Foxtel Highlights – Monday July 20 to Sunday July 26, 2020

The Singapore Grip (image – Foxtel)

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday July 20 to Sunday July 26, 2020

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

Are you ready for your next British period drama?

This week sees the debut of The Singapore Grip, an adaptation of JG Farrell’s novel set during WWII. When an idealistic young man, Matthew Webb (Luke Treadaway) travels to British Malaya where his family’s business is based, the war, and romance, throws his plans into disarray. The cast of this epic drama includes David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks and Charles Dance.

It’s also a time when many like to dig out their tinsel and make mulled wine to celebrate a semi-festive occasion! So spend the coming weekend being merry and enjoying the Christmas in July Pop-Up Movie Event featuring recent classics like Last Christmas and, of course, Love Actually.

There are also plenty of great movies of the non-Christmas kind, including the comedy-horror Ready or Not starring Australia’s Samara Weaving, the latest take on Charlie’s Angels with Kristen Stewart leading the charge, and the well-received drama Luce featuring Naomi Watts.

You can also catch the latest in FOX SHOWCASE’s line-up of impressive sport documentaries with Women of Troy which profiles a trailblazing women’s college basketball team; get some foodie inspo on The Great Canadian Bake Off; and cheer on as the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership continues, with two games this Saturday in particular that you don’t want to miss!

Continuing series include: Perry Mason (FOX SHOWCASE), What We Do in the Shadows (FOX SHOWCASE), McMillion$ (FOX SHOWCASE), Nurses (FOX ONE), The 100 (FOX8), Celebrity Call Center (E!), Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery Channel), Below Deck Mediterranean (Arena), Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Arena), Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic), The Planets (BBC Earth), Siren (FOX8), Washington (HISTORY), 10 Steps to Murder (Crime + Investigation), Ancient Skies (HISTORY), Married to Medicine Los Angeles (Arena), Murder in the Heartland (Investigation Discovery), Dead of Winter (Investigation Discovery), Aussie Salvage Squad (Discovery Channel), Outback Truckers (A&E), Destination Wild: Equator’s Wild Secrets (Nat Geo WILD), Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials (Discovery Channel), Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (BBC Earth), The Bone Detectives (HISTORY), NCIS: New Orleans (FOX CRIME), 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), 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), 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), 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 20

The Substitute – Nickelodeon, 6pm

Get set for hilarity galore as some of your favourite Nickelodeon personalities undergo complete transformations to pull off the ultimate undercover pranks! With hidden cameras capturing the fun, stars including Henry Danger’s Jace Norman, JoJo Siwa and John Cena don disguises as substitute teachers as they put unsuspecting kids through their paces, all for a laugh.

Snow Animals – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

Winter is tough on animals, with the need to prepare, plan ahead and stock up on supplies in order to withstand the harsh conditions that can last months on end. Follow along as this documentary captures the ways in which various species – from red squirrels to starlings and even monarch butterflies – have adapted to survive.

AFL 360 – FOX FOOTY, 7.30pm

Another exciting week of footy lies ahead and FOX FOOTY will bring fans all the live action and news beginning tonight on AFL 360. Join Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson to discuss the round we’ve just seen over the weekend and look ahead to changes to fixtures and locations. The duo then hands over to Gerard Healy, Jonathan Brown, Nick Riewoldt and Garry Lyon for On The Couch.

Air Crash Investigation: Special Report – National Geographic, 7.30pm

This series takes a look at some of the system failures that have occurred during flights and the lasting impacts they have had on the pilots, as well as the new regulations that were subsequently put in place in a bid to make the aviation industry safer for travellers.

Monsters of the Deep – Nat Geo WILD, 9.30pm

No-one does terrifying natural phenomena quite like Nat Geo WILD! Be warned: you’ll be wary of getting back in the water this summer as Monsters of the Deep gets up close and personal with the strange, alien creatures that have hidden for eons in the depths of the world’s oceans.

Tuesday, July 21

Lost on Everest – National Geographic, 8.30pm

On June 8, 1924, while attempting Mount Everest’s first ever summit, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine disappeared. Though Mallory’s body was found in 1999, Irvine remains missing. Join the search as Mark Synnott and Renan Ozturk attempt to locate Irvine and determine who was first to conquer the world’s tallest mountain.

The Great Canadian Bake Off – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

It’s time for some of Canada’s super-passionate home bakers to strut their stuff in the first season of this addition to the Bake Off franchise! Join actors and hosts Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) and Julia Chan (Katy Keene), and judges Bruno Feldeisen and Canadian-Australian Rochelle Adonis as they put 10 keen participants through their paces in the search to crown Canada’s most talented baking aficionado.

