Foxtel Highlights – Monday October 12 to Sunday October 18, 2020

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK

Monday October 12 to Sunday October 18, 2020

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

Fear the Walking Dead loves to keep fans guessing and last season’s finale was a nailbiter as a central character was left for dead. But did they survive? It’s time to find out what’s next for those who inhabit this zombie-filled landscape when the next instalment of The Walking Dead’s sister series returns this week.

For heart-stopping action of the sporting kind, don’t miss a second of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Preliminary Finals which will determine once and for all who will face-off for the premiership. There’s also this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama – every Supercars driver wants a victory here, who’ll take it for 2020? And then on Sunday it’s time to cheer on the Wallabies as they confront the All Blacks in the 2020 Bledisloe Cup: Game 2 in New Zealand!

Also this week, British acting royalty come to the fore in a fresh version of the iconic series Talking Headsthat features some big names performing some moving monologues; there’sgold-plated reality shenanigans as the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County arrives; and drama king Gordon Ramsay is ready to turn up the heat in Hell’s Kitchen USA.

What a hot week!

Continuing series include: Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), The Vow (FOX SHOWCASE), Lovecraft Country (FOX SHOWCASE), Songland (E!), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), NeXt (FOX ONE), Raised by Wolves (FOX SHOWCASE), Stargirl (FOX8), Doom Patrol (FOX8), Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery Channel), Noughts + Crosses (BBC First), Warrior (FOX ONE), Aussie Lobster Men (Discovery Channel), The Great British Sewing Bee (LifeStyle), Drain the Oceans (National Geographic), Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes (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), Nazi War Machines: Secrets Uncovered (HISTORY), Eating History (A&E), The Black Files Declassified (HISTORY), Food Factory (National Geographic), Dr 90210 (E!), Back in Time for the Corner Shop (LifeStyle), The Bradshaw Bunch (E!), Young Sheldon (FOX8), Eat Well for Less NZ (LifeStyle Food), People Magazine Investigates (Investigation Discovery), Archer (FOX8), The Property Brothers: Forever Home (LifeStyle Home), 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), Reasonable Doubt (Investigation Discovery), Portals to Hell (TLC), The Jonathan Ross Show: Special Guests (UKTV), Double Shot at Love (MTV),Haunted Encounters (Crime + Investigation), Ghosted: Love Gone Missing (MTV), 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), Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), The Real Housewives of Potomac (FOX ARENA), Alone (A&E), Scott & Bailey (FOX Sleuth), Judge Judy (FOX ARENA), BattleBots (Discovery Turbo).

Monday, October 12

Fear the Walking Dead, s6A – FOX SHOWCASE, EXPRESS at 1pm, ENCORE at 9.30pm

Is Morgan (Lennie James) alive or dead? The fate of our hero was left up in the air at the end of last season when he was shot in cold blood by Virginia (Colby Minifie). And now fans will finally get their answer when the series returns. And with creators teasing new characters and an anthology style format, expect the unexpected!

Hell’s Kitchen USA, s19 – LifeStyle Food, 9.30pm

Get set for more fireworks as Gordon Ramsay puts 18 ambitious, overconfident chefs through their paces under the pressure cooker of Hell’s Kitchen restaurant. Will they rise to the occasion or falter under Ramsay’s notoriously tough standards as they compete for a life-changing prize?

Mountain Lions: Life on the Edge – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

Get to know the elusive mountain lion up close and personal in this eye-opening special, which follows two big-cat families in North America’s Rocky Mountains. Life isn’t easy for these mothers as they struggle to raise their kittens, but scientists are getting a better understanding thanks to this unique opportunity.

My Feet Are Killing Me, s1B – TLC, 8.30pm

Dr Brad Schaeffer and Dr Ebonie Vincent open the doors to their clinics as they help desperate patients who are at their wits’ end dealing with painful and debilitating foot conditions. And don’t miss My Feet Are Killing Me: First Steps at 9.56pm, shot during the COVID-19 shutdown, during which the doctors take their consultations online.

Dr Pimple Popper: Before the Pop – TLC, 9.30pm

The action never stops for Dr Sandra Lee, who in this spin-off series comes to the rescue of those who can’t make it into her office. Connecting far and wide via video call, Dr Lee examines each ailment to determine whether or not she’s able to help before deciding if she’ll take them on as a patient.

The Casagrandes – Nickelodeon, 4.30pm

Settle in for two weeks of brand new episodes of this super-fun animated series kids can’t get enough of. To kick things off, Ronnie Anne (voiced by Izabella Alvarez) gets a lesson in cooking from her Abuela Rosa (Sonia Manzano) – which is no mean feat with such a big Mexican-American family!

Tuesday, October 13

Saving Notre Dame – National Geographic, 9.30pm

In 2019, the world watched on in horror and disbelief as the cathedral of France’s famed Notre-Dame de Paris went up in flames, as firefighters worked tirelessly to get it under control before all was lost. Now, watch the efforts to restore this landmark.

