Forty-four new Euro TV series, seasons, episodes, specials, and films from eleven countries premiere in the US and beyond in October. And there’s much more besides!
To see the complete list of Euro TV shows available in the US and UK, see the Euro TV Shows by Language section. Viewers in the US can check the ongoing updates of titles released throughout each month on the Euro TV Viewing Guide page.
All programs listed here are shown in their original language with English subtitles, except where noted. The trailers below, which may or may not have English subtitles, might not be suitable for all audiences; viewer discretion is advised.
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Hot Skull (Sicak Kafa) (Turkey)
Based on the novel Sicak Kafa by Afşin Kum, this sci-fi drama is set in a dystopian world where an epidemic of madness has gripped every nation. The disease affects the mind, spread from person to person by speech. Murat Siyavuş, a former linguist who had studied the disease, went into hiding and was spared, at least for a time. Now he is hunted by the Anti-Epidemic Institution, forced to leave the safe zone and flee into the ruins of Istanbul, where he searches for the secret of his “hot skull” — a lasting mark of the disease.
Starring Osman Sonant (Leyla and Mecnun), Şevket Çoruh (Back Streets), and Hazal Subaşı (Çukur), Hot Skull, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Saturday, October 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Movie of the Week: All You Need Is Lie (Je l’aime à mentir) (France)
Julie De Bona (The Bonfire of Destiny) stars in this romantic comedy as Zoé, whose first date with dream man Robinson (Samir Boitard, Spiral) ends with him falling into a coma. Then a little white lie leads to her playing his girlfriend and mother to his children!
Wilder: Season 2 (Switzerland)
Set in a remote and picturesque Alpine village, this mystery-crime drama series stars Sarah Spale (Night Train to Lisbon) as Swiss cop Rosa Wilder. After the intense and personal investigation in Season 1, the new season finds Wilder investigating a triple murder.
High Water (Wielka woda) (Poland)
Inspired by the real-life events of the Millennium Flood, which hit Poland and parts of the Czech Republic and Germany in 1997, this six-episode drama — for which the creative team spoke with hundreds of flood survivors and witnesses — stars Agnieszka Żulewska (The Mire, 1983), Tomasz Schuchardt (Operation Hyacinth, The Defence), Ireneusz Czop (The Defence, The Mire), and Tomasz Kot (A Perfect Enemy, World on Fire).
In July 1997, scientists and local government officials face life-and-death decisions when a destructive flood wave threatens the Polish city of Wrocław. The local authorities, led by clerk Jakub Marczak (Tomasz Schuchardt), bring in Jaśmina Tremer (Agnieszka Żulewska), a hydrologist with a troubled past, to help save the city at any cost. At the same time, Andrzej Rębacz (Ireneusz Czop) returns to his hometown, a village near Wrocław, and unexpectedly takes on the role of leading the rebellious residents against the disaster. Under time pressure, the authorities make a difficult decision that will forever change the lives of the main characters as well as the history of the entire region and its inhabitants.
High Water, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 5, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Jumping from High Places (Per lanciarsi dalle stelle) (Italy)
Based on the novel Per lanciarsi dalle stelle by Chiara Parenti, this lighthearted romantic comedy-drama follows Sole Santoro (Federica Torchetti, The Catholic School, Zero), a young woman with severe anxiety who sets about to honor the last wish of her late best friend by confronting her fears in order to reclaim her life — and perhaps find love.
Costarring Celeste Savino (Don Matteo), Cristiano Caccamo (Summertime), and Lorenzo Richelmy (Hotel Portofino), Jumping from High Places, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 5, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
L’Opéra: Season 1 (France)
Set within the world of the internationally-renowned Paris Opera, this drama follows three people with something to prove. One is Zoé (Ariane Labed, Ad Vitam), a 35-year-old Principal dancer whose excesses have put her off her game and put her in danger of being let go from the company. Another is Flora (Suzy Bemba, Kandisha), a 19-year-old Black dancer who, having just joined the company, has only a few months to carve out a place for herself and prove her mettle. And then there’s the flamboyant and ambitious Sébastien (Raphaël Personnaz, Marius), the 38-year-old new Director of Dance, who wants to make the Paris Opera Ballet shine even brighter in the firmament of international dance.
