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ShampaignThe movie is a political drama series that follows the unruly lives of a young political campaign team who work tirelessly to make political history by getting a single mother elected as the first female President of the Country whiles dealing with their own personal demons.

It stars Joselyn Dumas, JOT Agyeman, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Joselyn Dumas, Nana Aba Anamoah, John Dumelo, Fred Amugi, Zynnell Zuh. Akorfa Adjeani-Asiedu, Anima Amisa Amoah, Fred Amugi and many others.

Shampaign premieres April 5 at 9:00 PM on Africa Magic Showcase DStv Ch151 and shows every Tuesday & Thursday at 9:00PM

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Black Girls Rock: Premieres on Saturday 9 April at 6:05pm

Black Girls Rock 2016 is an annual award show, founded by former DJ and model Beverly Bond that honours and promotes women of colour in different fields from music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship and visionary aspects. The star-studded evening celebrates the strengths, triumphs and talents of Black women.  The much-deserving celebrants and award recipients have included legends and newcomers who continue to make strides in entertainment, corporate America and philanthropy.

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Regular Show (new episodes): Tune in every weekday at 2:00 pm from Monday 4 April.

Best-friends park keepers Mordecai and Rigby are back in a brand new season of slacking off this April. Watch as park manager Benson tries to flavour-up the annual Halloween party by renting a wish making machine, whilst Mordecai tries his best to prevent Rigby from getting fired… Are you ready to kick back and enjoy all this fun?

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The Furchester Hotel (New episodes): Monday from 4 April at 2:35pm

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The Furchester Hotel is designed to encourage creative problem-solving, introduces brand new characters and also welcomes the beloved Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. As guests arrive at the hotel, they are greeted by monster owner Funella Furchester and his colourful family.

Nina and the Neurons: Get Building (New episodes): Tune in every Wednesday from 6 April at 3:20pm

Scientist Nina and her young Experimenters travel the UK and Europe in search of amazing structures. With the help of Nina’s five animated sense Neurons, they explain how and why construction works and what makes buildings and structures so brilliant.

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (Premiere): From Tuesday 5 April at 7:00pm

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Under the watchful eye of adventurer Bear Grylls, eight celebrities embark on a 12-day expedition into the rainforest of Costa Rica, where they must learn to navigate tough terrain, build shelters, make fire and eat whatever food nature provides. Among the stars joining Bear are double Olympic gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes, Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall, plus actors, pop stars and even a DJ. Bear also challenges some of these famous names to face up to their fears, be it an aversion to creepy-crawlies, water or heights.

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Alaska Haunting (Premiere): From Friday 8 April at 7:00pm

In Alaska, no one can hear you scream. ‘Alaska Haunting’ explores real-life ghost stories in the far north of the United States. Each hour-long episode features an Alaskan family’s account of otherworldly encounters that left them frozen with fear, and how they turned to paranormal investigators for help. Miles of forest separate neighbours in America’s northern-most state, but hauntings are so common that locals turn to the Internet to share their terrifying tales.

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Catch Phrase (Season 3): Tune in every weekday from Wednesday 6 April at 5:15pm

An all new Catch Phrase returns with an updated format, a brand new set, exciting 3D graphics and a dynamic new end game. Stephen Mulhern will be asking contestants and audiences to ‘say what they see’ as he hosts a reboot of the much-loved game show, that the whole family can play. Players compete to guess the familiar phrases hidden in animated clues and one lucky contestant will go through to the Super Catchphrase for the chance to win fifty thousand pounds.

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Manson’s Lost Girls: Sunday 3 April at 6.00pm

Manson’s Lost Girls follows Linda as she first arrives at the seemingly idyllic Spahn Ranch hippie commune where she is embraced with open arms. Seduced by the group’s freelove lifestyle, Linda revels in the sisterhood and acceptance. Taken with Manson, he soon draws her into criminal activities, including late-night “creepy crawls” and stealing from lavish homes. Linda reluctantly becomes an accomplice in Manson’s “Helter Skelter,” a drug-fuelled murder spree that included the brutal death of actress Sharon Tate.

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Don’t Tell The Bride: Monday 4 April at 5:10pm

New to Lifetime®, Don’t Tell the Bride is a series where the brides leave the wedding planning to the groom, who must choose every detail of their wedding – from venue to cake to wedding dress. The groom gets three weeks and £12,000… and the bride gets no say in how they use it. So saddle up and get ready for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. With 12 brave brides deciding to leave the biggest day of their lives in the hands of the men they love, what could go wrong?

