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The Body Coach

From Monday 27 August at 8.35pm (3 Parts)

Joe Wicks - aka The Body Coach - is an established online fitness and diet guru with over four million social media followers to date. He’s the author of Lean in 15, the UK’s second bestselling cookbook of all time and, most recently, Joe has been named as the only non-fiction author to ever hold the top three positions in the UK book charts at the same time!

With a grounding in physiology and anatomy, Joe set up as a personal trainer and his interest in nutrition grew. Irritated that clients often trained hard but neglected nutritional advice, Joe wanted to show what could be achieved by eating correctly. He has already transformed the bodies of more than 100,000 clients - including the likes of Amanda Holden, Ella Eyre, Jessie J, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Sheridan Smith and England footballer John Terry.

Joe is bringing his unique brand of exercise and nutrition to our TV screens, enrolling the public to join his fitness revolution in his new series. The show is about body confidence and Joe will be helping men and women get fit and lean so that they can achieve the body of their dreams with a healthy lifestyle. He’s going to prove that you can eat more with his trademark entertaining recipes, and exercise less with his equally well-known short workouts, and still get the body you’ve always wanted.

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SBS has picked up several documentaries produced by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.



Knightfall has been renewed.




Food Safari Water has been pulled from the schedule due to poor ratings. I think this is the first time in the history of Food Safari series.



Cruising With Jane McDonald

Premieres Saturday 29 September at 7.35pm on SBS (4 Parts)

One of Britain’s best loved entertainers, Jane McDonald, goes to sea and sets off on four types of cruise she’d never have booked for herself. A mega-cruise in the Caribbean with 4,300 other passengers, a boutique cruise on a converted trawler round the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, a ‘Cold Water Cruise’ along the coastline of Alaska, and a super-luxurious, super-classy River Cruise up the Danube from Budapest and in to Southern Germany.

Jane’s warmth, wit, wisdom, humour and insight make her the perfect travelling companion and cruise guide. All aboard!



True Evil: The Making of a Nazi

Sunday 30 September at 5.30pm on SBS (6 Parts)

This ground-breaking series examines the lives of the leading Nazis in an effort to answer the question, why did it happen? How did apparently civilised people descend into total barbarism?

This series explores and tries to understand the incredible transformation of educated men into Nazi criminals. It charts the lives of six people who over the course of 20 years descend into moral oblivion.



Britain’s Most Historic Towns

Premieres Monday 1 October at 7.30pm on SBS (6 Parts)

Famed historian and professor Alice Roberts explores Britain’s history through the stories of the country’s most historic and well known towns.



Tony Robinson’s Hidden Britain By Drone

Premieres Thursday 4 October at 7.30pm on SBS (4 Parts)

Presented by Sir Tony Robinson, this series uses the latest drone technology to see Britain in a completely different way. Tony will dispatch flying cameras to the far reaches of the country, swooping into billionaire’s private estates, snooping on military manoeuvres, and going over no entry signs and barbed wire fences.



How ‘Mad’ Are You?

Premieres 11 October at 8.30pm SBS (2 parts)

New two-part SBS documentary series How ‘Mad’ Are You? addresses mental illness in a way never seen before on Australian television. Ten Australians, from all backgrounds and ages spend a week together. Five have a history of mental illness. Five do not. All have agreed to take part in this daring study in the hope of breaking down stigma.

One of the ten has a lived experience of anorexia so severe that they feared drinking water would increase their weight. Another has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder - during periods of mania they’ve impulsively spent large amounts of money before then succumbing to weeks of deep depression.

The ten volunteer to take part in a series of specially designed tests and challenges overseen by clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Steve Ellen.

The tests are designed to highlight the symptoms and character traits which could indicate some of the most common psychiatric disorders affecting around four million Australians - clinical depression, social anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anorexia nervosa.

Could gambling at the roulette table reveal impulsive behaviour, which indicates a lived experience of bipolar disorder for one participant? A cutting edge ‘fixation test’ recording tiny unconscious movements of the eye, uncovers who in the group may have a history of anorexia nervosa. A task to copy a complex drawing could highlight obsessive planning and excessive attention to detail, possible symptoms of OCD.

