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1000 Years Of History

From Sunday 18 April at 7:30pm

1000 Years of History will explore the defining stories of six of the world’s nations; China, Russia, America, Australia, Scotland and Ireland. Told through “compelling archive and contemporary footage, as well as expert insight and analysis,” each of the six two hour specials will focus on one nation’s unique story and dramatic changes across the centuries.

Ep 1 SCOTLAND

John Hannah narrates an epic journey through 1000 years of Scottish history. From the tension and rivalries that threatened to tear it apart centuries ago to the present-day Scotland, a major player both economically and politically. We discover why, after the early Scottish monarchs established a border and developed a cordial relationship with its powerful neighbour England, things turned bloody on the battlefield. The Wars of Independence and those who fought them are still revered in Scotland today by all political persuasions, ensuring that the nation remained free and sovereign until the Union with England in 1707

• AMERICA: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY depicts America’s defining historical moments and explores the incredible story of how this remarkable country was formed and became the powerhouse we see today home to 327 million people and the centre of global capitalism. Produced by Middlechild Productions.

• AUSTRALIA: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY traces the countries aboriginal origins and the first European landing through to rapid urban expansion, extensive mining of natural resources, and the tourism boom. This has created huge wealth but may also have contributed to the colossal climate change challenges the country now faces. Produced Middlechild Productions.

• CHINA: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY uncovers the surprising truth about what made ancient China so dominant, and the extraordinary story of its near-collapse, before its recent resurrection to global superpower status. Produced by Lambent Productions.

• RUSSIA: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY reveals the secrets of the long line of Tsars that laid the foundations for Lenin’s revolution, and the subsequent spy drama of the Cold War, right up to Putin and his assault on Western democracy. Produced by Lambent Productions.

• IRELAND: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY From the legendary hero Brian Boru, through centuries of royal battles and ending with the story of the modern-day success of Ireland’s peace process and a booming economy. Produced by Raise The Roof Productions.

Feast to Save the Planet

Thursday 22 Apr at 9:30 PM

Gregg Wallace and mathematician Hannah Fry invite five special celebrity guests to a unique dinner party, where they are scored on the environmental impact of every dish they choose.

Gregg Wallace and mathematician Hannah Fry invite five special celebrity guests to a unique dinner party, where they are scored on the environmental impact of every dish they choose.

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Saturday 10 April
07:30 pm Prince Philip: An Extraordinary Life

Deadwater Fell

Wednesday 21 April, 4 episodes

When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they know and trust, the small Scottish community they call home becomes riven with doubt and suspicion as those closest to the family begin to question everything they thought they knew about their friends.

Jackie Robinson

Sunday 25 April at 07:40 PM

Jackie Robinson, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s racial barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.

On April 15, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson lifted an entire race and nation on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s colour line. A supremely gifted athlete and ardent integrationist, Robinson captivated Americans of all races with his brilliant play, and in the process, challenged the prejudiced notions of what a black man could achieve. In a country deeply divided by race, where African Americans had few rights and fewer opportunities, Robinson used his enormous fame to speak out tirelessly against the discrimination he encountered both on and off the field. Jackie Robinson tells the extraordinary story of an American hero whose fierce, lifelong fight for first-class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.

Danish pubcaster DR1 and Australian pubcaster SBS have ordered local versions of Shine TV’s adult education series The Write Offs.

In Australia, the series will be renamed Lost for Words and will be produced by Endemol Shine Australia, while Metronome Productions will produce the Danish version for DR1.

The Handmaid’s Tale - Season 4

From Thursday 29 April at 08:30 PM

The Handmaid’s Tale returns for its fourth season Thursday 29 April on SBS and SBS On Demand Fast-tracked from the US.

Award winning, hit drama series The Handmaid’s Tale will return Thursday 29 April on SBS and SBS On Demand.

In the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, June ( Elisabeth Moss ) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.

The series stars Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford , and Sam Jaeger.
The Handmaid’s Tale season four will be executive produced by Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Eric Tuchman, John Weber, Frank Siracusa, Sheila Hockin, Kira Snyder and Yahlin Chang. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.

There is a thread for Lost for Words.

Week commencing 25 April 2021


Sunday 25 April
07:30 pm Russia: 1000 Years Of History
09:15 pm Sydney’s Super Tunnel Rpt
10:10 pm An Australian Hero: Keith Payne V C Rpt
11:15 pm Who Gets To Stay In Australia? Rpt

Monday 26 April
07:35 pm Secrets of The Tower Of London S03 E02
08:30 pm Secret Scotland S01 E03
09:25 pm 24 Hours In Emergency
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Outlander S05 E10
11:55 pm Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games Rpt

Tuesday 27 April
07:30 pm Who Do You Think You Are? Dr Karl Rpt
08:30 pm Insight
09:30 pm Dateline
10:00 pm The Feed
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm The Point 2021

Wednesday 28 April
07:35 pm Tony Robinson’s History Of Britain Rpt
08:30 pm Building The Channel Tunnel Rpt
09:30 pm Deadwater Fell S01 E02
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm The Crimson Rivers x 2 S01 E05 and E06

Thursday 29 April
07:35 pm World’s Greatest Bridges The Iron Bridge, Shropshire
08:30 pm The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Premiere


09:25 pm The Handmaid’s Tale S04 E02
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Baghdad Central S01 E04
11:45 pm Bosch

Friday 30 April
07:35 pm Hunting Egypt’s Lost Treasures Rpt
08:30 pm London: 2,000 Years of History Rpt
09:20 pm Patriot Brains
10:15 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
10:55 pm SBS World News Late
11:25 pm John And Yoko: Above Us Only Sky Rpt

Saturday 1 May
07:35 pm World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
09:25 pm Movie: Bleed For This
11:30 pm Movie: Roman J Israel Esq

Tony Robinson’s History Of Britain - Season 2

From Wednesday 5 May at 07:35 PM

Tony Robinson takes an in-depth and entertaining look at the history of Great Britain through the every day lives of ordinary people.

