Foxtel Highlights – Monday July 27 to Sunday August 2, 2020

Wentworth (image – Foxtel)

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday July 27 to Sunday August 2, 2020

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

Get out your teal tracksuit because it’s time once more to head back behind bars for Wentworth! That’s right, the much-anticipated new season of the award-winning drama returns this week and fans have been desperate to see what’s going to go down this time at the titular correctional facility. Prepare to meet some new faces guaranteed to shake things up!

Another must-see this week is the Indigenous Round of the 2020 NRL Telstra Championship, which begins with a must-see clash between the Dragons and the Rabbitohs, and also includes a Knights and Storm meet-up that is sure to be a thriller.

Sport fans will also be staying up for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship: Pirelli British Grand Prix which is set to get underway at the famous Silverstone Circuit, and F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton will be looking for yet another victory on home soil.

Also this week, prepare to be swept up in a new tantalising British crime drama thanks to Traces; immerse yourself in the heart-stopping action series Trackers; or if you’re looking for some feel-good TV right about now, you won’t want to go past the special Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Life in Lockdown which follows one of our favourite families as they take care of their treasured animals while the famous Australia Zoo has temporarily closed its doors.

So this week, spend plenty of quality time inside thanks to Foxtel!

Continuing series include: Perry Mason (FOX SHOWCASE), What We Do in the Shadows (FOX SHOWCASE), The Singapore Grip (BBC First), McMillion$ (FOX SHOWCASE), Nurses (FOX ONE), Celebrity Call Center (E!), Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery Channel), 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (TLC), Below Deck Mediterranean (Arena), Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Arena), Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic), The Planets (BBC Earth), Siren (FOX8), The Great Canadian Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), The Real Housewives of New York City (Arena), 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), 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), Portrait Artist of the Year (Foxtel Arts), 60 Days In (Crime + Investigation), Dragons’ Den (UKTV), Homicide’s Elite (Crime + Investigation), America’s Top Dog (A&E), Building the Dream (LifeStyle Home), The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (The Comedy Channel).

Monday, July 27 

Arnie’s Birthday Week – Foxtel Movies Action, from 8.30pm

To celebrate Austrian former body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 73rd birthday this month, sit back, relax and enjoy some of his most explosive hits – including mind-bending sci-fi classic Total Recall and The Terminator, featuring the cybernetic character he’ll forever be associated with – airing over five action-packed days.

Florida: America’s Animal Paradise – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

This special takes a closer inspection of Florida’s diverse natural habitat. The state may be a paradise for everything from alligators to deer and even manatees thanks to its mix of Everglades wetland, crystal-clear rivers, coral reefs and pine forests, but with the human population continuing to grow, can the wildlife survive much longer?

Top Gear: Top Fails – Discovery Channel, 7.30pm

Do you remember the time Top Gear revheads Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson attempted to outrun the Stig in a cop car while driving an industrial van? How about when they built trains out of cars and raced those? Hammond reflects on some of the series’ most spectacular – and hilarious! – failed endeavours.

Murder in Amish Country – On Demand

Quiet, devout and with their backs firmly turned on the modern world, the Amish people of America should enjoy peaceful lives free of crime. The reality, however, is very different, with this series exploring intergenerational and cross-clan rivalries that explode into violence and fuel a dark underbelly of vigilante culture. All episodes available On Demand.

Tuesday, July 28

Wentworth, s8A – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

The wait is finally over – Wentworth is back! And there’s a new Top Dog in town. Allie (Kate Jenkinson) may look sweet as pie, but don’t be fooled: having learned from the best, she wastes no time in asserting her authority when her position is questioned by new inmate – and former Top Dog – Lou Kelly (Kate Box). It’s time for Teal Tuesday and we wouldn’t have it any other way as this award-winning Aussie drama returns.

Expecting Amy – FOX SHOWCASE, 9.20pm

Don’t miss this three-part documentary that follows comedy star Amy Schumer as she prepares for a live comedy special. However, as Schumer finds herself dealing with a difficult pregnancy, it’s uncertain whether the filming will get underway. Thanks to Schumer’s funny, frank and up-front take on life, this glimpse of her journey outside the stand-up stage is a must.

Served! With Jade Thirlwall – MTV, 6pm

This fun self-filmed series – airing in celebration of Global Pride – sees Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall compete against an array of celebrity drag queens, including RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star The Vivienne, in a mystery-box cooking competition. Who will be crowned champion? And who will get egg on their face?

