Foxtel Highlights – Monday August 17 to Sunday August 23, 2020

Lovecraft Country (image – Foxtel)

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday August 17 to Sunday August 23, 2020

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

For anyone who loved series such as Westworld, Watchmen or Game of Thrones, a new series has arrived that promises to be just as epic. Lovecraft Country, which counts Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams as executive producers, uses the writing of LP Lovecraft and spins a tale that weaves together themes of race and the supernatural. Trust us, this series will get people talking!

Another new series that will grip you is British drama We Hunt Together, which centres on a couple drawn to each other, but also to some deadly behaviour, and they’ll need to elude the two detectives on their trail. Atmospheric and haunting, this neo-noir thriller is not to be missed.

If you could use something uplifting right about now, don’t miss We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest as part of FOX SHOWCASE’s series of midweek documentaries. Following children who take part in this festival, where they must present a speech, is truly moving.

Desperate to escape? North America with Simon Reeve will take you on a tour without leaving home, while the new Mysteries of the Deep will take you on some oceanic adventures to get to the bottom of some seriously bizarre occurrences.

Continuing series include: Wentworth (FOX SHOWCASE), I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (FOX SHOWCASE), White House Farm (BBC First), What We Do in the Shadows (FOX SHOWCASE), The Singapore Grip (BBC First), Nurses (FOX ONE), Traces (BBC First), Trackers (FOX ONE), The 100 (FOX8), Aussie Lobster Men (Discovery Channel), Britain’s Best Home Cook (LifeStyle Food), Making It (LifeStyle), 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (TLC), The Murder Tapes (Investigation Discovery), 10 Things You Don’t Know (E!), Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery Channel), Below Deck Mediterranean (FOX ARENA), The Real Housewives of Potomac (FOX ARENA), Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (FOX ARENA), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (TLC), Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic), The Great Canadian Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), The Great Hotel Escape (LifeStyle Home), The Real Housewives of New York City (FOX ARENA), Hot Rod Garage (Discovery Turbo), Alone (A&E), Geordie Shore (MTV), Playhouse Masters (Animal Planet), Insane Pools: Off the Deep End (Animal Planet), 10 Steps to Murder (Crime + Investigation), 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), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), The Real Housewives of Johannesburg (FOX ARENA), Property Brothers: Forever Home (LifeStyle Home), 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), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (The Comedy Channel).

Monday, August 17

Lovecraft Country – FOX SHOWCASE, EXPRESS at 11am, ENCORE at 8.30pm

Based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, this 10-part HBO series is inspired by the pulp horror and science-fiction stories of HP Lovecraft. Set in the racially-charged Deep South of the 1950s, it follows Korean war vet Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) who encounters supernatural forces while searching for his missing father.

Killer Tapes – Crime + Investigation, 7.30pm

Join journalist and presenter Susanna Reid as she documents major crimes through raw police interview footage and testimony from detectives linked to major crimes. Test your super-sleuth skills to see if you can follow the clues and uncover the culprit faster than the cops can.

Elephant Hospital – BBC Earth, 9.40pm

Get the tissues handy – this heartwarming series promises all the feels as it ventures inside the world’s largest hospital dedicated to the treatment of elephants in Lampang, Northern Thailand, that cares for more than 100 sick, injured or neglected animals each year.

The Lake Erie Murders, s2 – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm

The second season of this gripping true crime series investigates some of the most notorious murders to occur around the infamous lake, bordering four US states and parts of Canada. To begin with, a police investigation reveals the facts surrounding the 1983 murder of a 19-year-old Ohio nurse.

Pets of Nickelodeon – Nickelodeon, 3pm

Every weekday afternoon, catch your favourite domestic critters in SpongeBob SquarePants, It’s Pony and brand new episodes of ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks. You can also give your own pet a shot at fame by entering it in Pet of the Month at nick.com.au.

Tuesday, August 18

North America with Simon Reeve – BBC Earth, 7.20pm

Simon Reeve embarks on his most ambitious journey to date in his latest venture. Setting off from the northernmost point in Alaska, he travels through Canada, trekking the entire length of North and South America, witnessing firsthand the impact climate change has on a glacier and hunting caribou with native Americans.

