SBS on Demand highlights for the month of March include Vigil, Alex, Fragrance of the First Flower, The Swap, Reframed: Marilyn Monroe, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, Unknowns, Ever After, Mayflies, Cobra, La Fossa, Outlander, Inside The Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes, Vanda, Thunder In My Heart, The Shelter, Watergate: High Crimes in the White House, Pørni, Everything You Love, Until Death Do Us Part, Natascha Kampusch – A Lifetime in Prison, Elon Musk Show and Exterior Night.

scottish thriller

Vigil (series one)

Series Premiere

Thursday, 2 March 2023 SBS On Demand & SBS (all six episodes available to stream)

When a crew member is found dead on board the Trident nuclear submarine, HMS VIGIL, the Scottish Police are called on to investigate. The catch? The UK’s nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken. While the submarine stays on patrol, Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) must go on board to investigate. Although the death was written off as an accidental overdose, Amy suspects foul play. Soon, the crew close ranks in the face of Amy’s questioning, and a new threat overshadows her inquiry.

Stars Rose Leslie, Shaun Evans, Lauren Lyle.

Vigil S1 will also air weekly on SBS from Thursday, 9 March at 9.30pm.

swedish crime drama

Alex (season two)

Australian Premiere SBS On Demand Box-Set

Thursday, 2 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

Despite his world crumbling around him, Alex is determined to leave his past as a ruthless and corrupt police officer behind. When gangsters, who are his former colleagues, continue to pursue him and threaten his family he is forced to reckon with the consequences of his past actions without the breaking law again.

Stars Dragomir Mršić and Rakel Wärmländer.

Alex S2 is an SBS On Demand exclusive. This series will be available in Swedish with English subtitles. S2 is currently available on SBS On Demand.

taiwanese romance

Fragrance of the First Flower (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 2 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

After reuniting at a mutual wedding, Yi-Ming (Zaizai Lin) and Ting-Ting (Lyan Cheng) find themselves swept up in what could have been. Re-kindling a long-forgotten high-school relationship, the two must navigate their changing lives. Stuck within the confines of motherhood and being a wife, Yi-Ming is searching for more, and following Ting-Ting’s footsteps seems to work, until it’s revealed Ting-Ting isn’t who she had led on to be.

As the first Taiwanese series to be selected in 2021’s Series Mania program, Fragrance of the First Flower is a milestone in Queer representation. Fragrance Of The First Flower is a sensual and tender exploration of female sexuality and desire, revealing the love and lust between two women, the conflicts between gay, family and traditional stereotypes.

Fragrance Of The First Flower S1 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Mandarin with English subtitles.

australian documentary

The Swap (series one)

SBS Commission Australian Premiere

Wednesday, 8 March 2023 SBS & SBS On Demand (new episodes coming weekly)

In a trailblazing, television-first original series, The Swap follows what happens when 12 students and families from very different cultures, religions, and backgrounds are thrown into each other’s worlds.

Exploring whether a ground-breaking social experiment encompassing a school swap can make a real difference in breaking down social barriers and building greater acceptance, respect and understanding between diverse cultural communities, The Swap also observes the possibility of the experiment backfiring as cultures collide, with the potential for controversies to flare.

The architect behind The Swap is Ali Kadri, CEO of the Islamic College of Brisbane. Taking part are six Muslim families, four Catholic families and two atheist families. Over one school term, Kadri accompanies the students on an emotional rollercoaster as they experience the anxiety, excitement and wonder of spending time at each other’s schools and with each other’s families and communities.

For everyone involved, The Swap marks the first time they’ve experienced being close to someone who sees the world in a completely different way. It’s a huge leap into the unknown, with shocking, hilarious, poignant, and moving results — culminating in an eye-opening and compelling exploration of how little we know about each other, and how very different — as well as similar — we really are.

All three episodes of The Swap will be available to stream on SBS On Demand with subtitles in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. All three episodes will also be available with audio description.

The Swap will begin airing weekly on SBS from Wednesday, 8 March at 8.30pm. Episodes will be available on SBS On Demand at the same time.

british biography

Reframed: Marilyn Monroe (series one)

Australian Premiere

Wednesday, 8 March 2023 SBS On Demand & SBS (all four episodes available to stream)

Narrated by Golden Globe-winning actress Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Molly’s Game), it reveals a complex, fascinating woman who took on power brokers in Hollywood and courageously challenged the misogyny of 1950’s America, all while beating the odds to succeed in a man’s world.

Only a few short years after her first audition at a Hollywood studio, she co-wrote an article exposing the bad behaviour of studio executives and warning other women about ‘wolves’ in the industry. By posing nude, she kickstarted a change in attitude towards female sexuality. While her untimely death was tragic, her story is not. And Marilyn’s story isn’t just the story of one woman – it is the story of every woman.

