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Foxtel Highlights for Week Commencing March 22, 2021

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL

Monday March 22 to Sunday March 28, 2021

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

It’s time to bow down to the queen – the Queen of Soul, that is! This week sees the arrival of the much-anticipated Genius: Aretha, which finds the multi-talented Cynthia Erivo portraying the life of music icon Aretha Franklin in the latest season of National Geographic Channel’s hit biographical anthology.

When it comes to sovereigns of the racing circuit, you can’t beat Sir Lewis Hamilton, who is ready to begin his campaign for a record-breaking title as the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship takes off in Bahrain.

If you want to see rulers of the rolling pin, a fresh season of The Great British Bake Off is ready to come out of the oven, with both a new location and a new co-host as Matt Lucas joins the fun; while a former winner of the show gets her own foodie escapade on Nadiya’s American Adventure.

More royally good fare comes your way this week with the award-winning Aussie film Babyteeth; there’s a new episode of Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham, the hit travel series hosted by Outlander co-stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish; a cool Scooby Doo Pop-Up Channel will entertain young viewers; documentary Francescotakes an in-depth look at the current Pope; while UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou 2 brings two fighters back for one reunion fans won’t want to miss.

Continuing series include: The End (FOX SHOWCASE), Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), A Teacher (FOX SHOWCASE), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Genera+ion (FOX SHOWCASE), The Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), Unforgotten (BBC First), Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump (E!), Waterfront House Masters (LifeStyle Home), Valley of Tears (FOX SHOWCASE), Superman & Lois (FOX8), The Flash (FOX8), The Event (FOX SHOWCASE), Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet), The Drew Barrymore Show (FOX ARENA), Our Girl (BBC First), The Real Housewives of New Jersey (FOX ARENA), Naked and Afraid XL (Discovery Channel), The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet), Married to Medicine Atlanta (FOX ARENA), Shameless (FOX SHOWCASE), River Hunters (HISTORY), Moonshiners (Discovery Channel), Brother vs Brother (LifeStyle Home), Around the World by Train (HISTORY), Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways (HISTORY), E! True Hollywood Story (E!), The First 48 (Crime + Investigation), Ugly House to Lovely House (LifeStyle), Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery Channel), Court Cam (Crime + Investigation), Counting Cars (A&E), MasterChef: The Professionals (LifeStyle Food), Floribama Shore (MTV), Food Factory (National Geographic), Atlanta Justice (Investigation Discovery), Private Lives (HISTORY), Pearson (Universal TV), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (FOX8), Escape to the Perfect Town (LifeStyle), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (FOX ARENA), Legacies (FOX8), Doc Martin (UKTV), The Directors (Foxtel Arts), The Family Chantel (TLC), House Hunters Australia (Discovery Channel), To Catch a Smuggler (National Geographic), Texas Metal (Discovery Turbo), Wheeler Dealers (Discovery Turbo), World’s Most Evil Killers (Crime + Investigation), Gold Rush (Discovery Channel), Schitt’s Creek (FOX Funny), Pawn Stars (A&E), Sweet Home Sextuplets (TLC), S.W.A.T. (FOX ONE), Magnum P.I. (FOX ONE), All Rise (FOX ONE), Chicago Fire (FOX ONE), Chicago PD (FOX ONE), Life Below Zero (BBC Earth), Backyard Builds (LifeStyle Home), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (FOX ARENA).

Monday, March 22

Cynthia Erivo and Malcolm Barrett star in National Geographic’s biographic series Genius: Aretha

Genius: Aretha – National Geographic, EXPRESS at 7.30pm

The third instalment (after telling the stories of Einstein and Picasso) in this popular anthology series sees Tony- and Grammy-winner, and two-time Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo step into the shoes of legendary songstress Aretha Franklin. The eight-part biopic is the first authorised scripted series chronicling the life and career of the ‘Queen of Soul’.

Industry – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

In the final episode of this addictive new series – which has thankfully already been renewed for a second season – it’s D-day for Pierpoint’s graduates, who must present their cases to the senior management as they vie for coveted permanent positions. Who will rise to the occasion and who will falter under the pressure?

River Hunters, s2 – HISTORY, 7.30pm

In this new episode, river detectorist Beau Ouimette, TV presenter Rick Edwards and underwater archeologist Gary Bankhead are back in Scotland and the waters around Inverlochy Castle – the scene of the Battle of Inverlochy in 1645. What treasures will they drudge up from the depths below?

The Explosion Show – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

Tory Belleci (MythBusters) and ‘Streetbike’ Tommy Passemante (Jackass 3D) blow-up Hollywood in this new episode, getting an all-access pass to one of the industry’s top special effects professionals to find out just how they make blockbuster explosions look so realistic – and how they keep upping the ante, pushing the seemingly impossible to spectacular new heights.

