Discover outstanding acting, strong stories – and some unexpected twists! – in the Women Out Front collection streaming now at SBS On Demand.
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SBS Guide

9 Jun 2021 - 1:14 PM  UPDATED 10 Jun 2021 - 5:14 PM

The Unusual Suspects

A witty heist drama, The Unusual Suspects stars Aina Dumlao (Sanzaru, Ballers, MacGyver), AACTA award-winner Miranda Otto (Chilling Adventures of SabrinaHomeland, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Michelle Vergara Moore (Condor, The Time of Our Lives). The heist drama is as much about relationships and friendship as it is about a missing $16 million necklace. “The Unusual Suspects is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s a crazy ride with lots of twists and turns but, at the heart of it, it’s about female friendship. Underneath the wrapper of a crazy heist, it’s a story about empathy and finding common ground,” says Dumlao. Filmed in Sydney, the series was produced by the award-winning team behind the much-loved, Oscar-nominated Lion.

‘Expect a really entertaining ride’ says director of ‘The Unusual Suspects’
In directing one of the four episodes of heist caper ‘The Unusual Suspects’, Melvin Montalban makes his TV directorial debut.
Grab your squad and make a date with 'The Unusual Suspects'
There's more than just a missing $16 million necklace at stake in this heist drama that delves into friendships and secrets. On SBS and SBS On Demand.
Michelle Vergara Moore: "It's not often this sort of role comes along for a woman"
The star of 'The Unusual Suspects' discusses representing Filipino culture and performing opposite her husband.

Find out more about the series here. See The Unusual Suspects Thursdays at 8:30pm on SBS. The full series is also now streaming at SBS On Demand. (Also available with subtitles in six languages.)

 

Red Light

Belgium turns out some very good drama. If you’re a fan of The Twelve, its star, Maaike Neuville, is also a lead in brand new series, Red Light, alongside Halina Reijn and Game of Thrones’ Carice van Houten. The three women’s lives intersect when a man with whom they have very different relationships goes missing – Sylvia is a sex worker, his wife Esther is a well-known opera soprano who was unaware of his dalliances in the Red Light District, and Evi is the cop investigating. This intelligent, edgy drama, which travels between Antwerp and Amsterdam’s underworlds, is in Flemish. 

Red Light premieres exclusively in Australia and is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Thin Ice

To add to your fix of Nordic Noir comes new series, Thin Ice. Elsa Engström (Lena Endre; Kingsman: The Golden CircleWallander), former environmental activist and now Sweden’s foreign minister, arrives in Greenland to head a summit where she hopes to convince the Arctic Council to sign a treaty banning oil drilling in the region. But her plans are quickly derailed. A Swedish oil research vessel is attacked and its crew kidnapped, bringing intelligence officer Liv Hermanson (Bianca Kronlöf; Underdog) to the small village of Tasiilaq to investigate. There, she discovers rising tensions. 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 Alexander Karim (The LawyerWe 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.

 

Cheyenne & Lola

Two women who appear to have little in common come together in this French drama series created by Spiral writer Virginie Brac. Cheyenne (Belgium-born actress and singer Veerle Baetens) has recently been released from prison and now works as a cleaner and tattoo artist, and is trying to stay away from her criminal past. Lola (French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon) is a ruthless Parisian who has just arrived in the north of France to move in with her lover. When things go badly wrong, Cheyenne and Lola form an unlikely duo.    

Cheyenne & Lola season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Derby Girl

In this French comedy, Chloé Jouannet (RivieraMy Summer in Provence) stars as a 25-year-old former ice-skating star with a massive ego. Determined to become the greatest roller-derby champion of all time, she unwittingly joins one of France’s worst teams, the Cannibal Unicorns. 

Derby Girl season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

For Life

From Norway, procedural crime drama For Life focuses on hardened National Crime Service investigator, Victoria Woll (Tone Mostraum). The series follows Victoria across two different timelines: in the present, where she’s busy solving cases and putting away criminals, and 20 years into the future, where she herself is imprisoned. Each episode presents a present-day standalone case and intermittently reveals pieces of the puzzle to make sense of her future. Less dark than most Nordic Noir, this script from Emmy Award-winning writer Gjermund S. Eriken (Mammon) sparkles with wit and quick retorts.

A good cop’s crime creates a great mystery in 'For Life'
Today she’s fighting crime; tomorrow she’s behind bars. 'For Life' is a crime procedural with a twist you will see coming… but that won’t stop you watching.

Season 1 of For Life is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

It’s been a long wait, but worth it, as The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is finally here. SO. MUCH. has happened to June (the brilliant Elisabeth Moss, who also makes her directorial debut on three eps of the new season). If you haven’t plunged into the new adventures of June et al. already, there’s a Handmaid’s Tale refresher to get you ready for season 4 here. You can catch new episodes of season 4 on SBS and SBS On Demand (find links to the latest episodes, plus latest show news and more on the Handmaid’s Tale program page here) and then join the hosts of the award-winning Eyes on Gilead podcast as they talk it all over after every episode. You can also watch stars of the show discussing each episode on One Burning Question, available at SBS On Demand

Elisabeth Moss talks directing 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 4: 'This show exists in my bones'
'The Handmaid's Tale' star/executive producer has caught the directing bug.

