TV shows set in beautiful European locations

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Emily in Paris, Netflix

The titular Emily of Emily in Paris, played by Lily Collins, might be the exact type of traveller you cross the Seine to avoid if you actually were in Paris. Rocking a beret panic-purchased from the airport, Emily is not a likeable character, yet somehow the Netflix comedy is très enjoyable. Watching Emily fall for heartthrob Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) while also trying (and failing) to master the language is quite charming, plus the show delivers a postcard version of Paris, all cobbled streets and croissants.

Riviera, SBS on Demand

Fancy a trip to the French Riviera aboard a luxury yacht? Riviera has you covered with all three seasons of the drama available on SBS on Demand. The series focuses on American art curator Georgina Clios (Julia Stiles), whose life is upended after her billionaire husband Constantine (Anthony Lapaglia) dies in a suspicious yacht accident.

Following his death, Georgina discovers that beneath the beauty of the French Riviera lies a dark underbelly. The cat and mouse game will hook you in, but the scenery will make you hit “next episode”.

Live vicariously through Julia Stiles with SBS on Demand series, Riviera.

Live vicariously through Julia Stiles with SBS on Demand series, Riviera.Credit:Des Willie

The Night Manager, Prime Video

The Night Manager is basically the TV version of a Contiki trip, with each episode whisking viewers off to an exciting new location, including Zurich, Majorca, Madrid, Monaco and London. Tom Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a hotel manager who finds himself swept up in the world of international arms dealing after an affair with a hotel guest.

Beautiful people, beautiful locations. Tom Hiddlestone (centre) leads an all star cast on The Night Manager.

Beautiful people, beautiful locations. Tom Hiddlestone (centre) leads an all star cast on The Night Manager.

Normal People, Stan

Everything about the small screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling book was beautiful: the cast, the dialogue, the sex, and most importantly, the locations. If you’re after rolling green hills, County Sligo in rural Ireland acted as the backdrop for the beginning of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell’s (Paul Mescal) love story.

Midway through the series, we had a stopover in Lulea, an uber-cool coastal city in Swedish Lapland, before jetting off to Marianne’s family holiday home in Trieste, north-eastern Italy in episode eight.

If you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can book the real-life villa that doubled as Marianne’s home, Il Casale Tenuta Verzano, which is situated among the picturesque hills of Sant’Oreste (about an hour north of Rome by car) and only costs about $70 a night on Airbnb.


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