Foxtel Highlights – Monday October 5 to Sunday October 11, 2020

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday October 5 to Sunday October 11, 2020

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

A new singing competition begins this week, but one with a difference. It’s not all about the performer, and as you’ll discover in Songland, there are some incredible songwriters out there – and an all-star array of judges and mentors are ready to find the next big thing to take over the charts!

Looking for a new drama fix? Then make sure you check out neXt, starring Mad Men’s John Slattery. This chilling tale wonders if perhaps we’re trusting technology a bit too much in our lives. What if it decides to take over?

You can also see the next instalment in the hit martial arts drama Warrior; and there’s a very special episode of The Walking Dead thatrounds out the latest season that was interrupted by the pandemic.

Go along on the hunt for riches when the Outback Opal Hunters head back to our screens – or discover some gold-plated fly-on-the-wall drama when the women from The Real Housewives of Orange County meet up for a new season.

The 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership is getting ever closer to crowning its premiers. This weekend sees the semifinals take place. Excitement is at fever pitch so don’t miss a minute of the action FOX LEAGUE. And there’s also plenty of thrills when the Formula 1 Championship: 2020 German Grand Prix roars into the famous Nurburgring, which is both spectacular and hair-raising at once!

Continuing series include: 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), Aussie Lobster Men (Discovery Channel), The Great British Sewing Bee (LifeStyle), MasterChef UK (LifeStyle Food), The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (HISTORY), Dino Hunters (Discovery Channel), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (FOX ARENA), The Lady Killers (Crime + Investigation), Eating History (A&E), Food Factory (National Geographic), Dr 90210 (E!), Antiques Road Trip (LifeStyle), The Bradshaw Bunch (E!), Young Sheldon (FOX8), Eat Well for Less NZ (LifeStyle Food), Archer (FOX8), Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation (HISTORY), The Aquarium (Animal Planet), Geordie Shore: Their Story (MTV), Dr T, Lone Star Vet (National Geographic Wild), Island of Bryan (LifeStyle Home), Coroner (Universal TV), Burden of Truth (FOX ONE), Stars of the Silver Screen (Foxtel Arts), Twisted Love (Investigation Discovery), Reasonable Doubt (Investigation Discovery), Portals to Hell (TLC), The Jonathan Ross Show: Special Guests (UKTV), Haunted Encounters (Crime + Investigation), Ghosted: Love Gone Missing (MTV), Naked and Afraid (Discovery Channel), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (UKTV), Hanging with the Hendersons (Animal Planet), Fastest Cars in the Dirty South (Discovery Turbo), Vet Gone Wild: Even Wilder (Animal Planet), 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (TLC), Don’t Tell the Bride UK (FOX ARENA), Hot Rod Garage (Discovery Turbo), Below Deck Mediterranean (FOX ARENA), Say Yes to the Dress (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)

Monday, October 5

The Walking Dead, s10B – FOX SHOWCASE, EXPRESS at 1pm, ENCORE at 9.30pm

This is the official finale for the second half of The Walking Dead’s 10th instalment, delayed due to the pandemic. However, six additional episodes of this season will air in 2021. When last we met our trusty survivors, the building tower they were holed up in was being surrounded by the nasty Beta (Ryan Hurst) and his cronies. That never bodes well.

Warrior, s2 – FOX ONE, 9pm

There’s plenty of unfinished business for martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) when this action-packed drama resumes, as the Hop Wei gang member continues his fight to bring down the rival Long Zii group – now led by his sister Mai Ling (Dianne Doan). Is blood thicker than water?

Nazi War Machines: Secrets Uncovered – HISTORY, 7.30pm

Take a trip back in time as renowned war historian James Holland, joined by a team of engineers and mechanics, explore the advances in combat made by the Germans, on land, at sea and in the air, and also through their weaponry, during WWII and the lasting legacy they’ve had on modern warfare.

One Wild Day – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

This fascinating three-part docuseries takes a unique approach to showcasing wildlife around the globe. Each episode encompasses a 24-hour period, and how various times bring out different wildlife and different behaviours – from the hive of activity that gets underway when the sun rises to some scary after-dark hunting at night. In episode one, meet some desert-living creatures whose routines are dictated by the heat.

Drain the Oceans, s3 – National Geographic, 7.30pm

Once again, innovative new technology helps us digitally drain the ocean to see what lies beneath in this fascinating series. As this instalment begins, crews use the latest in sonar technology to discover the world’s only nuclear battlefield deep in the Pacific Ocean.

Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital has come to the rescue of thousands of children, offering the best possible care for life-threatening conditions. Paul O’Grady goes inside the hospital’s hallowed halls, meeting and telling the stories of the brave and remarkable young patients who are facing their illnesses head-on, with humour, optimism and heart. Have the tissues handy.

Tuesday, October 6

Go! – Foxtel Movies Family, 7.30pm

After moving to a small town in Western Australia, teenager Jack (William Lodder) is drawn to the world of go-kart racing. With the help of aspiring engineer Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), pal Colin (Darius Amarfio Jefferson) and mentor Patrick (Richard Roxburgh), can they claim the National Go-Kart Championship trophy? Also stars Frances O’Connor and Dan Wyllie.

