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The best international series on Showmax in August, from The Responder S1 to The Equalizer S2

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Happy new month! Here are the best new titles to stream on Showmax in August, from Emmy nominees to critics’ favourites.

1st seasons of This Is Going To Hurt, The Responder, Mind Over Murder, The Gilded Age, The Baby & more
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A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW S3 | Binge now
A Black Lady Sketch Show is up for five awards at this year’s Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Writing, Directing and Editing, which it won last year.
The HBO sketch comedy earned series creator Robin Thede an Outstanding Actress: Comedy nomination at the 2022 Black Reel Awards, where Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary) was also nominated as Guest Actress. Thede won the category in 2021, when A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Gabrielle Dennis won Supporting Actress over co-star Ashley Nicole Black. This season’s guest stars include Ava DuVernay, Wanda Sykes, Wayne Brady, Vanessa Williams, Lance Reddick and Phil LaMarr.
Already renewed for a fourth season, A Black Lady Sketch Show has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Root hailing this season as “the smartest, freshest, funniest comedy on TV.”
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THIS IS GOING TO HURT S1 | Binge now
Currently the eighth best-reviewed series of 2022 according to MetacriticThis Is Going To Hurt stars Emmy winner Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns, Q in No Time To Die, voice of Paddington) as a junior doctor in the labour ward.
Based on the bestselling memoir of real-life doctor Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with TIME hailing it as “the best medical drama in years”.
Radio Times calls the series “a hilarious but heartbreaking tribute to the NHS” – England’s National Health Service – praising the “stellar performances” from Whishaw and newcomer Ambika Mod and adding, “A fast-paced emotional rollercoaster, This Is Going to Hurt is hands-down one of the best dramas we’ll see in 2022… With the show hitting home just how much pressure the NHS is under right now, the adaptation couldn’t come at a better time.”
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THE RESPONDER S1 | Binge now
Rotten Tomatoes’ 12th Best TV show of 2022 (So Far), The Responder follows Chris Carson (Emmy winner Martin Freeman from SherlockBlack Panther and The Hobbit), a morally compromised urgent response officer tackling a series of crisis-stricken night shifts in Liverpool.
While trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a rookie partner, Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo – named “Britain’s most exciting rising star” by Harper’s Bazaar). Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.
Written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, The Responder has a rare 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Martin Freeman is magnificent,” writes The GuardianWith rage in his heart and spit on his face, Freeman will surely win all the awards for this drama written by an ex-cop that’s as riveting as a thriller and as profound as a documentary… If you are looking for a state-of-the-nation piece, it is here.”
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MIND OVER MURDER | Binge now
The HBO true crime docuseries Mind Over Murder chronicles the bizarre story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of beloved 68-year-old grandmother Helen Wilson. Despite five of the individuals originally confessing to the crime, the “Beatrice Six”, as they became known, were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009, a turn of events that divided the rural town and incensed Helen’s family.
As the filmmakers track the case, from the murder through investigation, trial, exoneration and two civil suits, shifting perspectives cloud the truth, and a stranger-than-fiction tale emerges that raises questions about the reliability of confessions and memory in criminal cases.
Mind Over Murder is directed by Nanfu Wang, who won the SXSW Audience Award for In The Same Breath, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Born In China, and was nominated for an Emmy for One Child Nation. The six-part series has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Mashable hailing it as “the must-see true crime series of 2022… Mind-blowing, heartbreaking and ultimately soul-soothing.”
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THE GILDED AGE S1 | Binge now
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated shows of 2022, The Gilded Age is a new period drama from Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (Downton AbbeyGosford Park).
Nominated for a 2022 Emmy for its production design, The Gilded Age kicks off in 1882, when young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father. She moves in with her thoroughly old-money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Emmy winner Christine Baranski from The Good Fight) and Ada Brook (two-time Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City).
Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts and her stupendously rich neighbours, a ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell (Critics Choice nominee Morgan Spector from The Plot Against America and Homeland) and his ambitious wife, Bertha (Emmy nominee Carrie Coon from Fargo). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?
HBO has already ordered a second season of The Gilded Age, which has an 8/10 rating on IMDb. As Glamour says, “The Gilded Age is like Downton Abbey – but better.”
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LANDSCAPERS | Binge now
Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The FatherThe Crown) and Emmy nominee David Thewlis (I’m Thinking of Ending ThingsFargoHarry Potter’s Remus Lupin) star as real-life couple Susan and Christopher Edwards in Landscapers, a unique love story that sees a pair of ordinary Brits become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, England.
