Disney has today released a magical new festive advert to mark the start of the Holiday season. “The Stepdad” is a three-minute animated tale about family togetherness and the power of storytelling.

A sequel to last year’s ‘Lola’, which celebrated festive traditions passed down through generations, the short film premieres on Wednesday 3rd November 2021, across TV and Digital plus Disney’s own channels in 45 countries across Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia.  It forms part of Disney’s festive retail campaign, ‘From Our Family To Yours’ that hits retailers nationwide this month.

Following Disney’s 2020 debut consumer products Christmas advert, which secured more than 106 million views, this year’s instalment features a grown-up Nicole, the granddaughter from ‘Lola’, and her two children Max and Ella, as new stepdad Mike moves into their family home. 

At the heart of the story is a very special storybook – a precious item belonging to son Max from his birth father. The book celebrates how the power of storytelling can deepen family bonds, and the magic that reading together creates as stories from Disney and Pixar lift off from the pages igniting the family’s shared imagination and wonder.

Viewers will see the family navigate an emotive journey as they enjoy combining existing festive traditions with new ones in the run up to Christmas.

Exclusively for the South African version, local singer/songwriting sensation Lloyiso performs an emotive rendition of original track ‘Love Runs Deeper’ – penned for the advert, which provides a musical narrative to the film through the eyes of Mike in lieu of any dialogue.

Tasia Filippatos, SVP Disney EMEA said: “Reading together can be a truly magical experience and our advert celebrates this age-old tradition and the wonder and imagination it inspires. We hope the story will resonate with anyone who has seen the magic ‘lift off the pages’ of a book through the eyes of a child.”

Lloyiso, who performs ‘Love Runs Deeper’ for the South African version of the advert said:“I was thrilled to get involved with Disney’s Christmas campaign. I was immediately taken by the lyrics of ‘Love Runs Deeper’ and it’s powerful, emotive message within a story that celebrates family, traditions and love. I can’t wait to share this wonderful story with South African families this festive season.”

‘From Our Family To Yours’ is Disney’s largest festive retail campaign to date and will offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on those gifts for every member of the family – from stocking fillers, toys, apparel, books and so much more – featuring the very latest and greatest from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. In addition, ten malls across the country will be getting into the spirit of the season, showcasing Disney-inspired Christmas Trees in support of The Smile Foundation.

Luke Roberts, General Manager of Consumer Products Commercialisation, Disney Africa said: “We are excited to be bringing ‘From Our Family to Yours’ back to South African consumers for a second year this Festive Season. A perfect way to kick off the campaign, this ad encapsulates the magic of this time, combining the themes of strengthening family bonds and creating new family traditions, with the magic of Disney storytelling.”

To celebrate the theme of festive family traditions, Disney is encouraging fans to head to social media to share their own past and present festive memories using #DisneyChristmasAd and #FromOurFamilyToYours

The advert was developed and produced by Disney EMEA’s in-house creative team, led by Angela Affinita, Director of Brand Marketing and Creative, in partnership with Flux Animation Studios in New Zealand.

The 2020 Disney Christmas Advert

Weeklong Event Aimed at Inspiring Fans Around the Globe to be Courageous and Kind

Disney pledges 45,000 Princess-themed adventure packs, created with charity partner MediCinema, for seriously ill children across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa

World Princess Week launches ahead of 2021’s Casual Day, inspired by the Ultimate Princess Celebration

JOHANNESBURG, 20 August; Disney today announced the first-ever World Princess Week, a special global event that forms part of the year-long Ultimate Princess Celebration. From 23-29 August 2021, World Princess Week will celebrate the courage and kindness exemplified by Disney Princess characters and aims to inspire fans around the world to display the same attributes in their daily lives.

As part of World Princess Week, Disney has pledged to deliver 45,000 ‘Moments that Matter’ for isolated and seriously ill children in hospital and hospices in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  As part of Disney’s wider commitment to bring comfort and provide inspiration, with support from long standing charity partners, these specially-designed packs aim to reduce isolation, stress and anxiety amongst children and families in places of care, providing ‘Moments that Matter’. The packs will contain new stories focusing on Disney Princess characters Rapunzel, Moana and Ariel, as well as arts and crafts activities that help to increase confidence and encourage acts of kindness.

