Foxtel: 2021 highlights

Foxtel has announced its 2021 highlights, including new dramas Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet, A Teacher based on the Hannah Fidell film of the same name, British banking drama Industry, psychological thriller Red Bird Lane with Susan Sarandon and a reboot of Gossip Girl.

Original dramas are The End starring Frances O’Connor and Dame Harriet Walter plus the final season of Wentworth and season 3 of Mr Inbetween, currently filming in Sydney.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne is back along with Gogglebox Australia, Love It or List It Australia and Grand Designs Australia.

Drama:

New:

Us – January
Full of humour and heartbreak, this miniseries stars Tom Hollander (Baptiste), Saskia Reeves (Luther) and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing). Connie and Douglas are set for a grand tour of Europe. It’s one last family holiday before their only son Albie leaves for university. But just days before departure, Connie announces she wants a divorce. They nonetheless continue with the trip in some of the world’s most beautiful cities – from Amsterdam and Paris, to Venice and Barcelona. Douglas sees this as a make-or-break chance to win Connie back and restore his troubled relationship with their teenage son. As love takes a detour, will Douglas get his marriage back on track? BBC FIRST & ON DEMAND

Devils – January
Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi), is a charismatic and fearless Italian banker who has enjoyed a stellar winning streak on the London trading floor of investment powerhouse, NYL Bank. But when Massimo’s fiercest rival, Edward Stuart, suddenly dies, Massimo becomes the prime suspect. Sensing the compnay CEO Dominic Morgn (Patrick Dempsey) is hiding something, Massimo sets about clearing his name and finding out the truth behind who set him up. He soon discovers the death of his colleague is linked to a vast, political game plan, concealed behind the Strauss-Kahn scandal, the Libyan war, and the deepening European financial crisis. Caught in the middle of a covert, intercontinental war, and facing the Devils who rule the world’s fate from the shadows, Massimo must make a stark choice: join them, or bring them down. ON DEMAND 

Industry – Feb 1
Industry follows a group of hungry, young graduates competing for a limited number of permanent positions at Pierpoint & Co., a leading bank in London, while being thrown head-first into the exhilarating world of international finance. From first-time creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the drama series gives an insider’s view of the high-stakes financial realm through the eyes of an outsider, Harper Stern (Myha la Herrold), a talented young woman from upstate New York who finds herself and her fellow young grads fuelled by raw ambition, youth, romance and drugs as they aim to impress their mentors and bosses. The series has just been renewed for a second season. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

The End – Feb 2
Kate Brennan (Frances O’Connor) is a British doctor specialising in Palliative Care on the Gold Coast. Back in the UK, her recently widowed mother, Edie (Dame Harriet Walter), tries to kill herself and fails spectacularly. Kate realises, with no small horror, she’s going to have to move Edie out to Australia. The only person more appalled by this is Edie, particularly when Kate dumps her in a nearby retirement village. The End is about Kate and Edie’s fractious journey as they find their way back to a relationship. It’s a story about the right to die and what makes life worth living. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

A Teacher – Feb 11
A Teacher examines the complexities and consequences of an illicit sexual affair between a young teacher and her student. Claire (Kate Mara) is a new teacher at Westerbrook High School in Texas. Dissatisfied in her marriage to her college sweetheart, Claire’s life changes when Eric (Nick Robinson), a personable teenager in her English class, takes an interest in her. Claire and Eric discover an undeniable connection that allows them to escape their lives, but their relationship accelerates faster than either could anticipate. The permanent damage left in the wake of their illicit affair becomes impossible for them, and their family and friends, to ignore. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND 

Superman & Lois – February
After years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and even alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, one of the world’s most famous superheroes, Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and famed journalist, Lois Lane (Bitsie Tulloch), are set to come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever, dealing with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, could they inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers. FOX8 & ON DEMAND

Red Bird Lane
Written by Sara Gran and directed by David Slade, this psychological thriller follows eight strangers who arrive at an isolated house, all for different reasons. Upon their mysterious and coincidental arrival, the strangers realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them. Stars Susan Sarandon Kiersey Clemons and Isidora Goreshter. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND  

Mare of Easttown
Written and executive produced by Brad Inglesby, who also serves as showrunner, Mare Of Easttown stars Kate Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. This marks Winslet’s first television role since appearing in the five-part HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce” in 2011. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND 

Generation
Created by Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel Barnz and produced by Lena Dunham, Generation is a dark yet playful half-hour following a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Kung Fu
Set in the present day, the series follows a young Chinese American woman whose personal issues forced her to leave college and make a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. Upon her return to America, she starts using her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community when her hometown if San Francisco is plagued by ongoing crime and corruption run by the Triad, all while dealing with her estranged family and searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Stars Patricia Pemberton. FOX8 & ON DEMAND          

Gossip Girl (reboot)
Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl, a ruthless and mysterious blogger using all forms of social media to reveal secrets about teens in upper east side New York. With rollercoaster romances and piles of secrets hiding away for Gossip Girl to find. Gossip Girl follows the lives of privileged teenagers on the upper east side. FOX8 & ON DEMAND

