It’s not Friday night Hitler, but SBS ONE begins a season of World War II-based dramas this weekend, including Restless with Charlotte Rampling, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon and David Tennant in Spies of Warsaw.
These air 8.30pm on Sunday nights from 29 December – 9 February.
SBS ONE is introducing factual and drama series to its Sunday night slot throughout the New Year, beginning with a World War II season featuring three new ground breaking dramas.
Restless (two-part miniseries)
8.30pm, Sunday 29 December and 8.30pm, Sunday 5 January
Starring British heavyweights Charlotte Rampling, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon, and based on William Boyd’s bestselling spy novel, Restless explores doubles lives and their generational consequences.
Flashing between the outbreak of Second World War and the 1970s, this BBC produced miniseries tells the story of Sally Gilmartin, who reveals to her daughter Ruth that she has been living a double life – she is not respectable Sally Gilmartin but in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a spy for the British Secret Service on the run for 30 years.
Sally yearns to end her decades of restless watching and waiting. But the only person who can bring her closure is her former lover and spymaster.
Generation War (three-part miniseries)
8.30pm, Sunday 12, 19 and 26 January
This hit German miniseries triggered unprecedented public debate in Europe when it aired there earlier this year.
AMENDED: From the Eastern front to the the Nazi concentration camps in occupied Poland and an emotional finale in bomb ravaged Berlin, Generation War follows five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe – and will forever change them as well.
A harrowing end of innocence story, Generation War is a provocative portrayal of Germany’s involvement in the war from the viewpoint of young Germans.
Spies of Warsaw (two-part miniseries)
8.30pm, Sunday 2 and 9 February
Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Black Swan’s Janet Montgomery star in this adaptation of Alan Furst’s spy novel set in Poland, Paris and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War.
It is 1937 and at the French embassy in Warsaw, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated war hero, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the seedy back alleys of the city. Into Mercier’s life marches an extraordinary cast of characters with secrets to hide and information to trade.
Warsaw is a place where brave souls continue to battle against the Nazi occupiers. A city where people drink and fight and spy and love because no one knows what tomorrow will bring.