Back To Life
Fans of Daisy Haggard’s “near-perfect TV” show (The Guardian) will be thrilled to welcome season 2. We pick up a few weeks on from where season 1 left us as Miri (Haggard) re-enters life after 18 years in prison. Her probation officer has got her a trial shift at the supermarket and she’s been spending more time with her neighbour, Billy, but things are icy between her and her mother, after she found out something rather shocking about Caroline (played by the ever watchable Geraldine James). From the producers of Fleabag, Back to Life is poignant, memorable and funny.
Season 2 of Back To Life is now streaming at SBS On Demand (don’t delay streaming season 1 – it will be leaving on 31 October 2021).
Canadian thriller Departure is back for season 2. This time, Kendra (Archie Panjabi) is working alongside the FBI to find out what caused the crash of a high-speed train in rural Michigan. With several leads to follow – the tech mogul inventor of the train’s software, a mysterious member of a Mexican drug cartel, a disgruntled employee resisting the train’s automated technology – Kendra has her work cut out for her. We love Panjabi in this role.
Season 2 of Departure was the last for co-star Christopher Plummer, who died in February, aged 91. The legendary Canadian actor filmed all his scenes from his own home due to the pandemic before he died.
Departure seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Mark Strong. Carice Van Houten. If you need more information than that, Strong plays Daniel, a surgeon who runs a literal underground surgery for folks unable or unwilling to access aboveground medical treatment, in the tunnels beneath London’s Temple tube station. Season 2 picks up from where season 1 left off, with Daniel determined to stay ahead of his own lies. His wife Beth has awoken from her coma, and Eve makes a startling discovery. Lee is swept up in a fanatical cause while life for Anna, who lures patients down to the clinic, gets more and more intense. Watch it. Trust us.
Season 2 of Temple premieres exclusively in Australia at SBS On Demand from Friday 29 October, fast-tracked from the UK. Catch up with season 1 episodes.
Investigating magistrate Candela is transferred to El Hierro, the most remote of the Canary Islands. There, she discovers a suspicious community and is confronted by the death of a young local lad, murdered the day before his wedding. The prime suspect is the father of the bride, a man by the name of Diaz, a rich businessman with a dodgy reputation. Despite being motivated by diametrically opposed interests, Candela and Diaz share the same goal: to find the real killer.
In season 2, a few months have passed since El Hierro was shaken by a series of murders, and a sense of peace finally prevails. Candela is out of place on the island, but she’s slowly getting used to its idiosyncrasies and is determined to solve her new case, involving drug trafficking.
Hierro seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Ku’Damm 56 & 59 & 63
What happens when the daughter of a prestigious dance school proprietor discovers American rock ’n roll? You get the wonderfully stylish German mini-series Ku’Damm 56. Caterina Schöllack (Claudia Michelsen) runs Berlin dance school Gallant and wants nothing more than to see her three daughters married and secure. Two seem happy to follow their mother’s wishes, but Monika (Sonja Gerhardt) rejects the given path and discovers rock ’n roll.
In the second series Ku’Damm 59 it is three years later and we are back with Caterina and her now very different daughters, who are searching for their identity on the brink of a new era of female empowerment. Ku’Damm 63 continues the Schöllack family history along with the social pressures and romantic dramas, marriages, affairs, homosexuality, power, powerlessness, fashion, design and lifestyle of the 1960s, rock ’n roll and the Grand Prix d’Eurovision de la Chanson.
Ku’Damm 56, Ku’Damm 59 and Ku’Damm 63 feature 3 episodes each and all are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Start with Ku’Damm 56:
Jhon Jeiver, a lethal guerrilla fighter, escapes from the jungle after the referendum and signing of the Colombian Peace Agreements. He arrives in Bogotá escaping his past, and tries to reinsert himself into society and reunite with his family. However, his past catches up with him. To aid a political corruption case, Jeiver is ordered to infiltrate a criminal organisation. In season 2 JJ continues his attempt to assimilate to civilian life, while also using his old skills to help those in powerful positions.
Wild District seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel and adapted by David E. Kelley, Mr Mercedes stars Brendan Gleeson as retired police detective Bill Hodges. Two years after retiring Hodges is still haunted by his last case, a massacre that left 16 people dead. The killer was dubbed Mr. Mercedes. When Hodges begins to receive a series of lurid letters and emails, from the supposed killer taunting him, he is forced to undertake a private and potentially felonious crusade to bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. Brendan Gleeson + Stephen King = a winning cat-and-mouse thriller that audiences haven’t been able to get enough of.
To avoid spoilers we won’t tell you what’s happening in season 3.
Mr. Mercedes seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.
The Curse of Oak Island
The search continues! Off the coast of Nova Scotia sits a small island that is a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina spare no expense in their attempt to find the fabled treasure buried under Oak Island. But can they avoid the deadly curse that has befallen several treasure hunters before them? Through the series local experts help them explore the history, mythology and geography of the island.
The Curse of Oak Island seasons 1–4 and 6 are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Season 7 premieres at 9:30pm on SBS VICELAND, Thursday 21 October. The season will be available at SBS On Demand after episode 1 has aired.
From the outside, their houses look normal. But inside, a family is struggling to keep ahead of the seemingly insignificant objects that have taken over their lives. A therapist, a professional organiser and a cleaning crew will guide these collectors through the clean-up process and give them the tools they need to keep their behaviour in check.
Hoarders seasons 1–4 are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Season 5 premieres at 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND, Friday 29 October. The season will be available at SBS On Demand after episode 1 has aired.