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The 5 best international series on Showmax this May

A Discovery Of Witches S1. Barry S2. Escape at Dannemora. Gentleman Jack S1. Animals. S3. And much more…

Now streaming first on Showmax

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight. The hit series stars Teresa Palmer (I Am Number FourWarm Bodies) as academic and historian Diana Bishop, a witch denying her magical heritage until the discovery of an ancient manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode from Downton Abbey and The Crown).

Sky One’s most watched series of 2018 | The most successful title by far in the history of Sundance Now

100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes | 8.2/10, IMDB

Now streaming first on Showmax

ANIMALS. focuses on the downtrodden creatures of Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. In Season 3, the late night cult favourite show visits a human-less, post-apocalyptic Big Apple. Blending live-action and animated segments, the HBO series features arguably the strongest cast on TV this year, including Aisha Tyler (Archer), Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War), Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight), Carol Kane (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Demi Moore (GI Jane), Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Jacob Tremblay (Room), John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Lauren Lapkus (Crashing), Lucy Liu (Elementary), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) and many more… 

84% critics rating and 85% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes

First on Showmax. Binge from 20 May 2019 

Bill Hader and Henry Winkler reprise their Emmy-winning roles in HBO’s dark comedy series about a depressed war vet-turned-hitman who finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA. As Season 2 opens, Barry (Hader) tries to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle involving the Chechen, Bolivian and Burmese underworld – not to mention some deeply suspicious LA detectives and Monroe Fuches (Stephen Root), Barry’s erstwhile boss, who has found it exceedingly difficult to hire a replacement as capable as his onetime ace assassin. 

Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Emmys, 2018

Best Comedy, Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor nominations, Golden Globes, 2019

Binge from 22 May 2019

A female employee (Oscar winner Patricia Arquette) at a maximum security prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates (Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano and Oscar winner Benicio del Toro) and helps them escape. Based on a true story, Escape At Dannemora is directed by Ben Stiller (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty). 

2019 Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Limited Series (Patricia Arquette)

2019 Directors Guild of America Award for Limited Series (Ben Stiller) 

Same time as M-Net, weekly from 28 May 2019 at 22:00

Set in 1832, Gentleman Jack focuses on real-life English landowner Anne Lister (BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones from Doctor Foster) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening her coal mines and marrying well. However, the charismatic, single-minded Lister – who dresses in black from head-to-toe and has charmed her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. Instead, she is determined to stay true to her nature by marrying Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle from Peaky Blinders and Bodyguard), a sheltered heiress who happens to be a seriously wealthy woman. A remarkable and unlikely love story, Gentleman Jack was created, written and co-directed by four-time BAFTA Award winner Sally Wainwright (Happy ValleyLast Tango in Halifax).

81% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

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Burden of Truth S1 – Legal drama | 86% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes – First on Showmax
Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus S2 – Animated music documentary – 100% critics rating Rotten Tomatoes
Fortitude S1-2
 – Arctic murder mystery | 88% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
Casual S4 – Comedy | The final season of the Golden Globe Best Comedy nominee 
The Good Fight S1-2 – Legal drama | Best Drama nominee, TV Critics Association 
2 Dope Queens S2 – Comedy-talk-show | Guests include Lupita Nyong’o & Daniel Radcliffe
In The Long Run S1 – Comedy | Created by Idris Elba

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