New instalments of Westworld, Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as the British dramas Noughts + Crosses and Press are all arriving on Showmax subscribers’ screens this month.
There’s also the LEGO Movie 2 and Juliet, Naked, among other films that will keep cinephiles happy. The earth-shattering Three Identical Strangers is our pick of documentaries coming this month, and don’t forget that the White Wedding finale of Somizi & Mohale: The Union arrives on 16 March!
Here are our highlights, followed by the listing in date order.
Zac & Mia S2 | Binge from 1 March
Zac & Mia, based on the novel by A.J. Betts, centers on two teenagers battling cancer in the same hospital. In the everyday world, Zac and Mia would have nothing in common, but in the hospital, where they’re the only two teens on the ward, they develop an unbreakable bond.
In Season 2, Zac looks forward to things going back to normal as he returns home, but soon discovers that normal is not what it once was. Mia embarks on physiotherapy and is learning to adjust to life after her operation, but she has a long, hard road ahead of her. The one thing they have is each other, but could what brought them together become the thing that tears them apart?
Plum Pick cred: Winner of two Emmys (for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Writing in a Digital Drama Series); Writers Guild of America winner.
IMDB rating: 8.1/10
Emergence S1 | Binge from 2 March
Long Island police chief Jo Evans (Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman from Fargo) investigates a case involving a young child found unscathed at the site of a mysterious plane accident. The girl has no memory of who she is or how she got there, but her arrival is marked by unexplained phenomena and electronic disruptions.
Plum Pick cred: 48 Rotten Tomatoes’ Best TV Shows of 2019, and one of five best-reviewed TV sci-fi and fantasy shows of 2019.
IMDB rating: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
Superstore S4 | Binge from 2 March
The popular comedy about the employees at an American superstore returns. Amy and Jonah are back at Cloud 9 after being suspended, but now they have to deal with all the comments, jokes and questions about their sex video… and their relationship status.
Both Amy and Dina are getting ready to have their babies this season, and while Amy wonders how she’ll juggle things between her, Adam and Jonah, Dina can’t wait to hand the baby over to Jerusha and Garret.
Plum Pick cred: Teen Choice Award nominee for Choice TV Actress: Comedy (America Ferrera).
IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
The Orville S2 | Binge from 2 March
Series creator Seth McFarlane (the Oscar-nominated creator of Family Guy and Ted) is Ed Mercer, captain of the exploratory space vessel The Orville. He faces intergalactic challenges and interpersonal dynamics along with his crew, 400 years in the future.
Season 2 promises more character-driven drama (and comedy), with dark matter cartographer Janel Tyler (Michaela McManus from Awake and The Village) upping the ante between Ed and Kelly; Bortus returning home to complete a sacred rite; and the revelation of a dark secret about Isaac’s home world. Meanwhile, The Orville is on course to make first contact with new alien civilisations, return to Moclus, and confront the Krill.
Plum Pick cred: 2019 Emmy nominee for Best VFX.
IMDB rating: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Press S1 | First on Showmax | Binge from 2 March
Staffers at two newspapers – a left-leaning broadsheet and a right-leaning populist tabloid – fight for truth, entertainment and the ultimate scoop as two British newspapers go head-to-head in a press world fraught with scandals, under pressure from the 24 hour news cycle, and constantly evolving in the digital age.
Plum Pick cred: Priyanga Burford won the 2019 Eastern Eye Award for Best Actress.
IMDB rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine S6 | Binge from 2 March
Snapped up by NBC and renewed for at least two more seasons in response to the collective superfan meltdown after Fox axed the show, police station comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back with a sixth season that’s as warm and off-the-wall funny as ever. Which means we get to find out whether Captain Holt got the job as NYPD Commissioner, how that’s going to affect the 99th precinct, and whether Jake and Amy will get their Mexican honeymoon.
Plum Pick cred: Won two Golden Globes, for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor (Andy Samberg); Won two Emmys for its stunts and was nominated for a further seven, including three for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Andre Braugher.
IMDB rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Noughts + Crosses | 12 March, weekly express from M-Net
The highly anticipated BBC sci-fi adaptation of the first book in Malorie Blackman’s best-selling young adult novel series is set in a dystopian alternate history where black “Cross” people rule over white “Noughts”. Against a backdrop of prejudice, distrust and rebellion, childhood friends Sephy and Callum must fight for more than simply the right to be together.
An iconic love story of two families separated by power and prejudice but forever entwined by fate, Noughts + Crosses stars South African Masali Baduza (Trackers) and BAFTA Cymru winner Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders). The cast also includes Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), Helen Baxendale (Midsomer Murders), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and South African Bonnie Mbuli (Catch a Fire), with a guest appearance by rapper Stormzy.
Plum Pick cred: Exec produced by multi-award-winning director Kibwe Tavares, with a writing team headed up by Being Human and Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse, Noughts + Crosses was shot in South Africa with mostly South African crew, including award-winning cinematographers Jamie Ramsay and Giulio Biccari, and production designer Shane Bunce.
Westworld S3 | Weekly same time as M-Net, express from the US from 16 March
Sci-fi drama Westworld is a dark wild west odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. And this season, they’re knocking it “out of the park”.
Returning for season 3 are Golden Globe nominees Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) and Thandie Newton (Maeve), Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold), People’s Choice nominee Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Screen Actors Guild nominees Luke Hemsworth (Ashley) and Rodrigo Santoro (Hector), and Oscar nominee Ed Harris as The Man in Black.
New faces this season include Golden Globe nominee Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Vincent Cassel (Ocean’s Twelve, Black Swan), Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Ready Player One), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) and Grammy winner Kid Cudi. (Psst! Early trailers also feature certain as-yet-unannounced actors … Are they? Aren’t they? With Westworld, seeing is never believing.)
