• Taylor Kitsch in ‘Shadowplay’. (© Tandem Productions)Source: © Tandem Productions
The war is far from over in chaotic 1946 Berlin. (At SBS and SBS On Demand from 4 March.)
SBS Guide

2 Feb 2021 - 2:43 PM  UPDATED 9 Mar 2021 - 10:31 AM

While the war was officially over, Berlin in the summer of 1946 was in chaos. The city was the cradle of East and West superpowers; no laws existed, and everyone was either a criminal or a survivor.  

Into this broken and divided city walks American cop Max McLaughlin (Taylor Kitsch, Waco, Friday Night Lights), who arrives to help create a police force and take down the Al Capone of Berlin, Dr Werner ‘Englemacher’ Gladow. (Unbeknown to him, Max is being used as a pawn in what will become the Cold War.)

Max is also on a personal crusade to track down his missing brother (Logan Marshall-Green, Madame Bovary, The O.C) who’s been killing former Nazis who’ve gone into hiding. 

Coming from creator Måns Mårlind and co-director Björn Stein (both of Midnight Sun and The Bridge pedigree), it is no wonder the Sydney Morning Herald called the eight-part drama series “darkly evocative and instantly captivating” – we couldn’t agree more. 

Shadowplay also stars Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under), Nina Hoss (My Little Sister, Homeland) and Tuppence Middleton (Mank, Sense8).

In an SBS On Demand exclusive, Shadowplay creator and co-director Måns Mårlind will be curating a collection of TV series for Australians to experience on the platform. The collection will showcase a wide variety of European dramas personally recommended by Måns, from ZeroZeroZero and Gomorrah to We Are Who We Are. Look out for the complete curation, Måns Mårlind Guest Curates, available to view from Thursday 4 March.


Shadowplay  premiered with a double episode Thursday 4 March on SBS. Episodes will continue weekly at 9:30pm from Thursday 11 March. New episodes will be available at SBS On Demand each week on the same day as broadcast. Shadowplay will also be subtitled in Simplified Chinese and Arabic, available to stream for free at SBS On Demand. Each subtitled episode will become available at the same time as broadcast. Start with episode 1:


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