From thrillers to guilty pleasures to dystopia with a comedic twist, SBS has your back with compelling drama series to distract you till the return of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
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16 Aug 2019 - 2:46 PM  UPDATED 16 Aug 2019 - 4:33 PM

The Handmaid's Tale's gripping third season is now available to stream in its entirety at SBS On Demand. You're all caught up, right? So what do you do now? Read on... 

 

If you want a multi-season series that deals with hot button topics…

Mary Kills People

Dr Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) is a loving mother and dedicated ER doctor. But she also runs an illegal side hustle, helping terminally ill patients end their life on their own terms. When she assists in the complicated death of a football star, a mounting number of events threaten to bring down the whole shebang. All three seasons of Mary Kills People are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

If you want a female-focused thriller…

Bullets

From Finland comes this ten-part political thriller, following Mari Saari (Krista Kosonen), an Intelligence Agency officer who goes undercover to befriend a newly arrived asylum seeker. Presumed dead, the asylum seeker in question happens to be the world’s most wanted terrorist, Madina Taburova (Sibel Kekilli). Mari attempts to win Madina’s trust and discover what she’s doing in Helsinki. The two female leads make this a gripping series:

 

Greyzone

In Greyzone, Borgen star Birgitte Hjort Soresen plays Victoria, a brilliant drone engineer who is taken hostage by terrorists who are after her technical prowess in designing their deadly drone. While they threaten the life of her son Oskar unless she meets their demands, the Danish and Swedish Secret Services work against the clock to prevent the impending terror-attack. We’re in safe hands here – the Danes know how to make compelling television. All ten episodes are now streaming at SBS On Demand:

If you want a critically acclaimed drama series…

Blood

When her mother dies suddenly, Cat Hogan returns to the family she’s left behind and spent years trying to avoid. While her father and siblings insist her mother’s death was an accident, Cat suspects otherwise and digs deeper. This psychological thriller from Ireland is magnetic, the scenes between Cat (Carolina Main) and her father Jim (Adrian Dunbar), especially captivating.

Borgen

Borgen means the castle – it’s the nickname for Denmark’s parliamentary building. The story centres on Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen), Denmark’s first female Prime Minister. Elected in a landslide victory, Nyborg is under pressure to stay true to herself while navigating the heady world of spin doctors and political reporters, not to mention her fellow politicians. With its strong lead and ensemble cast, now is the time to delve into this superb drama from the producers of The Killing. All three seasons of Borgen are streaming at SBS On Demand:

If you want more famous faces…

Tin Star

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks star in this murder mystery set in Canada’s Rockies. The small town of Little Big Bear is home to employees of North Stream Oil. When a local doctor who voiced accusations against the corporation turns up dead, Roth’s Chief of Police releases this won’t be the quieter life he wanted for his family. Hendricks plays North Stream Oil’s ruthless director of stakeholder relations.   

Fortitude

This British noir series is set in Fortitude, the world’s northernmost town. Considered also to be the most peaceful, the township is rocked when a prominent member of their tightknit community is found dead, brutally killed, in his own home. The sheriff (Richard Dormer) has his first ever murder to investigate; it won’t be his last. This series is not for the faint-hearted, with its truly bizarre goings-on (warning: linked article contains spoilers). Dennis Quaid, Stanley Tucci, Phoebe Nicholls (Downton Abbey) and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) also star.

 

If you want a binge-worthy glossy guilty pleasure…

Riviera

Julia Stiles plays Georgina, a woman whose life of luxury is torn apart when her billionaire husband (Anthony LaPaglia) is killed suddenly, and she suspects, not accidentally. This thriller is intoxicating not just for its glamorous setting, but also for its cast of characters, including Lena Olin, Dimitri Leonidas and Adrian Lester. Who is shady? Who can Georgina trust? Season 1 is streaming now, with Season 2 arriving on 29 August:

The Pier

From Spain comes this thrilling drama set in Valencia. Architect Alex (Verónica Sánchez) is the loving wife of investment banker Óscar (Álvaro Morte), who spends half the working week in Frankfurt. When Óscar’s body is discovered on a pier in the nearby national park, police saying it was suicide, Alex cannot believe it. Discovering he had a lover, Verónica (Irene Arcos), Alex assumes a false identity to befriend her and learn more about her husband’s hidden life and sudden death.

If you want a charming black comedy…

Back to Life

Miri Matteson (played by the show’s creator, Daisy Haggard) has just been released from 18 years in prison. She’s back living with her parents Caroline (Geraldine James) and Oscar (Richard Durden) who are thankfully not the boring couple they at first appear to be. (Haggard has given all the characters meaty storylines to chew on.) Miri faces the challenge of navigating an increasingly unfamiliar world in a small town community hellbent on reminding her of her past. The laugh-out-loud moments are welcome in this wonderful moving series.    

If you want a twist of comedy with your dystopian theme…

The Last Man on Earth

It’s 2022, and Phil Miller (Will Forte, also the show’s creator) is the last man on Earth, the sole survivor of a cataclysmic event. Phil drives around the US, Canada and Mexico searching for other survivors to quell his deepening loneliness. He finally tracks down Carol (Kristen Schaal), but co-existing with her is more challenging than he anticipated. When more survivors show up, the challenges only grow. Comedy pros Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) also star, and January Jones (Mad Men) proves her comedy chops. All four seasons are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Not caught up on season three of The Handmaid's Tale? Start the season at SBS On Demand. 

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