Dignity (Dignidad) (Germany-Chile)
Told in two timelines, this thriller centers on the machinations of the Germanic cult Colonia Dignidad. In 1976, brothers Leo and Pedro are being abused at the Colonia Dignidad by Paul Schäfer (Götz Otto, Murder by the Lake), the self-proclaimed leader of the sect. The young boys are separated after Pedro witnesses the murder of a man; while he is being brainwashed by Bernhard Hausmann (Devid Striesow, All Quiet on the Western Front), the settlement’s doctor, Leo is sent to Germany to study law.
In 1997, Leo (Marcel Rodriguez, Barcelona Crime), now a public prosecutor in Chile, is tasked with leading the investigation against Schäfer, who is to be charged with multiple serious crimes. It is a difficult assignment for Leo, given his harrowing history with the sect and his brother’s mysterious death, and complicated by Schäfer’s disappearance. But when Pedro (Nils Rovira-Muñoz, The Peppercorns) turns up alive, Leo must confront the demons that tore his family apart all those years ago.
Kev Adams: The Real Me (France)
In this new comedy special, 30-year-old French comic Kev Adams gets up close and personal about how life has changed since his big break 12 years ago — and not always for the best. Kev Adams: The Real Me, a Netflix Comedy, premieres globally on Friday, October 7, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Man on Pause (Andropoz) (Turkey)
This new comedy-drama series centers on a 50-something family man who, amid the onset of andropause, becomes obsessed with change and decides to pursue happiness. Then he bungles it completely.
Starring Engin Günaydın (The Magnificent Century), Tamer Karadağlı (Çocuklar duymasin), and Derya Karadaş (Ethos), Man on Pause, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, October 7, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Old People (Germany)
In this horror movie, a woman who’s returned home with her two kids to attend her sister’s wedding must suddenly defend their lives against older people on a killing spree. Starring Melika Forouta (Tribes of Europa), Stephan Luca (Wilsberg), and Anna Unterberger (Tatort), Old People, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, October 7, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Oh Hell (Germany)
Mala Emde (Charité, The Defeated) stars in this dramedy series as Helene, a 20-something woman whose life is hell. Unlike her successful best friend, Maike (Salka Weber, Vienna Crime Squad), Helene moves from job to job and from one personal disaster to the next. But she also has a talent for imagining a life that goes with every face, every piece of clothing, every fragment of words. In the middle of a new crisis, Helene meets Oskar (Edin Hasanovic, All Quiet on the Western Front), a cello teacher who seems to understand her chaotic world and the cinema in her head. And for the first time, Helene has the chance to actually live the life she always imagines.
Oh Hell, a Max original, premieres in the US on Monday, October 10, exclusively on HBO Max.
Allmen and the Secret of Eroticism (Allmen und das Geheimnis der Erotik) (Germany)
In the fourth episode of the humorous detective series Allmen, based on Martin Suter’s “Allmen” novels, gentleman art thief-turned-amateur sleuth-turned professional fine art investigator Johann Friedrich von Allmen (Heino Ferch, Anatomy of Evil, Berlin Station) steals a famous Fabergé egg from its owner out of sheer boredom. Circumstances lead him to an even more brazen theft, for which he needs the help of his trusted Guatemalan valet, Carlos (Samuel Finzi, Flemming, Tatort: Borowski). But Allmen’s scheme gets complicated and downright dangerous. (Video is from Episode 3)
The Fox (Die Füchsin) (Germany)
Set in Düsseldorf, this crime drama follows the investigations of private detectives Anne Marie Fuchs (Lina Wendel, Silvi), a former Stasi spy, and her business partner, Youssef El Kilali (Karim Cherif, Turkish for Beginners), an Arab importer/exporter who fancies himself the next Sherlock Holmes. In Episode 6, a woman who doesn’t trust the police asks the detective duo for help after her husband is killed. And in Episode 7, it is Youssef’s niece who needs their help after her boyfriend is murdered. (Video is from the run of initial episodes)
Inspector Dupin (Kommissar Dupin) (Germany)
Adapted from Jean-Luc Bannalec‘s “Brittany Mystery” crime novels, this mystery series returns with two new episodes starring Pasquale Aleardi (Gotthard) as Georges Dupin, an ocean-fearing, seafood-allergic homicide inspector transferred from Paris to coastal Brittany. Episode 9 finds Dupin witnessing a killing, arresting the perpetrator, and delving into the mystery of this crime after there are two more victims. In Episode 10, Dupin tries to narrow down the list of suspects and find amongst them the murderer of a rich landowner. (Video is from the run of initial episodes)
Movie of the Week: 100% Organic (100% Bio) (France)
In this comedy-drama, Marie (Lolita Chammah, Murder in Hérault) returns to her hometown in Basque Country to tell her father, Gabi (Didier Bourdon, Les trois frères), a Basque butcher, the good news: she’s pregnant! Then Marie’s Parisian vegan partner, Thomas (Nicolas Bridet, Spin), surprises everyone by showing up unexpectedly. Forks over knives, anyone? Movie of the Week: 100% Organic premieres in the US and Canada on Tuesday, October 11, exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon.
