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Week commencing 12 December 2021


Sunday 12 December
07:30 pm Big Ben: World’s Most Famous Clock Rpt
08:40 pm Muhammad Ali S01 E03
10:30 pm Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime Rpt
11:20 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt

Monday 13 December
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
08:30 pm Tony Robinson’s World By Rail Rpt
09:25 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E07
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm The Crimson Rivers S02 E02
11:50 pm Tell Me Who I Am x 3 Rpt

Tuesday 14 December
07:35 pm Secrets of Royal Travel Rpt
09:30 pm My Childhood, My Country Rpt
10:10 pm Great British Railway Journeys Rpt
10:45 pm SBS World News
11:15 pm Man in Room 301 FTA Premiere

Wednesday 15 December
07:35 pm Inside Aldi at Christmas Rpt
08:30 pm Michael Mosley On Cosmetic Treatments Rpt
09:30 pm Departure Season 2 FTA Premiere
10:15 pm SBS World News
10:50 pm In Therapy x 2 S01 E05 E06
11:40 pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt

Thursday 16 December
07:30 pm Wonderful World Of Chocolate S03 E04
08:30 pm Red Election S01 E09
09:25 pm Murder Case S01 E03
10:35 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Gomorrah S01 E10

Friday 17 December
07:30 pm France: A Journey Through Time
08:30 pm Empire with Michael Portillo Rpt
09:25 pm Dig World War II Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News
10:50 pm Cornwall With Simon Reeve Rpt

Saturday 18 December
07:30 pm Celebrity Letters And Numbers Bob Downe, Nikki Britton, Susie Youssef and special Dictionary Corner guest Carlo Ritchie.
08:30 pm The World’s Greatest Hotels S02 E04
09:25 pm Titanic: Dead Reckoning Rpt
10:25 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:20 pm Movie: Bleed For This

Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

From Monday 20 December at 07:35 PM

With the Coronavirus pandemic having seen a surge of super-rich buyers leaving towns and cities, the brokers set out to sell a property in Highgate, north London, that is on the market for 40 million pounds, as well the home of former Liverpool FC CEO Peter Moore on the Wirral.

Cher And The Loneliest Elephant

Tuesday 21 December at 08:30 PM

An incredible story in which superstar singer and actor Cher flies across the world during a raging pandemic to save a bull elephant from 35 years of suffered incarceration.

Cher And The Loneliest Elephant tells the incredible story in which superstar singer and actor Cher flies across the world during a raging pandemic to save a bull elephant from 35 years of suffered incarceration. This is a story of hope and dreams and testament to what we can achieve when working together. At a time when so many of us are feeling trapped in our own worlds, Kaavan’s story is a beacon of joy and hope for us all.

Lucille Ball: We Love Lucy

Tuesday 21 December at 09:30 PM

Lucille Ball didn’t just make millions of people laugh uproariously. She blazed a whole new path for women in the entertainment industry that still resonates today. Comediennes Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, Debra Messing and Suzanne Somers reveal to us how they were uniquely inspired by Lucy’s comic genius. But simply being funny was never enough for her. The shrewd, enterprising redhead - whose drama-filled personal life was constantly at odds with her public persona - struggled against a system created by men, all the while cementing her legacy by building an entertainment empire that would transform Hollywood as we know it.

Sesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny Days

Wednesday 22nd December at 7:35 PM

This new feature documentary from TIME studios chronicles how, for more than five decades, Sesame Street, one of the most well-loved family TV shows of all time has been a powerful, bold, progressive force of representation, education and empowerment.

Silent Night: A Song For The World

Friday 24 December at 7:30 PM

Silent Night: A Song for the World is a musical film documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol, composed in 1818 in Salzburg. In fact, the song Silent Night caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War I. Over the last 100 years the song has been translated into 140 languages including Bing Crosby’s version which is the third best-selling single of all time. In short, the film tells the story of Silent Night with new recordings by global stars in different languages.

The Luxury Christmas Decorators

Saturday 25 December at 7:30 PM

Join Britain’s busiest and best tree trimmers and wreath hangers as they transform some of the country’s most iconic locations into stunning, one-of-a-kind winter wonderlands. From the Natural History Museum and Blenheim Palace to London’s exclusive The Lansdowne Club, cameras follow the elves of Liverpool-based business The Christmas Decorators as they tackle the unique challenges at each world-famous location, creating enchanting festive designs to wow visitors.