The event, inspired by the Ultimate Princess Celebration which spotlights the courage and kindness these Disney heroines and their stories inspire in fans of all ages, will offer fans new products, digital content, retail activations and more:

  • Disney has created brand new video tutorials featuring simple ideas on how families and children can have a big impact on others, which will be available on Disney’s social channels. Disney fans will be able to follow along with ‘kindness activity’ tutorials, including how to make Cinderella-inspired kindness cards for friends, or how to bake Tiana’s beignets for loved ones. Families are encouraged to share their own acts of kindness by using the hashtag #UltimatePrincessCelebration.
  • On Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309), Disney’s heroines will be celebrated as weekday blocks (09:30-11:30(CAT) and 18:00-20:00(CAT)) of specials and episodes of Sofia the First with appearances from the Disney Princesses themselves
  • Fans can listen to their favourite Disney Princess songs now on a curated playlist from Walt Disney Records 
  • The Ultimate Princess Celebration is currently being brought to life at participating retailers across the country this month, with a broad range of the latest Disney Princess product across toys, fashion and accessories, beauty, home décor, books, games, and more.  
  • Tales of Courage and Kindness, a series of 14 original stories featuring unique illustrations by artists from around the world that demonstrate how the Disney Princesses, as well as Queens Anna and Elsa, exemplify the qualities of courage and kindness, is available for families to download for free from during World Princess Week.

Inspired by the Ultimate Princess Celebration,Courage+Kindness will be this year’s theme for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities’ (NCPD) flagship awareness and fundraising project, Casual Day on 3 September 2021. 

To show their support, South Africans are encouraged to order Courage+Kindness merchandise and digital stickers from with special-edition Courage+Kindness stickers and wristbands available for purchase at participating retailers. The proceeds will go to supporting Persons with Disabilities at over 600+ beneficiary NGO’s and schools. On Casual Day, the public can show their support by dressing up with the Courage+Kindness stickers, wristbands and merchandise, or their very own interpretation of this year’s theme.

Tasia Filippatos, Senior VP, Consumer Products EMEA at Disney said, “Courage and kindness are universally important qualities that are just as relevant for adults as they are for young children. We hope that families will help celebrate ‘World Princess Week’ by sharing their own small acts of kindness to help make the world a kinder place.”

Luke Roberts, General Manager, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “Disney stories are timeless, and while each Disney Princess character has her own admirable qualities, courage and kindness connect them all. With World Princess Week as well as this year’s Disney Princess-inspired Casual Day that follows right after, we are excited to see how South African families will be celebrating along with us.”

Fans to share their own tales of Courage and Kindness, their favourite Disney Princess story and more on social media with #UltimatePrincessCelebration and #WorldPrincessWeek.

The Walt Disney Company Africa today announces the launch of the Ultimate Princess Celebration in South Africa, joining the global year-long event spotlighting the courage and kindness these Disney heroines and their stories inspire in fans of all ages.

  • Ultimate Princess Celebration is a new, global campaign championing the qualities of courage and kindness
  • Disney releases free Tales of Courage and Kindness Storybook Collection, featuring 14 new Disney Princess stories and illustrations to help inspire a kinder world
  • Courage+Kindness is this year’s theme for Casual Day

To kick off the celebration, a new, empowering short storybook collection, will be released. Entitled Tales of Courage and Kindness, the 14 original stories feature unique illustrations by artists from around the world and demonstrate how the Disney Princesses, as well as Queens Anna and Elsa, exemplify these qualities, each in her own way. Seeking to inspire them to create a kinder world, Tales of Courage and Kindness is being gifted to kids and families and will be available for free download, beginning today through the end of August at

In a second collaboration with Disney Africa, Courage+Kindness will also be this year’s theme for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities’ (NCPD) flagship awareness and fundraising project, Casual Day.From June, South Africans are encouraged to order Courage+Kindness merchandise and digital stickers from and, from July, special-edition Courage+Kindness stickers and wristbands will also be available for purchase at participating retailers. The proceeds will go to supporting Persons with Disabilities at over 600+ beneficiary NGO’s and schools. On Casual Day, this year on 3 September, the public can show their support by dressing up with the Courage+Kindness stickers, wristbands and merchandise, or their very own interpretation of this year’s theme.

