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Foxtel Highlights for Week Commencing March 29, 2021

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL

Monday March 29 to Sunday April 4, 2021

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

It’s a blockbuster week on FOXTEL!

The perennially popular Grand Designs Australia finally returns to our screens and host Peter Maddison promises that you haven’t seen anything like this season. Expect emotional stories, impressive projects, and much, much more!

Boxing fans will be staying in midweek as the Tim Tszyu vs Dennis Hogan clash on MAIN EVENT will have them glued to their seats. Firmly establishing himself as a boxing star, Tszyu is in great form, but can he topple the ‘Hurricane’?

Meanwhile, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the now-iconic Game of Thrones entering our lives; get the lowdown on the fly-on-the-wall genre thanks to For Real: The Story of Reality TV; and spend time with our favourite architect in some stately homes on George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked.

Don’t miss the chilling new documentary The Last Cruise which features footage captured onboard the ship that had the first outbreak of coronavirus outside of China, as the pandemic slowly took hold; and new British drama Life will immerse you in the gripping ups and downs of some Manchester neighbours.

This week also sees some moving and poignant ANZAC Day 2021 programming begin on HISTORY, as well as plenty of great movies, special episodes and more for young viewers to take them through Easter and the school holidays.

Continuing series include: The End (FOX SHOWCASE), Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), Genius: Aretha (National Geographic), A Teacher (FOX SHOWCASE), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham (FOX ONE), Genera+ion (FOX SHOWCASE), The Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), The Great British Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), Unforgotten (BBC First), Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump (E!), Where To I Do? (FOX ARENA), Waterfront House Masters (LifeStyle Home), Valley of Tears (FOX SHOWCASE), Superman & Lois (FOX8), The Flash (FOX8), The Event (FOX SHOWCASE), Celebrity IOU (TLC), Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet), The Drew Barrymore Show (FOX ARENA), Our Girl (BBC First), American Pickers: Best Of (A&E), Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel), Teen Mom UK: Their Stories (MTV), 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), 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), Escape to the Perfect Town (LifeStyle), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (FOX ARENA), Doc Martin (UKTV), The Directors (Foxtel Arts), The Family Chantel (TLC), House Hunters International (Discovery Channel), Texas Metal (Discovery Turbo), Wheeler Dealers (Discovery Turbo), World’s Most Evil Killers (Crime + Investigation), Gold Rush (Discovery Channel), Schitt’s Creek (FOX Funny), 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 29

Life is never dull for Jay Hernandez’s Magnum P.I. who is drawn into another complex case tonight

The Desert Sea: Sonoran Desert – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm

This two-part docuseries takes a closer look at the Sonoran Desert. In the first episode, its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California –which makes it the wettest and most diverse desert region – is examined, while in the second episode, witness the wildlife that calls it home: from big cats to hares and an array of reptiles, birds and insects.

Evil Lives Here, s5B – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm

From the age of 13 to 22, Arizona native Sarah Garone was repeatedly harassed and tormented by an anonymous stranger, who sent her explicit messages, photos and paraphernalia in the mail. She never could have imagined that her stepfather, Gary Hardy, was behind the threatening behaviour.

Magnum P.I., s3 – FOX ONE, 9pm

Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks) are enlisted by a married woman to help find her lover’s killer. But they soon realise that the victim wasn’t who he claimed to be. Meanwhile, Rick (Zachary Knighton) pays a visit to ‘Icepick’ (Corbin Bernsen), who isn’t faring too well.

The Great Wall – On Demand

Imprisoned within China’s Great Wall, Irish mercenary warrior William Garin (Matt Damon) discovers the secret behind one of the greatest wonders of the world – and what it was built to keep out – in this period movie blending historical epic and action fantasy, directed by BAFTA-winner Yimou Zhang.

Tuesday, March 30

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of The End starring Noni Hazlehurst and Dame Harriet Walter

The End – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

In the season finale of this hit drama, a family crisis means Kate (Frances O’Connor) and Edie (Dame Harriet Walter) are forced to confront their deep-seated issues with one another. Can they finally bury the hatchet? If you’re not across this great Aussie series yet, all episodes of this season are available to watch On Demand.

Murder Case – Crime + Investigation, 8.30pm

From crime scenes to investigations, interviewing suspects and arrests, follow along with Police Scotland’s Major Investigations Team – featuring crime-scene manager DS Andy McKay and forensic biologist Hayley Quigg – in this fascinating fly-on-the-wall series.