Bikini Bottom Mysteries – On Demand

Dive into Bikini Bottom Mysteries any time of the day! This is a fun spin-off of the popular SpongeBob SquarePants series – an enduring favourite of audiences young and young at heart! Each episode of this light-hearted show focuses on a different mystery involving one of the residents of Bikini Bottom. A combination of SpongeBob, mysteries and a silly premise? Count us in!

Wednesday, July 29  

Black Christmas – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 10.20pm

Take your Christmas in July celebrations on a terrifying turn with this remake of the 1974 horror classic. Giving the original a feminist twist, it finds a group of sorority sisters being stalked during the festive season by a mysterious masked killer. However, these young women, headed by Riley (Imogen Poots) decide to confront their evil enemy once and for all.

Greed – Store

Tune in to this hilarious satire of the super-rich that sees a disgraced retail mogul Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan) – loosely based on Topshop’s Sir Philip Green – attempt to salvage his public image by throwing an extravagant 60th birthday party on Mykonos. This takedown of the fashion industry is directed by acclaimed helmer Michael Winterbottom, and also stars Isla Fisher and David Mitchell.

State of Play: Inherent Violence – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

Is it possible that violence is an inherent part of sports? This documentary explores combat sports through two unique father-son relationships: an American professional MMA fighter combat training his young son, and in Florence, Italy, a retired player of Calcio Storico who has trained his son to compete in this violent form of soccer.

The Terminator – Foxtel Movies Action, 8.30pm

Arnie’s Birthday Week stunt continues and if there is one film that Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for, it is this 1984 sci-fi action blockbuster that remains a mind-bending must-see. Revisit this classic in which he plays a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill waitress Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) – but he’ll need to fight off Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) who is on a mission to stop him fulfilling his mission.

Geordie Shore, s21 – MTV, 7am, ENCORE at 9.30pm

Filmed in a pre-lockdown world, your favourite Geordies are back, but this time with a few new faces added to the mix. How will the arrival of Amelia Lily, Ant Kennedy and Louis Shaw stir things up? From romances to bromances, and plenty of ‘tashing on’, this wild reality series never lets up so get set for plenty more mayhem!

World’s Biggest Great White? Expedition Hawaii – Nat Geo WILD, 6.30pm

In 2019, not one but three of the largest great white sharks experts had ever seen, were spotted off the coastline of Oahu, Hawaii in waters where they rarely appear. Come along as marine specialists get an extraordinary up-close-and-personal look at these fearsome creatures.

Thursday, July 30

NRL Telstra Premiership: Dragons vs Rabbitohs – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE 7.50pm

It’s time for this season’s Indigenous Round which champions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NRL stars. At time of writing, proud Indigenous players Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Alex Johnston are all set to head onto the field at this clash between the Dragons and the Rabbitohs. It’s also your chance to see the two most successful clubs in NRL history take each other on – who’ll come out on top? Another Round 12 must-see is Sunday’s game between NRL powerhouses Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights, live at 4.05pm.

Making It, s2 – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

It’s a fresh season of this fun competition series hosted by good pals Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman who’ll once again guide some of the best craftspeople from all over the US through challenges. Participants will draw on their mutual love of creating with their hands to test their skills, learn new ones and share touching personal stories – all with a hefty dose of humour.

Traces – BBC First, 8.30pm

Nobody does crime drama like the Brits and this compelling series from the mind of lauded Scottish novelist Val McDermid is no exception. Driven by personal tragedy, student Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor) needs to find out what happened to her murdered mother, and a surprising link in a forensics course case study is the thread that will unravel a decades-old mystery.

The Professor and the Madman – Store

This historical film is quite the curiosity. It’s the fascinating true tale based on the collaboration between Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) and William Chester Minor (Sean Penn), a war veteran patient at Broadmoor’s Criminal Lunatic Asylum. This unlikely pair work together to compile the very first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Homicide’s Elite, s2 – Crime + Investigation, 9.30pm

In an all-new episode of Homicide’s Elite, detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez bring another of their most shocking cases to life by taking us through the events of Mark Schaller’s death in 2002. What began as a straightforward hook-up in a bar, soon turned into something much more sinister.

Friday, July 31

Trackers – FOX ONE, 7.30pm

Based on the novel by award-winning South African author Deon Meyer, this action-packed drama series weaves three gripping storylines together in one magnetic thriller, set among the dangerous underbelly of Cape Town. Battling organised crime, diamond-smuggling, terrorism and more, there’s never a dull moment for the complex characters at the heart of this riveting new show.

Sue Perkins in Japan – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

In an enlightening two-part special, English comedian and presenter Sue Perkins takes us on a journey through beautiful Japan to explore a country caught between a bustling hi-tech future and its traditionalist past. The balance is fascinating and it’s lovely to live vicariously while international travel is on hold for a while longer.

