• (L–R) ‘Spooks’, ‘Beowulf’, ‘The A Word’ and ‘Deadwater Fell’ (SBS)Source: SBS
You alright babes? Looking for some new telly to watch? From historical epics, to addictive crime thrillers and heart-warming family dramas, the Best of the Brits collection has all the quality TV you need. Here are 12 shows to add to your watch list.
SBS Guide

15 Apr 2021 - 8:42 PM  UPDATED 21 Apr 2021 - 9:11 AM

Deadwater Fell

Starring Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) and David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), this four-part crime drama is set in the fictional Scottish town of?Kirkdarroch and follows two families in the aftermath of a horrific crime.?One night the community is drawn to Tom’s (Tennant) home in the forest by the flicker of flames and the smell of smoke. Amid the confusion Tom’s wife Kate (Anne Madeley) and their 3 children are found dead while Tom, who is found alive, is rushed to hospital. As the fingers of suspicion point first to Tom, then to others as more details of that night emerge, Jess (Jumbo) becomes desperate to understand what could have caused such a tragedy, and what secrets lie at the root of this terrible act…

Deadwater Fell?premieres on SBS at 9:30pm Wednesday 21 April, airing weekly. Episodes will be available at SBS On Demand the same day they go to air.


The A Word

A is for autism in this UK drama series, at its heart, young Joe Hughes, played with aplomb by Max Vento. When Joe is diagnosed, his parents, Alison and Paul (Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby) are flooded with worries. As with most families, none of them knows how to talk about it or express their many feelings adequately, causing friction and adding to their stress. This smart contemporary drama is filled with ideas about parenthood, disability, community and communicating. It’s also audacious and funny, raw and loving.

‘The A Word’ is a much-loved family drama with a difference
‘The A Word’ is about love, parenthood, community and how no one can drive you round the bend quite like your own family.

The A Word?complete seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.



This seminal UK spy drama ran for 10 incredible seasons and introduced us to a slew of players who would become the who’s who of British actors.?Set behind the scenes of the modern British Security Service (MI5),?Spooks?shows what it’s like to be a spy, through the eyes of the spies themselves, balancing the personal life storylines with the intense and sleek action. The series became known for its shock twists, cliffhanger endings and the feeling that no character is safe (long before?Game of Thrones?killed off a lead character early,?Spooks?had already done so and in a completely brutal way).

Jump back to 2002 when in season 1 a young Matthew?Macfadyen was the?chief of section D,?a clandestine counter-terrorism division who work round the clock to safeguard the nation.

'Spooks' is the best British spy series ever: Fact
Over ten seasons no spy series delivered more thrills than 'Spooks'. But what exactly makes it the best British spy series ever?

Spooks?complete seasons 1–10 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.



This UK series is an epic re-imagining 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 to Herot, after many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, to pay his respects to ailing ward and Thane of Herot, Hrothgar (William Hurt), and to set right past wrongs.

When Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new partner Thane Rheda (Joanne Whalley) and the wider community in the process.?And so begins a personal journey that sees this mighty, capable and somewhat isolated man slowly reconnecting with his family and home.?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.

The original action hero is back in 'Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands'
If you liked the mix of history, brutal reality and the mythical in 'Vikings', then you’ll love 'Beowulf'.

Beowulf is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Starring the one and only Olivia Colman and David Tennant as our lead investigators,?Broadchurch?is set in a small beachside town with wind and cliffs aplenty and a crime that will have you trying to guess who in the town is guilty. In season 1 when the body of 11-year-old Danny Latimer is found on the sand in Broadchurch, DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called to investigate in a case that will change the small Dorset community forever. This slow-burn murder mystery will hook you in and the performances from the incredible cast will make you want to watch just one more episode (and then surprise, you’ve watched them all). This series was so popular it was remade in the US with Tennant reprising his role.?

Broadchurch?complete seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Years and Years

This series from Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who,?Queer As Folk, It’s a Sin)?shows how to survive against the backdrop of a frightening political world and the rise of extremism.?Years and Years?follows the Lyons, a busy Manchester family. Daniel’s getting married to Ralph. Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids. Rosie’s chasing a new fella. Edith hasn’t been home for years. All are presided over by Gran, the imperial Muriel. But when their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years. And what a world! Society gets hotter, faster, madder, with the turmoil of politics, technology and distant wars affecting the Lyons in their day-to-day lives. Set against this, the Lyons have to navigate their everyday hopes and fears, knowing that one ordinary family could never change the world. Or could they?

‘Years and Years’ imagines a terrifying dystopian future that looks very much like right now
This exceptional six-part series delivers a chilling, futuristic tale that taps into collective worldwide rage and chaos. ‘Years and Years’ is unlike anything ever seen on television but captures exactly what the world currently feels like. And it’s essential viewing.

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


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. Very inspiring stuff, and maybe a little timely too.

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 real-life characters behind hit UK drama 'The Salisbury Poisonings'
Now streaming at SBS On Demand, 'The Salisbury Poisonings' is based on the true events surrounding the assassination attempt of a Russian double agent in a small UK city.

