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The Girl From St Agnes

At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, the only saint is in the name. When a popular student is found dead at the base of the old mill, the school is quick to declare the death a tragic accident. But drama teacher Kate Ballard (Nina Milner) doesn’t believe it. The more she investigates, the more Kate realises that she didn’t know the dead girl, Lexi Summerveld (Jane DeWet), or the school at all. Behind the imposing walls of St Agnes, Lexi’s killer won’t be the only person exposed.

The eight-part TV show, The Girl From St Agnes, premieres on Showmax on 31 January 2019.

Click through to watch the trailer and to read about four reasons to be excited about the show.

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Here are four reasons to be excited about the series:   

It’s a drama in South African English, for a change

The TV show is a rare showcase of South Africa’s English-language acting talent.
“English-speaking actors generally work internationally and they have to do American or British accents to make decent money,” says legendary casting director Moonyeenn Lee, who’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards in the past three years, for The Looming Tower and Roots. “That was why it was nice when this came up, to do English, but South African English.” 

It’s being distributed internationally

In a South African first, the dark drama is being distributed internationally by Red Arrow Studios International (Death and Nightingales, Bosch). 

It’s only eight binge-able episodes

Look, we love soaps and telenovelas as much as the next South African, but sometimes it’s nice to watch something with a satisfying ending, like finding out who killed Lexi Summerveld and why. 

It’s like nothing you’ve seen before on South African TV

On Showmax, South Africans normally turn to HBO series for edgy content, rather than local series, which tend to be a lot more conservative, with nudity and divisive topics generally avoided. Conservative isn’t a word anyone’s going to use for this TV show.

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