There’s plenty of brand-new international series coming to Showmax in June that you won’t find anywhere else, like Motherland: Fort Salem, Miracle Workers starring Daniel Radcliffe, and brand-new Gen-Z skater drama Betty. Fans of Billions will be delighted that season five is here, and if that’s you, check out Devils while you’re at it, based on a book about investment bankers, starring Patrick Dempsey.
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Best of local
If you haven’t discovered Kina and Kovu, two local productions from Maisha Magic that are available to binge on Showmax now is the time. There’s also a new season of Selina, Nyanya Rukia, Hullabaloo and Huba, plus new episodes of Njoro wa Uba and Pete.
Date my Family (15 June- 10 episodes)
One of the cornerstones of the new Maisha Magic Plus channel, the Kenyan edition of popular dating reality show Date My Family, promises laughter and surprises as bachelors and bachelorettes “interview” their prospective dates’ friends and families. Based on how the interviews go, they then select a special someone for a romantic date.
Our Perfect Wedding sn 10 (From 15 June)
Say “I do” to another sublime season of Kenya’s sweetest nuptials, as lovebirds navigate their way through cake tastings, dress fittings and family tensions to tie the knot in style.
Dadasphere Collection (25 June)
Dadasphere is a platform for modern African women to share their stories, lessons and ideas. At each event, five women give 15-minute talks on a topic relevant to the modern women of Africa, who are intrepid, brilliant and live fascinating lives. They are educated, well-travelled, and more confident than their mothers and grandmothers. They are an interesting blend of African tradition, colonial heritage and the Africa she believes possible.
Motherland: Fort Salem (First on Showmax, Binge from 1 June)
Fantasy drama Motherland: Fort Salem is set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution by cutting a deal with the government to fight for the country. The series follows three young women as they fight terrorist threats with supernatural tactics.
Devils sn 1 (First on Showmax, Binge from 1 June)
Starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey, this series centres on Massimo Ruggero, a charismatic and fearless Italian banker. With a stellar track record on the London trading ﬂoor of investment powerhouse NYL Bank, Massimo is a shoo-in for promotion to vice-CEO. But when Massimo’s ﬁercest rival, Edward Stuart, turns up dead, Massimo finds himself under suspicion and uncovers a vast political game plan orchestrated by the devils who rule the world’s financial fate.
Miracle Workers sn 1 (First on Showmax, Binge from 1 June)
When God (played by Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi, Fargo, Boardwalk Empire) plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels (Daniel Radcliffe and Geraldine Viswanathan, Bad Education) must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.
The Good Karma Hospital sn 3 (From 1 June)
This escapist hospital drama series was inspired by series creator Dan Sefton’s experiences as a doctor in South Africa. The series follows junior doctor Ruby Walker, who ditches London and a broken heart for a job in an under-funded rural South India hospital run by the tough-as-nails Dr Lydia Fonseca.
Billions sn 5 (Tuesdays at 23:00 from 9 June | Same day as M-Net)
It’s adapt or die as the struggle for power becomes a fight for survival in the new season of Billions. Alliances crumble as Bobby Axelrod (Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, Homeland) and Chuck Rhoades (Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti, Sideways) go head to head once more.
Season 5 ushers in a new threat to Axe’s rule in the form of social impact pioneer Mike Prince, while Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, Hot Zone) joins the cast as Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author Catherine Brant.
Betty sn 1 (Mondays at 22:30 from 22 June | Same day as M-Net)
Based on Crystal Moselle’s critically acclaimed feature Skate Kitchen, HBO’s new six-episode half-hour series Betty follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through New York’s predominantly male-oriented skateboarding scene.
Yesterday (From 8 June)
Jack Malik is a small-time singer-songwriter in an English coastal town who’s rapidly facing the reality that his dream probably isn’t going anywhere, in spite of the fanatical support of his best friend, manager and biggest fan, Ellie. Then there’s a mysterious global blackout, Jack gets hit by a bus, and wakes up to find that The Beatles never existed…
Time Freak (From 11 June)
You know that time you messed up in a relationship and got your heart broken, maybe let the one that could have been The One slip through your fingers? Well, what if you could go back and fix it? What if, like teen genius Stillman, you had a time machine, that would give you all the do-overs you needed to get it right?
This comedy-drama with a sci-fi twist stars Asa Butterfield and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones). Los Angeles Times calls it “A whimsical rom-com that’s a little bit Hot Tub Time Machine, and a little bit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Blackkklansman (From 25 June)
Unbelievably based on actual events, Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman is, as the opening titles tell us, “some fo’ real sh*t.” It tells the story of Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs’ first African-American detective, who attempts to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s … with the help of a Jewish stand-in.
It stars John David Washington (Ballers) in the Golden Globe-nominated lead role, with Adam Driver in an Oscar-nominated supporting role.
The film won auteur-director Spike Lee a long-overdue Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, making it his first competitive Academy Award in a 34-year career that’s included films like Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X.
