Choose joy this festive season with M-Net’s entertaining line-up of films, not-to-be missed world-renowned shows and iconic documentaries.
As 2021 draws to a close, M-Net viewers can expect non-stop entertainment with a sizzling selection of festive watches to suit every taste this month.
From excellent local and international movies and series, to fly-on-the-wall documentaries and candid specials on hot topics, M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv Channel 104) have a spread to rival even the tastiest of Christmas meals.
From legendary names such as Princess Diana and Tina Turner, to the top talents in South African film, we want you to choose joy when you tune in this month.
Our full list of M-Net movie highlights for December:
Season’s Feelings (11 December at 21:30): SAFTA-winner Jozua Malherbe teams up with Wonderlus producer Zandre Coetzer for an M-Net original holiday film that follows a group of outsiders as they travel to a Christmas party.
Vanquish (12 December at 20:05): Morgan Freeman and Ruby Rose lead this slick action thriller. An ex-cop forces a former drug courier to take out a series of gangsters, or she will never see her child again.
Eve’s Christmas (18 December at 21:30): From Die Byl actor Marvin-Lee Beukes comes a hilarious M-Net original comedy in which feuding siblings, Carl and Eve, finally face their differences when Carl’s son requests that Eve come to visit for Christmas. Starring Juliette Pauling (Tali’s Baby Diary) and Mark Elderkin (Reyka).
Wrath of Man (19 December at 20:30): Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham team up again to deliver this gritty action film. A mysterious and fierce new cash truck security guard has a hidden vengeful agenda.
Queen Bees (26 December at 20:05): Age ain’t nothing but a number in this comedy. After reluctantly agreeing to move into a seniors’ home, a woman encounters a clique of mean-spirited women and an amorous widower.
In the series world, we see the long-awaited return of Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda with a double bill episode of the Sex and the City sequel series …And Just Like That (starting on 13 December on M-Net at 20:30 and 21:30). Showmax has also made all six seasons of Sex and the City available for fans to binge.
Other international series highlights on M-Net in December include:
The Pembrokeshire Murders season 1 (9 December at 22:30): With John Cooper free and his wife, Pat, dead, the stakes have never been higher for Detective Steve Wilkins and the Operation Ottawa team.
Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell Part 2 (15 December at 21:30): Peacock presents a powerful investigative documentary series that reveals the complicated and mysterious life of Ghislaine Maxwell and her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
Note: Part 1 will air again on Friday 10 December at 01:35 and Monday 13 December at 01:10.
The Moodys aka Moody Christmas season 1 (double episodes, 18 December at 18:00, and 19 December at 18:00 and 18:30): Sean Sr. struggles with back pain, so Bridget’s old friend, Nick, comes around to help. Ann becomes suspicious about Dan’s love life as he makes an important decision.
The Bay season 2 (29 December at 22:30): Lisa and Med dig deeper into the family and discover not all relationships with the victim were amicable.
What’s the holiday season without some music specials? This month, M-Net brings its viewers a variety of documentaries and specials featuring iconic names like Princess Diana, Britney Spears, Tina Turner and the Spice Girls.
The full list of doccies you can’t miss:
Inside the Mind Part 1 (14 December at 22:30): Their music and iconic roles have entranced millions, but their complex, controversial and extraordinary lives have frequently baffled and surprised fans and commentators alike.
Note: Part 2 will air on M-Net 101 Tuesday 21 December at 22:30.
Diana: The Interview That Shook the World (16 December at 19:30): This film looks at Princess Diana’s shocking 1995 interview, how it was orchestrated, what the interview revealed about modern society and new insights into her psychology.
Tina (16 December at 20:35): The definitive documentary about the legendary trailblazer Tina Turner looks at her six-decade-long career and her inspirational story of survival as she overcame impossible odds.
Girl Powered: The Spice Girls Story Part 1 (17 December at 19:30, with part 2 at 20:30 and part 3 at 21:30): Using hundreds of hours of archive footage and revealing interviews, this documentary series tells the complete story of the best-selling girl band of all time.
The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and Conservatorship (30 December at 19:30): This film will seek to uncover the truth behind the conservatorship that Britney Spears has been under for the last thirteen years.
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (25 December at 19:30): This doccie explores the history of the Bee Gees, featuring interviews with Barry Gibb and the late twin brothers, Robin and Maurice.
Amy & Me (30 December at 20:45): Ten years after Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, this documentary sees her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, open up for the first time about the impact of Amy’s death on her life.
Royal Variety Performance 2021 (31 December 20:30): Star-studded extravaganza includes exclusive performances from Michael Ball and Captain Sir Thomas Moore, Gary Barlow, Steps, Melanie C as well as Britain’s Got Talent winner, comedy pianist Jon Courtenay.
It’s also time for viewers to say goodbye (for now) to some favourite shows, including our hit cooking reality competition, My Kitchen Rules South Africa, which wraps up its hot season 3 on 12 December at 18:00.
Other finales to watch this month:
Survivor Australia All Stars season 3 (13 December at 17:40): For the first time in Australia, the season features 24 returning contestants from the four previous seasons, excluding the first season in 2002 and Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu in 2006.
Billions season 5 (13 December at 23:30), the finale will air an hour later than usual due to the double episodes of …And Just Like That): In this thrilling season finale, Chuck, Axe and Prince manoeuvre to outsmart each other. Taylor finds themself at a crossroads while Wendy struggles to sort out her personal life.
American Rust season 1 (9 December at 21:30): Producer Dan Futterman (In Treatment) creates this compelling drama starring Jeff Daniels. How far will a complicated and compromised chief of police go when the son of the woman he loves is accused of murder.
Wentworth season 8 (22 December at 22:30): In this pulsating season finale, Lou discovers her phone is missing and all the money for Reb’s transition surgery has been stolen.
Shrill season 3 (24 December at 22:30): It is an eventful and emotional series finale to this sharp, witty comedy. The Thorn staff hears rumours that the paper has been sold.
B Positive season 1 (31 December at 19:00): A very eventful season finale. Before their surgeries, Gina looks for a new apartment while Drew celebrates his last day of dialysis.
Wherever the festive season takes you, M-Net and M-Net Movies 1 will be there to bring you fun, laughs and adventure, and time to kick back with your loved ones as you tune into your favourite channels. ‘Tis the season to be thoroughly entertained.