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Outlander Season 3
Express from the US, only on Foxtel
Starts September 11 on showcase and Foxtel Now

Caitriona Balfe as Claire and Sam Heughan as Jamie. Photo Credit: Outlander © 2017 Sony Pictures Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
and introducing A Place to Call Home’s David Berry

Outlander returns to Foxtel next month, with the third season of the much-loved drama airing express from the US from September 11 on showcase, Mondays at 7.30pm AEST, or stream on Foxtel Now.

The third season of 13 episodes is based upon Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series, developed for television by executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The new season picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The Outlander series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of Outlander won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favourite TV Show.

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The marathon third season production filmed across ten months in its home base in Scotland, followed by Cape Town, South Africa, to shoot pivotal sea voyage scenes.

Resuming their roles from season two are Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall and Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield, while new cast members to be introduced include David Berry as John William Grey, César Domboy as Fergus, Lauren Lyle as Marsali MacKimmie, and John Bell as Young Ian Murray.

Berry’s character Lord John is a steadfast and honourable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing – the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland and an unrequited love makes him a prisoner of his own passion.

Outlander S3 will be express from the US and first on Foxtel for Australian audiences. Episodes will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now, for 28 days after first broadcast.


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A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Season 5
on

Showcase

and Foxtel Now

Brett Climo as George and Marta Dusseldorp as Sarah

Starts Sunday, October 8 at 8.30pm.

Honoured at the 2017 TV WEEK Logie Awards as Most Outstanding Drama Series, the Australian period showpiece A Place to Call Home returns for its fifth season, premiering Sunday, October 8 at 8:30pm AEDT on Foxtel’s showcase and streaming on Foxtel Now.

The new season will jump to 1958, where four years have passed since we left Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and the Bligh family. Those years have seen ever-increasing changes in Australian society. The world of wealth and privilege is being eroded, moral values are fraying and a new young generation is rising, full of disaffection with the world of their elders.

To them the War is a matter of the dead past, bringing conflict with those who suffered its pain and deprivation.

Economic change and the devious actions of unseen enemies threaten Ash Park and, in the midst of the turmoil, love becomes the only sure place anyone can call home.

As the 1950s come to a close, Australia – just as the rest of the world – stands on the cusp of great change. While pastoral families like the Blighs have long farewelled the early ‘50s golden era when Australia ‘rode on the sheep’s back’, 1958 brings notable milestones: Qantas Airways introduces a round-the-world air service from Australia to London, Anzac Day (25 April) becomes a national public holiday, Johnny O’Keefe releases his first hit with Wild One, and with it Australian rock and roll is born, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) opens in Sydney, the first Australian federal election is televised, and a young Brian Henderson hosts the first episode of Bandstand.

The exceptional cast features AACTA award winner Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah) and Lifetime Achievement TV WEEK Logie Award winner Noni Hazlehurst (Elizabeth) along with Brett Climo (George), Abby Earl (Anna), Craig Hall (Dr Jack), Frankie J Holden (Roy), Sara Wiseman (Carolyn), Jenni Baird (Regina), David Berry (James), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Olivia), Deborah Kennedy (Doris), Tim Draxl (Dr Fox), Mark Lee (Sir Richard), Robert Coleby (Douglas) and with returning guest favourite Martin Sacks (Isaac Gold).

New guest cast will include established and respected actors Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish/Goldstone), Matt Day (Rake/Tangle), Huw Higginson (Secret City/The Bill)

Season five will also feature up and coming new talent including Madeleine Clunies –Ross (Tomorrow When The War Began) and introduce WAAPA graduate George Pullar.

As a prelude to the new season tune in on Sunday, October 1 at 8.30pm to the special A Place To Call Home - The Story So Far and look back at the much-loved drama and take an exclusive look at season 5.

A Place to Call Home Season 5 will screen Sundays from October 8 at 8.30pm on showcase and will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.


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A Place To Call Home
Season 5

Showcase

Starts Sunday, October 8 at 7.30pm.

