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6 steamy series on Showmax about what happens when love fizzles out.

Before embarking on a dangerous liaison of your own, stream these six series about men and women who’ve been burned by love.

The Affair 

When New York City writer Noah Solloway met local waitress Alison Lockhart while on holiday with his family in Montauk, neither of them suspected that their immediate connection and passionate romance would have deadly consequences - even if they were both married when they first got together. In season 3, they’re trying to move on from each other, but we quickly realise that for this damaged couple, that’s just not possible.

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Big Little Lies 

On the outside, the women in Big Little Lies have the perfect lives - they’re wealthy and happily married with beautiful children. But all is not as it seems. In episode one of this Emmy Award-winning miniseries, we discover that there’s been a murder in the upper-class town of Monterey, and pretty much everyone is a suspect. And when we go inside the well-appointed homes of Celeste, Madeline, Bonnie and Renata, we learn that not only are their lives not perfect - but because of the cracks in their marriages, they’ve all got a motive for being a murderer.

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Doctor Foster

Dr Gemma Foster is a capable, trustworthy GP who finds out in episode 1 of this BBC miniseries that her beloved husband Simon is neither of those things. Gemma goes to great lengths to discover the truth about Simon’s affair, even though she knows she’s not going to like the answers. When her fears are confirmed, courtesy of a patient she’s roped into spying for her, Gemma has to decide whether to stay with Simon, who’s got plenty of issues on his plate, with a terminally ill mother and a doomed business, or to go against her nurturing nature and set out for revenge. Guess what she decides to do?

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This raunchy period drama about two rival brothels in the cesspit that is 18th-Century London is first and only on Showmax. Margaret Wells is a brothel owner and mother who strives to do the best for her girls - her daughters Charlotte and Lucy, and the women who work for her. One of her biggest goals in life is to get noblemen to sign on as her daughters’ “keepers”, so they’ll never have to sell their bodies. (Well, not in a brothel, anyway.) Her second biggest goal is to become more successful than Lydia Quigley, her great rival, by setting up shop in the fancy part of town. But on the way, Charlotte, Lucy and the women working in both brothels discover that, in their world, love has only one consequence: disaster.

Watch the Harlots trailer below:

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Love Sex and the City? Then you’ll fall head over heels for Younger, the rom-com-drama also created by Darren Starr that is first on Showmax. Liza Miller is a 40-year-old divorcee and mother who decides to pose as a 26-year-old to get an entry-level job in publishing. All goes according to plan, until she meets gorgeous twenty-something tattoo artist Josh. Their whirlwind romance can’t last forever, especially while she keeps the massive secret of her age and background from him, and when she starts falling for her boss Charles, who’s closer to her real age, she realises she’s in serious danger of hurting everybody she loves.

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The Arrangement

If you were an aspiring actress-slash-waitress who was offered a contract worth millions on condition that you dated and then married the most famous man in Hollywood, who you’d only just met, would you accept? This is the offer presented to Megan Morrison in this addictive romantic drama, and at first it seems like this is a win-win deal for her. But the longer she spends with her official boyfriend Kyle West, the more she realises how much of his life is controlled by the creepy cult The Institute of the Higher Mind. Once she’s signed, she can’t back out - so she has to learn how to beat the Institute at its own game.

Watch the trailer for The Araangement below:

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