“Disney stories are timeless, and while each Disney Princess character has her own admirable qualities, courage and kindness connect them all,” says Luke Roberts, General Manager, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We hope that Tales of Courage and Kindness, our collaboration with Casual Day as well as the many other planned initiatives in the Ultimate Princess Celebration, will help inspire audiences to celebrate and share these qualities, all helping to create a kinder world.”

“Persons with Disabilities, like so many other groups, have been greatly affected by the global pandemic and so the call to show courage and kindness could not be more timely,” says Therina Wentzel-du Toit, National Director, National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. “We are thrilled to be working with Disney Africa for a second year in a row, in helping inspire South Africans to show their support for the full inclusion and equity of persons with disabilities.”

Looking forward, the Ultimate Princess Celebration will feature a number of highlights as it rolls out, including:

  • On Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309), Disney’s heroines will be celebrated during the month of May in special Princess-themed Sunday marathons of Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor. Catch these episodes from 9:00-13:00 (CAT), in which some of the Disney Princesses themselves make an appearance.
  • Fans can listen to their favourite Disney Princess songs now on a curated playlist from Walt Disney Records
  • Global superstar and Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Brandy, who starred as the beloved princess in The Wonderful World of Disney, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, has recorded a new original song called “Starting Now.” The “Starting Now” single, produced by Grammy® Award nominee Oak Felder and written by Jason Mater, Jordan Powers, and Darren Criss, will be released globally by Walt Disney Records on May 21 along with a lyric video
  • Fans of all ages will be able to access content across Disney Africa’s digital and social channels right through the year in brand new shorts, music videos and more
  • The Ultimate Princess Celebration will be brought to life at participating retailers across the country this August, with a broad range of the latest Disney Princess product across toys, fashion and accessories, beauty, home décor, books, games, and more.

More Ultimate Princess Celebration initiatives and news will be revealed in the coming months, fans in the meantime are encouraged to share their own tales of Courage and Kindness, their favourite Disney Princess story and more on social media with #UltimatePrincessCelebration and #CourageandKindness


Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25

Raven and the gang are back with new episodes, as season four of Raven’s Home launches on Disney Channel! Premiere episodes air from Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25

There are new moves, new laughs and new visions, as Booker, Nia and Tess embark on new adventures. In the season launch episode Baking Bad (Monday 10 th May at 17:25) when Booker, Nia and Tess discover someone is passing Nia’s photo off as their own social media avatar, the kids try to unmask the culprit before Nia’s real-life rep takes a hit.

Premiere episodes of Raven’s Home season four air from Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25, on Disney Channel.


MOVIES – Programming event – Fridays throughout May at 17:00

Disney Channel’s Friday treat for film fans continues throughout May with great entertainment to celebrate the start of each weekend. There’s a marvellous movie every Friday at 17:00, repeated on Saturday at 10:40. The fun starts with Zombies on Friday 7 th May, followed by its sequel Zombies 2 (Friday 14 th May), How to Build a Better Boy (Friday 21 st May) and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Friday 28 th May), all at 17:00.

Zombies (Friday 7 th May) is a music and dance filled story set in Seabrook, 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. When zombies are finally allowed to enrol in Seabrook High School, the charismatic zombie Zed, who wants to play football, meets Addison, who dreams of being a cheerleader. Addison and Zed work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences.

Viewers can see these great Disney movies on Fridays throughout May 2021 at 17:00, repeated on the following Saturday at 10:40, on Disney Channel.


Premiere episodes
Weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7 th May at 14:00

Fancy Nancy Clancy has fun with family and friends, as she finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, and – with a little imagination- transforms the plain into the exquisite! Nancy returns to the channel with premiere episodes on weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7th May at 14:00.

