Foxtel Highlights - Monday March 25 to Sunday March 31, 2019
This week on Foxtel, stand back – there’s lots coming your way!
We may have just finished the prestigious film awards season, however, did any of those occasions choose to dump bright green slime on any attendees? We think not – which is why we love the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards so much! They’re back for another year, hosted by DJ Khaled and promising plenty of great guests and plenty of green goo!
Dumping neon slime is probably the only horrific thing we haven’t seen on Game of Thrones so far, just ask super-fans James Mathison and Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen. The pair hosts Thrones 360 in advance of season eight of the TV phenomenon starting in April. They’ll get you up to speed on all things Westeros, and then once the series begins, they’ll dissect each episode of the final outing of this epic drama.
One of the biggest movies – animated or otherwise – in recent times is the smash Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This Oscar-winning animated adventure takes the beloved Spider-Man story in an entirely different and unexpected direction. It arrives on Store on Wednesday.
Speaking of the unexpected there’s already been plenty of surprises on the field for both the NRL Telstra Premiership and Toyota AFL Premiership seasons which have only just got underway. Expect more as they continue. And while those codes have begun, fans of Major League Baseball have been patiently waiting for their favourite tournament to begin – which is this week! Don’t miss a minute as all teams begin their campaigns for MLB glory.
Finally – when it comes to campaigns, the drama around the Brexit referendum in the UK has been never- ending, and is still continuing. This week, Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the riveting and savvy film Brexit: The Uncivil War that looks at the very beginning of it all, following the key players who drove public opinion on both sides of the debate – proving once more that truth is stranger than fiction, especially in politics!
Monday, March 25
Catch all the winners at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards today – the slime is ready!
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 – Nickelodeon, EXPRESS at 5.30pm
Aussie football trickshot superstar, and Guiness World Record holder, Jed Hockin is among those nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award, up against Kiwi actor KJ Apa in the Content Creator category. Tune in for all the fun, the winners and, of course, all the slime, as DJ Khaled hosts this annual extravaganza.
Thrones 360 – FOX8, 7.30pm; FOX SHOWCASE, 9.30pm
Game of Thrones fans won’t want to miss this exciting new local production – the perfect companion to the complex series that returns for one last time next month. James Mathison and Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen will catch up on all things Westeros each week in the lead up to the new season. And then, once GoT season eight premieres on April 15, it will become a live aftershow where our hosts, along with celebrity guests and dedicated devotees, will analyse what we’ve all just seen, after each episode.
Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks, s2 – foxtel arts, 7.30pm
This new episode follows broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Paxman as he takes a trip into the past exploring the world of English painter and sculptor Edwin Landseer during the 1800s. Paxman, along with host Gus Casely-Hayford, will head into the Scottish mountains for some truly inspirational sights that clearly influenced the artist.
Explorer – National Geographic, 9.30pm
In a new episode of Explorer, host Phil Keoghan takes audiences into a mysterious river in Peru known as ‘The Boiling River’. Elsewhere, the show’s intrepid correspondents investigate everything from sensory substitution to how avalanches occur.
Tuesday, March 26
Dan Snow is ready to see what makes the Big Apple go round in New York: America’s Busiest City
New York: America’s Busiest City – BBC Knowledge, 8.30pm
With 8.6 million residents and a staggering 62 million visitors each year, getting New York City to run at all is a masterpiece of mechanics. Dan Snow is among your intrepid hosts who tackle the behind-the-scene operations in this fascinating new three-part series that looks at what keeps The City That Never Sleeps going around the clock.
My 600-Lb Life, s7 – TLC, 8.30pm
Get the tissues at the ready as the seventh season of this inspiring series kicks off. You won’t want to miss a second of the roller-coaster ride our latest group of dangerously overweight subjects go on as they embark on life-changing (and life-saving) gastric bypass surgery.
Game of Clones – MTV, 9.30pm
This one-of-a-kind dating experiment sees MTV stars spend time with seven single men or women made over to look like clones of their celebrity crush in a bid to win their heart. Can Jersey Shore’s Pauly D find love with a Megan Fox doppleganger?
Burma with Simon Reeve – BBC Knowledge, 9.30pm
In his latest must-see adventure, one of our favourite TV presenters and investigators, Simon Reeve, travels to beautiful yet troubled Burma and Bangladesh, where he uncovers the roots of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Landscape Artist of the Year, s4 – foxtel arts, 7pm
One for all the armchair artists out there! It’s a new outing for the show which takes some talented creatives out into some spectacular countryside to whip up some beautiful works in the hope of getting a lucrative commission. It’s utterly delightful television.
Wednesday, March 27
The Academy Award-winning escapade Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse leaps into Store today
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Store
This exciting escapade is such a great new take on the Spider-Man story it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film this year! Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) develops super powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. So far, so familiar. However, things change dramatically when he encounters five others with the same abilities across other dimensions. Say, what? A treat for all ages.
