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MultiChoice Studios: Taking premium African content to the world in 2022

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MultiChoice Studios, the content sales and distribution arm of the MultiChoice Group, will be taking a new selection of premium African content to the world in 2022. The MultiChoice Group is home to one of Africa’s largest digital satellite television services, which includes the DStv and GOtv bouquets of channels as well as Showmax. A wide selection of content produced and commissioned by MultiChoice stars the very best talent from across the continent and delivers consistently superior production value, making it highly sought-after in both the Group’s core African markets and in diverse international markets.

 

Established in 2013, MultiChoice Studios offers over 65 000 hours of content in a range of different formats and genres, showcasing African stories to the world. And further top-drawer content will be added throughout 2022.

 

“MultiChoice Group is the largest producer of original television content on the continent,” says Mauro Black, director of content sales and distribution for MultiChoice Studios, “and our extensive catalogue features titles that appeal to a wide range of audiences.

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“All of our co-produced and commissioned titles are in high demand and, in 2021, we saw incredible growth in that demand. We licensed seven times more series and movies than we did during the previous year, placing us firmly on the world stage as a leading television content provider.”

 

With its continuing focus on and investment in African storytelling and talent, the Group has recently launched The Wife, a true African original, which is based on characters from the critically acclaimed series of novels by leading author, Dudu Busani-Dube. This title has proven to be immensely popular in both South Africa and the SADC region. Filmed in isiZulu, the telenovela is due to be dubbed into French for distribution to intercontinental and international markets through Canal+, a premium French-language television channel.

 

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MultiChoice  has a long history of licensing titles to Canal+ and demand for its content in the markets the channel serves is growing. The licensing of The Wife also highlights a developing trend among many buyers, who are requesting bundled packages that contain both evergreen dramas and new releases. This is testament to the quality of the productions on offer and also to the fact that they meet all technical requirements for dubbing into other languages.

 

Additional titles in the MultiChoice’s world-class catalogue of series include the romantic comedy-drama, Entangled; the gripping human drama, Lioness; the haunting crime series Reyka; and the exciting political drama, The Republic, which showcases the very best scriptwriting, acting and production talent the continent has to offer.

The line-up of movies is just as broad, with Glasshouse being an outstanding recent example. The paranormal drama, produced in 2020, received glowing reviews at several festivals around the world, including at Fantasia in Canada and at the New Zealand Film Festival. Kelsey Egan’s dystopian take on family, secrets and survival was released in the UK on Sky, iTunes, Amazon, Google X Box and Virgin Media, followed by releases in Australia and New Zealand. The interest in and demand for this film is well earned, and it has led to even more buyers taking an interest in MultiChoice’s catalogue of movies, many of which have global appeal.

 

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“Just one of the many defining features of the authenticity of our content is that we produce many shows in African languages,” says Black. “The hugely entertaining Afrikaans comedy, Troukoors, which tells the story of a wedding planner and her friends as they navigate life and love, is just one example.”

 

In the docuseries genre, the gripping series, Devilsdorp has proven to be equally popular, weaving the chilling tale of a religious cult’s murderous spree.

 

“As a leading and credible source of the African narrative, MultiChoice is not only showcasing and advancing filmmaking in Africa,” says Black, “it is also showcasing African talent on the global stage.

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“MultiChoice Studios offers access to this vast treasure trove of storytelling and is the destination of choice for content buyers from around the world. It is the best place for the international film and television industry to find quality, award-winning African content.”

 

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MultiChoice Group scoops 45 top awards at SAFTAs 17

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MultiChoice group marked a triumphant evening at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 17) held at the Gallagher Convention Centre. Echoing the group’s commitment to celebrating African stories and talent, MultiChoice Group dominated both evenings by scooping a total of 45 awards.

