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Something for everyone on Foxtel in April Wentworth returns, Geoffrey Rush comes to television, Two Pop-Up channels and Grand Designs Australia season 7 premieres


Something for everyone on Foxtel in April
Wentworth returns, Geoffrey Rush comes to television,
Two Pop-Up channels and
Grand Designs Australia season 7 premieres

Huge slate of new and returning shows in April
Available to stream instantly on Foxtel Play

This April Foxtel delivers a mammoth line-up of TV and entertainment with the latest in drama, sport, lifestyle, comedy, Australian content, music, movies, kids and factual shows. All of these new and returning shows are conveniently offered in one place – available to watch either live or on demand – from Foxtel’s iQ, or stream instantly on Foxtel Play.

“In addition to our huge range of Award-winning series, unparalleled live sports, exclusive HBO shows, and fascinating real life stories, Foxtel is offering two new Pop Up channels in April; a whole channel devoted to the Golf US Masters and another to the X-Men Movie Franchise. Foxtel is a leader in television with the widest selection of new and returning shows – more than any other provider – delivered either on the iQ set-top-box or streamed online through Foxtel Play,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television.

TV WEEK Logie Award and AACTA-Award winning drama Wentworth returns for a fifth season, on showcase Tuesdays from April 4 at 8.30pm. This bold and confronting series is Foxtel’s longest running Australia drama, with a devoted fan base here and around the world. Wentworth season 5 stars an incredible cast featuring Nicole da Silva, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson, Sigrid Thornton, Celia Ireland, Katrina Milosevic, Shareena Clanton, Robbie Magasiva, Tammy MacIntosh, Kate Jenkinson, Bernard Curry, and Socratis Otto.

From Academy Award-winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and starring Australia’s Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, Genius is the story of how Albert became Einstein. This 10-part drama series goes beyond the halls of academia to explore Albert’s (played by Rush) struggles to be a good husband and father, a man of principle, and to expose his daringly creative mind during a period of global unrest. Genius premieres exclusively on National Geographic Channel, Mondays from April 24 at 8.30pm Express from the US.

Shots Fired – the drama event series examining the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern US town – premieres exclusively on showcase, Mondays from April 10 at 8.30pm. Shots Fired stars Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning Richard Dreyfuss and Helen Hunt, alongside Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, and Stephen Moyer, and provides an explosive autopsy of the US criminal justice system.

The Leftovers starring Justin Theroux, Live Tyler, and Amy Brenneman returns for a third season on showcase, Thursdays from April 20 at 8.30pm. The Leftovers is made by HBO and this final season is set in Australia following the lives of the Garvey family who are still suffering the aftershock from a global incident where 2 percent of the world’s population inexplicably vanished – 140 million people, gone in an instant.

One of the most highly anticipated and iconic games on the AFL calendar every year is the ANZAC Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood and FOX FOOTY will have every minute of the action LIVE and in high definition from the MCG. Catch the pre-game show with the best interviews and analysis before the big match kicks off at 2.30pm on Tuesday April 25.

World no. 1 Jason Day and 2013 US Masters Champion Adam Scott, will lead a strong Australian contingent when Augusta National Golf Club hosts the US Masters, from Friday April 7 to Monday April 10. FOX SPORTS will be the home of golf’s most prestigious major, with a 24/7 dedicated US Masters Pop Up Channel offering golf fans round-the-clock coverage and interactive features. The Masters launch another huge year of golf on FOX SPORTS, with LIVE coverage of all four majors in 2017.

The 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Easter Triple Header on FOX LEAGUE is a jam-packed Easter long weekend kicking off on Friday April 14 at 4pm, when the Bulldogs take on the Rabbitohs, before the Knights vs the Roosters at 6pm, followed by a highly anticipated all-Queensland showdown extending the Good Friday action, when the Broncos play host to the Titans 6pm. All Rugby League games on FOX LEAGUE are LIVE, ad break free and in HD.

The new seventh season of Grand Designs Australia opens with a one hour special Kevin McCloud’s Top 10 Grand Designs Australia, premiering Thursday April 20 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle. Set in historic Homewood House in Surrey, England, Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison and Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud discuss their favourite Australian grand designs from over the 60 houses Peter has documented. Grand Designs Australia season 7 premieres Thursdays from April 27 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle.