Reframed: Marilyn Monroe S1 will also air at a later date on SBS.

british documentary

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

Australian Premiere

Wednesday, 8 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all fourteen episodes available to stream)

Using almost a thousand film extracts from thirteen decades and five continents, director and writer Mark Cousins gives us a guided tour of the art and craft in movies through the compelling lens of some of the world’s greatest directors – all of them women.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema is an SBS On Demand exclusive.

israeli crime drama

Unknowns (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 9 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all nine episodes available to stream)

Unknowns is the story of a group of boys, living on the margins of Israeli society and attending a school for at-risk youth. One day, they become the immediate suspects in a rape investigation. The accusation shakes their already unbalanced world and brings their own share of secrets and betrayals to the surface.

This is a story of cruel and powerful friendship between boys who will sacrifice anything for a chance to break away from their fate.

Stars Yehuda Levi, Shani Cohen, Yaniv Biton and Ofek Pesach.

Unknowns S1 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Hebrew with English subtitles.

italian drama

Ever After (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 9 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

Ever After tells the intimate yet universal story of Anna (Greta Scarano) and Enrico

(Simone Liberti) – a couple who, after their happy wedding eleven years ago, now find themselves in a bitter custody battle for their young son Pietro.

Ever After S1 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Italian with English subtitles.

scottish contemporary drama

Mayflies

Australian Premiere

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 SBS & SBS On Demand (new episodes coming weekly)

Thirty years on since they first met and bonded over music, films and the rebel spirit in the small Scottish town of their birth, successful writer Jimmy Collins receives devastating news and a request from best friend Tully Dawson. Tully wants to end his life by assisted suicide in Switzerland, and he wants Jimmy to help him. As Jimmy wrestles with the moral dilemma of Tully’s request, the two men reflect on their friendship and the course of their lives, reminiscing about a magical teenage weekend in Manchester where they made a vow – to go at life differently.

Mayflies will air weekly on SBS from Wednesday, 15 March at 9.30pm. Episodes will be available same day at midnight on SBS On Demand.

british thriller

Cobra (season two)

Season Premiere SBS On Demand Box-Set

Thursday, 16 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

In times of national emergency, a team of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and most senior politicians assemble under the name COBRA to coordinate the response. The nail-biting decisions this committee makes drive the compelling action of the series as we witness their actions play out at ground level, in the worst hit parts of an already fractious country.

But it is not just the nation we see rocked by the calamitous events of COBRA. From the corridors of Whitehall to the salons of No.10, Cobra also explore the lives of the politicians and advisors that make up the committee.

Stars Robert Carlyle, Victoria Hamilton, Richard Dormer and David Haig.

Cobra S2 is an SBS On Demand exclusive. S1 is currently available to stream.

spanish crime drama

La Fossa (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 16 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all four episodes available to stream)

David, a curious and passionate young man, works secretly to reveal an uncatalogued mass grave from the Spanish Civil War where he believes his ancestors were buried. Just as he is about to reveal his findings, David is murdered by an unknown man. A police investigation led by sergeant Andrea Carmona (Nausicaa Bonnín) starts to trace the crimes committed, both past and present.

La Fossa S1 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Catalan with English subtitles.

scottish period drama

Outlander (season six)

Season Premiere

Thursday, 18 March 2023 SBS & SBS On Demand (new episodes coming weekly)

The story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. She is forced to marry Jamie (Sam Heughen), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Stars Richard Rankin, Tobias Menzies and Sophie Skelton.

Outlander S6 will air weekly on SBS from Thursday, 18 March at 11.10pm. Episodes will be available same day at midnight on SBS On Demand.

american true crime

Inside The Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes

Australian Premiere

Saturday, 18 March 2023 SBS On Demand & SBS VICELAND (both episodes available to stream)

Charles Manson is America’s most infamous criminal. He was convicted for the murder of seven people, including the movie star Sharon Tate, yet he is suspected of killing many more. Manson was also the leader of a cult called the Family.

After Manson was arrested, one young filmmaker was given behind the scenes access to the cult which was still at its height. He filmed more than 100 hours of footage and took thousands of photographs. These images have been hidden away for more than 40 years. The lost tapes show for the first time how Charles controlled the Family and how far they were prepared to go in his name.

This film asks a simple and chilling question: how can one man turn a group of ordinary peace living kids into mass murderers?

Manson: The Lost Tapes S1 will also air at a later date on SBS VICELAND.

portuguese crime drama

Vanda (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 23 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

Vanda follows the eponymous story of a distressed hairdresser turned unlikely criminal. Vanda finds herself broke and alone with two kids to raise during the 2008 financial crisis, and so embarks on a string of bank heists with nothing but a blonde wig and a toy gun, and in the process becomes a folk hero as she keeps the public guessing what her next move will be, and how long she can stay out of the police’s grasp.

Vanda S1 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and is available in Portuguese with English subtitles.

swedish contemporary drama

Thunder In My Heart (season two)

Australian Premiere SBS On Demand Box-Set

Thursday, 23 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all eight episodes available to stream)

The three friends Sigrid (Amy Deasismont), Sam (Alexander Abdallah), and Antonia (Julia Lyskova) continue to find their way uneasily into adulthood. Sigrid’s relationship with her father, whose attempts to control her little brother are increasingly destructive, proves to be her biggest challenge yet.