Expedition Unknown, s4 – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Avid adventurer Josh Gates is back – and this time he begins his journey by travelling America investigating the mystery of cryptic book The Secret which claimed that there were a dozen precious artefacts buried in the US and Canada. Meeting with cult followers of the tome, which was published in the early 1980s, together can they find one of the 10 remaining treasures?

America’s Deadliest Volcano Disaster – National Geographic, 8.30pm

The 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington state remains the deadliest in US history. Here, those who lived through it tell their stories of survival as they recount that fateful day, while rare photos of the devastation are revealed for the first time.

Trackers: Sniff and Rescue – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm

Who you gonna call when your beloved pets go missing? The K-9 detectives, of course! This series follows the police detectives of the furry kind, who can sniff out a missing mutt from 50 miles away.

Wednesday, October 14

See No Evil, s5 – Crime + Investigation, 8.30pm

It’s the return of the series that profiles real-life cases where CCTV has been invaluable in finding the perpetrator. For example, in tonight’s episode, when Pennsylvania disc jockey Ervin Holton was found shot dead on his friend’s porch, there were no witnesses, but a surveillance camera in a nearby store might just be able to shed some light.

Gogglebox Australia, s12 – LifeStyle, 7.30pm

Put your feet up, relax! Catching up with our favourite couch critics is the perfect way to celebrate the middle of the week, as they make us laugh, and sometimes even cry as they dissect what’s been on the box over the previous week. What will they love (or hate) this week?

The Personal History of David Copperfield – Store

Co-written and directed by Armando Iannucci (the creator of Veep), this film takes on the Charles Dickens classic novel with gusto, as we find the adult David Copperfield (Lion’s Dev Patel) presenting his life story to a theatre audience. A sparkling cast joins him in this delightful endeavour including Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong and Gwendoline Christie.

Car Kings – Discovery Turbo, 8.30pm

Motor enthusiasts will love this new series that follows Beau Boeckmann at Galpin Auto Sports – one of America’s most highly regarded custom shops – as he and his team do some amazing work for their clients. Tonight they’ll aim to restore a DeTomaso Pantera that the legendary Carroll Shelby worked on when developing the Dodge Viper, but can they find the original engine?

Agents of Chaos – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

It’s the second, and final, instalment in this documentary that puts the US election system under the microscope. Tonight, the filmmakers look deeply into the evidence that Russia interfered with the 2016 election, exploring the building of Trump Tower in Moscow and the role of top Trump consultant Paul Manafort. Catch the first episode On Demand from October 8.

Songland – E!, 8.30pm

Premiering last week, this series has proven to be a hit! Alongside the judging panel of Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally and Ester Dean, Black Eyed Peas lead singer, will.i.am is this week’s mentor and is looking for the group’s next big hit! Will one of these undiscovered songwriters make a lasting impression and have their song recorded and released?

Thursday, October 15

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!

QI, s17 – UKTV, 8.30pm

Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts another season of this award-winning British quiz show with a twist. Set to a different theme each episode, QI’s celebrity contestants answer a range of random questions and are rewarded for their more interesting answers. Being incorrect is allowed, but being boringly wrong is absolutely not! This offering’s guests include Jimmy Carr, Josh Widdicombe, Johnny Vegas, Sara Pascoe and Aisling Bea.

Dino Hunters – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Cowboys and amateur paleontologists Clayton Phipps and Mike Harris search the vast expanses of middle America for prehistoric remains in this new series. They are well placed for success, but the hard work doesn’t stop once they make a find. In tonight’s episode, transporting a 9000kg dinosaur fossil more than 300km is no easy feat.

Raised by Wolves – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

This hit sci-fi drama gets more and more intense every week, and this episode is no exception as android Mother (Amanda Collin) finds herself trying to remain calm while in a perilous position. And now that Marcus (Travis Fimmel) is being seen as the Mithraic’s spiritual leader, this is having more of an effect on him than originally thought.

Friday, October 16

The Way Back – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

In this moving drama, Ben Affleck plays a former basketball prodigy given a chance at redemption as the coach for his alma mater. Like Affleck’s character, The Way Back didn’t get its proper shot at glory; COVID-19 restrictions meant it was pulled from the cinema schedule. Now you can see Affleck deliver one of the most impressive performances of his career.

2020 NRL Telstra Premiership: Preliminary Finals – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE 7pm

This is it, we’ve reached the penultimate round of the 2020 NRL season, and these two preliminary clashes – playing out tonight and tomorrow night – will secure a grand final place for the victors. With the form shown during this interrupted competition and the determination of every team to prove their worth, this year’s premiership really could be anyone’s. Don’t miss a second of the finals action live on FOX LEAGUE.