On Broadway

Saturday 25 December at 8:30 PM

For anyone who loves theatre, this contemporary history of Broadway is a pure joy! With an all-star cast, On Broadway tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink.

As audiences prepare for the return of live theatre after an unprecedented absence of 18 months, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes-uneasy balance between art and commerce. Interviews with legends of the stage and screen, including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most ground-breaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.

Week commencing 19 December 2021


Sunday 19 December
07:30 pm Inside Harrods At Christmas Rpt
08:40 pm Muhammad Ali S01 E04
10:15 pm Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime Rpt
11:10 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt

Monday 20 December
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Expensive Houses
08:30 pm The Death of Bruce Lee
10:00 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E08
10:55 pm SBS World News Late
11:25 pm The Crimson Rivers S02 E03

Tuesday 21 December
07:35 pm Inside Aldi At Christmas Rpt
08:30 pm Cher And The Loneliest Elephant
09:30 pm Lucille Ball: We Love Lucy
11:10 pm SBS World News
11:40 pm Man in Room 301 S01 E02

Wednesday 22 December
07:35 pm Sesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny Days
09:00 pm Grand Tours Of Scotland’s Lochs
09:30 pm Departure S02 E01
10:20 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm In Therapy x 2 S01 E07 E08
11:40 pm DNA x 2 Rpt

Thursday 23 December
07:30 pm Wonderful World Of Chocolate S03 E05
08:30 pm Red Election S01 E10
09:25 pm Bowled Over: Untold Australia Rpt
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Gomorrah S01 E11
11:55 pm We Are Who We Are Rpt

Friday 24 December
07:30 pm Silent Night: A Song For The World
09:10 pm Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender Rpt
10:45 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:40 pm Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games Rpt

:christmas_tree: Saturday 25 December

02:00 pm A World Of Calm
02:25 pm Patrizio Buanne: Celebration Part 2
03:25 pm NSW Seniors’ Christmas Concert 2021
04:45 pm Wonderful World Of Chocolate Christmas
05:35 pm Secrets of the Toy Shop: Inside Hamleys
06:30 pm SBS World News
07:30 pm Deck The Halls: The Luxury Christmas Decorators
08:30 pm On Broadway
10:00 pm Movie: Lion

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United Plates of America debuted on SBS Food in February 2019, while Magic in the Mountains is brand new and has just begun limited screening in the US this month.

Zoo Mum

Sunday 26 December at 07:30 PM

Colchester Zoo is one of Britain’s busiest, but the global pandemic has forced it to close to visitors. During lockdown a dedicated team of keepers are busy behind the locked gates, caring for thousands of animals. The absence of paying public means the staff can do things a little differently, with some fun results.

Colchester Zoo is closed because of the pandemic and most staff have been furloughed. We meet passionate Zoo Curator Sarah as she leads a handful of busy keepers caring for thousands of animals. When the government drops the surprise news that zoos can reopen, Sarah must race to get the gates open. When joyous visitors return, life can get back to normal - sort of!

Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler

Tuesday 28 December at 09:30 PM

This one-night-only concert event from October 2017 brought together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers’ final farewell to Nashville. All In For The Gambler featured performances by Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Don Henley, Elle King, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire, The Flaming Lips, The Judds, Wynonna, The Oak Ridge Boys and Kenny Rogers along with many other special guests. In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Coward of the Country,’ ‘Through the Years,’ ‘Lady,’ and ‘Islands in the Stream’ are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike. Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a six-time CMA Awards winner, Country Music Hall of Famer, three-time Grammy Award winner, a recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 CMAs, and has been voted the ‘Favourite Singer of All Time’ in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

Greatest Hits Of The 80s

From Friday 31 December at 07:30 PM

The stories behind 12 iconic songs from the decade, examining George Michael’s Careless Whisper, Ultravox’s Vienna, Culture Club’s Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Sade’s Smooth Operator, Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and 1999, which was released by Prince in 1982. Contributors include Midge Ure, Shirlie Kemp, Steve Levine, Paul Morley, Malcolm Gerrie, David Grant and Katie Puckrik.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2021

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Saturday 1 January at 7:30 PM

As seen in UK on 26 Dec.