Among the highlights, Lavish was recognised as the Best TV Drama, and Gaia secured its spot with the Best Feature Film Award while Legacy took home the Best Telenovela Award. For her role in the popular Showmax comedy Tali’s Joburg Diary, Kate Normington won her second SAFTA, making the total of Showmax wins 10. James Bothwick took his third SAFTA as best actor in a comedy for the character Ferdie in Hotel,

Host for the night and the face of Big Brother Mzansi Lawrence Maleka exemplified his exceptional talent by winning Best Actor in a Telenovela for his role as Zolani in The River. The awards were broadcast live on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

Nomsa Philiso, CEO: General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group, celebrated the victories and congratulated all the winners, saying, “Tonight, more than ever, the MultiChoice group and all our beloved titles and brands reaffirmed our position as the true home of entertainment, our commitment to providing a stage for African storytellers to shine has never been stronger. Their narratives, their passion, and their talent are what drive us to excel.”

In a poignant moment of the evening, Derek Watts, a stalwart in South African television and investigative journalism, was honoured with the Lifetime Achiever Award, posthumously. Watts’ impactful 35-year tenure on M-Net’s Carte Blancheexemplifies the profound influence of media on creating a more informed and just society.

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All the big winners!

Wins across MultiChoice Group on the second night include:

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Telenovela: Thulani Mtsweni, Gomora
  • Best Actor in a Telenovela: Lawrence Maleka, The River
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Telenovela: Deli Malinga – Redemption
  • Best Supporting Actress in a TV comedy: Kate Normington, Tali’s Joburg Diary
  • Best TV Drama: Lavish
  • Best Supporting Actress in a TV Soap: Odelle De Wet, Binnelanders
  • Best Supporting Actor in a TV Soap: Charlie Bouguenon, Binnelanders
  • Best Actress in a TV Soap: Cindy Swanepoel, Binnelanders
  • Best Actor in a TV Comedy: James Borthwick, Hotel Season 5
  • Best Actor in a Feature Film: Jarrid Geduld, Indemnity
  • Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film: Gaia
  • Best Feature Film: Gaia
  • Best Actress in a Telenovela: Michelle Botes, Legacy
  • Best Telenovela: Legacy
  • Best TV Presenter – Tshegofatso Mosupye (Public Vote)

Additional wins at the SAFTAs Craft Awards on Friday 29 September includes Best Youth Programme for Trend Season 1, Best International Format for Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts, and more.

By consistently shining the spotlight on local talent and narratives, the MultiChoice group solidifies its standing as the core of South African entertainment, connecting stories and audiences.

 

The full list of MultiChoice winners:

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Craft Awards:

  • Best Entertainment Programme: Miss South Africa 2022 Live Finale
  • Best Variety Show: Sunday Sexy Love
  • Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela: DiepCity Season 2
  • Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Drama: Lavish
  • Best Youth Programme: Trend Season 1
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV Comedy: Hotel Season 5
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Comedy: Hotel Season 5
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Comedy: Hotel Season 5
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap/Telenovela: Suidooster
  • Best Achievement in Editing – TV/Soap or Telenovela: Diepe Waters
  • Best Achievement in Directing – Soap: Erina Niemand, Shirley Ellis, Romano Gorlei & Richard September forSuidooster
  • Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Feature Film: Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Gaia
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film: Jorrie van der Walt for Gaia
  • Best Current Affairs Programme: Mining Takedown
  • Best Natural History and Environmental: Crocodiles Revealed
  • Best Children’s Programme: NickMusic Africa
  • Best International Format: Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts
  • Best Educational Programme: MTVShuga: What Makes a Man
  • Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama: Desert Rose
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap/Telenovela: Legacy
  • Best Lifestyle Programme: Homegrown tastes South Africa season 1
  • Best Structured Soapie Reality Show: Life with Kelly Khumalo Season 3
  • Best Structured Or Docu-Reality Show: Sex in Afrikaans
  • Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Comedy: Tali’s Joburg Diary
  • Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy: Julia Anastasopoulos, Ari Kruger, Gilli Apter, & Daniel Zimbler for Tali’s Joburg Diary
  • Best Achievement in Directing – TV Comedy: Ari Kruger for Tali’s Joburg Diary
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV Drama: Jozua Loots for Donkerbos
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama: Willie Nel for Blood Psalms
  • Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama: Nico Scheepers for Donkerbos
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Multichoice leads at South African Film and Television Awards 17 craft awards

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The first of two glamorous evenings, where the South African film and television industry come together to honour the hard work and dedication to the craft of storytelling, commenced in Johannesburg on Friday evening.

