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The Girl from St. Agnes has Broken Record Viewership on Showmax

The South African English drama has exceeded Showmax's previous original comedy series in terms of views.

The Girl from St. Agnes is Showmax's first Original drama and debuted on Thursday. The South African English drama series is proving a major success as the number of unique viewers in a single day surpassed that of its equally successful predecessor, Tali's Wedding Diary - a Showmax Original comedy series.


The drama series centers on the disturbing events that unfold at St. Agnes, an all-girls' boarding school which is based in the Midlands. A popular student dies in what is believed to be a tragic accident. However, it soon becomes clear to the drama teacher who works at the school that the 'tragic accident' is in fact a murder and the murderer is still lurking within the school's walls. The series stars fresh face Jane de Wet and well-known actress Nina Milner who starred in the film Troy: Fall of a City.

Speaking on the success of the series, Candice Fangueiro, Head of Content for the Connected Video division of MultiChoice (which houses Showmax) said:

"We'd, of course, hoped that The Girl from St Agnes would get loads of views, but what we didn't expect was how many people have already watched the entire series. That's eight one-hour episodes in less than 24 hours – a serious testament to how binge-worthy the show is."


Watch the official trailer for the series below.

The Girl From St. Agnes | Official Trailer | Showmax Originals www.youtube.com

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