• (L–R) ‘Deadwater Fell’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘The Tailings’ and ‘The Cook Up with Adam Liaw’. (SBS)Source: SBS
A new Australian short-form drama series, and British, Italian, Swedish and Chilean drama. American comedy and new SBS Food shows. And, you guessed it, Nordic Noir. Plus, an Australian-first interactive documentary experience via the SBS On Demand app. April brings the entertainment!
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SBS Guide

26 Mar 2021 - 9:24 AM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2021 - 9:47 AM

The Tailings

In a remote West Coast Tasmanian town, teenager Jas (Tegan Stimson) undertakes a maverick investigation after her father Brendan, mysteriously dies. Her community are quick to dismiss the death as an accident, however refusing to believe this, Jas comes into conflict with new young teacher Ruby (Mabel Li), who has just arrived in town and comes carrying her own past trauma. Unexpectedly, Jas and Ruby built a mutual trust as they confront the layers of their grief and ultimately uncover the truth behind Brendan’s death.

Comprising 6 x 10-minute episodes (in the vein of Dylan River’s AACTA-Award winning series Robbie Hood) The Tailings is an SBS Original series filmed on Tasmania’s West Coast last year. Catch this treasure of a show from producer Liz Doran (Please Like Me), director Stevie Cruz-Martin (PULSEMarrow), writer Caitlin Richardson. Co-produced by Richard Kelly and Stephen Thomas.

Meet the cast of Tasmanian mystery series 'The Tailings'
Set in the rugged landscape of Tasmania's West Coast, 'The Tailings' features two emerging stars.

The Tailings is now streaming exclusively at SBS On Demand. It is also available with Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Hindi and Korean subtitles. Start watching now:

 

Outlier

We’d never leave you Nordic Noir-less. New crime drama from Norway, Outlier follows criminal psychologist Maja Angell, an acclaimed young academic working in London, who profiles serial killers. She believes police have arrested the wrong man for the murder of a child, but can’t convince them of it. Will she be able to find the murderer before he strikes again? Set in the striking beauty of Norway’s wilderness, this gripping series stars Hanne Mathisen Haga as Angell, who is part of the indigenous Sami community.

Outlier is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Mr Mercedes

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel and adapted by David E. Kelley, Mr Mercedes stars Brendan Gleeson as retired police detective Bill Hodges. When a demented killer begins to taunt him with a series of lurid letters and emails, Hodges is forced to undertake a private and potentially felonious crusade to bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. Under The Dome’s Jack Bender directs what NPR called an ‘engaging cat-and-mouse thriller’.

Brendan Gleeson is the engine that drives 'Mr Mercedes'
Brendan Gleeson and Stephen King might not seem like a natural pairing, but in serial killer thriller 'Mr Mercedes' they put the pedal to the metal. Now streaming at SBS On Demand

Seasons 1 and 2 of Mr Mercedes are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Season 3 is coming later in the year.

 

The A Word

Paste has described The A Word as ‘exceptionally authentic in everything it does’. We agree, and proudly deliver season 3, which begins two years from where we left the Hughes family: Paul and Alison, and children Joe and Rebecca. Paul and Alison, now divorced, face fresh challenges as Paul’s house is damaged by fire and Alison loses her job, leaving autistic Joe struggling anew. Patriarch Maurice is volunteering as a firefighter and, as well as helping his family with their dramas, is also looking into what his girlfriend’s son Ralph has been hiding. And Rebecca uncovers a secret of her own. This British series manages to be touching and poignant, and funny, too.

‘The A Word’ is a much-loved family drama with a difference
‘The A Word’ is about love, parenthood, community and how no one can drive you round the bend quite like your own family.

Seasons 1–3 of The A Word are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Here is season 3:

 

Dignity

Inspired by a true story, Dignity takes us to Chile just after Pinochet’s regime, and a violent Germanic cult called Colonia Dignidad, set up by former Nazi soldier Paul Schaefer. Young federal prosecutor Leo Ramírez is to bring the sect’s leader to justice after its decades-long history of torture, child abuse and murder. Leo is also motivated by his younger brother Pedro dying there in mysterious circumstances as a child. Schaefer paid for Leo’s education in Germany to keep him quiet, but now he is ready to tear him and Colonia apart. Matters are complicated by the arrival of someone who claims to be Pedro. Covering a fascinating and disturbing recent history, Marcel Rodriguez is compelling as Leo, as is Götz Otto as Schaefer, in this thrilling Chilean drama.   

A haunting past comes to life for a young lawyer in 'Dignity'
The riveting Chilean drama is inspired by the true story of a hunt to bring down a former Nazi cult leader. Now streaming at SBS On Demand.

