Celebrate Lunar New Year 2020 with SBS

Source: SBS

SBS welcomes the Year of the Rat with a range of programming across network.

SBS is encouraging all Australians to celebrate Lunar New Year with a distinct mix of programs and activities launching across the network from today, Monday 20 January.

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said: “SBS is committed to celebrating Australia’s multicultural events, encouraging all Australians to embrace our rich diversity.

“We’re thrilled to be marking Lunar New Year with a season of special programming across the network, including new SBS shows with Simplified Chinese subtitles as part of our Chinese Collection available on SBS On Demand, along with themed movies and documentaries.” 

During Lunar New Year festivities, SBS Radio broadcasters will be out in the community attending events across Sydney and Melbourne. Visitors can meet the faces behind the voices of SBS Radio’s Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese language services and capture all the fun at the SBS Radio photo booth. Additionally, SBS will feature a range of Lunar New Year content online at sbs.com.au/LNY20.

Elsewhere on the network, SBS will celebrate with several shows, including Aerial Asia, narrated by celebrity chef Adam Liaw, Asian films on weeknights on SBS World Movies and a weekly prime time movie on SBS VICELAND. SBS Food will showcase Lunar New Year inspired travel food shows and SBS On Demand’s Chinese Collection will include new series’ with Simplified Chinese subtitles and an Asian Epics movie collection.  





Aerial Asia,17–23 Jan, 3pm

Narrated by celebrity chef Adam Liaw, this 4K aerial series takes audiences on a journey across some of Asia’s most diverse landscapes, ancient cities and massive metropolises, from the colour-soaked subcontinent of India and the coral gardens and menacing volcanoes of Indonesia, to Malaysia’s rolling rainforests and Singapore’s spectacular skyline.

David Baddiel On The Silk Road, 20–23 Jan, 4.30pm

Comedian and writer David Baddiel sets off on an adventure of a lifetime along the Silk Road, travelling from Xi’an, China to Istanbul, Turkey to uncover a series of remarkable locations, mysteries and hidden gems, many unknown to the western world. 

China’s Forgotten Emperor, 24 Jan, 4.30 pm

For 1,300 years, Wu Zetian - China's only female Emperor - has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. In its examination of newly discovered artefacts and other materials, China’s Forgotten Emperor attempts to piece together the real story behind this leader.



January 26

Legend of the Naga Pearls, 11:25 pm

A royal descendant of an ancient winged tribe embarks on a quest to find magical pearls.

February 5

League Of Gods, 9:25 pm

A long time ago, a determined King Zhou, supported by his concubine Daji, sets his mind on conquering the Middle Kingdom.

Drunken Master, 11:30 pm

Wong Fei-Hong's dad has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu.

Feb 12

The Mermaid, 9:25 pm

When greedy real estate tycoon, Liu Xian (Deng Chao), buys up a pristine coastal enclave known as Green Gulf, he plans to turn it into a hot property. But Green Gulf harbours a magical secret.

Detective Dee and The Four Heavenly Kings, 11:10 pm

Accused of wrongdoing by Empress Wu, Detective Dee faces a formidable foe while investigating a crime wave that's marked by strange and seemingly supernatural occurrences.

SBS World Movies – Weeknights from 9.30 pm

Drunken Master (1978), 20 Jan

Wong Fei-Hong's dad has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu.

Ip Man (2008), 21 Jan

Donnie Yen stars as the eminent Wing Chun martial arts grandmaster, Yip Man, who was renowned for teaching Bruce Lee the secrets of the art he became famous for.

Ip Man 2 (2008), 22 Jan

Donnie Yen stars as the eminent Wing Chun martial arts grandmaster, Yip Man, who was renowned for teaching Bruce Lee the secrets of the art he became famous for.

Ip Man 3 (2015), 23 Jan

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.

Red Cliff (Part 1) (2008), 24 Jan

The first chapter of legendary director John Woo's two-part action epic centring on politics and war in 3rd century China. Scheming prime minister Cao Cao is attempting to unify the country.

SBS Food – Jan 25 ‘Lunar New Year special’

The Chilli Hunter S1 E7, 8.30am

Tyson Mayr, the Chilli Hunter, touches down in Szechuan - a mecca for chilli lovers from across the world.

Destination Flavour China S1 E1 & E2, 9.00am

Adam Liaw discovers the vast and ancient country of China, exploring its history through its food whilst at the same time exploring his own family history.

