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First seasons of Power Book III: Raising Kanan & Heels, new His Dark Materials, Ramy

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THE WHITE LOTUS S2| Binge from 12 December 2022

Season 2 ofThe White Lotusswaps Hawaii for Sicily, following a new group of vacationers jetting off to a different White Lotus resort.

Season 1 was the most awarded show at the 2022 Emmys, winning 10 awards, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, Directing and Writing – and Supporting Actress for Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya – who returns in Season 2.

The new cast includes Peabody Award winner Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), People’s Choice winner Theo James (Divergent), Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus,The Grand Budapest Hotel), Emmy winner Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Teen Choice nominees Meghann Fahy (Sutton inThe Bold Type) and Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart), BAFTA winner Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), BAFTA nominee Will Sharpe (Landscapers,Giri/Haji), multi-award-winning Italian actress Sabrina Impacciatore and Adam DiMarco (Todd/Elliott inThe Magicians).

Season 2 has an 89% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes. In their five-star reviews,The Timescalls this season “a whodunnit like no other” andLondon Evening Standardsays, “As funny as ever, if slightly seedier, the second series is a brilliant rumination on desire and its destructive capability.”

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HIS DARK MATERIALS S3|Tuesdays from 6 December 2022

The third and final season of theHBO and BBC Onefantasy epicHis Dark Materialsis based onThe Amber Spyglass, the final novel in Philip Pullman’s Carnegie-winning book trilogy, which was listed amongTime Magazine’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time.

Season 3 follows Lyra (MTV Movie Award winner Dafne Keen fromLogan) and Will (Emmy nominee Amir Wilson fromThe Letter for the King) as they journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. As her father’s great war against the Authority edges closer, they will learn that saving the world comes at a terrible price.

Season 2 of the multi-BAFTA- and Annie Award-winning series earned an 85% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes. In their five-star review,The Independentcalled it, “a beautiful, brooding vision of Pullman’s universe, which retains the mix of childish wonder and darkness that make his books so beguiling to young adults.”

Oscar nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton,tick, tick… BOOM!) returns asLee Scoresby, with BAFTA winner Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr. Banks,Luther)as Mrs Coulter,and BAFTA nominee James McAvoy (X-Men’s Charles Xavier) asLord Asriel.British-Nigerian Black Reel nominee Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World,Lost) joins the cast this season, along with the likes of Emmy nominee Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Ghanaian-British actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Mary Poppins Returns).

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POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN S1| Binge from 12 December 2022

The second spin-off to the hit crime dramaPower, the prequel seriesPower Book III: Raising Kananchronicles a journey into the drug trade, as 15-year-old Kanan Stark makes a bid to join the growing family business.

Young actor Mekai Curtis steps into the lead role as the young Kanan, the character played in the original series by Emmy and Grammy winner Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who once again executive produces alongside Emmy nominee Courtney A. Kemp and series creator Sascha Penn (Creed II).

Season 1 has a rare 100% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes, and Tony Award winner Patina Miller (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,Madam Secretary) was nominated for a 2022 Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Raquel Thomas, Kanan’s mother and one of the most powerful drug lords in Queens.

The cast also includes Black Reel, Teen Choice and MTV Movie Award nominee Omar Epps (Love & Basketball,This Is Us,House M.D.), rapper Joey Bada$$ (Leon inMr. Robotand the original Rebel inWu-Tang: An American Saga), London Brown (Reggie fromBallers), Black Reel winner Omar J. Dorsey (Queen Sugar,When They See Us,Selma), and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Chris Alston inThe Deuce, Bob Stookey inThe Walking Dead, and D’Angelo Barksdale inThe Wire).

The hit series has already been renewed for a secondandthird season.

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RAMY S3| Binge from 19 December 2022, first on Showmax

Ramy Youssef’s acclaimed comedyRamycentres on Ramy Hassan’s sometimes awkward, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes disastrous experiences as a first generation Egyptian-American and Muslim millennial in New Jersey.