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Focus: Sunday 3 April at 6:05pm and on M-Net Movies Premiere at 6:30pm

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in this crime drama. A veteran con-man, but after taking a novice under his wing, she throws his plans out the window.

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The Gunman: Sunday 10 April at 6:05pm and on M-Net Movies Premiere at 6:30pm

Award winning actors Sean Penn and Idris Elba star in this thriller. An elite sniper kills a Congolese Minster. He returns to the Congo years later, but is now a target himself.

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The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (New series Premiere): Sunday 3 April at 6:05pm

The Story of God with Morgan Freeman is Morgan Freeman’s epic exploration and intimate reflection on God. Each episode will centre on one big question about the divine: from the mystery of creation, the true power of miracles, to the promise of resurrection. These timeless and universal mysteries impact everyone from every faith.

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Rebel Pope (Premiere): Sunday 3 April at 7:00pm

Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s dramatic journey from humble origins in Argentina to becoming the first Jesuit and Latin American Pope, on a mission to restore the integrity of the Catholic Church, and awaken the faith of billions. The film interweaves drama and documentary to tell the inspiring story of how painful experiences of a Bishop whose radical views would make new enemies, but also put him on the road to the Vatican…to become Pope Francis.

Supercar Megabuild (New Series Premiere):

Tune in every Tuesday from 5 April at 7:00pm

Afzal Kahn has built a thriving, international business restyling great cars to look incredible. Kahn can bring in high-rolling clients, while his business partners Ralph and Ranencan help him execute tricky, one-off projects that he normally wouldn’t take on. Together these three undertake incredible high-end visions that showcase their collective skills.

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* Studio Universal – “4 Weeks, 4 Hunks”: Celebrating the alpha male in support of the release of Universal’s The Huntsman

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME: Saturday 2 April from 4:00pm 

A double-header of Jean-Claude Van Damme action gets  underway with Kickboxer (18:00), starring Van Damme as a cornerman who, after seeing his brother paralysed in the ring, vows to learn the ancient art of kickboxing in order to exact revenge. Then, in The Hard Corps (19:40), Van Damme is an Army veteran who assembles a team of bodyguards to protect a champion boxer, but complications arise when the boxer’s sister falls for the ex-soldier. Vivica A Fox stars.

CHRISTIAN BALE: Airs on Saturday 9 April from 4:00pm

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Settle in for a Christian Bale double-bill, starting with Reign of Fire (18:00). A long-dormant species of dragon has reawakened, almost wiping out humanity, but a small band of survivors attempt to fight back. Matthew McConaughey and Izabella Scorupco also star. Harsh Times (19:45) stars Bale as an ex-Army Ranger suffering from PTSD who is rejected for a job with the Los Angeles police and falls into a life of petty crime and violence. With Eva Longoria and Freddy Rodríguez.

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El Classico: Barcelona v Real Madrid, Saturday 2 April at 6:15pm. To watch on DStv Now on web, use the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. Download the DStv Now app on iOS or Android stores to connect to your account and watch all available matches live.

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Where Are They Now: Ricki Lake:  3 April at 6:00pm

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Oprah catches up with Emmy-winning television host Ricki Lake, who originally appeared on the ‘Oprah’ show in 1988 at the young age of 19 years old. Ricki became famous, in part, because of her voluptuous curves, but that hasn’t stopped the tabloids from running headlines about her weight. Watch as Ricki talks candidly about the epiphany that changed the course of her life and her thoughts today about her public struggle with body image. Airs on Sunday 

SHOCKING LIVES: Friday, 08 April at 7:50pm

This month, TLC explores the uplifting and inspirational stories of courageous people who fight to live normal lives in the face of unimaginable adversity. Beginning with ‘The Grandmother Lovers’, where passion has no age limit as grandmothers reveal the secret to happiness in their golden years: finding love and companionship with much younger men. Meet some of the eccentric couples, including 92-year-old Marge and her 37-year-old companion. ‘The Boy with the World’s Biggest Hands’ tells the story of eight-year-old Kaleem who suffers from an extremely rare condition that has caused him to have two giant hands. More amazing stories to look forward to when it premieres.

