Foxtel Highlights – Monday September 28 to Sunday October 4, 2020

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday September 28 to Sunday October 4, 2020

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

Australia’s Margot Robbie has shown she’s a Hollywood powerhouse both in front of and behind the camera, with the double Oscar-nominee co-producing and taking the lead in supercharged, super-colourful and super-fun action escapade Birds of Prey, which arrives this week as a must-see movie.

Speaking of incredible Aussie women, there are plenty in the latest season of the award-winning Wentworth, including recent arrival Marta Dusseldorp, and this week sees the finale of the hit drama’s penultimate instalment. Trust us, you do not want to miss out on seeing how this latest chapter concludes!

Another homegrown star is Essie Davis, whose beloved crime-solving alter ego gets the feature-film treatment thanks to Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, which finds her off on a wild adventure.

Our Australian women’s cricket team heads onto the pitch to take on their Kiwi rivals for the third T20I: Australia vs New Zealand. On the sport front, tennis fans can enjoy more action from France as all the thrills Roland Garros continue, and rugby league devotees can settle in to cheer as the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Qualifying Finals get underway!

Animal Planet’s Animal Month kicks off, too,bringing you a plethora of series devoted to some cute creatures and, with Halloween just around the corner, there’s also plenty of terror-related TV, from The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch to Portals to Hell and more!

Continuing series include: Wentworth (FOX SHOWCASE), Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), The Vow (FOX SHOWCASE), Lovecraft Country (FOX SHOWCASE), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Raised by Wolves (FOX SHOWCASE), Stargirl (FOX8), Doom Patrol (FOX8), Noughts + Crosses (BBC First), Easy Ways to Live Well (LifeStyle), The 100 (FOX8), Aussie Lobster Men (Discovery Channel), Animal Impossible (BBC Earth), Dino Hunters (Discovery Channel), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (FOX ARENA), Eating History (A&E), The Bradshaw Bunch (E!), Eat Well for Less NZ (LifeStyle Food), Archer (FOX8), Geordie Shore: Their Story (MTV), Island of Bryan (LifeStyle Home), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Universal TV), Burden of Truth (FOX ONE), Stars of the Silver Screen (Foxtel Arts), The Nile: 5000 Years of History (HISTORY), Twisted Love (Investigation Discovery), Predator Bloodlines (National Geographic Wild), Ghosted: Love Gone Missing (MTV), Overhaulin’ (Discovery Channel), Naked and Afraid (Discovery Channel), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (UKTV), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (TLC), Hanging with the Hendersons (Animal Planet), Little People, Big World (TLC), Fastest Cars in the Dirty South (Discovery Turbo), Vet Gone Wild: Even Wilder (Animal Planet), 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (TLC), Faster with Finnegan (Discovery Turbo), Don’t Tell the Bride UK (FOX ARENA), Hot Rod Garage (Discovery Turbo), Below Deck Mediterranean (FOX ARENA), Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), Say Yes to the Dress: Lancashire (TLC), Counting On (TLC), The Real Housewives of Potomac (FOX ARENA), The Great Hotel Escape (LifeStyle Home), Alone (A&E), Scott & Bailey (FOX Sleuth), Judge Judy (FOX ARENA), BattleBots (Discovery Turbo), Double Shot at Love (MTV), Dragons’ Den (UKTV)

Monday, September 28

Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9pm

The death of actress Brittany Murphy in 2009 at the age of 32 under mysterious circumstances – followed just months later by the death of her husband Simon Monjack in a similarly strange situation – shocked the world. Featuring intimate interviews and unprecedented access to forensic details, can new light finally be shed on Murphy’s untimely and tragic demise?

MasterChef UK, s16 – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

Over five weeks, watch in awe as contestants cook up a storm, undertaking gruelling challenges set by longtime judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. As always, expect a healthy dose of drama as everyday Brits – which this season includes a hairdresser and a cattle farmer – put everything on the line for a shot at the title.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, s7 – FOX8, 8.30pm

Join British-born US citizen John Oliver on his new home on FOX8 for his Emmy-winning satirical look at the week in review, covering everything from news to politics and current affairs.