Cults and Extreme Belief – Crime + Investigation, 9.30pm
In Cults and Extreme Beliefs, Elizabeth Vargas goes on a search to reveal how cults succeed in manipulating people and enforce such controlling and damaging belief systems. She’ll talk to those who have extracated themselves from groups such as NXIVM and the Children of God.
The Directors, s2 – foxtel arts, 7.30pm
The series that looks at iconic film directors returns, delving into their early lives and peeling back the layers on how their estimable skills made great cinema. Tonight’s subject is Stanley Kubrick, and other heavyweight helmers to be profiled include John Huston, David Lean and John Ford.
Happy Birthday Mariah Carey – foxtel smooth, 9am
What’s your favourite Mariah Carey song – is it Dreamlover? Hero? Well, it just happens to be the celebrated chanteuse’s 48th birthday today, and foxtel smooth is celebrating the queen of the high note in this 30-minute clip show.
Take Back The Harbor – Animal Planet, 7.30pm
Did you know that oysters are amazing at filtering water? Well, the kids from the New York Harbor School do. This film highlights the work of the students and teachers from the school as well as members of the Billion Oyster Project who want to restore the once-bountiful oyster reefs in New York Harbor to improve the quality of the water. Truly inspiring, and a riveting watch.
Thursday, March 28
Exposing the frenetic world of celebrity PR, Flack with Anna Paquin continues this evening
BAFTA: A Life in Pictures, s7 – foxtel arts, 8pm
Hugh Jackman might be done playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies, however the Australian actor, singer and producer continues to receive international recognition for his roles in other major films such as The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables. In tonight’s episode of BAFTA: A Life in Pictures Jackman discusses his successful career.
Vanished – HISTORY, 8.30pm
In this fascinating series, former police detective Dave Paulides investigates unsolved cases of people who have gone missing in national parks. The bizarre incidents challenge all logical and conventional explanations and Paulides’ mission will have you intrigued. How and why did they vanish?
Make Me a Dealer – Lifestyle, 3.15pm
Antique dealer and presenter Paul Martin is ready to show some fresh enthusiasts how it’s done. Each episode features two wannabes ready to learn the tricks of the trade. Martin will guide them to purchase old wares and then sell them to see who’ll nab the heftier profit.
Flack – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm
Don’t miss another episode in the series that follows PR agent extraordinaire Robyn, played by Anna Paquin (True Blood) as she puts out fires everywhere for her celebrity clients. The only problem is, she could use some crisis control in her own life.
Deadly Cults – 13th STREET, 8.30pm
Cults often coerce members to sever ties from the rest of the world – and some go further, manipulating followers to go so far as kill. Each episode in this true-crime series will zero in on a cult responsible for a homicide, and get the lowdown from law enforcement officers and ex-members to see how such a thing could occur.
NBA – ESPN, LIVE from 11.15am
With the NBA regular season coming to a close in a couple of weeks, the playoff race is tight. First up today is Oklahoma City Thunder taking on Indiana Pacers, followed by a Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz stoush. Jazz won the last game by 18 points, and their conference standing is at a crucial stage. Will they hit their stride again?
Friday, March 29
Make sure the PAW Patrol fans in your life don’t miss a special episode of the mega-hit show today!
PAW Patrol – Nick Jr, 5.30pm
PAW Patrol fans (and there are lots of them!) will love this special 45-minute episode where Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold’s game plan goes amiss when they accidentally divert a meteor towards Adventure Bay. Will the PAW Patrol team come to the rescue in time?
Major League Baseball – ESPN, LIVE from 4am
This season chalks up the earliest opening day in MLB history, with all 30 teams tearing into their 2019 campaigns. First up is the New York Yankees taking on the Baltimore Orioles, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks – who have just signed up five-time MLB All-Star and outfielder Adam Jones for a one-year contract. Game on!
2019 NRL Telstra Premiership – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE IN 4K from 5.30pm
Don’t go anywhere NRL fans, your Friday night is sorted. First up, the Raiders take on the Knights. It’s anyone’s game so who’ll be best on the night? Then the Eels and returning-champs Roosters will have it out from 7.55pm. There’s plenty more round-three action across the weekend, including a Panthers/Storm match-up Saturday at 7.30pm and then the Tigers will battle the Bulldogs on Sunday at 4pm.
Wild Ways of the Vikings – Nat Geo WILD, 8.30pm
Narrated by Ewan McGregor, this captivating documentary traces the steps of the Vikings, showcasing the fascinating wildlife of the North Atlantic. From Norway to Newfoundland, this journey through the Vikings’ world captures the deep connection and respect they had for the land and sea — when their only compass was the birds.
Creature Feature playlist – FoxFlicks
Catch some thrillers on offer from the Creature Feature playlist on FoxFlicks for a Friday night in. Husband and wife team John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in the sci-fi flick A Quiet Place, and the Aussie horror Boar will send chills up your spine. Pacific Rim: Uprising has plenty of cool monster – robot action, and the dark fantasy Oscar-winner The Shape of Water certainly deserves your attention.