Three leading mental health experts watch on closely.Professor Jayashri Kulkarni is the Director of Australia’s largest psychiatry research centre. Jan Macintire is senior psychiatric nurse in one of the country’s busiest emergency hospitals. Professor Tim Carey is a clinical psychologist working in Alice Springs. They are putting their reputations on the line as they face the daunting task of working out who in the group has been diagnosed with a mental illness and who has not.

As the experts ponder where the fine line between being ‘well’ and ‘mentally ill’ lies, the results are finally revealed, and the five participants with a history of mental illness share their inspiring personal stories. Questions are raised about the meaning of diagnosis, the stereotypes, stigma and social implications that come with the label of a diagnosis, and the value of seeing the person behind the diagnosis.

Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Content and Online, said:

“At the heart of SBS is a commitment to contribute to a more cohesive society. One in five Australians experience mental illness every year, and How ‘Mad’ Are You aims to start a conversation which will help break down stigma and challenge assumptions about what it means to have a mental illness.”

National mental health charity SANE Australia has served in an advisory role in the making of How ‘Mad’ Are You?. Jack Heath, SANE Australia CEOsaid:

“Over the past decade, we have made great advances in reducing stigma around depression and anxiety, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to help those living with more complex mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, severe and enduring mood disorders, OCD and PTSD.

“Documentaries like How ‘Mad’ Are You? can help to open up important public discussion around mental illness stereotypes and stigma - conversations which are often ignored. Through sharing the experiences of people living with complex mental illness, we hope this series will increase awareness of symptoms, reduce stigma, encourage people to seek help for mental health concerns and reinforce hope amongst those living with the same diagnosis.”

How ‘Mad’ Are You? is a Blackfella Films production for SBS, with principal production investment from SBS in association with Screen Australia.

Blackfella Films, producers for the series, said:

“Mental health impacts on every Australian and yet it is something that is too often ignored and misunderstood. This series is about all of us. We are proud and privileged to have collaborated with those who have a lived experience of mental illness, leading experts and SANE Australia, to shed light on this critical issue.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia, said:

“Producer Darren Dale and writer and series producer Jacob Hickey from Blackfella Films have a proven track record of delivering thought provoking social impact documentary series for SBS including Screen Australia funded titles Filthy Rich and Homeless and First Contact. I’m sure this new series will start an important national conversation about mental health, a subject that is too often ignored.”




The show resumed last night after three weeks off.



Dying Laughing

Sunday 7 October at 8.40pm on SBS

Featuring Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Bob Saget, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Steve Coogan, Bobby Lee, and the late Garry Shandling, Dying Laughing is a candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people laugh for a living.

A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director, and the star performer. There is no rehearsal, no practice, and no safety net when you’re in front of a live audience. For most people, baring their soul on stage and having an audience boo at you would become a life-long trauma, but for stand-up comedians, it’s a nightly challenge.

The funny and heartfelt documentary contains original interviews interlaced with personal footage of life on the road - all from a comedian’s point of view. Once you take this step behind the curtain, you will never look at these funny folks the same way again.



The Wine Show

Premieres Saturday 13 October at 8.20pm on SBS (13 Parts)

Actors Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters) star in this new series about the people and stories behind some of the world’s most fascinating wines.

Filmed in beautiful locations all over the world, The Wine Show is entertaining and inspiring, with something for everyone who enjoys wine and wants to know a little bit more about this wonderful drink. The boys are joined by wine expert and global reporter Joe Fattorini. In each show, Joe, and occasional presenters Amelia Singer and Gizzi Erskine, bring back wines from their travels. From the South African wine that Napoleon adored in exile, to wines born from out of an earthquake in Chile, every bottle uncorked on The Wine Show tells a story.



And another dodgy photoshop that’s not the least bit convincing



Ancient Invisible Cities

Premieres Sunday 21 October at 7.30pm on SBS (3 Parts)

Michael Scott heads to Cairo, Istanbul, and Athens to uncover the forgotten, hard to reach, and invisible aspects of these extraordinary cities and in doing so, offers new perspectives on their dramatic and important histories.