Ordinary People: Season 1 (Venjulegt fólk) (Iceland)
This fast-paced comedy series centers on the friendship of Vala (Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir, Happily Never After) and Júlíana (Júlíana Sara Gunnarsdóttir, Cop Secret). Best friends since drama school, they have taken different paths in life, with Vala pursuing (unsuccessfully) an acting career, while Júlíana has stepped away from acting to have two children with her husband. After Vala is invited to co-host a TV talk show with Júlíana, Vala ends up relegated to sidekick status. Everything is tested — friendship, marriage, motherhood, ambition — as success is unevenly distributed between the two friends.
Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) (Italy)
From Italian master of horror Dario Argento comes this horror thriller, in which an eclipse blackens the skies on a hot summer day in Rome — a harbinger of the darkness that will envelop Diana (Ilenia Pastorelli, Four to Dinner) when a serial killer chooses her as prey. Fleeing her predator, the young escort crashes her car and loses her sight. She emerges from the initial shock determined to fight for her life, but she is no longer alone: Defending her and acting as her eyes is a little boy, Chin (Andrea Zhang), who survived the car accident. But the killer won’t give up his victim…
Following the film’s debut in New York and Los Angeles on October 7, Dark Glasses, a Shudder Original, will have its streaming premiere on Thursday, October 13, exclusively on Shudder and its digital channels, including Shudder on Amazon, AMC+, and AMC+ on Amazon. (It goes into wider cinema release starting October 14.)
The Playlist (Sweden)
Inspired by the book The Spotify Play by Swedish business reporters Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, this biopic-historical drama is a fictionalized account about how Daniel Ek (Edvin Endre, Blinded, Fortitude, Vikings), a young Swedish tech entrepreneur, and his partners revolutionized the entire music industry by offering free and legally-streamed music around the world with a legit streaming platform: Spotify.
The six-episode drama costars Ulf Stenberg (Beartown), Gizem Erdogan (Love & Anarchy), Joel Lützow (Gåsmamman), Christian Hillborg (The Bridge), and Janice Kamya Kavander (Eagles). Also featuring in the series are Valter Skarsgård (Beck), Amy Deasismont (Lust), Hanna Ardéhn (30 Degrees in February), Ella Rappich (Quicksand), Agnes Kittelsen (Beforeigners), Sofia Karemyr (Partisan), Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders), and Patrick Baladi (Line of Duty).
The Playlist, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, October 13, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now at https://www.netflix.com/theplaylist.)
Black Butterflies (Les papillons noirs) (France)
This thriller sees Adrien Winckler (Nicolas Duvauchelle, Gone for Good), a gloomy novelist with no inspiration for his second book, agree to write the memoir of Albert Desiderio (Niels Arestrup, Baron noir), a humble, retired man who’s dying. What the man shares is the love story of his younger self (Axel Granberger, Iskander) and Solange (Alyzée Costes, Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie) — which ends up entangling Adrien in Albert’s past, as the writer realizes he is capturing the confession of one half of a serial killer couple.
Black Butterflies, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, October 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Everything Calls for Salvation (Tutto chiede salvezza) (Italy)
Federico Cesari (SKAM Italia, The War is Over) stars in this drama as Daniele, a troubled young man who wakes up in a psychiatric hospital, involuntarily committed. During his week inside, he meets five other patients and must contend with research-happy doctors and cynical nurses, but what he learns from them will change his life forever.
