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The 7 best international series on Showmax this June

Patrick Melrose S1, Big Little Lies S2, The Handmaid’s Tale S3, Insecure S3 & more

First on Showmax. Binge from 3 June 2019

In May 2019, Benedict Cumberbatch won his first ever BAFTA for Best British Actor for his title role in Patrick Melrose, which also won Best Mini Series, Writer and Production Design. 

Patrick Melrose gleefully skewers the British upper class through the story of an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy struggling to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father (Hugo Weaving from The Matrix and The Lord of The Rings) and a mother (Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh from The Hateful Eight) who tacitly condoned the behaviour.  

The critically-acclaimed series moves from Patrick’s childhood in the South of France in the 1960s to debauched 1980s New York and sober Britain in the early 2000s.  

Best Actor nominee, Golden Globes 2019 | Winner of four BAFTAs, 2019 | Five Emmy nominations, 2018

Same time as M-Net, weekly from 10 June 2019 at 21:00

On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the ‘Monterey Five’ – Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie – bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

Season 2 has a new director in Oscar winner Andrea Arnold, while three-time Oscar winner and four-time Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep joins the star-studded cast of Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, Golden Globe winner Laura Dern, People’s Choice winner Shailene Woodley and Teen Choice nominee Zoe Kravitz. 
Season 1 won 4 Golden Globes and 8 Emmy Awards

Place-shifted from M-Net, weekly from 10 June 2019June (two-time Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss) finds herself once again in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Gilead has returned to ‘traditional values,’ with women treated as property of the state. Despite the overwhelming odds, June is struggling to strike back against the regime… Season 1 was based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name, which won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Winner of 2 Golden Globes & 11 Emmys

Binge from 3 June 2019

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, Insecure follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

Golden Globe Best Actress In a Comedy nominee (Issa Rae): 2017 and 2018

2018 Emmy nominee: Best Actress (Issa Rae) and Best Cinematography

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First on Showmax. Binge from 3 June 2019

Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now…

This icy crime thriller features an all-star cast, including Game of Thrones’ Richard Dormer (aka Beric Dondarrion), Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (SpotlightThe Lovely Bones), Golden Globe nominees Dennis Quaid (The Day After TomorrowFar From Heaven) and Michael Gambon (aka Dumbledore in Harry Potter), and BAFTA winners Sofie Grabol (The Killing) and Darren Boyd (Lucky Man). The equally impressive lineup of directors includes Emmy nominees Sam Miller (Luther) and Nick Hurran (Sherlock) and BAFTA winners Hettie Macdonald (Hit & Miss) and Richard Laxton (Mum, Mrs Wilson). 

84% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

Binge from 3 June 2019

In Season 1, Howard (Oscar winner J. K. Simmons), a hapless UN employee, discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension, where his other self is a top spy. Season 2 finds the Crossing closed and each Howard stranded in the other’s world. As a cold war escalates between worlds and deepens the divide, both men find themselves growing increasingly like each other.

Outstanding New Program nominee, Television Critics Association Awards, 2018
100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes | 8.1/10, IMDB

Binge from 3 June 2019

After refusing to compromise his principles by joining an alliance with the filthy-rich Anderson brothers to move a football franchise to Las Vegas, Spencer (Teen Choice and People’s Choice winner Dwayne Johnson from Jumanji) and his partner Joe (Emmy winner Rob Corddry) set out to expand their foothold in the client-management business, weighing an opportunity to purchase an extreme-sports LA outfit founded by Lance Klians (BAFTA nominee Russell Brand). 

Nominated for Emmys in 2017 and 2018

Nominated for three Black Reel Awards in two years, including Best Comedy and Best Actor In A Comedy (Dwayne Johnson)

Strange Angel S1 – Cult drama | 94% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes – First on Showmax; due 3 June 2019
Burden of Truth S2
 – Legal drama | 86% rating, Rotten Tomatoes – First on Showmax; due 3  June 2019
One Dollar (aka $1) – Murder mystery | 80% critics rating, Rotten tomatoes – First on Showmax; due 3 June 2019
Get Shorty S1-2 – Crime comedy | 96% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes – Due 3 June 2019
You’ve Been T@gged S3 – Teen thriller | Starring Katelyn Nacon (Walking Dead) – Due 3 June 2019

To see everything coming to Showmax in June, click here.

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