Plum Pick cred: Winner of 7 Emmys, including Best Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton) in 2018; Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Drama Series, #69, IMDB’s Top Rated TV of All Time.
IMDB rating: 8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Juliet, Naked | 26 March
Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded rocker, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the object of Duncan’s musical obsession. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself in this comic account of life’s second chances.
Directed by Emmy nominee Jesse Peretz (Glow), Juliet, Naked stars Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Damages), Emmy winner Chris O’Dowd (State of the Union, The IT Crowd), and four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood).
The film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, who also wrote About a Boy and High Fidelity.
IMDB rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part | 29 March
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens of Bricksburg – or should we say, Apocalypseburg? – are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
The highly-anticipated LEGO Movie sequel brings all our favourite heroes back to save their beloved city in a new action-packed adventure. Their quest will take them to unexplored (and occasionally musical) worlds, testing their courage, creativity and loyalty. And be warned, the new earworm is even more “catchy” than Everything Is Awesome.
Plum Pick cred: Opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $192.3m worldwide; #4 Best Reviewed Animated Movies of 2019 on Rotten Tomatoes; nominated for two 2019 People’s Choice Awards, for Favorite Family Movie and Favorite Animated Movie Star (Chris Pratt); nominated for three Kids’ Choice Awards this year: Favorite Animated Movie, Favorite Female Voice Actor (Tiffany Haddish) and Favorite Male Voice Actor (Chris Pratt).
IMDB rating: 6.6./10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%
Three Identical Strangers | 5 March
On the first day of college in New York in 1980, a young man who’d been adopted at birth discovered he had an identical twin. Then the boys learned there was a third. And then, after the fairytale reunion that made feel-good headlines across the world, the triplets started asking questions – and their quest to find out why they’d been split in the first place revealed an increasingly bizarre and sinister mystery.
Plum Pick cred: Won the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; won a Critics’ Choice Documentary Award; nominated for three Emmys and a BAFTA; #3 Best Documentaries of 2018 and #9 Best Limited-Release Movies of 2018, with 81/100 aggregated critics’ rating, Metacritic; 5.2m views across two trailers on YouTube.
IMDB rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
The Planets | Binge from 5 March
If you like your viewing epic, it doesn’t get much bigger than this.
Across five one-hour episodes, Zachary Quinto explores the dramatic history of the eight planetary siblings in our solar system, as it unfolded over 4.5billion years.
Using extensive computer-generated imagery and footage from space missions, including NASA’s Cassini–Huygens mission and the New Horizons probe, the series reveals the spectacular landscapes, apocalyptic weather systems and unbelievable science (on Saturn, it rains diamonds) of our neighbouring worlds.
IMDB rating: 9.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Matwetwe | First on Showmax | 5 March
Matwetwe (Wizard) is a hilarious coming-of-age adventure directed by comedian Kagiso Lediga (Queen Sono), with Black Coffee as executive producer.
It follows Lefa (the late Sibusiso Khwinana) and Papi (Tebatso Mashishi), best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of one action-packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their own lives…
Plum Pick cred: The second-biggest local film at the South African box office in 2019.
Frank & Fearless | 23 March
When rhino calf Reini is orphaned by poachers, ten-year-old Fearless decides to take action. Teaming up with unlikely compatriots Dog (a big black dog) and Sonny Frank (a lovable and possibly certifiable rogue), Fearless and Reini set out to find justice for Africa’s last remaining rhinos, gangster-style. But their quest goes horribly wrong when they run into a platoon of merciless poachers. Fortunately, Africa itself seems to be on their side.
Leon Schuster is back in this new comedy adventure filled with action, terror, tears, triumph and a whole lot of heart.
Plum Pick cred: The highest grossing South African film at the local box office in 2018.
Somizi & Mohale: The Union | Showmax Original | 2, 9 and 16 March
This is your front-row seat to the most glamorous wedding of the year. New episodes land every Monday – read more here. The White Wedding finale arrives on 16 March – save the date!
Every week Showmax live-streams a selection of matches in the Sport section (go to showmax.com/sports).
In December, expect more brilliant international football with weekly live matches from the English Premier League, LaLiga and Italian Serie A. Plus, watch key matches from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, as well as enthralling fight nights from EFC.
Watch while you wait
What else is coming?
Please note that dates and titles are subject to change. Look out for our Plum Picks in bold!
- Jabu’s Jungle S1-3 (kids)
Four Weddings and A Funeral
Break Away AKA Baroudeur
Faith Like Potatoes
Born To Win
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
Victor | Greater
Fireman Sam: Set for Action!
Aliens Love Underpants and Panta Claus
- 3 Days to Go
- South African Stand-Up Comedy Specials
Keeping Up With The Kardashians S12-15
The Killer Affair S1
License To Kill S1
Shock and Awe
Monster High: Adventures of the Ghoul Squad S1
Monster High Special: The Howliday
- Pitch Perfect 2
Theory of Everything
Most Likely To Murder
Where’s Waldo S2
Barbie in Rock ‘n Royals
- The Sun Is Also A Star
- Pet Sematary
The Purge: Anarchy
The Purge: Election Year
Step Up 2: The Streets
Step Up 3D
The Dog Who Saved Halloween
Uyang’Thanda Na? S4
Touching Base TI
Touching Base Switzz
Touching Base Migos
Behind The Story S2
Kung Fu Panda 3
Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
Home Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale
Barbie and Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure
- The Children Act
- The House With A Clock In Its Walls
Yim’ lo S1-2
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
- Frank & Fearless
- The Hustle
Cinderella and the Secret Prince
A Dog and Pony Show
Pony with a Broken Wing
The Princess and the Dragon
Spider in the Web