Week commencing 26 December 2021


Sunday 26 December
07:30 pm Zoo Mum
08:30 pm Walt Disney Rpt
10:35 pm Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime Rpt
11:30 pm Movie: Chef

Monday 27 December
07:35 pm Charles And Diana: 1983 Rpt
08:30 pm Tony Robinson’s World By Rail Rpt
10:00 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E09
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm The Crimson Rivers S02 E0

Tuesday 28 December
07:35 pm Titanic: Into The Heart Of The Wreck Rpt
09:00 pm Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler
10:50 pm SBS World News
11:20 pm Man in Room 301 S01 E03

Wednesday 29 December
07:35 pm Great Australian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm The Royal House Of Windsor Rpt
09:50 pm Departure S02 E02
10:40 pm SBS World News
11:10 pm In Therapy x 2 S01 E09 E10
12:00 am DNA x 2 Rpt

Thursday 30 December
07:30 pm Wonderful World Of Chocolate S03 E06
08:30 pm Becoming Bond Rpt
10:15 pm Prince Philip: An Extraordinary Life Rpt
11:10 pm SBS World News
11:40 pm Gomorrah S01 E12

Friday 31 December
07:30 pm Greatest Hits Of The 80s Series Premiere
08:30 pm Greatest Hits Of The 80s S01 E02
09:30 pm Blues Brothers: Aretha Franklin Tribute Rpt
11:50 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt

:fireworks: Saturday 1 January
07:30 pm Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2021
09:15 pm Movie: Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life
11:15 pm Movie: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A BBC documentary which debuted in September 2020.

No “Dinner for One” on New Year’s Eve? Or is at an earlier slot of 6-ish?

Yes at 6:10PM - 6:30PM

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That is the cast from the Big Fat Quiz of 2020.

Celebrity guests for 2021 include Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Jonathan Ross, Judi Love , Guz Khan and Sara Pascoe.

Tombs Of Egypt: The Ultimate Mission

From Sunday 2 January at 07:30 PM; 2 episodes

Egyptian constructions are full of unsolved mysteries, and buried vestiges have yet to be discovered. Always looking for new discoveries, Zahi Hawass embarks on a three-month excavation work to unravel some remaining mysteries in Saqqara.

And what he found is astounding: a completely intact burial complex buried deep under the sand at the foot of the pyramid of King Teti. Filled with treasures and exceptional artifacts, the site offers huge potential for Egyptologists.

With exclusive access to this mission, using CGI, 2D computer graphics, 2D and 3D maps, X-ray analyses, along with live footage and interviews of international experts both in the laboratory and in the field, the series shows how the team was able to open each sarcophagus to investigate the mysteries of the necropolis and understand who was buried here, more than 3,000 years ago.

Britain’s Most Luxurious Hotels

From Thursday 6 January at 07:35 PM; 3 episodes

Episode 1: The Langham in one of Europe’s oldest hotels and that means maintenance. Follow specialists as they ascend the building via abseils to carefully examine hundreds of gargoyles and busts.

The Langham in one of Europe’s oldest hotels and that means maintenance. Follow specialists as they ascend the building via abseils to carefully examine hundreds of gargoyles and busts. They quickly spot some work that needs immediate attention and they need to be quick, as former boy band star Ronan Keating is about to check in.

A Short History Of Living Longer

From: Thursday 6 January at 08:30 PM; 4 episodes

Discover the role vaccination plays in our growing ability to prevent the spread of illness. Travel through the remarkable history of vaccines and learn how new ones are developed when diseases like COVID-19 emerge.

Good With Wood

From: Friday 7 January at 07:35 PM; 6 episodes

The competition begins at the workshop, nestled in ancient woodland on the Glanusk Estate in Wales, where host Mel Giedroyc welcomes nine passionate enthusiast woodworkers to compete against each for the next six weeks to be crowned Britain’s Best Woodworker.

Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman

From: Saturday 8 January at 07:35 PM; 8 episodes

Four men conspire to break out of one of the most notorious prisons in American history. Three make it to the water’s edge, but what happened to them when they left the island remains a mystery to this day.

Week commencing 2 January 2022


Sunday 2 January
07:30 pm Tombs Of Egypt: The Ultimate Mission Series Premiere
08:30 pm Walt Disney Rpt
10:35 pm Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime Rpt
11:30 pm The Last Year Of Television 2021 Special Rpt

Monday 3 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Scenic Railways
08:30 pm Tony Robinson’s World By Rail Rpt
09:25 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E10
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm The Crimson Rivers S02 E05
11:45 pm Wisting Rpt

Tuesday 4 January
07:30 pm Great Continental Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm Robson Green: Walking Hadrian’s Wall Rpt
09:35 pm Australia In Colour Rpt
10:35 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Man in Room 301 S01 E04

Wednesday 5 January
07:35 pm Great Australian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm The Royal House Of Windsor Rpt
09:35 pm Departure S02 E03
10:25 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm In Therapy x 2 S01 E11 E12
11:50 pm DNA x 2 Rpt

Thursday 6 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Luxurious Hotels The Langham Series Premiere
08:30 pm A Short History Of Living Longer Series Premiere
09:35 pm La Fortuna
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Gomorrah Season 2 Premiere

Friday 7 January
07:35 pm Good With Wood Series Premiere
08:30 pm Walking Britain’s Roman Roads Rpt
09:25 pm Ancient Superstructures Rpt
10:30 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:55 pm Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games Rpt

Saturday 8 January
07:30 pm Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman Series Premiere
08:30 pm World’s Greatest Hotels Beverly Hilton
09:25 pm World’s Most Beautiful Railway Rpt
10:20 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:10 pm Dublin Murders Rpt

3 part series which premiered on Channel 4 UK in May 2021. It gives a unique insight into three of the UK’s most lavish establishments: The Langham, Corinthia and Chewton Glen.

Costa Concordia: Why She Sank

Sunday 9 January at 8:30pm; 2 episodes

The Costa Concordia was one of the biggest and most luxurious cruise ships ever built. With more than 4,000 passengers and crew on board, it was the length of almost three football pitches, but on Friday 13th January 2012, just hours after leaving port, disaster struck. Survivors describe screaming and scenes of chaos, as they talk us through their terrifying ordeal minute-by-minute. The giant ship lists one way, and then the other. They talk of a ‘silent acknowledgement that we were all going to die.’

Week commencing 9 January 2022


Sunday 9 January
07:30 pm Tombs Of Egypt: The Ultimate Mission S01 E02
08:30 pm Costa Concordia: Why She Sank
09:30 pm Costa Concordia: Why She Sank
10:30 pm Lost Worlds And Hidden Treasures Rpt
11:30 pm Lost Worlds And Hidden Treasures Rpt

Monday 10 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Scenic Railways
08:30 pm Secret Scotland Rpt
09:20 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E11
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm The Crimson Rivers S02 E06
11:45 pm Wisting Rpt

Tuesday 11 January
07:30 pm Great Continental Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm Robson Green: Walking Hadrian’s Wall Rpt
09:35 pm Australia In Colour Rpt
10:35 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Man in Room 301 S01 E05

Wednesday 12 January
07:35 pm Great Australian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm The Royal House Of Windsor Rpt
09:35 pm Departure S02 E05
10:25 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm In Therapy x 2 S01 E13 E14
11:50 pm DNA x 2 Rpt

Thursday 13 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Luxurious Hotels Corinthia
08:30 pm A Short History Of Living Longer S01 E02
09:40 pm La Fortuna
10:35 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Gomorrah S02 E02

Friday 14 January
07:35 pm Good With Wood S01 E02
08:30 pm Walking Britain’s Roman Roads Rpt
09:25 pm Ancient Superstructures Rpt
10:25 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:55 pm Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games Rpt

Saturday 15 January
07:30 pm Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman S01 E02
08:30 pm World’s Greatest Hotels Hotel Atlantis
09:25 pm World’s Most Beautiful Railway Rpt
10:20 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:10 pm Dublin Murders Rpt

Britain’s Scenic Railways

Monday 3 January at 7:35pm, 4 episodes

Beneath soaring mountains and along shimmering shorelines, we take in the breathtaking landscape on some of Britain’s most scenic railway journeys from the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor to the cinematic beauty of the Glenfinnan Viaduct and open expanse of Lake Windermere. We meet the railway workers, volunteers and travellers who share their experiences of Britain’s most scenic railways with both warmth and humour.

