Foxtel Highlights - Monday March 18 to Sunday March 24, 2019
It’s a week to be fearless on Foxtel!
It’s time for the umpire to bounce the ball and get the 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership season underway, beginning with the traditional Blues and Tigers clash. The West Coast Eagles will be looking to repeat their 2018 premiership success, especially coming off last year’s nail-biting grand final against Collingwood. Their first game is against Brisbane, will they start as they mean to go on? Don’t miss a second of the season!
Want more sport action? The 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership season has just taken off and heads into its second round, while the Super Rugby Championship continues with a great all-Aussie clash between the Brumbies and the Reds coming live on Sunday afternoon.
But it’s not just on the field where some big clashes are taking place! Now, if you’re one of the many who enjoy watching apron-clad participants face-off on the British and Aussie versions, now it’s time to see how our New Zealand mates fare on The Great Kiwi Bake Off! It’s spatulas at 10 paces as the bakers give their all. Whose star, like their puff pastry, will rise?
Speaking of dramatic ups and downs, don’t miss the anticipated arrival of the follow-up to the massively successful Pretty Little Liars. For a bit of juicy drama, you can’t go past Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. There’s plenty of scandal and betrayal (and murder) and it’s, well, a perfectly addictive way to fill the gap in your TV-watching life.
And if you’re looking for film to provide some heart-stopping thrills, check out the Fearless Female Heroes playlist on FoxFlicks which offers up some adrenalin-packed films all led by amazing women, from Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft in Tomb Raider to Jennifer Lawrence’s commanding Red Sparrow and, of course, Gal Gadot’s box-office-slaying Wonder Woman.
Monday, March 18
Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks, s2 – foxtel arts, 7.30pm
Gus Casely-Hayford is joined by a host of famous faces to explore the life and art of acclaimed artists during a series of walks through the iconic British landscapes that inspired them. In tonight’s episode, he’ll get the lowdown on painter Stanley Spencer as he perambulates with pal Billy Connolly.
Storage Wars, s12 – A&E, 7.30pm
Auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and Emily Wears return for more fun as they auction off forgotten or unwanted storage units to a group of super-savvy opportunists who are all hoping to strike it rich by discovering a hidden gem amongst the discarded contents. Who’ll nab the best bounty?
Inside the Ambulance, s3 – Lifestyle, 8.30pm
It’s time once again to climb aboard as the brave men and women of the West Midlands Ambulance Service give viewers an inside look at the lifesaving work they do every single day, responding to more than 3000 emergency calls around Britain.
MasterChef: The Professionals, s11 – Lifestyle Food, 7.30pm
Host Gregg Wallace returns alongside revered chefs Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing as they search for the most talented cook in the UK. Forty-eight professionals will be put to the ultimate test, from time-based challenges to impressing some industry heavyweights. Only one will be left standing.
Tuesday, March 19
Better Things, s3 – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm
Pamela Adlon’s Sam Fox is back – and in more strife than ever. Loosely based on Adlon’s own experiences, Sam is a single mum and struggling actress stretched thin raising three independent young girls while trying to get her life together. And don’t even mention the strained relations with her mother, hilariously played by Celia Imrie!
The Great Kiwi Bake Off – Lifestyle Food, 8.30pm
Comedians Madeleine Sami and Hayley Sproull bring the laughs as the hosts with the most to the New Zealand version of this popular franchise. Twelve contestants do battle in the hopes of impressing judges Dean Brettschneider and Sue Fleischi – and being named Kiwi Bake Off champion.
Dirty John: The Dirty Truth – 13th STREET, 8.30pm
This gripping special delves into the life of conman John Meehan, whose web of lies and deception began long before he seduced and manipulated single mum Debra Newell.
Last Flight to Berlin: The Search for a Bomber Pilot – HISTORY, 7.30pm
A very personal and moving account of filmmaker Robert Linnell’s attempt to make sense of his father’s death after he was killed in combat during WWII. The discoveries Linnell makes about what happened when his father’s plane was shot down on a mission to Berlin are engrossing.
Just Tattoo of Us USA – MTV, 10.30pm
It’s the show that’s both hilarious and shocking. The premise? Pairs choose a tattoo for each other, and the recipient has no idea what their ink will be until it’s done! See what happens in this new episode, as hosts Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Nico Tortorella do their best to be supportive of the participants!
Wednesday, March 20
Strike Back, s7 – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm
This action-packed drama delivers more heart-pumping thrills tonight. This current outing has seen the Section 20 secret military intelligence team off to Malaysia to investigate the crash of a Russian jet. It’s just another day at the office for Lance Corporal Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata) and Sargents Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Thomas McAllister (Warren Brown).
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Store
Based on the book How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, this animated adaptation is thoroughly entertaining indeed. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the anti-festive grump who wants to ruin Christmas for the town of Whoville. Also in the cast is Pharrell Williams who narrates this terrific tale.