Rapshi$t
This new series produced by Issa Rae (Insecure) follows a fictional south Florida female rap group who are attempting to break into the music industry. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

The Sex Lives of College Girls
A new comedy from executive producer/writer Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) that follows three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont. A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND 

Returning: 

Room 104 final season – Jan 1
An anthology series set in a single hotel room of an average American motel, where every guest who comes to stay reveals a unique set of circumstances and quirks. From the Duplass Brothers. FOX SHOWCASE and ON DEMAND 

A Discovery of Witches S2 – Jan 13
In the epic second season Diana (Teresa Palmer) and Matthew (Matthew Goode) time travel to Elizabethan London in search of ‘England’s most powerful witch’ and a lost powerful book which promises immortality. There they will be faced with a world of spies and deceit, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night. FOX8 & ON DEMAND

S.W.A.T. S4 – Jan 17
S.W.A.T. is an action-drama TV show that tells the story of Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson and his elite Special Weapons and Tactics Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco. FOX ONE and ON DEMAND

All Rise S2 – Jan 19
All Rise is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. When the legal drama returns for Season 2 it will very much incorporate real-world issues like the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. FOX ONE & ON DEMAND

Batwoman S2 – Jan 19
Season two kicks off with a major game-changer that will alter Gotham and The Bat Team forever. As the dust settles, Batwoman has everything working against her, including the recently escaped rogues’ gallery of villains, and everyone will come to see her in a whole new light. There’s a new hero under the cowl, Javicia Leslie stars as Ryan Wilder, the new Batwoman. A former drug-runner, the now-reformed and sober Ryan lives in her van with her plants and is a highly skilled but wildly undisciplined fighter. Like her predecessor, Ryan is an out lesbian. FOX8 & ON DEMAND

Prodigal Son S2 – Jan 20
“Killer instincts run in the family.” That is what Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) has always feared: that he is just like his father, serial killer Martin Whitley (Michael Sheen), a.k.a. The Surgeon. Bright’s personal life is in disarray after the shocking actions of his sister, Ainsley Whitly who at the end of the season one finale brutally stabbed the villainous Nicolas Endicott to death in the Whitlys’ sitting room. Bright must now take care of her and protect his mother from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his ‘prodigal son,’ but forging this bond lead to shocking twists and revelations. FOX ONE & ON DEMAND

Chicago Fire S9 – Jan 21
Chicago Fire, an edge-of-your-seat view at the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. The firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their incredible city. FOX ONE and ON DEMAND

Chicago PD S8 – Jan 22
Chicago P.D. is a riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit, combatting the city’s most heinous offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking, high-profile murders and beyond. FOX ONE

Legacies S3 – Jan 22
Plenty more monsters and new mysterious villains will be taking over the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. As these young witches, vampires, werewolves, and magical creatures try to balance school and figure out their newfound powers, they’re going to be facing some of the hardest challenges they’ve ever had to go up against. FOX8 and ON DEMAND

Euphoria: F*** Anyone Who’s Not A Sea Blob (Part 2: Jules)
The second of two special episodes of the Emmy winning drama series. Directed by Sam Levinson, the episode follows Jules (played by Hunter Schafer) over the Christmas holiday as she reflects on the year. Schafer serves as co-executive producer on the second special episode, which she co-wrote with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.  Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Death in Paradise S10 – January
The smash-hit whodunit returns, as D.I. Neville Parker (Ralf Little) attempts to solve a slew of mysterious murders in the sun-soaked Caribbean. The hugely popular comedy-drama is back for its tenth anniversary series with its usual combination of baffling murders, intriguing puzzles and famous guest stars. There are also some big surprises in store – starting with the shock return of D.S Florence Cassell. Can Florence help Neville embrace life on the island? New characters turn up on shore – including 18-year-old petty criminal Marlon Pryce, who quickly stirs up trouble. The arrival of twins is the least of JP’s challenges as Marlon, and work, tests him to his limits. Meanwhile, Selwyn finds himself in the firing line and Catherine faces grave danger following the death of a friend. BBC FIRST & ON DEMAND

Call the Midwife S10 – January
The return of the multi-award-winning drama, which regularly draws audiences of over 10 million. It’s 1966, and it’s a testing time for the midwives. But there’s excitement, too, as the women’s rights movement intensifies. With Trixie’s help, Sister Julienne is determined to steer Nonnatus House out of its financial quandary. Dr Turner deals with an array of difficult cases including a former soldier involved in nuclear test explosions. Meanwhile, Sister Monica Joan experiences a crisis of faith, and Sister Frances realises she needs to be a little less spiritual if she’s to really connect with the local women. There are some interesting challenges ahead, as well as great celebrations when England wins the World Cup. BBC FIRST & ON DEMAND

