• ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’, ‘Hungry Ghosts’, ‘Difficult People’ and ‘Spiral’. (SBS)Source: SBS
In August, we welcome an SBS original series, launch box sets of popular favourites, and introduce new sitcoms and compelling dramas from the UK, Canada and Sweden. Winter’s winding up beautifully.
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SBS Guide

29 Jul 2020 - 2:40 PM  UPDATED 27 Aug 2020 - 1:14 PM

Difficult People

Julie and Billy are in their 30s and trying to make it as comics in New York City. Their relationship history is as rocky as their career paths. But while they’re bumbling along, everyone around them seems to have already found the success and love they’re still seeking. Are they bitter about that? Yes. Yes, they are. Starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, fans of You’re The Worst, Shrill, Happy Endings and New Girl will love this.

Double episodes of Difficult People season 1 air weekly on SBS VICELAND at 9:30pm from Monday 3 August. Seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand:

 

Mirage

Claire lost husband Gabriel during the Boxing Day Tsunami. But one day, in her new home of Abu Dhabi, she sees his reflection in a restaurant window. What ensues for Claire is a life-or-death mission involving blackmail, nuclear sabotage and deceiving her loved ones. This thrilling new drama from Canada, in English and French and, unusually, set entirely in the UAE, stars Clive Standen (Vikings) and Marie-Josée Croze (Tell No One) as Gabriel and Claire.

Season 1 of Mirage is now streaming at SBS On Demand:

 

The Carmichael Show

Stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael stars in this multi-generational sitcom. In episode 1, he announces his girlfriend Maxine (Tiffany Haddish) is moving in. Not short of opinions, how will his family react? His father is the type to vote Republican if it means receiving an economic stimulus payment, his mother is always right with Jesus and his brother has bright ideas on tap. This comedy comes with a twist, not afraid to discuss issues such as mass shootings, whether it’s okay to still like Bill Cosby’s comedy and obtaining consent from a woman before sex. Give it a whirl.

Season 1 episodes of The Carmichael Show air on SBS VICELAND at 5.00pm on Saturdays. Seasons 1–3 episodes are now streaming at SBS On Demand

Tiffany Haddish was born ready
‘The Carmichael Show’ may be based on lead actor Jerrod Carmichael’s dysfunctional family, but co-star Tiffany Haddish is the main attraction. (SBS VICELAND, Saturdays)

 

Spiral

To celebrate the upcoming eighth season of this popular French police drama, SBS On Demand presents for the first time all seven seasons. Stream this box set and see what all the fuss is about. The drama takes us behind the scenes of Paris’s Palais de Justice through the eyes of a young compassionate assistant prosecutor, an incorruptible investigating magistrate, a beautiful ambitious lawyer and a young police officer known for her unwavering professionalism. Working on cases based on real life, the strong cast shine the spotlight on the everyday goings-on in the halls of justice.

Season 8 of Spiral is due to arrive later this year. We’ll keep you posted.

The box set of seasons 1–7 of Spiral is now available exclusively at SBS On Demand. (Please note seasons 4 and 5 will be available from 28 August. We apologise for the delay.) Here is where it all began:

 

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man

James Nesbitt (The Missing) stars as Harry Clayton, a Central London cop who’s down on his luck – his wife (Eve Best) and child have left him, his boss at the murder squad has no respect for him, to put it mildly, and he owes debts to an underworld figure who routinely threatens his life. But then a mysterious woman gives him an ancient bracelet, and suddenly his luck changes, but at what cost? Harry’s search for answers takes him to Hong Kong where he encounters dodgy characters who are after more than just his lucky charm.

Based on an original idea from Stan Lee, look out for the comic book legend’s cameo appearance in each episode of this intriguing crime drama.

The box set of seasons 1–3 of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man is now streaming at SBS On Demand:  

 

The Feed

Not to be confused with the popular SBS VICELAND news and current affairs program, here, The Feed is an omnipresent technology implanted into most everyone’s brain, allowing people to instantly share information, emotions and memories. But when the system starts to go awry, users become murderous, and the inventor’s family are driven apart in their struggle to control the monster that’s been unleashed.