Based on real events, Landscapers won three 2022 BAFTAs, with nominations for Best Miniseries, Director (Will Sharpe), and Leading Actor (Thewlis). The four-part miniseries has a 98% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with widespread acclaim for its script (by Ed Sinclair – aka Mr Olivia Colman – who wrote the role of Susan specifically for his wife).
In their five-star review The Guardian wrote, “Imagine two of the greatest actors of their generation being even better together than they are separately. That’s Landscapers… Heartbreaking and utterly convincing… A rich, generous, clever, multi-textured thing.”
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THE EQUALIZER S2 | Binge from 16 August 2022
Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) was nominated for a 2022 Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actress in an Action Series for The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic 80s series and the 2014 blockbuster movie with Denzel Washington. She was also nominated for People’s Choice, Black Reel and Image awards for her performance as Robyn McCall, a single mother and former CIA operative who helps those with nowhere else to turn.
Already renewed for a third and fourth season, The Equalizer was named Best New Show by The African American Film Critics Association in 2021 and nominated as The Drama Show of 2021 by The People’s Choice Awards.
Critics Choice Award winner Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black), Screen Actors Guild nominee Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Mind), and Image Award winner Laya DeLeon Hayes (the voice of Doc McStuffins) co-star.
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THE THING ABOUT PAM | Binge from 16 August 2022
Two-time Oscar winner Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones DiaryJudy) is almost unrecognisable as Pam Hupp in The Thing About Pam, a riveting true-crime drama based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, which resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction, though he insisted he did not kill her.
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated shows of 2022, The Thing About Pam also stars Emmy winner Josh Duhamel (Transformers) and Screen Actors Guild nominees Judy Greer (Ant-ManJurassic World), Glenn Fleschler (Barry), and Sean Bridgers (DeadwoodRectify).
Based on a Dateline podcast that’s been downloaded over 20 million times, The Thing About Pam was NBC’s top rated new series this year and their biggest digital launch ever, according to DeadlineAVClub hails The Thing About Pam as a “twisty true crime story” with “impressive performances”.
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THE BABY S1 | Binge now, first on Showmax
The Baby stars Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) as 38-year-old Natasha, whose life implodes dramatically when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby. Controlling, manipulative but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want the baby, but the baby definitely wants her.
The cast also includes Tanya Reynolds (Lily in Sex Education), multi-award-winner Sinéad Cusack (V for Vendetta) and Ghanaian-born actor Patrice Naiambana.
As TIME says, “It’s more than just fun – it’s also a whole lot smarter and more thought-provoking than most of the shows sucking up all the attention.”
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LA BREA S1 | Binge now
Nominated as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2021 at the People’s Choice Awards, La Brea kicks off with a massive sinkhole mysteriously opening up in Los Angeles, separating part of a family in an unexplainable primeval world alongside a desperate group of strangers.
Already renewed for a second season, La Brea’s cast includes Natalie Zea (The FollowingJustified) and Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final ChapterMerlin).
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THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE | Binge now
Romance meets science fiction in The Time Traveler’s Wife, which tells the intricate love story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem… time travel.
People’s Choice and Teen Choice winner Theo James (Tobias “Four” Eaton in The Divergent film series, and Sanditon’s Sidney Parker) and BAFTA Scotland winner Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones’ Ygritte, DS Kirstin Longacre in Vigil) lead the the six-part miniseries, which is based on the acclaimed 2003 bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger.
Emmy and BAFTA winner Steven Moffat (Doctor WhoSherlock) wrote the screenplay, with triple-Emmy winner David Nutter (Game of Thrones) directing. The Mary Sue says, “I openly laughed out loud… And who doesn’t want to see Theo James and Rose Leslie falling in love with each other out of order?”
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SPREADSHEET S1 | Binge now, first on Showmax
BAFTA winner Katherine Parkinson (Jen in The IT Crowd, Pauline in Doc Martin) stars in the 18SN Aussie sex comedy Spreadsheet. She plays Lauren: a freshly divorced mother-of-two, looking for sex without strings attached.
Lauren’s already functioning at full capacity with a successful career as a lawyer, two wilfully disobedient but hilarious children and a slightly inept ex-husband. So how is she supposed to manage a slew of emotionally needy men as well? With a spreadsheet, that’s how.
In their four star review, Daily Mail hailed Parkinson as “one of the funniest actresses on TV,” saying Spreadsheet “combines traditional family comedy with raunchy scenes verging on all-out pornography… like channel hopping between OutnumberedSex and the City and an X-rated TV station.”