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Romulus as seen on SBS and SBS On Demand renewed for second season.

Week commencing 2 May 2021


Sunday 2 May
07:30 pm Egypt’s Top Ten Treasures Rpt
09:15 pm Sydney’s Super Tunnel Rpt
10:15 pm American Insurrection
11:45 pm Who Gets To Stay In Australia? Rpt

Monday 3 May
07:35 pm Secrets of The Tower Of London S03 E03
08:30 pm Secret Scotland S01 E04
09:25 pm 24 Hours In Emergency
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Outlander S05 E11 and E12

Tuesday 4 May
07:30 pm Who Do You Think You Are? Casey Donovan Rpt
08:30 pm Insight
09:30 pm Dateline
10:00 pm The Feed
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm The Point 2021

Wednesday 5 May
07:35 pm Tony Robinson’s History Of Britain Series 2 Premiere
08:30 pm See What You Made Me Do
09:30 pm Deadwater Fell S01 E03
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm The Crimson Rivers x 2 S01 E07 and E08

Thursday 6 May
07:35 pm World’s Greatest Bridges Brooklyn Bridge
08:30 pm The Handmaid’s Tale S04 E03
09:25 pm The Handmaid’s Tale S04 E04
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm Baghdad Central S01 E05
11:50 pm Baghdad Central S01 E06

Friday 7 May
07:35 pm Hunting Egypt’s Lost Treasures Rpt
08:30 pm London: 2,000 Years of History Rpt
09:20 pm Patriot Brains
10:15 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
10:55 pm SBS World News Late
11:25 pm Amy Winehouse: Back To Black Rpt

Saturday 8 May
07:35 pm World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
09:25 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
10:20 PM Movie: Swimming With Men

Pandemic 2020

Sunday 9 May at 7:30 PM The full series of 3 episodes will be shown on the one night; French, Mandarin, English

Filmed in more than 20 countries, the series will explore the universal themes of death, family, power and inequality through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of characters.

The Virus That Shook The World is an epic, global documentary series that tells the biggest story of our generation through intimate and personal human stories. Filmed in more than 20 countries, it will explore the universal themes of death, family, power and inequality through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of characters and their collective experience of the pandemic’s impacts. Following the path of the virus, the series will be in the unique position of treating the world as its precinct, and the global population as its cast.

BBC production.

The first three episodes will drop on SBS on Demand today at 7.01pm AEST with episode 4 available next Thursday. If you don’t have an account, episode 1 and 2 will be shown on SBS tonight, followed by episode 3 and 4 next Thursday. Single episode will then be broadcast from May 13 on both TV and SBS on Demand.

Week commencing 9 May 2021


Sunday 9 May
07:30 pm Pandemic 2020
08:30 pm Pandemic 2020
09:30 pm Pandemic 2020
10:30 pm See What You Made Me Do Rpt
11:30 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt

Monday 10 May
07:35 pm Secrets of The Tower Of London S03 E04
08:30 pm Secret Scotland S01 E05
09:25 pm 24 Hours In Emergency
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Darklands Series Premiere
11:45 pm Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games Rpt

Tuesday 11 May
07:30 pm Who Do You Think You Are? Kurt Fearnley Rpt
08:30 pm Insight
09:30 pm Dateline
10:00 pm The Feed
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm The Point 2021

Wednesday 12 May
07:35 pm Tony Robinson’s History Of Britain S02 E01
08:30 pm See What You Made Me Do
09:30 pm Deadwater Fell S01 E04
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm Stella Blomkvist
11:55 pm Blood x 3 Rpt

Thursday 13 May
07:35 pm World’s Greatest Bridges Millau Viaduct
08:30 pm Michael Mosley: Trust Me, I’m A Doctor Rpt
09:25 pm The Handmaid’s Tale S04 E05
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Sleepers

Friday 14 May
07:35 pm Hunting Egypt’s Lost Treasures Rpt
08:30 pm Movie: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga (2020)
10:45 pm SBS World News Late
11:15 pm Beforeigners

Saturday 15 May
07:35 pm World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm Eurovision Top 40 Controversies Rpt
10:30 PM Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! Rpt

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It has been available on SBS on Demand since May 2020.

SBS have been putting a lot of their on-demand “back catalogue” in late night timeslots recently. First run for FTA programming rather than their previous practice of running repeats.

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I notice that 1000 Years of History has been off air after the first two episodes (Scotland and Russia) have been shown. Are the other four episodes not ready yet?

According to the SBS Media advertising blurb on their website they can split advertising.

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