Two of television’s most critically acclaimed dramas, Big Little Lies season 2 and The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 both start on DStv on Monday 10 June at 9pm and 10pm respectively.

Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale

Strong female leads with dark, compelling and frighteningly contemporary stories will dominate M-Net 101 this June. Both Big Little Lies season 2 and The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 feature (growing) ensemble casts and boast several major awards.

On Monday 10 June 2019 at 9pm, Big Little Lies returns with the fine talent of its excellent first season: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoё Kravitz – alongside an imposing new character played by Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep. Season one unpacked the intricate stories of five very different wives, mothers and complex women whose lives were thrown into turmoil by the events of a single night. Now, in season two, everything seems the same in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California. Our mothers continue to dote, their husbands continue to support, their children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful.

But the night of the school fundraiser has changed that façade, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” – Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie – bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode – and the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.

Additional cast members include Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), James Tupper (Revenge), Jeffrey Nordling (Motive) and Douglas Smith (Big Love).

Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3

Then, on Monday 10 June 2019 at 10pm, The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 continues to be driven by titular handmaid June, played by Elisabeth Moss. Based on the award-winning, best-selling Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale explores a harrowing future in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.

In season three we find June’s resistance to the regime taking centre stage, after opting not to flee to Canada with her baby at the end of season two. Evermore resolute, our heroine finds that striking back against her oppressors is a struggle she must face against overwhelming odds: there will be startling reunions, betrayals and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead which will force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: “Blessed be the fight.”

The critically acclaimed series stars Golden Globe and Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Ann Dowd, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Yvonne Strahovski, Emmy winner Alexis Bledel, Emmy winner Samira Wiley, SAG nominee Madeline Brewer, Emmy nominee Joseph Fiennes, SAG nominee O-T Fagbenie, and SAG nominee Max Minghella.

Additional cast for season three includes: Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Emmy nominee Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Reaser (Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife).

Both series will also be available to stream on Showmax at the same time as M-Net Channel 101.

What: Big Little Lies season 2

Where and when: Starts DStv M-Net Channel 101 on 10 June 2019 at 9pm

What: The Handmaid’s Tale season 3

Where and when: Starts DStv M-Net Channel 101 on 10 June 2019 at 10pm