 

Multichoice has once again showcased their exceptional commitment to quality and creativity by scooping a raft of awards at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) 17 craft awards ceremony. The prestigious event took place on Friday, 29 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

 

Leading the pack were productions from kykNET, M-Net, Mzansi Magic, and 1Magic. Notable shows such as the final season of the popular Hotel, Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts, and DiepCity Season 2 were among the many that were recognised for their outstanding achievements.

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Blood Psalms took home the award for Best Achievement in Cinematography, while The Wife Season 3 triumphed in the category of Best Achievement in Directing for Telenovela. Showmax also emerged victorious in key categories such as Best Achievement in Directing Telenovela (The Wife), Best Structured or Docu-Reality Show (Sex in Afrikaans), Best Structured Soapie Reality Show (Life With Kelly Khumalo Season 3).

 

Highlight of Wins Include:

 

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  • Best Entertainment Programme: Miss South Africa 2022 Live Finale
  • Best Variety Show: Sunday Sexy Love
  • Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela: DiepCity Season 2
  • Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Drama: Lavish
  • Best Youth Programme: Trend Season 1
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV Comedy: Hotel Season 5
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Comedy: Hotel Season 5
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Comedy: Hotel Season 5
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap/Telenovela: Suidooster
  • Best Achievement in Editing – TV/Soap or Telenovela: Diepe Waters
  • Best Achievement in Directing – Soap: Erina Niemand, Shirley Ellis, Romano Gorlei & Richard September forSuidooster
  • Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Feature Film: Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Gaia
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film: Jorrie van der Walt for Gaia
  • Best Current Affairs Programme: Mining Takedown
  • Best International Format: Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts
  • Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama: Desert Rose
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap/Telenovela: Legacy
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV drama (Donkerbos) Jozua loots
  • Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama (Donkerbos) Nico Scheepers

 

With the SAFTAs main awards on the horizon, audiences are invited to tune in and experience the grandeur of South African television and film. The red-carpet event begins Saturday 30 October at 19:30 on Channel O (DStv Channel 320), followed by the main show at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

 

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The Real Housewives of Lagos S2 is now streaming on Showmax

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The Real Housewives of Lagos Season 2 is now streaming on Showmax in sub-Saharan Africa, with new episodes every Friday. Showmax subscribers in Africa will have the first look at all the drama, fashion, and extravagance that this season has to offer.
This season promises to delve deeper into the personalities and luxurious lifestyles of seven leading ladies, Chioma Ikokwu, Faith Morey, Iyabo Ojo, Laura Ikeji-Kanu, Mariam Timmer, Tania Omotayo and Toyin Lawani Adebayo, giving viewers more unforgettable moments than ever before. We follow them as they start new businesses, make new friendships and new rivalries, and reopen old wounds – all while looking as flamboyant as possible!
Watch S2 launch trailer: https://youtu.be/nBnnf3UKJpo
From high-society events and glittering soirées to personal triumphs and challenges, each episode offers a window into a world where luxury meets the realities of the elite Lagosian life. In the first episode of Season 2, we see the OGs – Chioma, Iyabo, Mariam, Toyin and Laura – picking up from where they left off while the newbies – Faith and Tania – are introduced to the group.
Speaking on what to expect this season, Tiwa Medubi, Managing Director at Livespot 360, producers of the show, said: “All I am going to say is that episode one is all the sneak peek you need. There was the highest level of fashion, friendship, and bickering because that is what happens when you put people in the same space. But most of all, these women allowed us into the vulnerable parts of their lives”.
The popular reality TV series will build on the success of the first season, whose first episode broke the first-day streaming record on Showmax Nigeriaand was the only African title on the top 10 most-watched shows on the streaming service in 2022 not just in Nigeria but also Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. In addition, the Season 1 Reunion won the award for Best Costume Designer at the prestigious 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’
Choice Awards (AMVCAs), where the show was also competing for Best Television Series, among other
categories.
The Real Housewives of Lagos Season 2 is now streaming on Showmax in sub-Saharan Africa, with new episodes on Fridays. Viewers can join the conversation this season by following Showmax Nigeria on social media and using the hashtag #RHOLagos.
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Get a glimpse into the culture of South Africa’s Gen Z with the fascinating mini-docu series, Habits of Gen Z

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M-Net invites families to engage in open conversations, challenge perceptions and celebrate connections as we get to know Gen Z’s perspectives, lifestyles, and motivations 

Prepare yourself for an engaging adventure as we unravel the enigmatic world of Gen Z in this insightful mini-docu series,Habits of Gen Z. Premiering on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Thursday, 9 November 2023 at 21:00, this interesting exploration of Gen Z’s lives, influences, and aspirations fosters intergenerational dialogue and understanding.