In the first of these premiere episodes Bon Voyage, Nancy! /Nancy’s New Friend (Monday 3 rd May at 14:00) Nancy is disappointed when a family car trip isn’t the epic adventure she imagined. Then Nancy makes friends with Lionel’s favourite cousin Sean, who just happens to be autistic. Premiere episodes of Fancy Nancy Clancy air on weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7 th May at 14:00 on Disney Junior.


Premiere episodes
Weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00

Delightful Blue Heeler puppy Bluey is back on the channel this month, with premiere episodes featuring her adventures on weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00.

In the episode Trains (Monday 24 th May at 05:00) Bingo is a model citizen, commuting to work on the Dad-Train, dropping her daughter at day care and working as a vet. Bluey on the other hand is much more intent on having fun! Premiere episodes of Bluey air on weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00, on Disney Junior.


Weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30

Super sleuth Mira’s back on the trail, as premiere episodes of Mira Royal Detective air on weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30.

As newly appointed royal detective to the Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the brave and resourceful Mira travels throughout the kingdom helping royals and townspeople alike. With the help of her friend, Prince Neel, her cousin, Priya, and her mongoose sidekicks, Mikku and Chikku, Mira uses her unique lens to investigate each case that comes her way. In the first of these episodes, Mystery at the Marketplace/ Mystery in the Sand Dunes (Monday 10 th May at 14:30) Mira tracks down the spice merchant who has an essential ingredient for Meena’s ladoos. Then, while testing Neel’s new vehicle, a sandstorm causes the vehicle to become lost. Premiere episodes of Mira Royal Detective air on weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30, on Disney Junior.

Elena of Avalor

Sunday 16 th May at 12:00

Disney Junior is celebrating our much-loved Disney Princesses this month, with episodes and specials on Sundays featuring these royal favourites. As part of this exciting event there is a premiere episode of Elena of Avalor on Sunday 16 th May at 12:00.

In season three Elena’s epic journey continues as she strives to protect her kingdom from a family of wicked wizards while learning how to control her new magic powers. In this premiere episode, entitled The Family Treasure (Sunday 16 th May at 12:00), Elena and Isabel help two feuding brothers find a valuable treasure hidden by their mother. This premiere episode of Elena of Avalor airs on Sunday 16 th May at 12:00 on Disney Junior.

Competition now closed

We marathon-watched Marvel movies since last month. Last night it was Venom. The night before that it was Spiderman… Avengers, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Thor – you get the picture. My husband even makes us watch it in order of the storylines!

The one thing my husband has not been able to get me to watch is Star Wars… That is where I draw the line.

My favourite part of watching these Marvel movies at home is to see if I can spot Stan Lee first and loudly point him out to my husband – and to traipse from the couch to kitchen without stepping on a Lego to make popcorn! (I think my kids plant their Lego to test my spryness.)

I love Legos for kids, but the words that I have to bite back when I step on them will make a pirate blush. Lexa is already playing with small Lego – and we even have her dad’s childhood Lego in the mix – and she can build little structures like there is no tomorrow.

Disney Campaign – From Our Family To Yours

If ever there was a time to remember to keep traditions, it is in times like these. I wish I could spend just one more Christmas with my mom.

From Our Family To Yours is Disney Africa’s largest festive retail campaign to date and will offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on those gifts for every member of the family – from stocking fillers, toys, apparel, books and more. 

Currently on-air and across Disney’s social pages, the festive advert features the track Love is a Compass from  up-and coming UK-based artist Griff. According to the singer, “The lyrics of the track and the storytelling in the advert are powerful, and important. The theme of family and loved ones are so front of mind for many of us –  especially this Christmas.” The song’s is now available nationwide here: You may also watch a behind-the-scenes interview with Griff here:

Inspired by the advert, the theme songs and the message around it, starting from 1 December, five shopping malls across the country will feature mesmerising Disney plush toy-adorned Christmas trees. Sandton City and Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg, Woodlands Boulevard in Pretoria, Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban and Canal Walk in Cape Town will all be getting in on the festive fun and are offering a special give-back opportunity for mall-goers. When visiting the trees, shoppers will have a chance to make a donation of R50, which will secure one of the plush toys that, together with the donation, will be donated by the malls to of both the Smile Foundation (Sandton City, Gateway Theatre of Shopping) and Reach for a Dream (Clearwater Mall, Woodlands Boulevard, Canal Walk) – creating festive magical moments for the young patients and beneficiaries of these charities.