The Aquarium: Unfiltered – Animal Planet, 6.30pm

This series goes behind the scenes of Georgia Aquarium to see what life is really like for its inhabitants and dedicated staff. In the premiere episode, it’s time for a very special mission – join the team as they head over to Cape Town, South Africa to help nurture some African penguins before releasing them into the wild.

People Magazine Investigates, s4 – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

This series takes a deeper look behind the headlines, featuring exclusive interviews, firsthand accounts and never-before-heard facts that shed new light on headline-grabbing news stories. Kicking off season four is the investigation into the abduction and murder of six young African-American girls in Washington, DC in the early 1970s.

The Dead Files, s9 – TLC, 10.25pm

Airing as part of TLC’s Ghostober line-up, this gripping series returns with more haunting cases. This season, physical medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi attempt to help a family convinced something otherworldly is after their child. What each of our intrepid investigators uncovers at the family’s home is disturbing.

Wednesday, October 7

Songland – E!, 8.30pm

This new series is ready to discover a songwriting star! The panel looking for the next big thing are OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, Grammy Award-winner Shane McAnally, and songwriter Ester Dean. Between them, this trio have produced or written for Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Keith Urban, so they know what they’re talking about! And big-name artists such as John Legend and the Jonas Brothers will also take part to help the wannabes succeed.

neXt – FOX ONE, 9pm

What if artificial intelligence (AI) made a play for world domination, leaving humans in its wake? That’s the very real threat at the centre of this sci-fi drama series. Starring Mad Men’s John Slattery, it takes viewers on a heart-racing ride into a world where AI becomes king and we mortals are left scrambling in a fight against this new world order.

Agents of Chaos – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

As the next US election looms, the systems behind naming the current American leader are put under the microscope. This two-part documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) takes a comprehensive look at whether Russia interfered with the 2016 US presidential election and presents a worrying picture. Catch the second half next Wednesday at 8.30pm.

Stage Mother – Store

Australia’s Jacki Weaver is simply fabulous as a conservative Texan church choir director whose life is utterly transformed after she inherits a San Francisco drag club from her late son that she rejected for being gay. When she arrives in the city, she meets her son’s partner and friends and finds her preconceived ideas challenged. Also stars Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier.

The Black Files Declassified – HISTORY, 8.30pm

This series explores some top-secret projects funded by the US government that go beyond standard military operations, and directed at both domestic and foreign targets. Every episode, a team of experts, including a former CIA operative, will open a case file and dig deep into some clandestine ops.

Thursday, October 8

The Real Housewives of Orange County, s15 – FOX ARENA, EXPRESS 1.30pm, ENCORE at 8.30pm

Between new homes, new boyfriends, a fiancé, and even a new hip, the Orange County Housewives are living large when 2020 begins. But their lush lives can’t shield these ladies from what’s coming. Before the stresses of the year hit, there’s drama aplenty as secrets emerge and happiness is poked and prodded with sharp manicured nails until it all explodes!

Outback Opal Hunters, s5 – Discovery Channel, 7.30pm

Australia’s toughest search for opal treasure continues tonight with the return of Outback Opal Hunters. The quest to strike it lucky is gruelling work for the crews and it means a life lived off the grid; surviving the searing heat and mechanical breakdowns; and haemorrhaging bank accounts. But opal fever has a strong grip and this outing sees one crew hit a record mother lode.

The White Crow – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Ralph Fiennes helms this stunning depiction of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West in 1961. While performing with the Kirov Ballet in Paris, the rebellious Russian had enough of the Soviet Union communist regime and decided to defect. This biographical drama is captivating for the physicality and talent of Oleg Ivenko, who portrays Nureyev in his film debut.

Back in Time for the Corner Shop – LifeStyle, 9.30pm

In another instalment of the successful Back in Time franchise, the Arden family embark on another time-travelling experiment to run that great British institution – the corner shop, a destination that, much like in Australia, invokes memories of childhoods spent at the lolly counter and a real sense of community. Discover what the Ardens sell and who they sell to reflects the changing lives of British families.

The Property Brothers: Forever Home, s3 – LifeStyle Home, 8.30pm

LifeStyle’s favourite ‘Property Brothers’ Jonathan and Drew Scott continue their mission to turn average homes into the dwellings of dreams. In a new season debuting tonight, the brothers help couples who are already settled and want to completely remodel their homes to fit their families’ changing needs, wishes and desires.

Mission Galapagos – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

In the first of a three-part miniseries continuing each night, journey to the oceanic outpost of the Galapagos Islands. Created when a furnace of molten rock erupted, the islands attract all kinds of unique and astonishing creatures, including tortoises, equatorial penguins, pink iguanas and more.

