Foxtel Highlights - Monday October 14 to Sunday October 20, 2019

Crikey! It’s the Irwins
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 What’s New on Foxtel This Week?

Monday October 14 to Sunday October 20, 2019


Programming available to stream live and On Demand on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go^


This week on Foxtel, it’s time to catch up with that terrific true-blue family in Crikey! It’s the Irwins which returns for a brand-new season. See all the amazing work done by Terri, Bindi and Bob at the famous Australia Zoo, as they continue the work done by the late Steve Irwin. 

Speaking of real Aussie characters, there are fresh seasons of two shows which follow some very entertaining personalities. In Aussie Lobster Men, crews tackle some dangerous seas to make lucrative hauls, and, trust us, they face plenty ups and downs, and not just because of the rough waters!

And in Outback Opal Hunters, both new and returning teams are ready to try their luck searching for some precious gemstones. It’s a tough job, and they’ll have to face up to some challenging conditions, which makes this series so compelling and such a fan favourite.

On the hunt for glory this week are all the teams which have made it through to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup! Catch all four thrilling quarterfinals over Friday and Saturday, live from Japan.

Also for sport fans, this week sees the Women’s Big Bash League get underway, offering up plenty of great cricket action, while the new season of the Hyundai A-League heads into its second round.

You can also catch the eighth and final season of Arrow; great films Booksmart and Yesterday; and plenty of spectacular and fascinating series and specials as part of the newly launched BBC Earth.

Crikey, indeed!


Continuing series include: Mr Inbetween (FOX SHOWCASE), Find Me a Beach House (LifeStyle), Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle), The Great Australian Bake Off (LifeStyle), American Horror Story: 1984 (FOX SHOWCASE), Love It Or List It Australia (LifeStyle), Debi Marshall Investigates Frozen Lies (Crime + Investigation), The Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE), World On Fire (BBC First), Aussie Lobster Men (Discovery Channel), Ballers (FOX SHOWCASE), Mayans M.C. (FOX SHOWCASE), A Black Lady Sketch Show (The Comedy Channel), Batwoman (FOX8), Supergirl (FOX8), Doom Patrol (FOX8), The Flash (FOX8), Pennyworth (FOX8), Swamp Thing (FOX8), Summer of Rockets (BBC First), E! True Hollywood Story (E!), Activate: The Global Citizen Movement (National Geographic), Extreme Cake Makers (LifeStyle Food), Spiky Gold Hunters (A&E), SCREEN (foxtel arts), Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik (The Comedy Channel), Private Eyes (Universal TV), Below Deck (Arena), Ultimate Mysteries (HISTORY), Very Scary People (Crime + Investigation), Masterchef UK (LifeStyle Food), Mr Mercedes (FOX SHOWCASE), The Affair (FOX SHOWCASE), 90-Day Fiancé: The Other Way (TLC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation (HISTORY), The Graham Norton Show (UKTV), Gino’s Adriatic Coastal Adventure (LifeStyle Food), Ghosted: Love Gone Missing (MTV), Million Dollar Listing New York (Arena), The Family Chantel (TLC), WWII: The Prince of Empire (HISTORY), Street Outlaws (Discovery Turbo), Hold the Sunset (UKTV), The Goldbergs (Universal TV), The Real Housewives of Orange County (Arena), Back in Time for School (LifeStyle), The Real Housewives of Dallas (Arena), Expedition Unknown (Discovery Channel), Portals to Hell (TLC), Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), Garage Squad (Discovery Turbo), Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV), The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Channel), Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate (LifeStyle Home), 60 Days In (Crime + Investigation), Abandoned Engineering (HISTORY), Teen Mom 2 (MTV), The Butcher (A&E), Primal Instinct (TLC)


Monday, October 14

David Attenborough and the Sea Dragon – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

When a remarkable 200-million-year-old fossil is discovered embedded in a British cliff face, David Attenborough and fossil hunter Chris Moore go back through time to uncover the truth about the long-extinct ichthyosaur or sea dragon – and discover what even bigger creature might have been hunting it.


