• Richard E. Grant and Ben Kingsley are just two of the big names starring in On Demand's epic World Drama collection (SBS)Source: SBS
Gird your loins: there's more to binge on than ever at SBS On Demand. As the winter cold creeps in, it's time to get under the doona and get watching!
By
Jeremy Cassar

6 Jul 2016 - 2:09 PM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2016 - 9:51 AM

It's perfect binge-watching weather at the moment and the SBS On Demand team is looking after your needs by delivering a premium selection of new shows from around the globe straight to your device. 

If our first round of the best in world drama saw you glued to the couch, then get ready for a lock-in because round two sees even MORE addictive. 

The price is right too, because unlike other streaming services, SBS On Demand is 100% free - leaving the other Aussie streaming services dead in the water. 

Netflix has a rival in Australia and it’s free
Free, unlimited streaming of TV shows, films and events.

Check out the newest On Demand offerings below:

Manhattan (seasons 1 and 2): An exciting, human take on the Manhattan Project 

Country: 

USA

Why you need to watch it

The story of the real Manhattan Project sells itself – a secret town, unknown to the world, populated by some of the world’s leading thinkers, all in the name of developing Nuclear weapons. Fictional characters and stories have been created, and the real project is cited as mere inspiration, so this isn’t some dry retelling of a complicated project – this is an exciting, relatable, and beautifully detailed period piece.

Watch the first ep right here - and the first full seasons at SBS On Demand

 

Hotel Adlon is the story of Europe’s most (in)famous place to stay

Country:

Germany

Why you need to watch it

The show follows the family who set up Germany’s (and eventually, Europe’s) most renowned luxury hotel – Hotel Adlon. The hotel opened in 1907 and was all-but ruined by both world wars, remaining open through a small wing through to the 1980’s. It’s also the hotel in which Michael Jackson performed his 'dangling baby over the balcony' magic trick.

Watch the first ep right here - and the first full season at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Jekyll’s grandson discovers that Mr Hyde runs in the family in Jekyll and Hyde 

Country:

Britain

Why you need to watch it

A modern take on the classic horror tale, where the original Dr Jekyll’s grandson finds out that he has a little bit of Hyde in him. Both Robert Jekyll and his alter ego live in a world where vampires are as pervasive as serial killers, but the forces outside are nowhere near as dangerous as the forces within the man. British viewers were OUTRAGED when the show only lasted one 10-episode season. Watch it, and you’ll see why.

Watch the first ep right here - and the full season at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

The Five is a fresh take on the ‘missing kid’ miniseries

Country:

Britain

Why you need to watch it

An original take on the missing child mystery – where instead of us trying to find the kid, we’re hurled 20 years into the future, where his DNA turns up at the crime scene. The child’s older brother and three friends, who were all there the day Jesse disappeared, reunite in order to figure out what the hell is happening.

Watch the first ep right here - and the first full season at SBS On Demand

 

 

Infiltrate a bikie gang with Gangland Undercover

Country:

USA

Why you need to watch it

The almost too true story of ATF informant Charles Falco’s penetration of the biker brotherhood is like nothing anyone’s ever seen. Why? It’s created by Charles Falco himself, and based on his book. Stories of cops going undercover are almost always riveting, but this one hits that much harder due to the fact it all actually happened. 

Watch the first ep right here - and the first full season at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Critical (or CR:IT:IC:AL) is 24 meets House

Country:

Britain

Why you need to watch it

Set in a leading major trauma centre at City General Hospital, where doctors only have approximately an hour to figure out a way to save a critically ill patient. Think 24 without the time code, but with rare diseases, experimental or ingenious treatments, and big-brained doctors who clash as much as they respect each other.

Watch the first ep right here - and the first full season at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

The Passing Bells offers a different perspective on World War I

Country:

Britain and Poland

Why you need to watch it

Filmed in Poland, the miniseries follows the parallel stories from two very different perspectives in World War I. Two teenagers: one German and one British, both sign up as soldiers at the outbreak of the War. Just like any other teens, the pair both experience first love and coming-of-age experiences but it's the haunting effects of the war that scars them for much longer. 