What Have I Done to My Body?: From Wednesday, 06 April at 7:50pm 

Katie Piper comes to the rescue of people who have learned to regret their poor beauty decisions. Britain is a nation obsessed with obtaining the perfect body, with sometimes frightening consequences – from over-plucked eyebrows, embarrassing tattoos and hair wrecked by extensions, to pouty lips and faces blighted by permanent make-up.

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Where Are They Now? Kris Jenner: Airs on Sunday 10 April at 6:00pm

Ultimate “momager” Kris Jenner is a woman of many talents. She’s an author, a reality TV star and the business manager for her six famous children, including Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. Over the decades, Kris’ annual holiday bash has grown in size and taken on legendary status. Watch as Kris gives an exclusive glimpse at her party-planning process. Plus, Kris shares how she feels about living under one roof with her daughter Kim Kardashian; Kim’s husband, Kanye West; and their daughter, North West.

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Urban Sports: Tune in on Wednesday 6 April at 6:00pm

From the inception of free running and breakdancing, to bridge and boulder climbing – this episode has it all! And with BMX, floorball, mini-golf and even freestyle football, inner city living has never been so sporty. The series continues throughout the month with premiering episodes about the greatest competitive comebacks, body-breaking board sports and some of the oddest personalities in the game.

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Healthy but Tasty: Monday from 10 April at 5:30pm

Chef Ranveer whips up low-calorie versions of popular dishes that you can indulge in, without the guilt. With everyone going crazy about fitness, times are such that health food has become the staple diet of the fitness-conscious way. The show will teach you ways to stay healthy without avoiding your favourite dishes.

3 Course with Pankaj: Tune every Tuesday from 10 April at 5:00pm

3 Course with Pankaj is a show that every woman would love to watch. The show has a lot of tips and experiences that Pankaj narrates from her personal life as a woman. She gives her viewers a complete meal from starters, main course and desserts. There is a wide variety of cuisines from all across the world.

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Yes To Impossible : New Documentary Tells Media Visionary Nolo Letele’s Story

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Harnessing the power of possibility to help Africa claim its space in the global broadcasting industry is the subject of Yes To Impossible: The Nolo Letele Story, a documentary about the life of former MultiChoice Group Executive Chairperson Nolo Letele. 

Coming to DStv from 13 June at 7pm on Akwaaba Magic (DStv Channel 150), the documentary shows how growing up in an era where the spirit of independence was sweeping across Africa shaped Letele’s vision for the continent to have its own voice and how he worked tirelessly to realise that vision. 

To speak of the growth of the African broadcast media industry is to speak of the result of Nolo’s endeavours, passion for African storytelling and relentless commitment to excellence.

After studying electronic engineering at the University of Southampton, and later becoming a chartered engineer, Nolo Letele applied for jobs in South Africa – only to find there were hardly any jobs for a black electronics graduate back in 1974. He ended up working for Lesotho National Broadcasting Service, a small radio station and subsequently played a major role in starting the first TV station in Lesotho in conjunction with M-Net in 1988. 

Having established his credentials, he was then asked to join M-Net in 1990 he describes it as “being thrown in the deep end” by then-Naspers CEO Koos Bekker to help build DStv into the juggernaut it is today. In spite of South Africa’s image during those apartheid years, Letele succeeded in pioneering MultiChoice’s expansion into the rest of Africa, and in 1995 went on to serve in Ghana as West African regional general manager. He returned home when he was appointed chief executive of MultiChoice South Africa a few years later. 

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In 1999, he was appointed as MultiChoice Group chief executive until 2010, when he was appointed executive chair of the MultiChoice South Africa Holdings board, a position he held for 11 years. He became a non-executive director of MultiChoice Group Limited after the company was spun out of Naspers and listed independently on the JSE.

Letele received several awards during his tenure at MultiChoice, including a Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize for Media Development in Africa; the Naspers Phil Weber Award; and the Black Business Executive Circle Chairman’s Award.

“I’m proud to have helped connect Africa to the world and give the continent a voice,” says Letele. “MultiChoice’s reach is unparalleled in Africa and it has given the people of Africa the opportunity to tell their own stories in their own languages. We have grown industries, created jobs and contributed meaningfully to economic growth across the continent – it’s something I hold very dear as the realization of a vision I had over 35 years ago when I joined a small Pay-TV business in South Africa”.