Costarring Filippo Nigro (Suburra: Blood on Rome), Fotinì Peluso (Thou Shalt Not Kill), Andrea Pennacchi (Paradise), Vincenzo Crea (Medici), and Ricky Memphis (Anti-Drug Squad), Everything Calls for Salvation, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, October 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Good Apprentice: Season 1 (L’Allieva) (Italy)
Based on Alessia Gazzola’s series of “Alice Allevi” novels, this mystery dramedy stars Alessandra Mastronardi (Medici) as Alice Allevi, a medical student who’s undecided about her future — until her grandmother’s caregiver dies and she decides to pursue a career in forensic medicine. Through her studies Alice meets Claudio Conforti (Lino Guanciale, Inspector Ricciardi), a charismatic and arrogant doctor that she develops a crush on. Then there’s Arthur (Dario Aita, Mafia Only Kills in Summer), the sincere and sympathetic son of the institute’s director. While Alice struggles with her love life, she also works to solve the cases that crop up on the forensic operating table.
Holy Family (Sagrada familia) (Spain)
Created, written, and directed by Manolo Caro (The House of Flowers, Someone Has to Die), this thriller stars Najwa Nimri (Money Heist, Locked Up) as Gloria, who with her baby and au pair, moves to the quiet neighborhood of Fuente del Berro in Madrid to start over, in effect to escape the past and a shocking secret they must keep secret.
Nothing is what it seems in Fuente del Berro, but it is where four women, all from different backgrounds and experiences but all of them mothers, develop a strong friendship between them. But these new relationships also complicate Gloria’s plans. Then Gloria’s past begins to catch up with her, and we discover “what a mother is capable of doing for her child.”
The cast includes Alba Flores (Money Heist), Carla Campra (La otra mirada), Iván Pellicer (Paraíso), Ella Kweku (Now and Then), Álex García (A Private Affair), Macarena Gómez (30 Coins), and Álvaro Rico (Alba), amongst others.
Holy Family, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, October 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
A Long Lost Silence (Les hautes herbes) (France)
In this three-part thriller, 10-year-old Jules ends up staying with a young couple in the countryside after his mother has a bad accident. After one of the villagers disappears, long-held secrets and antagonisms start coming to light.
Makari: Sicilian Mysteries: Season 1 (Italy)
From the producers of Detective Montalbano comes this new series of mysteries based on Gaetano Savatteri‘s best-selling novels. Claudio Gioè (Mafia Only Kills in Summer, Anti-Mafia Squad) stars as Saverio Lamanna, a former press officer who, after losing his job in Rome, returns to his family home in Makari, Sicily, to write a book. There, with his ability to delve into people’s hearts and histories, he becomes involved in love and intrigue and mysteries — revealing all their secrets, crimes and faults…
Movie of the Week: Following My Dreams (J’irai au bout de mes rêves) (France)
In this drama, Antoine (Samuel Allain-Abitbol, Chronicles of the Sun), a young man with Down Syndrome who leads a full life with his family and friends, meets and falls for Bianca (Camille Lou, The Bonfire of Destiny), a young woman who has given up on her dream of being a singer — until she meets Antoine.
The Green Glove Gang (Gang Zielonej Rekawiczki) (Poland)
This dark comedy series follows Zuza, Kinga, and Alicja, older women who are friends and, as it happens, thieves. When their latest heist goes terribly wrong, and a rather distinctive piece of evidence could land them behind bars, the ladies, aka the Green Glove Gang, must go on the lam to evade the cops who are hot on their heels.
So they con their way into a nursing home to hide out — and quickly pick up where they left off with their thieving ways, while also putting a bit of giddyap in the steps of their fellow residents. But all is not as it seems at the nursing home, as the trio end up uncovering a sinister secret…
The eight-episode series stars Magdalena Kuta (The Woods), Małgorzata Potocka (The Defence), and Anna Romantowska (Family Secrets), and features Beata Bandurska (The Thaw), Karolina Rzepa (Slad), Mirosław Zbrojewicz (Hold Tight), and Andrzej Grabowski (The Thaw).
The Green Glove Gang, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 19, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Notre-Dame (La Nuit de Notre Dame) (France)
Set during the night of April 15, 2019, when the historical Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris went up in flames, this limited series drama is inspired by the accounts of French firefighters who worked tirelessly to put out the inferno. It also explores the impact of the fire on a diverse group of Parisians.
With the fire serving as the show’s backdrop and setting, as well as a metaphor for the stories told within the series, the six-part drama revolves around the destinies of individuals who have their own fires to put out. As the Paris firefighters try to stop the flames from spreading in the Cathedral, the show also follows characters being put through the wringer — men and women who will have to fight each other, love each other, come across each other, hate each other, smile at or help each other — so that, in the end, they can have a chance to start all over again.
