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Foxtel Highlights for Week Commencing April 19, 2021

WHAT’S NEW ON FOXTEL

Monday April 19 to Sunday April 25, 2021

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

Oscar winner Kate Winslet makes a welcome return to our screens this week with Mare of Easttown, a gripping crime drama in which she plays a detective investigating a shocking murder in her hometown. Already earning accolades from the critics, it’s destined to be one of the year’s top series.

For drama on the sporting field, there’s plenty coming up with some huge NRL Telstra Premiership and Toyota AFL Premiership clashes, with a slew of great action across both codes, including, of course, Collingwood and Essendon’s big battle on ANZAC Day.

Speaking of April 25, FOXTEL pays tribute to ANZAC Day with plenty of programming, from moving films and prestigious dramas to the documentary special Fighting to Farm: WWII Soldiers of Kangaroo Island on HISTORY.

It’s also a week for some headline MAIN EVENT bouts, starting on home soil next Wednesday with Gallen vs Browne, which finds former rugby league star Paul Gallen confronting powerhouse Lucas Browne. And then there’s the rematch UFC fans have been hanging out for with UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2.

It’s a knock-out week on FOXTEL!

Continuing series include: Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle), The Nevers (FOX SHOWCASE), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Fear the Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), Life (BBC First), Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (LifeStyle), Genera+ion (FOX SHOWCASE), The Great British Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), The Warfighters (HISTORY), Unforgotten (BBC First), Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump (E!), Undercover Billionaire (Discovery Channel), For Real: The Story of Reality TV (E!), True Life Crime UK (MTV), George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked (LifeStyle), Valley of Tears (FOX SHOWCASE), Mysteries at the Museum (Discovery Channel), Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days (Discovery Turbo), American Wreckers (A&E), Casualty (BBC First), Air Crash Investigation (National Geographic), Antiques Road Trip (LifeStyle), The Abyss: The Rise and Fall of the Nazis (HISTORY), The Flash (FOX8), Celebrity IOU (TLC), Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet), The Drew Barrymore Show (FOX ARENA), All Rise (FOX ONE), American Pickers: Best Of (A&E), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (FOX8), Ghost Loop (TLC), Doubling Down with the Derricos (TLC), Legacies (FOX8), The Real Housewives of New Jersey (FOX ARENA), The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet), Married to Medicine Atlanta (FOX ARENA), Shameless (FOX SHOWCASE), Brother vs Brother (LifeStyle Home), Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery Channel), Counting Cars (A&E), Food Factory (National Geographic), Escape to the Perfect Town (LifeStyle), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (FOX ARENA), Texas Metal (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), Chicago Fire (FOX ONE), Chicago PD (FOX ONE), Life Below Zero (BBC Earth), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (FOX ARENA).

Monday, April 19

Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce star in the riveting drama Mare of Easttown beginning today

Mare of Easttown – FOX SHOWCASE, EXPRESS at 12pm, ENCORE at 8.30pm

Kate Winslet stars in this gritty, gripping crime drama as Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan, who is investigating a shocking murder in her small town in Delaware County while also trying to deal with her own life falling apart around her. Also stars Aussies Guy Pearce and Angourie Rice.

Pub Rescue with Tom Kerridge – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

Michelin-starred celebrity chef Tom Kerridge returns to screens, lending his vast knowledge and experience of working in bustling kitchens around the UK to help struggling publicans turn their failing premises into successful, viable businesses.

The Persians: A History of Iran – HISTORY, 7.30pm

Join journalist Samira Ahmed as she delves into the complex history of the world’s first empire: Persia, detailing how, despite its conquest by Arabs in AD 651, it managed to preserve its identity, culture and language.

Panda Goes Wild – National Geographic Wild, 8.30pm

China’s Wolong Panda Center is home to a giant panda breeding program, with a focus on scientific research, captive breeding and the reintroduction of pandas into the wild. In this special, cameras follow one panda’s journey over the course of three years – from birth to release – as he navigates his new surroundings in the wild.