Tuesday, March 23

Our hosts and judges welcome a new batch of cake creators on The Great British Bake Off

The End – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

It’s the penultimate episode of the hit drama and the Brennans are falling apart. Kate (Frances O’Connor) is spiralling out of control and the recovering alcoholic falls off the wagon while stranded at the airport on the way home from her medical conference. Meanwhile, her son, Oberon (Morgan Davies), is also finding the world all a bit too much to handle. Is hope at hand?

The Great British Bake Off, s11 – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

When The Great British Bake Off returns tonight, it’s from its new home of Down Hall, Essex. And there’s something else that has changed with comic Matt Lucas (Little Britain) joining Noel Fielding in hosting duties, while Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back to judge the latest batch of contestants, who will slog it out over 10 weeks of challenges. Who will be named the UK’s Best Amateur Baker?

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, s11 – LifeStyle Food, 9.40pm

Diehard Bake Off fans will want to stick around after each weekly episode for an extra slice of the action, in which host and comedian Jo Brand is joined by a panel of celebrity guests to dissect that week’s hits and misses in delicious detail. Brand also tests her panellists’ baking prowess, with often hilarious results!

People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

The shocking murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace is put under the spotlight in this must-see episode. When the 50-year-old was gunned down on the front steps of his home in Miami, Florida on July 15, 1997, detectives soon found themselves on a manhunt that resulted in a deadly stand-off with a serial killer.

Wednesday, March 24

Join Outlander mates Graham McTavish and Sam Heughan as they continue their tour of Scotland

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham – FOX ONE, 9pm

If you haven’t yet joined Outlander stars and real-life friends Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish as they tour their native Scotland in this fun travel series, then get onboard as it continues. They’re exploring the region’s food, sport and music as well as a special trip to a place fans of the time-travel saga will be familiar with: Culloden. Catch all previous episodes On Demand.

The Witches – Store

Director Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away) helms this latest film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved tale of a boy (Jahzir Bruno) who becomes the target of a coven of powerful witches. After he and two other children are turned into mice by these evil sorceresses they have to find a way to turn the tables. The fabulous cast includes Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci.

COVID Diaries NYC – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

Follow the lives of five young aspiring filmmakers from New York City who turn their cameras on themselves and share their personal and family stories during the first wave of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This insightful documentary looks at essential frontline workers and their loved ones as they try to navigate both the virus and the social issues that have swept the nation.

Alaska: The Last Frontier, s10 – Discovery Channel, 6.34pm

The Kilchers live off-the-grid and must handle day-to-day challenges without the use of many modern amenities. In this new season, not only does wildfire season pose a threat, but the COVID-19 lockdown hits and the family need to come together and adapt like never before. Stay tuned for fresh episodes of Alaskan Bush People season five straight after!

Thursday, March 25

Nadiya’s American Adventure follows the TV foodie as she embarks on a two-part cuisine tour

Nadiya’s American Adventure – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

Join chef, presenter and former The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain as she explores Louisiana in search of America’s most vibrant cuisines. From soul food in New Orleans to foraging in the famous Cajun swamps, she’ll discover flavours and experiences that make for tantalising viewing.

2021 NRL Telstra Premiership: Panthers vs Storm – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE 8.05pm

After clawing their way to a close Premiership loss last year, the Penrith Panthers will be determined to keep the Melbourne Storm down tonight in a rematch of their 2020 Grand Final clash. With a home turf advantage and the absence of former Storm captain Cameron Smith, it just might happen. A packed Round 3 continues starting with the Dragons taking on the Sea Eagles on Friday March 26 at 6pm.

King Tut in Colour – National Geographic, 8.30pm

History comes alive using modern colourisation techniques in this one-hour documentary that revisits Howard Carter’s headline-making discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. A century after the world’s most sensational archaeological find, marvel at extraordinary treasures, exactly as they were seen then – in full colour.

Where To I Do?, s2 – FOX ARENA, 9.30pm

When planning a wedding, perhaps the biggest decision is where to hold the special celebration. Hosted by property and design expert Tommy Smythe, this reality series takes engaged couples on a tour of three unique spaces to pin down ‘the one’. Expect some staggering locations, from Manhattan rooftops to medieval castles!

Superman & Lois – FOX8, 8.30pm

A huge hit for FOX8, Superman & Lois situates the famous superhero (Tyler Hoechlin) and reporter (Elizabeth Tulloch) back in Smallville as working parents raising teenage boys. Tonight, old habits die hard as Lois’s continuing investigation into mogul Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) yields some fruit.