Death Row: The New Arrivals – Crime + Investigation, 9.30pm

In 2012, esteemed television presenter Trevor McDonald spent two weeks behind bars at Indiana State Prison, one of America’s most dangerous maximum-security prisons, interviewing prisoners and exploring the role the death penalty plays in the States. The experience changed him forever. See what happens when he returns to meet with the latest death row inmates.

Mysteries of the Deep – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

Underwater detective and extreme angler Jeremy Wade goes in search of answers to some of the world’s most baffling ocean mysteries in this new series. From ships that disappear without a trace to a super virus that showed up along Florida’s coastline, and, yes, even following some new technology to track the Loch Ness Monster, Wade is ready to dive in.

Great Migrations Compilations – Nat Geo WILD, 10.30pm

Witness some of the most visually spectacular animal migrations ever captured on film in this stunning special that captures zebras struggling for survival in Botswana, Mali elephants, whale sharks, antelope, golden jellyfish, monarch butterflies, yellow ants and much, much more.

Wednesday, August 19

We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

Executive-produced by Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Green Book) comes this uplifting documentary which follows children as they prepare to take part in the annual Oakland MLK Oratorical Festival, where participants perform poetry and speeches inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. You’ll be moved as you watch these young participants prepare their presentations in the hope of making it to the finals.

Burden – Store

Inspired by actual events, this film tells the story of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), an orphan raised by Ku Klux Klan leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson) to embrace the organisation’s hateful values. He tries to break away with the support of girlfriend Judy (Andrea Riseborough), displeasing his former brethren. Highlighting themes of forgiveness and redemption, this feature is especially powerful when viewed in the context of recent events.

Made in a Day – National Geographic, 7.30pm

Take a peek into the fascinating way that some of the biggest brands and products come together, from helicopters and Gibson guitars to Tabasco hot sauce and space rockets. Tonight’s episode kicks off with insight into how the iconic Tesla Model 3 electric car is manufactured.

San Andreas – Foxtel Movies Action, 8.30pm

A week devoted to ‘The Rock’ continues with this 2015 action-adventure that is sure to have you clutching your seat! After a huge earthquake hits California, Ray (Dwayne Johnson), a rescue helicopter pilot, and his ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) try to find their missing daughter. Keep an eye out for a cameo by Kylie Minogue in this action-packed blockbuster.

The Wire, s1 – BoxSets, from 10am

If you’ve never seen this series – often classed as the best crime drama of all time – or want to revisit it, now’s your chance to see all episodes with BoxSets featuring a season each day between now and Sunday in a mammoth Wire marathon. Hit the mean streets of the 1984 Baltimore drug scene, and meet the law enforcement agents trying to bring justice.

Thursday, August 20

NRL Telstra Premiership: Eels vs Storm – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE 7.50pm

Round 15 kicks off with a clash you don’t want to miss when two high-flying teams come together tonight. Will the Eels have what it takes to subdue the Storm, or will it be the other way around? Then catch plenty of NRL thrills over the next three days. Want more? Don’t forget to check out the continuing Toyota AFL Premiership action as Round 13 unfolds on FOX FOOTY, while the elimination finals are scheduled to get underway this weekend to decide who’ll edge closer to Hyundai A-League glory.

Counting On, s5 – TLC, 9.30pm

There are big changes in store when the Duggars and their 19 children return to screens in Counting On tonight. This long-running spin-off series follows the joys and challenges of the eldest Duggar children as they forge their own lives. In a new season, Jinger and Jeremy take an out-of-this-world cross-country road trip to settle down in Los Angeles, while Joy and Austin try to work through a devastating experience together.

WW2: Hell Under the Sea – National Geographic, 8.30pm

National Geographic continues its curated selection of fascinating stories from the Second World War this month, taking us below the ocean’s surface to a battleground as deadly as the ones raging on land at the time. From the rise of the terrifying German ‘Wolfpacks’ to the push for victory in the South Pacific, meet the masterminds who brought together strategy, technology and tactics to create a sailor’s worst nightmare.

The Secret Life of the Sun – BBC Earth, 9.40pm

In a one-hour special, presenter Kate Humble and physicist Helen Czerski reveal the inner workings of that great ball of burning gas known as the sun, to investigate why scientists believe changes in the sun’s behaviour may be having powerful effects on our climate.

Making It, s2 – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

In tonight’s new episode, co-hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman set festive challenges for the talented makers competing for honours in this fun reality series. The first task is to make a wreath out of unconventional materials before planning and building an interactive lawn display that showcases their favourite holiday. Expect laughs and DIY inspiration aplenty.