Among its numerous accolades, the series won a 2020 Peabody Award, and was nominated for three 2020 Emmys – Best Actor and Best Director in a Comedy for Youssef, and Best Supporting Actor for Season 2 guest star Mahershala Ali. Youssef also picked up two nominations at the Critics Choice Awards, where the show was nominated for Best Comedy in 2021.

All the core cast members are back for Season 3, including Hiam Abbass (Succession,The Visitor,Blade Runner 2049) and May Calamawy (Moon Knight), along with Ghanaian actress MaameYaa Boafo (The Mysterious Benedict Society,An African City), who reprises her Season 2 character as Zainab. This season’s guest cast includes model Bella Hadid, Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan, Amy Landecker (Minx,Your Honor), Critics Choice nominee Christopher Abbott (Catch-22), and Teen Choice nominee James Badge Dale (13 Hours,24,Iron Man 3).

Season 3 has an 89% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes. “It takes incredible confidence to go to the kinds of tricky emotional places thatRamylikes to live in,” saysRolling Stone. “If the show can at times feel deeply uncomfortable, the payoffs are inevitably worth it.”

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NEW AMSTERDAM S4| Binge from 23 December 2022

Season 4 of the ever-popular medical dramaNew Amsterdamreturns us to America’s oldest public hospital, where Dr Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold fromBlacKkKlansman,90210andThe Blacklist) continues his fight to put saving lives above the bottom line while fielding his increasingly personal relationship with Dr Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman fromDoctor WhoandLaw & Order: UK, who was nominated for a 2022 Hollywood Critics Association award for Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series for the role).

Created by writer-producer David Schulner (Desperate Housewives) and based on Eric Manheimeris’ bookTwelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, the hit series has an 8.1/10 score onIMDb.

The new season brings in Sandra Mae Frank, who was nominated for a 2022 Hollywood Critics Association award for Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series as the new chief of oncology, deaf surgeon Dr Elizabeth Wilder, and Emmy nominee Michelle Forbes (24,True Blood). MTV Movie Award winner Gina Gershon (Face/Off,Riverdale) guest stars.

New Amsterdamhas already been renewed for a 13-episode fifth and final season.

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HEELS S1| Binge from 5 December 2022

Set in the small-town pro-wrestling world in Georgia,Heelsfollows the rivalry between two brothers – one a villain (or “heel”) in the ring, the other a hero (or “face”), as they war over their late father’s wrestling promotion.

Led by Teen Choice winner Stephen Amell (the Arrowverse’s Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) and Teen Choice and MTV Movie + TV Award winner Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn Ironside inVikingsand Cato inThe Hunger Games),Heelshas an 8/10 rating onIMDb.

OnRotten Tomatoes, it has a 96% critics’ rating, with the critics’ consensus saying, “Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig sell hard inHeels, an impressive new drama that has compelling angles on both sides of the rope.”

It’s already been nominated for three 2022 Critics Choice Super Awards – Best Action Series, Best Actor in an Action Series (Alexander Ludwig) and Best Actress in an Action Series (Mary McCormack fromThe West WingandThe Kids Are Alright), and Season 2 is already on the way.

Created by Emmy winner Michael Waldron (producer onRick and Mortyand the writer ofLokiandDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), the show’s cast also includes Kelli Berglund (Now Apocalypse) and award winner Chris Bauer (For All Mankind,The Deuce,The Wire,True Blood).

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GENTLEMAN JACK S2| Binge now

The second season ofGentleman Jackreturns us to 1800s West Yorkshire, England, where Anne Lister (BAFTA winner Suranne Jones fromVigil) now shares her ancestral home and her passion for life with heiress Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle fromPeaky BlindersandBodyguard) following their controversial wedding at the end of Season 1.

But Anne’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life. With Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile is seen as provocative and dangerous.

