Foxtel Highlights - Monday April 8 to Sunday April 14, 2019

Mary Poppins
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This week on Foxtel is all about those at the top of their game.

 After some incredible race-circuit action in Australia in Bahrain, the 2019 Formula 1 Championship drivers head to Shangai for the Chinese Grand Prix. And this isn’t just any race, it’s the 1000th World Championship event so you will not want to miss a second. Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo is still getting used to his new Renault gear – see how he fares this time.


Speaking of notable tournaments, for golfing fans it’s hard to beat The Masters when it comes to ultimate kudos. This prestigious competition takes place at the famous Augusta National Golf Club, and the world’s best are ready to tee off.


While Adam Scott, Jason Day and others are ready to create magic on the golfing green, Emily Blunt casts a spell in Mary Poppins Returns. Many thought it would be hard to match the original 1964 film, but with Blunt stepping into this famous role, it’s become an instant classic.


Other movie miracles arriving include animated escapade How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; hit sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp and a Hop Into Easter playlist on FoxFlicks full of gems for the whole family.


Oh, and you might have heard of a little show called Game of Thrones? With season eight almost here (it begins April 15), there’s plenty to get you in the mood. Superfans James Mathison and Stephenie Bendixsen host Thrones 360 and will do a final recap this Monday before their live aftershows begin next week, while Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, hosts Saturday Night Live, and there’s a mega Game of Thrones marathon at the end starting Friday which presents all 67 episodes – taking you straight up to the new instalment. You don’t want to be left behind when the biggest show of the millennium starts up again, do you?


Continuing series include: Thrones 360 (FOX8 and FOX SHOWCASE), Secret City: Under the Eagle (FOX SHOWCASE), Selling Houses Australia (Lifestyle), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Veep (FOX SHOWCASE), Barry (FOX SHOWCASE), What We Do in the Shadows (FOX SHOWCASE),Very Cavallari (E!), Les Misérables (BBC First), Victoria (BBC First), The Real Housewives of New York City (Arena), Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (FOX8), American Idol 2019 (FOX8), Baptiste (BBC First),The Real Housewives of Cheshire (Arena), Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (UKTV), Better Things (FOX SHOWCASE), TRL (MTV), The Good Karma Hospital (UKTV), Homestead Rescue (Discovery Channel), George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Lifestyle), Mega Marine Machines (Discovery Science), 90 Day Fiancé (TLC), BAFTA: A Life in Pictures (foxtel arts), The Great Kiwi Bake Off (Lifestyle Food), Storage Wars (A&E), Bang on Budget (Lifestyle Home), The Jim Jefferies Show (The Comedy Channel), Landscape Artist of the Year (foxtel arts), My 600-Lb Life (TLC), Game of Clones (MTV), Cults and Extreme Belief (Crime + Investigation), The Directors (foxtel arts), Deadly Cults (13th STREET), The Curse of Oak Island (A&E), Don’t Be Tardy (Arena), Dead by Dawn (Nat Geo WILD), SCREEN (foxtel arts), LadyGang (E!), Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery Channel), Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (Lifestyle Food), Vanderpump Rules (Arena), The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Arena), Good Trouble (FOX8), Explorer (National Geographic), Good Bones (Lifestyle Home), Grand Designs New Zealand (Lifestyle), 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), Forged in Fire (A&E), My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (TLC), 21st Century Serial Killer (Crime + Investigation), Coroner (Universal Channel), Vanity Fair Confidential (Crime + Investigation), Garage Rehab (Discovery Channel), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), Paramedics: On the Front Line (Crime + Investigation), Fresh off the Boat (FOX8), Bondi Vet (Animal Planet), The Secret Life of Four and Five Year Olds US (Lifestyle), Gold Rush (Discovery Channel)

Monday, April 8

Secret Cities – HISTORY, 7.30pm

Utilising CGI, archival footage and reconstructions, audiences are given an unprecedented glimpse into some of the most iconic buildings of London, Rome and Paris that hold historical secrets long kept hidden.


Thrones 360 – FOX8, 7.30pm, and FOX SHOWCASE, 9.30pm

With just one week to go until the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones gets underway, hosts James Mathison and Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen ensure viewers are up-to-date on all the goings on in Westeros as the battle for the Iron Throne nears its conclusion.


Secret City: Under the Eagle, s2 – FOX SHOWCASE, 8.30pm

The end is nigh and sadly tonight is the night that it all comes crashing to a head for Anna Torv’s Harriet Dunkley in the gripping, long-awaited second instalment in this political saga, also starring Danielle Cormack, Don Hany and Jacki Weaver.


Building Giants – BBC Knowledge, 8.30pm

This fascinating series follows the race to build the world’s next generation of engineering wonders. Prepare to have your mind blown by machines and structures more ambitious than anything you’ve ever seen before.


Attenborough: The Life of Mammals – Animal Planet, 7.30pm

Sir David Attenborough returns, this time turning his focus to how mammals – including humans – became the most widespread of all the animals to populate the Earth.