Jack Stein: Inside the Box – LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

Cornish chef Jack Stein – son of adopted Aussie Rick Stein – attempts to make Thai locals enjoy British apple sauce as much as he does, by luring them in with a larb-spiced pork, in the first stop on his round-the-world adventure, taking in 10 global cities and 10 classic British dishes.


Inside the Ambulance – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

Strap yourself in and get set for a heart-stopping ride, as a British ambulance is rigged with cameras to show a very unique perspective on what it’s like to respond to emergency calls, taking viewers right into the heart of the action.


Mighty Ships – Discovery Turbo, 7.30pm

Step aboard some of the world’s largest cruise liners as the hit Canadian series returns. Access all areas above and below deck as captains, engineers and able seamen work tirelessly to keep these mammoth ships afloat.


Evil Lives Here, s5 – Discovery Channel, 1.54pm

Growing up, Karen Kuzma noticed changes in her brother’s behaviour but she never could have imagined that he was becoming one of America’s most prolific serial killers: John Wayne Gacy, who was executed in 1994 for the murders of 33 people. Kuzma’s story headlines the fifth season of this gripping true-crime series.

Tuesday, October 15


Tribes, Animals & Me – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

Join Gordon Buchanan as he meets the lion-hunting Kalahari Bushmen in Africa, the Huaorani Indians who track giant green anacondas in the Amazon and the barehanded crocodile hunters of Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River, to learn just what it takes to live with some of the deadliest animals alive.


Kingdom of the White Wolf – Nat Geo WILD, 8.30pm

Follow along with photographer and explorer Ronan Donovan as he embarks on an intimate exploration of the Arctic in this three-part event series that gives audiences an unprecedented look at these truly extraordinary animals. With the white wolves having no enemies in this territory, they set their own rules which makes for fascinating viewing.


Save the Titanic: Treasures from the Deep – National Geographic, 8.30pm

Since the wreckage of the RMS Titanic was discovered by National Geographic’s Explorer-at-Large Dr Robert Ballard in 1985, the world has been left wondering what is to become of both the ship and the treasure discovered within it – precious artefacts belonging to the ill-fated passengers. What should be done with the treasures at the bottom of the sea?    


Crimes That Shook Britain, s8 – Crime + Investigation, 7.30pm

This eighth season of the hit series which takes a close look at some horrific events opens with an episode that explores what happened when 22 people were killed and hundreds more were injured after a suicide bomber struck during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, in May 2017. Those touched by the tragedy tell their heartbreaking stories of survival.

Wednesday, October 16

Arrow, s8 – FOX8, EXPRESS at 9.30pm

Battle-weary but finally reconciled with his half-sister Emiko (Sea Shimooka), Oliver Queen, aka The Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), was given a glimpse of the future at the end of last season – and it showed he could save his beloved Star City, although it could well cost him his life. This is the final season for the series, and with the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover coming, it’s going to be massive.


Aussie Lobster Men, s2 – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Set sail on the Southern Ocean with six tough and hardy boat captains as they lead their crews, hoping for a huge haul of this delicious (and lucrative) crustacean. With their workpace one of the most treacherous expanses of water surrounding Australia, all involved put everything on the line to make their quota. It’s a full-on way to make a living.


The Importance of Being Oscar – foxtel arts, 8.30pm

A collection paying tribute to great writer Oscar Wilde begins tonight with this special which finds some famous faces paying tribute to the talented Wilde, who rose to great heights, but also tragic lows after falling foul of the law due to his sexuality. Following is An Ideal Husband, a film of Jonathan Church’s 2018 London staging of Wilde’s famous play. Over coming Wednesday nights enjoy more wonderful and witty adaptations.


Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files – Crime + Investigation, 5.30pm

True crime buffs will be engrossed as renowned UK journalist Donal MacIntryre looks into some tough cases that challenged the authorities. He’ll talk to those who worked to solve the grim murders, finding out just what clues and key moments lead to them finding the perpetrators.