The cast includes Roschdy Zem (Savages), Caroline Proust (Spiral), Megan Northam (The Passengers of the Night), Simon Abkarian (Kaboul Kitchen), Alice Isaaz (The Gilded Cage), Marie Zabukovec (How to Be a Good Wife), and Sandor Funtek (Captain Marleau).
Notre-Dame, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 19, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Barbarians: Season 2 (Barbaren) (Germany)
In the new season of this historical drama, the Germanic tribes’ victory at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest has allowed the natives of Germania to live in peace, but Roman troops return a year after the battle, and they are stronger than ever. So Thusnelda (Jeanne Goursaud, Para – We Are King) and Ari (Laurence Rupp, Murder by the Lake) set about to unite the tribes against Rome again, only there are obstacles and complications. Ari wants to become the king of all the tribes, but a rival stands in his way. Then there’s Ari’s brother, who has joined the Roman side in order to punish him for his betrayal of Rome. Meanwhile, Folkwin (David Schütter, 4 Blocks) ominously challenges the gods…
Joining the Season 2 cast are Daniel Donskoy (St. Maik), Murathan Muslu (Skylines), Cynthia Micas (Professor T.), Katharina Heyer (Charité), Alessandro Fella (Paradise), and Giovanni Carta (Mafia Only Kills in Summer).
Barbarians: Season 2, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, October 21, exclusively on Netflix.
St. Maik: Season 2 (Sankt Maik) (Germany)
Following the events in Season 1 (including that dramatic finale), Season 2 of this comedy series finds con man Maik Schäfer (Daniel Donskoy, Tatort: Lindholm) back in Läuterberg and on the mend after saving the life of parishioner and police officer Eva (Bettina Burchard, Inspector Dupin). But certain matters are bedeviling Maik and his brother, Kevin (Vincent Krüger, Babylon Berlin): they have to figure out how to get rid of the dead body hidden in the church, and how to finagle a tidy sum from the church in order to make their getaway to Panama for a fresh start — all while Maik continues to perform his duties as Pastor Sanmann.
The Chalk Line (Jaula) (Spain)
Produced by Álex de la Iglesia (30 Coins), this psychological thriller is inspired by the true story of “The Monster of Amstetten.” After a couple finds a traumatized child of unknown origins walking alone on the highway at night, they take her in. Paula (Elena Anaya, Three Days of Christmas), the wife, develops a bond with the girl and is determined to decipher her strange behaviors in order to discover her identity and dark past.
Featuring Pablo Molinero (A Private Affair) and newcomer Eva Tennear, The Chalk Line, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Monday, October 24, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Broll: Buried Alive (Broll – Für immer tot) (Germany)
Adapted from Für immer tot, Book 2 in Bernhard Aichner‘s “Max Broll” crime novel series, this mystery-crime drama stars Laurence Rupp (Barbarians, Murder by the Lake) as gravedigger Max Broll, and Jürgen Vogel (Blochin, The Team) as former soccer professional Baroni, who together make up a very unlikely and unusual detective duo.
In the film, Tilda (Bettina Redlich, Detective Ellen Lucas) is attacked, locked in a box, and buried somewhere in the woods. The mobile phone beside her is her only lifeline to the police and to her stepson, Max Broll, who quickly sets about to find her. Tilda doesn’t know where she is, but she knows who put her here: Leopold Wagner (Martin Wuttke, Tatort), whom she put in prison 18 years ago. Except Wagner’s still behind bars…
Costars include Valery Tscheplanowa (Money Murder Zurich), Hilde Dalik (Murder by the Lake), Sabrina Amali (4 Blocks), Harry Lampl (Tatort), and Gerhard Liebmann (Anatomy of Evil).
Movie of the Week: Rumors (Rumeurs) (France)
Ingrid Chauvin (Dolmen) stars in this thriller as Estelle, a high school PE teacher who is suspected of having an affair with one of her students. Gossipmongers go into overdrive when said student mysteriously vanishes.
Ordinary People: Season 2 (Venjulegt fólk) (Iceland)
La Porta Rossa: Season 2 (Italy)
In the first season of this supernatural crime thriller, Trieste cop Leonardo Cagliostro (Lino Guanciale, Palermo Connection) is murdered, but instead of leaving the land of the living by going through the red door, he stays here (as a ghost) to find his killer and to save the life of his wife, Anna (Gabriella Pession, Crossing Lines). Season 2 opens several months later, with Cagliostro having another vision of the future that involves another member of his family being in danger. This prompts him to investigate a murder he believes is connected, and for this he needs the help of his I-see-dead-people friend, Vanessa (Valentina Romani, The Sea Beyond).