Destination Flavour Singapore S1 E1, 10.00am

Adam Liaw travels to the islands of Singapore. He's set a challenge for himself. In 6 weeks, he's going to put on a Salute to Singapore Banquet Dinner for some of the country's top food identities.

Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam S1 E1, 10.30am

Acclaimed Sydney chef, Luke Nguyen, returns to the country of his heritage to take a culinary journey through the southern regions of Vietnam.

The Chilli Hunter S1 E6, 11.00am

Tyson Mayr's quest for fire takes him to local food markets for a taste of Seoul's spiciest surprises, and into the countryside to learn the ancient art of making red-hot 'gochujang' paste.

The Hairy Biker’s Asian Adventure S1 E6, 11.30am

Korean food is set to be the next big thing in the UK so the bikers want to find out more about this hot new trend on the horizon.

Destination Flavour Singapore S1 E2, 12.30pm

Adam Liaw’s salute to Singapore’s Banquet Dinner quest continues as he goes in search of inspiration for a meat dish.

Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown S9 E3, 1.00pm

The rich sensory experience of Laos with its enchanting scenery, distinctive aromas, and exceptional food are explored in Bourdain's trip to this Southeast Asian country.

Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey S1 Ep1, 2.00pm

One of Britain's most revered chefs, Rick Stein sets off on an epic culinary journey to explore the Far East's most diverse food cultures.


SBS On Demand

‘Chinese Collection’ - Simplified Chinese Subtitled programs

Destination Flavour China S1 (available from 25 Jan)

Adam Liaw discovers the vast and ancient country of China, exploring its history through its food whilst at the same time exploring his own family history.

China From Above (available from 25 Jan)

An incredible bird's-eye view of how China's billion-plus population lives, travels and builds its cities. 

Marry Me, Marry My Family S2

This documentary series explores the chaotic and colourful road to intercultural relationships. Six couples try to straddle the gulf between cultures and the gap between their parents’ relationships and their own dreams.

Years & Years

Starring Emma Thompson, this audacious drama follows an ordinary Manchester family and catapults them through the next 15 years. As the Britain of this imaginary drama is rocked by political, economic and technological advances, the family experiences everything hoped for in the future, and everything that is feared.

The Hunting

The Hunting explores the experiences of teenagers as they traverse the complexities of relationships, identity and sexuality via technology. Following the lives of four young Australians, their teachers and families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal, the timely series aims to promote discussion and awareness to enable positive experiences for young people online.

The Handmaid’s Tale S3

The award-winning drama series returns in a third season, which will follow June's resistance to Gilead's dystopian regime, and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds.

Untold Australia S4

Critically acclaimed documentary series Untold Australia explores the life changing milestones of everyday Australians. This four-part includes the stories of six unique individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities embarking on journeys of love and steps into the world of Indian Australian entrepreneur Manjit Gujral and his thriving hospitality business in Sydney’s West. The season also takes a rare glimpse inside one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in Australia – Walter Carter Funerals and documents the inspirational story of transgender woman Holly Conroy, as she bids to stage the first ever Mardi Gras in Wagga Wagga.

Where Are You Really From? S1 & S2

Playful but moving, the series explores the complex issues of cultural heritage and identity, and the way our assumptions around what an Australian looks like impact our understanding of what it means to be Australian. Where Are You Really From? connects wider Australia to a history and to communities many people would not be aware of.

How ‘Mad’ Are You?

Ten Australians, from all backgrounds and ages spend a week together. Five have a history of mental illness. Five do not. The series addresses mental illness in a way never seen before on Australian television.

Child GeniusS1 & S2

In a unique competition documentary format, 19 gifted children aged seven to 12 will display their brilliant minds and amazing memories in a thrilling competition that celebrates the phenomenal academic achievements of Australian children. Presided over by quizmaster, Dr Susan Carland, and presented in association with Australian Mensa, this new six-part series brings together Australia’s brightest kids from all over Australia as they undergo a string of challenging quizzes that would stump even the smartest adults.


Australia’s leading forum for ideas and powerful first person stories, offering a unique perspective on news and current affairs, hosted by Jenny Brockie.

Asian Epics Collection

Including Chinese historical drama The Longest Day in Chang’an S1, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Sky Hunter, Outrage Coda, Till The End Of The World, Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, Shin Godzilla, Ash Is Purest White, Mulan and City Hunter.


SBS Radio events






1 February

TET Festival 2020, Fairfield Showground

8 February

Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival



1 February

TET Festival, Sandown


2 February

Chinatown New Year Festival