Vacation Rental Potential – LifeStyle Home, 9.30pm

Renting out a holiday abode has become a booming industry in itself, thanks to the various websites out there which help travellers stay in privately owned homes. In this series, US real estate guru Holly Baker is ready to help prospective buyers find some fabulous properties that will bring in some cash.

Thursday, October 17


Outback Opal Hunters, s3 – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

Some of your favourite fortune hunters are back, joined by some new teams – all ready to make it rich searching for this precious gemstone. The only problem is that to find such a bounty means tackling some tough conditions in the Aussie outback, but these crews are up for the challenge, even if it means battling the heat, plenty of scary wildlife, and confronting conditions. Can these characters handle the pressure? And what will they find?


Island of Bryan – LifeStyle Home, 9.30pm

Moving to the Bahamas is everyone’s dream, right? Well the Baeumler clan is making it a reality! In this new adventure, popular TV builder Bryan, his wife Sarah and their four kids head to a rundown island resort, with the aim to bring it back to life and make it a dream destination. It’s a massive project, so grab a piña colada and see how they fare!


Rituals – BBC Earth, 8.30pm

From birth to death and every important moment in between, rituals bring the human race together. Join this journey around the world to witness remarkable moments that show how these events are celebrated and how much – or little – they vary between different cultures across the globe.


American Horror Story: 1984, s9 – FOX SHOWCASE, 9.30pm

In this season of American Horror Story, we’re not sure what’s more petrifying – the gruesome events unfolding, or the ’80s fashion! Paying homage to that iconic horror set-up, a spooky summer camp, this retro instalment of Ryan Murphy’s fun fright-fest continues to deliver its trademark terror as a killer plays havoc with those at Camp Redwood. See what happens (and who’ll live live to see another episode) as the series hits the halfway mark tonight.


Gold Rush, s10 – Discovery Channel, 7.30pm

The larger than life personalities of the miners in this series is the true gold, and they’re back for more! Last time Parker Schnabel truly did strike it rich, with a haul worth almost US$9 million – whoa! At the same time, his nemesis Tony Beets failed to make his target, so he’s aching to be the best this time around. But it’s a new season, so the slate is clean – who’ll come out on top?

Friday, October 18


Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s – FOX LEAGUE, LIVE from 6pm

Expect a carnival atmosphere when nine-a-side rugby league comes to Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium for this inaugural two-day tournament, with 12 nations taking part in an electrifying form of the game. Shaun Johnson is expected to lead New Zealand against Australia on the opening night, followed by a full day of action from likes of England, Lebanon, Tonga, Samoa and the USA. Four women’s teams also feature in a separate competition.


Women’s Big Bash League – FOX CRICKET, LIVE from 7.40pm

Calling all cricket fans! Another season of Women’s Big Bash League begins tonight, with the unmissable Sydney derby between the Sixers and Thunder, coming live from North Sydney Oval. The Big Bash format has proven hugely successful with audiences and sport fans – it’s fun, it’s fast-paced and it’s all getting underway this evening.


Bar Rescue, s6 – A&E, 8.30pm

What makes some drinking establishments super-hot while others are most definitely not? That’s something Jon Taffer knows, having either worked in, or transformed, hundreds of bars. He’s back to help proprietors whose businesses are struggling. Trust us, it’s not just those he’s assisting who’ll be surprised at the changes he makes – you will too!


The Indian Dream Hotel, s3 – LifeStyle, 8.30pm

Join a new troop of British celebs ready to test out whether retiring to India should be top of their to-do list. They’ll head to enchanting Udaipur, settle in to a mansion and then get to know the culture and day-to-day life that surrounds them. Those packing their bags include actresses Susan George and Stephanie Beacham, and Janette and Ian Tough (aka the Krankies!).


Great British Budget Menu – LifeStyle Food, 9.30pm

With the cost of living rising, how do you eat well, for less? One can’t live on beans and toast alone! That’s the challenge for James Martin, Angela Hartnett and Richard Corrigan. These three chefs will ensconce themselves in households doing it tough, and they’ll come up with affordable and healthy solutions that everyone can make.

