The Emerald Isle may be a place of undeniable beauty, but it is also the perfect location for gritty crime dramas, as proven by these shows, now available to watch at SBS On Demand.
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17 Apr 2020 - 9:06 AM  UPDATED 23 Feb 2021 - 1:59 PM


In season 1 of this psychological thriller set in rural Ireland, adult Cat (Carolina Main) returns to her childhood home following her mother’s death from a fall at the bottom of the garden. The simmering tension of this family saga deepens when Cat begins to suspect her father (Adrian Dunbar) is involved. The Guardian lauded the show’s women characters as feeling ‘real, well wrought and fully fleshed out’, with the show’s creator Sophie Petzal never forgetting ‘to find the humour in the smaller moments’.

Season 2 of Blood  (which has just landed at SBS On Demand) is narrated from the perspective of Fiona Crowley (Grainne Keenan), daughter of Jim Hogan and sister of Cat. The series opens with catastrophe when Fiona’s car veers off the road and into a canal. As the family gather round to support an ailing Fiona, they are shocked to the core to learn that the body of Fiona’s husband Paul has been found in the boot of the car. But how did he get there, and who was responsible? Who killed Paul Crowley, and what circumstances led to the night of Fiona’s fateful crash?

Watch seasons 1 and 2 of Blood at SBS On Demand now.

Dublin Murders

In a celebration of Irish resilience, we bring you the dark tale of murder and intrigue on the outskirts of Dublin. 

Dublin Murders is drawn from Tana French’s internationally bestselling novelsThis eight-part series, brilliantly adapted by Sarah Phelps, delivers psychological mystery and darkness with a tap root that drops deep down into Ireland’s past, foreshadows the present and brings insight to its future.

Set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom of the millennium, it focuses on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic Detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene). The victims – a young talented ballerina and a vivacious free-spirited woman – are seemingly unrelated, but as we will discover, are knitted together by powerful shared themes.

Moreover, this is the not the first time a child of Knocknaree has been lost – twenty-one years earlier, in a very different Ireland, three children went missing, and only one ever came back alive. Memory runs deep in this part of the world, and locals, the press and the Dublin Garda worry that the cases are linked.

Watch Dublin Murders season 1 at SBS On Demand now.

Taken Down

From the director of award-winning Peaky Blinders and creators of Love/Hate, Taken Down exposes Dublin's squirming underbelly. Esme, a young Nigerian girl is found dead at a bus stop opening an investigation into her death. This leads Inspector Jen Rooney (Lynn Rafferty) and her team of detectives to a nearby centre where asylum-seekers are housed and processed. The shaken residents there are reluctant to talk to anyone. Many are terrified of deportation; many are just frightened of the police. We follow the team of detectives as they discover the world where refugees exist, and we see the unfolding impact their investigation has on fragile lives.

When Flora, another young Nigerian girl from the same detention centre, is reported missing the police wonder if there is a connection and if they have stumbled upon even more crimes in progress. It becomes a race against time for the investigative team to find Flora, which leads them into a world of trafficking and prostitution. As Jen’s team enter this murky underworld, the lead detectives find their personal and professional lives pushed to the limits as they do all they can to find out who killed Esme and to rescue Flora before she suffers a horrific fate.

Watch Taken Down season 1 at SBS On Demand now.


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