James Nesbitt and from the creator of Line of Duty. How could anyone miss this winning combo? When an expensive car is pulled from the sea, veteran Northern Ireland police detective Tom Brannick (Nesbitt) instantly sees the connection to a notorious and long-buried series of mysterious disappearances. It’s a case that comes from Tom’s – and his country’s – dark past. From executive producer Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard, Line of Duty), this gripping four-part thriller is made for Nesbitt who as Brannick is obsessed with unmasking the semi-mythical figure behind this case, code-named Goliath.
Bloodlands is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Mix up Mean Girls, I, Tonya and Whip It with some Edgar Wright style and you get this fresh, young French comedy. 25-year-old Lola Bouvier is a former ice-skating star with a massive ego. Looking for a shot at redemption she is determined to become the greatest roller-derby champion of all time, sadly for her she unwittingly joins one of France’s worst teams, the Cannibal Unicorns. Dubbed by Variety as “fast-paced” and “darkly comic”, Chloé Jouannet (Riviera, My Summer in Provence) stars as Lola. Strap on your skates!
Derby Girl season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
If you’re a Vikings or Rome fan, then you can’t miss this Italian series. Spoken completely in ancient Latin, it is a dramatic and gritty retelling of the ancient myth about the founding of Rome. But this is not the story you’ve heard before about two brothers, Romulus and Remus and the she-wolf who saves them.
“This is a story about tribes,” explains executive producer Marco Chimenz, co-CEO of producer Cattleya (Gomorrah). “What we see are these almost primitive men and women, terrorised by nature and gods. We follow the stories of three or four characters, all outcasts for one reason or another, and how they survive and take their destinies into their own hands.
“This is done with a realistic ambition to do something that is powerful narratively but has a very realistic approach to the storytelling.”
Romulus is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Starring SBS On Demand favourite Sofia Helin (Saga Noren from The Bridge) and Kyle MacLachlan, 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. This compelling series features both Norwegian and English languages.
Atlantic Crossing is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
If it’s another historical action epic you’re after, look no further. This UK series is an epic reimagining of one of literature’s greatest and most enduring heroes, Beowulf. Set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures, the story begins with Beowulf (Kieren Bew) returning after many years, to Herot to bid its leader and his former guardian Hrothgar, Thane of Herot (William Hurt) goodbye. But with a political conspiracy afoot, Beowulf’s homecoming does not go as planned. Essentially a Western set in Britain’s mythic past, the story unfolds on a huge canvas, filmed among the breathtaking beauty of England’s north east. Get ready for epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles.
Beowulf is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Sex sells in this series from HBO Brazil. Sofia is a committed housewife whose life is shattered when her husband dies suddenly and she inherits a pornographic film company called SofiX. At first, she just wants to dump the problem. But when she fails to get a job as a lawyer and risks losing her home, she has no other way out. She decides to take over the business, on the condition they make more artistic and tasteful movies. But things get a little complicated when she starts falling for porn star Marcello. This stylish, funny and salacious show is an adaptation of the French comedy of the same name and it’s loads of fun.
Hard is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Nordic Noir fans, this one is for you. Renegade detective Evert Bäckström is famous in Sweden for solving 99% of his cases. But when a bullet-ridden skull is found in the archipelago, DNA results confirm it belongs to a victim of Thailand’s 2004 tsunami. Faced with this inexplicable mystery, Bäckström is left to contemplate whether one can die twice. Based on the novel, Can You Die Twice? by Leif GW Persson (who is also a writer on the series), you will not want to miss this intriguing mystery. Kjell Bergqvist (Spring Tide, also streaming) stars in the lead role.
Bäckström season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand:
This series is classic Nordic Noir. If you missed it the first time you definitely don’t want to miss it as it returns by popular demand. Charismatic detective Hallgrim Hallgrimsson (Jens Albinus) assembles a special law enforcement unit to fight cross-border crime and terrorism. Nicknamed The Eagle for his unerring intuition, Hallgrim exudes competence and self-assurance; but behind the dynamic façade is a tormented personality. First released in 2004 this classic, one of the first big international Nordic Noir series, ran for 3 seasons, with writers Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe also writing hits like Unit One (streaming at SBS On Demand), Modus (streaming at SBS On Demand) and creating the series The Team (also streaming again at SBS On Demand).
The Eagle is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
If it’s medical procedurals you are after, you can’t go past this Italian drama. 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.
Doc is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
After 11 years in a coma, Dana wakes up to a new world where technology has taken over and everyone she has ever loved is different. Family secrets and past lies begin to unravel, as Dana struggles to make a life of her own in the ever-chaotic Beirut. This bold Lebanese drama was created by Nadia Tabbara and directed by Mazen Fayad.
Awake is now streaming at SBS On Demand.