Foxtel Highlights – Monday July 13 to Sunday July 19, 2020

Gemini Man (image – Foxtel)

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday July 13 to Sunday July 19, 2020

Programming available to stream live and On Demand on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go^

Get ready to speed into a new week on Foxtel!

It’s always great to see blockbuster legend Will Smith back on our screens and you get not one, but two, of him in the movie Gemini Man, directed by acclaimed helmer Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain). This sci-fi thriller finds Smith playing a hardened hitman who finds himself up against his most fierce opponent – a younger, fitter, clone of himself!

This week also sees a fun new reality series kick-off – Celebrity Call Center. And the title says it all! A bunch of your favourite celebs will take calls from the public, ready to lend a supportive ear, or maybe just have a good chinwag. We can’t wait to see what kooky conversations occur!

Of course, the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership continues apace, featuring a grand final rematch between the Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders. Will Sydney pull off a win again, or is it time for Canberra’s revenge? Another clash sees Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels, and Manly will be looking to settle the score after a controversial loss to the Eels earlier this season.

You can also catch all the excitement of the F1 Formula One World Championship which roars into Hungary this week, and all drivers will be making up for lost time.

A shadier side of sport comes your way with HBO’s The Scheme, part of FOX SHOWCASE’s Wednesday night series of factual specials. This gripping documentary looks at one the biggest college basketball scandals of recent times, and talks to the young man at the centre of the whole enterprise.

So settle in, it’s a huge week on Foxtel!

Continuing series include: Perry Mason (FOX SHOWCASE), The Trouble with Maggie Cole (BBC First), What We Do in the Shadows (FOX SHOWCASE), Forensic Files II (Crime + Investigation), McMillion$ (FOX SHOWCASE), Nurses (FOX ONE), The 100 (FOX8), Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery Channel), Dragnificent! (TLC), Below Deck Mediterranean (Arena), Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Arena), Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic), Siren (FOX8), Washington (HISTORY), Married to Medicine Los Angeles (Arena), Dead of Winter (Investigation Discovery), Aussie Salvage Squad (Discovery Channel), Outback Truckers (A&E), 90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined (TLC), Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials (Discovery Channel), Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (BBC Earth), The Bone Detectives (HISTORY), Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It (LifeStyle), Contact (Discovery Channel), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), The Real Housewives of Johannesburg (Arena), Vera (FOX Sleuth), Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost (Discovery Channel), Property Brothers: Forever Home (LifeStyle Home), Til Death Do Us Part (Investigation Discovery), Scott & Bailey (FOX Sleuth), Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories (Crime + Investigation), Hypothetical (UKTV), Judge Judy (Arena), BattleBots (Discovery Turbo), Double Shot at Love (MTV), The Zoo (Animal Planet), Teen Mom UK (MTV), Alien Highway (Discovery Channel), Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris (Investigation Discovery), Portrait Artist of the Year (Foxtel Arts), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (The Comedy Channel), 60 Days In (Crime + Investigation), DIY SOS: The Big Build (LifeStyle), Law & Order: SVU (Universal TV), Expedition Bigfoot (Animal Planet), Dragons’ Den (UKTV), Homicide’s Elite (Crime + Investigation), The Real Housewives of New York City (Arena), America’s Top Dog (A&E), Wildest Places (BBC Earth), Building the Dream (LifeStyle Home), The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (The Comedy Channel).

Monday, July 13

Natural World: Meet the Bears – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

They’re some of the biggest land mammals on the planet, but bears rely on much more than just brawn to survive in nature. This special, narrated by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, reveals the eight species that populate our globe have adapted, upskilled and grown more resourceful in order to thrive in our ever-changing world.

Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, s2 – Nick Jr, 4.30pm

Pint-sized YouTube sensation Ryan Kaji is back, joined by his parents Loann and Shion, and animated pals Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda – not to mention some very special mystery playdates! Join in all the fun, from physical challenges to unboxing puzzles and plenty more, when this series returns, airing weekdays.

