WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL THIS WEEK
Monday October 19 to Sunday October 25, 2020
Programming available to stream live and On Demand on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go^
You can tell Halloween is not too far away, as there’s plenty to scare you this month, including The Invisible Man which comes to Foxtel Movies Premiere this week. Filmed largely in Australia, it’s a new take on the classic tale, directed by homegrown horror hitmaker Leigh Whannell, and starring the amazing Elisabeth Moss. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat.
Speaking of brilliant actresses, new three-part anthology series I Am begins on BBC First, which presents a trio of stand-alone instalments each lead by a formidable talent (Vicky McClure, Samantha Morton and Gemma Chan) and focusing on being a woman in the 21st century – it’s incredible television.
A new spin-off for one of Discovery Channel’s most beloved series also sets sail. Deadliest Catch: Bloodline follows a new fishing journey for boat captain Josh Harris that is both action-packed and emotional. Don’t miss it.
More real-life excitement comes your way as a very special 2020 Formula 1 Championship: Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix takes place in Algarve; the incredible Lovecraft Country wraps its debut season; we go back in time to see a young David Attenborough begin his career in the fascinating Zoo Quest; and take a deep dive into the rise of cyber subterfuge that threatens to have an impact on the coming US election in The Perfect Weapon.
Continuing series include: Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), Fear the Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), 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), Warrior (FOX ONE), The Real Housewives of Orange County (FOX ARENA), The Great British Sewing Bee (LifeStyle), Drain the Oceans (National Geographic), See No Evil (Crime + Investigation), Expedition Unknown (Discovery Channel), QI (UKTV), Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes (LifeStyle), Hell’s Kitchen USA (LifeStyle Food), MasterChef UK (LifeStyle Food), The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (HISTORY), Dino Hunters (Discovery Channel), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (FOX ARENA), Dr Pimple Popper: Before the Pop (TLC), The Lady Killers (Crime + Investigation), Southern Gothic (Investigation Discovery), Eating History (A&E), The Black Files Declassified (HISTORY), Car Kings (Discovery Turbo), Food Factory (National Geographic), Dr 90210 (E!), Back in Time for the Corner Shop (LifeStyle), Celebrity Ghost Stories (Crime + Investigation), The Bradshaw Bunch (E!), Young Sheldon (FOX8), Eat Well for Less NZ (LifeStyle Food), My Feet Are Killing Me (TLC), 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), 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), Fastest Cars in the Dirty South (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)
Monday, October 19
Fans of the legendary Sir David Attenborough can see where his career began in Zoo Quest
Zoo Quest – BBC Earth, 8.30pm
Join young wildlife presenter David Attenborough for the first time in vibrant HD colour in this series that launched his career and was initially broadcast in black and white in 1954 – 10 years before the invention of colour TV. Featuring new behind-the-scenes stories from Attenborough and cameraman Charles Lagus, it’s a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Bernie the Dolphin 2 – Foxtel Movies Family, 7.30pm
A Monday night treat for young viewers. One year after Bernie was returned to the Florida ocean, Kevin (Logan Allen) and Holly Ryan (Lola Sultan) are thrilled to see him come back. But their dolphin pal isn’t the only one who’s returned – so has arch enemy Winston (Kevin Sorbo), who is still hell-bent on kidnapping their flippered friend. Can the kids foil his plot?
The Holzer Files – TLC, 10.25pm
In this new episode, airing as part of TLC’s month-long Ghostober line-up, the team investigates the dark family history of the Howard-Dickinson House in Henderson, Texas – a case that fascinated early paranormal investigator Hans Holzer his entire life, but he was never able to solve.
Lovecraft Country – FOX SHOWCASE, EXPRESS 12pm, ENCORE at 8.30pm
The finale of this fantastical series is finally upon us and if you thought things couldn’t get any more crazy, think again! Will Ji-Ah’s (Jamie Chung) terrifying premonition about Atticus’s (Jonathan Majors) actually come to fruition? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
Tuesday, October 20
Taskmaster’s Greg Davies and Alex Horne will put some celebs to the test in a new episode
Bin Laden’s Hard Drive – National Geographic, 8.30pm
Find out what was being stored on the personal hard drives recovered from Osama Bin Laden’s compound as they are declassified for the first time in this special hosted by CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and featuring analysis from CIA profilers, criminal psychologists, military experts and religious scholars.
Taskmaster, s9 – UKTV, 9.30pm
For some reason, celebrities are super keen to line-up and do whatever tasks
host Greg Davies commands them to do in this crazy competition show! In tonight’s episode, David Baddiel will bare some flesh, while Kay Wix will rob a poor, helpless piggy bank! Meanwhile, Davies’ assistant Alex Horne will be gobsmacked by Ed Gamble’s creativity.