Critically acclaimed HBO comedy series Veep returns for its sixth season on showcase, Wednesdays from April 26 at 8.30pm Express from the US. The comedy takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of politics, following the day-to-day existence of the former VP and one-time President Selina Meyer. Veep stars Emmy Award-winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus alongside Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons.

Silicon Valley season 4 premieres only on The Comedy Channel, Mondays from April 24 at 8.30pm Express from the US. From Producers Mike Judge, Alec Berg and Michael Rotenberg, season 4 promises a variety of sharp, irreverent and hilarious drama for viewers as the Pied Piper geeks continue their mission to change the world as they fumble along the road to tech success. Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J Miller, Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani with new guest stars appearing throughout the season.

X-Men fans unite! Foxtel Movies is the X-Men headquarters this Easter Long Weekend with a dedicated X-Men Movie Pop Up Channel. Tune into Channel 400 from Friday April 14 at 6am to Monday April 17 and experience all of the extraordinary X-Men films in one incredible location and in HD. From the original blockbusters to The Wolverine and the smash-hit-release Deadpool, you’ll be immersed in non-stop action with every mutant adventure.

Now in its tenth year, CMC ROCKS QLD is the largest international country music festival in the southern hemisphere. Held in Ipswich over an incredible three days, the festival features some of the biggest names in both local and international country music including Little Big Town, Kip Moore, and Dixie Chicks. Join host Morgan Evans for all the highlights from the festival, filled to the brim with world class country music, live performances, interviews and more on Wednesday April 12 at 8.30pm, only on CMC.

Tune in to MAX from 12pm Friday April 14 to the evening of Monday April 17 to see the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time, a musical must-see this Easter long weekend only on Foxtel. The greatest countdown event will be hosted by none other than the iconic Australian music critic, journalist and record producer, Molly Meldrum.

The Surgery Ship is a new Australian factual series premiering Tuesdays from April 18 at 7.30pm on Nat Geo People. Join the courageous Aussie doctors and nurses on board the ‘Africa Mercy’ surgery ship, as they provide lifesaving medical treatments to one of the most disadvantaged areas in Africa doing the impossible over only one year. These volunteer doctors and nurses are heading straight for the biggest medical and ethical challenge of their lives. Ahead lies unbelievable illnesses and a dramatic journey unfolds as they deal with life and death cases balancing the fates of these patients in their hands.

60 Days In: Atlanta is the follow up to the hugely popular 60 Days In season 1 premiering Wednesdays from April 26 at 9.30pm on the CI Network. In season 2 our innocent volunteers enter Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail, one of the most dangerous facilities in America. With five times the number of inmates as previous seasons, rampant drug problems, a powerful gang population and the constant threat of violence, innocent participants plunge deeper into this dangerous world of incarceration.

For the first time, HISTORY reveals the authorised and complete history of the Australian SAS in The Untold History, premiering Tuesdays from April 25 at 9.30pm. Raised in 1957 during Communist subversion in South-East Asia, the small and little-understood SAS quickly became the Ugly Duckling of the Australian Army. The SAS proved itself in 1965 in the undeniable jungle war in Borneo during Indonesian Konfrontasi. Follow the Australian SAS missions from inception through to the 2015 rise of the brutal ISIS caliphate. The Australian SAS: The Untold History is part of HISTORY’s ANZAC Day line-up only on Foxtel.

The new Disney movie Tangled: Before Ever After will be available as a sneak peek on the Foxtel Kids App one week before its premiere on the Disney Channel, Friday May 5 at 7pm. Voiced by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, Tangled: Before Ever After follows Rapunzel as she grapples with both the new responsibilities of being princess, the overprotective ways of her father, and her expectation to immediately marry Eugene and settle down within the castle walls. Determined to live life on her own terms, Rapunzel embarks on a secret adventure with a little help from her friends.