Tatort: Borowski: Season 6 (Germany)
Axel Milberg (Berlin Station) returns as Klaus Borowski, the quixotic, socially inept, equal opportunity offender of a detective who solves crimes in the port city of Kiel. The new season finds him and his partner, Mila Sahin (Almila Bagriacik, 4 Blocks), investigating a fatal stabbing at the police academy, the death of a young woman whose body was found near a popular club, and the murder of a woman, presumably by a serial killer who just escaped from prison.
Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn (France)
This true-crime documentary examines the bizarre story of Carlos Ghosn — tracking his rise as a business mogul, to his plummet into international notoriety (as a fugitive from the law, no less). Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 26, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Set in 1987 Poland, this horror feature takes place at a closed monastery where the monks run a clinic for the possessed. Marek, a young policeman, poses as a clergyman to infiltrate the monastery in order to investigate the mysterious disappearances of several tormented inmates — and in the process discovers a dark truth about the clergy here… Hellhole, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 26, exclusively on Netflix.
Robbing Mussolini (Rapiniamo il Duce) (Italy)
In this action-crime comedy set at the end of WWII, a ragtag group of resistance fighters plans an impossible heist: to steal Mussolini’s treasure from Milan’s fascist headquarters.
The cast includes Pietro Castellitto (Freaks Out), Matilda De Angelis (Leonardo), Isabella Ferrari (Baby), Filippo Timi (Murders at Barlume), Tommaso Ragno (The Miracle), and Luigi Fedele (Redemption), amongst others.
Robbing Mussolini, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 26, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
This Finnish- and English-language Euro noir espionage crime thriller series centers on two women: an undercover officer of Supo, the Finnish Security Intelligence Service, who goes by the alias Mari Saari (Krista Kosonen, Beforeigners, Second Chance), and Madina Taburova (Sibel Kekilli, Tatort: Borowski, Game of Thrones), a Chechen-born terrorist.
After orchestrating suicide bombings across Europe for a decade and then faking her own death, Madina travels to Finland under a new identity, forced to be a mule for a drug lord in Belgium while being hunted by a crime lord’s henchman. Meanwhile, Mari has infiltrated a refugee center, posing as a social worker, where she encounters Madina without knowing who the woman really is — yet.
Given the nature of Mari’s undercover assignment and that of an investigation by the Finnish police’s drug unit, led by Detective Superintendent Timo Viita (Tommi Korpela, Shadow Lines, Deadwind), a joint operation between Supo and the drug unit is put in motion, with Mari befriending Madina in order to gain information and intelligence for both law enforcement teams.
But nothing is as it seems with Madina. Her reason for coming to Finland has nothing to do with death and destruction, but in order to achieve her objective, Madina is blackmailed into using her terrorist skills for nefarious purposes. It is up to Mari to thwart the plot and prevent a deadly attack.
Costars include Dragomir Mrsic (Alex, The Triggermen), Jani Volanen (Deadwind), Leo Sjöman (Hooked), Adra Al-Aliáyat, Outi Mäenpää (Beyond), Nika Savolainen (Man in Room 301), Jasmin Mora, Sherwan Haji (Roba), and Koen De Bouw (Professor T.).
Bullets premieres in the US and Canada with its first three (of ten) episodes on Thursday, October 27, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon. New episodes will debut weekly.
In this drama, a family migrates to the city after a tragic loss. When they reunite in their hometown 30 years later, buried emotions and painful secrets resurface.
Starring Ayça Bingöl (Müslüm), Fatih Artman (Ethos), and Funda Eryiğit (The Protector), Cici, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Thursday, October 27, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues) (Germany)
This wartime drama tells the story of Paul, a young German soldier on the Western Front during World War I, who, along with his comrades, experiences first-hand how the initial war euphoria turns into horror, suffering, and fear while they desperately fight for their lives in the trenches. The film is based on the world-famous anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, himself a German WWI veteran.