The Walking Dead S10c – March 1
Based on the comic book series of the same name from issue #145 onward, Season 10 of The Walking Dead largely focuses on the groups’ preparation and the eventual full-on war against the creepy, zombie-head-wearing Whisperers, who keep sending their hordes of Walkers after the groups. Set several months after the massacre perpetrated by Alpha (Samantha Morton) during the community fair, the season focuses on the united communities as they initiate a fight in order to end the threat of the Whisperers. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Wentworth (Season 8 part 2)
The final season of Foxtel’s acclaimed drama series Wentworth returns with Boomer (Katrina Milosevic) stepping up as acting Top Dog while Ruby (Rarriwuy Hick) is reunited with her sister Rita (Leah Purcell). Lou (Kate Box) and Reb (Zoe Terakes) continue their mission for Reb’s surgery. Believing that Lou is responsible for Allie’s demise, Marie (Susie Porter) finds herself embroiled in a vengeance pact with Sheila (Marta Dusseldorp) with destructive and far-reaching consequences. With all the drama unfolding around her, Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) is perfectly placed to sail under the radar to punish those who wronged her – Will (Robbie Magasiva), Vera (Kate Atkinson) and Jake (Bernard Curry), while Ann Reynolds (Jane Hall) has the reins of Wentworth firmly in her grip. Meanwhile, Judy Bryant (Vivienne Awosoga), with the help of outside conspirators, takes bold steps towards achieving a dangerous end game. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Mr Inbetween S3
Mr Inbetween, the critically acclaimed Australian half hour comedy series created by and starring Scott Ryan as the criminal-for-hire “Ray Shoesmith” returns for its third season. Ryan reprises the role as charismatic, yet volatile hit man “Ray Shoesmith”, a role which earned him a TV WEEK Logie Award for ‘Most Outstanding Actor’ and AACTA Award for Lead Actor in a TV Drama. Ray Shoesmith “takes care of people” — collecting debts, relieving them of drugs and guns, and often taking care of them on a more permanent basis. Ray demands respect and does not tolerate it when someone disregards his very clear code of ethics. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Succession S3
Succession tracks the lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control. Season 3 will return to deal with the actions and aftermath of Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) second son, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), after he throws Logan under the bus during a televised press conference for the heat surrounding the Waystar Royco’s cruise scandal. While Kendall is currently sitting on the throne, it’s uncertain if that will remain the case for long. Also stars Sarah Snook. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Outlander S6
After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) is suddenly transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humour.  Season 6 will be loosely based on Diana Gabaldon’s sixth book in the series, titled A Breath Of Snow and Ashes. With the Revolutionary War fast approaching in the new season, Claire and Jamie Fraser will be preparing to deal with more conflict. FOX ONE & ON DEMAND

Pose S3
Pose is set in the world of 1987 and looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world. Season 3 of Pose will jump ahead, just like in Season 2, and will follow the heroes as they navigate the New York of 1994. Season 3 will be filled with new cast members, content changes, and the possibility of a new House of Evangelista.  Stars Billy Porter. FOX ONE & ON DEMAND

Fear The Walking Dead S6b
A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse. This season explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan’s last message at the end of season five implored the group to “Just Live” and this season we’ll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia’s communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia’s walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world. The season will also feature multiple time jumps. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Unforgotten S4
The BAFTA-winning hit returns, as Cassie and Sunny investigate a cold case with alarming links to the police force. A corpse is discovered in a scrap yard, his features frozen in time. Four suspects emerge. All four have links to the law and attended the same police training course back in 1989. Since then their lives have gone in very different directions. Some have thrived and others have faltered. But exactly who is fighting for justice? Can the police force ever really be trusted? And will Cassie and Sunny find themselves on the wrong side of the law? Stars Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Lewis Reeves. BBC FIRST & ON DEMAND

Baptiste S2
From award-winning producer Two Brothers Pictures, this six-part series follows retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) as he delves into Budapest’s corrupt underworld to find a British Ambassador’s family who go missing on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains. Ambassador Emma Chambers, played by Fiona Shaw, is a character who is thrust into the crosshairs of Baptiste’s most complex case to date, as the detective navigates an untrustworthy Hungarian police force and international media interest as he hunts for her husband and two sons. BBC FIRST & ON DEMAND

Returning DC Shows
All your favourite DC Universe TV shows will be returning to FOX8 in 2021: Stargirl S2, Pennyworth S2, Doom Patrol S3, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S6, The Flash S7 and Supergirl S6. FOX8 & ON DEMAND                             

Lifestyle

The Great Pottery Throwdown S3 – January 7
Sara Cox hosts as 10 home potters from around the UK create beautiful ceramics, hoping to impress judges Keith Brymer Jones and Kate Malone and be crowned the new champion of British Pottery. LifeStyle & ON DEMAND

The Great Kiwi Bake Off S2 – January 26
The Great Kiwi Bake Off is an exciting search to find New Zealand’s best amateur baker. Each week passionate bakers are put through challenges to test every aspect of their baking skills, in a competition which pushes these amateurs are pushed to the limit. The bakers endeavour to impress the judges with their originality and skill, and ultimately bake their way to the final. LifeStyle FOOD & ON DEMAND