Nominated for a 2020 BAFTA for Best Drama Series, as well as a GALECA Award, Season 2 of the hit HBO/BBC One co-production has a 95% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes, where the consensus says, “Blessed with Suranne Jones’ exquisite performance and some of the crispest dialogue on television,Gentleman Jackremains a total ace.”

Gentleman Jackis created by four-time BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley,Last Tango in Halifax) and stars Screen Actors Guild nominee Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones’ Yara Greyjoy), BAFTA nominee Timothy West (Last Tango in Halifax), and BAFTA winner Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary), among others.

“Behind the familiar frilly bonnets and linen drawers,Gentleman Jackis disrupting the conventions of one of our most fiercely loved dramatic forms, at a time when we most need them disrupted. It is a masterpiece,” saysThe Guardian.

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BLINDSPOTTING S1| Binge from 14 December 2022

Blindspotting, the spin-off sequel series to the award-winning, critically acclaimed 2018 film of the same name, follows Ashley, who has to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis after Miles, her partner of 12 years and the father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, forcing Ashley to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.

Once again created by Emmy nominee Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer,Hamilton,Black-ish) and Black Reel Award nominee Rafael Casal (who reprises his role from the film as Miles), the eight-episode series stars Emmy and Grammy winner Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton,The Photograph,Mrs. Fletcher), who was up for Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy at the 2022 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards, for the reprisal of her role from the film as Ashley. The cast also includes Oscar winner Helen Hunt (Mad About You,As Good As It Gets).

Nominated for a 2021 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series,Blindspottinghas a 100% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes, with the critics’ consensus saying, “The rare adaptation that exceeds its source material,Blindspottingdeftly takes on complicated social constructs with comedic flair, crafting a show that’s as funny as it is poignant while giving its incredible ensemble – led by the captivating Jasmine Cephas Jones – plenty of room to shine.”

Blindspottinghas already been renewed for a second season.

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DMZ| Binge from 6 December 2022

DMZleaps off the pages of Brian Wood’s acclaimed graphic novel into a near-future, civil-war-torn America, where one woman sets out on a harrowing quest to find her missing son – crossing into the demilitarised zone of Manhattan, where a ruthless battle for control rages between rival gang leaders.

Rosario Dawson was up for Best Actress at the 2022 Black Reel Awards, where Emmy-nominated series creator and showrunner Roberto Patino (Westworld,Sons of Anarchy) was also up for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series. Emmy nominee Benjamin Bratt (Doctor Strange,24,Law & Order) co-stars, with the likes of Hoon Lee (See,Warrior,Bosch) also among the cast.

The four-episode HBO Max limited series is executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay (When They See Us,13th,Selma), who directed the first episode, with Emmy-winning cinematographer and director Ernest R. Dickerson (Bosch,Raised by Wolves) at the helm for the remaining episodes.

DMZ, saysIndieWire, “inverts the dystopian drama formula” and “refuses to give into our worst impulses”, adding “LikeStation Elevenbefore it,DMZcarries real weight as a rebuke to contemporary conjecture about what people will do in a post-apocalyptic landscape.”

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THE PORTER S1| Binge now

Inspired by the real events that led up to the formation of the world’s first Black union,The Porteris set in the roar of the 1920s, following war buddies and train porters Junior and Zeke, whose unbreakable bond is stretched to its limits when tragedy inspires them to take conflicting paths to a better life.

As the world rebuilds after the First World War, the Black community in St Antoine, Montreal – known as the “Harlem of the North” – find themselves thrown together across the colour line in an era that boasts anything is possible. If change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it. By any means necessary.

Already confirmed for a second season (coming in 2023), the eight-episode first season has a 100% critics’ rating onRotten Tomatoes, and picked up a 2022 Emmy nomination for its choreography.

The CBC/BET+ Original stars Aml Ameen (I May Destroy You,The Maze Runner) and Ronnie Rowe (The Man from Toronto,Star Trek: Discovery), with the likes of Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave,State of Affairs) and Zambia’s Mizinga Mwinga (Oscar nomineeWar Witch) also among the cast.