The cast includes Felix Kammerer (David im Wunderland), Albrecht Schuch (Bad Banks), Moritz Klaus (Phoenixsee), Aaron Hilmer (The Last Word), Edin Hasanovic (Skylines), Daniel Brühl (The Alienist), Adrian Grünewald (Sløborn), Devid Striesow (8 Days), Andreas Döhler (The Heavy Water War), Sebastian Hülk (Dark), Alexander Schuster (Mythomaniac), Luc Feit (Babylon Berlin), Michael Wittenborn (And Tomorrow the Entire World), Michael Stange (Marnow Murders), André Marcon (The Mad Women’s Ball), Tobias Langhoff (Bad Banks), and Anton von Lucke (The Mopes).
All Quiet on the Western Front, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, October 28, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.) (The film will be released in October in select markets worldwide.)
Set in contemporary Spain, this action drama follows Antonia (Veki Velilla, Cathedral of the Sea), a young reporter who quickly becomes embroiled in an elaborate political conspiracy after accidentally defrosting a cryogenically-frozen secret agent from the 1960s. Finding himself thrust into a fractured modern world, Garcia (Francisco Ortiz, El Cid), a former pawn in fascist dictator Francisco Franco’s regime, must rely on Antonia’s help to fit in — and decide where his loyalties lie — amid a conspiracy to upend the Spanish government.
Garcia!, a Max Original, premieres in the US on Friday, October 28, exclusively on HBO Max.
If Only (Si lo hubiera sabido) (Spain)
Megan Montaner (30 Coins, Love, Inevitably, Velvet Colección) stars in this fantasy-romantic dramedy as Emma, a 30-year-old woman who is disappointed with her ten-year marriage to Nando (Miquel Fernández, Alba, Lies and Deceit) and feeling like her life has lost its luster. Trapped in a routine without any romance or excitement, she realizes that if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t accept Nando’s marriage proposal, and decides to divorce him.
A couple days later, while on her way to see a rare lunar eclipse with her friends, a glitch in time sends Emma back ten years. With her 30-year-old mind trapped in her 20-year-old body, life gives Emma a chance to reassess who she was and who she wants to become — with the distinct advantage of already knowing what the next decade holds for the world.
Featuring Michel Noher (O Negócio), Jael Pascual (45 rpm), Eduardo Lloveras (Intimacy), and Bore Buika (Elite), If Only, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, October 28, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Deadwind: Season 3 (Karppi) (Finland)
In the latest season of this Nordic noir mystery-crime drama, Karppi (Pihla Viitala, Arctic Circle, Cold Courage) is reinstated at work, and as just as she and Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen, Hooked, Nymphs) tentatively reconcile, they investigate the murder of a woman whose body was found in an old animal hospital — a case they soon discover involves a mysterious symbol, pharmaceutical promises, and a deeply disturbed murderer.
Deadwind: Season 3, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Saturday, October 29, exclusively on Netflix.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM PREMIERES TO CONSIDER
This drama follows three men who are out for revenge: Kenta Sakaguchi was a yakuza member who spent 13 years in prison for killing a rival boss. Hidehiko Hirohashi was a secretary who took the blame for her politician boss’s act. Isao Okawara was a self-defense official who took up arms against the government. They come together under retired ex-detective Gonzaemon Mukai and set about getting even with the people who betrayed and deceived them.
Pension Metsa (Japan)
Taking place in and around a one-room guest house nestled in the Nagano larch forest, this drama centers on guest house owner Tenko (Satomi Kobayashi), who finds herself in deep conversations with her visitors, who are often lost or at a key turning point in their lives. Although it seems like the guests are the ones learning new things about themselves, in the end it’s Tenko who finds a fresh direction in life. Each 30-minute episode features a single guest star, including an appearance in Episode 6 by actress Tôko Miura, who played the young chauffeur Misaki in the Oscar®-winning film Drive My Car.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON LINEAR TV
Frozen Lake (Der Tote am Teich) (Austria)
In this mystery-crime drama, retired police officer Sepp Ahorner (Josef Hader, Tatort: Cologne) finds a battered corpse on a frozen lake while taking his morning walk. Assigned to the case are two detectives from Linz, Grete Öller (Maria Hofstätter, Altes Geld) and Lisa Nemeth (Miriam Fussenegger, Maximilian). They get no help from the villagers, so Sepp begins his own investigation. Even when he and members of his own family become suspects, Sepp continues to seek the truth.
