Showmax UK picks up African titles
SVoD service Showmax UK has lined up four African originals to debut this month.
They comprise season three of South African telenovela The Wife (November 10), Nigerian drama series Flawsome (November 10), the third instalment of South African comedy series Tali’s Joburg Diary (November 18) and S1 of South African murder mystery Donkerbos (November 29).
The Wife follows two star-crossed lovers, Tswana doctor Naledi Montsho and Zulu taxi driver Qhawe. When Naledi goes missing, the Zulu brothers face the heat.
The cast includes Wiseman Mncube, Sello Motloung (Blood Psalms), Stoan Seate, Mo Setumo (The Queen) and 2022 SAFTA nominee Mathews Rantsoma (Scandal!).
“With Naledi missing and the Zulu brothers’ crimes now front-page news, the third and final season of The Wife is going to be explosive. The Zulu brothers may have finally met their match in Naledi’s family,” said head writer Busisiwe Ntintili.
Flawsome follows the lives of four friends, played by Bisola Aiyeola (Sugar Rush), Ini Dima-Okojie (Blood Sisters), Sharon Ooja (Òlòtūré) and Enado Odigie (Unmarried), as they navigate their personal and professional lives while bound by the flawed yet unbreakable ties they share.
The 13-part series was created and directed by Tola Odunsi and also stars Gabriel Afolayan, John Dumelo, Baaj Adebule, Iretiola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Chris Attoh, Ali Nuhu, Joselyn Dumas and Shine Rosman.
Meanwhile, in the new season of Tali’s Joburg Diary, Tali moves back to the city determined to get Jayden into premium preschool Little Angels in Hyde Park and reclaim her crown.
In Donkerbos, the bodies of six children are found in the forest while Limpopo, an ostracised detective, must wrestle with her dark past, her family and a distrustful community to catch the killer before another child is taken.
The series was created by Nico Scheepers (Nerens, Noord Kaap) and produced by Nagvlug (Skemerdans, Barakat) and its cast switches between the use of English, Afrikaans and Venda.
Its cast includes Thoko Ntshinga (The River), Fleur du Cap winners Sanda Shandu (Skemerdans) and Nicole Holm (Fynskrif), and Silwerskerm winners Stian Bam (Racheltjie de Beer) and Jacques Bessenger (Fynskrif, Warrior).