OJ: Made in America – On Demand

This five-part docuseries takes a deep dive into one of the most surprising US crime stories of the 20th century. More than just an in-depth exploration of the events and subsequent 1995 murder trial of former NFL star OJ Simpson, it examines his life and is an observation on the cult of celebrity, modern America and the racial division within it.

Hypothetical – UKTV, 9.35pm

Catch a new episode of this hilarious new series hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, in which comedians are presented with increasingly absurd hypothetical situations and are scored on just how well they would deal with them! Over three rounds, the two teams must think on their feet as they are interrogated on their answers.

Wednesday, July 22

Women of Troy – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

Tune in for this special documentary following the groundbreaking Cheryl Miller-led Trojans – the women’s basketball team from the University of Southern California (USC). They conquered the depths of adversity, going on to win two national titles and being the first college women’s basketball team to visit the White House. Featuring interviews with all-time USC greats, it’s a chance to see the impact Miller and her team has had.

The Crime Boss – Store

Liam Hemsworth leads this black-comedy crime caper as Kyle Ribb, a drug dealer promoted to a more senior role in the operation by kingpin Frog (Vince Vaughn), and sent to work alongside the brash Swin (Clark Duke, who also directs). Unfortunately, several mishaps and poor decisions land the pair in Frog’s crosshairs. With plenty of over-the-top violence and colourful dialogue, Duke’s directorial debut has fans comparing his work to Quentin Tarantino.

When Sharks Attack Compilation – Nat Geo WILD, 6.30pm

The effects of a shark attack in its local waters can really shake up a small town. This compilation special from the popular When Sharks Attack explores many of these terrifying incidents in a variety of locations, and explores why they happened, and the aftermath experienced by the community.

The World from Above – On Demand

Transport yourself midweek thanks to this stunning series. From the spectacular coast of Brazil to the Augrabies Falls in South Africa, urban US landscapes, the plains of Iceland and more, thanks to advances in aerial photography using helicopters, drones, planes and satellites, The World from Above provides a view of our planet unlike anything you’ve seen before.

When We Were Apollo – HISTORY, 10.30pm

Through a series of daring and dangerous missions, NASA’s Apollo astronauts captured the world’s imagination in their quest to reach the moon and take mankind’s first steps into the universe. Made for last year’s 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, this special reveals illuminating stories of the mammoth team effort that made the race to the moon a success.

Thursday, July 23

Aussie Gold Hunters, s5 – Discovery Channel, 7.30pm

There’s never a dull moment in the quest for that elusive gold, and in tonight’s episode catastrophic bushfires threaten to derail the Poseidon Crew’s campaign. With dangerous conditions bearing down on Brent and Ethan, the pair are determined to push ahead. Meanwhile, north of Kalgoorlie, the Gold Gypsies face extreme heat that could force them to abandon their new lease.

Til Death Do Us Part – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm

It’s a new episode in the series that follows love stories that did not end well. When Marty and Glenna Duram were found gunned down in their own home, investigators couldn’t have predicted the incredible twists and turns involved in solving this case. The full story not only involves drugs and stolen money, but a surprise key witness – a pet parrot!

Monty Don’s American Gardens – LifeStyle, 9.30pm

British horticulturist Monty Don winds up his exploration of quintessential American gardens tonight, beginning in Arizona and heading west to California. From native cacti used in place of traditional lawns to the grandeur of Hollywood’s manicured estates, let the landscape expert open your eyes to these patches of delight and inspiration.

Goodfellas – Foxtel Movies Greats, 8.30pm

As part of Foxtel Movies Greats’ month devoted to ’90s classics comes this Martin Scorsese masterpiece. It chronicles the rise of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a real-life mainstay of the mobster world, and features a knock-out cast including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco, and is often cited as one of the finest examples of the Mob genre ever made.

Friday, July 24

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, s9 – LifeStyle, 2pm

This spin-off of the popular British antiquing series is just as fun as the original. A new season sees everyone from boy band rivals Keith Duffy (Boyzone) and Brian McFadden (Westlife) to English actors Will Mellor and Nick Pickard traversing the countryside for the hidden gems that will hopefully fetch their chosen charity the most money at auction.

Christmas In July Pop-Up Movie Event – Foxtel Movies Hits, from 8.30pm

A little mid-year cheer is sure to warm the cockles of your heart when Foxtel Movies delivers a special pop-up channel crammed with festive films. Over three days, starting tonight, enjoy modern masterpieces celebrating the most wonderful time of the year such as Love Actually, Last Christmas, Elf and more. Get the tinsel out of the cupboard, crank up the carols, and be merry!