Foxtel announced today that its hit Australian drama series A Place to Call Home will now air at 7.30pm AEDT, on Sunday October 8.

Honoured at the 2017 TV WEEK Logie Awards as Most Outstanding Drama Series, the Australian period showpiece A Place to Call Home will return for its fifth season on Foxtel’s showcase channel and streaming on Foxtel Now.

The new season will jump to 1958, where four years have passed since we left Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and the Bligh family. Those years have seen ever-increasing changes in Australian society. The world of wealth and privilege is being eroded, moral values are fraying and a new young generation is rising, full of disaffection with the world of their elders.

To them the War is a matter of the dead past, bringing conflict with those who suffered its pain and deprivation.

Economic change and the devious actions of unseen enemies threaten Ash Park and, in the midst of the turmoil, love becomes the only sure place anyone can call home.

As the 1950s come to a close, Australia – just as the rest of the world – stands on the cusp of great change. While pastoral families like the Blighs have long farewelled the early ’50s golden era when Australia ‘rode on the sheep’s back’, 1958 brings notable milestones: Qantas Airways introduces a round-the-world air service from Australia to London, Anzac Day (25 April) becomes a national public holiday, Johnny O’Keefe releases his first hit with Wild One, and with it Australian rock and roll is born, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) opens in Sydney, the first Australian federal election is televised, and a young Brian Henderson hosts the first episode of Bandstand.

The exceptional cast features AACTA award winner Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah) and Hall of Fame TV WEEK Logie Award winner Noni Hazlehurst (Elizabeth) along with Brett Climo (George), Abby Earl (Anna), Craig Hall (Dr Jack), Frankie J Holden (Roy), Sara Wiseman (Carolyn), Jenni Baird (Regina), David Berry (James), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Olivia), Deborah Kennedy (Doris), Tim Draxl (Dr Fox), Mark Lee (Sir Richard), Robert Coleby (Douglas) and with returning guest favourite Martin Sacks (Isaac Gold).

New guest cast will include established and respected actors Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish/Goldstone), Matt Day (Rake/Tangle), Huw Higginson (Secret City/The Bill)

Season five will also feature up and coming new talent including Madeleine Clunies–Ross (Tomorrow When The War Began) and introduce WAAPA graduate George Pullar.

As a prelude to the new season, tune in on Sunday, October 1 at 8.30pm AEDT to the special A Place To Call Home - The Story So Far to look back at the much-loved drama and take an exclusive look at the new season.

A Place to Call Home Season 5 will screen Sundays from October 8, at 7.30pm AEDT, on showcase and will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service Foxtel Now.


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TOTEM (HBO Special) Premieres Sunday December 10 at 8.30pm on showcase
After the death of his wife, a father invites his new girlfriend to move in with him and his two daughters. Both daughters have trouble adjusting to this change but things get scary when a necklace brings about a series of unexplained occurrences and we learn that something mysterious tormented the girls’ mother before her death. In an effort to explain the incidents surrounding the necklace, one of the daughters comes across a book about “totems,” physical objects that tie spirits to the real world, and looks for a way to use the necklace to control the presence in her house. Stars Keris Dorsey, Ahna O’Reilly, James Tupper, Lia McHugh.


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LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW (HBO Special) Premieres Sunday December 31 at 8.30pm on showcase
From “Horror King” Jason Blum, this thrilling film about the dangers of the digital age, and the risks we take when we put our entire lives online, follows YouTube sensation Garrett (Keiynan Lonsdale) and an obsessive superfan-turned- stalker (Ema Horvath) who will stop at nothing to get close to him.


#27

DIVORCE Season 2 Premieres Tuesday Jan 16 at 9.30pm on showcase
The second season of the popular dark comedy drama series Divorce, about the lows and lowers of divorce, comes to showcase in 2018. Created by Emmy Award-winner Sharon Horgan (creator and star of Catastrophe), Divorce centres on a couple going through a long, drawn-out divorce. The hit series features a stellar cast: Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances, a woman who, after suddenly reassessing her life and her marriage, finds that making a clean break and fresh start is harder than she thought; Thomas Haden Church as Robert, Frances’ husband; Molly Shannon as Diane, Frances’ highly-strung friend and Talia Balsam plays Dallas, a close friend of Frances’. Filmed on location in New York, the second season of Divorce continues to chronicle the demise of a long marriage in this brutally frank portrayal of a romantic relationship in decline.