Chicago Med, s3 – Universal TV, 5.30pm

As we pick up, we find out the aftermath of the previous season’s finale which saw Dr Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) get shot! Elsewhere, when Dr Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) returns from her sabbatical, her budding romance with Dr Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) is put to the test now that he’s in a position of power as ER Supervising Attending Physician.

My Pregnant Husband – TLC, 9.30pm

This must-see special follows transgender couples as they embark on unique pregnancy journeys – with the man carrying the child. From health issues to the societal prejudice they face along the way, the experience is a roller-coaster of emotions for these expectant parents.

Tuesday, September 29

Wentworth, s8A – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

The season finale is upon us, and in true Wentworth style, the show promises to go out with a bang! As accusations swirl that Allie (Kate Jenkinson) lagged on Lou (Kate Box) for bashing Ann (Jane Hall) the Top Dog finds herself with no-one left to trust. We still don’t know what’s going on in the mind of The Freak (Pamela Rabe), and new arrival Sheila (Marta Dusseldorp) is already causing tension. Hold on tight for one hectic episode. 

The Lost Boys of Bucks County – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9pm

When four young men – Jimi Patrick, Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis and Tom Meo – went missing from the peaceful Pennsylvania farming community of Solebury Township over the space of a week in 2017, the small town was rocked to its core. This special looks at the lives taken too soon, and the families and friends still trying to make sense of the horrific tragedy.

Trevor McDonald and the Killer Nurse – Crime + Investigation, 7.30pm

This gripping documentary follows Sir Trevor McDonald as he speaks with survivors and is given access to original police interviews with nurse Beverley Allitt, one of Britain’s worst serial killers who, in 1991, aged just 22, murdered four children in her care and attacked nine more while working at Lincolnshire’s Grantham Hospital.

America’s Deadliest Sharks – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm

There are 175 different species of sharks that can be found in the oceans around the United States, yet despite that, only a handful of attacks on humans have been recorded. However, America still has more combined attacks each year than the rest of the world combined. This documentary looks at why that is – and what can be done to change those startling figures.

The Lady Killers – Crime + Investigation, 9.30pm

Interviews with psychologists and criminologists, as well as dramatic reconstructions, help determine why women kill in this enthralling docuseries, which begins with the murder of Suffolk pensioner John Proctor. Found dead at the bottom of his stairs having been stabbed and strangled, he was the victim of his own niece, Susan Warne, who reportedly killed him for £300.

Dr 90210 – E!, 7.30pm

Meet the female plastic surgeons breaking the mould in the highly competitive field of cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills: Dr Cat Begovic, Dr Kelly Killeen, Dr Michelle Lee and Dr Suzanne Quardt. From double mastectomies to vaginal rejuvenations, excess skin removal and everything in between, nothing is off-limits.

Wednesday, September 30

Cricket: CommBank Women’s T20I Australia vs New Zealand – FOX SPORT, LIVE Time TBC (check EPG closer to the date)

It’s the third and final Twenty20 match between our women’s team and their Kiwi counterparts, coming live from the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. With cricket returning to our screens it’s starting to feel like summer’s come early! See all the action today, and then you don’t have to wait long for more with a three-day ODI series between these teams starting on October 3, also on FOX SPORTS.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Stylish Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davies) has moved on from her TV series – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – to her very own movie. After freeing a young Bedouin girl (Izabella Yena) from a Jerusalem prison the sleuth embarks on a globetrotting adventure involving an ancient curse and priceless emeralds. Also stars Nathan Page, John Waters and Miriam Margolyes.

Class Action Park – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

Amusement parks are meant to bring joy, however in the ’80s and ’90s New Jersey’s Action Park earned a reputation for being a wildly dangerous water park. The documentary filmmakers track down some of those who visited in their teens and discover that decades later, they are left wondering whether their crazy memories of this seemingly lawless place could possibly be true.