Thunder In My Heart S2 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Swedish with English subtitles. S1 is currently available to stream.

spanish sci-fi thriller

The Shelter (series one)

Series Premiere

Thursday, 23 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

A gripping sci-fi thriller from Oscar-winning producers Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín (A Fantastic Woman, La Jauría).

As mother-of-three Victoria arrives at her ex-husband Damián’s farm to pick up her children and return to the city, wild claims explode about a strange phenomenon known as ‘The Hum’. Paranormal sightings, bizarre sounds and rumours of a possible alien invasion take over the internet. What seems at first like a hoax or joke escalates quickly, dominating all news reports.

Soon, scores of people descend on the farm desperate for shelter, and the family must make brutal choices to protect the ones they love…

Shelter S1 is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Spanish with English subtitles.

american documentary

Watergate: High Crimes in the White House

Australian Premiere

Sunday, 26 March 2023 SBS & SBS On Demand

A gripping look at the crimes and cover-up that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, including insight from journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, FBI investigator Angelo Lano, and former prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste.

Watergate: High Crimes In The White House is an SBS On Demand exclusive.

norwegian comedy

Pørni (season 2)

Australian Premiere SBS On Demand Box-Set

Thursday, 30 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

Pørni (Henriette Steenstrup) has two daughters with her ex who has selfishly moved to Copenhagen. Now, up against the responsibilities for her children, her nephew, her father, and her complicated job, it’s up to her to make the best of her normal but challenging life.

In season two, Pørni continues to come up against challenges after a difficult break-up with Bjørnar much to the chagrin of her critical father.

Pørni is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Norwegian with English subtitles. S1 is currently available to stream.

norwegian contemporary drama

Everything You Love (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 30 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all seven episodes available to stream)

Everything you Love delves into the complex question of why some young white men become radicalised and commit extremist terrorism motivated by right-wing values.

Jonas and Sara run into each other by coincidence when a subway train must be evacuated in the centre of Oslo. They feel an instant fascination and attraction toward each other, and they fall in love. But Jonas has been getting involved with the right-wing community both online and in real life. Although Jonas tries his best to lead a double life and maintain his relationship with Sara, the deeper he gets into the right-wing extremist mindset, the harder it becomes to keep it a secret.

Everything You Love is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Norwegian with English subtitles.

swedish true crime

Until Death Do Us Part

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 30 March 2023 SBS On Demand (both episodes available to stream)

Friday 6th of September 2019, renowned lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja is hit by several shots outside his flat in Stockholm. Thanks to his courage and fast reflexes, he manages to turn the pistol out of the murderer’s hand before a lethal shot hits him. From the outside, the event seems like another criminal settlement that has become everyday life in the capital.

Soon, there is sensational news that suspicions are pointing toward his ex-wife – a former Court Of Appeal judge who has allegedly hired several different killers to finish the job.

Until Death Do Us Part is an SBS On Demand exclusive and will be available in Swedish and English with English subtitles.

german true crime

Natascha Kampusch – A Lifetime in Prison

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 30 March 2023 SBS On Demand (all three episodes available to stream)

Natascha Kampusch talks openly about spending eight and a half years in captivity after she was kidnapped as a ten-year-old, and the far from cheerful reception she received from the public when she was released at the age of 18.

Natascha Kampusch – A Lifetime In Prison is an SBS On Demand exclusive premiere, and will be available in German with English subtitles.

british biography

Elon Musk Show (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 30 March 2023 SBS & SBS On Demand (new episodes coming weekly)

Elon Musk is now one of the richest men in the history of humankind. To some, he is a tech genius and internet pioneer, boldly exploring space and reshaping the way we live. To others, he is a divisive and controversial figure with too much influence over individuals and governments alike. This extraordinary documentary series, featuring unprecedented insights from friends, family, business-associates-turned-rivals, advisors and more, finally takes us inside the life of Elon Musk like never before.

Examining the triumphant successes and catastrophic failures that have defined his journey, The Elon Musk Show reveals the man behind the media circus, as we ask who the real Elon is, how he got where he is today, and at what cost.

The Elon Musk Show S1 will begin airing weekly on SBS from Thursday, 30 March at 8.30pm. Episodes will be available at the same time on SBS On Demand.

italian contemporary drama

Exterior Night (series one)

Australian Premiere

Thursday, 30 March 2023 SBS & SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

1978, Italy is torn apart by acts of sabotage, bank robberies, shootouts, murders and bomb attacks directed by the far-left guerrilla group the Red Brigades. Amid the discontent and mayhem, Prime Minister Aldo Moro leads the nation’s popular conservative party, the Christian Democrats, into a radical, unprecedented alliance with the Italian Communist Party. On the day of the swearing-in ceremony, Moro is kidnapped by Red Brigade extremists en route to parliament in an ambush that leaves his five bodyguards dead. Moro’s imprisonment will last 55 days – until finally his corpse is found abandoned in the trunk of a car in the centre of Rome.

Writer-director Marco Bellocchio weaves together news archives, Moro’s letters from captivity, and testimonies from all sides.

Exterior Night S1 will be available in Italian with English subtitles.

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