Yes To Impossible: The Nolo Letele Story premieres on 13 June at 21:00 on Akwaaba Magic (DStv Channel 150), with repeats across all channels in the following days and will also be available on DStv Catch Up, DStv Stream and Showmax. 

For more information, visit the Akwaaba Magic Website and join the conversation on TwitterInstagram, TikTok and Facebook with #YesToTheImpossible.

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23 Days Until House of the Dragon Returns!

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The eight-episode second season of HBO Original drama series House of the Dragon debuts in the US on Sunday 16 June – and will be available on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) Express from the US at 3am on Monday 17 June and make its prime-time premiere at 9pm on the same day. The series will also be available on Showmax. 

 

Viewers can get ready for the dragons to soar as the official trailer for the brand-new season has been released.

 

Logline: Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen.
Season two returning cast: Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. Additional returning cast includes Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham.
Season two new cast: Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong, Clinton Liberty as Addam of Hull, Jamie Kenna as Ser Alfred Broome, Kieran Bew as Hugh, Tom Bennett as Ulf, Tom Taylor as Lord Cregan Stark, and Vincent Regan as Ser Rickard Thorne.
Season two credits: Co-Creator/Executive Producer, George R.R. Martin; Co-Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer, Ryan Condal; Executive Producers Sara Hess, Alan Taylor, Melissa Bernstein, Kevin de la Noy, Loni Peristere, Vince Gerardis. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.”

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Showmax News: Best reality shows to stream on Showmax

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When it comes to reality television in Africa, Showmax is at the forefront of it all. Whatever you like, there are hours of reality television to keep you hooked and entertained.

 

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The Real Housewives of Durban S4 Reunion Part 2 | Stream from Wednesday, 22 May 

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MaBlerh is hosting The Real Housewives of Durban reunion for the second year in a row. 

 

Going into the reunion, the ladies seemed split into two core groups: on the one side, Sorisha Naidoo, Slee Ndlovu, and newcomers Ameigh Thompson and Angel Ndlela; and on the other, Jojo Robinson, Maria Valaskatzis, Nonku Williams, and newcomer Zama Ngcobo. With the ladies from each camp not seeing eye to eye, viewers had a lot of unanswered questions. 

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In Part 1 of the reunion, we saw the ladies facing off and confronting each other on the things that have happened in the season. OG Sorisha Naidoo and newcomer Zama Ngcobo came face to face and confronted each other on why their budding friendship ended. The ladies addressed everything that viewers wanted to hear about, from age-shaming to body-shaming. Nothing was off limits. 

 

The first season of The Real Housewives of Durban set a then-record on Showmax for the most first-day views and went on to be released in 28 territories outside Africa on hayu, not to mention on Peacock and Bravo, the original home of The Real Housewives franchise. Seasons 2 and 3 were among the 10 most streamed titles on Showmax in their launch years and are currently streaming on hayu. 

 

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The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa S1 | Mondays from 27 May

 

 

 

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa is the spinoff that fans have been waiting for, taking eight of South Africa’s most iconic Housewives on a luxury trip to Jamaica. 

 

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The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip South Africa dream cast includes Beverley Steyn (The Real Housewives of Cape Town S1); Christall Kay (The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-S2); LaConco (The Real Housewives of Durban S1-S2); Lethabo Lejoy Mathatho (The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S2-S3); Liz Prins (The Real Housewives of Gqeberha S1); Londie London (The Real Housewives of Durban S2); Melany Viljoen (The Real Housewives of Pretoria S1); and the longest-serving Housewife in Africa, Nonku Williams (The Real Housewives of Durban S1-S4).

 

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa is produced by GOAT Productions, the creative minds behind Unfollowed, one of the 10 most streamed South African shows on Showmax in 2023, and last year’s South African Film and Television Award winner Life With Kelly Khumalo S3.

 

The Real Housewives of Nairobi S2 | New episodes on Fridays

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Named Best TV Show at the 2024 Kalasha Awards, Season 1 of The Real Houses of Nairobi had all of Kenya talking on its way to becoming the biggest Showmax Original in Kenya yet, while Season 2 has trended in Kenya every Friday since its launch.

 

In Season 2, actress and entrepreneur Minne Kariuki returns, along with Vera Sidika, who’s eager to reintroduce herself, and business mogul and tastemaker Dr Catherine Masitsa. They are joined by new cast members, including lawyer and professional bodybuilder Farah Esmail, beauty and aesthetics entrepreneur Xenah Nyambu, and entrepreneur Reja Keji Ladu.