The Sydney Morning Herald similarly gave Spreadsheet four stars, calling the show “delightful to watch” and praising “Parkinson’s impeccable comic timing.”
EVERYTHING ON SHOWMAX IN AUGUST 2022
To see everything on Showmax in August 2022, including the tell-all interview Mohale: On The Record; The Comedy Central Roast of Khanyi Mbau, brought to you by Showmax; Anya Taylor-Joy in Edgar Wright’s award-winning film Last Night In Soho; the 2022 box office hit Scream; and the family favourite Sing 2, click here.
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The 10 best international series this October, from The White Lotus S2 to Minx, The Rehearsal to P-Valley S2

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First seasons of The Rehearsal and Minx; new seasons of The White Lotus & P-Valley
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THE WHITE LOTUS S2 | Mondays from 31 October, first on Showmax
The next chapter of The White Lotus swaps Hawaii for Sicily, following a new group of vacationers jetting off to a different White Lotus resort.
Season 1 was the most awarded show at the 2022 Emmys, winning 10 awards, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, Directing and Writing – and Supporting Actress for Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya – the only S1 character confirmed to return for S2.
The new cast includes People’s Choice winner Theo James (Divergent), Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (AmadeusThe Grand Budapest Hotel), Emmy winner Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Peabody Award winner Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), BAFTA winner Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), Teen Choice nominees Meghann Fahy (Sutton in The Bold Type) and Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart), BAFTA nominee Will Sharpe (LandscapersGiri/Haji), multi-award-winning Italian actress Sabrina Impacciatore and Adam DiMarco (Todd/Elliott in The Magicians).
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THE REHEARSAL S1 | Binge from 10 October, first on Showmax
The Rehearsal explores the lengths one man will go to to reduce the uncertainties of everyday life. With a construction crew, a legion of actors and seemingly unlimited resources, Nathan Fielder (2022 Emmy nominee How To With John Wilson) allows ordinary people to prepare for life’s biggest moments by “rehearsing” them in carefully crafted simulations of his own design. When a single misstep could shatter your entire world, why leave life to chance?
The Rehearsal has been a hit with fans and critics alike, with an 8.7/10 rating on IMdb and a 94% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says: “The Rehearsal gives Nathan Fielder carte blanche to take his absurdist comedy to the limit, which he pushes even further past with deadpan aplomb in what might be his most uncomfortably funny feat yet.”
Daily Beast hailed Fielder as “the undisputed king of cringe comedy,” calling The Rehearsal “a masterpiece of awkward chaos”, while​IndieWire praised the show as “a grand HBO experiment” that achieves “next-level entertainment” and Vanity Fair called it “as enthralling and bizarre as life itself.”
HBO recently renewed The Rehearsal for a second season.
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MINX S1 | Binge now, first on Showmax
In 1970s Los Angeles, an earnest young feminist (Ophelia Lovibond from Feel Good and Elementary) joins forces with a low-rent publisher (Critics’ Choice nominee Jake Johnson from New Girl) to create the first erotic magazine for women.
Minx topped Esquire‘s list of the Best TV Shows of 2022 (Thus Far) and has a 97% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “The rapport between Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson is the irresistible centerfold of Minx, a bawdy and sharp comedy that merits a full-page spread.”
HBO Max has already renewed the comedy series for a second season.
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P-VALLEY S2 | Binge from 10 October
The strip club dancers of the Dirty Delta are back in Season 2 of the award-winning drama P-Valley.
With Covid having shut down the Pynk, Uncle Clifford (Nico Annan, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, an Image Award and a Queerty for the role) and Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) come up with a pop-up alternative: a drive-through car wash, where masked women will give you a neon-lit show…
Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall, Season 2 has a 90% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Salon calling it “incomparable to much else on TV” and Guardian saying “the opening is as brilliant a spectacle as you’ll find on television”, adding, “There is an easy confidence to P-Valley that makes it an utter pleasure to watch. Season 2 is funnier than the first, going further into its campiness, but it also feels as if it is now fully at ease with itself. There is a glut of prestige television, but this is a standout that is well worth tracking down.”
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THE HANDMAID’S TALE S5 | New episodes every Thursday, first on Showmax
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, where the few fertile women, known as Handmaids, struggle to survive as reproductive surrogates.
Having got her revenge in the Season 4 finale, June is facing its consequences in Season 5, while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.
The show’s 15 Emmy Awards include wins for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, and Samira Wiley, with nominations for Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, and Madeline Brewer, all of whom return for the new season.
