SBS (main channel) - Programs and Schedules

One of the shows mentioned in the article, Battle of Britain: Three Days That Saved the Nation, finished its run on SBS a few weeks ago.

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Animal Einsteins

Monday 8 November at 08:30 PM

Using brand new science and innovative techniques, this episode explores how nature’s masterminds measure up against human brain power, revealing how a crow can be smarter than a 5 year old child, that bees can do maths, and that whales have culture.

America After 9/11

Thursday 11 November at 09:25 PM

From veteran Frontline filmmaker and chronicler of U.S. politics Michael Kirk and his team, this documentary traces the U.S. response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the devastating consequences that unfolded across four presidencies.

Blitz Spirit With Lucy Worsley

Friday 12 November at 08:30 PM

Lucy Worsley explores the lives of six real people who lived, worked and volunteered during the Blitz. Using the same style as Lucy’s film about the Suffragettes, the film shows their remarkable resilience, as well as the terrible suffering they endured, shining a light on the role of the front-line workers and volunteers at the heart of it all.

let’s hope SBS or the BBC doesn’t cut this the same way they cut Ken Burns’ Country Music!

Week commencing 7 November 2021


Sunday 7 November
07:30 pm Inside Central Station S01 E09
08:30 pm Australia Burns: Silence Of The Lands In 2019, into 2020, Australia experienced a catastrophic bushfire season - one of the worst on record. This documentary focuses not only on the fires and their devastating effect on Australia’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, but whether climate change played a role, why the fires were so random and merciless, and whether this horrific event represents an inevitable future for Australia if action is not taken now.
10:00 pm Marry Me, Marry My Family Rpt
11:00 pm Addicted Australia Rpt

Monday 8 November
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
08:30 pm Animal Einsteins
09:30 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S17 E10
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm Bosch S07 E05
11:45 pm The Crimson Rivers Rpt

Tuesday 9 November
07:30 pm Great Canadian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm Insight
09:30 pm Dateline
10:00 pm The Feed
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm The Point
11:30 pm Before We Die Rpt

Wednesday 10 November
07:30 pm Michael Mosley’s Placebo Experiment Rpt
08:35 pm Michael Palin In North Korea Rpt
09:30 pm Before We Die
10:25 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm Atlantic Crossing
12:00 am The Killing x 2 Rpt

Thursday 11 November
07:30 pm Coastal Devon & Cornwall With Michael Po S01 E05
08:30 pm Red Election S01 E04
09:25 pm America After 9/11
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Gomorrah

Friday 12 November
07:35 pm Legends Of The Pharaohs S01 E05
08:30 pm Blitz Spirit With Lucy Worsley
10:10 pm Lost Pyramids Of The Aztecs Rpt
11:10 pm SBS World News
11:40 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Saturday 13 November
07:30 pm Celebrity Letters And Numbers ennifer Wong, Nakkiah Lui, Merrick Watts and special Dictionary Corner guest Adam Richard.
08:30 pm Tutankhamun - Life, Death And Legacy Rpt
09:25 pm Russia To Iran: Across The Wild Frontier Rpt
10:15 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown x 2 Rpt
11:10 pm Movie: Chappaquiddick

Schedule update
Monday 1 November
07:30pm Who Do You Think You Are? Bert Newton Rpt

As Australia mourns the loss of TV icon, Bert Newton, we remember the light and laughter he brought to the small screen, and beyond, for generations. The beloved entertainment legend featured in Season 11 of Who Do You Think You Are? to discover his own unique personal history. Please join us as we remember an icon by following his journey into the past to discover just what made Bert completely original and unforgettable.

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Finalist in the 60th annual Rose d’Or Awards for best documentary.

Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre

Sunday 14 November at 8:30 PM

From multi-Emmy and Peabody Award-winning directors Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams comes the story of what has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history” and a current-day look at its lasting legacy. In the early part of the 20th century, the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a thriving centre of African-American business and culture. Black families flocked there, leaving behind the oppression and violence of the American South. Together, they built a self-reliant economy and a vibrant, peaceful community. On May 31, 1921, a white mob rampaged through Greenwood, murdering men, women, and children, looting property and burning 40-square blocks to the ground. Nearly 10,000 people were left homeless. More than 300 were killed.

New York Super Airport

Tuesday 16 November at 08:40 PM

Designers push the limits of a tight site at LaGuardia Airport and the team build a world-first - twin 450-foot-long pedestrian bridges that allow aircraft to pass beneath.

LaGuardia Airport is hemmed in by river and roads, so designers must push the limits of a tight site by building as tall as possible. This means a vast 120-foot-long escalator is needed to move passengers between floors. But the install hangs precariously in the balance. Below ground the team battles to prevent devastating floods, while above, they build a world-first; twin 450-foot-long pedestrian bridges that allow aircraft to pass beneath.

Hitler’s Countdown to War

Friday 19 November at 7:30pm

What historical events led Hitler to declare war and why?

In this history series, we take an intriguing look at the countdown to World War 2 through the eyes of Adolf Hitler himself. The countdown started on 12th March 1938, when Hitler and his Nazi troops crossed the German border and invaded Austria and ended on the 3rd of September 1939, when both Britain and France declared war on Germany following the invasion of Poland.

The war wouldn’t have happened without the decisions and actions taken by Hitler in this crucial period. So, to understand how it happened, we need to understand him. In this series, we’re telling the story of these 18 months, from March 1938 to September 1939, in a radical new way. A team of leading young historians explores what Hitler was doing day-by-day, week-by-week, revealing how this bully, gambler and arch manipulator brought the world to the edge of destruction.

Week commencing 14 November 2021


Sunday 14 November
07:30 pm Inside Central Station S01 E10 Series Final
08:30 pm Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre
10:00 pm Marry Me, Marry My Family Rpt
11:00 pm Addicted Australia Rpt

Monday 15 November
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
08:30 pm Animal Einsteins S01 E02
09:30 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Bosch S07 E06
11:40 pm The Crimson Rivers Rpt

Tuesday 16 November
07:30 pm Great Canadian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm New York Super Airport Series Premiere
09:35 pm Egypt With The World’s Greatest Explorer Rpt
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm The Point
11:30 pm Before We Die Rpt

Wednesday 17 November
07:30 pm Scotland’s Sacred Islands With Ben Fogle
08:30 pm Could You Survive on The Breadline? Series Premiere
09:35 pm Before We Die S01 E03
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Atlantic Crossing S01 E07
12:00 am The Handmaid’s Tale x 4 Rpt

Thursday 18 November
07:30 pm Coastal Devon & Cornwall With Michael Po S01 E06
08:30 pm Red Election S01 E05
09:25 pm America After 9/11 S01 E02
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Gomorrah

Friday 19 November
07:30 pm Hitler: Countdown To War x 3 Series Premiere
11:15 pm SBS World News
10:45 pm The Back Side Of Television Rpt
11:15 pm The Twelve x 5 Rpt

Saturday 20 November
07:30 pm Celebrity Letters And Numbers Lewis Hobba, Concetta Caristo, Susie Youssef and special Dictionary Corner guest Carlo Ritchie.
08:30 pm Tutankhamun - Life, Death And Legacy Rpt
09:25 pm Russia To Iran: Across The Wild Frontier Rpt
10:15 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown x 2 Rpt
11:10 pm Movie: JFK

Australia Burns - Silence Of The Lands

Sunday 07 November at 08:30 PM

In 2019, into 2020, Australia experienced a catastrophic bushfire season - one of the worst on record. This documentary focuses not only on the fires and their devastating effect on Australia’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, but whether climate change played a role, why the fires were so random and merciless, and whether this horrific event represents an inevitable future for Australia if action is not taken now.

