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SBS On Demand builds upon Handsmaid's Tale hype with new Crime Time series

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Karine Vanasse and Billy Campbell star in Cardinal

SBS On Demand has announced its experienced its best-performing week on record, with 9.5 million chapter views on the streaming platform between Thursday 6 and Wednesday 12 July.

The increase in demand has been predominantly led by the Australian premiere of acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale, which also led the top ten performing titles in the OzTAM Video Player Measurement for the same period.

Building on this premium programming offering, SBS On Demand has now launched Crime Time, featuring complete seasons of exclusive international dramas dropping every Thursday throughout July, August and September.

The series kicks off with acclaimed Canadian drama Cardinal, other titles in the selection include Valkyrien, Below the Surface, Farang, Fortitude, Ouro: Amazon Gold, The Frozen Dead, Berlin Station, Before We Die and The Bureau (full titles listed below).

SBS On Demand General Manager, Abigail Thomas, said: “It’s clear from these record figures that our diverse programming is resonating with Australians and we hope that our Crime Time drama drop can build on this success. In a digitally-led future, we are focused on delivering content that is accessible to watch anytime across multiple devices, ensuring SBS On Demand remains Australia’s most distinctive streaming service.”

SBS On Demand features a curated selection of more than 6,000 hours of premium drama, documentaries and movies from across the globe. The streaming service is accessible across several devices, including Chromecast functionality on both Android and iOS.


Full Crime Time Drama Offering – Exclusive Australian Premieres



Six episodes

Canada - Available from 13 July

Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series, adapted from Giles Blunt's award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow. The series stars Billy Campbell as John Cardinal and Karine Vanasse as Lise Delorme, detectives investigating the murder of a young girl.



Eight episodes

Norway – Available from 20 July

Valkyrien centres on a doctor who runs an illegal, underground clinic in an old bomb shelter, where he treats criminals, emergency patients, and others who can't or won't seek medical help in a regular hospital.


Below The Surface

Eight episodes

Denmark – Available 27 July

Copenhagen, 2017. 15 innocent people are held hostage underground in a subway train. As a media frenzy ensues, the country finds itself divided on whether or not to negotiate with terrorists. Over the course of eight days, growing fear and desperation grip Denmark while those trapped underground begin to lose hope of survival.



Eight episodes

Sweden - Available 3 August   

Former criminal Rickard has vanished. Fleeing Sweden and the old friends he has testified against, he abandons his name, his life, and his family to start over in Thailand. Ten years later and still with a price on his head, Rickard knows that a return home would be a death sentence. And so he ekes out his existence as a small-time crook in the back alleys of Phuket. But when his fifteen-year-old daughter Thyra comes looking for him, Rickard's self-imposed exile in this gritty paradise is soon under threat.


Fortitude S1 (12 episodes) & Fortitude S2 (10 episodes)

UK – Available 10 August         

Fortitude is a town in the Arctic that is unlike any other place on Earth. Surrounded by the picturesque polar landscape and filled with residents who form a tight-knit community, the town has never been the site of a violent crime. That changes, though, when a research scientist is killed, which leads to an investigation that prompts police officers to suspect and mistrust one another.


Ouro: Amazon Gold

Eight episodes

France – Available 17 August

Vincent, a 20-year old geology student from Paris, travels deep into the Amazonian jungles of French Guyana for an internship at a gold mining company. Taken under the wing of local gold lord Antoine Serra, Vincent quickly falls into the much more lucrative – and more dangerous – world of gold trafficking.


The Frozen Dead

Six episodes

France – Available 24 August

A horrific discovery in a small town nestled high in the French Pyrenees begins to unravel a dark mystery that has been hidden for years. 


Professor T S2

13 episodes

Belgium - Available 31 August   

Eccentric psychology professor Jasper Teerlinck, “Professor T”, is back advising the police with his unique style in the second season of this Belgian crime series. Series 1 also available on SBS On Demand.


Berlin Station

10 episodes

USA – Available 7 September

Follows CIA agent Daniel Miller, who has just arrived at the CIA station in Berlin, Germany. Miller has a clandestine mission: to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistle-blower named Thomas Shaw.


Before We Die

10 episodes

Sweden – Available 14 September

When Police Officer Hanna’s lover and colleague is abducted, she must take over his undercover investigation of a criminal biker gang as well as protect an infiltrator. To prevent a brutal takeover in the criminal underworld, she must fight for her son’s life and break another family to save her own.


The Bureau – S1-3

10 episodes per series

France – S1 available 21 September, S2 available 28 September, S3 available 5 October

"Malotru", a French intelligence officer, undercover in Syria for 6 years, is called back home. He will face the difficulty to forget his undercover identity, the disappearance of a colleague in Algeria, and the training of a young girl.



12 episodes

Argentina– Available 28 September

Follows Diego and Simon, research scientists investigating the murder of Diego's wife, Valentina, while she was investigating an environmental disaster in Corrientes. Based on actual events.