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It’s yet another week gone and hope, I find you well. Winter is upon us and that means those not going to work will be glued to television. This then tells us that ZBC TV should now use the opportunity to give viewers what they want, after-all we are paying for our television licences.

That is a penalty too for producers starting to create content or submit content for them if necessary so that we avoid unnecessary repetition of programmes.

Surprisingly, still on repetition ZBC TV should be serious in this day and age on repeating music videos too.

You can even remember that the video was played so and so hours ago.

We have a lot of musicians with nice videos, who is to blame for that?

Are our local musicians shunning away on being played on television or programme producers are not appreciating or accepting their videos?

We wonder. Still on content, some weeks ago MultiChoice Zimbabwe courtesy of M-Net has been calling for local content for onward submission to M-Net. This is a noble move and knowing Zimbabweans, they will hurriedly submit but the question is do we have the content? Yes, some local producers now have good equipment and from my understanding, it can even match the MTV Base or Mzansi style. One tip I can share with them is to avoid plagiarism and doing something that doesn’t signify or represent Zimbabwe.

We have series, soaps, films, movies such as “Tinsel”, “24”, “Generations”, “Rhythm City”, “Fashion Police” and “Desperate Housewives” among others.

We are all tired of that and stop appearing like Americano!

Let’s submit something that has a feel of Zimbabwean so that when it comes on M-Net or DStv , we can safely boast around say this is Zimbabwean.

No wonder why some of the music videos can’t be played on Trace, MTV Base or MTV because one would be confused. Be proud of yourself and your country. Last week saw the launch of ITV Choice DStv, adding huge variety and top quality information, education and entertainment to the options for audiences. Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, said ITV was one of the best-known brands in British broadcasting, with a long and successful history of service to Britain and the world.

ITV Choice makes its African debut following a deal between MultiChoice Africa and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, and is available on channel 123 to DStv Premium bouquet subscribers every Tuesday at 1800hrs.

Featuring a wide range of great British entertainment, ITV Choice offers an impressive schedule that includes Ant amp Dec’s “Saturday Night Takeaway”, “Big Star’s Little Star from 12 Yard” and “Keep It In The Family” from ITV Studios and Over The Top Productions.

The drama offering features the recently-launched and highly-rated “Poldark”, a period drama adaptation of the well-known classic novels of the same name, produced by Mammoth Screen. This is a remake of the old 70s show but carries with it a new style and some of television’s best new stars.

Also on the channel, is “Arthur amp George”, Buffalo Pictures’ adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, starring Martin Clunes, as well as ITV Studios’ World War Two drama “Home Fires”.

The channel also features detective series “Vera and Murdoch Mysteries” and two of Britain’s best-loved soaps, “Coronation Street” and “Emmerdale”. Again as the month of May is more of African oriented considering that we have the Africa Day celebrations on the 25th, to DStv everyday is Africa Day as the station celebrates the dynamic and beautiful continent with an exciting array of local talent and vibrant, informative and entertaining home grown programming.

This week our focus is on Africa Magic. The channel which continues to deliver original, home-grown content in entertainment, lifestyle, drama series, reality television and films such as “Star Gist” which airs weekdays at 20:00 , 53 Extra on Mondays at 19:30, “Jara” every Wednesday at 21:00 and the high rating soapies “Hotel Majestic” weekdays at 21:00 , and “Tinsel” on weekdays at 20:30 . Not only will viewers be treated to these all-time favourite shows, but they’ll also get an hour-long dose of their favourite musicians every day as Africa Magic World flexes its music muscle with “Africa Magic Music” (Weekdays at 14:00 and 23:55) For more African talent, be sure to catch the new kid on the block, the local adaptation of the multiple award-winning ABC television drama hit series, “Desperate Housewives Africa” as it takes over your screens on EbonyLife TV.

“Desperate Housewives Africa”, was recently launched on April 30, 2015 at 22:00 CAT exclusively on DStv Channel 165 has seen most women glued to the television It is more of the original multi-award winning American version with a uniquely African flavour.

Yes we have our Eva Longoria in the making but the bad part of it is that it is more of a Nigerian orientation.

Given a chance, I would do “Desperate Housewives: Africa”.

Happy viewing!!!

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Source : The Herald

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