Tuesday, April 20

Terry Crews is one of the famous faces gamely taking part in Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Running Wild with Bear Grylls, s6 – National Geographic, 8.30pm

Adventurer Bear Grylls puts another line-up of eager (read: crazy!) celebrities through their paces in the great outdoors, pushing them to their absolute limits. First up is actor Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), while other brave participants include Rainn Wilson (The Office), Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Endgame) and former IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick.

The Nevers – FOX SHOWCASE, ENCORE 8.30pm

The second episode of this sci-fi/fantasy series picks back up tonight, following Monday’s EXPRESS screening at 11am. Three years after they suddenly develop extraordinary abilities, Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) and the rest of the ‘Touched’ become champions for the underclass and abused in Victorian London.

Wednesday, April 21 

The documentary Our Towns showcases how local action is galvanising people around America

Our Towns – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

This HBO documentary based on the bestselling book, Our Towns, by journalists James and Deborah Fallows delves into how small towns bounce back after setbacks. When a local community bands together it can have a huge impact in a variety of ways and this special looks at how some amazing things are happening at a grassroots level that rarely makes national headlines.

Gallen vs Browne – MAIN EVENT, LIVE 7pm AEST order via mainevent.com.au

It’s fight night and former NRL star-turned-boxer Paul Gallen takes on former WBA world champion Lucas Browne in what we can guarantee will be one action-packed clash. With 10 wins and a draw – no losses – under his belt, Gallen is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, but Browne is a formidable opponent. It’s too close to call!

The Marksman – Store

Former US marine Jim Hanson (Liam Neeson, continuing his series of action-packed adventures) finds himself on the run from a cartel after he saves the life of a young Mexican boy, Miguel (Jacob Perez), whose mother (Teresa Ruiz) dies while trying to cross the border into Arizona. Putting his life on the line, Jim will stop at nothing to get the boy to family in Chicago.

Thursday, April 22

In the latest season of Little People, Big World Tori and Zach are getting to know new baby Lilah!

2021 NRL Telstra Premiership: Round 7 – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE from 7.50pm

All bets are off when the Panthers take on the Knights at BlueBet Stadium in Penrith tonight. The locals had a stellar start to the season, so it stands to reason they will send the visitors packing – but that kind of complacency is just begging for an upset. Then Friday night footy kicks off with the Titans meeting the Rabbitohs before the Eels clash with the other Queenslanders, the Broncos, in Darwin. Saturday April 24 sees the Sharks face the Bulldogs, before the Cowboys and Raiders face off, while Sunday April 25 delivers an ANZAC Day triple-header of NRL games starting with the Wests Tigers vs Manly at Bankwest Stadium at 1.45pm.

National Geographic Earth Day – National Geographic, from 12.30pm

To support international Earth Day, National Geographic is screening back-to-back documentaries that champion the protection of our planet, with a particular focus on

ocean conservation. Beginning with Jane Goodall: The Hope, celebrating the iconic activist’s tireless environmentalism and concluding with the premiere of Perpetual Planet: Heroes of the Ocean, showcasing the work of legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

Little People, Big World, s14B – TLC, 8.30pm

The Roloff family are facing huge changes in the mid-season return of this popular reality series. Following Matt and Amy’s divorce, the former couple are dealing with packing up 30 years of memories when COVID-19 brings everything to a halt. Meanwhile, Zach and Tori are adjusting to life with a new baby when they are faced with a health scare, but this little family with big hearts will take it all in their stride.

Body Cam – Investigation Discovery (ID), 9.30pm

Police body cameras have garnered a lot of attention in the news recently, and this series takes viewers on the ultimate ride-along via the lens of technology. Each episode of this US series weaves interviews and body cam footage in unflinching detail, showing just how quickly routine situations can escalate into shocking scenes.

Friday, April 23

Spend time on Our Wild Life with the Abrams’ family who care for a huge array of animals in need

2021 Toyota AFL Premiership: Round 6 – FOX FOOTY, LIVE from 7.50pm

Every game in this round of the AFL Premiership is guaranteed to be a nail-biter, starting with the Giants and Western Bulldogs battle tonight. Saturday, April 24 has a stacked itinerary that sees the Cats vs the Eagles; the Suns vs the Swans; Carlton vs the Lions; Melbourne vs the Tigers; and the Dockers vs North Melbourne. But these exciting matches are all just leading to the highly anticipated annual ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon at 3.20pm on Sunday, April 25.