See Michael descend deep under the Great Pyramid of Egypt, rock climb down a 1000 year old 90m well on Cairo’s citadel, discover a disused giant cistern inside the ancient hippodrome of Istanbul, abseil 16m underground to an ancient aqueduct in Athens, crawl through ancient mining caves at Laurion, and dive into the Aegean to see new underwater archaeology at Sounion.

Accompanied by ScanLabs, who produce mm accurate 3D laser scans of many of the locations he visits, see Michael as he also leaps into the world of Virtual Reality to explore what it feels like to be a Caryatid on the Erechtheion in Athens; what the Haghia Sophia looks like when standing on its immense dome roof; and how the mysterious chambers of the Great Pyramid in Egypt line up when viewed from deep underground.



I decided to watch episode 2 of Cruising with Jane McDonald tonight, after noticing the first episode on Gogglebox this week. Episode 2 had Jane taking boutique cruise on a converted trawler Glen Tarsan round the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland. This was much better than the first episode as Jane took her time and effort to experience the local culture and food and explore a puffin sanctuary and Fingal’s Cave.
Cruising with Jane McDonald won Best Feature at the 2018 British Academy Television Awards in May.



That would be Jane McDonald :wink:

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Documentaries coming to SBS

Police Custody: A Moment of Madness

Thursday 25 October at 8.30pm

A man walks out of a hotel lift covered in blood and holding a fire extinguisher. He approaches the reception desk shouting that he has killed someone. As the terrified receptionist tries to ring 999, the man grabs the phone, but the police have been alerted and they are already racing to the scene. Cameras follow every twist and turn as detectives from the Major Crime Unit try to disentangle what really happened at the hotel close to Luton Airport, which has suddenly become a chaotic and bloody crime scene. This is real life drama at its most intense.

Thursday 1 November at 8.30pm

A man has been attacked and left unconscious on the floor of a crowded pub for over 30 minutes. Detectives face a wall of silence as they search for evidence. Cameras follow this case in forensic detail as the officers race against time to disentangle the evidence and build a case which they then put to their suspects in interview. This is real life drama at its most intense.

Nigella: The Cook Who Changed Our Lives

Wednesday 31 October at 8.35pm

Nigella: The Cook Who Changed Our Lives is a memoir celebrating the life and influence of Britain’s doyenne of Italian food - 91-year-old trailblaser, Anna del Conte. Featuring and narrated by Nigella Lawson, Anna’s most ardent advocate, and including a cast of familiar faces, this film reveals how a Milanese cook changed our attitude to Italian food at a time when we could only buy olive oil in specialist shops or the chemist.

Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender

Saturday 3 November at 9.30pm

Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex, and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is much told, but this new documentary focuses on Freddie and the solo projects he worked on, outside of the band. Using extensive archive footage of interviews with Freddie as well as concerts, video shoots, and personal material - much of it previously unseen - along with new interviews with friends and colleagues, a picture emerges of a man who was very different to his flamboyant stage persona. This portrait reveals the man behind the superstar image, The Great Pretender.

Police Custody: Their Time Will Come

Thursday 8 November at 8.30pm

A distressed woman arrives at Luton Police station. She is comforted by officers from Bedfordshire Police’s Safeguarding Unit, but they have to reveal that her 76 year old husband is under arrest and in custody following allegations of historic child sex abuse, dating back to the 1970s. Since the Jimmy Savile case, the police have been overwhelmed with claims of child sex abuse, but they feel duty bound to seek justice for the victims no matter how long it has been delayed. Cameras follow this case in forensic detail as the officers race against time to disentangle the evidence and build a case which they then put to their suspects in interview. This is real life drama at its most intense.



The Missing - Season 2

Premieres Wednesday 24 October at 8.35pm

The Missing returns with a new story, new location, and new cast, with Tcheky Karyo reprising his role as detective Julien Baptiste.

A young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster, and she has been missing for eleven years. Alice’s return sends shockwaves through the small community of Eckhausen, especially when it is revealed that she may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl.

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