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Looking for the best of international crime? SBS On Demand has you covered with ten of the top crime dramas the world has to offer.
14 Nov 2019 - 9:19 AM  UPDATED 15 Nov 2019 - 12:13 PM


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 sister; 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. 


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. 


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 evidence tampering 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 1-2 available. Season 3 coming 29 November.


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 the 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. 



If you think it couldn’t get more isolated than Iceland, think again. Even on that tiny island there’s a world of difference between the populated south and the desolate north. So whether Police Chief Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) is dealing with a dead body and a ferry full of suspects, or a big city political attack that leads back to his small fishing village, he’s bringing his own unique method of crime-solving to the case.

Watch complete seasons 1-2 now. 


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