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The Real Housewives of Nairobi is produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television) and is part of The Real Housewives franchise, licensed as a format by NBCUniversal Formats, which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

 

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Survivor S45 | Binge from 22 May

 

 

 

Five-time Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst once again welcomes 18 new castaways to the idyllic Mamanuca Islands in Fiji for Season 45 of Survivor, the mega-successful grand-daddy of reality competition shows.

 

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Now in its 24th year, the show has won seven Emmys and continues to deliver the drama as contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. They must survive a series of gruelling challenges – and each other – for 26 days in a bid to outwit, outplay, outlast and, ultimately, become the Sole Survivor. And take home a cool $1 million, of course.

 

This season’s line-up of castaways includes singer-songwriter J. Maya and Season 44 returnee Bruce Perreault.

 

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1 | First on Showmax | Binge from 22 May

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Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show is a darkly funny reality series about the Emmy-winning comedian’s tumultuous quest for love, sex, and truth.

 

The HBO Original had its world premiere at SXSW in March 2024 and currently has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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Time says, “Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show makes reality TV – hilariously, painfully – real again,” while The Hollywood Reporter says, “I laughed and covered my eyes in mortification in equal measure — and since I finished my screeners, I haven’t stopped thinking about it.”

 

We’re Here S4 | First On Showmax | Fridays from 24 May

 

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In Season 4 of HBO’s Emmy, Peabody, and GLAAD award-winning unscripted series We’re Here, Sasha Velour, Priyanka, Jaida Essence Hall, and Latrice Royale continue the show’s mission of spreading love and connection across small-town America through the art of drag. 

This season, the queens work with participants in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as in surrounding towns, while taking an in-depth, immersive look at recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and the effect it has had on the community.

 

Season 4 got praise from Deadline for being a light in the darkness: “In a world where the shadows of intolerance loom, the spectacle of We’re Here emerges not just as a beacon of light but as a bold declaration of presence.” The Los Angeles Timeshailed it as “uniquely affirming and vital.” Wired called it “an essential reminder that queer people are fighting for justice and visibility across the US,” and Decider lauded it for managing “to find the light even in the darkest of circumstances,” proclaiming it the “most relevant reality show on television.”

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The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City S4 | First on Showmax | New episodes on Thursdays

 

 

 

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City peeks into the unconventional personal and professional lives of successful women navigating an ultra-exclusive social circle in Salt Lake City, Utah, where religion, status and perfection are praised to the highest degree.

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The 10th instalment of mega-successful Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City was nominated for an MTV TV Award for Best New Unscripted Series when it debuted in 2020, and it’s been no stranger to controversy, with one cast member fired from the show for her insensitive social media posts and another now serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence in jail for wire fraud. 

 

Season 4 is off to a salty start as the Housewives dig up old feuds and start new rivalries, leading up to a shocking betrayal. Plus, there’s a new face in the Housewives’ exclusive circle, as Angie introduces Monica Garcia (who used to work for Jen Shah), in a development that the LA Times says has “made The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City unhinged, unmissable TV.”

 

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Love Undercover S1 | First On Showmax | New episodes on Thursdays

 

 

 

Today’s athletes are mega stars with extreme wealth, giant fandoms and lavish lifestyles. You could even call them royalty. And naturally, with any royal story, a fairytale is never too far away. 

 

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Love Undercover is a modern-day fairytale meets buddy comedy about an elite group of international soccer stars who come to the United States on a secret quest for true love. We’ll follow the likes of Jamie O’Hara (ex-Tottenham Hotspurs) and Ryan Babel (ex-Liverpool) on an epic journey filled with drama, heartbreak and self-discovery. 

 

Can they win over the ladies without their fame and fortune? Will they manage to keep their true identities a secret? And will any of them fall for an American princess before inviting them back to their home countries and testing their relationships on the global stage?

 

For these men, finding love is the #1 goal.

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The Bachelorette S20 | Binge now

 

 

 

In Season 20 of The Bachelorette, 27-year-old Charity Lawson, a child and family therapist from Georgia, is out to find The One. …But what if there’s more than one? 