From the writer of The Walking Dead, a strong ensemble cast helms this sci-fi dystopia set in near-future London, including David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Fargo), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Fortitude) and Guy Burnet (Counterpart).

Season 1 of The Feed is now streaming at SBS On Demand:

 

Trigonometry

From Britain comes relationship drama Trigonometry in which three people come together to help make ends meet in modern-day London. When loving couple Gemma and Kieran welcome Ray into their flat, their economics aren’t the only thing to be enhanced. This series explores whether three people can make a go of it.

Starring Gary Carr (Downton Abbey, Death In Paradise), Ariane Labed (The Lobster) and Thalissa Teixeira, from co-writers acclaimed playwright Duncan Macmillian and Effie Woods, the show’s executive producers are BAFTA winners Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell.

Season 1 episodes of Trigonometry air weekly on SBS VICELAND at 10.30pm from Friday 21 August. The full season is now available at SBS On Demand

‘Trigonometry’ is not your average love triangle
Refreshingly original, this brand-new show from the UK is about love, bravery and following your heart.
 

 

The Salisbury Poisonings

This incredible four-part series is based on the real-life 2018 assassination attempt on double agent and spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. Soon after the attack, it was discovered that a lethal nerve agent called Novichok was used, just half a teaspoon of which could kill 20,000 people, sending the local community into turmoil. Local policeman Nick Bailey and Head of Public Health Tracy Daszkiewicz worked exclusively with producers to capture the fear, uncertainty and immense heroism of the community who ultimately rose to the challenge of overcoming a lethal contagion. Very inspiring stuff, coming at just the right time, too.

The Salisbury Poisonings premieres at 8.30pm Monday 24 August on SBS and will air over four consecutive nights at 8.30pm concluding Thursday 27 August. All four episodes are now streaming at SBS On Demand:

 

Hungry Ghosts

An original SBS series, Hungry Ghosts is a four-part supernatural-drama-horror with touches of humour in the storytelling. When a tomb in Vietnam is accidentally opened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As these spirits wreak havoc across Melbourne’s Vietnamese-Australian community, reclaiming lost loves and exacting revenge, young woman May Le (Catherine Văn-Davies) must rediscover her true heritage and accept her destiny to help bring balance to a community still traumatised by war.

Exploring notions of superstition and how displacement and division impact our identity long after the events themselves, this series asks whether we can ever leave the trauma of the past behind or abandon our culture, or whether these form a fundamental part of who we are. With interwoven stories, this suspenseful character-driven drama boasts an outstanding ensemble cast including Ferdinand Hoang (Rake, The Quiet American), Clare Bowen (Nashville), Bryan Brown (Sweet Country), Catherine Văn-Davies (Going Down), Justine Clarke (Dead Lucky) and Ryan Corr (Bloom).

Hungry Ghosts premieres over four nights at 9.30pm from Monday 24 August to Thursday 27 August on SBS. Episodes will be available at SBS On Demand each night at the same time as broadcast. The series will also be available with Simplified Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese subtitles at SBS On Demand. Watch episode 1 now:

Missing Melbourne? Haunt the city streets with spooky drama ‘Hungry Ghosts’
Take a tour of the Melbourne haunts within our new supernatural drama.
 

 

Sanctuary

When Helena visits her estranged twin Siri in an exclusive sanatorium in the Italian Alps, she doesn’t realise she won’t be leaving any time soon. Siri has gone, leaving Helena in her place, and she quickly wakes up to the fact this remote institution is far from a healing retreat; she’s surrounded by predators and manipulators. Before thinking of escape, Helena must first survive. This international thriller from Sweden, with Vikings’ Josefin Asplund as the twins, will get the blood racing.   

Season 1 of Sanctuary is now streaming at SBS On Demand:

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