Banged Up Abroad, s13 – National Geographic, 8.30pm

This new season gets underway with the tale of Charles Falco – a drug dealer who, when faced with decades in the slammer, strikes a deal to turn police informant. For the first time, Falco tells his story of life undercover as he infiltrated the notorious Vagos biker gang. And stick around for the season two premiere of Banged Up Abroad: Crime & Punishment, airing immediately afterwards at 9.30pm.

When Sharks Attack: Updates – Nat Geo WILD, 6.30pm

In recent years, Florida’s beaches have seen the number of shark attacks on swimmers skyrocketing dramatically. This special takes a look at the reasons why the state is now known as the shark attack capital of the world and whether anything can be done to rectify the terrifying situation.

Kingdom Force – Cartoon Network, 4pm

Young viewers will love this fast-paced, colourful new animated series, airing weekdays, that follows five animal heroes who band together to serve and protect the citizens of their unique animal kingdoms. With fearless wolf leader Luka and a giant rescue robot named Alpha-Mech, there’s nothing this force for good can’t achieve.

Tuesday, July 14

Expedition Everest – National Geographic, 9.30pm

On May 23, 2019, climate scientists Tom Matthews and Baker Perry made history when they installed the highest weather station in the world: 8428 metres high on the Southeast Ridge of Mount Everest. They had to not only scale the mountain, but transport everything needed to make the structure, as well as race against time in order to erect it. This is their story.

Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories, s5 – Crime + Investigation, 9.30pm

When 15-year-old Danielle Jones went missing on her way to school in Essex in 2001, what eventuated was one of the most high-profile cases to hit headlines in decades. This is just one of the stories covered in the fifth instalment of this must-see series, shedding new light on some of Britain’s most infamous criminal cases.

Portrait Artist of the Year, s6 – Foxtel Arts, 7.30pm

Join presenter and journalist Joan Bakewell and actor and funnyman Stephen Mangan for new episodes of this captivating series which is as inspiring as it is entertaining. Each week, celebrities including actress Dame Harriet Walter (recently seen in Belgravia) and comic Micky Flanagan sit for the contestants, who have just four hours to complete a masterpiece. Talk about pressure!

Life – On Demand

For some soothing entertainment, stream episodes of this series in which Sir David Attenborough takes viewers on a journey to Kenya to witness cheetahs joining forces to hunt their prey; Antarctica, where killer whales patrol silently under the ice; and everywhere in between. It’s a truly fascinating deep dive into how the plants and animals that share our planet manage to survive.

Wednesday, July 15

Celebrity Call Center – E!, 7.30pm

It’s not every day you can pick up the phone and chat to a celebrity, but now this is a reality! In this new series, a group of famous faces, including Nick Cannon, Kelly Osbourne, Alyssa Milano and The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes, are ready to answer calls and share their advice and wisdom with everyday people. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The Scheme – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

In 2017 an extensive two-year undercover FBI investigation into a basketball corruption scandal led to the arrest of executives at Adidas and assistant coaches at major college programs – for scheming to unethically steer the recruitment of prominent athletes into colleges. Now, Christian Dawkins, the 25-year-old at the heart of the case, tells all.

The Kill Team – Store

This drama from director Dan Krauss is a fictionalised adaptation of his acclaimed 2013 documentary of the same name. After witnessing his platoon murdering Afghan civilians at the behest of the sadistic Sergeant Deeks (Alexander Skarsgård), US soldier Andrew Briggman (Nat Wolff) faces a dilemma. He must alert the military top brass and put a stop to the atrocities, but any attempt to blow the whistle could cost him his life.

Ancient Skies – HISTORY, 7.30pm

From the cavemen who stared at the sky in wonder to modern scientists who use technology to search beyond the stars, mankind has always been fascinated by the space around our planet. Using the latest CGI and some breathtaking footage, this series sheds light on what it would’ve looked like to gaze at the skies thousands of years ago, and what we may see in the future.