The Channel 4 series debuted in UK in November 2021. A Christmas special was broadcast on Boxing Day.

Treasures of the World: Turkey

Sunday 16 January at 7:30pm

Historian Bettany Hughes visits the fascinating base of Ottoman and Byzantine power: Istanbul.

Bettany is allowed in the rescue digs at Besiktas Metro Station where a multi-layered site was uncovered.

A coin of Emperor Justinian (husband of Bettany’s all-time history heroine, Theodora) emerges from the earth.

With special access behind the scenes of her favourite building on Earth, the Hagia Sophia, Bettany explores the upper gallery of this magnificent church, which is now a mosque.

She also sees the restoration of Justinian’s incredible Basilica Cistern - the marble columned water reservoir under the city’s streets.

Pompeii: Sin City

Sunday 16 January at 8:30pm

With four million visitors a year from all over the globe, Pompeii is the most famous archaeological site in the world, a unique place, a city lost and then found, animated over the centuries by violent passions and endowed with extraordinary verve and vitality.

The power games and love relationships, the unbridled ambition and creative genius could be felt in the streets, breathed in the temples and can still be admired today in the frescoes, ruins and artifacts that survived the tragic eruption of 79 AD.

Week commencing 16 January 2022


Sunday 16 January
07:30 pm Treasures Of Istanbul
08:30 pm Pompeii: Sin City
10:00 pm Costa Concordia: Why She Sank
10:30 pm Searching For Cleopatra Rpt
11:30 pm The Great Plague Rpt

Monday 17 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Scenic Railways
08:30 pm Secret Scotland Rpt
09:20 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E12
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm The Crimson Rivers S02 E07
11:45 pm Wisting Rpt

Tuesday 18 January
07:30 pm Great Continental Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm Robson Green: Walking Hadrian’s Wall Rpt
09:35 pm Australia In Colour Rpt
10:35 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Man in Room 301 S01 E06

Wednesday 19 January
07:35 pm Great Australian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm The Royal House Of Windsor Rpt
09:35 pm Departure S02 E06
10:25 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm In Therapy x 2 S01 E15 E16
11:55 pm Witch Hunt x 2 Rpt

Thursday 20 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Luxurious Hotels Chewton Glen
08:30 pm A Short History Of Living Longer S01 E03
09:35 pm La Fortuna
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Gomorrah S02 E03

Friday 21 January
07:35 pm Good With Wood S01 E03
08:30 pm Walking Britain’s Roman Roads Rpt
09:25 pm Ancient Superstructures Rpt
10:25 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:55 pm Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games Rpt

Saturday 22 January
07:30 pm Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman S01 E03
08:30 pm World’s Greatest Hotels Brown’s
09:20 pm World’s Most Beautiful Railway Rpt
10:15 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rpt
11:10 pm Dublin Murders Rpt

So I’ve decided my next bingeworthy show is 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. I’ve watched episodes over the years but out of sequence and whenever I have happened to find it while channel surfing. It’s good watching every episode in order and seeing the references from the previous week’s episode.

So, I have been recording the episodes on SBS or Viceland over the past year and have Seasons 3 to 13 on my Fetch box. The thing I was wondering about is why don’t the episode titles on SBS match what has been written up on IMDB?

I have just watched Season 3 and 4 from SBS but these 12 episodes are listed as Season 2 and 3 on IMDB. Season 1 on IMDB is considered to be the original 2 specials from 2013. SBS doesn’t seem to have repeated those in the past year.

The following seasons seem to be all over the shop for SBS with the number of episodes in seasons not matching IMDB at all. So while SBS is now showing episodes labelled Season 13, this is S18E8 and then S19E1 etc on IMDB. They have Season 22 starting this week in the UK.

Is IMDB the correct source for season and episode titles? Why does SBS have a different way of naming seasons and episodes?