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January on Foxtel

Foxtel highlights for the month of January include Grand Designs Australia, Happy Valley, Kendra Sells Hollywood, Lizzo: Live in Concert, The Decades that Defined Us, The Last of Us, Velma, Colosseum and WWE Royal Rumble 2023.

The headliner

Grand Designs Australia (s10B)

Expect plenty more impressive builds, larger-than-life personalities and epic timeline blowouts when Grand Designs Australia returns for the second half of its 10th season. Peter Maddison is back at the helm for the show’s final outing, in which he takes audiences inside a group of houses that have taken the longest to finish and provided quite the challenge for their owners – including a hat factory conversion in Newtown and a dugout in Coober Pedy.

Duration: 60 mins x 8 | Premiering Wednesday January 25 at 8.30pm | LifeStyle

The ones you can’t miss

Happy Valley (s3)

Seven years after we last saw her, police sergeant Catherine Cawood is now looking down the barrel of retirement. However, when a dead body turns up in a drained reservoir – the apparent victim of a gangland murder – she unwittingly finds herself back in convicted criminal Tommy Lee Royce’s crosshairs in the third and final outing of this must-see gripping British crime drama.

Duration: 60 mins x 6 | Premiering Monday January 2 Express at 11am, encore at 9.30pm | BBC First

Kendra Sells Hollywood

She was the runaway star of The Girls Next Door – the 2005 reality show that followed Hugh Hefner’s three live-in girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion – who went on to appear in her own successful spin-off series. Now, Kendra Wilkinson returns to her reality television roots, with cameras following along as the single mum-of-two enters a new stage in her life, in the high-stakes world of Los Angeles real estate.

Duration: 30 mins x 6 | Premiering Friday January 6 at 2.30pm | Fox Arena

Lizzo: Live in Concert

Ring in 2023 with musical superstar Lizzo as the multitalented Emmy- and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, rapper and flutist takes to the stage with her band, The Lizzbians and the Little Bigs, the Big Grrrls, in Inglewood, California during her The Special Tour. Famous pals Missy Elliott, Cardi B and SZA join her for performances that are guaranteed to thrill and delight.

Duration: 90 mins x 1 | Premiering Express Sunday January 1 at 7pm | Fox Docos

The Decades that Defined Us

Over three gripping episodes, be taken on a journey through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, discovering the pivotal moments that defined each era. Archival footage and recorded testimony sheds new light on events such as the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev’s signing of the INF Treaty.

Duration: 60 mins x 3 | Premiering Thursday January 12 at 7.30pm | History

Must-watch entertainment

The Last of Us

Based on the video game of the same name, this post-apocalyptic drama is set 20 years after a pandemic outbreak has turned civilians into zombie-like creatures. Hardened survivors Joel and Tess are tasked with smuggling Ellie across the country to a research centre in the hopes the teen – who is immune from the deadly brain infection – could unlock a cure.

Duration: 60 mins x 9 | Premiering Monday January 16 Express at 1pm, encore at 8.30pm | Fox Showcase

Velma

Mindy Kaling co-created, executive produced and voices the titular character in this adult animated series – a spin-off of the classic Scooby-Doo franchise and the first not to feature the lovable talking dog. In a twist, the 10-part prequel series centres around smart, sassy Velma Dinkley – who’s now a character of colour – and her Mystery Inc pals prior to their official formation.

Duration: 30 mins x 10 | Coming in January | Fox8

Colosseum

Over eight episodes, this fascinating series uses Rome’s Colosseum to recount in riveting detail the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, as witnessed from the viewpoints of those who fought – and died – in the infamous amphitheatre. Dramatic re-enactments, special effects and interviews with leading historians bring to life this pivotal period in history.

Duration: 60 mins x 8 | Premiering Wednesday January 4 at 8.30pm | History

WWE Royal Rumble 2023

The roof of San Antonio’s Alamodome will be lifted off as tens of thousands of WWE fans converge to witness history in the making this month. Two 30-man and 30-woman Royal Rumble matches will headline the must-see event, with the winners of each going on to compete in a world championship bout at April’s WrestleMania 39.

Duration: 180 mins x 1 | Premiering Live Sunday January 29 at 12pm | WWE and Fox8

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