10 Steps To Murder – Crime + Investigation, 8.30pm

What drives a person to take a life? By investigating crimes from the perspective of both the killer and the victim, as well as interviewing investigators and those close to the deceased, and telling the story through gripping recreations, comes this unique docuseries that looks at the small incidents that would ultimately lead to murder.

Thursday, July 16

2020 NRL Telstra Premiership: Roosters vs Raiders – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE 7.50pm

It’s been a stop-start season of challenges for the NRL (and all sports, for that matter) but tonight’s 2019 grand final rematch between Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders is one of many must-watch clashes across the weekend. And Saturday July 18 delivers another, as that’s when the Manly Sea Eagles take on the Parramatta Eels, at 7.30pm, exclusive to FOX LEAGUE. The Sea Eagles will be looking for revenge against the Eels after a controversial forward pass earlier in the competition robbed Manly of the win. Who’ll come out on top this time?

The Planets – BBC Earth, 9.40pm

Bear witness to the most remarkable events in the history of the solar system, as this stunningly ambitious series utilises groundbreaking visual effects to transport viewers to the surface of the eight planets spinning in our corner of the universe. Physicist Brian Cox hosts this mind-expanding five-part journey.

The 100, s7 – FOX8, 8.30pm

As the final season of The 100 continues tonight, a situation is about to explode if Murphy (Richard Harmon) and Indra (Adina Porter) can’t diffuse the tensions bubbling to the surface, while old friends struggle to put the past aside and form new alliances. With our favourite characters spread far and wide, we can’t wait to see how it’s all going to come together in the end.

Property Brothers: Forever Home – LifeStyle Home, 8.30pm

In tonight’s new episode, Property brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott are coming to the rescue once again, as they help a couple with twins of their own turn an outdated childhood house full of important memories into a more practical and stylish family home.

Inception – Foxtel Movies Thriller, 8.30pm

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this visually spectacular movie as a brilliant thief who, with the help of his crack team, is tasked with subconsciously planting an idea in the mind of CEO Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy). But all is not what it seems in this Christopher Nolan-directed thriller, which still impresses 10 years after its original release.

Friday, July 17

The First Crack – FOX FOOTY

It’s the show that gives you an immediate take on what we’ve just seen, with gurus like Kelli Underwood, David King, Gerard Healy and Nick Dal Santo dissecting everything that’s just gone down as soon as tonight’s game is wrapped. Over the weekend, check in with Saturday Stretch tomorrow with Kath Loughnan, Tom Morris and Brad Johnson as they discuss everything we’ve seen that day; and Bounce on Sunday is more of the same, but with a bit more of a madcap twist, thanks to Jason Dunstall, Sharni Layton, Bernie Vince and the rest of the gang giving their spin on the latest round!

Destination Wild: Equator’s Wild Secrets – Nat Geo WILD, 8.30pm

Visit the volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador where some of the strangest, most fascinating living things to ever exist call home. Starting with the Galapagos tonight, this National Geographic series combines unparalleled cinematography and compelling storytelling to unveil the mysteries of the natural world.

Batwoman marathon – BoxSets, from 10am

Get set to binge on a marathon screening of the first season of Batwoman today. Ruby Rose brings the caped crusader to life in a modern take on the character of Kate Kane. But besides the non-stop butt-kicking action and drama, there are also epic crossover episodes featuring DC superheroes Supergirl, Superman and The Flash.

NCIS: New Orleans, s4 – FOX Crime, 2.30pm

Don’t go past this classic spin-off series about the local field office of NCIS that investigates criminal military cases in the ‘Big Easy’. In a decadent town teeming with entertainment, music and a not-so-hidden dark side, the work never ends for Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team.

Bad Education – On Demand

Hugh Jackman received career-best reviews this year for this dark comedy inspired by the true events surrounding the largest public-school embezzlement scheme in American history, also starring Alison Janney. Jackman’s charming superintendent Frank Tassone struggles to keep his district from falling apart while a young journalist (Geraldine Viswanathan) pulls at the threads that could unravel it. Great Friday night viewing.

