25 international shows yet to air in Australia

Put these shows on your watchlist and cross your fingers they may premiere sometime soon.


Australia may have The Night Of, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things and UnREAL, but there are plenty of acclaimed dramas yet to premiere on any platform.

They include titles such as Preacher from the US, This is England 90 from the UK, Rebellion from Ireland, Soldat Blanc from France and Tannbach from Germany.

There are several Amazon Studio titles such as The Man in the High Castle and Hand of God amid industry chatter that it may set up in Australia.

This list includes new shows that have premiered internationally but with no confirmed broadcaster for Australia. Those yet to debut overseas (ie. Westworld, The Get Down, Lethal Weapon) or with a confirmed broadcaster (ie. Shades of Blue, Black-ish, Code Black etc.) have not been included.

NB: Clips may contain adult language and themes.

The Man in the High Castle
USA 2015
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.
Stars: Luke Kleintank, Arnold Chun, Alexa Davalos

The A Word
UK 2016
The Hughes family work and love and fight like every other family. Then, their youngest son is diagnosed with autism and they don’t feel like every other family anymore.
Stars: Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby, Greg McHugh

USA 2016
After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher enlists the help of a vampire to find God.
Stars: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Animal Kingdom
USA 2016
The series centres on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Based on the Australian film.
Stars: Molly Gordon, Daniella Alonso, Ellen Barkin

This is England 90
UK 2015
The year is 1990, the rave scene has just entered England. The sound of the Stone roses lurks toward Shaun and the gang. This means that Woody and Lol are living in a domestic bliss, they are happy again. But this year will see huge changes in everyone. This is the year 1990. This is England.
Stars: Lyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait, Chanel Cresswell


The Path
USA 2016
A man who converts to a controversial following suffers from a crisis of faith.
Stars: Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Allen

The Detour
US 2016
Contemporary husband and father takes his family on a road trip.
Stars: Jason Jones, Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich

Hand of God
US 2014
A morally-corrupt judge suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Julian Acosta


Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands
UK 2016
Set in Scandinavia. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel.


Murder in Successville
UK 2015
Each week D.I. Sleet is partnered by a celebrity guest as they investigate a murder in the titular town, which is in turn seemingly peopled entirely by ‘celebrities’.
Stars: Tom Davis, Liam Hourican, Luke Kempner

Upstart Crow
UK 2016
The life of William Shakespeare before he became famous.
Stars: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan, Rob Rouse

UK 2016
Channel 4
Dark comedy about the eccentric members of the Flowers family. Maurice and Deborah are barely together but yet to divorce. They live with Maurice’s batty mother and their maladjusted twin children.
Stars: Olivia Colman, Julian Barratt, Will Sharpe

Feed the Beast
USA 2016
Two friends open up a restaurant together.
Stars: David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Evan Leone

UK 2016
Cathy is attempting to move on with her life after the death of her husband. Through a year of new beginnings she rebuilds her life surrounded by her sometimes problematic family and friends.
Stars: Lesley Manville, Peter Mullan, Lisa McGrillis

Brief Encounters
UK 2016
In the early 1980s the lives of four ordinary women, their husbands, mothers, families and community are turned around when they become Ann Summers party plan saleswomen.
Stars: Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney

The Windsors
UK 2016
Comedy soap opera re-imagining the lives of the British Royal Family as you have never seen them before.
Stars: Matthew Cottle, Celeste Dring, Louise Ford

The Aliens
UK 2016
Nearly 40 years ago aliens crash-landed in the UK. They look like us, but are forced to live in a ghetto. Border control officer Lewis falls in love with one.
Stars: Michael Socha, Jim Howick, Michaela Coel

Soldat Blanc (White Soldier)
France 2014
A muggy Saigon, late 1945. Stationed at a military camp in French Indochina, two young men–Robert and André–become close friends as they share the boredom and excitement of waiting for their first mission. But when they discover that instead of freeing Indochina from foreign aggressors, they will be fighting natives struggling for independence, their friendship is jeopardised.
Stars: Abraham Belaga, Emile Berling, Mike N’Guyen

Germany 2015
A story of one village in Germany at the end of WW2.
Stars: Heiner Lauterbach, Natalia Wörner, Senta Auth

Naked Among Wolves
Germany 2015
Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the three-year-old is sure to die. On the other hand, a violation of the rules of the camp would threaten the long prepared uprising of the concentration camp prisoners against the SS.
Stars: Florian Stetter, Peter Schneider, Sylvester Groth

US 2016
The disappearance of a decorated FBI agent’s wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists – shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world. Filmed in Melbourne.
Stars: Nathan Phillips, Britne Oldford, Mark Coles Smith

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25 Responses

  1. As far as I know SyFy’s ‘The Expanse’ hasn’t been shown on any Australian network or platform, which is a tragedy as it’s superb SF. It aired in the US over six months ago now. Last I heard series 2 was in the works, yet we still haven’t seen series 1 in Australia.

    1. I contacted SyFy on facebook about this show and they said they ‘had no plans at this stage to show The Expanse’. I’ve since ordered the DVD through Amazon. When you consider the amount of crap SyFy produce and show, you have to wonder why a show with the quality of the expanse doesn’t get air time.

  2. This is a great list, David. Thanks for being so thorough with your coverage on TVTonight in general, I used to miss so many shows I’d been looking forward to because of poor advertising of series start-dates from networks before I found your site. 🙂

    I’m wondering if there’s any word on local broadcasts for My Mad Fat Diary or Chewing Gum, both from E4 in the UK? My Mad Fat Diary is already wrapped up after three series so I’m considering giving up hope and just buying the DVDs from Amazon, but Chewing Gum is still ongoing and it won two BAFTAs earlier this year so I’m curious if it’ll actually make it over here at some point. Based on their trailers and what I’ve read about them I thought they’d be a good fit for SBS2 or ABC2, or maybe one of the streaming services, but apparently not. Then again, I assumed Raised By Wolves would be similarly overlooked until SBS OnDemand…

  3. Thanks David. Some good ones there (unfortunately, not Beowulf, ugh).

    The blurb for Unforgiven appears to be missing and a trailer for Hunters. I recall that you posted one on another article but here’s a (non)-link anyway – youtube.com/watch?v=L-ReGtWNs1I

  4. Great article. I haven’t heard of most of these.

    1864 was on late Tuesday nights on SBS in June. Not sure if it is a repeat, but the first episode of Unforgotten is on BBC First tomorrow at 8:30pm.

  5. I’m surprised chicago med is not on that list. I’ve heard no word of a broadcaster or an air date and I’m sure there are people who have seen their characters on fire or pd that may want to check this out yet a season has aired and no word.

  6. I think I have seen at least 3 of these. The Legacy has been on Foxtel and SBS (Season 1 at least) Unforgotten was on BBC First and so was The Outcast I think. All pretty good.

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