After Truth: Disinformation and the cost of Fake News ( First on Showmax | From 1 June)
This brand-new HBO documentary looks into the ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of “fake news” in the US, focusing on the real-life consequences of disinformation campaigns, conspiracy theories and false news stories on the average person, with case studies from the wildfire theories around Seth Rich’s murder to the “Pizzagate” incident fuelled by disinformation about the leaked Clinton emails.
Released in March this year, it has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Variety calling it, “An absorbing and impressively researched documentary.”
Kill Chain: The Cyber War On America’s Elections ( First on Showmax | From 1 June)
In Kill Chain – The Cyber War On America’s Elections, Finnish hacker and cybersecurity expert Harri Hursti investigates the exploitable vulnerabilities in modern election technology, exposing just how unprotected America’s election systems really are.
This 90-minute HBO documentary has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Time Magazine says, “Kill Chain demands that we ask whom we’re trusting, and why.”
The Scheme ( First on Showmax | From 1 June)
The Scheme tells the story of college basketball insider Christian Dawkins and the FBI investigation into the biggest corruption scandal in collegiate sports history, which threatened to take down the NCAA, and landed prominent Adidas execs and assistant coaches behind bars.
It’s directed by Emmy-nominated producer Pat Kondelis, and has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with CNN calling it “A riveting, meticulously detailed guide to a system that seemingly invites rule-breaking at every turn.”
Best of Africa
Gomora ( New episodes from 1 June )
Gomora is a story about inequality. It’s about the rich and the poor and how fine the line between the two can be. It follows the lives of two families and how their worlds collide. The first 20 episodes are available to stream now, and new episodes will land every weekday from 1 June, 24 hours after the broadcast on Mzansi Magic.
Kandasamys: The Wedding (From 4 June)
Having survived their meddling parents’ attempts to break them up in the 2017 hit movie Keeping Up with the Kandasamys, Jodi (Mishqah Parthiepal) and Prishen (Madushan Singh) are headed down the aisle at last. It’s going to be the wedding of the year! If they can survive their respective mothers. Shanthi Naidoo (Maeshni Naicker) has everything planned, down to the smallest detail but, as always, Jennifer Kandasamy (Jailoshini Naidoo) is ready to out-do her. After all, “the Kandasamys don’t do small”. And so it begins…
Africa’s Home Run: The Gift Ngoepe Story (From 15 June)
This documentary tracks the meteoric journey of Johannesburg-born major league baseball player Gift Ngoepe from the Randburg Mets Clubhouse where his mother worked, to becoming the first African player in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jemeji S1 ( From 4 June)
This popular telenovela from Africa Magic tells the story of a young medical doctor who returns home after studying abroad and is excited to be posted to a village to work. What seems like a dream come true soon becomes a nightmare without end as family and childhood secrets begin to unravel.
Kids movies and shows
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ( From 22 June)
Inseparable besties Hiccup and the big screen’s most adorable dragon ever, Toothless, are back for their final adventure in the beloved Dreamworks threequel inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling book series.
Chief Hiccup and Astrid have created a utopia for dragons and Vikings alike, but now a new danger, in the form of a hired tyrant named Grimmel, threatens everything they love, just as they make a magical discovery that raises the stakes higher than ever.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (From 29 June)
The high-energy hilarity is back and the fur’s going to fly as our favourite Jack Russell, Max, and his friends face brand-new adventures. With a new baby in the house, the ever-protective Max’s neuroses land him in pet therapy, until he finds a mentor in the form of Welsh Sheepdog Rooster (voiced by Oscar nominee Harrison Ford). But the fun is only getting started as all our favourites from the first movie return, along with some fresh faces.
Find Me in Paris sn 3 ( First on Showmax | From 18 June)
The series follows Russian ballerina-in-training Lena (Jessica Lord), who lived in 1905 until she was accidentally transported to 2018 by a magical necklace. There, she joins the modern Opéra de Paris dance school in a bid to conceal her identity and evade the Time Collectors until she can return to her beloved Henri. She’s done such a good job of blending in, though, that she might never want to go home …
The series has a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and has a four-star rating on Common Sense Media, which recommends the series for ages 10+, praising its “international flair and a welcome wholesome feel”.
LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar sn 1 (From 1 June)
This LEGO prequel to the 2015 film Jurassic World is also a direct followup to Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit TV special (so watch that first).
Legend of Isla Nublar sees newly hired animal behaviourist Owen Grady and Assistant Manager Claire Dearing having to wrangle runaway dinosaurs, the ongoing expansion of the park, unpredictable weather and an impulsive boss, and that’s before the trouble starts.
Also On Showmax In June:
The Halcyon S1 | Pandora S1 | The War of the Worlds S1 | Shades of Blue S1-S3 | Stitchers S1 – S3 | Growing Up Hip Hop S1 | Spud 1, 2 & 3 | Elizabeth Harvest | Final Portrait
End of Watch | LOL
Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms | Africa’s Wild Horizons
Divergent | Our Perfect Wedding S6 & S7 | Fruitvale Station | Two Tails | The Switch
Nadia Naked – The Album Documentary
The Loft House | Gemini Man
Madea’s Witness Protection