Gogglebox Australia S13 – February
The four-time TV Week Logie award winning show, now in its’ thirteenth season, sees Australia’s favourite households back on the couch ready to sink their teeth into their favourite TV snacks and the best and worst of 2021’s newest television programs. Returning households include happily married couple Lee and Keith, Greek best friends Anastasia and Faye, close-knit but fight-over-the-remote family The Daltons; cricket mad Delpechitra family, Indigenous Art dealers Mick and Di; new parents Matty, Sarah Marie and bub Malik and “uncle” Jad; brother and sister foodies Tim and Leanne; flatmates and best mates Milo and Nic; modern day Aussie gals Kaday and Chantel and the Sydney clan of five, the Elias family and the Silbery women Kerry, Isabelle and Emmie. LifeStyle & ON DEMAND

Grand Designs Australia S9 – March
Host and multi award-winning architect Peter Maddison is back with the long awaited ninth series of Grand Designs Australia. Peter follows homeowners – all driven visionaries with a dream to change their lives and Australia’s architectural landscape forever.  The backdrops are as varied as they are stunning, as Peter travels around Australia showcasing as many eccentric and unique grand designs as modern masterpieces. Peter shares the challenges and successes of Australia’s most ambitious self building projects, as they try to make their dreams into reality. Australia has never looked better in this exciting new series. LifeStyle & ON DEMAND

Love it Or List it Australia s4
They say home is where the heart is, but when a house is divided it calls for a Love It Or List It Australia intervention. Lifestyle’s must-watch property show is back for Season 4 with Real estate expert Andrew Winter and design guru Neale Whitaker who are once again tasked with helping Australian homeowners with one of life’s big dilemmas – renovate or relocate. From floorplans requiring a compass to navigate to homes too small for a growing family, postcode envy and beachside dreams – Andrew and Neale have their work cut out for them swaying homeowners to make the right decision… theirs! LifeStyle & ON DEMAND 

The Great British Bake Off S11
This year, under exceptional circumstances, the bakers entered a bubble for seven weeks in order to make the competition happen. The iconic tent remains the same, but there are 30 new challenges set by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, who are joined by host Noel Fielding and Bake Off’s brand new presenter Matt Lucas. 12 bakers in the bubble, 30 challenges, but only one will be crowned the winner. LifeStyle FOOD & ON DEMAND

Entertainment & Reality

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? S5 – January 24
The drama never seems to end for 90 Day Fiancé couples even after they tie the knot! The new season of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? documents the ups and downs of life post-marriage for some of your favourite and most memorable couples from the global hit franchise as they continue to test the waters of their relationships while navigating life in America. The frenzied countdown to the altar may be behind them, but the real drama has just begun to unfold. From celebrations and reconciliations, to tragedies and heartbreaks, see what’s gone down for six couples as we find out if travelling across the globe and risking it all for love was worth it, or is it true that only fools rush in? TLC & ON DEMAND

Outback Opal Hunters Season 6 – February 11
Australia’s toughest treasure hunters are on a mission to uncover opal riches in the massive sixth season of Outback Opal Hunters. For our nine crews, opal fever has well and truly kicked in as they battle the unforgiving outback. This season your favourite crews are back, along with some new faces and new locations. The quest to find opal is gruelling work and there’s no shortage of blood, sweat and tears in this show. Clinging tightly to the dream they could be just one pick strike away from becoming millionaires, they’ll face backbreaking work, searing heat, danger and isolation. To survive it will take grit, ingenuity and a little luck. DISCOVERY & ON DEMAND

Golden Globes – February
Foxtel brings all the glitz and glamour from award season, with the biggest and best award shows including The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards celebrating and recognising excellence in film and television. FOX ARENA & ON DEMAND

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver S8 – February
Breaking news, on a weekly basis. Comedian John Oliver satirically covers the week in news, politics and current events in this Emmy-winning variety series. FOX8 & ON DEMAND 

The Real Housewives of Melbourne S5
Roll out the red carpet and get ready for a wild ride for the return of a highly anticipated 5th season of The Real Housewives of Melbourne. The season five cast is rumoured to include returning Housewives Gamble Breaux – singer songwriter, social director; Gina Liano – barrister at law, marriage celebrant, author, entrepreneur and mother of two boys; Janet Roach – co-founder of Raw Essentials Tea and The Roach Foundation; and Lydia Schiavello – food lover who shares her passion for Italian food in Lydia’s Kitchen, running cooking classes from her home, along with some new Housewives set to make their mark. FOX ARENA & ON DEMAND

Rawhide
It’s the TV show where one of Hollywood’s living icons, Clint Eastwood, first made a name for himself – Rawhide. Following the adventures of a team of cattle drovers working the rugged American landscape to drive cattle from one end of the country to the other. Along the way there can be trouble with hustlers, wranglers, crooked towns people as well as the challenge of keeping the stock alive. With plenty of action, fist fights and many a western caper. FOX CLASSICS

Stars of the Silver Screen S13
Stars Of The Silver Screen celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. From Marlon Brando to Elizabeth Taylor, we uncover what drove them and why the world loved them. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon’s legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names. FOXTEL ARTS