Mega Hammerhead: Ultimate Predator – Nat Geo WILD, 6.30pm

With more specialised hunting abilities than any other shark, the hammerhead makes for an intriguing species. With the predator now popping up in more unexpected places than ever before, marine biologist and conservationist Dr Neil Hammerschlag takes the opportunity to dive in and study these menacing but majestic creatures. 

Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris, s1 – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

A new episode of this fascinating true crime series sees award-winning journalist Tony Harris guide us through the tumultuous world of young love. But instead of hopes and dreams, there is only death and devastation. Digging deeper into this sad story, Harris discovers there were warning signs nobody noticed until it was too late.

Saturday, August 1

Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Life in Lockdown – Animal Planet, 7.30pm

Lockdown was tough on everybody, but spare a thought for Australia’s favourite family, the Irwins, and the animals at their iconic Australia Zoo. Amid restrictions, Terri, Bindi, Bob and Chandler and their dedicated team had to manage the enormity of feeding and caring for their beloved animals, and this endearing special shows us how they pulled it off with love, humour and that infectious Irwin can-do attitude.

Terminator: Dark Fate – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

He keeps promising he’ll be back and we can never get enough of this action-packed franchise featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the terrifying T-800. The exciting direct sequel to the first and second Terminator offerings (ignoring the others) revisits a world-weary Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) as she takes up a new fight against the machines from an apocalyptic future.

Sturgis Saturdays – Discovery Turbo, 8pm

Get your eyeball engines revved up because tonight begins a month of motorcycle mania on Discovery Turbo, featuring a line-up of specials every Saturday celebrating the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. This full-throttle annual event attracts enthusiasts and their rides from all over the world, and you get an all-access pass to every corner throughout August via Sturgis: Raw, Great Mysteries: Sturgis and more.

Europe From Above – National Geographic, 7.30pm

Take to the skies as this series showcases Europe’s finest cultural and geographical landmarks from a point of view rarely seen before. Stunning aerial hyper-lapse photography allows us to visualise the changes of a season in seconds, as tulip fields in the Netherlands magically burst into colour and waterfalls in Italy’s Dolomites turn to ice.

Ghost Adventures: Quarantine – TLC, 9.30pm

Host Zak Bagans and his Ghost Adventures pals have bunked down in Bagans’ famous Haunted Museum in Las Vegas during lockdown to investigate some of the creepy artefacts housed there. And tonight’s episode is massive, with Bagans promising to open up his ‘Dybbuk Box’, rumoured to house an evil spirit (and was even blamed for some misfortunes that befell rapper, Post Malone after touching the box at the museum!).

Sunday, August 2

2020 FIA Formula One World Championship: Pirelli British Grand Prix – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE from 10pm

The F1 heads to the UK for two back-to-back blockbusters. Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton returns home to impress on the famous Silverstone circuit, one of only four from the original F1 calendar from 1950. With only a handful of events having taken place, there’s still plenty of room for surprises, and with young guns such as Red Bull’s Alexander Albon and McLaren’s Lando Norris impressing recently, they’re keeping some of our longtime stars on their toes. You’ll want to stay up to see how tonight’s big race plays out.

Naked and Afraid, s6 – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

It’s the endurance competition which takes everything away from participants – food, water, shelter and, yes, clothing! They’ll need their best survival skills to make it in some confronting environments alongside a complete stranger. Things get off to a massive start in tonight’s premiere as identical twins Amber and Serena from New Zealand are matched with two brothers for a special four-person challenge. How will they go?

McMillion$ – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

It’s the final episode of the docuseries which has followed the fascinating case of the McDonald’s Monopoly scandal in the US. When launched, this campaign was one of the most popular promotional stunts in history. However, an insider was rigging the outcome. This chronicle of this case has been very entertaining with a huge variety of colourful characters, see how it wraps tonight, or catch all episodes On Demand.

Hail, Caesar! – Foxtel Movies Drama, 8.30pm

If you feel like a smile to end the weekend, this film from esteemed directors Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) will charm you. Over the course of one day, a studio fixer in Hollywood’s Golden Age must tackle a plethora of problems, including gossip columnists, hungry up-and-comers and a kidnapped superstar! An all-star cast adds to the merriment.

The Plot Against America – BoxSets, from 10am

Debuting early 2020, this chilling drama is worth your attention and you can catch all six episodes today. Adapted from the acclaimed Philip Roth novel, it tells of a fictionalised version of aviator Charles Lindbergh (Ben Cole) elected to president only to reveal fascist leanings that whip up hatred towards those of the Jewish faith. It also stars Winona Ryder, John Turturro and Zoe Kazan.

^ 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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