Watch The Handmaid’s Tale weekly at 9.30pm Thursdays on SBS. (The final episode of season 4 airs Thursday 17 June.) New episodes will be available to stream weekly at SBS On Demand

 

Petra

Based on the bestselling novels of Alicia Giménez Bartlett and from the production company behind Zero Zero Zero and Gomorrah, this crime drama centres aroundPetra Delicato (Paola Cortellesi), a solitary detective who’s shifted from her desk job in the archive department onto the front line of Genoa’s criminal investigation squad. Paired up with old-school policeman Antonio Monte (Andrea Pennacchi), Petra finds herself catapulted into a series of challenging cases.

Season 1 of Petra is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

The Killing

This innovative Danish thriller from creator Søren Sveistrup, and which first aired back in 2007 sparking a little thing we now call Nordic Noir, is back! Homicide detective Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) has called it quits on her career, ready to up sticks for Sweden when a horrific murder draws her back into the fold. With fellow detective Jan Meyer (Søren Malling), Lund must solve this case. As winter rolls into Copenhagen, the grief of the parents of the murdered young woman seems ever more impenetrable. This gripping series is a must-watch for fans of crime drama.

All 3 seasons of The Killing are streaming at SBS On Demand

 

The Bridge

Another Nordic Noir led by a complex and intriguing female lead, is the cross-country thriller The Bridge. Season 1 begins when a woman is found murdered in the middle of the Øresund Bridge – right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. What looks at first to be one murder, however, turns out to be two. The body has been cut off at the waist and joined together with another – half belongs to a Swedish politician and the other to a Danish sex worker. Inspectors from both countries join together in a desperate search for the killer. With so many twists and turns, this series will keep you guessing, but what will keep you hooked is the incredible character of investigator Saga Norén portrayed by Sofia Helin. This series is so popular it’s been remade four times (France/EnglandAmerica/Mexico, Russia/Estonia and Malaysia/Singapore) and inspired the German/Austrian series Pagan Peak.

Two countries, two detectives and a dead body – the worldwide fascination with 'The Bridge'
As Nordic Noir phenomenon 'The Bridge' and its adaptations launch at SBS On Demand, we look at what makes the concept so remarkable.

The complete series of The Bridge is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Miss S

Following the global success of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries comes Miss S, the exciting Chinese adaptation. Miss Su Wen Li (Ma Yili) returns to Shanghai having been invited to a dinner party by her boss. However, when her boss’s husband goes missing and is discovered dead, Miss S launches her investigation into his death. The witty socialite forms an unlikely detective duo with the serious inspector Luo Quiheng; the pair go on to tackle more cases while Miss S also looks for clues to the disappearance of her sister 10 years ago. 

Miss S vs Miss F
‘Miss S’ is the Chinese adaptation of Australia’s own ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’, but just how much has changed in shifting the series to Shanghai?

Miss S is streaming now at SBS On Demand

 

On The Ropes

This four-part drama series follows Iraqi-Australian Amirah Al Amir (Nicole Chamoun, also seen in SBS original drama Safe Harbour) who has idolised her boxing world champion father Sami her entire life. Desperate to become an elite boxing trainer, Amirah must fight not only the patriarchal boxing world but her own family and community to achieve her dream.

On the Ropes is streaming now at SBS On Demand (also available with Arabic and Simplified Chinese subtitles). 

 

Why Women Kill

This dark comedy from Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives is led by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. They play three women across three different decades, who all live in the same house in Pasadena, California. We meet Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin) in 1963, Simone Grove (Lucy Liu), onto her third marriage in 1984, and Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), who’s in an open marriage in 2019. Each era is represented with exceptional colour, design and style, there are twists and turns aplenty and wonderful performances from the cast. But the main question is, do they get away with murder? 

Love, obsession and murder: 'Why Women Kill' is drama to die for
One house. Three women. Three murders. Why wouldn't you watch 'Why Women Kill'?

Why Women Kill is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

The Hot Zone

Recounting the true story of a potentially lethal Ebola outbreak in the USA in 1989, and based on a best-selling book, The Hot Zone features Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) as Dr Nancy Jaax, a researcher with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. When a strange new disease breaks out among a batch of research monkeys, Jaax’s life could be on the line as she and her colleagues battle to stop the virus spreading to the human population. 

'The Hot Zone' is the viral thriller that couldn’t be more topical
'The Hot Zone' is the true story of a team of scientists faced with a deadly disease threatening to spread across the United States… in 1989.

The Hot Zone is streaming now at SBS On Demand

 

The Hunting

Intense and compelling, The Hunting follows four teenagers, their parents and their teachers as they deal with the fallout from a school sexting scandal. The critically acclaimed drama series boasts a strong cast, including Asher Keddie as the mother of a teenager at the centre of the drama. The Guardian called the four-part series “an electrically uncomfortable sexual minefield navigated with nuance”. The Hunting is not always easy viewing, but worth every minute.

Asher Keddie on why she couldn’t shy away from sexting drama ‘The Hunting’
‘The Hunting’ star discusses teen impulse control, why “complex” dramatic territory inspires her, and learning to “clock off” from confronting roles.

The Hunting is streaming now at SBS On Demand.

 

Stella Blómkvist

Poldark’s Heida Reed is Stella Blómkvist in this crime drama from Iceland. Stella is the kind of lawyer who takes rules and smashes them, or uses them to smash her opponents. As well as being smart and ruthless, she’s also flexible with morals and her sexuality, with a taste for easy money and fine whiskey. When the prime minister’s assistant is murdered, it appears to be an open-and-shut case, but the deeper she goes, the murkier the details become, leading Stella into a maze of corruption at the heart of government itself. A thrilling ride, Reed shines in this sexy neo-Noir series.

Stella Blómkvist is now streaming at SBS On Demand. It will air on SBS later in the year.

 

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