The Alaska Triangle – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

In this new episode, titled Alaskan Underwater UFOs and Ghost Ships, a team of experts descends on the depths of the ocean around Alaska, where evidence suggests that otherworldly visitors from other planets are hiding out. Plus, they attempt to get to the bottom of so-called ghost ships. What will they uncover?

Royal Pains, s6 – Universal TV, 4.30pm

Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Ray (Jeremy Davidson) throw a grand opening party for Hank Lab, while Hank (Mark Feuerstein) focuses his efforts on treating a perfumer whose career is in jeopardy as he is losing his sense of smell.

Wednesday, March 31

Peter Maddison promises some truly unforgettable projects as Grand Designs Australia returns

Grand Designs Australia, s9 – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

Peter Maddison is back for what he says is the “most emotional season ever” of Grand Designs Australia. Case in point: one project involves a home in the suburb of Coburg, Melbourne. Nearing completion, a fire tears through the building following a mishap with a blowtorch. Can it be salvaged?

Steel City Showdown: Tszyu vs Hogan – MAIN EVENT, LIVE 7pm AEDT order via www.mainevent.com.au

Establishing himself as our next big boxing star Tim Tszyu takes on Dennis Hogan at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, both vying for a chance to go on and compete to be the WBO super-welterweight champion. The more experienced Hogan hasn’t let a recent nose injury keep him down and could be a challenge for Tszyu. It’s too close to call, so don’t miss a minute of the action!

The Last Cruise – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

The Diamond Princess cruise liner was the first outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic outside China. Watch the terrifying origin story of the pandemic unfold through never-before-seen footage taken by passengers and crew, as the reality of what is happening starts to make itself known, leaving them quarantined onboard.

The War with Grandpa – Store

It’s the battle of the ages when the oldies take on the youngsters. Peter (Oakes Fegley) couldn’t be happier that his Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is moving in – that is, until he discovers that he’s being booted out of his bedroom. This can only mean one thing: all-out war!

Thursday, April 1

Adrian Lester stars in Life, an absorbing new drama centred on a group of Manchester neighbours

Life – BBC First, 8.30pm

Explore a rich tapestry of love, loss and self-discovery through the eyes of the occupants of four flats in a house in Manchester, England. Doctor Foster’s Mike Bartlett pens this new six-part drama – starring Victoria Hamilton, Adrian Lester, Alison Steadman and Melissa Johns – that is sure to tug on the heartstrings.

Undercover Billionaire, s2 – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

In a new season, follow a trio of business-savvy go-getters as they set out with just $100, challenged to create an enterprise that’ll top the million-dollar mark in a mere 90 days. Can they do it, especially in such challenging times?

For Real: The Story of Reality TV – E!, 8.30pm

It’s hard to imagine life without the Kardashian-Jenners, or the Real Housewives, as fly-on-the-wall TV has become such a fixed part of pop culture. Andy Cohen hosts this seven-part docuseries that explores the evolution of reality television, as told by its creators and biggest stars, and unpacks our fascination with the genre.

George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked – LifeStyle, 9.30pm

George Clarke’s enthusiasm for historical homes is unrivalled, which makes the architect the ideal presenter to unlock the hidden secrets of Britain’s National Trust properties. As the world went into lockdown, Clarke saw an opportunity and secured special permission to tour the country for this informative series.

Doubling Down with the Derricos – TLC, 9.30pm

With 14 kids, the Derricos have their hands full. But what makes their busy situation more unique is that the children are comprised of quintuplets, triplets and two sets of twins! It’s a hectic life caring for multiple multiples, and things are about to get even more complicated – Karen Derrico has another set of triplets on the way!

Friday, April 2

There’s plenty of fun for little ones over Easter including the Pat the Dog: Into the Wild special

ANZAC Day 2021 – HISTORY, from 6.30pm

Throughout April, there is a wonderful and poignant selection of factual programming to be found on HISTORY paying tribute to the legacy of the ANZACs. Beginning tonight with four-part WWII series Countdown to Surrender: The Last 100 Days of the War, the informative line-up also includes a full day of content on ANZAC Day itself about both World Wars, the Vietnam conflict and many more tragic battles.

Easter and School Holiday Programming on Kids’ Channels

With both the Easter and school holidays descending this month, FOXTEL’s kids channels ramp up the child-friendly offerings with exciting new series, premiere movies and marathons of their favourite programs. Everything from a special Pat the Dog: Into the Wild episode (Boomerang) to Elliott from Earth (Cartoon Network) and season three of cooking show My World Kitchen (CBeebies) is here to entertain the little bunnies.