Tuesday, April 9


The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve – BBC Knowledge, 9.30pm

British TV presenter Simon Reeve heads to East Africa to uncover the stories behind the world’s favourite drink, engaging with the many people who pick, pack and transport it to destinations all over the globe.


The Indian Dream Hotel on Tour, s2 – Lifestyle, 9.30pm

Ever wondered which country is the best in the world in which to live out your twilight years? In the second season of this fantastic series, the cast of award-winning The Indian Dream Hotel pack their bags, experiencing what life post-retirement offers in countries: China, Cuba, Iceland and Thailand.


In Ice Cold Blood, s2 – 13th STREET, 8.30pm

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Ice-T fronts this true-crime series, now in its second season. In this new episode, titled Death and Sexting, in-depth interviews, archival footage and dramatic re-enactments help shed new light on a massage table homicide involving multiple parties.


Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen – Disney Movies, 6.30pm

This Tween-tastic Tuesday, relive this classic Lindsay Lohan film, about a spoilt teenager convinced she’s the centre of everyone’s universe – that is, until her family relocates to the suburbs and she gets a nasty reality check. 

Wednesday, April 10

Mary Poppins Returns – Store

This engaging sequel yields enough nods to the original to win over the most diehard fan. Emily Blunt stars as the practically perfect nanny who returns to help the next generation of the Banks family through a tough time in their lives. Nominated for four Academy Awards, and featuring a cameo from original castmember Dick Van Dyke, it’s a magical, musical adventure.


Escape to the Chateau, s3 – Lifestyle, 9.30pm

Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree are back! The endearing couple continue their journey to renovate their beloved French chateau, and restore its 19th-century glory. With 20 rooms still awaiting renovations and wedding season coming up, this pair really needs to get cracking.


World Movies with Margaret Pomeranz: A War – Masterpiece Movies, 8.30pm

Before actor Pilou Asbæk returns to our screens as Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, catch him in this critically acclaimed Danish film playing a military commander facing trial in his homeland, charged with civil murder in Afghanistan. With his actions considered both heroic and brutal, what unfolds is a brilliantly told story that considers all sides of this ethical dilemma.


Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII – HISTORY, 7.30pm

This compelling documentary uncovers the crucial role US cargo gliders played in World War II. With rare archival footage of gliders in action and interviews with veterans, the moving account highlights the courageous efforts these men went to in order to save lives.


Police Ten 7, s10 – FOX8, 2pm

Get your fill of police action in the new season of the show that promises more shocking and laughable acts from Kiwis who have ended on the wrong side of the law. With Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto hosting, what will the teams be confronted with this time? 

Thursday, April 11  


Jane the Virgin, s5 – FOX8, 9.30pm

Jane the Virgin has never held back from delivering some impressive twists, and it ended its fourth season with an unbelievable surprise. We’re not going to give anything away but that jaw-dropping moment paved the way for an incredible fifth and final (sob!) season.


2019 Toyota AFL Premiership – FOX FOOTY, LIVE from 6.30pm

Round 4 opens with a Sydney Swans and Melbourne Demons clash at the SCG. The Swans trio of co-captains – Luke Parker, Dane Rampe and Josh Kennedy – will be expecting big things from the team, while Scott Pendlebury will be hoping his Pies deliver. Catch plenty of AFL action across the weekend, including Saturday’s Port Adelaide and Richmond game at 4.30pm, which will also come to you live in 4K Ultra HD on Foxtel 4K.


Holmes and Holmes, s2 – Lifestyle Home, 9.30pm

Father-and-son renovation experts, Mike and Mike Jr, return for a second season of tackling projects with a hammer. Armed with the elder Holmes’s philosophy to “make it right”, the pair has to transform three neglected properties into dream homes – and plan Mike Jr’s wedding to Lisa. Let the mayhem begin!


Into the Canyon – National Geographic, 8.30pm

Did you know more people have stood on the moon than completed the 1200km continuous hike through America’s famous Grand Canyon? In 2016, Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko documented themselves making this epic journey, to not just highlight its spectacular landscapes but to make others aware of the threats that could change it forever.


NHL Playoffs – ESPN, LIVE 9.30am

All teams are hungry for victory as the race towards the Stanley Cup gears up and the playoffs get underway. While we don’t know yet who’s confirmed, Tampa Bay Lightning has already clinched the Presidents’ Trophy with this season’s best record. Others to look out for include the New York Islanders and defending champions the Washington Capitals.

Friday, April 12


Game of Thrones s1-7 marathon – FOX SHOWCASE, from 7.30pm

OK, this is it, your last chance to get across all you’ve missed on Game of Thrones before the long-awaited eighth season gets underway this Monday, April 15. Tonight begins one epic marathon that takes you all the way from the Lannister clan arriving at Winterfell in the very first episode, right through until the last instalment of the seventh outing. Running right through until season eight commences, catch every episode, every battle, every twist and turn until the biggest TV event of 2019 gets underway.


