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Since January always feels like the longest month of the year (when is payday, again?), Showmax brings you an absolute corker of a line-up to start 2019, with highly anticipated series you won’t find anywhere else, including the first Showmax original drama, and local gems such as kykNET’s brand-new Dwaalster and Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown S3!

Showmax Original

Girl from St Agnes is a Showmax Original
Jane de Wet as Lexi. Patrick Toselli, Showmax

The Girl From St Agnes | Showmax Original
The mysterious death of a schoolgirl at an elite boarding school sets off a desperate hunt for the truth. It seems everyone has something to hide in this gripping South African drama filmed in the Midlands.
Planned release date: 31 January 2019

International series

HBO's Room 104 S2 is first on Showmax
Room 104 S2. Image: HBO

The Bold Type S2 | First on Showmax
Things are going well: Jane’s first major article is published, Sutton can see if anything happens with Richard and Kat is changing attitudes around her. But this new season isn’t going to stay so polite…
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Room 104 S2 | First and Only on Showmax
When you enter Room 104, you don’t know what will happen next or if you’ll ever return… This new season brings a fresh anthology of terrifying, funny, strange and macabre tales, each episode a unique experience.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Siren S2 Part 1 | First on Showmax
Once nobody believed mermaids existed. But now the small town of Bristol seems to be full of them – and they are not happy with the humans. Can the peace be kept in this exciting new season?
Planned release date: 25 January 2019

Playing House S3
Maggie and Emma face their biggest test yet: not the baby, not work, not the bossy neighbours, but medical news that would stop any of us in our tracks. Luckily the two besties have not lost any of their wacky humour!
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Nashville S5
Juliette’s plane has crashed, but she survives. Yet lucky as she was, the accident left her with terrible injuries. But the show must go on at Highway 65 as Rayna plans a new album and tries to save the label from bankruptcy.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Victoria S2
Victoria returns to her royal duties soon after giving birth, only to find the men think they can take over from her – particularly her husband Prince Albert. But they are not ready for one of the greatest monarchs in history.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

The Good Doctor S1
Shaun is a brilliant surgeon, yet his autism makes it hard to build personal connections. Giving up the calm of the countryside for a busy city hospital, can his brilliance make up for his social problems in this medical drama?
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Snatch S1-2
Young hustlers discover a cache of stolen gold. Loosely based on the cult-classic movie, they can be rich, but need to stay one step ahead if they don’t want to end up on the wrong side of London’s underworld.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Superstore S3
Cloud 9 is back after being destroyed in a tornado. It’s time to restock the superstore, only nobody told the staff the doors are opening soon! Then there is that kiss between Jonah and Amy – don’t miss this hilarious new season.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson leads a top SWAT team on the very streets where he escaped crime. He tries to straddle the two worlds – but when the chips are down, this team bring their best to take down criminals.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas S1
Wyatt Cenac is as funny as he is serious and takes his wit around the US to tackle tough topics and investigate real-world solutions. Not afraid to talk to anyone, he goes to the heart of local problems in this doccie series.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Devious Maids S1-4
You never know who’s listening… working for Beverly Hills’ most powerful families, four maids have access to some incredible gossip – and like their bosses they are not above using dirt to get what they want…
Planned release date: 7 January 2019

International movies

Hellboy on Showmax
Image: NBC

He’s an ogre who just wants to be left alone and the local ruler agrees – if he goes to rescue a princess. If that’s not bad enough for Shrek, his sidekick is a very annoying talking donkey in this modern animation classic.
Planned release date: 3 January 2019

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
An evil prince has returned to take the world back from humans and he plans to use Hellboy to destroy them all. But the cigar-chomping, cat-loving demon has other plans in this action-packed sequel from Guillermo del Toro.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Scott has found the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately he needs to beat her exes in combat before he can date her. This hyper-kinetic and incredibly funny film is full of crazy characters and over the top action like never before.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

The Kingdom
Jamie Foxx leads a crack federal team who are in Saudi Arabia to destroy a terrorist cell. Finding the local authorities less that cooperative, these skilled warriors take matters into their own hands in this explosive thriller.
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob and his loony friend Patrick, out on their first movie adventure to clear their boss’ name. But nothing stays simple with these two around!
Planned release date: 21 January 2019

Knocked Up
Ben is a slacker, living off a court settlement. He lands a date with Alison, who is way out of his league. They sleep together and fall pregnant – and that’s where the fun starts in this hilarious stoner comedy.
Planned release date: 24 January 2019

