Airdate: War of the Worlds

British – French sci-fi War of the Worlds premieres on SBS in early July with a double episode.

Not to be confused with a recent UK period adaptation, this modern reimagining was due to premiere in April.

Starring Gabriel Byrne (ZeroZeroZero), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People), War Of The Worlds is a bold, contemporary reimagining of H.G Wells’ classic novel.

Set in present-day Europe, War Of The Worlds is an eight-part series that follows pockets of survivors forced to team up after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike. When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life.

When they make contact, the world is thrown into a universe of danger.

War Of The Worlds is written and created by the BAFTA award winner Howard Overman (Misfits, Crazyhead, Merlin), and stars Lea Drucker (The Bureau).

Double episode 8:30pm Thursday, 9 July on SBS.


  1. I’ve been very eager for this, particularly seeing as the BBC version was such a massive let down. I’m craving a modern take that does Wells’ timeless tale justice (and I’m still living in denial that the awful Tom Cruise movie exists).

  2. I’ll be watching, but I prefer period adaptations of the story. The issue with the BBC one was that, at just 3 eps , it was too short and didn’t develop the story. The Martians were just here in no time.

    • If you are a purist of the original H.G. Wells story I would agree, but in today’s technology age younger viewers will be attracted to a more challenging contemporary story arc to confront any visiting malevolent aliens.
      I am curious though how this classic ‘War of the Worlds’ fiction book title has been re-imagined so often in recent times without copyright challenge.

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