Roswell, New Mexico – FOX8, 8.30pm
This new reboot of Roswell continues with a fresh episode. Tonight, Liz (Jeanine Mason) and Max (Nathan Parsons) both visit a faith healer, but for different reasons. Meanwhile Alex (Tyler Blackburn) and Kyle (Michale Trevino) are onto Sargeant Manes (Trevor St James). What’s he hiding?
Bang on Budget – Lifestyle Home, 9.30pm
It’s a common story: a simple renovation blows out into something with a hefty price tag. That’s where property expert Lucy Alexander and builder Harry Hoffen enter – this savvy duo helps create impressive makeovers with their creative techniques and smart ideas, without breaking the bank.
Tosh.0, s11 – The Comedy Channel, 8.30pm
Why spend hours trawling the internet for bizarre, obscure and hilarious antics when c omedian Daniel Tosh can do it for you? He gets right into the thick of things, tearing into viral videos with his own comedic style. Want more laughs? Stay tuned for a new season of The Jim Jefferies Show straight after.
Thursday, March 21
2019 Toyota AFL Premiership: Carlton vs Richmond – FOX FOOTY, LIVE 6.30pm
Let footy fever begin! The wait is over and the 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership season kicks off tonight, with the traditional opening clash between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers. And then we’re off, with plenty to watch all weekend including a Geelong and Collingwood joust tomorrow night, and on Saturday reigning premiers West Coast Eagles take on Brisbane – check out FOX FOOTY and FOX SPORTS 504 for all the AFL action.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists EXPRESS – FOX8, 8.30pm
A spinoff to Pretty Little Liars, this mystery-thriller follows the perfect lives of the overachieving residents of Beacon Heights. From their elite college to privileged upbringings, nothing is as it appears and in the wake of a murder in town, all perfectionism is under threat. Who hides the biggest secret?
Joan Jett: Bad Reputation – foxtel arts, 9pm
After being told at her first guitar lesson that “girls don’t play rock and roll”, Joan Jett went on to become a rock icon and feminist role model. This documentary is a fascinating look at her life and career as a founding member of punk group The Runaways in 1975 and beyond. Luminaries such as David Bowie, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop are interviewed.
NBA – ESPN, LIVE from 10.15am
One of the NBA’s best rivals is back in action today, with the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Boston Celtics. Either team could finish anywhere inside the top five, but Celtics have won the last three games against the 76ers. Who will have the last laugh? Stay tuned for more ball action with Oklahoma City Thunder against Toronto Raptors at 12.35pm.
Aftermath – SYFY, 7.30pm
This Canadian series follows the Copeland family as they fight for survival in a world that’s falling apart. Unexplained natural forces are relentless with catastrophic storms, earthquakes, hurricanes and even a downpour of fish – and to top it all off, the appearance of paranormal creatures! Stars James Tupper (Big Little Lies) and Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco).
Friday, March 22
Mortal Engines – Store
The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has writing and production credits on this epic blockbuster based on a book series by Philip Reeve. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where colossal cities move on wheels and prey upon smaller towns, three people forge an unlikely alliance with a plan to change the path of destruction. Available on Store this week, it’s perfect fantasy fare for a Friday night in. Stars Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar and Jihae.
The Loud House – Nickelodeon, 4.30pm
Kids will love this special musical episode of the cute and cool series that centres around besties Clyde and Lincoln, and Lincoln Loud’s 10 sisters. The siblings are always making life interesting for their bro and his pal, and in this outing it’s Luna who comes to the fore, wanting to win a songwriting contest. It’s time for the Loud abode to rock on!
Dean Lewis Takeo[V]er – [V], 11am
The Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis has taken the world by storm with his indisputable talent and sold out concerts. With today’s release of his debut album, A Place We Knew, Lewis visits the channel from 11am and chats about his videos, including hits Be Alright and Waves.
The Curse of Oak Island, s5 – A&E, 11.30pm
Oak Island is located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and has had people digging for hidden treasure
– unsuccessfully – since 1795. This series follows Michigan brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who, with their high-tech machinery and steely determination, intend to circumvent the booby traps and uncover the elusive riches. Fact or folklore?
Taken Trilogy – Thriller Movies, from 8.30pm
Former CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) may be retired, but he has a very particular skill set that he’ll use on anyone who threatens his family. Yet, the repercussions for killing the bad guys means their loved ones want revenge and continue to hunt him down. Catch Neesen at his action-man best over the next three nights as the Taken trilogy airs.
Saturday, March 23
2019 NRL Telstra Premiership – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE from 2.30pm
The newly launched NRL season continues and Saturday brings a trio of great games on FOX LEAGUE, starting with a Sharks and Titans clash; followed by a Knights and Panthers confrontation at 5pm; and lastly the Sea Eagles will play host to 2018 champs the Roosters at 7.30pm. It’s the second round so all teams are energised and full of top-eight dreams – don’t miss a minute.
The Matrix Trilogy – Action Movies, from 1.35pm
It’s been 20 years since the first Matrix movie was released, and the sci-fi trilogy continue to be timeless action masterpieces. Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Laurence Fishburne, the movies follow a group of heroes who confront corrupt agents and wage a war against machines, all the while asking that famous question: What is the Matrix?