Watch the first ep right here - and the full four-part series at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Zen let’s Rufus Sewell battle crime in lovely Italy

Country: 

Britain and Italy

Why you need to watch it

This English-language detective anthology series follows Detective Zen (Rufus Sewell) as he battles crimes and conspiracies in Italy. The setting gives the show a signature energy, and lifts it above your average police procedural. Based on Michael Didpin novels, Zen is caught between corrupt aristocrats, rogue gangsters, and arms of the Mafia. Need I say more?

Watch the first ep right here - and the full three-part series at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Beck series five pulls back the curtain on Stockholm nightlife and organised crime

Country:

Sweden

Why you need to watch it

The antics of hard-ass detective Martin Beck and his eccentric partner-in-policing Gunvald continue in this classic police procedural that began way back in ’97. This season from 2001 takes Beck and Gunvald through Stockholm’s nightlife, the lives of a local crime family, and the unsettling uncertainty of two long-buried, unidentified bodies.

Watch the first ep of series five right here - and the series at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

A police academy student chases down a cold case in Spring Tide

Country:

Sweden

Why you need to watch it

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Spring Tide is an expertly constructed thriller set in two timelines – 1987 and 2011. We’re anchored in the present at a Police Academy, where student cop Olivia Rönning (Ragnarsson) is set the assignment of investigating a cold case from 1987. As the case files are littered with unanswered questions, she joins former (and now homeless) investigator Tom Stilton to fill in the blanks.

Watch the first ep  right here - and the series at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Missing kids and protected forests unite in Jordskott

Country:

Sweden

Why you need to watch it

Police inspector Eva returns to her hometown for the first time since her daughter went missing seven years before, to investigate the case of a missing boy. She believes the cases may be linked, and somehow involve those who protect the local forests – an area of wilderness that’s not only a great setting for a mystery, but an almost religious place to various locals.

Watch the first ep of right here - and the full first season at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Escape a failed marriage to the remote town of Angelby, get accused of murder

Country:

Sweden

Why you need to watch it

After her husband takes off and she loses her job, Vera flips the bird at city life and finds the most remote town on the map – Angelby. Unfortunately she steps out into her new life with the wrong foot, finding herself at the centre of a murder investigation, and the close-knit people of Angelby have their own way of doing things. I certainly wouldn’t want to visit. 

Watch the first ep of right here - and the rest of the season at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Ben Kingsley goes all in as the blinged-out Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Tut

Country:

Canada/USA

Why you need to watch it 

Ben flippin’ Kingsley rocking Egyptian eyeliner glam? Do you need any more information? If you do, then note that this is a fun, melodramatic miniseries on the Egyptian King who changed the god his people were allowed to worship. Kingsley doesn't play Tut himself, but Ay, the Grand Vizier - nonetheless he chews every scene and has a ball in the process. Less a historical re-enactment and more an on-screen theatrical stage-play it's not for strict historians but is fabulous fun.

Watch the first ep right here - and the rest at SBS On Demand.  

 

 

Section Zero: The mammoth sci-fi thriller that draws on Mad Max

Country: 

France

Why you need to watch it

A show that would probably cost the entire Screen Australia yearly budget, Section Zero is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that feels like a weekly feature film. It’s 2024 and political systems have been abolished, leaving all power in the hands of multi-national corporations. The creator’s main inspiration for the show is Mad Max, so that’ll give you an idea of what brand of craziness awaits.

Watch the first episode right here - and season one at SBS On Demand.  

 

If you like House of Cards and French accents, you’ll love Baron Noir

Country: France

Why you need to watch it?

French politician Philippe Rickwaert (Kad Merad) swears revenge against the president-in-wait, who wouldn’t have reached the top without damaging Philippe’s career. Philippe takes us on a thrilling ride through the back rooms of French government, and into the basements of the criminal underworld, and nothing will ever quench his thirst for revenge. 

Watch the first episode right here - and season one at SBS On Demand.  

 

In case you missed it, here's round one of the best in World Drama - still currently streaming at SBS On Demand:

The new must-see dramas from around the world, now on SBS On Demand
Time to get your binge on…

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