This comedy-drama from the US stars Scott Foley as FBI agent Will Chase (who’s code name is the titular Whiskey Cavalier) and Lauren Cohan as CIA operative Frankie Trowbridge (code name: Fiery Tribune). Chase and Trowbridge lead a Prague-based team of spies who traipse around Europe foiling various criminal plots, from assassination attempts to world-saving schemes. While this series centres on the chemistry between the leads, the entire cast are imminently watchable, as are the locations.
Whiskey Cavalier is streaming now at SBS On Demand:
The Looming Tower
Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Dan Futterman and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lawrence Wright, this drama follows members of the FBI and CIA counterterrorism divisions in the late 1990s. They’re competing for ownership of information as the threat of Osama Bin Laden rises. Even though they were hellbent on preventing an attack on American soil, how heavy a role did this rivalry play in 9/11 happening? The all-star cast includes Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, Peter Sarsgaard and Alec Baldwin.
New episodes of The Looming Tower premiere on SBS and at SBS On Demand weekly.
Below The Surface
Johannes Lassen is back as chief of Denmark’s Terror Task Force, Philip Nørgaard. When June al-Baqee (Yasmin Mahmoud) shows up to tell him Danish soldiers are illegally fighting in Syria, things escalate rapidly when she’s promptly kidnapped. Nørgaard calls in his comrades S.P. (Alexandre Willaume) and Simon (Peder Thomas Pedersen) to investigate, and in the meantime lands himself on a ferry that’s leaving for Sweden, with al-Baqee and the kidnappers all on board. How will Nørgaard and al-Baqee get out of this hostage situation?
Seasons 1 and 2 of Below The Surface are streaming now at SBS On Demand. Here’s season 2 episode 1:
This classy French spy thriller is centred on the lives of the undercover agents of the Bureau of Legends, a branch of the secret service, and stars Mathieu Kassovitz (Amelie) as intelligence officer, Guillaume Debailly, aka Malotru. Like a good French wine, this show deserves to be savoured, allowing the complex storylines the time they need to pull together as each season unfolds. Season 4 starts with Malotru negotiating his return to France from Moscow, and new chief Marie-Jeanne (Florence Loiret Caille) is the subject of an audit after which not all will be left standing.
Seasons 1–4 of The Bureau are streaming now at SBS On Demand. Here’s season 4 episode 1:
This cross-country co-production marks another entry into Nordic noir. Made up of three investigators – Harald Bjorn (Lars Mikkelsen) from Denmark, Alicia Verbeeck (Veerle Baetens) from Belgium and Jackie Mueller (Jasmine Gerat) from Germany – The Team have joined forces to solve a series of murders across borders. Season 1 brought the team together to solve the mystery of a dead prostitute being killed the same way in each of their countries. Season 2 finds us in the marshlands of Denmark where seven people have been brutally killed in a shootout which appears to be racially motivated.
Seasons 1 and 2 of The Team are streaming now at SBS On Demand. Here’s season 2 episode 1:
The Bridge’s Adam Pålsson stars as ambitious Swedish investment banker, Tom Blixen, in this Wild East thriller set in 1999 Moscow. To help his friend Fredrik (Christopher Wagelin) who’s in deep financial trouble, Blixen agrees to take a risky deal that goes horribly wrong, landing him in real danger amid the unsavoury types that populate the city’s underworld. Blixen is in deep, not knowing who he can trust, as people show up dead all around him. Swedish writers Camilla Grebe and Paul Leander-Engström’s book is the basis of the series, and they’re also on the writing team here.
Season 1 of Moscow Noir is streaming now at SBS On Demand:
Created by American spy novelist Olen Steinhauer, Berlin Station stars Richard Armitage as CIA field agent Daniel Miller, newly stationed in Berlin and learning the ropes from veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans). In season 1, Miller’s mission was to uncover from whom whistle-blower Thomas Shaw got his information. In the third and final season, which features James Cromwell in a recurring role, chief Valerie Edwards (Michelle Forbes) sends Miller and Robert Kirsch (Leland Orser) on an urgent mission to uncover what looks like a covert invasion. This thrilling series boasts a solid ensemble cast.
Seasons 1–3 of Berlin Station are streaming now at SBS On Demand. Here’s season 3 episode 1:
Starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, this spy drama’s two seasons have developed a cult following. Simmons plays Howard Silk, a dog’s body in the Berlin-based Office of Interchange, aka OI. In season 1, Howard discovers that OI guards the gateway to a parallel universe, and is introduced to another version of himself. Called Alpha and Prime, travelling between the alternate realities has tragic consequences, with the show throwing in twists and turns, double agents and doppelgängers galore; it’s a spy lover’s dream come true. If you missed season 1, you can get up to speed here before diving into season 2.
Season 2 of Counterpart is streaming now at SBS On Demand:
Willem Dafoe is our first returning guest, to talk about his Oscar-nominated role as Vincent Van Gogh. And we've been watching Counterpart, Eurovision, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Alita: Battle Angel.