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BRITANNIA Premieres Monday January 22 at 8.30pm on showcase
David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective) star in an epic and cinematic new nine-part drama from award-winning writer Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Jerusalem). When the Romans invade Britain in 43AD, Kerra (Reilly), daughter of the King of the Cantii, is forced to put her differences aside with arch-rival Queen Antedia (Wanamaker) to face their invaders. The Romans, led by General Aulus Plautius (Morrissey), are determined to succeed where Julius Caesar failed and conquer this mythical land at the far edge of the Roman Empire. Aulus is a strong and resilient leader, but harbours a deep secret that threatens his mission. As tribes and Druids unite to fight the Romans, Kerra is thrust into the most important role of her life as she spearheads the resistance against the might of the Roman army.


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MOSAIC Premieres Wednesday January 24 at 8.30pm on showcase
Produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the brand new 6-part HBO series Mosaic is an exciting new storytelling experience set to push television boundaries like never before. This thrilling murder mystery stars Beau Bridges, Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund.


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THE X-FILES returns for Season 11
Express from the US and exclusive to Foxtel

Showcase

Foxtel announced today it has secured the latest Season 11 of worldwide TV phenomenon The X-Files returning exclusively to Foxtel’s showcase channel Thursdays from January 4 at 8.30pm Express from the US.

The hit drama series once again stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in their iconic roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate unexplained “X-Files” cases involving paranormal activity. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner. The all-new episodes will also feature guest-star appearances by Haley Joel Osment, Barbara Hershey, Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh said, “We are committed to increasing our content slate in 2018 with sought after, first run programs and in the New Year our customers will begin to see more new shows on Foxtel and Foxtel Now than ever before. Season 11 of The X-Files is the first to launch from the new series we’ve acquired for 2018 and we’re thrilled to deliver The X-Files fans new episodes on the same day as the US broadcast.”

“The Truth” is still out there and the highly anticipated Season 11 kicks off in explosive form with Mulder and Scully searching for their long-lost son William. The latest instalment will move on from the 14-year hiatus of the series delivering the twisted and supernatural episodic stories The X-Files is known for.

Originally premiering in 1993, over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favourite to become one of the most successful television dramas of all time. In 2016, the The X-Files Season 10 revival was a ratings success and the most talked about event series on Twitter generating a significant amount of social media coverage. The series continues to have a massive pop culture influence with a dedicated and passionate fan base.

The X-Files, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter and produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions.

Following its broadcast on Foxtel’s showcase channel Thursdays from January 4 at 8.30pm Express from the US, The X-Files will be available to watch from Foxtel On Demand, or streamed on Foxtel Now.


#31

Foxtel announces another season for 2018!

Showcase

Foxtel is delighted to announce a sixth season of the much-loved Australian period drama A PLACE TO CALL HOME has been commissioned and will begin filming in early 2018.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh said ”Foxtel is very proud of A PLACE TO CALL HOME, the series is beautifully written, produced, directed and portrayed by some of Australia’s best creative talent. It’s a very special Australian story crafted by series creator Bevan Lee and our producing partners Seven Studios. There are still some stories involving our central characters that are waiting to be told and I think Season 6 will build on the incredible success that we are enjoying with the current season on air,” he said.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME is brought to life by the incredibly talented cast including Award winning actresses Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst, along with Brett Climo, Abby Earl, Craig Hall, Sara Wiseman, Jenni Baird, Tim Draxl, Frankie J Holden, Deborah Kennedy, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood and David Berry.

The TV Week Logie Award Winning Most Outstanding Drama continues to win local ratings, while also gathering international fans and critical acclaim across 120 countries worldwide.

