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Foxtel Highlights for Week Commencing February 15, 2021

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL

Monday February 15 to Sunday February 21, 2021

Programming available to stream live and On Demand on FOXTEL, FOXTEL NOW and FOXTEL GO^

Get ready to find out what’s the best (and perhaps worst) of what’s on TV when Gogglebox Australia returns to LifeStyle this week. Yes, your favourite couch critics are ready to share their thoughts on 2021’s latest on-screen offerings and we can’t wait to hear what they have to say!

When it comes to Aussies we love to catch-up with, there’s also a new season of Crikey! It’s the Irwins.Learn how our beloved wildlife warriors cared for the creatures at Australia Zoo during a time of lockdown, and watch as they prepare to throw open the gates!

For those starting the year on a health kick, don’t miss new series Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge, which has the famous TV chef continuing his already impressive wellness journey.

You can also see what’s next for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, immerse yourself in the drag scene of New York City in the HBO doco Wig, and get your fix of wry political commentary thanks to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

And those looking for a fabulous film can take their pick from The Current War, Thank You for Your Service, Queen & Slim, and the delightful Aussie flick Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt).

Continuing series include: The End (FOX SHOWCASE), Industry (FOX SHOWCASE), Coast Australia (HISTORY), The Drew Barrymore Show (FOX ARENA), Prodigal Son (FOX ONE), Batwoman (FOX8), Field Trip with Curtis Stone (LifeStyle Food), Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery Channel), Tin Star: Liverpool (BBC First), Who Do You Think You Are? (UKTV), Escape to the Perfect Town (LifeStyle), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (FOX ARENA), A Discovery of Witches (FOX8), Escape to the Chateau DIY (LifeStyle), Chewing Gum (FOX SHOWCASE), World’s Most Evil Killers (Crime + Investigation), Gold Rush (Discovery Channel), Escape to the Country (LifeStyle), Summer House (FOX ARENA), Megapolis (HISTORY), Pawn Stars (A&E), Sweet Home Sextuplets (TLC), Where the Wild Men Are: Revisited (BBC Earth), NCIS: Los Angeles (FOX CRIME), The Island with Bear Grylls (Discovery Channel), The Great Kiwi Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), Legacies (FOX8), The Good Karma Hospital (UKTV), S.W.A.T. (FOX ONE), Magnum P.I. (FOX ONE), Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic), All Rise (FOX ONE), Chicago Fire (FOX ONE), Chicago PD (FOX ONE), The Bachelorette US (FOX ARENA), Very Scary People (Crime + Investigation), Street Outlaws: Grudge Night (Discovery Turbo), Saved by the Barn (Animal Planet), Life Below Zero (BBC Earth), 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way (TLC), Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery Channel), My Floating Home (LifeStyle Home), Welcome to Plathville (TLC), The Great Pottery Throw Down (LifeStyle), Superstore (FOX8), The Real Housewives of Dallas (FOX ARENA), Backyard Builds (LifeStyle Home), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), Below Deck (FOX ARENA), Ant Anstead Master Mechanic (Discovery Turbo), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (FOX ARENA), Scott & Bailey (FOX Sleuth).

Monday, February 15

Chef and TV host Tom Kerridge is continuing his fitness journey – and taking others with him!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, s8 – FOX8, EXPRESS at 8.30pm

Join British-born, New York-based comedian John Oliver for another season of his Emmy-winning variety series, in which he dissects the week’s news, politics and current affairs in typically satirical style, as only he can.

Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

Michelin-starred chef and TV host Tom Kerridge has shed a huge amount of weight over the past five years – 70kg to be precise – and this inspirational series takes him even further into his fitness journey as he and a group of volunteers follow an eight-week low-calorie meal program.

Savage Builds – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Former MythBusters star Adam Savage ups the ante in this new series. From using 3D printed titanium to make his own armoured suit to rival Iron Man’s that actually flies, to experimenting with liquid nitroglycerin, expect the unexpected as Savage puts life and limb on the line! 

Santiago of the Seas – Nick Jr, 8.30am

Ahoy, there! Eight-year-old pirate Santiago Montes (voiced by Kevin Chacón) is set to bring a smile to your and your children’s faces. The little seafarer with a big heart oozes enthusiasm as he goes in search of hidden treasure and carries out his duty of keeping the high seas safe from the bad guys.

The Explosion Show – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

Who doesn’t love a good explosion?! This series follows ‘Streetbike’ Tommy Passamente and Tory Belleci as they pay homage to the classic Hollywood blockbuster explosion – finding the most creative ways to blow things up, burn them down and discover the science behind it all.