DNA Family Secrets

From Sunday 21 November at 7:30pm, 3 episodes

Over 26 million people have taken a DNA test in the past decade. This growing popularity in genetic testing has created worldwide databases that allows humans to ask questions previously impossible to answer - about our families, ancestry and health.

Stacey Dooley is meeting people across the UK who want to unlock mysteries hidden within their genetic code. Working with one of the UK’s leading geneticists, Professor Turi King, as well as genealogists, social workers and doctors, she’ll use the very latest DNA technology to reveal lost heritage, track down missing relatives, and detect debilitating diseases before it’s too late.

The Assassination Of JFK

Sunday 21 November at 8:40pm

Intercut from the three different perspectives of Jackie Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald and secret service agent, Roy Kellerman, this stylishly told documentary is a fresh new perspective on JFK’s death. Few events reverberate as far around the world and for so long as the 1963 assassination of one of the most charismatic, promising, popular presidents in US history. Everyone alive at the time, almost everywhere on the planet, remembers hearing the news, and John F. Kennedy’s death shook America to its very core. With the assassination still plagued by conspiracy theories and contradictory evidence, this richly dramatic new documentary reconstructs the exact timeline in minute-by-minute forensic detail of the fateful events of November 22nd, 1963. Intercut from the three different perspectives of Jackie Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald and secret service agent, Roy Kellerman, this stylishly told documentary is a fresh new perspective on JFK.

Inside Balmoral

From Friday 26 November at 7:30pm, 3 episodes

Balmoral has been the ideal retreat for Queen Elizabeth throughout her life. She loves the outdoor life and embraces many of the traditions that have survived since Queen Victoria’s time. One of these longstanding events is the annual ‘Ghilie Ball’ where staff and Royals dance together in the grand Ballroom at Balmoral Castle. But not all Royals have enjoyed their time at this royal home. In September 1936 Edward VIII had invited American divorcee, Mrs Simpsons to Balmoral for an ill-advised visit.

Week commencing 21 November 2021


Sunday 21 November
07:30 pm DNA Family Secrets S01 E01 Series Premiere
08:40 pm The Assassination Of JFK
10:00 pm Fight The Power: The History Of Protests
10:50 pm Addicted Australia Rpt
11:50 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt

Monday 22 November
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Rpt
08:30 pm Animal Einsteins S01 E03
09:30 pm 24 Hours In Emergency S01 E04
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm Bosch S07 E07
11:40 pm The Crimson Rivers Rpt

Tuesday 23 November
07:30 pm Great Canadian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm New York Super Airport S01 E02
09:35 pm Egypt With The World’s Greatest Explorer Rpt
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Before We Die S02 E06
12:10 pm Miss S x 5 Series Premiere

Wednesday 24 November
07:30 pm Scotland’s Sacred Islands With Ben Fogle S01 E02
08:30 pm Could You Survive on The Breadline? S01 E02
09:30 pm Before We Die (UK) S01 E04
10:25 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm Atlantic Crossing S01 E08
12:00 am On Becoming A God In Central Florida x 5 Rpt

Thursday 25 November
07:30 pm Wonderful World Of Chocolate Season 3 Premiere
08:30 pm Red Election S01 E06
09:25 pm Secrets Of Westminster S01 E06
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Gomorrah S01 E07
11:50 pm Whiskey Cavalier x 4 Rpt

Friday 26 November
07:30 pm Inside Balmoral Series Premiere
8:30 pm Empire with Michael Portillo Rpt
9:25 pm Dig World War II Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News
10:50 pm The Back Side Of Television Rpt
11:20 pm The Twelve x 5 Rpt

Saturday 27 November
07:30 pm Celebrity Letters And Numbers Alex Lee, Adam Richard, Nikki Britton and special Dictionary Corner guest Carlo Ritchie
08:30 pm The World’s Greatest Hotels Season 2 Premiere
09:25 pm Russia To Iran: Across The Wild Frontier Rpt
10:15 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown x 2 Rpt
11:15 pm Movie: Once Upon A Time In America

Season 2 will cover four hotels: The Plaza (New York), Bellagio (Las Vegas), Claridge’s (London) and George V (Paris).
While the first three episodes aired in May this year, the George V episode was not shown until last week, November 5.

