Lifetime now available on DStv compact

Johannesburg - Lifetime has announce that the channel, on DStv 131, is now also available to DStv compact subscribers.

Lifetime will continue to bring viewers all the reality drama and made-for-TV movies they've come to love but will now also showcase gripping crime content, including a new local documentary.

CRIME SHOWS

The once-off documentary Loved Like Crazy (9 December at 21:00) casts a new lens on relationships that became headlines. Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp. Sandile Mantsoe and Karabo Mokoena. Mampintsha and Babes Wodumo. Frederik Bossert and Annelise Kriek. Loved Like Crazy takes the audience through the dangerous ties of toxic love that trap women in a cycle of abuse. A woman who knows this cycle well is journalist and author Iman Rappetti, who guides us through each stage of the cycle of abuse with empathy and insight.

Other upcoming crime drama on Lifetime this month includes season two of South African Crime Stories (weekdays at 18:25) which investigates some of the country's most notorious crimes. Then Homicide Hours to Kill (weekdays at 17:35) shows that the key to solving the toughest homicides lies somewhere within the final 24 hours of the victim's life.

While Poisonous Liaisons (weekdays at 21:55) uncovers that poison has long been a weapon of choice. In Mysteries & Scandals (weekdays at 22:45) multiple Emmy and Peabody Award winner Soledad O'Brien executive produces and hosts this true-crime series that takes a deep dive into Hollywood's most baffling mysteries and notorious scandals.

REALITY SERIES

This month several brand-new reality shows also premiere; including Cheerleader Generation (21 November at 20:05), Ms T's Music Factory (21 November at 21:00) and Monica The Medium (27 November at 20:05).

The series Cheerleader Generation follows the competitive lives of two groups of hardworking cheerleaders and their completely dedicated coaches. Ms T's Music Factory meanwhile, sees a former recording artist turned music manager and performance coach, in search of the next star. In Monica The Medium, Monica a college student uses her unique abilities to help clients communicate with loved ones who are no longer around and to deliver healing messages from the afterlife.

Lifetime also boasts new seasons of firm favourites like Married at First Sight (S9, 15 November, 20:05). The massively popular relationship show heads to Charlotte, North Carolina for season nine and introduces viewers to eight new singles who agree to legally get married to a stranger at the altar. For the first time ever all the couples stay in the same apartment complex after they navigate the tricky terrain of being married to someone they don't know.

In December the hot new series Heartbreak Island (10 December at 21:00) sees twelve single guys and girls put everything on the line in a bid to find their perfect match and win $100,000. Another brand-new series The Expandables (2 December at 12:50) is a real-world construction show that sees Rob and his crew design and build space saving renovations spaces for homeowners without adding one extra square metre.

LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIES

What would the festive season be without Lifetime's heart-warming Christmas movies? Every Saturday and Sunday in December, at 19:20, Lifetime will be spreading holiday cheer in the form of new holiday season movies.

Reunited at Christmas (21 December at 19:20) follows the story of Samantha (Nikki DeLoach) whose beloved grandmother plots from beyond the grave to bring the family together for one more hometown Christmas. Samantha's boyfriend, Simon (Mike Faiola), proposes marriage when she accepts in front of her entire family she soon realises that she have spoken too soon. 

In Christmas Reservation (29 December at 19:20) Holly (played by Melissa Joan Hart) is a pro at planning the Christmas events at her family's lodge. That is until her college sweetheart books a stay and tests her personal reservations about love.

(Compiled by Graye Morkel)