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In addition to bingeing on chocolates this Mother’s Day, binge on these series on Showmax that present plenty of eye-candy. Because we all know that the best thing about Mother’s Day is getting to relinquish the usual responsibilities that come with being a mother, and indulge in our own whims and desires for once. Right?

1. A Discovery of Witches

The British actor Matthew Goode, whom you might recognise as Lady Mary’s second husband in Downton Abbey, plays Matthew Clairmont opposite Theresa Palmer’s Diana Bishop in this dreamy fantasy romance series. Matthew is a geneticist, and vampire, who sets out to help Diana in deciphering an ancient text that contains long-held secrets about the fragile peace between witches, vampires, demons and humans. The sparks fly between Matthew and Diana, but there’s just one problem. Diana comes from a long line of witches, and witches and vampires don’t mix… Watch now »

2. Gigolos

This addictive reality show follows the uncensored lives of five male escorts in Sin City. They all work for the same agency, Cowboys4Angels, and their day-to-day jobs put them in some compromising positions. Expect lots of abs, bums, guns and sleazy tans. Watch now »

3. Luther S1-5

Idris Elba has won a Critic’s Choice Award, a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for his role as John Luther in this British crime drama, and all five seasons are ready for your next swooning binge-watch session. Elba plays the obsessive detective with violence and darkness simmering just beneath the surface. And we all know that no one simmers like Idris. Watch now »

4. Suits S1-8

Meghan Markle will be celebrating her first ever Mother’s Day (she may be a Duchess but she’s still American, so we’re sure she’ll be celebrating this Sunday), and you can see her as Rachel Zane in the first seven seasons of Suits, and then decide whether Katherine Heigl’s presence in Season 8 makes up for the hole left by Rachel’s departure. And while Mike also left the show at the end of Season 7, there’s still eye-candy aplenty, with Harvey Specter still rocking his Windsor tie knots and wide peaked lapels. Watch now »

5. The Bachelor SA boxset

Lee Thompson was South Africa’s first ever Bachelor, and the full boxset of the show is now available for your guilty-pleasure binge on Showmax. Lee is a fitness model who, in the course of the show, finds ample opportunity to get his shirt off, so there’s that – but he also comes across as a decent human, and a bit of a softie, and after a few episodes you’ll find that you’ve grown quite fond of him. Watch now »

6. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Brace yourself – in this mystery series, the rakish Dr Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) plays a man who’s old enough to be an esteemed literary icon who stands accused of the murder of a teenaged girl in the 1970s. One of his proteges, a young author with writer’s block, sets out to prove Quebert’s innocence, but that’s not easy, especially when it emerges that in 1975, when Quebert met the 15-year-old Nola and became infatuated with her, he was 33 years old. Watch now »

7. Billions S4

Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades are at it again – but this time, they find themselves having to team up to confront a common enemy. Axe is played by Damian Lewis, who first won our hearts as Richard Winters in the gripping HBO World War II miniseries Band of Brothers. Did you know that he’s British, was awarded his OBE in 2014, and has a background in Shakespearean theatre? We’re not sure we’ve ever been so drawn to a redhead. New episodes of Billions S4 arrive every week, at the same time as the M-Net broadcast. Watch now »

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