Aussie Gold Hunters S6
After a history-making last season with record-breaking gold nuggets, Discovery’s #1 show, Aussie Gold Hunters is back! Join hardcore crews of gold prospectors as they take on the country’s most extreme landscapes, determined to uncover a fortune. The ultimate treasure quest, these gold-hungry crews in Western Australia and Victoria are driven by the record-breaking price of gold and the unwavering belief that they could strike it rich and land a monster nugget. There’ll be hope and heartbreak but one thing’s for certain – it’s an all-out battle in the greatest gold rush on Earth! DISCOVERY & ON DEMAND

Keeping Up with the Kardashians S20 Final Season
Fans will soon have to find another way to keep up with one of America’s most famous families with the 20th and final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians airing in early 2021.  The reality show premiered in 2007 and helped launch the careers, as well as the business empire, of the Kardashian and Jenner family. The success of the show led to 12 spinoff series and numerous pop culture moments as it chronicled the often extravagant daily life of the siblings and their growing families. E! & ON DEMAND

Aussie Mega Mechanics S2
What happens when big machines like mining draglines, ship lift and dredgers break down? Production comes to a halt, downtime costs can be astronomical and repairs are expensive. Aussie Mega Mechanics follows the country’s best mechanics as they tackle some of the biggest machines and the challenges of maintaining and repairing them. From breakdowns in remote mines to using winching motors so powerful they could pull an ocean liner up a beach, the stakes are high, the conditions dangerous and there’s millions of dollars on the line, and only these experts can get the job done. DISCOVERY & ON DEMAND

Demolition Down Under S3
Delve into the high-pressure world of Australia’s demolition industry as we follow highly skilled crews as they tackle everything from high rise apartments and sunken wharves, to bizarre structures and massive warehouses. In this industry, knocking down a 1000-tonne building can be undone by a just few kilos of bricks, or a millimetre mistake on a small suburban house can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. From difficult structures and crumbling interiors, dropping giant walls and steering 50-tonne machines over treacherous ground, the Demolition Down Under crews put everything on the line to get the job done and building downs. DISCOVERY & ON DEMAND

Dr Pimple Popper S3
The irre-cyst-able cult phenomenon that is Dr Pimple Popper returns to TLC in 2021. The undisputed queen of pimple-popping, Dr Sandra Lee, is back to slay lipomas, cysts and life altering skin ailments and transform the lives of her patients. This addictive, one-of-a-kind series follows Dr Lee at her clinic in California, where she treats various eye-catching dermatological problems. With her passion, signature splash guard, ease and warm bedside manner that viewers have come to know and love, Dr Lee is fiercely determined to remedy these skin issues in the hopes of allowing her patients to reclaim their confidence, free of embarrassment – which is at the heart of the series. TLC & ON DEMAND

90 Day Fiancé S8
TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé has become a global pop culture phenomenon with audiences hooked on the stories of lovestruck Americans and their partners overseas (who’ve mostly met online) as they navigate the world of international dating. For these couples, getting through customs is just the beginning. With just 90 days to wed on a fiancé visa, follow international couples as they attempt to overcome cultural barriers and family drama while in search of true love that knows no borders. The stakes are incredibly high as these couples are forced to make a life-altering decision: get married or send their international partner home. TLC & ON DEMAND

Crikey! It’s The Irwins
Australia’s favourite wildlife warriors return with a new season of Crikey! It’s The Irwins. Join Bindi, Robert, and Terri Irwin as they carry on Steve’s conservation mission and take you behind the scenes at the infamous Australia Zoo, home to over 1,200 animals, and the world class Wildlife Hospital which has treated over 70,000 animals in need. This is a unique look at the lives of the iconic family whose passion for wildlife and conservation is limitless. ANIMAL PLANET & ON DEMAND

Where the Wild Men Are: Revisited
Adventurer Ben Fogle revisits people around the world who turned their backs on the rat-race to set up home in some of Earth’s most remote locations. How have things panned out for the former war correspondent who became a grizzly bear guide in the Canadian wilderness? Or the former city fat cat turned jungle Tarzan in the swamplands of Georgia, USA? And what about the man whose tragic accident prompted a move to Australia’s notorious Tornado Alley? Ben finds out what’s changed for these compelling characters as he learns about the challenges they’ve faced since he first spent time with them. Is life in the wild still their ultimate dream? BBC EARTH & ON DEMAND

Race to the Centre of the Earth Nat Geo
An extreme adventure competition series as four teams, starting in four different hemispheres, tackle four unique, grueling and stunningly beautiful courses. The team that reaches the finish line first takes home a one million dollar prize. An epic test of human limits. An epic showcase of an awe-inspiring planet. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & ON DEMAND

Factual / True Crime / Docu-Series

Tiger – Jan 11
Two-part documentary offering a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. The series paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights, but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminated by his victory at the 2019 Masters. Tiger highlights never-before-seen-footage and interviews with those who know Tiger Woods best, including his former caddy and close friend, Steve Williams; Tiger’s first true love, Dina Parr; and Rachel Uchitel, the woman at the center of the sex scandal that forever altered Tiger’s world, breaking her silence for the first time. FOX SHOWCASE and ON DEMAND