 

Waldimar Pelser, M-Net’s Director for Premium Channels says: “This is a truly innovative and dynamic generation. Habits of Gen Z is a captivating docu-series that will challenge our perceptions and hopefully start a conversation that will foster understanding between different generations. It’s an eye-opening experience that will spark meaningful discourse within families. By bridging the gap through sharing this docu-series, as a channel we hope to encourage families to come together, learn from each other, and celebrate what connects us all.”

 

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Throughout this riveting series, you can expect vibrant thought starters:

 

Episode 1: Raised By The Internet

Plunge headfirst into online culture, where Gen Z embraces the internet’s opportunities and challenges. This episode will unmask the digital realm and explore the intriguing topics of technology, cybercrime and how social media has shaped the way Gen Z sees the world and themselves.

 

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Episode 2: Sex Exploration in the Digital Age

This episode is a thrilling journey into Gen Z’s ever-evolving exploration of relationships and sexuality in the digital realm. Witness the exhilarating highs and challenging lows as this generation navigates sex and intimacy complexities.

 

Episode 3: Substance Use & Abuse

Prepare to confront the realities of substance use and abuse as we delve into Gen Z’s encounters with drugs and alcohol. Peer into the hidden corners as Habits of Gen Z shines a light on the challenges faced by this generation, from illegal and prescription drugs to alcohol, smoking, and even psychedelic medicine.

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Episode 4: Identity and Expression

Celebrate the vibrant tapestry of Gen Z’s diverse identities and expressions. Step into a world where LGBTQIA+ rights, ethnic and cultural identity, and the power of self-expression take centre stage. Marvel at the courage and resilience of this generation as they assert their individuality and challenge societal norms.

 

Episode 5: The End of the World… As We Know It

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Discover Gen Z’s role in shaping the future. Examine the urgent issues of climate change, intersectional activism, and society’s evolving landscape. Witness firsthand how this generation is fearlessly taking a stand and leading the charge for a better world.

 

Directed by renowned South African filmmaker and former CNN journalist Jo Munnik, Habits of GenZ brings together a diverse group of voices and experts who share their insights and experiences. Engage with thought leaders such as Ronen Aires, founder and CEO of Student Village; Bronwyn Williams, Futurist and Business Trends Analyst; Dr. Eve, a leading Sexologist; Casey Delport, Gen Z Writer for Bubblegum Club magazine; Cassandra Roxburgh, Gen Z transgender freelance journalist; and Lindiwe Mngxitama, Editor of Bubblegum Club magazine.

 

Don’t miss the stimulating Habits of Gen Z premiere on Thursday, 9 November 2023 at 21:00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) – The Home of Entertainment. You can also live-stream on DStv Stream, and DStv Catch Up after broadcast. Visit the M-Net Website and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

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Best international series on Showmax in October, from Yellowstone prequel 1923 to Chucky S3 to The Rookie: Feds S1

