• Rupert Everett as Carroll in ‘Adult Material’. (SBS)Source: SBS
From comedy and crime to psychological thrillers, treat yourself to a wide selection of distinct international dramas dropping across the month. You’ll be spoilt for choice – SBS On Demand is the place to be this December.
SBS Guide

10 Dec 2020 - 4:32 PM  UPDATED 31 Dec 2020 - 9:34 AM

New series

Tuesday 1 December – Adult Material

Hayley Squires (Collateral) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding) star in this hit British drama series that examines the porn industry from the perspective of leading porn star and mother of three, Jolene. One day on set, Jolene meets 19-year-old Amy; the encounter leads to the unravelling of Jolene’s career, reputation and personal life.

‘Adult Material’ examines consent and power in the porn industry
Wry new drama ‘Adult Material’ is set in the porn industry. For adult star Jolene Dollar, there’s nowhere to hide when everything starts to fall apart.

Adult Material airs on SBS VICELAND weekly from 9.30pm Tuesday 1 December. The full season is now streaming at SBS On Demand


Wednesday 2 December – The Sister

Starring Russell Tovey (Years and Years), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) and Nina Toussaint-White (Bodyguard), this British psychological thriller is from Luther creator Neil Cross. Praised by The Guardian as a “nail-biting whodunnit that is truly haunting,” it centres on Nathan who, almost a decade into his devoted married life, is rocked to the core when an unwelcome face from the past turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions.

The haunting at the heart of new crime thriller ‘The Sister’ from ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross
From serial killers to who’s the killer, there’s an intriguing puzzle box to unlock in this gripping four-part drama.

The Sister airs weekly on SBS from 9.30pm Wednesday 2 December. Episodes land at SBS On Demand the same day they go to air. Watch episode 1 now:


Thursday 3 December ­– Aquarius

Starring David Duchovny as an LAPD detective, Aquarius is a gritty 1960s crime drama revolving around the Charles Manson murders.

Aquarius seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand:


Thursday 10 December ­– Low Winter Sun, The Minister

Thrilling American drama series Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Set in Detroit and starring Mark Strong (Temple, Deep State), the series begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow detective.

Low Winter Sun is now streaming at SBS On Demand:

Icelandic political drama The Minister stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Trapped) as the newly elected Prime Minister. As he starts losing his grip on reality, the effects flow onto not only his family but the entire nation.

‘The Minister’: Why we love Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
In ‘The Minister’ Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays a politician who charms his way into Iceland’s top job. After the success of ‘Trapped’, he could probably do it for real.

The Minister is now streaming at SBS On Demand:


Friday 11 December – Departure

Six-part Canadian drama Departure follows the disappearance of Flight 716, a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean. Investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi) is brought in by her mentor Howard Lawson (Christopher Plummer) to lead the team looking into the crash. With the whole world watching, Kendra and her team must race to find the missing aircraft and rescue possible survivors.

Who’s who on the ground and in the air in ‘Departure’
When British passenger flight 716 from New York to London crashes into the ocean, the ripple effects shake the airline industry – and a crack team of investigators – to their core.

Departure is now streaming at SBS On Demand:


Thursday 17 December – The Investigation, Home Ground

Based on a true story, Scandi noir series The Investigation explores the gripping case of murdered young Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The series covers the six-month investigation into how and why Wall was murdered on a submarine where she was interviewing the eccentric inventor who built it.

Justice for a senseless killing drives ‘The Investigation’
Turning a shocking crime into a tribute to the men and women that solved it, ‘The Investigation’ isn’t your typical true crime drama.

The Investigation is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

Season 2 of Norwegian drama Home Ground arrives in which a newly promoted football club loses its coach just before the start of the league season. A woman, Helena Mikkelsen, gets the historic chance to coach the team, over an ambitious player who was promised the job.

Season 2 of Home Ground is now streaming at SBS On Demand. (Season 1 is also available for catch-up.)


Thursday 31 December – Martial Universe

With sixty episodes dropping on New Year’s Eve, Martial Universe is a Chinese fantasy series for fans of Game of Thrones. Lin Dong is forsaken by his clan. When he comes across a stone talisman with magical powers, life will never be the same again. His adventures help him hone his skills as a martial artist, to keep a demon sect from taking over the world.

Season 1 of Martial Universe is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

Plus plenty more

Joining these titles at SBS On Demand in December are:

  • season 8 of French thriller Spiral (3 December)
  • season 2 of British documentary Years of Living Dangerously (from 6 December)
  • season 1 of Spanish drama La Jauria (10 December)
  • season 1 of Brazilian thriller Aruanas (23 December)
  • seasons 1–3 of Danish crime Follow the Money (23 December)
  • seasons 5 and 6 of Canadian comedy Letterkenny (24 December)
  • seasons 1 and 2 of Swiss comedy Monogamish (26 December) and
  • season 1 of French family drama Reunions (31 December).


New collections

Across December, SBS On Demand will also release seven collections, comprising over 100 enthralling film and TV content, including:

Plus, sink your teeth into iconic films such as The Iron Lady, A Dangerous Method, Bend It Like Beckham, and Certain Women. And, discover new TV favourites with every episode of Spooks, Riviera, Wayward Pines and Gomorrah.

Summer never looked so hot!

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