Dignity is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Masantonio

From the producers of Gomorrah comes Masantonio, an intriguing Italian crime drama set in Genoa. An astonishing 25,000 people go missing in Italy each year, and Elio Masantonio, a lone wolf of an investigator with a complex personality, is paired with police officer Sandro Riva to get inside the minds of the missing in the hopes of locating them. They’ll need their wits about them to uncover the mysteries that land on their desk. A strong pairing of leads, Alessandro Preziosi and Davide Iacopini co-star.

Solving missing persons cases takes an off-beat attitude in 'Masantonio'
Fans of the long-running medical series 'House' will feel at home with the grumpy but brilliant investigator in this Italian police drama.

Masantonio is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Cook Like An Italian with Silvia Colloca

More than ever, the simple act of cooking and sharing food with our loved ones is vital to our happiness. And there is always happiness in Silvia’s kitchen. Join passionate home cook and food writer, Silvia Colloca, in season 2 of her kitchen bench journey through regional Italy, with more mouth-watering meals and treats on the cards.

Season 2 of Cook Like An Italian with Silvia Colloca premieres on SBS Food at 8:00pm Thursday 8 April, airing weekly. Episodes will also stream at SBS On Demand after they go to air. Season 1 is now streaming:

PLUS! Silvia Colloca Guest Curates

Silvia has also selected a range of programs she recommends, now streaming at SBS On Demand. 

Sorrentino, secrets and Sam: Silvia Colloca's favourites at SBS On Demand
From a family favourite to a full-on crime family, the 'Cook Like An Italian' host shares her favourite series and movies, all streaming now.

 

Patriot Brains

Much-loved British comedian Bill Bailey hosts this trans-Tasman battle of comedians. The challenge? To find out who knows their country best: Aussies or Kiwis? In this new and fast-paced comedy panel show, each week teams will be put to the test, answering questions on a variety of topics, such as, Who has the best road movie? Who’s got the most confusing outdated law still in effect? And who has the better Prime Minister? We cannot wait to see what ensues with the legendary Bailey at the helm.

Bill Bailey to host Aussie-versus-Kiwi TV comedy battle ‘Patriot Brains’
The comedian says he's expecting a thought-provoking, informative and hilarious "right old ding-dong".

Patriot Brains airs on SBS VICELAND at 8.30pm weeknights, premiering. Tuesday 13 April. Episodes stream at SBS On Demand the same day they go to air. Watch episode 1 now:

 

Future Man

The premise: A janitor and world-ranked gamer must save humanity from alien invaders. The creators: dynamic comedy duo, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The result: a time-travelling action-adventure comedy that’s truly unique. And in true Rogen/Goldberg style, our future man, Josh (Josh Hutcherson) is as inept with women as he is brilliant at playing The Biotic Wars. Starring Glenne Headly and Ed Begley Jr. as his parents (and landlords) Diane and Gabe, and Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson as Tiger and Wolf (the game’s ‘fictional’ characters), catch this weird and wild ride if you haven’t already jumped aboard.

Double episodes of Future Man season 3 air weekly on SBS VICELAND at 9.20pm from Thursday 15 April. All episodes (seasons 1–3) are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Watch season 3 ep 1 now:

 

Man in Room 301

When Elias was just 12 years old, he was blamed for the death by gunshot of two-year-old Tommi. Twelve years after the tragedy, the family receives a threatening anonymous letter while on holiday in Greece. They see a man who looks just like Elias in room 301 – is that him, and if so, what is he doing there? Perhaps he was wrongly accused of Tommi’s death and has come back for retaliation? This thrilling drama from Finland is ‘a gripping tale of guilt, revenge, justice and forgiveness’ (The Herald, Scotland). This is actor Kate Ashfield’s second foray into writing after her 2017 TV series, Born to Kill.

Man in Room 301 is now streaming at SBS On Demand:

 

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw

In this new SBS Food Original series, join Adam Liaw and his special guests, including Myf Warhurst and Jane and Jimmy Barnes, and chefs Christine Manfield and Giovanni Pilu, as they cook up a variety of meals while chewing the fat on the best way to deglaze a pan or whether fermented foods are good for you. With celebrities, culture, food and fun on the menu, you’ll also find everyday inspiration for delicious meals to inspire foodies and non-foodies alike. For more deliciousness, also see the Adam Liaw Collection at SBS On Demand.

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw airs weeknights on SBS Food from Monday April 19 at 7.00pm and 10.00pm. It will encore on SBS Food at 11am weekdays and at 3.30pm on SBS. SBS Food will air a marathon on Sundays at 2.00pm, and the series will be made available after broadcast at SBS On Demand. Watch episode 1, Family Dinner now:

 

Deadwater Fell

Starring Cush Jumbo and David Tennant, this four-part crime drama set in Scotland is reminiscent of Broadchurch only ‘more irresistible’ according to The Guardian. A small community is riven with doubt and suspicion when a seemingly happy family is murdered by someone they know and trust. As those closest to the family begin to question everything they thought they knew about their friends, the investigation gets underway.

