• Southcliffe star Kaya Scodelario is racing home to watch some of her departing favourite shows from SBS On Demand (SBS)Source: SBS
It's time to start watching these shows on SBS On Demand, because time is running out.
17 Mar 2017 - 1:44 PM  UPDATED 17 Mar 2017 - 1:45 PM

You've thought about watching it, but decided "not tonight - maybe next time". You've gotten complacent, thinking the shows will just be there forever on SBS On Demand. But there's no more time to dilly dally. Time is running out.

Not every show can stay on SBS On Demand forever. To make way for new series on the service, we do need to say farewell to some old favourites. Within the next 80 days, these great shows will no longer be available to stream. It's time to finally give them a look before it's too late.

Hotel Adlon

This lavish miniseries dramatises the history of the real Hotel Adlon in Berlin, one of the legendary European grand hotels that has been operating since 1907. At Hotel Adlon, commerce and politics meet money and glamour. The show is a family saga inspired by the events that marked the first 90 years of Germany's most extraordinary hotel. Prepare to get fancy.


One story, in one place, in one hour – a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient's treatment. This intense show makes all other medical dramas look like a game of ‘Operation’.

Kabul Kitchen

Can a comedy series set in Afghanistan work? It sure can - Kabul Kitchen is proof.

The true story of Radio France Internationale journalist, Marc Victor, ‘the guerrilla restaurateur’, who ran an eatery for French expatriates in Kabul is brought to life in this series. The backdrop of Afghanistan provides a tricky political landscape for the characters to navigate while still finding humour in the absurdity of the situation.


A series that explores tragedy, grief, responsibility, and redemption, as seen through the eyes of a journalist (Sean Harris, Prometheus, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) returning to the small town of his childhood to cover the story of the tragedy. The nonlinear structure scatters the pieces of the story but they’re put together with beautifully with pathos. Heads up: you’ll need tissues for this one.

The Fear

Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake, Trainspotting, War Horse) is one of the great British actors and he delivers one of the best performances of his career in The Fear. Here he plays Richie Beckett, a crime boss turned legitimate businessman whose mind is unfurling. It’s a crime show like no other that pushes the boundaries of sanity while tackling serious mental health issues.

The Passing Bells

World War I through the eyes of two ordinary teenagers - one from England and one from Germany. They enlist in the war, expecting it to all be over within months. The story includes the boys' families, their love interests, and the friends and comrades they make during the war. It reveals the toll the war takes on the two young men and their fellow soldiers as it lasts far longer than expected, and grows harsher and more meaningless.


Here’s your next crime TV obsession. Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, A Knight’s Tale) is a formidable detective who always put honesty before advancement. The arrival of clever and ambitious Tania (Caterina Murino) to the team sees Zen's vigour reawakened. Driven by romance, re-energised and armed with a new confidence, Zen's investigations take him from crowded Rome to the spectacular Italian countryside, as he negotiates a complex string of murder cases, never afraid to question authority or use a few unorthodox methods to see justice done. The show is based on acclaimed book series by British author, Michael Dibdin.


Infuse your binge list with a little groove with this show that follows a group of south-east London teenagers aiming to become the next big thing in the urban music scene. Inspired by the mainstream success of British urban music, the show is influenced by artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah.

You can watch all of these shows now on SBS on Demand, along with other exclusive shows and hundreds of movies available to stream for free.

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