Jin­gle binge!

Just four chan­nels and noth­ing on? It’s time for a visit from the Show­max Treat Yo-Self Elf with a Vo­da­com gift too.

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Cer­tain chan­nels go on hol­i­day early in De­cem­ber, leav­ing noth­ing but re­peats, sport and dusty old movies for those of us who are stay­ing home. So if you have fam­ily clam­our­ing for en­ter­tain­ment, Show­max is the per­fect early gift for ev­ery­one to en­joy. If you’ve got just a cell­phone, get three months’ free ac­cess with Show­max and Vo­da­com (see right). You can scoop up hot new lo­cal shows, dis­cover se­ries that no­body else in SA has seen yet – no mat­ter how fancy their TV pack­age – or catch up on that nerdy hot-topic se­ries that ev­ery­one has been talk­ing about. Pro­gram­ming is avail­able in an A-to-Z of lan­guages, lit­er­ally from Afrikaans to Zulu (plus Se­sotho, Tswana and Tshiv­enda) and there are so many shows that ev­ery­one at home can see some­thing new, ev­ery sin­gle day. It’s a gift that keeps on giv­ing! Feel­ing spoilt for choice? Here’s a catch-up on what tv­plus loved this year, as well as a peek at Show­max ex­clu­sives to en­joy…

TIME-HOP HAPPY

If you love sci-fi, un­less you have been slowly digest­ing in a Sar­lacc pit in the mid­dle of the desert, you’ll have heard all about “Thir­teen” – the first fe­male in­car­na­tion of The Doc­tor in lon­grun­ning se­ries Doc­tor Who (1963cur­rent), played by Jodie Whit­taker. In Novem­ber, Show­max landed the hottest scoop in space-time when they nabbed Doc­tor Who’s 11th sea­son (along with the pre­vi­ously un­seen in South Africa 10th sea­son) to show them ex­clu­sively and first. Aside from see­ing if we could spot the scenes filmed in sunny South Africa, we fell in love with Jodie’s joy­ful, ex­u­ber­ant, funny and ter­mi­nally cu­ri­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tion the mo­ment that she cheer­fully told one of her new friends that she had re­for­mat­ted his phone, elec­tro­cuted her­self, then built her own sonic screw­driver in episode 1.

LIVE YOUR FAN­TASY

Show­max is now the lo­cal home of crit­i­cally ac­claimed and au­di­ence-ap­proved fan­tasy and sci-fi se­ries like Game Of Thrones (2011- cur­rent), West­world (2016cur­rent) and dystopian drama The Hand­maid’s Tale (2017- cur­rent). So if you have been hid­ing your shame and nod­ding along qui­etly dur­ing din­ner-party con­ver­sa­tions, you can catch up com­pletely over the hol­i­days. Ev­ery episode that has aired on­screen is avail­able for stream­ing at Show­max.com.

LOVE LO­CAL

Show­max has the ex­clu­sive on the lo­cal shows that we can’t get enough of. Mzansi Magic’s dra­matic De­vi­ous Maids-style shocker House­keep­ers (2018- cur­rent) has new episodes pop­ping up on Show­max right af­ter they’re broad­cast on the chan­nel. Ev­ery time we see Linda’s dev­as­tated, in­no­cent mother talk­ing about her strug­gles in jail, we go through an­other box of tis­sues and hate the rich, cruel and rude Zwides that lit­tle bit more (they are TV’s most hiss-able vil­lains right now, we swear).

As re­al­ity show fans on a bud­get, we were also thrilled to see the 2018 sea­son of Sur­vivor South Africa (2006- cur­rent) pop up on Show­max. Our con­tes­tants be­have so un­pre­dictably that it com­pletely re­freshes the game. This cast is dy­na­mite and the strate­gies are ei­ther nail-bit­ingly good or fore­head-slap­pingly daft – there’s no in-be­tweens. PS: Sur­vivor fans can also find sea­son 32 of the US edi­tion of Sur­vivor (2001- cur­rent) on the plat­form.

GROWN-UP TASTES

No mat­ter your palate, Show­max has some­thing to please. For con­nois­seurs, there are top- qual­ity dra­mas like The White Queen (2013), Vic­to­ria (2016cur­rent), The Col­lec­tion (2016- cur­rent) and Van­ity Fair (2018). And for adult com­edy fans, Show­max has ex­clu­sive ac­cess to Adult Swim shows like ab­surd sci-fi ad­ven­ture se­ries Rick And Morty (2013- cur­rent), bril­liantly off-the-wall stop-mo­tion an­i­mated an­ar­chy from Ro­bot Chicken (2005- cur­rent) and the bliss­fully funny Black Je­sus (Ger­ald “Slink” John­son) (2014), which shows what might hap­pen if the world was given a dis­tinctly ur­ban, modern and com­pas­sion­ate saviour who reaches out to the poor and down­trod­den in the United States.

VIP AC­CESS

Do you live to be the first to view a new show? In De­cem­ber, Show­max will be the first plat­form in South Africa to air sea­son 2 of Mar­vel’s Run­aways (2017- cur­rent) and the sec­ond sea­son of ’70s-era drama se­ries The Deuce (2017- cur­rent). in Novem­ber, they also of­fered up ex­clu­sives like pe­riod drama The Last Post (2017) and Fu­ture Man (2017- cur­rent). We couldn’t get enough of sci-fi com­edy Fu­ture Man as cleaner Josh Fut­tur­man’s (Josh Hutch­er­son) only real skill – his ex­per­tise in com­puter game Bi­otic Wars – is called on. Two hu­mans from a dystopian fu­ture tell him that the game is a re­cruit­ing de­vice put to­gether to find the one per­son who can save Earth, but the se­ries of time­trav­el­ling mis­sions end up re­veal­ing that it’s prob­a­bly Josh who doomed the planet with his in­com­pe­tence.

There’s no white Christ­mas in sci-fi epic West­world – it’s one of the must-see shows on Show­max.

Missed the epic Game Of Thrones? Binge through the hol­i­day pe­riod.

The brand-new Doc­tor Who can be found ex­clu­sively on Show­max.

There’s royal drama with Vic­to­ria.

The world de­pends on Fu­ture Man.

The House­keep­ers can be streamed on Show­max right af­ter air­ing on DStv.

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