Furthermore, Disney Channel fans will be pleased to hear that Disney, together with Nedbank, are currently hosting a wonderfully cheerful competition on the channel, DStv channel 303, where 10 lucky viewers will each win a magical Christmas-In-A-Box hamper worth R10 000 each, including a R2,000 Ackermans voucher. Existing Nedbank account holders will also receive a further R2,000 cash. Entrants simply have to watch Disney Channel, snap a picture of Mickey Mouse in his Santa hat when he appears on screen and ask their parents or care-givers to SMS their details to stand in line to win.

Fans can also head to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share their own past and present festive memories and traditions using #FestiveWithDisney and #FromOurFamilyToYours.

Disney Africa has graciously given me 3 prizes to give away – and they are amazing!

  • 1 x Star Wars Advent Calendar – R600 + 1 x Lego Marvel Spider-Man Jet vs Venom Mech – R800 > Annalize
  • 1 x Avengers Ultimate Quinjet – R1400 > Michelle Lamport

What do you have to do to get in the draw to win one of these amazing prizes?

  1. How old is the child you would like to win this for and who is their favourite Marvel Superhero? Answer in the blog comments below.
  2. Follow Disney Africa on and
  3. Follow me on and (You will have to follow me on these platforms)
  4. Tag 2 friends on this Facebook post
  5. Share one of my Insta Stories and remember to tag @goddesscoza
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  • The more entries you complete, the more chances you stand of winning
  • Before announcing the winners, I will be auditing the winners’ entries and profiles
  • Competition ends 14 December 2020 at midnight
  • Winners announced by 2pm on 16 December 2020
  • Winners will be announced on my blog and Facebook as well as Insta Stories and the winners has 48 hours to claim their prize else a new winner will be drawn
  • There will be 2 winners but I may decide to split the prize in 3 to make 3 winners
  • The prizes are sponsored by Disney and will be delivered via courier to anywhere in South Africa
  • If you have won from this competition on another blogger/influencer platform you cannot win from this competition




  • 80 g bulgur wheat
  • 80 g quinoa
  •  400 ml water
  •  150 g cooked, drained chickpeas
  •  100 g cooked, drained lentils
  •  50 ml chopped mint
  •  50 ml chopped parsley
  •  Seeds of ½ pomegranate OR one small pomegranate
  •  Salt and black pepper for seasoning


  • 30 ml pomegranate molasses
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 15ml Honey
  • 30 ml Olive Oil
  • Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 ml Dijon mustard or any mild mustard
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • TO SERVE: 60 ml crispy onion rings or flakes
  • 100 g feta cheese, cubed
  • Extra mint for garnish


  • Add the bulgur wheat, quinoa and the water to a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil on medium heat. Add some salt.
  • Cook for 15 minutes with lid on the saucepan until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Spoon the cooked quinoa and bulgur wheat into a large bowl to cool down quickly.
  • After a few minutes add the chickpeas, lentils, mint, parsley and the pomegranate seeds.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small jug and mix well.
  • Add the dressing and toss through the salad.
  • Serve the salad topped with the crispy onion, feta cheese and some mint as garnish.

Inspired by Disney’s locally produced live action show Disney’s Cookabout – we are sharing with you some of our healthy and oh-so delicious recipes that were featured on the recent season of the show. The cooking show sees kids learn where our food comes from, visiting farms around the country before heading back to the kitchen to learn to cook with the ingredients. This recipe was inspired by a visit to the Shangana Cultural Village in Hazyview, Mpumalanga.  