Deadwater Fell premieres on SBS at 9:30pm on Wednesday 21 April, airing weekly. Episodes will be available at SBS On Demand the same day they go to air. Watch episode 1 now:

 

Are You Addicted to Technology?

An Australian-first interactive documentary, Are You Addicted To Technology?, made specifically for the SBS On Demand app, invites you to question and share the truth about your relationship with your mobile devices. Guiding your journey is Dr Huu Kim Le, a former gaming addict turned psychiatrist. Dr Le, who specialises in treating children with gaming disorders, says, “… the idea of living inside the Matrix isn’t so far from the truth. I’m seeing an ever increasing amount of patients with problematic relationships with technology.”

Dr Le will offer personalised advice to viewers from his virtual consulting room. From the data shared by viewers, Dr Le will assess how their habits compare to a national survey, the first of its kind conducted in Australia, providing cutting-edge original research into the state of our dependence on our devices. For example, the survey found that 1 in 3 Australians said they go online to forget about real life.

Dr Le also interviews endocrinologist Dr Ricky Arenson, Australian-born NYU Business Professor Adam Alter and lead researcher on the Gonski report Dr Amy Graham, to learn more, and we hear from Dr Sharon Horwood, designer and analyst of the survey data and specialist in problematic smartphone use.

It’s sure to be an eye-opener. Dr Horwood says the survey “has already given us some key insights into how people use tech across the lifespan,” with the data expected to be “invaluable to informing further research in this area.”

Dr Kim Le asks ‘Are You Addicted To Technology?’ in this world-first interactive documentary
Psychiatrist Dr Kim Le hosts ‘Are You Addicted To Technology?’, an interactive experience which will reveal just how dependent you really are. The first of its kind, this experiment is coming exclusively to SBS On Demand.

Are You Addicted To Technology? streams from Wednesday 21 April exclusively at SBS On Demand on iOS and tvOS apps only. Update or download the latest versions (minimum requirement OS 13.5). 

 

 

Thin Ice

To add to your fix of Nordic Noir comes Thin Ice. The attack of a Swedish oil research vessel and the kidnapping of its crew lead intelligence officer, Liv, to the small village of Tasiilaq to investigate. There, she discovers rising tensions among local officials, on the brink of signing a treaty to prevent harmful oil drilling in the Arctic. Phone and internet connections to the town have been cut, and witnesses are being killed, all it seems, to prevent the treaty from being signed. Featuring Swedish and Danish languages, this series boasts a brilliant cast including Lena Endre (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Wallander), Alexander Karim (The Lawyer, We Got This), Iben Dorner, Angunnguaq Larsen, Nicolas Bro (DNA), Nukâka Coster-Waldau (The Killing), and Bianca Kronlöf (Underdog) as Liv.

An all-star cast puts ‘Thin Ice’ on solid ground
Hot issues in a cold climate: ‘Thin Ice’ is Nordic Noir at the top of its game.

Thin Ice is now streaming at SBS On Demand:

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

We know so little about each season before it arrives, which makes watching The Handmaid’s Tale that much more exciting. What we can share is that June is a ‘fierce rebel leader’ this season, taking risks that ‘bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges’. But her mission to get justice and revenge begins to consume her, even threatening to ‘destroy her most cherished relationships’. We’re sure you don’t need any extra incentive to dive into this epic tale, but we’ve added the trailer for you just in case.

Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale premieres exclusively on SBS and at SBS On Demand with the first three episodes on Thursday 29 April. The remaining episodes will air weekly. Episodes are also streaming with Simplified Chinese and Arabic subtitles. Watch episode 1 now:

When the show returns, so too will award-winning SBS-produced Handmaids Tale companion podcast, Eyes on Gilead, offering an engrossing debrief about each premiere episode of The Handmaids Tale, and exclusive interviews with the stars and key talent behind the show. You can subscribe to Eyes on Gilead on your preferred podcast platform now, to ensure you don’t miss an episode. 

Eyes On Gilead: A Handmaid's Tale Podcast
Join Fiona, Haidee, Sana, and Natalie every week with SBS' award-winning The Handmaid's Tale companion podcast, Eyes on Gilead. There is a lot going on in this series and we think it helps to talk it out at the end of every episode. BEST ARTS & CULTURE PODCAST - BRONZE AWARD - 2020 Australian Podcast Awards BEST FANCAST - 2019 Australian Podcast Awards

 

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