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Looking for new titles to watch? Here are the best international series coming to Showmax in October.
1st seasons of 1923, Rain Dogs, The Rookie: Feds, Six Four, American Auto; new Chucky, Son of a Critch
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CHUCKY S3| First on Showmax | 2 episodes on Mondays from 23 October
Chucky is headed for the White House in the third season of the cult horror franchise. It’s up to Jake, Devon, and Lexy to figure out how to stop Chucky when he’s cosied up to America’s First Family, in the most secure house in the US.
Returning just in time for both Pride Month and Halloween, Chucky was nominated for Best Horror Series at this year’s Critics Choice Super Awards, with Brad Dourif up for Best Villain in a Series as the title character. The series has a 91% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus praises its “absurd humour and creative horror.”
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Zackary Arthur and Björgvin Arnarson are back as Lexy, Jake and Devon, as is Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly as Chucky’s ex and now sworn enemy, Tiffany, who’s facing a looming crisis of her own this season as the police close in on her.
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1923 S1 | Binge from 16 October
The Yellowstone prequel 1923 stars Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Oscar nominee Harrison Ford (aka Indiana Jones) as Cara and Jacob Dutton, who head a new generation of the Dutton family in Montana during the time of western expansion, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.
Continuing the saga from Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan’s first Yellowstone prequel 18831923 was conceived as a two-season series. The show has also already earned Helen Mirren a 2023 Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actress in an Action Series or Limited Series. It has an 8.4/10 score on IMDb and a 90% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Variety saying, “Mirren and Ford make for such a potent pairing; their chemistry alone is enough to make 1923 feel like an elevated version of Sheridan’s neo-Western fare.”
1923 was partly shot in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, so look out for SAFTA winner Nick Boraine (The Mating Game) as safari operator Richard Holland and Colin Moss (Warrior) as Tanganyika railroad construction supervisor Charles Hardin.
The international support cast includes the likes of the former James Bond, Timothy Dalton; BAFTA nominee Jerome Flynn (Bronn in Game of Thrones); and Robert Patrick (Peacemaker), while Isabel May reprises her 1883 role as Elsa Dutton to narrate.
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RAIN DOGS S1 | Binge from 19 October
Rain Dogs stars double-BAFTA winner Daisy May Cooper (Avenue 5) as Costello Jones, a devoted mother who wants more for her precocious young daughter, Iris (Fleur Tashjian).
As she hustles to survive, Costello leans on Selby (Jack Farthing from Poldark), Iris’ pseudo father and Costello’s pseudo soulmate, and Gloria (Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo from Alex Rider and Christopher Robin), the duo’s loyal yet chaotic godmother/best friend. Together they form a dysfunctional family on the fringes of society, trying to defy a system built against them to go straight in a crooked world.
Rain Dogs has a 93% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, where it’s #37 among the Best TV Shows of 2023 (So Far). Time calls Costello and Selby “easily the most compelling characters I’ve encountered this year”, hailing Rain Dogs as “magnificently dark… like no other family comedy on TV…”
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THE ROOKIE: FEDS S1 | Binge from 23 October
Five-time Emmy nominee Niecy Nash (Dahmer, When They See Us) stars in The Rookie: Feds as Special Agent Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy, who is assigned to support the Los Angeles field office.
A spin-off from Showmax favourite The RookieFeds was nominated as Outstanding New TV Series at the 2023 GLAAD Media Awards and has an 86% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Look out for Screen Actors Guild nominee Felix Solis (Ozark), Black Reel nominee Frankie Faison (The Wire), multi-award winners Kevin Zegers (Transamerica) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), and James Lesure (Good Girls).
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SON OF A CRITCH S2 | Binge from 11 October
In Season 2 of Son of a Critch, a new school year brings new challenges for 1980s junior high-schooler Mark Critch, including his first fight, first beer, and even his first pair of jeans. But the bigger Mark’s world gets, the more complicated things become.
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (who voiced Zemeckis’ Pinocchio and stars opposite Bryan Cranston in the upcoming Everything’s Going to Be Great) stars as the young Mark, with Hollywood Walk-of-Famer Malcolm McDowell (BombshellA Clockwork Orange) as his grandfather, and the real Mark Critch as his dad. An award-winning Canadian actor and writer, Critch co-writes the show (which is based on his memoir), with Writers Guild of America Award nominee Tim McAuliffe (The Last Man on Earth).
Season 1 scooped a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for seven Canadian awards this year, including Best Supporting Performer: Comedy for McDowell at the Canadian Screen Awards, and both Best Performance in a Comedy Series and Best Youth Performance for Sophia Powers at the Leo Awards, as well as a 2023 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast (for Ainsworth, Powers and Mark Ezekiel Rivera).
Son of a Critch has already been renewed for a third season. Common Sense Media gives the family friendly show 4/5-stars, recommending the show for ages 10+.
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SIX FOUR S1 | Binge from 23 October
Based on the bestselling novel by award-winning Japanese mystery writer Hideo Yokoyama, Six Four follows Glasgow police detective Chris and his wife, former undercover officer Michelle, who discover that the disappearance of their teenage daughter may be connected to a cold case.
Kevin McKidd (Dr Owen Hunt in Grey’s Anatomy and Tommy in the original Trainspotting) and British Independent Film Award winner Vinette Robinson star alongside the likes of Richard Coyle (Aberforth in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, and Father Faustus Blackwood in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).
In their four-star review, London Evening Standard praised Six Four as “tight, thrilling and full of twists and turns.”
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AMERICAN AUTO S1 | Binge from 2 October
From Emmy nominee Justin Spitzer (the creator of Superstore and producer of The Office), American Auto is set at the Detroit offices of Payne Motors, where the floundering corporate execs are at a crossroads: adapt to the changing times or be sent to the junkyard. Luckily, they have a bold new CEO, whose leadership, experience, and savvy are only slightly offset by her total lack of knowledge about cars.
Nominated for a Hollywood Critics Association Award for Best Broadcast Network Series: Comedy, as well as for its writing, American Auto holds a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Globe and Mail calling it, “A mad satire of corporate life… mainly set in the boardroom, where executives prove daily that they know nothing.”
The hilarious ensemble cast includes Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore’s Marcus), Harriet Dyer (Ashley in Colin From Accounts, Emily in The Invisible Man), and X Mayo, an Emmy nominee for her writing on The Daily Show.
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Law & Order, The Undeclared War and Accused heat up M-Net’s Thursday prime time viewing