RECIPE: Christine Capendale
IMAGES: Anita Reed/Disney Channel



  • 80 g organic peanut butter
  • 90 ml coconut milk
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 5 ml freshly grated ginger
  •  1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2,5 ml ground cumin
  • 2,5 ml curry powder
  • 2,5 ml paprika
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 ml salt
  • Black pepper
  • 300 g chicken tenderloins or chicken fillet
  • 4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water
  • Toasted peanuts for garnishing


  • 50 ml white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar preferably)
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml honey
  • 2,5 ml salt
  • 5 ml chopped dill
  • 150 g sliced baby cucumbers
  • 30 ml spring onions, thinly sliced



  • Mix together the peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, ginger, garlic and the spices.
  • Mix well and reserve half of the marinade for dipping.
  • Marinate the chicken in the other half of the sauce.
  • Place in a Ziploc bag and toss well to coat the chicken – leave it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Thread the chicken onto the soaked skewers.
  • Heat a griddle pan on medium heat and cook the skewers on both sides until cooked and golden brown.
  • Serve with the reserved marinade and the pickled cucumbers. Garnish with the toasted peanuts

Inspired by Disney’s locally produced live action show Disney’s Cookabout – I thought I’d share a healthy recipe that was featured on the recent season of the show.

The cooking show sees kids learn where our food comes from, visiting farms around the country before heading back to the kitchen to learn to cook with the ingredients.

  • RECIPE: Christine Capendale
  • IMAGES: Anita Reed/Disney Channel

Beef, Peppers and Broccoli Stir-fry


  • 20 ml sunflower oil
  • 200 g rump or sirloin steak (at least 50% lean meat), cut into thin strips
  • ½ small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 5 ml grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • ¼ small red pepper, cut into strips
  • ¼ yellow pepper, cut into strips
  • 100 g broccoli florets
  • 60 ml sliced celery
  • 100 g rice noodles


  • 40 ml soya sauce
  • 15 ml honey
  • 5 ml organic, free range chicken stock
  • powder


  • 5 ml toasted sesame seeds
  • Fresh herbs (eg coriander, parsley or chives)
  • Beef, peppers and
  • broccoli stir-fry


Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside. Pour 750 ml of boiling water over the rice noodles and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Drain very well and keep warm. Stir a little extra oil through the noodles to prevent them from sticking together. Add half of the oil to a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and fry the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli until the onion is slightly browned. Stir all the time. Turn the heat up and add the meat. Stir-fry until it is cooked and starts to brown. Season with a little salt and remove the cooked meat and onions from the frying pan. Keep aside. Add the rest of the oil to the frying pan, turn down the heat to medium and add the peppers, broccoli and the celery. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the vegetables are cooked but still crisp. Return the meat and onions to the vegetables in the frying pan and add the sauce. Cook whilst stirring for 2 minutes. Serve with rice noodles and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and some herbs.

My eyes are going to be square after this…

FOX Africa

Are you a fan of a little show called The Walking Dead? It’s going for S10 – sans Rick and Maggie. Somehow this show about people in a post zombie-pocalypse world had me for 9 seasons already… I might as well admit that S10 will have me in front of the TV again. There are no spoilers here, move along and look at this awesome official pic!

Be primed and ready for the apocalypse this October, as the Walking Dead focusses on Michonne as she goes out in a blaze of glory. This season will also close out the Whisperers arc, introduce a new faction and feature another time jump.


I’m just going to put it out there, but Cobie Smulders who used to play Robin in How I met your mother and
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in Marvel films may just have found the perfect role…

Disney added a great line-up of content with the acquisition of FOX

This October you can look forward to great shows and additional seasons of your favourites.

  • CSI S10 (23 episodes) Riley Adams leaves the CSI team in turmoil, as Catherine’s leadership skills are called into question.
  • CSI Miami S9 (22 episodes) Whilst the team reels from Cardoza’s murder, Horatio and Calleigh find themselves battling old foes and new criminals.
  • EMPIRE S6A – the final season (9 episodes) Be prepared for more twists and drama we we bid farewell to the Lyon family.
  • BLUE BLOODS (S4 – S6 double bills) Blue Bloods is a drama about a multi- generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement.


  • American Dad – From 06:25
  • Family Guy – From 07:35
  • Criminal Minds – From 08:25
  • CSI – From 09:10
  • Hawaii Five-0 – From 10:45 – 16:10

WAR OF THE WORLDS (8 episodes of 60 minutes each)

When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with baited breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out; just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world.

