Five international shows to stream on Showmax in June

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Winter has arrived. Cape Town is being battered by Winterfell-type weather and Johannesburg is no better off. But fear not – Showmax has added a smörgåsbord of series for you to enjoy in June.

Get the popcorn ready and settle in with these five international shows. June’s selection includes a lineup of the best currently available, from BAFTA-winning Patrick Melrose to the highly anticipated Handmaid’s Tale.

Patrick Melrose – Season 1

Patrick Melrose takes an irreverent look at the British upper class as we follow Benedict Cumberbatch’s character through his childhood in the South of France during 1960s, to the sober Britain of the early 2000s.

Back in May, Benedict Cumberbatch won his first BAFTA for Best British Actor for his title role in Patrick Melrose. The show also won Best Mini Series, Best Writer and Best Production Design.

Release date: Now streaming.

IMDb rating: 8.2

Cast: Patrick Melrose stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange, The Imitation Game) as Patrick and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Twin Peaks, Weeds) as Eleanor Melrose. The main cast list also includes:

  • Hugo Weaving as David Melrose
  • Sebastian Maltz as Young Patrick
  • Jessica Raine as Julia
  • Prasanna Puwanarajah as Johnny
  • Pip Torrens as Nicholas Pratt


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

Handmaid’s Tale – Season 3

June, portrayed by Elisabeth Moss, finds herself once again in Gilead, the totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, with its ‘traditional values,’ and where women are treated as property of the state.

Despite the overwhelming odds, June is fighting back against the oppressive regime. Season 1 was based on Margaret Atwood’s classic eponymous novel, winner of the first Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Release date: From 10 June 2019.

IMDb rating: 8.5

Cast: Handmaid’s Tale stars Elizabeth Moss (Girl Interrupted) as June Osborne and Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story, Shakespeare in Love) as Commander Fred Waterford. The main cast also includes

  • Max Minghella as Nick Blaine
  • Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
  • Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
  • Amanda Brugel as Rita
  • Madeline Brewer as Janine
  • O-T Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
  • Alexis Bedel as Emily
  • Samira Wiley as Moira


  • Winner of 2 Golden Globes
  • Winner of 11 Emmys

Big Little Lies – Season 2

Life seems tranquil in the seaside town of Monterey, California. The others 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.

Release date: From 10 June 2019 at 21:00.

IMDb rating: 8.6

Cast: Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, The Others) as Celeste Wright and Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max Fury Road, Divergent) as Bonnie Carlson. The main cast list also includes:

  • Cameron Crovetti as Josh Wright
  • Nicholas Crovetti as Max Wright
  • Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
  • Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman
  • Laura Dern as Renata Klein
  • Darby Camp as Chloe Mackenzie
  • Chloe Coleman as Skye Carlson


  • Season 1 won 4 Golden Globes
  • Winner of 8 Emmy Awards

Fortitude – Season 3

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. Fortitude boasts an award-winning cast.

Release date: Now streaming on Showmax

IMDb rating: 7.4

Cast: Fortitude stars Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion from Game of Thrones) as Dan Anderssen and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (The Borgias) as Eric Odegard. The main cast list also includes:

  • Sienna Guillory as Natalie Yelburton
  • Mia Jexen as PC Ingrid Witry
  • Luke Treadaway as Vincent Rattrey
  • Alexandra Moen as Petra
  • Sofie Gråbøl as Hildur Odegard


  • 84% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Winner of the AMPS TV Award
  • Nominated for 2 BAFTA Awards

Counterpart – Season 2

In Season 1, hapless UN employee Howard – portrayed by J. K. Simmons –discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension, where his other self is a top spy.

In season 2, the Crossing is 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.

Release date: Now streaming on Showmax.

IMDb rating: 8.1

Cast: Counterpart stars J.K. Simmons (Juno, The Legend of Korra) as Howard Silk and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Dollhouse) as Emily Burton Silk. The main cast list also includes:

  • Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle
  • Nazanin Boniadi as Clare Quayle
  • John Funk as Howard
  • Sara Serraiocco as Baldwin
  • Nicholas Pinnock as Ian Shaw
  • Ulrich Thomsen as Aldrich
  • Christiane Paul as Mira


  • Outstanding New Program nominee, Television Critics Association Awards, 2018
  • Winner of a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design
  • 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

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