Secrets of the Zoo: Rhinos – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm
Go behind the scenes of one of America’s biggest and most popular zoos: the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Delaware County, Ohio, which is home to 10,000 animals and celebrates as many as 100 births every year – including two white rhinoceros calves born a little over a month apart in 2019!
Chain of Command: Fighting ISIS – National Geographic, 9.30pm
This one-hour documentary provides fascinating insight into exactly what the US military was up against in their battle with ISIS. As US troops attempt to liberate the northern Iraq city of Mosul, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, cameras capture every heart-stopping moment.
The Lady Killers – Crime + Investigation, 9.30pm
It’s a new episode of the series which chronicles real-life tales of women who kill. When the body of music producer Tanveer Iqbal was discovered in the boot of his own car in 2016, the ensuing investigation soon revealed he was murdered by his former lover, Zatoon Bibi, who enlisted her ex-husband and teenage son to help her commit the heinous crime.
Wednesday, October 21
New spin-off Deadliest Catch: Bloodline connects a new adventure with the past
Deadliest Catch: Bloodline – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm
The death of fishing captain Phil Harris rocked fans of Deadliest Catch. In this new spin-off, his sonJosh Harris will honour his late father by taking their boat, the Cornelia Marie, and, along with co-captain Casey McManus, will explore the idyllic coastline of Hawaii fishing for ahi tuna, guided solely by maps left behind by his dad.
The Perfect Weapon – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm
This two-hour documentary looks at the new battleground where countries are waging war – cyberspace. Interviews with top military and intelligence officials will shed light on the rise of online subterfuge, looking at key moments in recent history, and put the spotlight on the huge impact this threat offers. And with possibly the most fraught and unpredictable US election in history right around the corner, what could unfold next?
Above Suspicion – Store
Aussie filmmaker Phillip Noyce directs this grisly real-life thriller about informant Susan Smith (Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), who was strangled to death by her married handler and lover, FBI agent Mark Putnam (Jack Huston). Clarke is great in this chilling crime biography that’s truly gripping.
Say Yes to the Dress, s18 – TLC, 8.30pm
This hit series continues tonight as we meet a new bride Michaella, who is getting married in an Irish castle, and is keen to look the part. She wants a princess dress to impress, but will she find something regal enough with her budget? Then get a double-dose of dress drama with a new episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Lancashire straight after, where a bride-to-be needs her gown altered after she’s had surgery. Gok Wan to the rescue!
Thursday, October 22
The delightful Back in Time for the Corner Shop takes us behind the counter of yesteryear
Michael Mosley’s Placebo Experiment – BBC Earth, 8.30pm
Could placebos treat common medical complaints? Presenter and journalist Dr Michael Mosley teams up with BBC’s Horizon series to embark on a landmark study for answers. Under University of Oxford protocols, 117 volunteers are treated forbackache using nothing but fake pills and the power of their minds. Will it work?
Heart of Darkness – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm
This true-crime series examines heart-stopping stories of love that descended into darkness. Jealousy, betrayal, desire, lust, revenge, and anger reach deadly breaking points where individuals have snapped and committed the unthinkable. Get a firsthand look at the emotional roller-coaster as lovers, friends and once-devoted family members turn into killers.
The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch – HISTORY, 7.30pm
It’s a new episode in the docuseries which, for the first time, takes cameras into Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch, known as a hotbed of reported paranormal phenomena. It’s a historic moment tonight, as the team witness two UFO sightings directly over the ranch.
Back in Time for the Corner Shop – LifeStyle, 9.30pm
In another instalment of the successful Back in Time franchise, the Arden family continue their time-travelling experiment of running the great British corner shop. Tonight is all about what life was like for shopkeepers in the ’50s and ’60s, and how smaller businesses pushed back against the rise of grocery chains.
Island of Bryan, s2 – LifeStyle Home, 9.30pm
It’s been a long and emotional journey for Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, as the couple relocated their family from Canada to the Bahamas to realise their dream of opening a resort. Despite a construction period that seemed never-ending, and plenty of setbacks, tonight the Caerula Mar Club finally welcomes its first hotel guests for a wedding. What could go wrong?
Friday, October 23
With Halloween coming, why not join up with the Ghost Hunters for a new season?
Chelsea Handler: Evolution – FOX8, EXPRESS at 8.30pm
After six years, comedian and late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler returns to stand-up with a hilarious and insightful one-hour special about family, friendship and her first foray into therapy – where she finally discovered why everyone annoys her so much. Turning the spotlight on herself, this one-woman show offers some of her best work.