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games – Family Movies, 7.30pm
When young worker bee Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis she must gather a team of rebellious bees and bugs to compete in the Honey Games in order to save their hive’s honey. This Australian-German co-production features the Aussie voices of Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!) and Justine Clarke (Love My Way).
Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me – Comedy Channel, 7.30pm
In this one-hour stand up comedy special, Kurt Braunohler fuses his fascination with beavers into impassioned storytelling and ludicrous tirades. The New Jersey native also puts hot air ballooning and the Irish in their place, meanwhile convincing the audience to never trust a tall white man. Hilarious.
Smooth at the Movies – foxtel smooth, 2pm
Foxtel smooth is celebrating music from movies the weekend with songs that will transport you back to the first time you watched the movie; the romance, the cliffhanging moments, the joy. Get your hairbrush ‘microphone’ ready for your favourite movie-song sing-a-long!
Sunday, March 24
Alexander The Great: His Lost Tomb Revealed – National Geographic, 8.30pm
Despite decades of extensive excavation and scientific advancements, the final resting place of Alexander the Great still remains a mystery. Archaeologist Pepi Papakosta is on a mission to locate the ruler’s tomb travelling to Alexandria, Egypt. What will she uncover?
Fearless Female Heroes playlist – FoxFlicks
Why not spend Sunday night with some amazing women from the Fearless Female Heroes playlist? There’s the latest Tomb Raider featuring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, or the spy-thriller Red Sparrow, with Jennifer Lawrence as a former ballerina turned Russian operative, and fan-favourite Sandra Bullock in space odyssey, Gravity.
Super Rugby: Reds vs Brumbies – FOX SPORTS 507, LIVE 4pm
The battle to be at the top of Australian rugby hits fever pitch at 4pm today when the country’s most decorated Super Rugby outfit – the Brumbies – travel to Brisbane to take on the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium.
With the Rugby World Cup in Japan fast approaching, Wallabies selection will be on the line to add a little extra spice to this fixture.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, s4 – UKTV, 8.30pm
This enjoyable family entertainment variety show, hosted by funnyman Michael McIntyre, will have you grinning from ear to ear. This week’s episode features television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford, and music by Rita Ora and Michael Bublé.
Milan-San Remo 2019 – Eurosport, LIVE 12.30am
At 291km, the Milan-San Remo is the longest one-day race on the professional cycling calendar. The riders head south from Milan, winding along the scenic coast, with the action unfolding in the very technical final segment. With Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan recently securing his first victory with the Lotto Soudal team, his focus will now be on Milan-San Remo.
Continuing series include: Secret City: Under the Eagle (FOX SHOWCASE), Selling Houses Australia (Lifestyle), Les Misérables (BBC First), Victoria (BBC First), The Real Housewives of New York City (Arena), The Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), American Idol 2019 (FOX8), Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (UKTV), Project Runway (Arena), The Indian Dream Hotel (Lifestyle), BAFTA: A Life in Pictures (foxtel arts), Live from the BBC (UKTV), Don’t Be Tardy (Arena), Dead by Dawn (Nat Geo WILD), Man at Arms: Art of War (A&E), Drain the Oceans: Deep Dive (National Geographic), Empires of Silver (HISTORY), Gotham (FOX8), Very Cavallari (E!), SCREEN (foxtel arts), Flack (FOX SHOWCASE), LadyGang (E!), Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery Channel), Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (Lifestyle Food), Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Arena), Vanderpump Rules (Arena), The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Arena), Broad City (The Comedy Channel), Good Trouble (FOX8), Explorer (National Geographic), Good Bones (Lifestyle Home), Location, Location, Location (Lifestyle), Grand Designs New Zealand (Lifestyle), Who Do You Think You Are? UK (UKTV), Secret Life of the Zoo (Animal Planet), The Magicians (SYFY), Expedition Unknown (Discovery Channel), Stars of the Silver Screen (foxtel arts), The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV), Texas Metal (Discovery Turbo), Summer House (Arena), Forged in Fire (A&E), My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (TLC), 21st Century Serial Killer (Crime + Investigation), Coroner (Universal Channel), TRL (MTV), Attenborough: Kingdom of Plants (Animal Planet), How Do They Do It? (Discovery Science), Vanity Fair Confidential (Crime + Investigation), Paranormal Lockdown UK (TLC), OutDaughtered (TLC), Garage Rehab (Discovery Channel), The Day the Rock Star Died (foxtel arts), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), Air Rescue (Discovery Channel), Paramedics: On the Front Line (Crime + Investigation), Teen Mom 2 (MTV), Fresh off the Boat (FOX8), Bondi Vet (Animal Planet), The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds (Lifestyle), Single Parents (FOX8), The Flash (FOX8), Arrow (FOX8), Supergirl (FOX8), Vegas Rat Rods (A&E), Mountain Men (A&E), FantomWorks (Discovery Turbo), Gold Rush (Discovery Channel)