Think Like a Dog – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 6.55pm

Oliver can’t believe it when his science fair project enables him to understand his beloved dog Henry (voiced by Todd Stashwick). But it’s not long before word gets out and Oliver (Gabriel Bateman) is kidnapped by some bad guys. Can Henry rescue his human best bud in this family-friendly feature?

2021 AFL Premiership: North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs – FOX FOOTY, LIVE from 4.20pm

There’s nothing better than Good Friday footy and we get not one, but two great games to enjoy today. First on the ticket, North Melbourne goes head-to-head with Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium, before the Adelaide Crows stand their ground on home turf against the Gold Coast Suns at 7.50pm.

Friends – Five Days, Five Seasons – FOX COMEDY, from 9am

Take a trip down memory lane with the last five seasons of smash-hit comedy Friends screening back-to-back over five days. From Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica’s (Courteney Cox) engagement to the gang’s final coffee at Central Perk, and all the hilarious antics in-between, have a laugh with some famous friends.

Saturday, April 3

An all-star cast, including Nick Jonas, throw themselves into the WWII blockbuster Midway

NRL Telstra Premiership: Sharks vs Cowboys – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE from 5.30pm

Although they showed their teeth and beat local rivals St George in the opening round, can the Sharks maintain their momentum when they come up against the Cowboys on the Sunshine Coast? Straight after that clash, don’t miss fellow Queenslanders the Titans take on Canberra’s Raiders in a gladiatorial fight for glory at 7.35pm.

Midway – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Based on the actual Battle of Midway – a turning point in WWII’s Pacific Theatre military operation – Roland Emmerich’s stylised nod to war-era films boasts a packed ensemble cast, featuring Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Luke Evans and many more. Settle in for an epic Saturday night film.

Top Chef, s18 – FOX ARENA, EXPRESS at 2pm, ENCORE at 8.30pm

Portland, Oregon is the base of operations when season 18 of Top Chef launches tonight with two supersized episodes. A new batch of talented executive chefs and restaurant owners are vying for the coveted title, using their unique skills to create culinary masterpieces set against the picturesque backdrop of the City of Roses.

School Holiday Eggstravaganza! – Foxtel Movies Kids & Foxtel Movies Family

Need some quality viewing entertainment during the school holidays? Look no further than Foxtel Movies. Throughout the Easter break, Movies Kids and Movies Family celebrate the best-loved family-friendly offerings of all time, including all eight Harry Potter films, Shrek the Third, and Matilda, just to name a few.

The Osbournes: Night of Terror – TLC, 10.25pm

In a two-hour special, the ‘First Family of Darkness’ – the Osbournes – invite us along on their filmed paranormal adventure. Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly head to Heritage Square Museum, a supposedly haunted hotspot in the heart of Los Angeles comprised of relocated Victorian-era houses.

Sunday, April 4

Pass the Dornish wine, it’s time to celebrate a very special Game of Thrones anniversary!

Game of Thrones (s1-8) – FOX SHOWCASE, from 3pm

Fireproof queens, smoke monsters and ice kings – none of these were typical elements for award-winning programs until Game of Thrones came along in April 2011. Ten years and 59 Emmys later, its place in the pop-culture firmament remains secure. To celebrate the series’ ‘iron anniversary’ of its premiere, FOX SHOWCASE is showing all episodes from all eight seasons, daily from 3pm, starting today.

The Story of Plastic – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

Tying in with Earth Day on April 22, Animal Planet’s Earth Night is a weekly reminder to look after our world, with documentaries screening every Sunday, starting tonight with The Story of Plastic – illuminating the enormity of the pollution crisis. Over the next few weeks, there’s something to give us all food for thought.

The Personal History of David Copperfield – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

This BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated film is a delightful retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Set in the 1840s, the film stars Dev Patel as David Copperfield, a young man whose roller-coaster life is chronicled. The brilliant cast also includes Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi and Gwendoline Christie.

Into the Wild With Bear Grylls and Akshay Kumar – Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

The perennially brave Bear Grylls is off on a new adventure, this time with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. Together, they’ll head into the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in South India to undertake a military-style mission. As well as navigate dense jungle, they’ll need all their best survival hacks, including making tea from elephant dung!

^ 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 until Sunday April 4 when they are listed in AEST.

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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