Coast Australia – Jan 11
During this season of the Foxtel Original series, Neil and his crew of co-presenters journey farther and wider than ever before, giving Australian viewers a first-class ticket to a host of spectacular coastlines from their own loungerooms, while offering inspiration to travel within this vast and beautiful continent in the future. Neil visits eight stunning coastlines around Australia. Joined by palaeontologist-explorer Professor Tim Flannery; marine ecologist Professor Emma Johnston; historian Dr Alice Garner; marine biologist Dr Dean Miller and introducing brand new co-presenter, Indigenous archaeologist Dave Johnston, Neil and the team set out to investigate and capture the most fascinating stories around the edge of Australia, a blossoming nation built on an ancient land. HISTORY & ON DEMAND

Alabama Snake – Jan 13
Documentary Alabama Snake highlights the story of Pentecostal minister Glenn Summerford — a man accused of attempting to murder his wife with a rattlesnake in the sleepy town of Scottsboro, Alabama — and the investigation and trial that haunted Southern Appalachia for decades. ‌ The film features local historian and folklorist Dr. Thomas Burton, who spent his life studying the culture, beliefs, and folklore of the Pentecostal snake handlers, as he paints a Southern Gothic portrait of Summerford and his tale of demon possession. FOX SHOWCASE and ON DEMAND

Very Scary People S2 – Jan 21
Actor and musician Donnie Wahlberg returns as host of the second season of Very Scary People, the popular series that chronicles the twisted lives of some of the most frightening, diabolical characters in recent history. Each of the six two-hour episodes trace the heinous, criminal acts of these elusive miscreants and the eventual road to justice. Ci and ON DEMAND

Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults – Jan 24
Four-part docu-series tells the story of the infamous religious movement and the stranger-than-fiction circumstances that culminated in the biggest mass suicide to ever take place on U.S. soil. Features interviews with former members of the cult and others who were directly involved and closely affected by the group. FOX SHOWCASE and ON DEMAND 

The Vow S2
The hit HBO docuseries will return for a second instalment with filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer.  The new episodes will follow Keith Raniere, leader of the NXIVM cult, into the courtroom after he was convicted in June 2019, and share more stories from top members of the NXIVM cult and DOS, it’s secret master-slave group where were women allegedly subjected to sexual slavery. 

Persona
Persona is a documentary feature that explores the unexpected origin story of America’s obsession with personality testing. Embedded in everything from dating sites to job applications, Persona reveals the profound ways personality testing has formed and influenced the world around us. FOX SHOWCASE and ON DEMAND

Not So Pretty
The first-ever comprehensive large-scale investigative expose of the trillion-dollar cosmetics, beauty and personal care industry. Celebrated and ground-breaking filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War) will take this monolithic industry to task via rigorous investigations, incisive wit and emotional storytelling to inform audiences of the hidden hazards of their daily products and safe, budget-friendly alternatives. FOX SHOWCASE & ON DEMAND

Narco Wars
The Latin American Narco Wars are spiralling out of control.  Despite the $1 trillion spent on enforcement and the 2.5 million death toll, more illegal drugs are being produced, trafficked and consumed than ever before.  Fetauring interviews with key player son both sides of the law, this 10-part series examines the drug wars – both past and present – to explain why. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & ON DEMAND

O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy
Hundreds of hours of documentaries, films and TV shows have covered what came to be known as “The Trial of the Century.” The world watched the debates in the court room, heard the details of the evidence, saw the brutality of the crime scene and was rocked by the verdict. But throughout this media circus, one important voice was lost in the press maelstrom: the story of Nicole Brown Simpson. This two-hour special features firsthand accounts from Nicole’s closest family and friends as they reveal her most intimate thoughts from her own diary, proving that this crime is not about the man who walked away unscathed, but about the woman who did not have that option. INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY & ON DEMAND

Forensic Files II S2
Long considered the gold standard of crime and justice non-fiction programming, the popular series returns with more intriguing new mysteries.  Narrated by acclaimed film, stage and television actor Bill Camp, Forensic Files II breaks down crime cases with the help of scientific evidence and improved forensic techniques, while using dramatised recreations to explain the story behind the cases. Ci & ON DEMAND

Fighting to Farm – WWII Soldiers of Kangaroo Island
Set in the wake of the devastating summer bushfires, Fighting to Farm chronicles the remarkable tale of returned WWII veterans and their families who created farms and communities across the undeveloped western end of Kangaroo Island. An inspiring Australian story of pioneering spirit, courage and resilience HISTORY & ON DEMAND

Genius: Aretha
The newest installment of the anthology series will explore Aretha’s musical genius, incomparable career, and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had around the world. The legendary singer is one of the world’s bestselling musical artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold globally during her career. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & ON DEMAND

Trafficked
Award-winning journalist, Mariana van Zeller, explores the inner-workings of the global underworld’s most dangerous black markets. In each episode, she journeys inside a different black market — from drugs to guns to tiger parts — to meet the players, learn the business, and unearth the geo-political circumstances and context that create the world’s multi-trillion dollar shadow economy. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & ON DEMAND