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Viewers’ Thursday nights just got better with a new season of a TV fan favourite and two fresh shows airing one after the other. Starting 28 September, every Thursday will see six-time Emmy Award Winner Law & Order, topical crime anthologyAccused and tense political drama The Undeclared War air at 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101).

Law & Order season 22 

Kicking things off at 19:00 is Law & Order back for its 22nd season – a show that’s cemented in popular culture and the longest-running police procedural in television history.

This season will see the detectives of the NYPD’s Manhattan Homicide Squad investigate a deadly subway shooting, the murder of a young author, and the death of a politician’s daughter. Meanwhile, the lawyers of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office must balance their pursuit of justice with the demands of the legal system.

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Accused

At 20:00, viewers can catch Accused – based on BBC’s 2010 BAFTA-winning crime anthology of the same name. It was a big hit in the UK with viewers and critics. The show features a new case and cast every episode for viewers to unravel, so those into twists and turns should get ready to play detective. It stars talented actors including Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and episodes are directed by Billy Porter (Pose) and Marlee Matlin (The L Word), among others.

Each episode opens in a courtroom on a defendant, with viewers knowing nothing about their crime or how circumstances led to their prosecution. Unlike most courtroom shows where the prosecutor takes the spotlight, this drama is told from the defendant’s point of view.

Viewers discover how ordinary people can find themselves in an extraordinary situation, ultimately revealing how one wrong turn leads to another until it’s too late to turn back.

The Undeclared War

Rounding out the night at 21:00 is The Undeclared War, a new series created by BAFTA-Award Winning creator Peter Kosminsky. This six-part drama is set in 2024 and tells the story of a group of British intelligence analysts who have the task of tracking and countering a series of Russian cyber-attacks in the run-up to the UK general election.

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Saara Parvin (portrayed by Hannah Khalique-Brown) starts a work experience placement at GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence and security agency. On her first day, she witnesses a routine stress test of the country’s internet infrastructure go awry, taking down a significant portion of the internet. It’s revealed that a foreign power deliberately carried out the attack.

As Saara and her colleagues race to stop the attack, they face the challenges of fighting a war that’s taking place in the digital realm. The rules constantly change, and the enemy is always one step ahead. The stakes are high, as the attack could devastate the UK’s economy and infrastructure. But how do you win a war most of the public don’t know you’re fighting?

The series was developed through meticulous research over five years by Kosminsky and has been lauded for its realism and timely subject matter.

Viewers who liked Mr. Robot, Black Mirror, 24 and Homeland will enjoy this tightly wound political drama.

M-Net (DStv channel 101) is the home of the best in international entertainment. All shows will be live-streamed on DStv Stream and are available on DStv Catch Up. Visit the M-Net Website  and join the conversation on TwitterInstagramTikTok and Facebook.

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