Foxtel Highlights – Monday August 3 to Sunday August 9, 2020

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (image – Foxtel)

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday August 3 to Sunday August 9, 2020

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

Some incredible factual specials and series are the centrepiece of this week’s highlights on Foxtel.

True crime fans will not want to miss the riveting series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. It reveals how blogger and amateur detective Michelle McNamara’s incredible determination helped lead to the capture of the serial killer known as ‘The Golden State Killer’. It’s must-see television.


You also do not want to miss the new documentary Hiroshima: 75 Years On which takes a comprehensive look at the terrible atomic bomb attack as the anniversary of this tragic event approaches.

On a lighter note, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson comes to our screens for a revamped Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which will transform the houses (and lives) of everyday Americans. You can also see what the Aussie Lobster Men are up to; get your fix of drama with the new season of The Real Housewives of Potomac; and be inspired by Britain’s Best Home Cook.

Sport fans can finally get to see what happens when the delayed 2020 PGA Championship gets underway; the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020 takes place; and both the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership and the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership continue.

Speaking of continuing, there are also new episodes of addictive dramas Wentworth, Traces and The Singapore Grip. It’s a bumper week!

Continuing series include: Wentworth (FOX SHOWCASE), Perry Mason (FOX SHOWCASE), What We Do in the Shadows (FOX SHOWCASE), The Singapore Grip (BBC First), Expecting Amy (FOX SHOWCASE), Nurses (FOX ONE), Traces (BBC First), Trackers (FOX ONE), Celebrity Call Center (E!), The 100 (FOX8), Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery Channel), Making It (LifeStyle), 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (TLC), Below Deck Mediterranean (FOX ARENA), Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (FOX 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 (FOX ARENA), Geordie Shore (MTV), 10 Steps to Murder (Crime + Investigation), Murder in the Heartland (Investigation Discovery), Naked and Afraid (Discovery Channel), Dead of Winter (Investigation Discovery), Outback Truckers (A&E), Destination Wild: Equator’s Wild Secrets (Nat Geo WILD), 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 (FOX ARENA), 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 (FOX ARENA), BattleBots (Discovery Turbo), Double Shot at Love (MTV), The Zoo (Animal Planet),  Portrait Artist of the Year (Foxtel Arts), 60 Days In (Crime + Investigation), Dragons’ Den (UKTV), Homicide’s Elite (Crime + Investigation), The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (The Comedy Channel).

Monday, August 3

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – TLC, 8.30pm

Former Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosts this revamped series, which sees worthy Americans given complete home makeovers by a team of experts in just seven days. We dare you to not shed a tear at the heartbreaking and inspirational stories of people overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.

The Real Housewives of Potomac, s5 – FOX ARENA, EXPRESS at 1.30pm, ENCORE at 8.30pm

Batten down the hatches – there’s a storm brewing! Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett are all back, joined by newcomer Wendy Osefo for what’s being called the most shocking season yet, which includes an altercation between Samuels and Dillard Bassett that results in a contentious legal battle that threatens to tear the group apart!

Natural World: Attenborough’s Wonder of Eggs – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

Most of us wouldn’t give more than a fleeting thought to eggs, but for Sir David Attenborough, he declares they’re one of nature’s “most perfect” things. From insemination to incubation, hatching, their shape and their intrinsic purpose, the naturalist takes viewers on a deep dive into one of his favourite topics, and you might find yourself enamoured with eggs, too.

The Pool Master – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

Anthony Archer-Wills isn’t your average pool builder. This Brit has a passion for unique designs that “support the environment, provide homes to beds of aquatic plants and foster elements of mystery”. Prepare to be amazed as he and his team outdo themselves with some truly one-of-a-kind creations for lucky homeowners.

Operation Snow Tiger – BBC Earth, 9.40pm

With just 350 Siberian tigers left in the wild and numbers continuing to decline, animal biologist Liz Bonnin travels to the frozen forests of the Russian Far East to help a team of scientists study these elusive big cats – one of the world’s rarest animals – in a bid to determine what can be done to save them.

Tuesday, August 4

2020 Toyota AFL Premierships: Richmond vs Brisbane – FOX FOOTY, LIVE 7.10pm

FOX FOOTY Frenzy continues with Round 10 underway this week. All precedent has been thrown out the window with 33 matches being played in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia across 20 days. All eyes will be on unmissable matches of the round with Richmond and Brisbane tonight, and the underdogs of the season Gold Coast targeting St Kilda this Thursday, August 6. FOX FOOTY is the only place on television to see every game live with full analysis and fun on fan-favourite shows AFL 360, On the Couch, The First Crack, Saturday Stretch and Bounce.