SBS has moved its 2022 upfronts to…2022.

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Strange choice…

Muhammad Ali

From Sunday 28 November at 8:30 pm 4 episodes

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

Newest documentary series from renowned American documentarian Ken Burns.

Muhammad Ali will begin airing on SBS, weekly at 8.30pm from Sunday, 28 November. Each episode will be available on SBS On Demand the same time as its broadcast.

In Therapy

From Wednesday 1 December at 10:55 pm 35 episodes

In Paris, Autumn 2015, in his office near the Place de la République, psychoanalyst Philippe Dayan (Frédéric Pierrot) sees, on succeeding days, a female surgeon with relationship issues (Mélanie Thierry), a couple in crisis (Anaïs Demoustier and Pio Marmaï), and a suicidal teenager (Céleste Brunnquell).

Week commencing 28 November 2021


Sunday 28 November
07:30 pm DNA Family Secrets S01 E02
08:40 pm Muhammad Ali Series Premiere
11:05 pm Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime Rpt
11:55 pm Addicted Australia Rpt

Monday 29 November
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 E05
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Bosch S07 E08
11:45 pm The Crimson Rivers Rpt

Tuesday 30 November
07:30 pm Great Canadian Railway Journeys Rpt
08:40 pm New York Super Airport S01 E03
09:40 pm Egypt With The World’s Greatest Explorer Rpt
10:30 pm SBS World News
11:05 pm Before We Die S02 E07
12:15 pm Miss S x 5

Wednesday 1 December
07:30 pm Scotland’s Sacred Islands With Ben Fogle S01 E03
08:30 pm Could You Survive on The Breadline? S01 E03
09:30 pm Before We Die (UK) S01 E05
10:25 pm SBS World News
10:55 pm In Therapy x 2 Series Premiere
12:00 am On Becoming A God In Central Florida x 5 Rpt

Thursday 2 December
07:30 pm Wonderful World Of Chocolate S03 E02
08:30 pm Red Election S01 E07
09:25 pm Murder Case
10:35 pm SBS World News
11:00 pm Gomorrah S01 E08
11:50 pm Whiskey Cavalier x 4 Rpt

Friday 3 December
07:30 pm Inside Balmoral
8:30 pm Empire with Michael Portillo Rpt
9:25 pm Dig World War II Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News
10:50 pm The Back Side Of Television Rpt
11:20 pm The Hunting x 5 Rpt

Saturday 4 December
07:30 pm Celebrity Letters And Numbers Susie Youssef, Nina Oyama, Mark Humphries and special Dictionary Corner guest Gabbi Bolt.
08:30 pm The World’s Greatest Hotels The Plaza S02 E02
09:25 pm Russia To Iran: Across The Wild Frontier Rpt
10:20 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown x 2 Rpt
11:15 pm Movie: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The withdrawal came after a petition on change.org which fiercely criticised the work of comedian Chris Lilley, whose work, including the Tongan-Australian character, Jonah, “perpetuated racial violence,” with over 2400 signatures received.

Considering a fair chunk of SBS and SBS Viceland’s schedules are currently taken up by airing the international bulletins, it’ll be interesting to see how both channels will fill the gap left when the bulletins move to the new news channel next year.

More 8 of 10 Cats does Countdown?

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Would be cool but that would probably only be possible between 12-3pm because of its M clasification. Maybe they might get regular Countdown to complete their set.

Could be shows like Repeats of Railways Journeys, ships, Simon Reeve, Tony Robinson, Who Do You Think You Are? and maybe some international shows like Jeopardy, Hunting Hitler, Mythbusters, If You Are the One (:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:) etc.