Season 5 has an 81% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Variety writing, “The Handmaid’s Tale has found itself — or a version of itself, at once leaner and stranger — again… Handmaid’s is in a new, fascinating era.”
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B POSITIVE S2  | Binge from 24 October
B Positive revolves around Drew (Emmy nominee Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley), a therapist and newly divorced dad. He needs a kidney donor when he runs into Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together, they form an unlikely and life-affirming friendship as they begin a journey that will forever impact both of their lives.
Season 2 opens after the transplant, as the pair have to figure out how to move forward with their lives.
B Positive was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography at the 2022 Emmys, after S1 was nominated for two 2021 Emmys, including Outstanding Directing.
The comedy has an 85% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “B Positive‘s familiar sitcom trappings are elevated by its charming cast – especially the weird and winsome comedic stylings of Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford.”
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A MILLION LITTLE THINGS S4 | Binge from 17 October
Friendship isn’t one big thing; it’s a million little things.
A Million Little Things revolves around a group of friends who become motivated to live fuller lives after the unexpected death of a close friend.
David Giuntoli (Nick in Grimm), Screen Actors Guild nominee Romany Malco (Weeds), three-time Teen Choice nominee Grace Park (Hawaii Five-O), James Roday Rodriguez (Shawn in Psych) and three-time Kids Choice nominee Lizzy Greene (Nicky, Rick, Dicky and Dawn) are back for in Season 4 of the hit show that makes you feel the most.
A Million Little Things has a 7.9/10 rating on IMDb and was recently renewed for a fifth season.
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RONJA, THE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER | Binge from 13 October
Narrated by two-time Emmy winner Gillian Anderson (Sex EducationThe CrownThe X-Files), Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is an epic, Emmy-winning animated series from Studio Ghibli (Spirited AwayMy Neighbour Totoro), based on the bestselling book by Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking).
Ronja is a 10-year-old girl born into a band of robbers. Over the course of 26 episodes, she befriends the son of her father’s rival and explores the beautiful but frightening forest, which is full of strange creatures.
In their four star review, Common Sense Media recommends Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter for children over the age of seven. Collider calls the show “a masterful, magical exploration of life itself”, praising the central relationship as “amazing to watch, especially for an animated kids’ show. It ranges from childlike curiosity, to immature rivalry, to outright hostility and distrust, to mutual friendship, to young love; every step along the way is masterfully handled and every bit as complicated as real-life relationships.”
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BILLY THE KID S1 | Binge from 24 October
From BAFTA nominee Michael Hirst, the creator of Vikings, comes an epic romantic adventure based on the life of Billy the Kid (Tom Blyth), from his humble Irish roots and his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger in the American frontier to his pivotal role in the Lincoln County War and beyond.
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THE GAME S1 | Binge from 3 October
A reboot of the multi-award-winning 2006 series, The Game offers a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. Image Award winner Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez return from the original series, with Adriyan Rae (Chicago Fire’s Gianna Mackey) and Emmy nominee Tim Daly (Madam SecretaryThe Practice) co-starring.
EVERYTHING ON SHOWMAX IN OCTOBER 2022
To see everything on Showmax in October 2022, including the blockbusters The Lost CityVenom: Let There Be Carnage and The Suicide Squad, click here.
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All You Should Know About Showmax’s First Nigerian Original Limited Drama Series, Diiche!

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African fantasy series Blood Psalms premieres on Showmax with glowing reviews

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The first two episodes of Blood Psalms, the first Showmax Original fantasy series, are now streaming. Early reviews are glowing, withTVMzansi calling it, “Without doubt, the best TV show ever created in Africa”; Leon van Nierop “the biggest and most spectacular production of a local series yet” and TimesLive “African fantasy at its finest.”
Set in ancient Africa, the action-packed epic follows Princess Zazi (Bokang Phelane) as she battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas and the wrath of the gods.
“Watching it feels as thrilling as being an astronaut exploring new worlds,” says Genevieve Terblanche from tvplus. “The sheer scope of Blood Psalms is breathtaking.”
On TVSA, Movies And Things With Tha-Bang writes, “What Jahmil XT Qubeka and Layla Swart have achieved with Blood Psalms is something that will go down on SA TV history books like the Yizo Yizo and Intersexions of the world, series that came and changed the game when folks least expected it.”
Swart and Qubeka were responsible for South African Oscar entries Knuckle City and Sew The Winter To My Skin. Qubeka also directed Of Good Report, which won seven SAFTAs, including Best Film and Best Director, and Stillborn, which won the SAFTA for Best Short Film.