The Great Hotel Escape – LifeStyle Home, 9.30pm

This fantastic new series sees UK Goggleboxers and former hoteliers Steph and Dominic Parker step in to help families who have risked their life savings to realise their dream of running historic hotels in some of Britain’s most spectacular locations.

Kid-E-Cats, s2 – Nick Jr, 7.15am

Fans of Cookie, Pudding and their little sister Candy will be rejoicing – brand new episodes of Kid-E-Cats are here ahead of International Cat Day on August 8. This show, in which the inquisitive kittens go on adventures that teach them lessons about life, started in Russia in 2015 and now screens in more than 170 countries. Meow!

An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm

When Kathleen Peterson was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her North Carolina home in 2001, investigators feared her death was anything but a tragic accident – and suspicion quickly fell on her husband, Michael. Featuring new and exclusive interviews, this three-part special breaks open the case like never before.

Alone, s7 – A&E, 8.30pm

Ten contestants are dropped in the wilderness with just 10 items of survival gear, some basic supplies and cameras to document their experiences in this unique competition. This season, participants, including a self-defence expert and a biologist must survive in the Arctic for 100 days for a chance to take home US$1 million.

Wentworth, s8A – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

The new season of the award-winning Australian drama continues after last week’s intense first episode. We’ve now met newly arrived inmates Lou Kelly (Kate Box) and Reb Keane (Zoe Terakes), and they’re already having an impact on those in the prison. What will go down this evening?

Wednesday, August 5

Hiroshima: 75 Years On – HISTORY, 7.30pm

It was on August 6, 1945 that the US dropped an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 80,000 civilians in the attack. This new documentary sheds light on the victims, architects and legacy of this event that changed the world forever, through newsreel coverage and never-before-seen footage from survivors, scientists and soldiers.

A Rainy Day in New York – Store

Woody Allen’s latest retro-tinged offering is a study of intelligent, disconnected youth, centring around old-soul college student Gatsby Welles (Timothée Chalamet), who returns to the scene of his privileged Manhattan upbringing on a weekend trip with his girlfriend Ashleigh (Elle Fanning). However, things transpire to split them, and they veer off into separate adventures around the city. Also stars Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Diego Luna.

Aussie Lobster Men, s3 – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Time once more to follow the hardworking fisherman whose job it is to haul in this high-priced delicacy. This season, as well as returning to the perilous Southern Ocean, we’ll also head to new waters, as we check-in with crews off Western Australia and Queensland. With the pandemic devastating the lobster export market, it’s all hands on deck to catch enough to make a living.

Britain’s Best Home Cook, s2 – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

We’ve all expanded our home cooking repertoire this year, so get some further inspiration from a new season of the series that finds 10 amateur foodies put to the ultimate test and having to impress the queen of home cooking herself Mary Berry, as well as acclaimed chef Angela Hartnett and fresh produce expert Chris Bavin.

Thursday, August 6

NRL Telstra Premiership: Dragons vs Roosters – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE 7.50pm
The Dragons take on the Roosters tonight in an unmissable NRL match. In the last couple of decades of these titans going head-to-head, the wins have been almost equally matched. Can the Dragons upset the defending premiers? Then this weekend, catch two exciting Super Saturday fixtures that you can only catch on FOX LEAGUE when the Knights face the West Tigers and Panthers play Raiders, starting from 5.30pm Saturday, August 8.

Redwood Kings – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

In the heart of America’s cowboy country, tree-loving twins John and Ron Daniels are dedicated to building the world’s best treehouses and other wood-based structures for their lucky clients. Using reclaimed hunks of majestic redwood, their creations are truly awe-inspiring. And just when you think they can’t top their own handiwork they go bigger and better!

Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine, s2 – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Dave Turin struck out on his own and was determined to take a smarter route than his former Gold Rush colleagues by finding established disused mines to resurrect. But it’s been a hard slog during this second season, and his crew have fallen behind on their targets. In tonight’s new episode, Turin is forced to see the writing on the mine-shaft wall and calls in a friend, and industry legend to help turn his luck around.

Traces – BBC First, 8.30pm

With the spark to solve her mother’s murder now lit, a new episode of this compelling British crime drama sees Emma (Molly Windsor) back in her hometown of Dundee and wondering if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. The renewed police interest has become a little overwhelming for the former forensics student – but their laser-sharp focus on the case is exactly what she wanted, right?

Dave – On Demand

This quirky series takes a mind-bending deep dive into the neurotic life of comedian Dave Burd (aka ‘Lil Dicky’) as he aspires to become the greatest rapper who ever lived. With a second season in the works, now’s the perfect time to go along for the absurd and hilarious ride with this under-the-radar gem with all episodes of season one available On Demand.