The Salisbury Poisonings is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



International Emmy Award-winning Anna Friel stars in a heartfelt story from BAFTA award-winning writer Tony Marchant. The story centres on?11-year-old Max, who identifies as a girl and wants to live her life as Maxine. What follows is the greatest test of family?love and understanding imaginable.?The visibility and acknowledgement that?Butterfly?brings for trans children and their families makes it ground-breaking television and a potential lifeline for many people,?it?is a heartfelt and sensitive family story.?British charity Mermaids, a support organisation for young trans people and their families, provided advice and guidance for the?Butterfly?production and are featured within the series.

‘Butterfly’ is a portrait of a trans child's courage – and a landmark television event
The compelling British info-drama tells the story of 11-year-old Max who wants to live as Maxine.

Butterfly is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Cash-strapped couple Gemma (Thalissa Teixeira) and Kieran (Gary Carr,?Downton Abbey) decide to open their small apartment up to a third resident. Their new lodger Ray (Ariane Labed,?The Lobster)?seems to make things easier for the couple, but they soon enter a polyamorous relationship and each of them must learn how to navigate love and relationships in an entirely new way.?Refreshingly original, authentic and funny, this brand-new show from the UK is about love, bravery and following your heart.

Why you should watch 'Trigonometry'
"It's nice to make something that you know has irritated some people!," says 'Trigonometry' star Thalissa Teixeira of the show she desperately wanted to be in. (Now streaming at SBS On Demand).
‘Trigonometry’ is not your average love triangle
Refreshingly original, this brand-new show from the UK is about love, bravery and following your heart.

Trigonometry is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



If you are after a brooding, dark and mysterious British period drama (with added Tom Hardy) then look no further. Set in 1814,?Taboo?follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

Why Tom Hardy’s passion project 'Taboo' is the closest we’ll get to knowing him
The series unlocks the secrets to one of the best actors working today.

Taboo season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Stan Lee’s Lucky Man

You can’t have a Best of the Brits list without James Nesbitt. He stars as Harry Clayton, a Central London cop who’s down on his luck. His wife (Eve Best) and child have left him, his boss at the murder squad has no respect for him, to put it mildly, and he owes debts to an underworld figure who routinely threatens his life. But then a mysterious woman gives him an ancient bracelet, with the power to control luck, but at what cost? Harry’s search for answers takes him to Hong Kong where he encounters dodgy characters who are after more than just his lucky charm.

Based on an original idea from Stan Lee, look out for the comic book legend’s cameo appearance in each episode of this intriguing crime drama with a sci-fi twist.

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man?complete seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Back to Life

Back to Life?is a dark British comedy drama created by?Laura Solon and Daisy Haggard who also stars as the lead?Miri Matteson. Miri has just returned to her home town after 18 years in prison. Trying to nudge her way back into society, Miri is the ultimate Adult Beginner: a funny, endearing, awkward woman, determined to move on from her violent past. But life after prison makes even the simplest tasks challenging, like getting a licence, a job and trying to make sure the terrible truth doesn’t resurface. But in a small town, nothing is going to be easy.?

Love 'Fleabag'? Here's why you need to watch 'Back To Life'
Check out this binge-worthy comedic drama from the producers of ‘Fleabag’.

Back to Life season 1 is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Solving missing persons cases takes an off-beat attitude in 'Masantonio'
Fans of the long-running medical series 'House' will feel at home with the grumpy but brilliant investigator in this Italian police drama.
'Patriot Brains' is here to test the Trans-Tasman bubble, in a battle of wits
It's a test of wits across the ditch, and it premieres on SBS VICELAND Tuesday 13 April.
Mid-week movies to watch in 90 minutes or less at SBS On Demand
Want to catch up on some cinema during the week? Check out these 10 movies streaming at SBS On Demand that all run for 90 minutes or less.
Sorrentino, secrets and Sam: Silvia Colloca's favourites at SBS On Demand
From a family favourite to a full-on crime family, the 'Cook Like An Italian' host shares her favourite series and movies, all streaming now.
A haunting past comes to life for a young lawyer in 'Dignity'
The riveting Chilean drama is inspired by the true story of a hunt to bring down a former Nazi cult leader. Now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Brendan Gleeson is the engine that drives 'Mr Mercedes'
Brendan Gleeson and Stephen King might not seem like a natural pairing, but in serial killer thriller 'Mr Mercedes' they put the pedal to the metal. Now streaming at SBS On Demand
Top new series in April 2021
A new Australian short-form drama series, and British, Italian, Swedish and Chilean drama. American comedy and new SBS Food shows. And, you guessed it, Nordic Noir. Plus, an Australian-first interactive documentary experience via the SBS On Demand app. April brings the entertainment!
What to watch next? Dive into these viewer and critic favourites at SBS On Demand
From award winners to boundary breakers, you'll find gripping stories waiting for you in these acclaimed series.