Season 5 was awarded an Australian Production Design Guild award for Costume Design (Lisa Meagher) and an AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Television (Fiona Donovan).

The series also won a 2017 American Public Television Award for Program Excellence and is the number one program on Acorn (US streaming service).

The New York Times told readers to “watch, for a period melodrama that delivers nonstop intrigue and cliff-hangers along with pointed social critique.”

The Hollywood Reporter said: “Superbly written, and acted, this is Downton Abbey down under but less soapy and substantially darker.”

While Indie Wire gave high praise “An unmarried, progressive, Jewish woman struggling to square wartime experience with post-war convention, Sarah emerges as a sort of Aussie Betty Friedan, sound the themes of privacy, equality, and freedom that lend “A Place to Call Home” its bristling intelligence”.

Watch A PLACE TO CALL HOME season five Sundays at 7.30pm on showcase and can be streamed on Foxtel Now. Season six will screen in 2018 only on Foxtel.


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SECRET CITY: Under the Eagle
Foxtel and Matchbox Pictures announce production of second series

ANNA TORV and JACKI WEAVER return to headline in political thriller
DANIELLE CORMACK and ROB COLLINS join with returning cast SACHA HORLER and MARCUS GRAHAM

Showcase

Foxtel and Matchbox Pictures today announced production of the second series of the Award-winning drama series Secret City. Secret City: Under the Eagle returns for its second season to be shot on location in the national capital, Canberra and Sydney from this week.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures, Secret City: Under the Eagle, a six part high stakes political thriller, is set in a world of secrets, lies, assassination and betrayal with a stellar cast line-up including two time Academy-Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) who once again takes up the role of Labor powerbroker Catriona Bailey and Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter) who won the 2017 Logie Award for ‘Most Outstanding Actress’ for her role as political journalist Harriet Dunkley.

Also returning are Sacha Horler (The Dressmaker, The Kettering Incident) as Sky channel presenter Ludie Sypek, Marcus Graham (Janet King, Crownies) as Bailey’s Chief of Staff Andrew “Griff” Griffiths and Justin Smith (Devil’s Playground, Deadline Gallipoli) as ASD Director William Vaughn.

New cast includes Logie and AACTA award-winning actress Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake, Underbelly Razor) as SA Independent MP Karen Koutoufides and Logie Award-winning actor Rob Collins (The Wrong Girl, Cleverman) as Major Joseph Sullivan.

Further cast will be announced soon.

Secret City: Under the Eagle picks up with Harriet Dunkley (Torv), not long out of prison and who is unwittingly ensnared in a military and political cover-up with Catriona Bailey’s (Weaver) fingerprints all over it. Harriet’s search for the truth leads her back into Canberra’s corridors of power, this time working for a maverick Independent MP (Cormack). What she unearths is a military program so secret not even the Prime Minister knows about. Who is really running the country?

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is delighted to announce this commission to join our drama roster for 2018. It is terrific to see this exciting series return for a second season, and wonderful to have our extraordinary leads Anna Torv and Jacki Weaver back on a Foxtel Original Series. We are very proud of the first season which enjoyed both critical and audience acclaim worldwide. This new story is absolutely captivating, with twists and turns that will keep audiences both guessing and riveted.”

Matchbox Pictures’ Penny Chapman said: “One day as we were working on ideas for the second series of Secret City, we watched President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address. His warning to the world, now even more relevant than ever, gave us the unsettling story we were looking for.”
Secret City: Under the Eagle will be directed by Tony Krawitz (The Kettering Incident, Devil’s Playground) and Daniel Nettheim (Doctor Who, Broadchurch).

Stephen Corvini (Safe Harbour, Hyde and Seek) will produce the series. Executive Producers are Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win and Drama development executive Carly Heaton, Penny Chapman from Matchbox Pictures and the series showrunner Matt Cameron.