Friday, August 7

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE 10am

Get ready for a hot weekend of racing as the Supercars Championship hits Darwin to set the Hidden Valley Raceway track on fire. Today is the all-important practice, where we’ll get an exciting preview of what’s to come, before Saturday and Sunday’s qualifying events and races which will take everything to a scorching level.

2020 PGA Championship – FOX SPORTS 503, LIVE from 6am
Thank goodness for golf being a largely socially-distanced sport, it means we don’t have to miss out on our PGA fix any longer! Tune in to FOX SPORTS this morning for live coverage of the previously delayed championship. The long-awaited event is finally here and Harding Park in San Francisco welcomes the best of the best for another sensational tournament.

Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Revisit the terrifying world of Stephen King’s The Shining with this horror that introduces us to a grown-up Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor). Haunted by the trauma of his past and the terrifying Overlook Hotel, Dan is sleepwalking through his life – until he meets a young girl like him, who is being hunted by an immortal cult.

Insane Pools: Off the Deep End – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

You won’t believe your eyes when you see the pools showcased in this series. Designer Lucas Congdon and his crew create incredible masterpieces for their demanding clients, and this season sees them realise grand plans for a koi pond as well as bringing a touch of the Rocky Mountains to the wetlands of Florida.

Westworld marathon – BoxSets, from 10am

Get set to binge on a whole season of Westworld daily from this morning until Sunday. All three seasons of this hit sci-fi series are screening in a long weekend-style marathon. With a fourth offering currently in the works, it’s a great time to settle in for all the epic adventures, plot twists and time-bending storylines that make this action-packed drama unmissable viewing.

Saturday, August 8

Caturdays With Tom and Tom – Boomerang, 10am and 4.30pm

It’s International Cat Day and Boomerang is celebrating all things feline with two of the world’s most popular animated cats – both named Tom. There are new episodes of Talking Tom and Friends to enjoy as well as the enduring antics of classic frenemies, Tom and Jerry. Little ones will love the fun, today and every Cat-urday and Sunday in August.

Don’t Let Go – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

From the producers of the critically-acclaimed Get Out comes a spine-tingling Saturday night thriller that will have you hiding under the couch. When Ashley (Storm Reid) and her parents are murdered, her uncle Jack (David Oyelowo), a detective, is devastated. But that quickly turns to confusion when he receives an inexplicable call from the slain teen reaching out from the past. Can the pair change the present?

The Turning – Store

A modern take on Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw, this bone-chilling flickstars Mackenzie Davis as a governess employed to tutor a young girl (Brooklynn Prince) who witnessed her parents’ tragic death. The arrival of the girl’s wicked brother (Finn Wolfhard) from boarding school sets off a chain of mysterious events with haunting consequences. Perfect for a spooky Saturday night in.

The Zoo, s4 – Animal Planet, 6.30pm

Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? In a heartwarming new episode, we get up close with the animals at the world-renowned Bronx Zoo as two sickly newborn fawns form an unbreakable bond while being hand-reared by staff. But elsewhere, tensions run high as the reptile staff attempts to collect blood from Cuban crocs.

What The Shark? – Nat Geo WILD, 8.30pm

This is the special that gives the title to Nat Geo WILD’s month-long stunt devoted to these fierce creatures on the deep, and it looks at how some of these fish have had to adapt to living way down in an abyss that’s more than two kilometres from the surface.

Sunday, August 9

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

This gripping six-part factual series documents blogger and amateur detective Michelle McNamara’s work to capture the serial killer known as ‘The Golden State Killer’. McNamara’s dogged determination to solve this crime was enough to push the FBI and police to dig deeper and find the perpetrator. Watch how one part-time sleuth helped bring down a monster.

Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020 – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE from 10pm

It’s the second of two back-to-back events taking place at the famous Silverstone circuit, and this big race marks the 70th anniversary of the very first grand prix held at this track. All drivers are going to want to make an impression at such a momentous race, especially British superstar Lewis Hamilton. Don’t miss a second of all the live coverage happening tonight.

Into the Wild with Bear Grylls – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

What’s better than watching Bear Grylls survive in the wild? Seeing him do it with an inexperienced celeb in tow! In this new special, your favourite rugged outdoorsman takes to the jungle with one of India’s biggest household names, veteran stage actor Rajinikanth. Together, the pair explores the wilderness of Bandipur National Park and attempt all sorts of hair-raising feats.

The Singapore Grip – BBC First, 8.30pm

It’s the third episode of this new period drama set in Singapore during WWII, based on the novel by JG Farrell, and featuring a stellar cast including David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Luke Treadaway and Australian actress Georgia Blizzard. Since the opening scenes, there have been twists and turns aplenty, so see what unfolds this evening.

^ 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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