Ghost Hunters, s2 – A&E, 8.30pm
In a second season of this rebooted docuseries, Grant Wilson, co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, returns with an investigatory team to explore reports of spectral phenomena in some of America’s most remote locations. Despite mysterious and unnerving warnings from the locals, the Ghost Hunters will capture their most compelling evidence in over a decade.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians, s18B – E!, EXPRESS at 11am, ENCORE at 8.30pm
This season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been one of the most dramatic ever. With the pandemic and isolation having an impact, there’s growing unrest between the sisters. And to cap it all off, it seems Kim has had to put off her extravagant ‘Wild, Wild Miss West’ themed 40th birthday party. But surely she won’t let the occasion go completely unmarked?
Dr T Lone Star Vet – Nat Geo WILD, 8.30pm
With a kind heart and upbeat personality that made her popular on Dr K’s Exotic Animal ER, Dr Lauren Thielen is a joy to watch as she continues treating birds, mammals and reptiles of all shapes and sizes in her very own Texas practice. In tonight’s episode, Dr T heads to a ranch where wild turkeys are causing problems and helps a prickly hedgehog by extracting a tiny tooth.
Classic Horror Films – Foxtel Movies, from 8.30pm
Enjoy a frightfully good Friday night in with classic flicks from the masters of horror. You’ll be spoilt for choice between John Carpenter’s The Thing on Movies Thriller at 8.30pm and Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Poltergeist on Movies Greats at the same time. And if you’re still game after that, David Fincher’s Se7en, starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, will have you jumping out of your seat at midnight over on Movies Thriller.
Saturday, October 24
Elisabeth Moss is a woman pushed to the edge of sanity in a new take on The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm
Elisabeth Moss stars in this fright fest directed by Australian horror go-to Leigh Whannell (Saw). After escaping an abusive relationship with optics engineer Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Cecilia (Moss) learns he has committed suicide. However, she soon comes to the belief that Adrian has actually used his know-how to become invisible and is unleashing terror.
Talking Heads – BBC First, 8.30pm
Unfortunately, we’re coming to the end of this wonderful remake of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, featuring Britain’s most revered actors performing his monologues to camera. In tonight’s double episode Maxine Peake’s character has an intriguing relationship with her new foot doctor, and then we meet Monica Dolan’s Lorna who realises someone else is leaving flowers where her beloved Clifford lost his life in a motorcycle accident. If you’ve missed any of this series, watch every episode so far On Demand.
The Zoo, s4 – Animal Planet, 6.30pm
Return to The Bronx Zoo tonight, just outside of Manhattan, where a dedicated team of more than 700 care for the more than 6000 animals roaming through its 107-hectare expanse. Tonight, a trio of abandoned puma cubs arrives at the zoo in need of help. This popular show never fails to warm the heart.
Friends – On Demand
It’s exciting news that every episode of the smash-hit comedy Friends is now available on Foxtel, so why not enjoy a Saturday marathon of belly laughs thanks to the hilarious shenanigans of Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer)? They will be there for you, any time you like, ready to watch On Demand.
Cocaine Godmother – LMN – Lifetime Movie Network, 8.30pm
LMN – Lifetime Movie Network loves a true story that will shock you. Tonight, Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones gives her all as Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Zeta-Jones is nothing less than compelling as the terrifying, unapologetic underworld figure who was not afraid to unleash hell upon those who stood in her way.
Sunday, October 25
Samantha Morton is the lead in one of the gripping self-contained episodes of I Am
I Am – BBC First, 8.30pm
Do not miss this commanding three-part series. Each self-contained instalment was developed by the series’ creator and director, Dominic Savage along with its particular lead actress, be it Samantha Morton (recently seen in The Walking Dead), Vicky McClure (Line of Duty) or Gemma Chan (Crazy
Rich Asians). With all episodes partly autobiographical, they are moving tales of what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st century.
The Professor and the Madman – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm
This historical film is quite the curiosity. It’s the fascinating true tale based on the collaboration between Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) and William Chester Minor (Sean Penn), a war veteran patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. This unlikely pair work together to compile the very first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Vow – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm
It’s a new episode in the utterly absorbing docuseries about the cult NXIVM, claimed to help members work through their personal demons to find contentment, when something much more sinister was happening. Tonight, follow as some of those who defected try to alert the press to what’s going on.
2020 Formula 1 Championship: Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix – FOX SPORTS, LIVE from 10pm
Stay up late to see what happens when the Formula 1 superstars head to the south coast of Portugal for the next heart-stopping event on the schedule. Big numbers are expected (albeit within the government’s COVID-19 crowd limits) at the Algarve International Circuit, what could potentially be a one-off, which makes it more exclusive and definitely a must-watch!
Destroyer – On Demand
Tomorrow we finally get to see The Undoing, the anticipated new HBO limited series headlined by Nicole Kidman. So why not remind yourself what a chameleon of an actress she is before it begins with this gritty crime drama that finds her almost unrecognisable as an embittered cop forced to face up to her past in a role that garnered her a Golden Globe nomination.
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