To Catch a Smuggler
124 million people enter the U.S. through our nation’s airports each year. It’s a nonstop human tidal wave and hid amongst them are an endless stream of contraband and ill intentions. Defending our borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defense of America’s airports. Using every tool available to them, DHS will stop at nothing to catch a smuggler. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & ON DEMAND

Inside North Korea: Dead or Alive
On April 15, 2020, Kim Jong-un was a no-show at the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather. A member of the Kim family has ruled North Korea for 70 years. When the leader did not appear, rumors flew – was Kim dead, ill, hiding?  Even after he was confirmed alive, there was still a question of his health and lifestyle. Who would take over if something was to happen to him?  And how would they lead the country? NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & ON DEMAND

Movies

Bring the cinema experience home with FOXTEL Movies. Boasting more than 1000 titles to watch live and ON DEMAND, our slate gives you the choice of settling in with an old favourite or discovering the latest blockbuster. New releases are added every month, LMN – Lifetime Movie Network has enthralling dramas, plus we celebrate the biggest film franchises and present seasonal collections for the likes of Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

New Releases
Jojo Rabbit, Scoob!, Blinded by the Light, 47 Metres Down: Uncaged, Trading Paint, Billionaire Boys Club, Running with the Devil, The Crime Boss, Capone, The Current War, Let Them All Talk plus more.

Harry Potter Movie Takeover – from Jan 15
Catch all eight Harry Potter films, showcasing the on screen magic that has captured the hearts and imaginations of children and adults all over the world for more than a decade, with tales of magic adventure and friendship.  The films will be available ON DEMAND, and will also screen live from January 15-21 on Foxtel Movies Hits, and feature the full line up of Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007); Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

Sport

After a sporting year like no other, 2021 is shaping up to be another unforgettable year of action on the field, track, pitch and court.  The giant ad-free summer cricket schedule kicks off Foxtel’s year of sport, followed closely by the NAB AFLW season and the Repco Supercars Championship series in February.  The NRL and AFL premiership seasons return to Foxtel in March with every game of the regular season of both codes live and ad break free during play. Supercars, Formula 1, A-League, Golf, NBA, NFL, tennis and more will also feature in Foxtel’s must-see sport offering.

AFL
2021 NAB AFLW Season – February
2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season – March 18
Every match of every round LIVE, in HD with no ad-breaks during play on FOX FOOTY

NRL
2021 World Cup 9’s
2021 Telstra NRL Premiership season – March 11
Kicks off with Premiers Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Every game of every round LIVE, in HD with no ad-breaks during play on FOX LEAGUE

Cricket
Big Bash – BBL|10 – continues
Australia vs India Test Series – continues

Football
2020/21 A-League Season continues
Every match LIVE, in HD with no ad-breaks during play on FOX SPORTS
2020/21 Westfield W-League Season continues

Motorsport
2021 Repco Supercars Championship – Bathurst 500 Feb 26-28
2021 FIA Formula One World Championship™ – Australian F1 Grand Prix March 19-21
2021 MotoGP – Qatar GP March 28
Every practice, qualifying session and race will be LIVE, in HD with no ad-breaks during racing on FOX SPORTS

Golf
2021 The Masters – April 9-12
2021 PGA Championship – May 21-24
2021 US Open Golf – June 18-21
2021 The Open Championship – July 16-19
Every round of the four majors will be LIVE and in HD on FOX SPORTS

Tennis
Roland Garros in May
Wimbledon in June

Surfing
WSL continues

NFL
Super Bowl – Feb 8 on ESPN

Basketball
NBA continues on ESPN
NBL – Jan 10 on ESPN

Kids

Adventure Time Pop Up Channel – Jan 1-14
Transverse to the mystical land of Ooo with the Adventure Time Pop-Up Channel on Foxtel. Airing every episode of Adventure Time ever, fans of this iconic series will be able to join best friends, Finn and Jake, as they find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades and learn to depend on each other through thick and thin. CHANNEL 700 

Tom & Jerry Pop Up Channel – Jan 15-24
Tom and Jerry are two of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time, and to celebrate the 80th anniversary, you’ll be able to binge-watch all of their antics, new and old, with the Tom and Jerry Pop-Up Channel on Foxtel. Whether you prefer the dynamic of the classic series, or are keen to see these life-long nemeses explore fantastical settings in their fun-filled specials, there are endless laughs to be had. CHANNEL 700

The Fungies! – January
The quirky and affable mushroom folks – The Fungies! – are back with brand new adventures and antics. Seth, a science-minded, 10-year-old fungie kid, is fascinated by how the world works and wants to tell Fungietown all about it. With a little help from his artistic older brother, Pascal, Seth stirs up trouble for Fungietown, leading him to hilarious and heartwarming emotional discoveries. CARTOON NETWORK

The Gumball Chronicles – February
Gumball is back this February with brand new specials! Cartoon Network has wrapped up all of the hilarious moments from the first six seasons in special celebratory episodes. The rib-tickling episodes will focus on Gumball and his friends in Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Halloween themed episodes. To commemorate the U.S election, there will also be a four part election special that follows Gumball as he runs for class president and attempts to find the perfect running mate. Enjoy all the fun and laugher with Gumball and his friends, this February. CARTOON NETWORK

