Returning: The Returned

SBS offers moody arthouse dramas as an alternative to summer viewing, with more of the acclaimed French series.


Nearly missed this one in the schedule (it was due to resume mid January) but thanks to an astute reader, The Returned is back for its second season tomorrow night.

It begins with a double episode at 8:30pm Monday January 4 on SBS 2 (it really should be on the primary channel). It drops back to a single episode from next week. Fingers crossed it lives up to the reputation of the first season.

SBS has quite a few goodies this week, including The Missing on Wednesday and a new Food Safari Fire on Thursday.

The first series saw a group of confused people returning home to an atmospheric French mountain town, only to discover that they’d been dead for several years. As they struggled to reintegrate, they grappled with a sinister new reality. Their arrival coincided with a series of gruesome murders bearing a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.

The second series picks up six months on from the deceased having disappeared into the mountains, taking Simon, Camille, Claire, Julie and little Victor with them. Nothing’s been heard of them since.

Adele is about to give birth to Simon’s child. The dam remains under surveillance. Rumours circulate that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. Witnesses stay silent, including Lena and her father Jerome, who’ve not given up hope of finding Claire and Camille.

When a mysterious man named Berg visits the town, a new wave of resurrections begins.

Monday 4 January, 8.30pm on SBS 2.

7 Responses

  1. SBS is an English language channel these days and they are burning off the last of 24 Hours In Police Custody on the main channel. With the ABC starting Exile at 9:30pm that’s 3 out of the 5 shows that aren’t sport that I’m going to watch this week on at the same time.

  2. That’s fantastic news. I’ll have to dust the TV off. Hope it still works.

    Agree that it’s good enough for SBS1 but they don’t usually put subtitled foreign language series on the main channel as they tend to rate poorly.

    Props to Paul007 for ringing the bell on this one.

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