Me Before You
Paralysed from the neck down after an accident, a young banker gives up on life. Yet he didn’t count on a new caretaker, a cheerful woman trying to make ends meet, bringing a new light into his life in this sweet romantic drama.
Planned release date: 31 January 2019

Documentary additions

Fallen is on Showmax
Image: Gravitas

Every day police officers put themselves between us and the criminals trying to cripple our communities. It’s dangerous work and can often cost them their lives. This documentary takes a look at that ultimate sacrifice.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Life & Death Row S1-2
Step into the harrowing world of life and death in the justice system. From profiling people on death row to the struggle between guilt and innocence in the courts, this series goes where few ever dare to.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Hurricanes are one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Now go into the middle of one as it forms off the coast of Africa, then tears across the Atlantic to ravage the Caribbean islands.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Earth: One Amazing Day
The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning BBC Earth series, this tracks a day in different parts of the planet. Watch in startling HD how nature reacts to different challenges, and experience incredible animal encounters.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios
A renowned guitarist and his son return to Cuba to gather the country’s finest musicians for an album. Get to know these talented artists and hear their music as they take you on a journey of sound.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Stand-Up Special 2 – Kumail Nanijani: Beta Male
There are many things that terrify stand-up comic Kumail Nanijani, so what better place to discuss them than in a hour-long comedy special? Forget your worries and laugh at this comedian complaining about his strange hangups.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Stand-Up Special 3 – Ray Wood Junior: Father Figure
Roy Wood Jr. take his comedic wit to a new level in this stand-up special, where he tackles everything from freeway protests to racist flags, to the origin of blues music.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Stand-Up Special 4 – Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo’s
Natasha Leggero sounds off on everything from conservative Republicans to Burning Man, voicing her provocative opinions on hipsters, Mormons and judgey moms.
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Top Gear: Ambitious But Rubbish
Top Gear’s hosts have long done stupid things to entertain their audience. But not all those stunts worked out all that well! This special goes behind the scenes and the dumb stuff that didn’t go as planned…
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Kids’ additions

Kiddets is on Showmax
Kiddets. Image: CAKE

Garfield’s Pet Force
He’d rather be napping, but Garfield and his friends are recruited to fight the evil Vetvix in another dimension. If they don’t, she will conquer their world and all its lasagna!
Planned release date: 1 January 2019

Kiddets S1
There are new aliens in town and they are just fascinated by our planet and its creatures. Join them in a fun blend of live-action and animated clips as they learn about the world from their playroom.
Planned release date: 7 January 2019

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Better Together Special: Forgotten Friendship
Something has erased everyone’s memories! Fortunately Sunset Shimmer notices, but she needs the help of Princess Twilight Sparkle before her friends’ minds are lost forever.
Planned release date: 7 January 2019

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Better Together Special: Rollercoaster of Friendship
The Equestria Land amusement park is open and its PR manager is keen to promote it. But when a little Equestrian magic charms her phone, she starts abusing it to erase what she doesn’t like.
Planned release date: 7 January 2019

Garfield & Friends S7
Join everyone’s favourite fat cat for a whole whack of new adventures – from getting lost to the vet to investigating strange crimes to why we should thank cats for airplanes.
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Clue S1
Loosely based on the famous board game, four teenagers get entangled in a conspiracy. They set out to prove their innocence, but the shady Secret Keepers are out to stop them.
Planned release date: 28 January 2019

South African additions

Dwaalster is on Showmax
Dwaalster. Image: kykNET

Dwaalster S1 | Express from kykNET
The year starts with with a brand-new series. Welcome to the small Karoo town of Maanhaarsdrif, a place where the people are a little strange but very pleasant. It seems things never change here, but a lot goes on underneath…
Planned release date: 7 January 2019

Axis Mundi
Eager to save her flagging ratings, a disabled television presenter invites a miracle healer onto her show – and challenges him to help her walk again. Winner of several festival awards, this tense drama shouldn’t be missed.
Planned release date: 7 January 2019

Isibaya S5
The drama reaches a fever pitch in this new season. Thandi’s offer of love is cruelly rebuffed, while Zama plots against her family – who are plotting against her! The stakes have never been higher in SA’s most loved drama.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Beyond The River
Despite coming from very different worlds, in 2014 Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks won gold in the tough Dusi Canoe Marathon. This movie tells their amazing story, which will resonate with every South African.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Keeping up with the Kandasamys
There’s no love lost between neighbours Jennifer and Shanti, so the last thing they want is their children falling for each other. When that happens, the sworn enemies join forces to break them up in this hysterical comedy.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Love By Chance
Two South African actors are working hard to break into the Hollywood scene – so hard that dating is the last thing on their minds. But love has a way of making itself heard in this sweet romcom.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Pop Lock ‘N Roll
Raps is all about the money and success he can find with his street dancing skills. He finally gets that big break, only to fall in love with his gangster patron’s girlfriend. Is he willing to risk it all just to have her?
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Conversations On a Sunday Afternoon
South Africa is home to refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Learn their stories in this provocative documentary by Khalo Matabane, exploring the fates of strangers in a strange land.
Planned release date: 10 January 2019