As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction?!

The preview and the actors convinced me to make a note to watch it

Do you cartoon?

Adult Cartoons like The Simpsons, American Dad and Family Guy are also still running strong. I don’t know how The Simpsons have defied the years to still be on screen, but I do enjoy the crossovers that happen in these cartoons. Just in case you’ve missed this yellow family..

American Dad – An animated comedy revolving around Stan Smith, a CIA agent in Langley Falls, VA, whose main objective in life is national security. His family, a talking goldfish and a space alien rescued from Area 51 keep Stan busy while he tries to prevent terrorist activity in the U.S.

National Geographic October highlights

EXPEDITION AMELIA follows National Geographic explorer Bob Ballard’s quest to solve one of the most enduring mysteries of all time—the loss of another famed explorer, Amelia Earhart. Along the way it also tells the extraordinary and often overlooked story of Amelia herself—a record breaker and tireless advocate for women’s rights, a hundred years ahead of her time.

Lost Cities combines hi-tech archaeology, breath-taking visuals and genuine exploration to make headline-grabbing discoveries. Lost Cities brings adventure, science and archaeology together through our host Albert Lin. Our ambitious approach applies 3D scanning to some of the most extraordinary sites of antiquity. This series will deliver powerful, emotional stories with hi-tech imagery to bring the mysteries of the past vividly to life.

Activate is a six-part National Geographic documentary series about the Global Citizen movement’s efforts to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Each episode delves into a different issue connected to poverty by following a specific campaign and the organizers, celebrity amplifiers, grassroots activists and impacted people connected to that campaign. The series will run in 2019 in 172 countries, in 43 languages and reach 463 million households.

“Ice Road Rescue” portrays a group of heroic tow truck rescue workers. When winter hits Norway the transport roads turn into treacherous bobsleigh tracks. Every day the rescuers fight to keep this routes open by rescuing heavy trailers stuck in the mountain terrain. Winter storms, avalanches and lack of daylight through the winter season are just some of the challenges they have to face, working close to the polar circle. Extreme winter conditions that often make them risk their lives. “Ice Road Rescue” shows the ultimate man versus nature.

Airport Security: Brazil Sao Paolo International Airport, Guarulhos, Brazil, South America’s busiest. Here, Federal Police work 24-7, to stop illegal activity. Their main threats, forged documents and the trafficking of cocaine. In this 5th season agents bust passengers with cocaine on and inside their bodies, smuggling contraband in clever items and taking chances with illegal immigration. Watch as the action unfolds in the airport’s most restricted areas.

National Geographic Wild October highlights

LIFE AND DEATH IN PARADISE –This is a rollercoaster ride of life in the Caribbean as never seen before. Fascinating stories, unparalleled pictures and singular storytelling give a surprising and stunning insight into life in the Caribbean in two action packed episodes.

DOG IMPOSSIBLE –In every one-hour episode, we take a step inside Matt’s innovative approaches to modifying canine behavior. With each animal, he focuses on their unique needs, from detachment issues to aggression shaped from fear. Each episode features inspiring stories of dog rehabilitation and is loaded with useful information that will help pet owners improve their life with their four- legged best friends.

KINGDOM OF THE WHITE WOLF –National Geographic Photographer and biologist Ronan Donovan travels to the Arctic to embed with the legendary white wolves that don’t fear human sand get as close to them as he can.

WORLD ANIMAL DAY – 24 Hour marathon – 4 October  – Nat Geo Wild will broadcast a 24 hours marathon on October 4th in celebration of World Animal Day. The aim is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

Disney Channel

Disney Junior


Disney Junior has ordered a second season of “Fancy Nancy” on Disney Junior. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, the animated family comedy centers around six-year-old Nancy, a high-spirited young girl whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite – including language, nature, art and color – transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.


Production has begun on “Mira, Royal Detective,” an animated mystery-adventure series for preschoolers slated to debut on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world in 2020. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and resourceful Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective after solving a mystery that involves saving the kingdom’s young prince. The role of Mira will be voiced by 15-year-old newcomer Leela Ladnier. The announcement was made today by Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Junior.