Secret City: Under the Eagle has been written by Matt Cameron (writer/co-producer/creator- Sunshine, writer/producer/creator- Jack Irish) and Belinda Chayko (showrunner/writer- Safe Harbour, story producer/writer- Barracuda) who both wrote for the first series and playwright Angela Betzien (Eggs, The Hanging) and Elise McCredie (Sunshine, Nowhere Boys).
The first series of Secret City was inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis who join this series as story consultants.

Secret City: Under the Eagle is a Matchbox Pictures production for Foxtel, supported by Create NSW and will screen on Foxtel’s super drama channel, showcase. NBCUniversal International Distribution will distribute the series worldwide.


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Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock
world television premiere on Sunday May 6

Showcase

Foxtel today revealed the world premiere airdate for its much anticipated event drama series Picnic at Hanging Rock will be Sunday May 6 at 8.30pm on the showcase channel and available to Foxtel customers On Demand*.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production made with key production investment from Screen Australia. The series was shot in Victoria, Australia with the significant assistance of the Victorian Government through Film Victoria and has already garnered global attention with – Amazon Prime Video in the US, BBC for the UK, Canal+ in France and SKY New Zealand’s premium entertainment channel SoHo, all set to premiere this year.

The international spotlight will continue to focus on Picnic at Hanging Rock when it opens the prestigious ‘Berlinale Series’ of the Berlin International Film Festival next week featuring alongside six other dramas selected from around the world.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said “The fascination with Picnic at Hanging Rock continues to captivate people around the world and we are delighted to bring the world premiere of this iconic Australian story to Foxtel subscribers. It is a watershed moment for the talented creatives involved and testament to Foxtel’s unwavering commitment to Australian storytelling. The reaction we have received from broadcasters and video platforms in many countries is an enormous boost of confidence for our local industry and paves the way for the Australian film and television community to take its skills and expertise to audiences around the globe,” he said.

The six-part series, a re-imagining Joan Lindsay’s iconic novel, stars acclaimed British actress Natalie Dormer along with Australian rising stars including Lily Sullivan, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden and Ruby Rees, whose debut screen performances will be seen by audiences throughout the world.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel. Executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, script producer and establishing writer is Beatrix Christian, Writer Alice Addison, producer Brett Popplewell, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. FremantleMedia International is distributing the series worldwide.

Picnic at Hanging Rock world premiere Sunday May 6 at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s showcase channel and available to subscribers On Demand* and streamed on Foxtel Now.**


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Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelley bring The Undoing to HBO
New limited series to air exclusively on Foxtel’s
Showcase

HBO is teaming up once again with Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman and writer David E. Kelley for a new limited series, The Undoing, with the psychological thriller to air exclusively on Foxtel’s showcase.

Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s bestselling book You Should Have Known, The Undoing has been adapted by Kelley and centres on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City.

Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Kelley will write and executive produce along with Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories. Kelley is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television writer and producer. Blossom Films, created by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari, executive-produced the Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies for HBO.

Casey Bloys, President HBO Programming, said: “We’re thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David and can’t wait to bring this show to life.”

Nicole Kidman said: “David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its centre. I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelley.”

Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “We’re delighted to be the exclusive Australian broadcaster of Nicole Kidman’s next television project, which is set to be another smash hit series for both HBO and Foxtel. Nicole and David E. Kelley are an unbeatable combination, and we’re looking forward to bringing both The Undoing and the second series of Big Little Lies to showcase.”

Big Little Lies was the breakout hit of 2017, and won eight Emmy Awards last September, including Outstanding Limited Series; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Nicole Kidman; and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for David E. Kelley. The entire seven-part series is now available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel Now. A second series of Big Little Lies was recently announced by HBO, and will air exclusively on Foxtel’s showcase.

Foxtel’s showcase has long been Australia’s ‘Home of HBO’ featuring must-see programming including Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Deuce, Divorce, Veep, Ballers, Here and Now and Big Little Lies, along with new and upcoming arrivals Succession and Barry, set to air this year. showcase is also the exclusive home to Foxtel’s own award-winning original dramas, which continue to break new ground and win local and international praise.