Swamp Thing marathon – BoxSets, from 10am

Revisit all 10 episodes today of this sci-fi series based on the legend of a mysterious swamp monster. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a swamp-born virus and discovers there are terrors lurking in the dark waters, and by the end she’ll understand that not everything is as it seems.

Ready or Not – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Aussie Samara Weaving stars in this gruesome blockbuster as a new bride caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with her superstitious, murderous in-laws. With darkly comedic undertones, the suspenseful horror will have you on the edge of your seat as Grace (Weaving) fights to escape her wedding night with her life.

Escape from Pretoria – Store

Immerse yourself in this locally-shot drama based on the unbelievable true story of Tim Jenkin’s escape from Pretoria Central Prison in 1979. Daniel Radcliffe stars as the ingenious anti-apartheid activist in this nail-biting thriller, with our very own South Australia doubling as South Africa.

Saturday, July 25

Christmas in July – FOX Classics, 12pm and 8.30pm

A cosy Saturday in is just what the doctor ordered with a double-screening of Christmas-themed Hollywood greats at 12pm and 8.30pm. So hunker down with a hot chocolate and enjoy back-to-back classics, such as the original Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life.

2020 NRL Telstra Premiership: Sharks vs Dragons – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE from 5.30pm

With plenty of NRL happening across the weekend, there are two Super Saturday clashes you definitely don’t want to miss. At 5.30pm see what happens when the Sharks try to knock some heat out of the Dragons in a must-see local derby. Following this, your evening’s entertainment is sorted when the Raiders welcome the Rabbitohs to GIO Stadium at 7.30pm.

Charlie’s Angels – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

In a reimagining of the ’70s TV series, a fresh team of Angels is introduced to a new generation. Working under the watchful eye of Bosley (Elizabeth Banks, who pulls double-duty as director), Jane (Ella Balinska) and Sabina (Kristen Stewart) must protect a scientist (Naomi Scott) while dealing with a shocking betrayal from within.

Alien Planet Earths – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

It was once thought that Earth was the only planet capable of sustaining humans, but thanks to NASA’s groundbreaking Kepler mission, astronomers now believe there are over 20 billion alien worlds with the potential for life. Through state-of-the-art CGI, journey across the Milky Way to the surface of newly discovered exoplanets in the search for evidence of alien life.

Wentworth, s7 – On Demand

With the penultimate offering of Australia’s most exciting TV drama almost upon us (it starts on Tuesday July 28 on FOX SHOWCASE), why not spend the weekend bingeing the most recent outing so that you’re fully prepared? The final two episodes of season seven in particular are perhaps the most tense and thrilling the series has seen so far!

Sunday, July 26

The Singapore Grip – BBC First, 8.30pm

This new six-part series takes place during the period of British rule in Singapore, with the English living the high life of luxury, however WWII soon puts a stop to that. At the centre is Matthew Webb (Luke Treadaway), who heads over to join his family’s powerful firm, but finds himself drawn into something much bigger and more dangerous. This epic drama also stars Charles Dance, David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks and Elizabeth Tan.

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, s4 – TLC, 8.30pm

It’s the return of the 90 Day Fiancé spin-off that looks at what happens prior to a couple entering the standard 90-day US visa process, and participants will travel to meet their lovers with whom they’ve only spent time online. This season, two Aussies are taking part, and we’ll also see the series’ first same-sex pair. Each episode is followed by reaction series 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days – Pillow Talk, which sees fans and previous cast members dissect what’s happening on the show.

Luce – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

In this drama, adapted from the stage play of the same name, Tim Roth and Naomi Watts play the parents of adopted son Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr), from Eritrea. However, some issues arise for the high-achieving teenager when his teacher (Octavia Spencer) makes some troubling accusations against him. A thought-provoking film tackling the issue of racial bias.

Watchmen marathon – BoxSets, from 10am

BoxSets concludes its Superhuman Showdown stunt full of mega marathons with one drama that takes the superhero genre to a new level – Watchmen. Truly epic, this reimagining of the famous graphic novel tackles race relations in an otherworldly way with every episode like a self-contained feature film.

Avenue 5 – On Demand

Want something to make you smile on a Sunday night? Stream this hilarious comedy headed up by Hugh Laurie as the captain of a space cruise ship who must keep his cool amid the chaos when his vessel runs into some trouble that throws it off course, and his passengers aren’t happy!

^ 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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