Golf: The Masters – FOX SPORTS 505, LIVE 5am

It’s time for the most famous course in golf to host the most coveted tournament on the planet: The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club. This illustrious venue can unhinge the world’s best, but Aussies Marc Leishman, Adam Scott (who won the event in 2013), Jason Day and Cameron Smith are ready to take it on. How will they fare?


Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE from 11am

After the thrills of Tasmania, all eyes turn to Victoria for the next major Supercars event held at the famous Phillip Island circuit. Scott McLaughlin, Jamie Whincup and Chaz Mostert have had a cracking start, but when it comes to the Supercars, an upset is always just one race away. See all the heart-pounding excitement as Races 9 and 10 get underway.


Groovin the Moo 2019: Ones to Watch – [V], 10am

Back for its 15th year, the Groovin the Moo Festival is set to deliver another stellar line-up in six regional centres across Australia from April 26. This one-hour special is the perfect way to get in the moo-d (see what we did there?) with a taste of this year’s must see artists, including Billie Eilish, Coolio, Hilltop Hoods and plenty more!


Six Day Series Final: Brisbane – Eurosport, LIVE 8.30pm

Settle in for a weekend of ultimate cycling as the world’s best track riders descend on the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane to battle it out for the Six Day series crown. Expect Aussie stars such as Georgia Baker, Annette Edmondson, Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien to come into this fierce competition like no other.

Saturday, April 13


Saturday Night Live: Hosted by Kit Harington – Comedy Channel, 7.30pm

If you can’t wait until Monday’s Game of Thrones season-eight debut to get your Kit Harington fix, then catch Jon Snow’s portrayer tonight as host on Saturday Night Live for the first time. He can tackle White Walkers, but how will he fare in front of an SNL crowd? We can’t wait to see what’s in store – perhaps a Thrones spoof or two?


OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes – Cartoon Network, 6pm

Our superheroes at Lakewood Plaza are back! KO, Enid and Rad return for some brand-new episodes to thrill all their young fans. They’ll do everything from trying to create their own cinema masterpiece to becoming addicted to watching the shopping centre’s surveillance TV!


Hop Into Easter playlist – FoxFlicks

With Easter just around the corner, and school holidays officially underway, this playlist has the perfect array of fun movies for the whole family. Titles include Peter Rabbit, Hop, Bee Movie, both Happy Feet films and Incredibles 2, just to name a few. BYO hot cross buns!


2019 NRL Telstra Premiership – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE from 2.30pm

The 2019 season is already five rounds in, with each week delivering great NRL action. Today you can catch the Rabbitohs go up against the Warriors, followed by a confrontation between the Knights and the Sea Eagles. Then don’t miss a brilliant night game as the Sharks welcome the Roosters to Shark Park, which is also available in 4K Ultra HD on Foxtel 4K.


Treehouse Masters, s7B – Discovery Channel, 7.30pm

Pete Nelson and the crew return for more season-seven wonders. with their larger-than-life treehouses and unique builds. In these new episodes, the mind-blowing craftsmanship goes to the next level – there’s an abode with its own crow’s nest, a creation fit for a secret agent, and even a treehouse with a hot tub!


Sunday, April 14


Formula 1: Heineken Chinese Grand Prix: Race – FOX SPORTS 506, LIVE from 4pm

After some thrilling Australian and Bahrain races, it’s time to see what Shanghai delivers. And it’s a momentous occasion as today’s Grand Prix marks the 1000th World Championship event. And we can’t think of a better venue as this circuit is a technical challenge that’ll push drivers to the limit. Catch the race build-up on FOX SPORTS 507 from 2.30pm and then the race live on FOX SPORTS 506 from 4pm. The race will also be broadcast live in incredible 4K Ultra HD on Foxtel 4K and is one you do not want to miss.


Ant-Man and the Wasp – Premiere Movies, 8.30pm

Picking up two years after the first film, Scott Lang is juggling his role as a father and a superhero. However, when an urgent new mission arises he embraces his alter ego Ant-Man and sets off to fight alongside the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to uncover secrets from their past. Starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, this blockbuster has all the action and adventure you want for a Sunday flick.


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Store

Hiccup is all grown up and is now the confident leader of Berk island alongside Astrid. But the appearance of a female dragon, ‘Light Fury’ forces him and loyal Toothless on a mission to protect everything they hold dear. This final instalment in Disney’s touching trilogy packs an emotional punch.


Hostile Planet – National Geographic, 8.30pm

Action-man adventurer Bear Grylls hosts and narrates this six-part nature series. Each episode follows animals struggling to survive in extremely harsh environments. The incredible footage takes viewers to mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts and polar regions, in a series that shouldn’t be missed.


The Graham Norton Show, s24 – UKTV, 7.30pm

Guest starring on tonight’s show with the cheeky BAFTA award-winning talk show host Graham Norton is Jason Momoa (Aquaman and Game of Thrones), comedian Bill Bailey (Black Books) and music from British girl group, Little Mix. Replete with hilariously eccentric stories and witty banter, what more could you want on a Sunday evening?