Friday, March 26

The award-winning Australian film Babyteeth starring Eliza Scanlen should not be missed

Babyteeth – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

This Australian film, adapted from Rita Kaljenais’ play, is a stunning look at young love and grief that packs an emotional punch due in part to its high-calibre cast, which includes Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn and Eliza Scanlen. Grab the tissues and enjoy this AACTA award-winning dramedy.

Scooby-Doo Pop-Up Channel – Channel 700, from 6am

Get set for a dedicated pop-up channel featuring everyone’s favourite meddling kids and their snack-lovin’ pooch, Scooby-Doo. For two weeks, all the best Scooby-Doo episodes and movies will play back-to-back all day long, including the second season of celebrity guest filled Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, where stars such as Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and even Cher join the crew for new adventures.

Formula 1 World Championship: Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE (Check EPG closer to date for times)

And we’re off! The 2021 Formula 1 World Championship starts now. Legendary driver and newly knighted Sir Lewis Hamilton may be eyeing off a record-breaking eighth Formula 1 title, but the pressure is mounting as the world’s top racers descend on him and the Bahrain International Circuit for the season’s first event. Get your trackside seat to all the thrilling action, broadcast live over the weekend.

Celebrity IOU – TLC, 8.30pm

Ever seen a celebrity with a hammer in hand? This new series fronted by lifestyle favourites Drew and Jonathan Scott sees Hollywood A-listers express their gratitude for the special people in their lives by surprising them with heartwarming renovations. The star-studded episodes feature everyone from Brad Pitt to Melissa McCarthy and Australia’s own Rebel Wilson digging in to pay it forward.

Saturday, March 27

Come along as the American Pickers guys revisit some of their favourite moments and best finds

American Pickers: Best Of, s3 – A&E, 8.30pm

Midwestern pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have made a career out of recognising hidden treasures languishing in spare rooms and garages across America – and they’re good at it, too. You won’t believe some of the junkyard and warehouse finds they’ve uncovered in these best of episodes­­­­­ where the duo share the stories behind how they got the items in their hot little hands.

Just Mercy – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Settle in for a gripping Saturday night movie based on the true story of US lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B Jordan), who tried for years to exonerate an innocent inmate on death row. Jamie Foxx co-stars as Walter McMillian, the African-American man wrongfully sentenced in 1987 for murdering a white teenager in rural Alabama.

Happiest Season – Store

Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Aubrey Plaza and Dan Levy star in this heartwarming comedy about family dynamics and standing up for love. Abby (Stewart) is excited to meet her girlfriend Harper’s (Davis) family for Christmas, but gets a rude awakening when she learns Harper hasn’t come out to her loved ones.

Man vs Food: Greatest Moments – Discovery Turbo, 5.34pm

There is something so addictive about watching Adam Richman chomp his way through the most epic food challenges ever seen on the screen, and this compilation of the greatest moments from Man vs Food won’t disappoint. From the epic to the downright nauseating, it’s a television meal you’ll want seconds of.

Sunday, March 28

With incredible access to His Holiness Pope Francis, documentary Francesco tells his story

UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou 2 – MAIN EVENT, LIVE 1pm AEDT order via www.mainevent.com.au

Don’t miss this hotly anticipated rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. When they last stepped into the ring in 2018, it was Miocic who was victorious, which will no doubt be firing up ‘The Predator’ who will be keen to reverse that outcome! The fight card also includes a clash between the Australian current UFC featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski, who will be aiming to hold onto his belt against Brian Ortega, and much more!

Francesco – Discovery Channel, 11.20pm

In a global event, Discovery Channel is exclusively presenting this headline-making feature documentary about His Holiness Pope Francis, providing an intimate look at the pontiff and how he approaches the many challenging and complex issues in today’s society, from the pandemic and immigration to sexuality and gender, and featuring unprecedented access to the man himself.

The Family Chantel, s2 – TLC, 7.30pm

As this new season of the 90 Day Fiancé spin-off continues, Pedro makes his feelings clear to his sister Nicole about his thoughts on the man she is seeing, while Pedro’s wife Chantel goes wedding dress shopping with her new sister-in-law-to-be Angenette where she finds out something surprising.

Teen Mom UK: Their Stories – MTV, 6.40pm

Get to know the young mothers from Teen Mom UK a bit more in this new series. Fan favourites Amber Butler, Chloe Patton, Emma Finch, Mia Boardman, Sassi Simmonds and Shannon Wise have experienced plenty since having their children and are ready to share! Each episode focuses on one cast member who’ll reflect on being part of the show, being a mum and what they’re up to now.

A Million Little Pieces – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Addict James (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is forced to confront his demons in rehab after a very bad bender. Based on the controversial book by James Frey of the same name – where the validity of his memoir was questioned – this drama also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis and Australian actress Odessa Young.

^ 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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