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PLANET SEX WITH CARA DELEVINGNE S1| Fridays from 2 December 2022, first on Showmax

Got big questions about sex? So does Cara Delevingne.

One of the world’s most photographed people, Cara puts her mind and body on the line each episode to try to understand our deepest desires.

On a journey spanning the globe,she donates her orgasm to science in Germany; makes art from her vagina in Japan; hits up a women-only sex club; takes a masturbation masterclass; and visits an “ethical” porn set.

From LA, New York and London, to Beirut, Barcelona and, wait for it… Johannesburg, Cara shares her own personal experiences in each episode. Uniquely unfiltered and authentic, there’s no limit on how far Cara’s willing to go to explore what makes us all human.

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THE VOW, PART TWO| Binge from 7 December 2022, first on Showmax

Five years after Keith Raniere’s arrest in Mexico, amid rumours of a secret sex sorority within his self-help company NXIVM,The Vow, Part Twofollows the legal and emotional journeys of the group’s founders, supporters, and defectors as new evidence and stunning revelations come to light, while federal prosecutors and defense attorneys engage in a trial in the national spotlight.

Directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated Jehane Noujaim,The Vow, Part Twofeatures chilling testimony from the trial, exclusive phone interviews with Keith Raniere from prison and extensive access to co-founder Nancy Salzman, who wrestles with her role in the rise of NXIVM, her relationship with Raniere and her involvement in growing an organisation accused of fostering predatory behaviour and criminal activity. South African Mark Vicente, an outspoken former member, again features prominently this season.

Season 1 was #3 onEntertainment Weekly’s round-up of the best TV of 2020 and was up for Best Docuseries at the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards, and for Outstanding Cinematography at the Cinema Eye Honours Awards.

And the critics are saying this season is even better. “As storytelling, this is crisper and cleaner thanThe Vow’s first iteration; as psychological portrait, little in the nonfiction space of late matches its acuity,” saysVariety.

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THE BAY S3| Binge from 12 December 2022

Season 3 of the British crime dramaThe Baysees actress Marsha Thomason (Better Things) take over the leading role, stepping in as Detective Sergeant Jenn Townsend. She is thrown into the deep end when a body is found in the bay on her first day on the job. She must get under the skin of a grieving and complicated family if she has any chance of solving the premature death of an aspiring young boxer.

Already greenlit for a further season, the show has picked up nominations at both the Scottish and Welsh BAFTAs, as well as the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards.

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VIGIL| Binge now

In November 2022,Vigilwas named Best Drama at the International Emmy Awards, beating outLupin,Narcos: Mexicoand South Africa’s very ownReyka.

From the creators ofLine of DutyandShowtrial,Vigilinvestigates the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil, which bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.

DCI Amy Silva (BAFTA winner Suranne Jones fromGentleman JackandDoctor Foster) and DS Kirsten Longacre (BAFTA winner Rose Leslie fromGame of Thrones and The Time Traveler’s Wife) lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain’s national security.

Vigil’s stellar ensemble cast also features Emmy nominee Stephen Dillane (Stannis inGame of Thrones), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), Shaun Evans (Morse inEndeavour), MTV Movie Awards nominee Connor Swindells (Adam inSex Education) and BAFTA nominee Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot).

Vigilhas an 85% critics rating onRotten Tomatoes, withWall Street Journalhailing it as “one of the better thriller series of the year,” andRadio Timessaying, “From the shock death inside the opening 10 minutes of episode one to the thrillingly tense climax in the final instalment, this was a terrifically gripping and propulsive affair that proved a huge hit with the viewing public.”

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To see everything on Showmax in December 2022, including Pumi Morare’s 2021 Student Academy Award winnerLakutshon’ Ilanga; rugby documentaryRassie, from the creators of the award-winningChasing The Sun; and the animated Julia Donaldson adaptationSuperworm, helmed by South AfricansSarah Scrimgeour and Jac Hamman, clickhere.

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