Journey of Long
Long is an unexpectedly troublesome dragon who dreams of becoming the best chef in the world.  A country dragon at heart, Long embarks on a journey to the big city to follow his dream. Without a concrete plan, Long fumbles his way into Chow’s Restaurant and decides that it is the ideal place to set up and become a chef.  Will Long’s dream of becoming the best chef in the world come true or will he have to return to the country with his tail humbly between his legs? You’ll have to watch the series to find out! CARTOON NETWORK

Summer Camp Island
The Summer Camp Island gang, Oscar, Susie and Lucy return with more exciting and spooky stories. This month they are joined by witches, yeti and even aliens! Not all camps offer the opportunity to swim with a talking shark in the swimming pool, crawl under the bed into a different universe, or make friends with the moon. But Oscar and Hedgehog do their best to navigate the mysteries and wonders of this magical place and make their stay worthwhile. Catch the brand new episodes, this month on Cartoon Network. CARTOON NETWORK

Mush-Mush & the Mushables
Mush-Mush & the Mushables follows the forest adventures of Mush-Mush and his best friends Chep and Lilit. Mushables are the Guardians of the Forest, and each member has a special talent or ability – while Mush-Mush can communicate with nature, Chep has a huge memory and Lilit lights up and glows. The adventurous friends explore, grow and discover just how fun and wild life can be. Join them on their adventures as part of Boomerang’s Playground every afternoon. BOOMERANG

Adventure Time Distant Lands
Return to the Land of OOO and beyond in Adventure Time: Distant Lands! Based on the animated series Adventure Time, this series brings fans closer to their favorite Ooo denizens – along with some new friends – following them on exciting new adventures. In the upcoming specials; Princess Bubblegum and Marceline journey to the Glass Kingdom to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe, Peppermint Butler starts over as just another inexperienced Wizard School student, and Finn and Jake reunite to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives. CARTOON NETWORK

Elliott from Earth
Meet Elliott and his mom Frankie as they embark on an unexpected journey across the universe. They’ll encounter amazing aliens, surprising species and cosmic creatures along the way, including Elliott’s new best friend, a dinosaur named Mo. Join them on their adventures where nothing is ever normal. But who’d want that anyway? CARTOON NETWORK

Victor & Valentino
Victor and Valentino is a supernatural adventure comedy about two half-brothers who spend a summer with their grandma in a place called Monte Macabre, a small, mysterious town where the myths and legends of Mesoamerican folklore come to life. In these brand-new episodes, Victor and Valentino set out to expose evil magicians, make friends with ghosts, and journey through the nine levels of the underworld. Will they emerge victorious? CARTOON NETWORK

Craig of the Creek
Grab your toilet-paper sword and follow best friends Craig, JP and Kelsey as they explore their neighbourhood creek – a boundless kid-run world! These brand-new episodes see Craig and his friends encountering the Witches of the Creek, create their own neighbourhood in the snow, and even agree to switch bodies for the day! CARTOON NETWORK

Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! takes a comedic look at the superheroes’ lives. Viewers finally get the opportunity to watch what life is like for the super teens when their capes are left at home. The teens will deal with everyday issues of adolescence, and in these new episodes, will learn that knowing your weaknesses can sometimes prove to make you a better superhero. CARTOON NETWORK

Apple and Onion
In a world populated by anthropomorphic food, Apple and Onion, a pair of childlike newcomers to the big city, attempt to fit into their new surroundings. Their journey continues with a series of brand-new adventures, whether they be as simple and refrigerating a sandwich before it expires, or crazy as becoming zebras in an attempt to visit their favourite animal at the zoo. CARTOON NETWORK

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
The Mystery Inc. gang welcomes new members. Faced with some of their toughest mysteries yet, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo join forces with some of the biggest names in celebrity and pop culture. This season, we see the gang encounter the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Liza Koshy, Morgan Freeman and Cher! CARTOON NETWORK

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7 Comments:

  1. As always they have an impressive slate. Especially those new international dramas coming from HBO/HBO Max… each of them quite buzzy in the US.
    Have we ever had a January quite as packed for TV premieres? Particularly the ones I’m interested in:
    Bump (Stan) Jan 1
    Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist S2 (Stan) Jan 6
    Cobra Kai S3 (Netflix) Jan 8
    Dickinson S2 (AppleTV+) Jan 8
    A Discovery Of Witches S2 (Foxtel) Jan 13
    Servant S2 (Apple TV+) Jan 15
    WandaVision (Disney+) Jan 15
    All American S2 (Stan) Jan 17
    All Rise S2 (Foxtel) Jan 19
    Batwoman S2 (Foxtel) Jan 19
    Prodigal Son S2 (Foxtel) Jan 20
    Chicago Fire S9 (Foxtel) Jan 21
    Legacies S3 (Foxtel) Jan 22
    Walker (Stan) Jan 22
    Snowpiercer S2 (Netflix) Jan 26
    Search Party S4 (Stan) Jan ??
    Us (Foxtel) Jan ??

    Phew! Bring them all on!

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