Gangs of London, The White Lotus and more best international series on Showmax this August

THE WHITE LOTUS S1 | Binge now, first on Showmax

Set over the course of a week, HBO comedy drama The White Lotus follows hotel guests at an exclusive Hawaiian resort as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. With each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel’s cheerful employees, and the idyllic locale itself.

Written and directed by Mike White (Enlightened), The White Lotus stars Emmy nominees Connie Britton (Nashville) and Natasha Rothwell (Insecure), Teen Choice winner Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls) and nominee Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), and Screen Actors Guild nominees Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), Steve Zahn (War for the Planet of the Apes), and Jake Lacy (Girls, The Office), as well as Murray Barlett (Looking) and Fred Hechinger (Eighth Grade). 

Having topped IMDb’s Most Popular TV list, The White Lotus has an 88% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Time billing it as “the must-see show of the summer… a darkly hilarious, existentially terrifying wealth satire” and The Guardian as “2021’s best, and most uncomfortable, show.”

Nominated for the Best Drama BAFTA earlier this year, Gangs of London tells the story of a city torn apart following the assassination of the head of its most powerful crime family. 

Created by Gareth Evans and Matt Flannery (The Raid), Gangs of London stars BAFTA nominees Joe Cole (Peaky BlindersBlack Mirror), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), and Lucian Msamati (His Dark MaterialsGame of Thrones), as well as 2021 Critics Choice Super nominee Sope Dirisu (His House) and multi-award-winners like Ray Panthaki (AwayMarcella) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones). 

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Gangs of London has a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says: “A modern crime family masterpiece, Gangs of London builds its own empire atop tried and true mafia turf – complete with engaging drama, exhilarating action, and fine performances all around.”

THE ROOKIE S3 | Binge now

Four-time People’s Choice Award winner Nathan Fillion (CastleFirefly) stars as the LAPD’s oldest rookie, John Nolan, in the ever-popular police procedural The Rookie. Nominated for a 2020 Emmy for its stunt coordination, the series has an 8/10 score on IMDb.

The cast includes Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan’s Teresa), Black Reel nominee Richard T Jones (Santa Clarita Diet), Mekia Cox (Chicago Med’s Robin), MTV Movie Award winner Shawn Ashmore (X-Men’s Ice Man), Melissa O’Neil (Dark MatterCondor), and Eric Winter (The Mentalist, Days of our Lives’ Rex Brady). 

Also look out for Saturn and IGN Summer Movie Award winner Brandon Routh (The Atom/Ray Palmer in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and ArrowScott PilgrimSuperman Returns) and Annie Wersching (BoschRunaways) this season, along with Black Reel nominee Harold Perrineau (ClawsLostOz), Emmy nominees Frankie Muniz (Agent Cody BanksMalcolm in the Middle) and Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti in The Young and the Restless), and People’s Choice and Teen Choice nominee Emily Deschanel (BonesAnimal Kingdom).

THE EQUALIZER S1 | Binge now

Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) was nominated for a 2021 Black Reel Award for Best Actress: Drama in The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic 80s action series and the 2014 blockbuster movie with Denzel Washington. 

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She plays Robyn McCall, a single mother and former CIA operative who helps those with nowhere else to turn.

Critics Choice Award winner Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black), Golden Globe nominee Chris Noth (Mr Big in Sex in the City, Peter Florrick in The Good Wife), Screen Actors Guild nominee Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Mind), and Laya DeLeon Hayes (the voice of Doc McStuffins) co-star. 


To see everything on Showmax in September 2021, including the 2021 Oscar nominees Tenetand Minari; 2020 Oscar winner Judy; HBO’s new docu-series Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union; the SXSW 2021 Audience Award-winning COVID-19 documentary In The Same Breath; and Flatland, the South African film that opened the Berlin Panorama, click here. Please note this release schedule is subject to change. 

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