• (L - R) 'Atlantic Crossing', 'The Act', 'Doc' and 'The Salisbury Poisonings' (SBS)Source: SBS
Now streaming at SBS On Demand, these series confirm the adage.
SBS Guide

17 Jun 2021 - 2:44 PM  UPDATED 17 Jun 2021 - 2:44 PM

The Salisbury Poisonings

This incredible four-part series is based on the real-life 2018 assassination attempt on double agent and spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. Soon after the attack, it was discovered that a lethal nerve agent called Novichok was used, just half a teaspoon of which could kill 20,000 people, sending the local community into turmoil. Local policeman Nick Bailey (Rafe Spall) and Head of Public Health Tracy Daszkiewicz (Anne-Marie Duff) worked exclusively with producers to capture the fear, uncertainty and immense heroism of the community who ultimately rose to the challenge of overcoming a lethal contagion. 

An assassination attempt leaves a town on the brink of disaster in hit UK series ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’
Come for the real-life spy drama, stay for the increasingly terrifying parallels with our current COVID-19 crisis.
'The Salisbury Poisonings': A timeline of the real events
An at-a-glance timeline of the real-world events that played out during the attempt to contain the outbreak of a chemical weapon in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Poisonings is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Act

This true crime drama really shows that fact is stranger than fiction. You may have noticed in crime series lately characters having something called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, if you google it the story this series is based on is top of the search list. A shocking 2015 crime, it enacts what happens when daughter Gypsy (Joey King) attempts to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Gypsy’s quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. Patricia Arquette won the Primetime Emmy for her performance as Dee Dee Blanchard.

The Act airs weekly on SBS VICELAND at 10.20pm from Thursday 17 June, with the full season now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Deep Water

The drama unfolds when Detective Tori Lustigman (Yael Stone) relocates from the country to her childhood suburb of Bondi with her teenage son Will, to put the past firmly behind her and start life over. Partnered with Detective Nick Manning (Noah Taylor), they’re assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a young man whose mutilated corpse is found in an apartment. Is this murder a domestic, a robbery gone wrong or something far more sinister?

This 2016 four-part, fictional crime drama set in contemporary Bondi, is inspired by true events of the 1980s and 90s where 80 murders, 30 unsolved cases and thousands of assaults had one thing in common. The victims were all young homosexual men. 

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Deep Water is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



French crime drama Laetitia is based on a book recounting true events, directed by Oscar winner, The Staircase’s Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. The story reconstructs the hours before 18-year-old Laetitia (Marie Colomb) disappears, her overturned scooter found in front of her house early one morning. While police are certain they’ve arrested the suspect, they still haven’t found Laetitia’s body. The drama follows the repercussions on Laetitia’s family, above all on her twin sister Jessica (Sophie Breyer), but also on the inner workings of the police force, social services and the judicial system, even on the government.  

'Laetitia' is a true life crime that'll break your heart
Based on the true story that shocked a nation, 'Laetitia' is a missing person thriller that reaches all the way to the President of France.

Laetitia is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



What would you do if you couldn’t remember the last 12 years of your life? This high-concept series is based on the true story of Italian doctor Pierdante Piccioni. Dr Andrea Fanti (Luca Argentero) is Head of Internal Medicine at Milan’s top hospital. He’s a cold, arrogant man who believes that any emotional connection with his patients will get in the way of a proper diagnosis. He’s a man who lives for medicine, not his patients. Then a grieving parent shoots him in the head. When he wakes from his coma, he has lost the last 12 years of memories (which includes the loss of his son and the breakdown of his marriage). Perhaps this is a chance to start anew with his wife, patients and colleagues. This hit Italian series is also filled with your usual medical procedural drama and is already being looked at for a US remake.

A top doctor starts again at the bottom in 'Doc'
Andrea Fanti was a brilliant doctor - until a violent attack erased the last 12 years of his memory.
Interview: The star and the real doctor who inspired lost-memory medical drama 'Doc'
Actor Luca Argentero and Dr Pierdante Piccioni, the inspiration for the acclaimed Italian series, talk about heroes, hope and the making of the show.

Doc is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Cacciatore: The Hunter

Cacciatore: The Hunter takes us to Palermo, Sicily in 1993. After decades of conflict between the mafia and the state, two rival bosses continue their bloody battle for dominance. But one young provincial prosecutor, Saverio Barone (Francesco Montanari) has the guts to stand up. When Barone reports his own boss, the Antimafia unit promptly appoints him.

In what became known as the ‘hunting season’, three hundred Mafiosi were taken into custody, with Barone dubbed ‘The Hunter’ for his contribution to the spectacular raids and front-page arrests that took place. Set against the sparkling scenery of Sicily, this is a stylish, beautiful, moody and violent series, bringing the untold story of Mafia hunter Alfonso Sabella to light.

One man takes aims at the Mafia in 'Cacciatore: The Hunter'
To fight a web of crime, you need a law enforcement team – here’s your guide to who’s who on both sides of the law in 'Cacciatore: The Hunter'.

Cacciatore: The Hunter is now streaming at SBS On Demand


Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes takes us to Santiago, Chile in 1973. Augusto Pinochet has just overthrown the president in a bloody military coup, throwing the populace into fear and turmoil. At the time, Tapani Brotherus was working as a Finnish diplomat and enjoying the expat lifestyle with his wife Lysa. But when people literally start climbing the walls into their compound, desperate for help, he ignores all diplomatic protocol and instructions from above, helping ensure safe passage to Europe for over 2,000 Chilean citizens.

This multilingual political thriller from Finland in collaboration with Chile is utterly captivating, highlighting what can happen when individuals choose to act from a moral rather than policy standpoint. Pelle Heikkilä (Midnight Sun) stars as Tapani, and his real-life wife Sophia Heikkilä plays Lysa. 

Invisible Heroes is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Atlantic Crossing

Starring Kyle MacLachlan and SBS On Demand favourite Sofia Helin (Saga Noren from The Bridge), this period drama takes us to Washington, D.C. in 1940 where Crown Princess Märtha and her children are living at the White House as political refugees from Nazi-occupied Norway. Her presence there influences how President Roosevelt views the unfolding tragedy in Europe. What begins as a friendship turns into affection and turmoil when Märtha courageously speaks out against the Nazis, eventually changing the course of the war.

A hidden corner of World War II comes to the surface in ‘Atlantic Crossing’
‘Atlantic Crossing’ lifts the lid on the wartime relationship between FDR and the Crown Princess of Norway – and has stirred up controversy in the process.

Atlantic Crossing is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


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