Saturday, July 18

Gemini Man – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Retiring after a job gone wrong, assassin Henry Brogan (Will Smith) faces the ultimate threat when he lands on the hit list of a younger, faster version of himself. Smith pulls double duty as both Brogan and Junior with the help of innovative CGI techniques in the action-packed blockbuster, helmed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi).

100% Wolf – Store

Freddy Lupin (voiced by Ilai Swindells) is the latest in a long line of werewolves and finds himself racing against time to prove he has the chops to join the pack after his first ‘warfing’ turns him into a poodle. The voice cast of this adorable Aussie animation also includes Samara Weaving, Jai Courtney, Magda Szubanski and Jane Lynch.

Contact – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

The unprecedented global investigation into whether aliens have contacted Earth continues as experts Paul Beban and Kawa Mawlayee investigate a UFO crash site in Argentina, as well as eyewitness accounts of mysterious ‘men in black’. Meanwhile Sarah Cruddas and Nick Karnaze track a pattern of low-altitude UFOs in Phoenix, and explore the records of a 1947 crash with connections to Roswell.

The Trouble with Maggie Cole – BBC First, 8.30pm

Maggie Cole (Dawn French) has learnt a hard lesson since she got tipsy and spilled her community’s secrets on the radio, but she’s finally realised what’s most important in tonight’s final episode with her only concern re-uniting her own family. Ahead of the must-see finale, catch-up on all previous episodes of this British comedy On Demand.

Sunday, July 19

FIA Formula 1 World Championship – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE from 9.30pm

The Formula 1 roars into Hungary, culminating in tonight’s big race, coming live on FOX SPORTS. With all drivers wanting to make up for lost time, including Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo who won this event in 2014, you can expect it will be a thriller, amped up by the Hungaroring’s many twists and turns. And don’t forget you can catch every moment of the entire event on your favourite mobile device thanks to coverage on the Foxtel Go app.

Murder in the Heartland – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

When a terrible crime occurs in a small town, it can tear the place apart. This fascinating series takes a different approach to reporting some horrific deeds. It canvasses the stories of locals – whether family members, businesspeople, or the police – to provide a broader picture of what went down, and how justice was obtained.

Alien Highway – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

It’s a new episode of the series that finds Chuck Zukowski, his son Daniel, and investigator Heather Taddy as they explore possible extraterrestrial contact along Nevada’s State Route 375. Tonight they’ll head to the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah to see if a creature spotted lurking could be from another world, and then they’ll look into some UFO sightings off the coast of Southern California. Could the military be involved?

90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined – TLC, 8.30pm

Having launched in 2014, 90 Day Fiancé tells stories of couples facing up to the pressure of US visa applications. And this latest spin-off has revisited participants, going right back to season one, to see how they’re coping in lockdown – either through footage they’ve recorded themselves, or interviews done via video. Catch the final in this outing, but don’t fret, because a new season of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days arrives next week!

Mr Inbetween – On Demand

Fans of this Australian drama about the trials and tribulations of hitman Ray Shoesmith, played with award-winning style by Scott Ryan, will be thrilled to hear that a third season has just been confirmed. So there’s no better time to get reacquainted with the first two seasons, available to stream On Demand.

^ Selected programming available to stream on demand across internet-connected Foxtel iQ3 and iQ4 boxes, on Foxtel Now and on devices via Foxtel Go. Foxtel Now customers please note that BoxSets is not available on Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now customers cannot access Store titles, MAIN EVENT or any of our specialty channels. The “no ad-breaks during play” claim for AFL/NRL does not apply to Foxtel Now.

DISCLAIMER: Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, all programming is subject to late change. Foxtel may vary channel content or transmission times. Foxtel is not liable for any loss or disappointment any viewer may suffer as a result. All times listed are AEST.

Aaron Ryan
Aaron Ryan is currently the Broadcast Guide Editor and a News Contributor for TV Blackbox. An experienced media writer, his work has appeared on sites including TV Central and Mumbrella since 2009. Aaron can be heard weekly on Gold and Power FM | Call/Text - 0400 218 566

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