The Great British Sewing Bee, s6 – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

Our favourite, feel-good show returns with 12 new sewers competing for the 2020 Sewing Bee title. Hosted by the hilarious Joe Lycett, this season sees astonishing transformations and ingenious techniques using perplexing patterns. Studying every stitch are judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young, as they critique garments ranging from rugby jerseys to children’s dungarees.

Food Factory – National Geographic, 7.30pm

This enlightening docuseries takes a peek behind the scenes of epic production lines giving insight into how the food we love, crave and need is put together. Tonight’s back-to-back episodes kick off with the making of toffee, vegan pesto and multicoloured icy poles, following the journey from raw materials to the finished goods.

Thursday, October 1

The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch – HISTORY, 7.30pm

From unexplained sightings in the night sky to tales of shape-shifting spirits, Skinwalker Ranch in Utah’s Uinta Basin has long been the site of reported paranormal phenomena and now cameras have been allowed into this mysterious location. See what they discover in this thrilling eight-part docuseries that is part of HISTORY’s Secrets and Spies line-up.

Antiques Road Trip, s19 – LifeStyle, 3.10pm

This isn’t your average roadshow. In a new season intrepid treasure hunters – Philip Serrell, Steph Connell, Roo Irvine, Angus Ashworth and more – traverse the UK searching for those special vintage finds they can sell at auction. Those that make the most profit from an initial £200 kitty, win!

Portals to Hell, s2 – TLC, 10.25pm

TV personality Jack Osbourne and paranormal investigator Katrina Weidman journey to some of America’s most haunted hotspots when Portals to Hell returns, screening as part of TLC’s Ghostober. Using specialised technology, the pair aim to prove that life does indeed exist beyond the grave. But they may get more than they bargained for in some particularly sinister places.

Zoo Month – Animal Planet, nightly from 6.30pm

Animal Planet has a menagerie of programs every night this month to take you behind-the-scenes of the leading zoos and wildlife facilities we love to watch. Get even closer to the renowned experts as they work tirelessly to care for all creatures great and small. October really is packed full of adorable animals, including unseen footage from The Zoo: Bronx Tales tonight.

Raised by Wolves – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

It’s episode five of this beguiling new sci-fi drama that takes place on a planet colonised by those who’ve left Earth behind. Androids Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) are doing their best to raise some human children, but it’s definitely not a case of happy families. Meanwhile, Marcus (Travis Fimmel) and the Mithraic survivors make an interesting find.

Friday, October 2

2020 Telstra NRL Premiership: Qualifying Finals – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE Time TBC (check EPG closer to date)

What a season it’s been for the NRL this year. From a strong start to sudden uncertainty and then a reboot in round three, we’ve been on the edge of our seats in more ways than one. As the qualifying finals kick off tonight, one thing’s for absolute sure: there will be fireworks until the very end. Don’t miss a minute of action as the finals series broadcasts LIVE in HD and ad-break free during play on FOX LEAGUE.

Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, s2 – HISTORY, 7.30pm

Over five years, beginning in 2007, a secret US government program studied reported sightings of UFOs. The result was a 600-page report full of evidence and unbelievable video analysis. Dive deeper into the findings with this season of Unidentified, to learn more about the truth that’s really out there.

The Grudge – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

There have been a few spins on this particular vengeful ghost story, but this sequel will have you hiding under the couch. After a young woman murders her family, a local mother and budding detective soon find the house is cursed and all who enter are doomed – including them. This Friday night movie is loads of freaky fun.

Reasonable Doubt – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

Sadly, the justice system doesn’t always get it right. In this docuseries, retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and defence attorney Melissa Lewkowicz pore through evidence, interview witnesses and consult experts to determine if there is reasonable doubt and any hope of an appeal. Following straight after at 9.30pm is more justice crusading, as detective Garry McFadden returns in the second season of I Am Homicide.