Saturday, March 30
Brexit: The Uncivil War follows the controversial 2016 referendum held in the UK
2019 Toyota AFL Premiership – FOX FOOTY, LIVE IN 4K from 4pm.
The Sherrins are still shiny as this year’s fresh AFL season heads into its second round. It’s Super Saturday time so catch an Essendon and St Kilda stoush at 4pm, then see Geelong take on Melbourne at 7.25pm.
Over on FOX SPORTS 503 tonight, 2018 premiers the Eagles will aim to dominate the Giants live at 8pm. With all teams fresh out of the gate, expect some early-season surprises.
Brexit: The Uncivil War – BBC First, 8.30pm
When it comes to the UK formally uncoupling from the European Union, it’s all still very much up in the air, so this reveting film – detailing the forces that led to the June 2016 exit vote – is appropriately timed.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) as political advisor Dominic Cummings, it captures the perspective of both the leave and remain camps, and their cunning ploys to gain advantage over each other.
People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion – TLC, 8.30pm
It was 1997 and designer Gianni Versace was at the peak of his career, with his small Milanese company now an US$800 million powerhouse. Everyone from Elton John to Princess Diana was wearing his designs, and his tragic death shocked the fashion world. The first episode in this three-part series traces his glitzy and glamorous ride to the top, through to his final tragedy.
Hangin’ With… Anne-Marie – [V], 4pm
Breakout pop-star Anne-Marie is returning to the country for her biggest Australasian tour yet! Hang out with the 2002 English singer/songwriter in this one-hour special as she chats about her tour and best videos.
Pete Holmes: Nice Try, The Devil – The Comedy Channel, 7.30pm
In this hour-long special, comedian Pete Holmes, star of the series Crashing, delivers his trademark kooky observations, and chats about everything from the loneliness of making his bed to his feelings for Ryan Gosling!
Sunday, March 31
Settle in for a Sunday night of giggles thanks to comedian Amy Schumer’s hilarious I Feel Pretty
Thronecast: Gameshow of Thrones – FOX SHOWCASE, 9.30pm
Do you know your Loras from your Lancel, your Tyrion from your Tywin? Game of Thrones superfan Sue Perkins hosts this 90-minute special quiz which will pit other celebrity devotees of the series, as well as some actual GoT cast members, against each other to see who really knows the most about the world of Westeros.
I Feel Pretty – Premiere Movies, 8.30pm. STREAM ON FOXFLICKS.
After a brutal fall in an exercise class, Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) wakes up with newfound confidence, believing she is now stunningly beautiful. Suddenly empowered to live her life with conviction, what happens when she realises that her appearance never changed? Also starring Michelle Williams, this is a perfect Sunday-night flick to see out the weekend.
Egypt with the World’s Greatest Explorer – National Geographic, 7.30pm
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventures and in this incredible three-part series, he will recreate his first ever expedition from Alexandria in Egypt, along the River Nile, to Uganda. Joining the 75-year-old will be his cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), and together they will experience the stunning landscapes and discover a special bond.
Tigerland – Animal Planet, EXPRESS at 8.30pm
Tigers are one of the most endangered animals on Earth, with less than 4000 remaining in the wild. This two-hour special, directed by Academy Award winners Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman, recounts the earnest efforts by leading conservationists and the local populations of India and Bhutan, to double the population by 2022.
The Secret Life Of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds: Here Come The Girls – Lifestyle, 8.30pm
Filmed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, this award-winning show returns for a one- off special featuring a cast of all girls. Uncovering all the drama of life in the playground, the enjoyable episode will examine how the youngsters see themselves in the future, and their attitudes towards equality and fairness.
Ted Bundy: Serial Monster – Crime + Investigation, 8.30pm
This four-part series profiles the notorious Ted Bundy – the American serial killer who assaulted and murdered numerous young women during the 1970s. The gripping documentary includes an examination of his crazed obsessions, savage masterminding and how he outsmarted the press and judicial system.
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), Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (FOX8), The Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), American Idol 2019 (FOX8), Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (UKTV), Project Runway (Arena), Better Things (FOX SHOWCASE), TRL (MTV), The Indian Dream Hotel (Lifestyle), BAFTA: A Life in Pictures (foxtel arts), The Great Kiwi Bake Off (Lifestyle Food), Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks (foxtel arts), Storage Wars (A&E), Inside the Ambulance (Lifestyle), Bang on Budget (Lifestyle Home), The Jim Jefferies Show (The Comedy Channel), Aftermath (SYFY), The Curse of Oak Island (A&E), Live from the BBC (UKTV), Don’t Be Tardy (Arena), Dead by Dawn (Nat Geo WILD), Empires of Silver (HISTORY), 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), 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), 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), Attenborough: Kingdom of Plants (Animal Planet), Vanity Fair Confidential (Crime + Investigation), OutDaughtered (TLC), Garage Rehab (Discovery Channel), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), 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, 5 and 6 Year Olds (Lifestyle), Single Parents (FOX8), The Flash (FOX8), Arrow (FOX8), Supergirl (FOX8), Mountain Men (A&E), FantomWorks (Discovery Turbo), Gold Rush (Discovery Channel)