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Aerial Asia

From Saturday 2 February at 7.35pm 4 episodes

Aerial Asia offers a rare glimpse of Asia’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breath-taking heights. From busy cityscapes to natural wonders, this four-part series shot in stunning 4K captures the history and culture of this extraordinary continent and reveals a spectacular view of Asia that has never been seen before.

Aerial Singapore will present this dynamic island as you have never seen it before: from the air. The cameras will never touch the ground in this high octane journey that will reveal how a sleepy fishing settlement transformed itself in less than half a century from a third world country into a leading city state of the future.

The rich history of Malaysia is encapsulated in this aerial journey. From the old trading port of Malacca to the tin mines and rubber plantations that changed the landscape of the country forever. Discover Kuala Lumpur’s rich architectural heritage and Malaysia’s new administrative capital Putrajaya, a planned garden city. Savour the country’s expansive natural wonders, from its stunning seas to ancient jungles and majestic mountains.

Aerial India takes an epic aerial journey across this vast nation to showcase its dramatic landscape and enormous population in all its myriad colors, shapes and intrigues. From ancient marvels like the stepwells of Rajasthan to modern day engineering feats like the city of Gurgaon, all the diversity, history and modernity of this mysterious land will be on display in a roller coaster aerial ride that reveals this ancient civilization that has survived through multiple millennia, given birth to four major religions, hosts no shortage of awe-inspiring natural and man-made wonders and is striding into the future with new found confidence.

Join us on non-stop journey by air over one of Asia’s most exotic and breath-taking nations, Indonesia. With more than 17,500 islands, this is the world’s largest archipelago. Discover its menacing volcanoes, its impenetrable jungles and wondrous waters. The true spirit and rich culture of its people is unravelled in old age festivals and celebrations.



Michael Moore’s Farenheit 11/9

Wednesday 30 January at 8.30pm

Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. Travelling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump’s victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the Electoral College, the government agenda and his hometown of Flint, Mich.



In a late programming move, the final episode of My Second Restaurant in India will now air tonight (January 19) on SBSFood at 7.30pm. Documentary Alcatraz: Escaping the Rock will air on the main channel in the timeslot. I think SBS made the switch to provide a better lead-in to The Family Law, whose third season started poorly last week.



I’m not sure that slipping in a doco at the last minute is going to do The Family Law many favours.



It has to be the worst timeslot they could have chosen for that show.



I think it’s good that at the network has put in some first-run, Australian-made content on a Saturday night. Especially in January. But I don’t think they did enough for people to know it was there.

As it turned out, I watched the 2 episodes last week and then watched the rest On Demand. And I guess that’s where the show will pick up a lot more views, from the binge watchers.

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8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 6

From Tuesday 5 February at 9.30pm

It’s Letters and Numbers with a whole bunch of comedians. The UK’s funniest quiz show is hosted by Jimmy Carr, tonight featuring special guests Kathy Burke, David Baddiel and Alex Horne.

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown follows the format of Countdown (known to Australian fans as Letters and Numbers ), with its compulsive play along factor as a familiar spine, but is packed with comic appearances and content that viewers wouldn’t ever see on regular Countdown : the show’s opening when Jimmy Carr affectionately roasts all the participants, a comic discussion of the players’ preparation, funny mascots, visual gags while the Countdown clock runs down, and comics showcasing funny items in Dictionary Corner.

The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr , with team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson and features Rachel Riley and Susie Dent on maths and dictionary duty respectively.



Locked Up Abroad

From Thursday,7 February at 8.35pm

Dream adventures turn into hellish nightmares for the travellers featured in this series, which recounts through firsthand interviews and re-enactments terror-filled experiences of being arrested in a foreign country, usually for drug smuggling, and how they coped with the resulting lengthy prison terms.

Viewers also hear from people directly involved with the arrests, whether it’s the undercover agents gathering the evidence against the suspects, or the people making the drug dealing offers.




From Wednesday 13 February at 8.30pm

Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of their past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend, Rebecca.

But when a murder unearths his family’s past, Alex is drawn into the criminal underworld where he must confront his values to protect those he loves. McMafia was created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins ( Black Mirror ), and is directed by the latter. This fast paced drama stars James Norton ( War and Peace ) as the suave Alex Goldman.



