Thursday, October 11, 2018

Showmax commissions a second original series, The Girl from St. Agnes, as an 8-episode murder mystery drama.

Naspers' subscription video-on demand (SVOD) service Showmax run by MultiChoice has commissioned a second original series, this time a drama series entitled The Girl from St. Agnes, produced for Showmax by Quizzical Pictures.

Showmax didn't make any announcement to South Africa's media and didn't issue any press release about its second original pick-up steered by Candice Fangueiro, head of content for MultiChoice's Connected Video unit.

However, according to foreign press reports the drama series that follow the mockumentary Tali's Wedding Diary, will revolve around a murder mystery set an an elite all-girls boarding school.

The Girl from St. Agnes will have 8 hour-long episodes, overseen by producer Harriet Gavshon.

Showmax hasn't announced any release date.

The Girl from St. Agnes will kick off with the body of a girl found at the bottom of an old mill in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, with a drama teacher who starts investigating the "accident", thinking that it might be murder.

Showmax has adjusted it spending and is ramping up production of original content as it tries to counter the presence of competitors like Netflix South Africa and Amazon Prime Video.

Showmax recently took over Trevor Noah's South African filmed stand-up comedy series that was originally announced by and intended to be for M-Net (DStv 101) and that was quietly redirected to the streaming service.