Tuesday, February 16

Discover some incredible wildlife and those working to help them in a new episode of Into Alaska

The End – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

As Oberon (Morgan Davies) turns 16, he, mum Kate (Frances O’Connor) and sister Persephone (Ingrid Torelli) take a long-overdue trip to visit dad Chris (Brendan Cowell) in jail to make an important request. Meanwhile, Edie (Dame Harriet Walter) and Pamela (Noni Hazlehurst) head to the hippie town of Nimbin to make some special purchases!

The Directors, s5 – Foxtel Arts, 7.30pm

This series returns for another fascinating look at the people behind some of the greatest movies of our generation. Included in this season’s line-up are movie maestros Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. And kicking things off tonight is Francis Ford Coppola, the man behind The Godfather films.

Into Alaska – Animal Planet, 9.30pm

In this new episode of Into Alaska, airing as part of Animal Planet’s Rescue Month line-up, the men and women of the US Fish and Wildlife Service continue their battle to protect the country’s endangered wildlife on both land, sea and in the air.

Lost Secrets – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

Join in the hunt as historian Justin Jampol goes in search of secrets from the past, using advanced scientific testing to comb through recently unearthed artefacts for hidden details. In this new episode, he hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the death of 19th-century explorer Meriweather Lewis (one half of the famous Lewis and Clark duo).

Wednesday, February 17

Your favourite couch critics are back to brighten up your Wednesday nights on Gogglebox Australia

Gogglebox Australia, s13 – LifeStyle, 7.30pm

The four-time TV WEEK Logie and AACTA Award-winning series returns, with the beloved television couch critics ready to entertain us every Wednesday night! Join some of Australia’s favourite households as they give their brutally honest opinions on some of 2021’s newest programs. This hit series never fails to delight as we tune in to laugh, gasp and sometimes cry.

Wig – FOX SHOWCASE, 9.30pm

FOX SHOWCASE’s Mardi Gras month of docos continues tonight with Wig, a HBO special which spotlights the iconic and influential (and, frankly, quite wild!) drag festival Wigstock in New York City, which ran from the mid 1980s until 2001, and then resurrected in 2018. Archival footage and interviews reflect on the role of drag both then and now.

Fatman – Store

This bloody action comedy is an “anti-Christmas, Christmas movie”, says Eshom Nelms, who co-directs with his brother Ian. In the film, Mel Gibson’s grizzled Santa isn’t so much bad as burnt out, forced into a distasteful deal with the Pentagon after his workshop fell on hard times (kids are getting naughtier and naughtier). Now a spoiled child (Chance Hurstfield) has hired a hitman (Walton Goggins) to kill him.

T-Rex Autopsy – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm

Get an up-close-and-personal look at the incredible tyrannosaur like never before. Join paleontologists Victoria Herridge, Stephen Brusatte, Matt Mossbrucker and Luke Gamble as they dissect a life-size silicone replica of this great carnivorous dinosaur that’s been created to be as realistic as possible – guts and all!

Thursday, February 18

Be a fly on the wall for some fabulous reality drama as The Real Housewives of New Jersey returns

The Real Housewives of New Jersey, s11 – FOX ARENA, EXPRESS at 1.30pm, ENCORE at 8.30pm

The NJ Housewives are back, baby! Teresa, Melissa, Margaret, Dolores, Jackie and Jennifer are all returning for a new season, and even though this outing marks new beginnings for the ladies, you can be sure that plenty of old drama will creep back in. Relationships hit rocky ground, while tragedy spurs new romance (and gossip), and all of this while dealing with a pandemic – phew, it’s all going on in the Garden State.

Crimes Gone Viral – Investigation Discovery, 8.30pm

This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that went viral after being caught on tape. From security cameras to home surveillance, to taxis and mobile phone cameras – someone is always watching. See gripping clips of kidnappings, break-ins, wild car chases, road rage incidents and other crimes.

Chaos in Court – Investigation Discovery, 9.30pm

Go beyond the dramatic and unexpected moments that happen inside real courtrooms with this true crime series. It unravels the emotional backstories of crimes and brings legal proceedings to the forefront with insightful analysis from a panel of those who work here – and even the defendants and their families.

Very Scary People, s2 – Crime + Investigation, 8.30pm

Understanding what makes very scary people tick is compelling viewing. In tonight’s double-episode of this investigative series, suspected killer Robert Durst is profiled as the series examines the bizarre facts of how he hid from authorities and why, after decades, it’s taken so long for him to be brought to trial.

Friday, February 19

Settle in for some powerful viewing with the acclaimed film Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

When their first date turns deadly, African-American couple Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) find themselves on the run from the law and unwittingly become icons for the oppressed across the US. Also starring Indya Moore and Chloë Sevigny, this is powerful Friday night viewing that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Vet Gone Wild – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown is on an adventure in this wildlife series, and trying to improve the lives of animals in the process, of course. In Vet Gone Wild, he travels to some of the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet to work with animal advocates who need his help caring for a diverse range of species.