SBS has acquired German drama Pagan Peak, which is the latest remake of the Danish-Swedish hit The Bridge. The drama premieres in Germany today.



North to South

Sunday 27 January 7.30pm, SBS (3 hours)

Saturday 2 February, all day SBS Viceland

A spectacular overland route from Auckland on New Zealand’s north island, down to the south by way of multiple forms of transport including railways, sailing and driving. The city gives way to rolling pastures, volcanic extremes, tranquil waterways, the rough Otago high country and grandeur of the Southern Alps and Milford Sound.



SBS main channel schedule for Saturday 9 February
Sydney, Melbourne
06:30pm SBS World News
07:35pm Aerial Asia
08:30pm Eurovision - Australia Decides
11:00pm Great British Railway Journeys Rpt
11:30pm 24 Hours in Emergency (Repeat double)

06:30pm SBS World News
07:30pm Great British Railway Journeys Rpt
08:00pm Eurovision - Australia Decides
10:30pm Aerial Asia
11:30pm 24 Hours in Emergency Rpt

06:30pm SBS World News
07:30pm Eurovision - Australia Decides
10:00pm Aerial Asia
11:00pm Great British Railway Journeys Rpt
11:30pm 24 Hours in Emergency Rpt

06:00pm SBS World News
07:00pm Eurovision - Australia Decides
09:30pm Aerial Asia
10:30pm Great British Railway Journeys Rpt
11:00pm 24 Hours in Emergency Rpt

04:30pm SBS World News
05:30pm Eurovision - Australia Decides
08:00pm Aerial Asia
08:55pm Great British Railway Journeys Rpt
09:30pm 24 Hours in Emergency Rpt
10:30pm LIVE Premier League: Huddersfield Town v Arsenal



Don’t think there is a topic for it but Rockwiz has been axed:


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10 posts were split to a new topic: ABC and SBS On-Air Presentation



SBS has acquired American show A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which explores controversial procedures and diets that claim to improve health.



SBS will have to wait until June to fasttrack the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale.



Australia in Colour

From Wednesday 6 March at 8.30pm

SBS ’s ground-breaking new documentary series Australia in Colour relives modern Australia’s history for the very first time in colour.

Told through a unique collection of iconic archival footage brought to life in stunning colour, it tells the story of how Australia came to be what it is today.

Narrated by Hugo Weaving , it’s a reflection on our nation’s character, its attitudes, its politics and its struggle to value its Indigenous and multicultural past. Australia in Colour gives us a chance to look at Australia’s history from a fresh perspective.

This four-part series carefully curates classic historical footage, as well as home movies and never-before-seen archival material to chart how Australia developed as a nation. From the oldest surviving footage captured in Australia in 1896 in Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park, to the beginning of colour television in the mid-1970s, each sequence has been lovingly restored and colourised with historical accuracy. The effect is remarkable, bringing to light history that is both shared and deeply personal.

The landscape of our collective memories is revealed throughout the series. We see the foundation of modern Australia when six British colonies unite, the unveiling of Canberra as the nation’s capital and the Antarctic explorations of Douglas Mawson. We relive a time when Ned Kelly was the first hero of the silver screen, and see some of the quarter million men who fought in World War I – their experiences made all the more vivid in colour.

It takes a fresh and colourful look at some of the country’s most celebrated people and historical moments including Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit in 1954, cricketing legend Donald Bradman in all his glory, Beatlemania in full force as the Fab Four visit their Aussie fans and, of course, the iconic Dancing Man on George Street celebrating the end of WWII.

The series also explores the evolving role of women in the Australian workforce and their struggle for equal rights – the right to equal pay, the right to drink in public bars and even the right to not wear pantaloons when swimming.

It reflects back on uncomfortable moments in the treatment and characterisation of Indigenous people and other people of non-Anglo background, charting the gradual changes in these attitudes through the 1960s and 70s.

Through the decades, Australia in Colour reveals how Australia finds its voice as a nation. From the White Australia Policy of 1901, to the “populate or perish” slogan of the 1940s; from the spirited protests of the 1960s to the very first hints of modern multiculturalism in the 1970s.