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Our favourite romantic thrill-ride is set to bring us all the ups and downs (and a little bit of help from a secret undercover agent) as Charity finds herself falling in love – with multiple guys. And as the feelings get more intense, some men start to question whether they’re ready to give Charity what she wants. Will her love story have a happy ending?

 

The Bachelorette won the 2021 MTV TV Award for Best Dating Show, and has earned multiple nominations at both the People’s Choice and Teen Choice Awards.

 

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Bachelor in Paradise S9 | First on Showmax | Binge now

 

 

This season on Bachelor in Paradise, things get wetter and wilder than ever before as the hit reality show returns with a new cast of standouts and fan favourites from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

 

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New arrivals shake up the status quo immediately and love triangles turn into love squares and beyond as sexy dates have some couples changing their minds every week.

 

LA Fire & Rescue | Binge now

 

 

 

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A real-life series from Emmy-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order), LA Fire & Rescue follows the day-to-day emergencies and personal stories of the firefighters, paramedics and lifeguards of the Los Angeles County Fire Department – through wildfire suppression, medical emergencies, violent crimes, freeway accidents, house fires, industrial fires, natural disasters and more. 

 

These heroes are responsible for protecting over four million people on the ground, in the air and on the beaches in the second largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Enhance your streaming entertainment experience by adding Showmax to your DStv subscription at a discounted rate. Download the MyDStv App or visit the DStv website to sign up.

 

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Empowering tomorrow’s stars: The role of education in cultivating talent and sustainability in the African entertainment industry

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The African continent is ripe with unrealised potential. Its people, their abilities, and their powerful relationships promise a wealth of future achievements if only they can be fully actualised. The key to the people of our continent becoming all that they might be, lies in one singular intervention: education.

Fortunately, education is widely prized across our continent, and it is a shared aspiration amongst almost all Africans. In this spirit, as the continent prepares to celebrate the founding of the African Union (AU) on Africa Day on May 25, the AU has chosen “The Year of Education” as its theme for 2024.

Expressed more thoroughly, the theme is “Educate an African fit for the 21st Century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality, and relevant learning in Africa.” 

Given the key concern of “resilient education” in this theme, it’s useful to consider how organisations are addressing Africa’s education challenge, and how they are ensuring the skills that students gain is directly relevant to their future development, and that of the continent. 

Relevant training

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One such organisation is the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), an initiative by pan-African entertainment company MultiChoice. MTF consists of three offerings – MTF Academies in major African capitals provide hands-on, relevant training for aspiring TV and film professionals; the MTF portal, allows professionals to network and find work opportunities, while MTF masterclasses offer an ongoing programme of professional development.

Most influential of these MTF offerings are the MTF Academies in Nairobi, Lagos and Lusaka. The Academies equip aspiring industry professionals with the crucial “sustainable education” it takes to thrive in the rapidly changing film-and-television sector.

Now in its sixth year in Rest of Africa, the programme offers a comprehensive, fully paid 12-month industry-readiness course that gives participants the invaluable opportunity to learn from industry experts in fields such as scripting, directing, producing, cinematography, commissioning and editing. 

This focus on hands-on experience ensures that graduates emerge not just qualified, but with practical, proven ability to work in the sector. This focus on directly relevant skills gives the industry a pipeline of trained professionals entering the job market, and also gives the hundreds of young people emerging from MTF Academies every year, a good chance of finding careers. 

An MTF survey has found that around 92% of MTF Academy graduates go on to work in the creative sector. Many of these young professionals go on to careers at MultiChoice, which bills itself as “Africa’s most-loved storyteller”.

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Unlocking youth potential

This level of absorption demonstrates another benefit of education in the African development journey: it unlocks the massive potential of the continent’s youthful population.

MTF Academy students consistently win awards at film festivals, have their work shown on major platforms and go on to great career success. 

These successes underscore how directly relevant, industry-focused training will rapidly generate real benefits. The success that MultiChoice has found by training its own industry professionals offers an instructive case for corporates in other sectors.

This is especially true in Africa, where the continent’s enormous cohort of young people represents its greatest global opportunity – but only if this opportunity is converted through education. 

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Education is what will transform Africa’s 400 million young people aged between 15 and 35 into a generation of doctors, lawyers, financiers, engineers and media professionals. 

In the words of the African Union, “… such a youthful population calls for an increase of investment in economic and social development factors, in order to improve the development index of African nations.”