In 2018, TV Week Logie Award and AACTA Award-winning Australian dramas Wentworth and A Place to Call Home will return to showcase, along with the highly anticipated Picnic at Hanging Rock and Fighting Season. A broad range of local drama success stories continue to be available on demand including Top of the Lake: China Girl, The Kettering Incident, Secret City and more.


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Picnic at Hanging Rock
All six episodes available to stream from
Sunday May 6 at 8.30pm

Showcase

In a major announcement today, Foxtel has revealed that all six episodes of its hugely anticipated drama series Picnic at Hanging Rock will be available for customers to stream On Demand* from Sunday, May 6 at 8.30pm.

For the first time ever with the launch of a new, local production on Foxtel, viewers will be able to binge-watch the entire series with all episodes available to stream on Foxtel Now**, On Demand, and on internet-connected iQ set-top-boxes. Alternatively, they can savour it with weekly episodes every Sunday night at 8.30pm on showcase.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said: “Picnic At Hanging Rock has generated incredible buzz since we commenced production over a year ago. Now that the telecast is imminent, we are delighted to announce that Foxtel subscribers will be able to watch the series in its entirety from May 6. This is the first time that we will drop all episodes at once for a Foxtel Original Series. We think it’s a great message. We are putting customers first and giving them the choice to watch it either weekly, on a Sunday night, or all at once and anytime it suits them. It really is gifting the scheduling to the viewer and letting them decide what suits. This is the way the world is watching drama,” he said.

“Foxtel is incredibly proud of this ground-breaking event series and we’re sure viewers will embrace the brilliant performances and superbly crafted six episodes that re-imagines an iconic Australian story.”

Picnic at Hanging Rock has received international and local critical acclaim ahead of its world premiere on Foxtel – it was celebrated at the Berlin Film Festival where it opened the TV Section, and will soon screen at the coveted Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, NY.

Hollywood Reporter: “Hats off to the creators of this glossy six-part TV adaptation —this new version, by contrast, is a simmering nightmare drenched in lush colour, energetically shot with a propensity for psychologically unsettling Dutch angles, and powered by a surging contemporary score.”
Variety : “Not Your Grandfather’s – or Grandmother’s – ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ TV reworking of the Australian literary and film classic strives for “sophisticated storytelling.”
News.com.au: “From the dazzling, colour-saturated first frame this original, world-class production is quite literally, gold. This remarkable six-part TV drama takes extraordinary risks — from experimental camera angles and a soaring soundtrack, to costumes and cinematic styling that, at times, takes the viewer down the rabbit hole, Alice In Wonderland style… it delivers on all of its promise.”

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production made with key production investment from Screen Australia. The series was shot in Victoria, Australia with the significant assistance of the Victorian Government through Film Victoria and has already garnered global attention with Amazon Prime Video in the US, BBC for the UK, Canal+ in France and SKY New Zealand’s premium entertainment channel SoHo, all set to premiere this year.

A re-imagining Joan Lindsay’s iconic novel, stars acclaimed British actress Natalie Dormer along with Australian rising stars including Lily Sullivan, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden and Ruby Rees, whose debut screen performances will be seen by audiences throughout the world.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel. Executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, script producer and establishing writer is Beatrix Christian, Writer Alice Addison, producer Brett Popplewell, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. FremantleMedia International is distributing the series worldwide.

Stream all episodes of Picnic at Hanging Rock On Demand, or watch weekly episodes on showcase from Sunday May 6 at 8.30pm.


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Pose
Brand new 8-part dance musical drama
co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals
Streaming on Foxtel Now and screening on showcase
From Sunday, June 17 at 8.30pm AEST

Showcase

The ground-breaking new dance musical drama Pose, will stream on Foxtel Now and screen on showcase, the home of FX Originals, from Sunday June 17 at 8.30pm AEST.

Starring Kate Mara, Evan Peters and James Van Der Beek, Pose also features the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted television show, including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Pose was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, with Murphy directing the first two episodes. The series also stars Tony Award® winner Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, and newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside and Angel Bismark Curiel.

Set in the 1980s, the eight-part series explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.

Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), a key player in the world of ball culture, forms her own “house,” a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth who have been rejected by their birth families. Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) is a dancer who joins Blanca’s house. Together, they compete in the balls – where house members challenge each other in various categories and are judged on their outfits, attitude, or dance skills – against Blanca’s former house mother, Elektra (Dominique Jackson). Pray Tell (Billy Porter) is Godfather to the children who compete in the balls. Angel (Indya Moore) is a streetwalker who develops feelings for a new client, Stan (Evan Peters), who is married to, Patty (Kate Mara).

The series is executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Canals is a co-executive producer, and Janet Mock, Our Lady J and Erica Kay also serve as producers. The eight-episode first season is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Foxtel’s showcase is the home of FX Originals featuring must-see programming including The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. showcase is also the exclusive home to Foxtel’s own award-winning original dramas, including Wentworth, A Place to Call Home, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Top of the Lake: China Girl, The Kettering Incident and Secret City, which continue to break new ground and win local and international praise.


#38

Snowfall
A storm is coming and its name is crack
All ten episodes available to stream on Foxtel
Wednesday July 4 at 8.30pm AEST
and screen weekly on showcase

Showcase

All ten episodes of the confronting and compelling drama series Snowfall, will be released to stream on Foxtel from Wednesday July 4 at 8.30pm AEST and also available to screen each week on showcase, the home of FX Originals.

Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack. Snowfall is a one-hour, ten-part drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.

The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

Snowfall is created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron and Executive Produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson. Andron will serve as showrunner. It is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

Foxtel’s showcase is the home of FX Originals featuring must-see programming including The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, American Horror Story and Pose as well as other cult following series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. showcase is also the exclusive home to Foxtel’s own award-winning original dramas, including Wentworth, A Place to Call Home, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Top of the Lake: China Girl, The Kettering Incident and Secret City, which continue to break new ground and win local and international praise.


#39

Sharp Objects
8-part series starring Amy Adams and Australia’s own Eliza Scanlen
From Monday 9 July at 11.00am AEST
Express from the US

Showcase

HBO’s new psychological thriller series Sharp Objects, starring five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams and based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), will premiere on Foxtel on Monday, July 9 from 11.00am AEST.

The 8-part series will be available to stream on demand and will also screen on Foxtel’s showcase, with a primetime encore at 8.30pm AEST on July 9.

Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Flynn, the series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the murders of two young girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Sharp Objects co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Elizabeth Perkins, Matt Craven and young Australian actress Eliza Scanlen (Home and Away) in her breakout role as Adams’ 13- year-old half-sister, Amma.

The series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies) from scripts by Gillian Flynn and Marti Noxon. Executive producers are Jason Blum, Charles Layton and Jessica Rhoades, as well as Amy Adams, Gillian Flynn, Marti Noxon, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg.


#40

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Season 6 marathon premieres Friday July 27 from 5:01pm.
The entire season will be available On Demand.

Showcase

Foxtel announced today it will screen a new Season 6 marathon of hit US series Orange is the New Black on showcase – the same day as the US.

Starting from 5:01pm on Friday July 27, Foxtel subscribers can lock it down and do a little more time with the ladies of Litchfield.

Every episode of the new season will play out on Foxtel’s showcase channel from 5:01pm and will then be available to stream via Foxtel On Demand following the live airing, enabling fans to binge the entire new season back-to-back.

The outrageous, award-winning and critically-acclaimed series from EmmyⓇ Award winner Jenji Kohan stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Nick Sandow, Lea DeLaria, Jackie Cruz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Adrienne Moore.

Following the Season 5 riot cliffhanger, 10 of Litchfield’s finest, including Alex, Piper and Nicky are bunkered into Frieder’s cell that has just been broken into by the CERT officers, while the rest of the inmates were loaded into buses and heading to new prisons.

Orange is the New Black has been nominated for 106 awards and won 43 across many categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Choice Television Awards and many more. Produced by Lionsgate Television the series has already been renewed through to season 7.