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SBS TV Programming for this Lunar New Year 2016
Lost World Season (Documentaries) on SBS:
China: Treasures of the Jade Empire
China is famous for its Terracotta Army. Every day thousands of visitors pack out the Mausoleum of the First Emperor to try and catch a glimpse of these illustrious figures. This documentary highlights that what most people don’t know is that just twenty miles away are another 8,000-strong terracotta army.
Sun 7 Feb, 7.30pm on SBS
The Great Wall of China: The Hidden Story
The Great Wall is the spectacular historic embodiment of China – representing isolation, scale, organisation and prosperity – stretching thousands of miles across barren deserts and treacherous mountains before finally plunging into the sea, all to defend the nation from the rest of the world. This documentary shows that today, new evidence rewrites the Great Wall of China’s history, decodes its complex signals system and reveals the surprise ingredient that‘s kept it standing.
Sun 14 Feb, 7.30pm on SBS
New Secrets Of The Terracotta Warriors
With exclusive access to pioneering research conducted by University College London and the Terracotta Army Museum, this documentary uncovers new secrets of China’s fabled warriors. The discovery of China’s fabled Terracotta Army in 1974 captured the imagination of the world. But that first dig only revealed a fraction of this enormous and extraordinary treasure. Since then, scientists have resumed work on the site, and their research has turned up a series of new discoveries about the warriors and the people who made them over two millennia ago.
Sun 21 Feb, 7.30pm on SBS
Jungle Atlantis: Angkor Wat's Megacity
In June 2013, an international team of archaeologists made a stunning announcement. They had discovered a lost urban landscape, hidden deep inside the Cambodian jungle, close to the magnificent 12th-century temple complex of Angkor Wat. This was once a buzzing metropolis, home to a million people, and the capital of the mighty Khmer Empire. Sophisticated aerial laser scanning technology has already revealed a vast urban sprawl, connected by roads and canals and dotted with mysterious domes thought to conceal temples. This documentary follows the team as they travel deep into the jungle to uncover more of this forgotten city and tell the story of how this remarkable civilisation began and flourished.
Sun 28 Feb, 7.30pm on SBS
The Family Law is a new six-part series created by critically acclaimed writer Benjamin Law and adapted from his hit 2010 memoir of the same name. This is the story of a quirky Chinese-Australian family on the Sunshine Coast over the course of a long hot summer, as told by 14-year old Benjamin, slightly self-obsessed with aspirations to be famous despite his severe lack of talent. For the Law family, all communication can lead to misunderstanding and unlikely comedy stems from tragedy. This is a show about sabotaged expectations, growing pains, finding your place in the world, and the strange embarrassment we feel towards the people we’re supposed to love the most: our family.
Thurs 14 Jan to Thurs 18 Feb, 8.30pm on SBS
Subtitled versions also available On Demand
If You Are The One Australian Specials
Ever since the series hit Australian screens in 2013, If You Are The One has developed a mass cult following proving popular with local audiences for its earnestness and the contestants’ business-like approach to finding their life partners. Now the world’s biggest dating show has upped the ante – and in a network first, SBS 2 presents two Australian specials direct from Nanjing, China. Featuring 10 Aussie boys and 18 Aussie girls, strap yourself in and prepare for some cut-throat contestants and blunt dating advice.
Sun 14 Feb and Sun 21 Feb, 7.30pm on SBS 2
The Feed is SBS 2's news and current affairs program, weeknights at 7:30pm. Hosted by Marc Fennell, Jeanette Francis and Patrick Abboud, The Feed flips the news on its head, giving audiences an alternative perspective on both the headlines and the stories that aren’t on the official agenda.
Weeknights, 7.30pm on SBS 2
The Feed: If You Are The One Specials - Monday 15 Feb, 7.30pm on SBS 2
More @ The Feed website
Watch SBS PopAsia TV every Sunday @ 9am on SBS 2.Each show is full of the hottest new Asian pop music videos & Aussie premieres galore! There’s also exclusive interviews with all of your favourite artists by hosts Jamaica dela Cruz & Andy Trieu.
Be sure to tune in on February 14 for a special Lunar New Year show!
Every Sunday 9.00am on SBS 2
The PopAsia LNY Special: Sunday 14 Feb, 9.00am
More @ SBSPopAsia's website
The Brain: China
A talent show that celebrates gifted minds and incredible skills of extraordinary men, women, and children. Each episode, seven contestants must perform mental and physical challenges.
Sundays @ 5:45pm (SBS 2)
Lunar New Year Movie Season
Chinese Zodiac – Fri 5 Feb, 9:30pm (SBS)
A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts - 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. Stars Jackie Chan.
Journey to the West – Fri 12 Feb, 9:30pm (SBS)
Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King.
Man of Tai Chi – Fri 19 Feb, 9.30pm (SBS)
A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. Stars Keanu Reeves.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – Fri 26 Feb, 9.30pm (SBS)
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
We Are Young (SBS On Demand)
A reality show about exchange students who come from China and Australia. The teenagers live and study in their new surroundings for 30 days, learning about a new culture and way of life.
Watch On Demand from Feb 7.
Running Man is Korea's smash hit variety show led by national MC Yoo Jae-suk that began in 2010. In this three-part Australian special, the cast head down under on a hunt for hidden treasure that spans the whole continent; on the land, in the sea, and across the sky. Prepare for zany quests, hilarious antics, and insane betrayals as Korea's favourite stars battle it out, testing their strength, endurance and cunning as they fight their way to the finish line. The games almost always feature running, hence, the title, and the rules are simple: protect your name tag at all times, and trust no one.
Watch now On Demand
Malaysian-born Australian cook and artist Poh Ling Yeow takes viewers on a culinary journey as she shows how to prepare an array of delicious meals, with some help from acclaimed chefs along the way.
Weeknights 6.00pm on SBS
Ching's Chinese New Year
It's the blueprint for the ultimate Chinese New Year's Feast and Ching-He Huang's got everything covered, from incredibly delicious and easy dishes to decorations and traditions.
Sun 7 Feb, 7.30pm on Food Network (channel 33)
Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong (Season 2)
In the second instalment of the series, acclaimed chef Chef Luke Nguyen takes a deeper culinary journey across the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia as he travels to three of the six countries that make up this region: Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar and Thailand.
Weeknights (except Thurs) 8-Feb to 24-Feb, 7.00pm on Food Network (channel 33)
Happy Foodie New Year
It’s never too early to prepare for Chinese New Year! In this week-long television series, join host Cavin Soh as he finds out what makes a perfect New Year feast. From visiting the factories of Singapore’s most beloved brands to meeting the creators of popular New Year dishes in Singapore, Cavin goes all out in exploring the true tradition and history behind this beloved holiday. Meet top chefs from popular Singaporean eateries, and learn how to make your own dishes to usher in a prosperous New Year!
Mon 8 Feb to Fri 13 Feb 4.30pm on Food Network (channel 33)