The MTF training programme is an intentional development initiative in this vein. It is designed to create careers for aspiring film and televisions professionals, but also to directly address the needs of MultiChoice, the media sector, and the African economy. 

Cultural impact

Another critical value proposition of this pipeline from training to production in the creative sector is its cultural impact. Training African creatives equips them to tell African stories. 

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As dynamic, highly skilled African creatives go on to produce content that resonates powerfully with African audiences, it drives engagement, enriches the businesses and allows Africa’s people to see themselves reflected in powerful entertainment content with world-class entertainment values. 

It’s an innovative approach to the idea of “educating Africa”, in that it equips Africans to educate other Africans – culturally and spiritually – through the telling of African stories. These African stories also allow Africa to show the rest of the world the power of its history and the talent of its people, as our productions take their rightful place on global content platforms.

As Africa Day draws near, this dual approach to African self-actualisation has never been more relevant. The continent is developing the abilities of its people through education and training; but also enhancing its standing in the world, by producing goods, services and creative output that will add value, entertain and inspire. To educate the world about the power of Africa. 

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Season Two of The HBO Original Drama Series HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Debuts June 17th on M-Net and Showmax Express from the US

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The eight-episode second season of HBO Original drama series House of the Dragon debuts in the US on Sunday 16 June – and will be available on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) Express from the US at 1am on Monday 17 June and make its prime-time premiere at 7pm on the same day. The series will also be available on Showmax.

 

Westeros is on the brink of a bloody civil war with the Green and Black Councils fighting for King Aegon and Queen Rhaenyra, respectively. As each side believes theirs to be the rightful seat on the Iron Throne, the Green and Black trailers reflect those two perspectives in separate yet complementary halves of the same story. For global audiences, “All Must Choose” their side of House Targaryen as the realm fractures in season two.
Logline: Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen.
Season two returning cast: Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. Additional returning cast includes Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham.
Season two new cast: Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong, Clinton Liberty as Addam of Hull, Jamie Kenna as Ser Alfred Broome, Kieran Bew as Hugh, Tom Bennett as Ulf, Tom Taylor as Lord Cregan Stark, and Vincent Regan as Ser Rickard Thorne.
Season two credits: Co-Creator/Executive Producer, George R.R. Martin; Co-Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer, Ryan Condal; Executive Producers Sara Hess, Alan Taylor, Melissa Bernstein, Kevin de la Noy, Loni Peristere, Vince Gerardis. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.”

 

Pick your side of House Targaryen on your DStv or stream it on Showmax, each week from Monday, 17 June 2024. 

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AMVCA: Tune In for a Night of Elegance and Achievement this Saturday on Africa Magic

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The anticipation is palpable as the 10th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, scheduled for 11 May 2024, in Lagos approaches. Viewers are invited to witness the splendour of this prestigious event, broadcasting live on Africa Magic from 3pm on DStv and GOtv.

Reflecting the rich diversity and innovation of African cinema and television, this year’s awards promise some thrilling adjustments with the introduction of exciting new categories such as Best Actor and Best Actress in leading or supporting roles. With a total of 27 categories, including 16 non-voting and 9 audience voting categories, along with two esteemed recognition awards the Lifetime Achievement and Trailblazer Awards – there’s ample opportunity to honour exceptional African talent.

Kicking off the festivities with a prime view of the red carpet hosted by celebrity personalities Toke Makinwa and Uti Nwachukwu viewers can watch the continent’s biggest stars strut their stuff in dazzling creations from some of Africa’s most talented fashion designers from 3pm before settling into the prestigious awards at 6pm.

The main award will be hosted by renowned television host and current host of Nigerian Idols IK Osakioduwa and will feature musical performances from Nigeria’s popular performers Seyi Sodimu, Shaffy Bello, Adekunle Gold, KCee, Chike and Congolese soukous singer Awilo Logomba throughout the awards ceremony.

Save the date for this Saturday, 11 May, and tune in for the live broadcast across all Africa Magic Channels on DStv and GOtv. Don’t miss this remarkable celebration of African creativity and achievement!

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Keep your DStv subscription activated to ensure you don’t miss the star-studded event! To upgrade, reconnect or manage your subscription download the MyDStv app on your mobile app store or visit www.dstv.com to join in on the excitement and manage your account. You can also catch all the action while on the move. Stream all content on the DStv Stream app by downloading it from the app store. 

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