Jan Braai vir Erfenis S7
Jan Braai travels the world to spread SA’s braai secrets, swooping into Amsterdam and Brussels. But he’s also on the road locally, cycling the Tour de Braai from George meeting braai lovers and finding perfect braai spots.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Die Koue Kos, Skat
Discovering her husband is a cheat, Clara starts plotting her revenge. But along the way she meets new people, finds romance and rediscovers her passion for food in this lip-smacking comedy.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Hoener Met die Rooi Skoene
Bonnie is just another receptionist at work late – until she discovers her boss’s body! The cops are called in, but they seem clueless, so Bonnie decides to become an amateur detective and get to the bottom of the murder herself.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Johnny is Nie Dood Nie
On the day that Johannes Kerkorrel committed suicide, friends have a braai and reminisce about their past, their fight against apartheid and the border war, and the music they love.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

The Fouchés always go to the same holiday resort and expect nothing to change. But their favourite camping spot has been taken by the Khumalos! This starts a ridiculous tit-for-tat war with side-splitting consequences.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Nul is Nie Niks Nie
Drikus is a young boy trying to make sense of his father’s death. So he decides to follow his big dream – to make a zombie movie – and enlists the help of his friends Chicken and Chris in this heartwarming and beautiful drama.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey
Sometimes you don’t know people as well as you think… At face value Lafras Verwey looks like a boring clerk who has worked for the state for decades. But he is actually a spy, moving parcels for a secret organisation.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Isikizi S2
Phila has accepted his destiny as the new village chief. But his grandfather was a corrupt man, leaving many problems Phila must fix. Can he manage the change while facing challenges to his rule?
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Lockdown S3
Lockdown is back for another thrilling season at the women’s jail. Get ready for new characters joining the current cast, including an idealistic psychologist and a sadistic killer, as well as a new boss out to rein in the chaos.
Planned release date: 14 January 2019

Obsessed with the past, a man tries to find a way to revisit his memories. He makes a scientific breakthrough that will let that happen, but things don’t work out as expected in this gripping thriller.
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Schalk, Hannelie and their kids are off on holiday. But this road trip will be like no other, unearthing years of baggage as the stress of the journey gets to them. Can it also bring them together or is this the end?
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Eldorado Park
Life is tough in the township of Eldorado Park, but that’s everyday reality for these four friends. Stuck with a present that looks a lot like the past, can they make it in this touching and harrowing South African drama?
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Vir Ontbyt
An important man is rushing to a meeting when he encounters a dirty homeless man. The man gets hold of his ID and forces him to buy breakfast in exchange, starting a life-changing encounter.
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Die Kliek S6-S8
Everyone is looking for love, but can they find the one with which they ‘kliek’? The dating show, hosted by the hilarious Jack Parow, is back with new seasons of fun chats, beautiful people and a chance to meet the one.
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Is’Thunzi S2
Winnie is stuck in the rural town of Phelumoya, but her never-say-die attitude will win the day. Meanwhile, Nox has her own problems, and Londi and Thish are rallying to help their friends in this exciting new season.
Planned release date: 17 January 2019

Getroud Met Rugby Die Soapie S2
The popular series-turned-soapie is back for more battles on and off the rugby field. From new babies to new books, everyone is trying to win and some will pay any price to make that happen…
Planned release date: 21 January 2019

Oppiestoep S1-3
Who doesn’t love a good yarn? Join Andries Vermeulen and Pietman Geldenhuys as they host some of SA’s funniest storytellers and most talented musicians for an evening you won’t forget.
Planned release date: 21 January 2019

Wolf Wolf
A disillusioned housewife finds herself alone on an isolated smallholding with a charming disabled man. As their attraction for each other grows, a journalist arrives hot on the heels of a serial killer. Then the journalist disappears…
Planned release date: 24 January 2019

An ambitious career woman is found dead on her wedding anniversary and the cops believe her husband did it. But is he really the culprit in this intense and gripping murder mystery?
Planned release date: 24 January 2019

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