help save the cats, or will there be a cat-astrophe? There are lots of laughs in this feline fun-filled modern Disney classic.

Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! Premieres on Disney XD on weekdays at 16:00 CAT

Viewers who enjoy challenging game shows like Takeshi’s Castle will love brand new series Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!  This is a physical game show, hosted by Yoshi Amao, in which contestants compete with a team-mate against other teams, as they tackle obstacles and challenges to test their mental capabilities, strength and endurance. Premiere episodes of Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!

The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel Back On DStv

Viewers of The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel (DStv Channel 199) will finally be able to catch up on the trial after a month-long recess, when the pop up channel goes back on air on Thursday, 7 August at 08:00 CAT.

Court proceedings will commence at 09:30 CAT when closing arguments from both the defense and prosecution will be presented to Judge Thokozile Masipa. The channel will broadcast for two days only; after which it will pop down again until judgment.

“The Oscar Pistorius criminal trial is a huge talking point across the globe and The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel has seen massive engagement on social media around the world. The channel will continue to bring viewers thought-provoking documentaries, in-depth analysis of the trial and informed commentary from key personalities and experts in the legal, journalistic and particularly the social media fields,” says George Mazarakis, Channel Head for The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel.

The line-up for the two-day broadcast will remain the same.

The Morning Show, a live show which starts at 08:00 CAT every morning with regular live crossings tothe High Court in Pretoria. The show recaps on previous events in court and assesses what is expected to happen in court each day. Legal analysts, editors, social media gurus and journalists join in on the conversation. The show returns during the court’s tea break from 11:00 – 11:20CAT.

The live broadcast from the courtroom starts at 09:30 – 11:00 while the court is in session. After the court’s tea break, the live broadcast continues until 13:00, when the court takes a lunch break and The Lunch Time Show takes over. The Afternoon premieres at 15:00, following the final live session from the courtroom between 14:00 and 15:00 and provides an overview and analysis of the day’s events in court as well as court highlights. It is repeated at 16:00 and 17:00 CAT respectively. At 19:00 Court Today has lawyers, experts, and psychologists also discussing the day’s court proceedings, and in Legal Roundtable at 20:00 a panel of legal experts debate and analyse the events in court from a legal perspective.

From 21:00 CAT viewers can see repeats and highlights of the day until midnight when the channel goes off the air until the following morning at 08:00 CAT.

Watch The Oscar Pistorius Trial – A Carte Blanche Channel on DStv Channel 199 or via live streaming at oscartrial.com, follow Oscar Trial 199 on Facebook, @oscartrial199 on Twitter.


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