SBS is certainly delivering on its promise of “special broadcasting” in 2022, with a fresh slate of quality (free to air!) programming recently announced.
There’s a new international news channel called WorldWatch on its way, plus every game of the FIFA World Cup and a staggering 800 hours of cycling to really get your wheels spinning.
Here at Flicks, though, we’re understandably most keen for SBS’s diverse entertainment slate: get ready for new seasons of Atlanta, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Orville, plus homegrown fictional and doco projects that you won’t be able to binge anywhere else.
We were captivated by Jess Hill’s See What You Made Me Do, so her next investigate docuseries about consent titled Yes, No, Maybe should be just as eye-opening. Alone Australia will plonk Aussie survivalists into the middle of nowhere, in a local version of the international reality hit.
On the scripted side, there’s six new commissioned drama series soon to hit SBS, starting with Offspring creator Imogen Banks’ new series Safe Home. The show is set in a women’s legal centre, telling the story of a new hire and the twisty web of lives in which she becomes entangled.
There’s a touch of morbidity in the remaining Digital Originals, including stories of a dead food delivery rider (Appetite), Korean horror (Night Bloomers), and the self-explanatory dark comedy A Beginner’s Guide to Grief. Latecomers introduces us to two strangers with cerebral palsy, sent on a journey of romantic awakening after their carers hook up at a bar (what a neat premise).
If you love outback mysteries like Mystery Road and The Dry, True Colours ought to be one of your TV obsessions for 2022. The SBS and NITV co-production begins with a simple car accident and turns into a thrilling murder investigation that’ll shake up an entire First Nations community, with noir dialogue told partially in the Arrente language.
Stay tuned for more info, trailers, and release dates as SBS’s original programming slate for 2022 rolls out. Heck, we haven’t even sunk a fork into the tasty SBS Food offerings, or the fabulosity of Eurovision—Australia Decides…