• (L - R) 'Shrill', 'Future Man', 'Creamerie' and 'Made in Italy'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Need a break from those heavy TV series? Let's keep it light, easy and fun with the Something Lighter Collection at SBS On Demand.
By
Ally Caracatsanis

21 May 2021 - 1:42 PM  UPDATED 21 May 2021 - 1:42 PM

In the words of Lady Gaga in the 'Sing it with Oreo' audio and now TikTok trend...

 

Creamerie

Touted as the "post-apocalyptic, anti-Handmaid's Tale" this dark New Zealand comedy is the perfect taste-breaker to watch in between episodes of The Handmaid's Tale season 4 (currently airing on SBS and SBS On Demand).

In the not too distant future, a viral plague has swept the earth. In a matter of weeks, it decimated 99% of men. The 1% were sent to The Facility but didn't survive. Creamerie picks up eight years after the near mass extinction. In a new world order designed by women, health care is free, education is free and carbon emissions are down. But there's something sinister happening in this utopia. Meanwhile on an organic dairy farm in rural New Zealand, run by Alex (Ally Xue), Jamie (JJ Fong) and Pip (Perlina Lau) they crash into a wild woman running across the road. She is discovered to have a magnificent beard and a disturbing growth between her legs. On closer inspection, the woman is a man (Jay Ryan). But all the men died... or did they?

Creamerie season 1 lands at SBS On Demand on Tuesday 25 May.

 

For the Love of Bread

Come with Sonoma Bakers' Andrew Connole to discover the personalities and places behind different breads eaten the world over. Every country has its own flavour, shaped by the local produce, culture, history and bakers that spend their lives making this delicious diet staple. Connole finds the influential people behind these breads and not only learns about how they make their masterpieces, but also explores their community and shares the stories behind how they came to be a baker. Let's be honest, you had me at bread. I really can't say no to bread from around the world. First stop on the journey, say yassou to one of the world's oldest cities, Athens!

For the Love of Bread season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Shrill

Let's keep it light and colourful with a female-focused series that is both comedic and dramatic. Based on her memoir, Lindy West created Shrill with Alexandra Rushfield and Aidy Bryant, who also plays the lead, Annie. Annie wants to change her life, but not her body. She is pushing her career as a journalist and writer forward all while juggling bad boyfriends, an ill father, internet trolls and a perfectionist boss. Along the way, Annie, with help from her best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope), figures out who she is and what she wants from her life. Does Annie have flaws? Yes. Is she relatable? Absolutely, and that's what makes this superbly written comedy a must-see. The third and final season has just arrived at SBS On Demand, so there's no better time for a Shrill marathon.

Every episode of Shrill is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Foodie Love

A mobile dating app connects thirty-something foodie singletons, Él (Guillermo Pfening) and Ella (Laia Costa). They embark on getting to know each other through the mediums of jamón, ramen and fine dining. But both are held back by insecurities and doubts fuelled by the scars of their previous relationships. They'll have to discover whether their common devotion to Japanese yuzu, or shared distaste for foodie pretension, will be enough to let them taste true love. Created and directed by Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet (director of The Bookshop which is streaming at SBS On Demand), Foodie Love is her first TV series and a salute to the things she loves most: romance, food and travel. Romance, food and travel in one series? Sign me up! 

Foodie Love is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw

There's nothing like cooking with friends and with 200 episodes, this show is the biggest commission in SBS's history. Adam Liaw, popular cook, author and TV presenter, is joined each night by two food-loving friends (such as Benjamin Law, Yumi Stynes and Jimmy Barnes) for a half hour of good fun and conversation as they cook up a variety of dishes centred around a nightly theme. Whether it's an ingredient, a style of cuisine or cultural inspiration, Adam whips up his dish first before his guests follow suit with easy-to-follow recipes and tips for viewers to follow at home in time for dinner. There will be celebrities, culture and lots of laughs in a series that provides everyday inspiration for foodies and non-foodies alike.

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw airs on SBS Food weeknights at 7PM, with episodes available at SBS On Demand after broadcast. (If you need recipes and episode info click here.)

 

Made in Italy

Prepare yourself for some fashion envy in Made in Italy, set against the backdrop of 1970s Milan and the revolution of Italian fashion. At its core this is a coming-of-age story at a time when the country was going through social change, protests, feminism and a burst of creativity. We see this world through the eyes of budding journalist Irene Mastrangelo (Greta Ferro) who unexpectedly lands a job at the fashion magazine Appeal. Each episode focuses on a giant of Italian fashion design, so you'll see familiar names like Missoni, Armani, Prada, Versace, Fiorucci and with a sneaky trip to Rome, Valentino. This show is a love letter to the pioneers of Italian fashion and the city of Milan.

'Made in Italy' is a love letter to the masters of Italian fashion
Prepare yourself for some fashion envy in 'Made in Italy', set against the back drop of 1970s Milan and the revolution of Italian fashion.

Made in Italy season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Going Places with Ernie Dingo

Join Ernie Dingo in this captivating series as he explores Australia's most iconic destinations. This is no ordinary travel show. Ernie introduces us to the traditional owners and others who live, breathe and work among these incredible places. With no better time to explore our own backyard, Ernie is back with season 4. In episode 1, he takes a trip to Bowen to meet traditional owners taking on sea turtle research before meeting up with a couple who show him the stunning Whitsunday passage. Time to start planning a local holiday.

Going Places with Ernie Dingo seasons 1–4 are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Start at season 4 episode 1:

Or jump back to the beginning with the very first episode:

 

Future Man

This high-octane time-travel action adventure comedy is like nothing you've ever seen – on your TV, or computer, or tablet, or phone before. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), a world-ranked gamer, still lives with his parents and has a dead-end job as a janitor at a sexual disease research centre. His social ineptitude, low self-esteem and prominent inability to approach women can only be matched by his unparalleled prowess at 'The Biotic Wars', a dystopian video game where his character, Future Man, has the top ranking in the world. When he becomes the first and only person to beat the elusive final level, he's visited by the game's "fictional" characters, Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson), who prove to be all-too-real warriors sent back in time from a desecrated future with the task of recruiting him to save humanity from a deadly super-race invasion.

Chock-full of sci-fi and gaming pop culture references, hello Terminator and of course Back to the Future, this show is weird, absurd and hilarious.

Every episode of Future Man is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Patriot Brains

Nothing is as light (and yet enlightening and educational) as a comedy quiz show. Much-loved British comedian Bill Bailey hosts a trans-Tasman battle between Australia and New Zealand, with each country's greatest comedians pitted against each other to find out who knows their country best, with our host the only thing keeping them apart. Each week, teams will be put to the test, answering questions on a variety of topics, such as, who has the best road movie, and who's got the most confusing outdated law still in effect? The show challenges our rivalries and celebrates our differences. Or to put it another way: Each week, one team will prove they know the most about their own country, and the other will be named and shamed as the most uneducated patriots. 

Patriot Brains airs on SBS VICELAND Tuesdays at 8:30PM, with episodes available at SBS On Demand after broadcast.

 

Strait to the Plate

It's time to go on an unprecedented culinary odyssey through six Torres Strait Islander communities unearthing the food, culture, language and way of life in this six-part series hosted by Torres Strait Islander actor and producer Aaron Fa'aoso. Strait to the Plate also highlights the beaches and people of the Torres Strait Islands, so once again it's great for some local holiday planning.

Strait to the Plate is a six-part series and airs on NITV Thursdays at 7:30PM with episodes available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast.

 

 

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