Friday, August 21

Antiques Roadshow, s42 – LifeStyle, 2.10pm

This enduring British series has been running for so long, it’s a wonder the general public have any antiques left to proffer for valuation! Luckily there are still plenty of unrealised money spinners languishing in attics and basements all over Old Blighty. Today, the roadshow kicks off proceedings in Morden Hall Park with a plate designed by Picasso himself and a self-portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Bel Canto – Store

A famous opera singer (Julianne Moore) is invited to perform for a wealthy Japanese business mogul (Ken Watanabe) in South America when she becomes caught in a month-long guerrilla hostage situation. Soon the lines between captor and captive are blurred in this drama based on the novel by bestselling author Ann Patchett.

Scene of the Crime With Tony Harris, s2 – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

Investigative reporter Tony Harris’s true crime series continues its second season. Tonight, he looks into the death of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson, who was beaten to death in her own home, with a clue left behind in the form of strewn LEGO blocks. Harris talks to those involved, including her convicted killer, and explores how a child’s fingerprint finally cracked this case.

Happy Death Day 2U – Foxtel Movies Thriller, 8.30pm

When Happy Death Day released in 2017, it was lauded as a runaway hit for its mix of horror, dark comedy and a quirky premise that saw college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) relive the same fatal day over and over again. This sequel soon followed and Tree was pulled back into a paradoxical birthday time loop, facing a killer she thought she had escaped. Back up this freaky Friday-night film with Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, about a friendship between a bullied young boy and his vampire neighbour.

Saturday, August 22

We Hunt Together – BBC First, 8.30pm

An intoxicating connection forms when troubled young Freddy (Hermione Corfield) is saved from assault by Baba, a former child soldier (Dipo Ola). The pair soon discover their shared tendency towards violence and psychopathy makes them a deadly duo and they set about exacting revenge on people from Freddy’s past. You’ll be instantly hooked on this exciting six-part drama.

Fatal Vows, s7 – Crime + Investigation, 7.30pm

Murderous marriages and deadly divorces are unpacked in another episode of this true crime series. Tonight, through re-enactments and first-hand accounts, psychotherapist Dr Stacy Kaiser and forensic psychologist Dr Brian Russell take us through a second chance at love that turned into the high school reunion from hell.

Playhouse Masters – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

Tyson and Audy Leavitt of Charmed Playhouses love creating the most elaborate, extravagant playhouses for their big-name clients. But tonight’s complicated brief from pro-baseballer Ryan Zimmerman will test their skills like never before, as they are tasked with creating a fairytale castle complete with a dragon, dance floor and dressing room – all on a tight turnaround.

Barry – On Demand

Get set to binge the weekend away with not one but two seasons of smash-hit HBO series Barry. The Emmy award-winning comedy stars Bill Hader as a disillusioned hit man turned actor trying to juggle the LA art scene with a criminal past that just won’t let him be. With a third season in the works, now is the perfect time to revisit or get into this critically acclaimed show.

Sunday, August 23

Ed Stafford: First Man Out – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

In tonight’s new episode, former South Korean special forces soldier Khen Rhee steps up to test his mettle against endurance expert Ed Stafford in this series which finds Stafford racing participants across some very challenging terrain. The pair will be forced to navigate some complex twists and turns, as well as some scary wildlife, in Kazakhstan.

Inside the Factory, s5 – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

You may want to pour yourself a glass of your favourite after-hours tipple before indulging in this new episode of Inside the Factory which takes a deep dive into how liqueurs are made. Gregg Wallace heads to a factory in Ireland which produces more than 500,000 bottles, while Cherry Healey decides to put aperitifs to the test.

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

It’s the third episode of this gripping series which is as much about writer and amateur detective Michelle McNamara as it is about the serial killer she helped trace. This instalment looks at some surprising roadblocks for the case itself, while also highlighting challenges McNamara faced when she secured a book deal to write about this predator that she was desperate to find.

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

A new episode brings some drama to those involved this season. For Avery Warner, who is from Seattle, and Aussie guy Ash Naeck, things get tense when Ash’s brother is clearly not happy with their relationship, nor how Avery is having an influence over his sibling. Strewth! Will he give his approval?

^ 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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