Being Frank – Store

When Philip’s father Frank (Jim Gaffigan) dashes his hopes of attending music school in New York, Philip (Logan Miller) rebels and discovers his dad’s dirty big secret – he is hiding another family across state lines. Armed with this knowledge, Philip decides to use the situation to his advantage and live it up without the usual parental consequences in this quirky comedy.

Celebrity Ghost Stories – Crime + Investigation, 11.30pm

Celebrities are just like us. They can get their own groceries, do the laundry – and even have eerie encounters! In this premiere series, world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo brings some of the biggest names in entertainment back to the sites of their paranormal experiences. From Kelly Osbourne to Paula Abdul and Ice-T, they’ll each deal with an unfiltered and, in some cases, dangerous reunion with the ghosts of their past

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

This fascinating exploration of a super-secret US government study into UFOs continues tonight as the team investigates an alarming pattern of UFOs allegedly appearing near Air Force bases that house nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered warships. A new eyewitness account suggests these craft have an incredible ability – and the potential consequences could be dire.

Saturday, October 17

Richard Jewell – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

This biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood is based on the true story of security guard Richard Jewell, who saved countless lives during an event at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. In the aftermath of the close call, Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) was suspected of being the terrorist who planted the bomb in the first place and the trial by media that ensued turned his life upside down. Also stars Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm.

The Wishmas Tree – Foxtel Movies Kids, 6.30pm

Journey into the world of Sanctuary City in this Aussie animation and meet some adorable characters including Kerry the possum (voiced by Miranda Tapsell). When Kerry’s misguided wish to experience a white Christmas sets off a chain of events that endangers everyone, it’s up to the plucky young marsupial to set things right. A delightful treat the whole family can enjoy.

Eating History – A&E, 2.30pm

In a new episode of Eating History, food expert Gary ‘Old Smokey’ Mitchell and his pal Josh Macuga continue exploring the history of foodstuff through old items that have survived for years unopened. Tonight the pair journey to the final frontier for a space spud and attend an estate sale to unearth some forgotten goodies.

Shriek-tober – Cartoon Network, from 9am

Join in the fun of Cartoon Network’s Shriek-tober, screening over this weekend, next weekend and all-day Saturday October 31. That’s five days full of marathons, new episodes and Halloween specials of Teen Titans Go!, Victor and Valentino, Craig of the Creek, Total DramaRama and many more of the kids’ favourite animations. It’s good, clean spooky fun for all ages.

Whitney – LMN – Lifetime Movie Network, 7pm

Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do with It) makes her directorial debut with her take on the incredible life of global superstar Whitney Houston, played here by Yaya DaCosta, and told through the lens of her relationship with songwriter and husband Bobby Brown (Arlen Escarpeta). Whitney chronicles the chart-topping success and untimely demise of the immensely talented Houston.

Sunday, October 18

Talking Heads – BBC First, 8.30pm

Penned by British playwright Alan Bennett, Talking Heads was a groundbreaking series of TV monologues that first aired in the UK in 1988, with viewers lapping up the words of the various characters, performed by some of the finest in the business. Here, a cast including Martin Freeman, Dame Harriet Walter and Jodie Comer remake some of those original scripts – all filmed under lockdown conditions.

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE from 7.30am (for race time, check the EPG closer to the date)

It’s race day for the famous Bathurst 1000, where our Supercars stars take on the iconic Mount Panorama circuit. Last year, Scott McLaughlin claimed his first win at this event, and as he’s currently riding high on the leaderboard, he’s got a good shot at repeating. However, he’ll have some stiff competition from the likes of Jamie Whincup as well as Shane van Gisbergen who’ll be keen to best last year’s second place. It’s guaranteed to be a thriller!

2020 Bledisloe Cup: Game 2 – New Zealand vs Australia – FOX SPORTS, LIVE Time TBC (check EPG closer to date)

It’s time for the second clash in this year’s Bledisloe Cup and the final on Kiwi soil before the tournament moves to our shores. Catch all the excitement from Eden Park today. With the All Blacks having taken home every Bledisloe Cup since 2003, will they continue their reign or is it time for an Aussie upset? It is 2020, after all! After today, Game 3 will be November 7, and a final, fourth, clash will round it all out on December 12.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Director Kevin Smith’s iconic slackers are back! We first met Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith himself) in the 1994 film Clerks, popping up in plenty of the directors’ subsequent films. We now find this hapless pair middle-aged, but still with the same approach to life. In a very meta twist, they head out on a mission to stop a film about them being made by Kevin Smith!

Southern Gothic – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

There’s plenty of intrigue and mystery to be found in America’s South, so get set to discover some real-life tales from a region known for both its religious fervour and social rules, but also for plenty of disturbing events taking place behind closed doors, starting tonight with a case in Alabama where a home robbery is actually something much more sinister linked to a local church.

^ 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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