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Time to get your binge on…
Jeremy Cassar

16 Jun 2016 - 12:49 PM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2016 - 4:17 PM

The SBS On Demand team have been scouring the globe to bring you the best dramas and they're here - entire series ready for you to binge on. Whether you feel like journeying to a small village in Iceland or a bar in Afghanistan, there's something for you in this list.



Trapped: A locked-location thriller with a different kind of hero

Country: Iceland

Why you need to watch it:

What a set-up for a thriller. A massive cruise liner, set to port at a small Icelandic town, is stopped and locked down on approach after a human torso washes up not an hour before. When a massive snowstorm hits and makes the town impenetrable, the small town police chief now has a massive boatload of temporary residents - many of whom could be the murderer.

Watch the first episode of Trapped right here:


James Nesbitt gives an acting master class in The Secret

Country: Northern Ireland

Why you need to watch it:

James Nesbitt is the friendliest dentist/fundamentalist Baptist you’ll ever meet. For about a minute. This addictive thriller sees Nesbitt carry on an illicit affair with another member of the Baptist community – and the two powerhouse actors have a choice: adhere to the Baptist ways and atone, or use the Bible to justify murdering their respective partners.

Watch the first episode of The Secret right here:


If you love Game of Thrones, get ready for Versailles (episodes 1 and 2)

Country: France/Canada

Why you need to watch it:

France is in disarray. Louis XIV, heir since age four, devises a radical plan to turn the former king’s hunting lodge into the utopian control centre of France. This won’t be a mere palace; this will be a community, a way of life. Sounds great, huh? Let’s see how the chip on the insecure pretty boy’s shoulder gets in the way. Expect GoT level of shock and awe.

Watch the first episode of Versailles right here:


Raised by Wolves is the Gilmore girls turned inside-out

Country: Britain

Why you need to watch it:

Cross Housos with self-respect, great characters and tight writing, and you’ve got Raised by Wolves – a hilarious single-camera sitcom about a family living in government housing. Lead by the spitfire, system-shunting matriarch played by Rebekah Staton, the show is written by UK columnist Caitlin Moran and her sister. Aussies will love it.

Watch the first episode of Raised by Wolves right here:


In Modus, a genius mother and her autistic daughter face off against a serial killer



Why you need to watch it:

At last, a riveting female lead in a crime series that isn’t merely a clone of the typical brooding male detective. A serial killer is on the loose, one that might be a part of a larger conspiracy, bringing former FBI psychologist / non-fiction author out of retirement. And with an autistic daughter who may have vital information on the murders, we’ve got the least cliché investigative partners around.

Watch the first episode of Modus right here:


Come to Kabul Kitchen for an outlawed drink and half-nude dance


Afghanistan (made by the French, set in Morocco for obvious reasons)

Why you need to watch it:

A Frenchman runs a bar in the middle of mid-war Kabul. A bar that allows antics misaligned with Muslim traditions – same sex couples, binge-drinking, dancing in and around a pool showing as much flesh as you like. I’m sure you can imagine, it’s not easy keeping the bar alive. Even more attractive is that it’s based on a true story.

Watch the first episode of Kabul Kitchen right here:


1864: Denmark’s War is one of the lushest cinematic period pieces ever put to screen

Country: Denmark

Why you need to watch it:

For one, it’s bloody beautiful. The recreation of 1850’s Denmark feels authentic and nostalgic. Here we follow three young children – one no-nonsense girl and two oafish brothers – until the boys end up involved in the most brutal battles of the regions history. We also spend time in the present, with a rebellious teenage girl and a secret, somehow linked to the old days. You’ll have to watch to find out.

Watch the first episode of 1864: Denmark's War right here:


Trepalium is a dystopian sci-fi drama where Paris walls off the unemployed

Country: France

Why you need to watch it:

A Trumpian wall separates the Parisian population – 20 percent in a utopia where everyone has a job, and the unemployed 80 percent in dangerous, desperate squalor, treated like meat while awaiting rare lottery wins to get them over the wall. It’s an effective, believable dystopian sci-fi that’s relevant to today.

Watch the first episode of Trepalium right here:

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