• Destination Flavour Scandinavia (SBS)Source: SBS
Another unimpeachable collection of what to watch on SBS On Demand.
Shane Cubis

26 May 2016 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 26 May 2016 - 3:52 PM

Welcome to The Weekly Binge, a column by The Guide dogsbody Shane Cubis, who takes you on a delightful jaunt through the TV highlights on SBS On Demand.

Not sure what to watch? Read this column. Tired of watching the same stuff and looking for something new? Read this column. Think you’re better than me? Read this column.


Destination Flavour Scandinavia is screen-lickingly scrumptious

Sounds like my kind of show! I LOVE Scandinavian cuisine. I eat Swedish meatballs at least once a week.

Like from IKEA?


Sounds like you’ve never experienced brown crabs in beer with brown butter mayonnaise.

Adam Liaw, who’s probably sick of being referred to as “a MasterChef winner” by now, is exploring the whole region. SBS On Demand has a whole collection of recipes from the series, including cream-filled cardamom buns and even those meatballs you allegedly love...


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee remains smart and hilarious

Yeah, you’ve mentioned this before. But I can’t watch everything.

No one’s asking you to watch everything. Just watch this late-night comedy show (and everything else on this list, pls). It’s so topical and funny! Are you sick in some way? Trapped under something heavy?

What? No. I’m really busy, that’s all.

No time for Samantha, but plenty of time for those 33-year-old Eddie Murphy impressions.

Hey – Delirious was a benchmark in... Fine. I’ll watch Full Frontal. It’s probably time I updated my references.


One Born Every Minute will get you clucking

What’s this about?

Let me answer that question with another: Would you say you’re pro- or anti-babies?

Pro, I suppose. Who’s anti-babies? I’m not a psychopath.

Whoa – let’s not throw around problematic labels. Geez.

You started it! Barging in here asking me about babies. What’s all this about anyway?

There’s a UK doco series about what happens in a maternity unit, from the point of view of the staff and the parents. It’s been running for years now, but it’s one of those gripping slice-of-life shows. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Really good. If you don’t hate babies.

I don’t hate babies!


Chase the Danish krone with Follow the Money

I love money. Tell me more.

The show is really cool. We’re talking economic crime – there’s some skulduggery around wind farms and the stock exchange – but there’s also a dead body washed up on the beach.

The Laura Palmer Special! You have my attention. Is it all in Danish though?

Some of it is, and some of it’s in English. Oh, and there’s some Swedish dialogue, too. You know you’re watching SBS, yeah?

Yes, I know! I was just asking.

So defensive. There are three episodes up so far, which means you can do a mini-binge. Get on it!


Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain is hosted by an incredible author

Author? As in books?

That’s right. Have you read that book about The Romanovs? It’s called The Romanovs.

No. No, I haven’t.

It’s really good. Dense and long, though. You have to want it.

Sorry, why are we talking about Russian tsars when the show is called “The Making of Spain”? From what I recall, not even Peter the Great conquered that far west.

Well, it’s hosted by the guy who wrote that book – Simon Sebag Montefiore – so I thought it might be a way to bring you in.

Wait – is he the guy who wrote Jerusalem: A Biography? I love his stuff! Man, that book was brutal.

That’s him!

I hope Simon covers the Crusades.

Of course he will. Oh, and he wears this adorable hat, too. Classic Si-Si.



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