Produced by SBS for Stranger Than Fiction Pictures and with funding from Screen Australia , Australia in Colour has been meticulously researched, including the historical accuracy of the colours themselves. Every sequence has been curated and carefully considered and the result is a remarkable, fresh vision of history that reconnects us with our past in a way that no other medium can.



SBS has dropped season 2 of Sinkholes: Deadly Drops from its schedule after the show’s low ratings on Sunday.



Mardi Gras 2019

Sunday 3 March at 8.35pm on SBS

The 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is set to dazzle screens across Australia for another year on SBS, via a special broadcast of the parade on Sunday 3March at 8.35pm .

10 News First Perth presenter Narelda Jacobs , comedian Joel Creasey and The Feed’s Patrick Abboud will be joined by comedian Zoë Coombs Marr to host coverage of the event.

Narelda Jacobs said: “It’s a huge privilege to host such an important event. As always, I’m humbled by the courageous attitude of our community, who show the world what resilience and love looks like every day. 41 years of pride and protest is an amazing achievement and certainly something to celebrate. Wishing everyone a very happy Mardi Gras!”

Joel Creasey said: “I am over the moon (or perhaps rainbow) to be hosting the Mardi Gras broadcast again. Last year was an incredibly special celebration of love and acceptance, and this year is a great opportunity to reflect on the fearless, fabulous characters who make our community so wonderful. I am especially excited to be presenting alongside Narelda Jacobs who I have loved and watched read the news in Perth for many years. And for the first time we’ll be joined by the hilarious Zoë Coombs-Marr alongside Mardi Gras regular, the brilliant Patrick Abboud. It’s going to be a truly epic evening!”

Founded in 1978, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras remains one of the world’s largest and loved LGBTIQ+ celebrations. This year the festival is themed Fearless , to honour the sense of resilience, activism, protest and celebration that makes up the LGBTIQ+ community and fuels the continued fight for equality.

Zoë Coombs Marr said: “Hosting Mardi Gras this year feels like a triumph in many ways. After face planting in the middle of the parade as a 19 year old, I feel relieved to claw back some of my dignity. I’m also filled with immense pride to be part of the LGBTIQ+ family, and cannot wait to be on Oxford St with them showcasing my exceptionally bad dance moves.”

Patrick Abboud said : “I’m so excited to be hosting for the sixth year! 2018 was a huge milestone, an absolute honor to celebrate the legends that brought us through four decades fighting for freedom. Now we look to the future. I’m doing something really special this year with the new guard of LGBTIQ+ young people working across the country to make their communities more inclusive. These fearless warriors for change will surprise you, move you, and shock you as their stories unfold across the broadcast. It’s a new format that I can’t wait to reveal.”

The television broadcast will feature the most fabulous floats and costumes in the parade, interviews with celebrities and special guests, commentary from Narelda Jacobs and Joel Creasey , as well as on ground coverage from The Feed’s Patrick Abboud and Zoë Coombs Marr . Patrickwill also present another very special series of untold stories that will be shown throughout broadcast.

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure to be broadcasting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade again. Every year, the festival is a wonderful celebration of diversity, inclusion and acceptance. SBS is committed to upholding these values across all of our programming, and proud to bring this joyous event to our audience.”

A live stream of the parade will be available on SBS On Demand and the SBS Twitter account on Saturday 2 March . SBS Arabic 24 will report live from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade to Arabic-speaking audiences around Australia.

Coverage of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is produced by Blink TV for SBS.


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SBS celebrates Mardi Gras across the network:

From Friday 15February , SBS On Demand will host a Rainbow Pride movie collection, including BPM, Beach Rats and 3 Generations starring Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. SBS On Demand will also show Thinking Queer , a special collection of documentaries curated by Queer Screen including The Last Goldfish and Rebels On Pointe .

SBS VICELAND is celebrating Mardi Gras throughout the month of February with a Rainbow Pride movie collection, airing every Sunday including Seventeen, A Moment In The Reeds and Hard Paint.

From Sunday 24 February NITV will have a stellar line-up of programming for Mardi Gras which will celebrate the LGBTIQ+ community and explore this year’s theme Fearless. Appointment viewing will include TV series Shade: Queens of NYC and feature documentary Leitis in Waiting , the story of Tonga’s evolving approach to gender fluidity and the group of South Pacific transgender women battling with religious fundamentalism and intolerance.