Saturday, October 19


2019 Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals – FOX SPORTS 503 and RWC 4K Ultra HD [499], LIVE from 5.30pm

It’s hard to believe but we’re already up to the quarterfinals for the 2019 Rugby World Cup! So if you thought things were tense already in some of the clashes we’ve already seen, everything is about to get far more thrilling. Catch the first today at 5.30pm, followed by the second at 8.30pm. Then Quarterfinals 3 and 4 are on tomorrow at 5.30pm and 8.30pm respectively – all live and ad-break free during play. Which teams will make it through to the semifinals next weekend? It’s crunch time now and the pressure is on.


Hyundai A-League: Western United FC vs Perth Glory – FOX SPORTS 505, LIVE 5pm

Today there are two Round 2 matches you won’t want to miss, starting with a clash between Western United FC and Perth Glory, who were beaten in last season’s grand final by Sydney FC. Will they make it all the way this time around? Following this, the Central Coast Mariners will take on the Newcastle Jets at 7.15pm. Speaking of the last grand final – the victors, Sydney FC welcome Wellington Phoenix tomorrow at 6pm. Don’t miss it.


Crikey! It’s the Irwins, s2 – Animal Planet, EXPRESS at 6.30pm

Bindi, Robert and Terri return for a fresh season, taking viewers into the fascinating life of Australia Zoo, where they carry on the work of their late father and husband, Steve. More than 1200 animals live at the zoo, but the scope of what the Irwins do reaches even further than that. Come along and see everything they do here and around the world for wildlife conservation.


Booksmart – Store

On the eve of graduation, over-achieving best friends Molly and Amy (Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever) realise they could have partied hard and still achieved A-grades, so they set out to cram four years of recklessness into one night. This critically acclaimed film, which marks actress Olivia Wilde’s first feature as director, is a sharply observed and witty must-see.


The Kid Who Would Be King – Family Movies, 7.30pm

When bullied teen Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) frees the fabled sword in the stone, Excalibur, his life takes a very strange turn, indeed! Under the guidance of wizard Merlin (Angus Imrie and Sir Patrick Stewart), Alex must embrace his destiny as a great leader, recruit his Knights of the Round Table and save the world from the dark sorcerer Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).


Wild Mexico – BBC Earth, 7.30pm

In the jungles, deserts, mountains and seas of Mexico live a complex variety of animals, birds and insects. With so many different habitats, each species has developed unique ways to thrive within its ecosystem, making the country one of the most fascinating on Earth.

Sunday, October 20


Yesterday – Store

This comedy is the perfect film to finish off your weekend. After a freak bike accident, struggling musician Jack (Himesh Patel) wakes up to a world in which The Beatles never existed. Passing off John, Paul, George and Ringo’s hits as his own sees him become an overnight megastar. This heartwarming film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle also stars Lily James as Jack’s best friend Ellie and singer Ed Sheeran as himself.


Why We Hate – Discovery Channel, 8.30pm

This six-part docuseries, executive produced by Oscar-winners Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney, explores the often-devastating repercussions of the primal emotion in the title. The aim is to show that if we can understand more about what fuels such a negative feeling – which can be so destructive and damaging – we can learn how to address it on a large scale.


Expedition Amelia – National Geographic, 8.30pm

Having famously found the Titanic, ocean explorer Bob Ballard leads a major expedition to discover the fate of doomed aviator Amelia Earhart. Theories have abounded since the 39-year-old pioneer went missing more than 80 years ago during her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world. What will Ballard and his team find?


12 Days of Screams This Halloween – Thriller Movies, 8.30pm

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Thriller Movies is presenting 12 harrowing nights of sheer unadulterated terror – so strap in! We’re talking Slender Man (which kicks things off tonight), The Amityville Horror, all four Species flicks, A Quiet Place, plus the mother of all scream-fests: Scream, plus Scream 2 and 3. With more than 20 films to choose from, it’s a terrifying selection!

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