Dr T, Lone Star Vet – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm

Doctor Lauren Thielen has her own show! The beloved vet from Dr K’s Exotic Animal ER shed a few tears when she left the show, but excitement soon took over as she headed home to Texas to open a practice. With a kind heart and plucky personality Dr T is a joy to watch as she continues treating birds, mammals and reptiles of all shapes and sizes.

Saturday, October 3

Birds of Prey – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Margot Robbie reprises her now iconic role as Harley Quinn in this female-led Gotham City adventure. Robbie was the stand-out when she debuted as Daddy’s Lil’ Monster in Suicide Squad, so it makes sense she gets her time to shine in her own DC blockbuster. Grab the popcorn and let the colourful chaos wash over you.

Roland Garros – FOX SPORTS 505 and 507, LIVE from 6.50pm

Settle in for a Grand Slam Saturday night of tennis as Roland Garros hits full swing. The French Open clay court is the world’s toughest tournament and FOX SPORTS has all the hits and misses from the best of the best. Even top seeds have to work harder than ever to dominate, so expect upsets and hard-won triumphs aplenty as Day 7 unfolds.

The Aquarium, s2 – Animal Planet, 7.30pm 

The Aquarium looks below the surface of Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium which is a vital hub for worldwide conservation efforts. But the seafaring creatures are the real stars of the show! This season, some of the ones you’ll meet include a giant sea turtle named Tank who needs some healthy eating advice, and young stingrays Bacon and Tomato (cutest names ever!), as they adjust to life in the massive Ocean Voyager exhibit.

Haunted Encounters – Crime + Investigation, 11.30pm

As Halloween approaches, enjoy this series which shows that spooky moments happen to famous people, too! Sit down with Emmy award-winning actors, top athletes and other celebrities as they open up about terrifying paranormal encounters, from haunted houses and UFO sightings, to possible demonic possessions and beyond! Is no one safe?!

Coroner, s2 – Universal TV, 7.30pm

Jenny (Serinda Swan) is a coroner who can’t leave well enough alone and often finds herself in increasingly hairy situations in this compelling drama. As this second season begins, Jenny is still dealing with the aftermath of her part in Dr Peterson’s (Michael Healey) death, while investigating a devastating fire that decimated a low-income apartment block.

Sunday, October 4

A Dog’s Journey – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

The reincarnations continue in this touching sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose, as loyal pooch Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad) looks out for CJ (Emma Volk, Abby Ryder Fortson, Kathryn Prescott) throughout his various doggie incarnations. This is the perfect film for the family to watch together and unwind – whether you have pets or not! Woof!

Akashinga: The Brave Ones – National Geographic, 8.25pm

On World Animal Day, meet an extraordinary team galvanised to fight against animal cruelty in Africa. Former Australian Special Forces soldier Damien Mander is behind Akashinga – a women-only group that takes a very different approach to fighting the poaching of Africa’s wildlife by educating communities. Executive produced by James Cameron, this is a fascinating look at how thinking outside the box can make a huge difference.

Young Sheldon, s2 – FOX8, 6.30pm

Audiences have fallen in love with the childhood chronicles of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, played by Iain Armitage (familiar to some viewers as Ziggy in Big Little Lies). In this season, he’ll encounter a rival 10-year-old genius, experience his first sleepover and attempt to construct a nuclear reactor!

Perry Mason – BoxSets, from 10am

If you missed this hit period crime drama earlier in the year, here’s your chance to catch up on all eight episodes. Starring Matthew Rhys (The Americans), this take on the famous legal detective goes back to when he was a struggling private investigator. When he’s drawn into a terrible saga of a kidnapping gone wrong, he’s thrust into the highest-profile case of his life.

Grave Mysteries – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm

Another must-see true-crime series from Investigation Discovery, this one looks back at real cases by examining some of the smallest details, such as the victim’s social media feed or mobile phone activity, slowly and steadily building a profile of the shocking event that went down and why it happened.

^ 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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