The April Fools’ torment will be short-lived this year as TV fans get to indulge in an exciting viewing experience when their favourite shows return next month. A variety of classic favourites, alongside new premieres, will hit our screens offering various genres including reality, dramas, telenovelas and more.

Mzansi’s most popular dating show, Date My Family, makes a much-anticipated season 7 debut on Sunday, 07 April with 31-year-old Mandla Radebe. Mandla describes himself as a people’s person and an aspiring entrepreneur. He is looking for a lady who communicates well. Will Mandla find the woman of his dreams?

The Mzansi Magic Sunday trailblazers will be incomplete without the premiere of The Herd Season 2. The new season picks up approximately seven months later and MaMngadi (Winne Ntshaba) doesn’t want to be a witch anymore. Will she continue her redemptive journey, or will she fall back to witchcraft?

Joining the cast for a thrilling 13 episodes are Bheki Sibiya, Nomsa Nene, Mbali Maphumulo and Nqobile Khumalo. Bheki Sibiya plays Smangaliso. Deeply traditional and charming, Smangaliso is the older brother of Bhekisizwe Mthethwa. He has been in and out of jail for most his life and now has the chance to score his biggest heist yet – taking over his dead brother’s family and life. TV veteran Nomsa Nene plays MaMthembu, MaMngadi’s mother who’s also a witch. She is the reason MaMngadi is so powerful. However, MaMthembu has never showed MaMngadi motherly care and affection and is all about getting down to the business at hand. Mbali Maphumulo will star as Ayanda and Nqobile Khumalo as Dudu.

Award-winning drama, Lockdown, comes back to claim Mondays on 08 April with the premiere of Season 4. It is three months since the riot and Deborah (Pamela Nomvete) has clawed herself back to the top as Governor of the prison. She has placed a pissed-off-with-the-world Tyson (Lorcia Cooper) in power, allowing her access to more contraband than the prison has ever seen. How long before the battle of wills commences? Joining the new season are Nthati Moshesh as Nobantu and Natasha Thahane as Katlego.

The nation’s favourite uncle, Nimrod Nkosi is once again helping people track down their fathers and reuniting long-lost family members in the new season 7 of Utatakho, premiering Tuesday, 09 April. In the first episode, we meet Mabuyi Ntuli. Mabuyi grew up knowing her mother could have cheated with a man from the Ntuli family, a man who happens to share the same surname as the father of her children. Will she finally know where she belongs?

Speaking of fathers, Papa Penny is back for what is easily the most emotional and intense season to date. Papa Penny Ahee! season 3 premieres Wednesday, 10 April and will include an international trip, progressive views on romance and a new “addition” to the family.

And what would life be without our favourite polygamous family? Uthando Nes’ Thembu season 3 will see Musa demonstrate how he juggles his time equally amongst his four wives, while running various business ventures. In the premiere episode on 11 April at 20:00, MaYeni and MaCele prepare for their weddings and Musa commits a grave error of judgement when he mingles two wives’ businesses together…

Catch all your favourite shows on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) this April.

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