Friday, October 9

NRL Telstra Premiership: Semifinals – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE Time TBC (check EPG closer to the date)

The first of the NRL semifinals matches kicks off tonight and it’s safe to say every team will be fighting to secure a place in next week’s preliminary event. This premiership season has certainly kept us on the edge of our seats, and more nail-biting games await. Don’t miss a minute of the action tonight and tomorrow as FOX LEAGUE delivers all the hits and misses in the scramble for­­ the trophy.

The Right Stuff – National Geographic, 7.30pm

This new scripted series charts the early days of the US space program and the meteoric rise to fame of the Mercury Seven, a collection of the military’s top test pilots who took part in a competition to become America’s first astronauts – via what could be considered the original reality series format. It’s a fascinating true story with a cast led by Suits’ Patrick J Adams.

Emma. – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

This fresh adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel is a true delight, with Anya Taylor-Joy wonderful in the lead as the mischievous matchmaker. She’s joined by plenty of great British names including Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor and Johnny Flynn. With gorgeous production design, this witty comedy will brighten up your Friday evening no end.

Top Gear: Ambitious But Rubbish – Discovery Turbo, 7.30pm

During its original run, Top Gear’s beloved hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May became known for their wacky automobile exploits. But their bold stunts often went wrong. In this offering, Hammond presents clips from the show that went hilariously (and sometimes heart-stoppingly) sideways.

Watchmen marathon – BoxSets, from 10am

HBO’s take on the groundbreaking Watchmen graphic novel took an impressive haul at the recent Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series as well as a statuette for lead actress Regina King. Her turn as a masked vigilante in an alternate reality where it’s never as simple as good versus evil is truly something to behold. Enjoy all nine episodes today.

Saturday, October 10

Teen Titans Go!: The Night Begins to Shine – Cartoon Network, 9am

Kids will dig this The Night Begins to Shine special where animated superheroes, the Teen Titans get trapped in a wasteland world without music. So begins a quest to find the stems of their favourite songs and summon the B.E.R. band to restore music and defeat the villain Ultralak. This five-episode collection is stylistically different; it’s like being in a 1980s music video.

The Gentlemen – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Writer and director Guy Ritchie delivers a trademark gangster flick full of dark humour and shady characters – set in the seedy world of London’s drug-dealing underbelly. Matthew McConaughey headlines the A-list ensemble as a marijuana kingpin who is ready to retire. But soon, every lad and his lackey descends to steal his domain out from under him.

My Spy – Foxtel Movies Family, 7.30pm

Dave Bautista (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame) stars in this family-friendly movie that’s perfect for a Saturday night in. Bautista is JJ, a hardened CIA operative forced to teach a precocious nine-year-old how to be a spy when she catches him surveilling her family. What follows is a funny battle of wits with a dose of action thrown in as the odd couple end up saving each other in equal measure.

Pool Kings, s8 – Discovery Channel, 7.30pm

Pool Kings returns to see more watery wonders created by experts such as Paul Porter and son Brian who bring their clients’ wildest waterside dreams to life, kicking off with a massive project tonight that could take a whole year to complete! Then at 8.30pm is season 14 of Man Caves, where licensed contractor Jason Cameron and former NFL great Tony ‘The Goose’ Siragusa team up to create spectacular spaces for seriously lucky guys.

Sunday, October 11

Formula 1 Championship: 2020 German Grand Prix – FOX SPORTS, LIVE Time TBC (check EPG closer to the date)

All eyes turn to Eifel in Germany this weekend to see which Formula 1 stars will dominate this time around. In the last few races, some fresh names have appeared on the podium, so even though Lewis Hamilton is still the man to beat, there’s always a chance for some surprises. The Nürburgring – with its thrilling hairpin and tight corners through some spectacular pine forests – returns as the location of the event this year.

I May Destroy You – On Demand

It’s the show everyone’s talking about – created by and starring Micaela Coel, this British series dives deep into the aftermath of what happens after Arabella (Coel) has her drinked spiked on a night out and is sexually assaulted. Thought-provoking, absorbing, and with moments of humour scattered throughout, this is a must-see with all episodes available On Demand.

Eat Well for Less NZ – LifeStyle Food, 8.40pm

It’s a new episode of the Kiwi series which finds restaurateur Ganesh Raj and chef Michael Van de Elzen step into struggling households to impart wisdom on shopping, cooking and eating better and smarter, all while spending less.

Tonight they meet the Wackrow-Elliot clan, who have become worryingly dependent on jar sauce, and provide some much better alternatives!

The Killer Beside Me – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

It’s a new episode of the series which looks at some horrific true crimes conducted in the workplace. Tonight, when a cleaning person arrives to do her job, what she finds is more than just an untidy office – the place is not only in disarray but there’s been a murder. 

Lady Windermere’s Fan – Foxtel Arts, 8.30pm

A wonderfully cast Jennifer Saunders leads the troupe in this filmed theatrical production of Oscar Wilde’s famous play about a society hostess who suspects that her husband is having an affair. This West End production directed by Kathy Burke is a real treat.

^ 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 AEDT.

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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