• Dublin Murders, Tin Star, Seizure and Crimson Rivers. (SBS)Source: SBS
Looking for the best of international crime? SBS On Demand has you covered with this selection of top crime dramas the world has to offer.
14 Nov 2019 - 9:19 AM  UPDATED 25 Mar 2020 - 3:35 PM

Dublin Murders

Dublin Murders is drawn from Tana French's Internationally bestselling novels In the Woods and The Likeness. Set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom of the millennium, the series focuses on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic Detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene). When a 13-year-old girl has been found dead and put on display in the woods outside a nearby small town, everyone wonders if there could be a link to the high-profile disappearance of two children in the same woods 20 years ago. One child survived in the woods 20 years previously and it was Rob Reilly, he now finds himself investigating a case chillingly similar to the 20 year old unsolved mystery.

Catch up on season 1 at SBS On Demand, episodes are currently airing 8:30PM Wednesdays on SBS.

Tin Star

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, the wilderness is yet another powerful character in this smash-hit series. Starring Tim Roth as Jim Worth, and his troublesome alter-ego Jack, the former detective didn’t exactly find the peaceful life he was seeking for himself and his family in Canada. Season 2 picks up where season 1 left off – the Worth family left cut off, grieving and reeling from their ordeal in the oil mining town.

Watch complete seasons 1-2 now. 

The Crimson Rivers

Based on the best-selling novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé, who is also the creative force behind the show, this gripping French thriller follows detective Pierre Niémans (played by the legendary Olivier Marchal) and his new partner Camille Delauney (Erika Sainte) as they investigate a series of bizarre crimes in remote areas across France. Each case has a touch of the mystical about it, revealing forgotten customs or regional myths.

Watch complete seasons 1-2 now.

Seizure 

On their first day as partners for detectives Sander Holm (Anders Baasmo, Exit) and Max Sørensen (Anders Danielsen Lie) four immigrant teenage boys are found dead in an abandoned swimming pool, with eels crawling around. The pair begin hearing and seeing things that are hard to explain, and when it’s discovered a fifth boy was present at the crime scene, they finally think they’ve got a clue to solving this most inexplicable case. With the addition of psychological and supernatural themes, this murder mystery is extra gripping.

Watch the complete season now.

Blood

Cat (Carolina Main) returns to her childhood home following her mother’s death from a fall at the bottom of the garden. Was it an accident? The simmering tension of this family saga deepens when Cat begins to suspect her father (Adrian Dunbar) is involved. 

Watch season 1 now, before season 2 begins April 16.

Broadchurch

Now’s your chance to catch up on one of the best UK crime series ever, as all three seasons of the acclaimed drama reach SBS On Demand. When an 11 year-old is found dead in the small town of Broadchurch, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) heads up the case. Haunted by his earlier failures, and with local cop Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) less than impressed by his arrival, he’s going to have his work cut out for him uncovering the tight-knit community’s secrets.

Watch complete seasons 1-3 now. 

Blue Murder

This look at the rise of corrupt Sydney cop Roger Rogerson (a career-best performance from Richard Roxburgh) during the ’70s and ’80s has been hailed as Australia’s best drama series ever. And with good reason; a range of compelling performances (most notably Tony Martin as career crim Neddy Smith, who Rogerson used as his underworld enforcer) and a note-perfect look at Sydney at its blokiest make this gritty series must-see on every level.

Watch the two-part mini series now.  

The Twelve

When a highly respected high school principal faces trial in Belgium for the murder of two people – one her own child – it’s up to the twelve members of the jury to see that justice is done. Each brings their own prejudices and baggage to the courtroom; will they be able to see past their own issues to make the right decision?

Watch the complete season now. 

The Red Shadows

Twenty-five years ago Aurore Garnier (Nadia Farès) lost her mother and her sister in a botched kidnapping. Her mother was killed and her sister vanished; now Aurore thinks she’s finally tracked her down. This should be cause for celebration, but with her wealthy family about to conduct a major deal that not everyone is on board with, the return of a long-lost family member – and the secrets she brings with her – could make everyone’s life a lot more difficult.

Watch the complete season now. 

Hierro

The smallest of the Canary Islands is the setting for this sunlit noir mystery as El Hierro’s newest judge (sent down from Spain for being too by-the-book) is faced with a murder where the number one suspect is the only person she doesn’t think did it. But is letting a drug boss and convicted murderer out on bail to conduct his own search really the best way to uncover the real killer?

Watch the complete season now. 

Wisting

Homicide detective William Wisting struggles with the two toughest cases of his career. His serial killer investigation crosses paths with his journalist daughter’s news story, putting her in grave danger. When Wisting is accused of tampering with evidence in a former case, his entire career is in jeopardy.

Watch the complete season now. 

Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games

Who says murder can’t be fun? This light-hearted and stylish take on the mysteries of Agatha Christie transplants her classic tales to ’50s-era France, where the slick Commissioner Laurence (Samuel Labarthe) and scrappy journalist Alice Avril (Blandine Bellavoir) work side by side to solve a string of intriguing crimes.

Complete seasons 1-4 are available.

 

East West 101

This classic Australian crime series set a standard for police drama that’s yet to be beaten. In a post 9/11 world, Muslim Major Crime Squad detective Zane Malik (Dany Hany) has a lot to prove. Old school Detective Crowley (William McInnes) is increasingly out of touch, and he’s not happy about it. Together these two cops have to tackle crime – and each other - across the length and breadth of multicultural Sydney.

Watch complete seasons 1-3 now. 

 

The Bridge

A body chopped in half and left on both sides of the border-spanning bridge between Denmark and Sweden. A single-minded cop who set a new benchmark for utterly focused (and socially awkward) detectives. A chilly urban setting that reflected the bleakness of the crimes faced by police on both sides of the border. There’s plenty of reasons why The Bridge is classic Nordic noir: despite numerous remakes around the world, the original is still the best.

Watch complete seasons 1-4 now. 

 

M – The City Hunts A Murderer

Set in Vienna in the dead of winter, a refugee girl vanishes without a trace. When more children disappear, the police are left helpless. Total surveillance, fake news and arbitrary arrests become the order of the day, the only focus on finding the killer. ‘M’ becomes a public case, the criminal underworld also taking up the search for the murderer.

Watch the complete season now.

Raven

When Detective Adam Kruk (Michał Żurawski) returns home to investigate the murder by a young man of his grandfather, his demons are there to meet him. He grew up in the town’s orphanage with his friend Slawek (Cezary Lukaszewicz), who was sexually abused there. Slawek compels Kruk to investigate the orphanage, leading him to discover links between the two cases. Kruk’s drug-induced hallucinations make for an element of magic realism in this series that verges on horror. 

Watch the complete season now.

 

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