The College Admissions Scandal – LMN – Lifetime Movie Network, 5.30pm

The recent real-life scandal in which wealthy parents paid to get their children into prestigious US colleges has been a gripping read. And while the two women at the centre of this film who are happy to break the law to get their offspring into an enviable university are largely fictional, their story is grounded in the shocking truth. Stars Penelope Ann Miller and Mia Kirshner.

Saturday, February 20

In a new season of Crikey! It’s the Irwins there’s plenty of work to do for our wildlife-loving family

A-League: Western United FC v Macarthur FC – FOX SPORTS, LIVE 5.05pm

Kicking off a thrilling triple header of A-League action is this clash between two teams fresh to the competition. Western United made their debut last season, and Macarthur FC have only just begun so fans will be eagerly waiting to see who comes out on top here. Then stick around for a Sydney FC and Brisbane FC stoush, followed by a meet-up between Perth Glory FC and Melbourne City FC.

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 7.05pm

This coming-of-age story with a supernatural twist will make you feel warm and fuzzy as Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) tries to navigate the pitfalls of asking her first crush Abbie (Wentworth’s Zoe Terakes) to the formal with the help of the ghost of her deceased activist aunt, who also happens to be stuck in the ’80s. Quirky and sweet viewing guaranteed. Also stars Marta Dusseldorp.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins, s3 – Animal Planet, 6.30pm

After weeks of being closed due to the pandemic, Australia Zoo is about to re-open and a new season of this reality series follows everyone’s favourite wildlife warriors, the Irwins, as they prepare. On top of that, there are more rescues to take care of and there’s the exciting impending arrival of a new family member – Bindi’s baby.

Schitt’s Creek, s1 – FOX Funny, 1pm and 8.30pm

Who knew Schitt’s Creek would become the pop culture monolith it is today? Certainly not father-and-son creators Eugene and Dan Levy, who were both blindsided and overwhelmed at the outpouring of love the comedy has received recently. Now, the multi-award-winning hit series comes to FOXTEL!

The Current War – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Based on a true story, this tense drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse and Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla charts the race between the three famous inventors to determine whose historic technology would eventually be used to power the world.

Sunday, February 21

The moving feature Thank You for Your Service looks at the after effects of time on the battlefield

Thank You for Your Service – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

After returning from the Iraq war, a group of US soldiers led by Miles Teller’s Adam Schumann has to readjust to civilian and family life. A fine ensemble cast including Amy Schumer, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Beulah Koale and Joe Cole bring together this moving film that looks at the effects of PTSD.

Stockholm, Pennsylvania – LMN – Lifetime Movie Network, 8.30pm

Seventeen years after she was kidnapped, Leia (multiple Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) struggles to adapt when she’s returned to her home and family. Cynthia Nixon plays Marcy, Leia’s mother, who has her own journey to go through – trying to reconnect with a now-grown daughter she barely knows.

Us – BBC First, 8.30pm

It’s the final in this four-part drama based on the novel by David Nicholls, that follows the Petersen family on a European trip. It’s not been the happiest holiday with Connie (Saskia Reeves) telling her husband Douglas (Tom Hollander) that she wants out of their marriage just before they set off! See how this fraught vacation wraps tonight. If you haven’t seen this series yet, catch up On Demand.

Field Trip with Curtis Stone – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

We can’t think of a better way to spend some time than by accompanying Aussie chef superstar Curtis Stone as he travels through some incredible wine regions finding inspiration for his restaurant menu. Filmed before travel restrictions, the series takes us to the Central Coast region of California in tonight’s new episode.

^ Selected programming available to stream on demand across internet-connected FOXTEL iQ3 and iQ4 boxes, on FOXTEL NOW and on devices via FOXTEL GO. FOXTEL NOW customers please note that BoxSets is not available on FOXTEL NOW. FOXTEL NOW customers cannot access Store titles, MAIN EVENT or any of our specialty channels. The “no ad-breaks during play” claim for AFL/NRL does not apply to FOXTEL NOW.

DISCLAIMER: Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, all programming is subject to late change. FOXTEL may vary channel content or transmission times. FOXTEL is not liable for any loss or disappointment any viewer may suffer as a result. All times listed are AEDT.

Aaron Ryanhttps://tvblackbox.com.au/author-aaron-ryan/
Aaron Ryan is currently the Broadcast Guide Editor and a News Contributor for TV Blackbox. An experienced media writer, his work has appeared on sites including TV Central and Mumbrella since 2009. Aaron can be heard weekly on Gold and Power FM. For all media enquiries please call 0400-218-566

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