They’ve assembled an incomparable cast, with nine SAFTA winners – Bongile Mantsai, Hamilton Dlamini, Hlubi Mboya, Mothusi Magano, S’dumo Mtshali, Siv Ngesi, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Warren Masemola and Zolisa Xaluva – and all your faves, from Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa to Lemogang Tsipa, Faith Baloyi to Faniswa Yisa, Mandisa Nduna to Niza Jay, Richard Lukunku to Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Thabo Rametsi to Thando Thabethe, Thembikile Komani to Zikhona Sodlaka, and many more.
We caught up with the most ambitious filmmakers in Africa to find out more about Yellowbone Entertainment’s first Showmax Original, which is already topping the charts on Africa’s homegrown streaming service:
Where did the idea for Blood Psalms come from?
Qubeka: I was just always extremely curious about our continent. The question mark around the history of Africa, and where we come from, has been a great platform for us to be able to build this world.
Swart: I think Blood Psalms is a yearning more than anything else. It’s a look at a history that has never been depicted before, that we always wanted to see.
When is Blood Psalms set?
Qubeka: 11 000 years ago. Blood Psalms is an action adventure series that invites us into a world that no longer exists, a time before the Great Flood changed the world.
Swart: Blood Psalms draws from elements of a multitude of African mythologies and looks at various different tribes in Season 1 – the Akachi, the Uchawi, the Ku’ua, the Chini, and Great Nziwemabwe – as they migrated south from Kemet, which is now Egypt, and formed their cultures.
Qubeka: These tribes moved southward, running away from the calamity that was happening in Kemet and Kush, which is what we now know as northern Sudan. There are remnants even today that show that there was a great civilization and a great culture that comes from that space.
Which tribe do you focus on the most?
Swart: The tribal focus in season one is House Akachi, run by the eccentric King Letsha [four-time SAFTA winner Mothusi Magano].
Qubeka: We look at this world through the eyes of his daughter, a young Akachi princess by the name of Zazi [Bokang Phelane], as she goes on her own quest to find a sense of self in a rapidly evaporating world.
How do you feel about the inevitable Game of Thrones comparisons?
Qubeka: If they want to call it the African Game of Thrones, I’ll take that mantle on. If you love Game of Thrones, you’re gonna love this show.
But what we really want to do is create heroic archetypes for the African child. If you look across the entire landscape of cinema and television, there are no archetypes for the African child.
Swart: It’s a pioneering show that attempts to redefine our very perception of our identity as Africans. What we’re trying to do is to reclaim the continent’s history from an African perspective. The goal, for us, is to ensure that the golden thread of Africa’s stunning history really shines.
Qubeka: If we don’t start to project an image of how we see ourselves, someone else is going to do that for us.
There are very few references for Africa 11,000 years ago. Was this freeing or challenging? 
Swart: Building a world that doesn’t exist has been enormously creative. Doing something set 11,000 years ago has really given us all collectively the scope to just play.
But it’s also enormously challenging. Every single costume, every single piece of the set had to be conceived and made from scratch.
Qubeka: I’m very excited to see how audiences engage this world. There’s a lot of things that people are going to look at and be like, ‘What are you talking about? Did they have guns in that time? Do they have electricity?’ There’s all sorts of things that we challenge in terms of conventions, of what people understand of our glorious past.
Where did you shoot in the Eastern Cape?
Qubeka: So the Akachi Citadel actually sits above the Hole in the Wall but we shot parts of the Citadel in different locations. For example, the big dam in Graaff-Reinet is incorporated as the Citadel dam, situated at the back end of the city.
What I really loved about shooting in the Eastern Cape is that it just brought a whole other dimension to what we were intending to achieve.
The epic scale of places like Coffee Bay and the Valley of Desolation – just the size and scale of these places – makes you feel so insignificant, so small, so we’re able to get an essence of what it could have been like 11,000 years ago on this continent.
Why should audiences watch your show?
Qubeka: It’s a sweeping epic adventure that doesn’t hold back. It is definitely a large canvas, one that I personally have not seen from this continent. This thing is big.
Now streaming, first on Showmax
Shot in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces, Blood Psalms is a Showmax Original in partnership with CANAL+, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the Eastern Cape Economic Development Corporation (ECDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, which supports South Africa’s most exciting entrepreneurs, enabling them to bring their unique, innovative and creative business ideas to life.
Showmax will drop new episodes of Blood Psalms every Wednesday until the end of November 2022.
Join Swart for an InstaLive on producing as part of the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses at 6pm on Thursday, 29 September 2022 at https://www.instagram.com/actorspaces/.
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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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