Our Wild Life – Animal Planet, 8.30pm

Bobbi Jo and Jerry Abrams say they have 84 kids – but only three of them are human! Join the Abrams’ menagerie – complete with exotic animals, including zebras, camels, lemurs, and even a kangaroo – as they open their home and share their mission of adopting and nurturing animals in need, all while planning a spring festival for the local townsfolk on their sprawling property, phew!

Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars, s3 – Discovery Turbo, 8.30pm

In a new season of Salvage Hunters, antiques expert Drew Pritchard and automotive guru Paul Cowland head to the outskirts of London to check out a Ford Capri that needs a complete new interior. Could it be a nice little earner for them if they fix it up and send it off to auction?

’80s Classics – Foxtel Movies Hits, from 6am

Relive all the best parts of (arguably) the best decade through cult classic ’80s hits, including Top Gun, Back to the Future, Flashdance, Twins and so many more. Foxtel Movies has all the nostalgia you can handle with a two-week homage to the era that fashion forgot, but with catchy tunes and baby-faced actors we’ll always remember.

Follow Me – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Strap in for a Friday night movie that turns a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of social media into a thrilling mystery. Cole (Keegan Allen) and his influencer friends travel to Moscow to capture more viral content, but it isn’t long before their propensity to push the limits finds them fighting for their lives in a deadly world of excess and danger.

Saturday, April 24

Jesse Metcalfe and Bruce Willis star in your Friday night action adventure Hard Kill

ANZAC Weekend – BoxSets, from 10am

At a time to reflect on those who served their country, it’s only fitting FOXTEL honours the brave with a presentation of two HBO limited series screening over two days. Miniseries Band of Brothers, recounting the achievements of an elite US paratrooper team during WWII, leads the way on April 24. The following day, another Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks WWII-focused production tells the true stories of marines fighting for their lives in the sweeping saga, The Pacific.

Vanished In New Canaan: An ID Mystery – Investigation Discovery (ID), 8.30pm

Jennifer Dulos seemed to have a wonderful life raising her five children in the affluent suburb of New Canaan, Connecticut. However, when Dulos goes missing in 2019, the finger of justice quickly points at her estranged husband and his new partner. This compelling special unravels the clues that lead to an obvious conclusion, but take a sudden turn at the eleventh hour. What really happened?

Hard Kill – Foxtel Movies Premiere, 8.30pm

Bruce Willis plays a tech billionaire who hires a team of mercenaries to protect his most valuable innovation. When a terrorist organisation kidnaps his daughter (Lala Kent), the group – led by soldier Derek Miller (Jesse Metcalfe) – must put their differences aside to see the mission through. Willis may not be the action hero here, but he’s in fine form as a father who will do anything to get his girl back.

Sunday, April 25

A premiere special documents the role returned servicemen played in the history of Kangaroo Island

Fighting to Farm: WWII Soldiers of Kangaroo Island – HISTORY, 7.30pm

This special premiere presentation for ANZAC Day is an inspiring look at the returned servicemen who established farms on Kangaroo Island’s wild western side. Set against the devastating 2020 bushfires, this is a moving tale of resilience in the face of hardship.

ANZAC Day Movies – Foxtel Movies Drama, from 8.30am

Commemorate those who risked their lives fighting for our country this ANZAC Day with a marathon of acclaimed and moving wartime epics – including Atonement; The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch; seven-time Oscar-winner Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg; and more.

UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2 – MAIN EVENT, LIVE 12pm AEST order via mainevent.com.au

It’s the rematch UFC fans have been hanging out for – Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal are set to meet up once more after their 2020 clash. On that occasion, Masvidal stepped up with just six days’ notice after Gilbert Burns withdrew. While he didn’t succeed then, he has seized this fresh chance for the welterweight title with more prep time under his belt. Can he do it? It’s a packed fight card – not to be missed.

^ 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 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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