Shadows of Death (Vrazedné stíny) (Czech Republic)
Ondrej Vetchý (Kolya, Absolution) stars in this mystery-crime drama as Alan Kreiner, a detective charged with murder after his boss is killed during a secret meeting with an informant who has dirt on dirty cops. Kreiner needs a way to get free in order to prove his innocence and find the real killer. Enter Lindner (Miroslav Donutil, Fallen Empire), an expensive defense attorney who takes Kreiner’s case for an incredibly low fee. Kreiner is suspicious, but with no other options, he accepts the offer — and soon learns the truth from the man who had targeted him to begin with…
Delirium (Im Schatten der Angst) (Austria)
This thriller follows Dr. Karla Eckhardt (Julia Koschitz, Tatort, Anatomy of Evil), a forensic psychiatrist who serves as an expert witness in criminal proceedings. As such, the public prosecutor hires her to determine the criminal responsibility of well-known architect Carsten Spanger (Justus von Dohnányi, Charité) in the kidnapping and torture of a woman. Karla diagnoses him with a serious narcissistic personality disorder and suspects he is a serial killer. She also believes he’s hiding another victim, but he won’t tell her anything unless she reveals her most intimate secrets to him…
Costarring Aaron Friesz (Freud) and Marie-Christine Friedrich (Inspector Rex), Delirium has its linear TV debut on Saturday, October 29, at 8:30 PM ET, on Eurochannel.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
Red Election (Sweden)
Set in London in an alternate version of the present day, British Intelligence Agent Beatrice Ogilvy (Lydia Leonard, Gentleman Jack, Ten Percent) witnesses a deadly chemical attack on a Russian informant she was working with. Just moments before, he tried to warn her about an imminent terror attack on British soil. Beatrice is left with only clue: codename REDBACK. Meanwhile, Danish Secret Service agent Katrine Poulson (Victoria Carmen Sonne, Holiday, Winter Brothers) discovers that her boyfriend, who works for a bio-chemical company in Scotland, has gone missing. They don’t know it yet, but these two women’s paths are about to collide.
All this is happening against a backdrop of simmering international tensions, where newly-elected Prime Minister Adam Cornwell (James D’Arcy, Homeland, Those Who Kill) announces a referendum to decide the future of Scotland in the United Kingdom.
Red Election begins streaming Sunday, October 2, on Hulu.
In this horror thriller from Dario Argento, young operetta Betty (Cristina Marsillach, Simple Like Silver) is thrust into a leading role in Verdi’s Macbeth, but she’s unprepared for the carnage that’s going to be unleashed: The black-gloved killer who’s been stalking Betty ties her up and tapes needles around her eyes to force her to watch vicious murders being committed.
The Stendhal Syndrome (La sindrome di Stendhal) (Italy)
Another horror thriller from Dario Argento is this one starring his daughter, Asia Argento (Islands). She plays Anna, a detective who begins suffering strange hallucinations and fainting, symptoms of Stendhal Syndrome, while hunting a serial killer. When the killer kidnaps and rapes her, it begins a process that threatens all who cross Anna’s path.
The Painted Bird (Czech Republic-Slovakia-Ukraine)
Based on Jerzy Kosinski‘s novel of the same name, this epic drama follows Joska (Petr Kotlár), a young Jewish boy, as he navigates the perils of WWII Europe to reunite with his family, and encounters many different people along the way.
Starring Udo Kier (Swan Song), Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl), Harvey Keitel (Smoke), Julian Sands (Warlock), and Barry Pepper (The Kennedys), The Painted Bird begins streaming Sunday, October 16, on IFC Films Unlimited and its digital channels, including IFC Films Unlimited on Amazon, AMC+, and AMC+ on Amazon.
Spin: Season 1 (Les hommes de l’ombre) (France)
This political drama stars Bruno Wolkowitch (Murder in the Morvan) as communications pro Simon Kapita, and Grégory Fitoussi (Spiral) as Ludovic Desmeuze, Simon’s former protégé. In Season 1, the French president is assassinated, and campaigns for the presidential candidates pit Bruno and Ludovic against each other.
Header photo credits: Top row (L-R): Deadwind courtesy of Netflix; The Chalk Line courtesy of Netflix | Bottom row (L-R): Allmen (Photo by Stanislav Honzik © ARD Degeto) courtesy of MHz Choice; Broll (Photo by Petro Domenigg © Aichholzer Film) courtesy of MHz Choice
For details about the October premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of programs from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place.
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