Foxtel Launches Exclusive BBC Channel in Australia

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Foxtel Launches Exclusive BBC Channel in Australia

Australia’s Foxtel, the country’s leading pay television company, has just launched its British-content channel on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. BBC First boasts of an impressive collection of dramas and comedies popularized in the United Kingdom and first aired on BBC networks. Read further to learn more about this news story.

The new Foxtel channel, dubbed as “the home of premium original British drama,” launched on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. a 10-episode marathon of “The Musketeers.” The series, which stars Peter Capaldi (“Dr. Who”), is set in the 1600s in Paris. It showcases a band of men known as The Musketeers who are trained to protect the country and their King. The show first aired in the United Kingdom in January 2014 and a second season has already been scheduled for 2015.


On Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, the three-episode drama series, “The Politician’s Husband,” which was originally broadcast in 2013 in Britain, will premiere on the exclusive Foxtel channel at 8:30 p.m. The show stars David Tennant (“Broadchurch”) and Emily Watson (“Breaking the Waves”) as a political couple. It charts Tennant’s character’s rise to the top post as prime minister while examining the complexities of married life.

The channel will also run the first season of “The Village” beginning Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. “The Village,” written by Peter Moffat, is a family drama set in early century England. It originally aired in the United Kingdom in 2013, while a second season awaits airing this year.

“Peaky Blinders,” one of BBC’s most lauded original series from 2013, will also be running on BBC First beginning Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m, before it shifts its schedule to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 7, 2014. The show stars Sam Niell (“Jurassic Park”) and Cillian Murphy (“Batman Begins”) and takes a peek at organized crime rings. It is set in Birmingham, after World War I.

BBC First on Foxtel is also expected to bring critically acclaimed shows, and it has already started running advertisements for “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a period drama based in 20th century Russia and stars Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Daniel Radcliff (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); “Burton and Taylor,” a historical biopic on Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton featuring Helena Bonham-Carter (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”) and Dominic West (“The Wire”); and “The Honourable Woman,” a stirring drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Secretary”) with the Israeli and Palestinian conflict as its backdrop.

So there you have it for the scoop on Foxtel’s launching of the exclusive British cable channel, BBC First, in Australia on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. Tune in for more industry updates and other news about your favorite series, movies and celebrities only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).

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