What a great streaming pile Showmax has put together
Five winning international series to stream in May
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (S10)
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 Four, Warm 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).
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 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…
BARRY (S2 available from May 20)
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.
ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (available from May 22)
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).
GENTLEMAN JACK (available from May 28)
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 Valley, Last Tango in Halifax).