-Brad

GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA Season 7 premieres with a Kevin McCloud special Thursdays from April 20 at 8.30pm AEST on Lifestyle Also available to stream instantly on Foxtel Play

GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA
Season 7 premieres with a Kevin McCloud special
Thursdays from April 20 at 8.30pm AEST on Lifestyle
Also available to stream instantly on Foxtel Play

The new season of Grand Designs Australia opens with a one hour special Kevin McCloud’s Top 10 Grand Designs Australia premiering Thursday, April 20 at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s Lifestyle.

Set in historic Homewood House in Surrey, England, Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison and Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud sit down with a cup of tea and an old fashioned slide slow to reminisce about the design features of each of the ten homes, selected from the past six seasons.

The design gurus talk cladding, tiles and form, and with whisky in hand, engage in some gentle banter over each other’s take on the architecture of their favourite builds. While the special looks over the past, it also serves as a teaser for the upcoming seventh season.

In Grand Designs Australia, leading Australian architect Peter Maddison follows the process of turning ideas into reality, as people use design and architectural ingenuity to create an environment that best reflects their personality and ideals. Following 14 distinctive houses from concept to completion, the newest season premieres Thursdays from April 27 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle.

Excited about the new season ahead, Peter Maddison said, “Inventive building systems, wondrous materials and memorable form making has been applied to our wide brown land to produce a breathtaking collection of stories.”

Perhaps one of the most unique builds of the season is a Japanese-inspired Queenslander home. Steve the owner was inspired by the minimalistic style of Japan, both architecturally and culturally. He employed a Japanese-based architect and a majority of the design process was conducted through Skype sessions.

Kevin McCloud’s Top 10 Grand Designs Australia will premiere Thursday, April 20 at 8.30pm. The seventh series of Grand Designs Australia will premiere the following Thursday, April 27 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle and is available to watch on Foxtel or Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Play. Following each broadcast, customers can watch Grand Designs Australia any time via Foxtel On Demand, which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move via Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand are included with all Foxtel and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost.

Grand Designs Australia is produced by FremantleMedia Australia, exclusively for Foxtel’s Lifestyle.

-Brad

Foxtel Play named Best Streaming Video On Demand Provider


Media Release: Friday, March 17, 2017

Foxtel Play named Best Streaming Video On Demand Provider

Foxtel today announced that Foxtel Play has picked up the gong for Best Streaming Video on Demand Provider at the inaugural CommsDay Edison Awards.

The category was open to companies who provide streaming video services, both free and via subscription, and Foxtel Play’s win recognised it as the best in class among a host of industry peers.

Deanne Weir, Foxtel’s Managing Director – Content Aggregation and Wholesale, said, “We are delighted that Foxtel Play has been recognised as the Best Streaming Video on Demand Provider at the CommsDay Edison Awards. Foxtel Play has continued to gain incredible momentum with Australian subscribers, and last night’s win is testament to all of the effort the team has put behind this great service.

“We were thrilled to offer more flexible pricing for customers late last year and we have continued to innovate with the addition of Foxtel Play on Telstra TV along with the arrival of HD on that device as well as our ongoing effort to boost our fantastic on demand content line up for streaming customers. We look forward to sharing some exciting new developments for our streaming product in the coming months that will make the experience even better across platforms.

Foxtel Play’s win comes following the recent addition of a raft of new hits to the service including the politically charged drama Scandal; the Emmy Award winning anthology crime series American Crime; and the new HBO series, Big Little Lies, which has been the most popular HBO series launch in Foxtel’s history.

Foxtel Play is available starting from $10 per month for Lifestyle, Documentary or Kids. Other channel packs available include Drama and Pop packs as well as Sport and Movies tiers.

New Foxtel Play subscribers can sign up for a free two week trial* to explore all that it has to offer.

Foxtel Play customers can enjoy their programming via eligible Samsung, Sony and LG Smart TVs, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 & 4, selected Samsung Blu-Ray and home theatre systems, PC and Mac computers and Telstra TV.

Foxtel Play customers also have access to live and on demand content from the channels in their subscription on selected smart phones and tablets by downloading the Foxtel Go^ app at no extra cost.

-Brad

1000 Greatest Songs of All Time Top 1000 Countdown returns exclusively to MAX or stream on Foxtel Play Hosted by Molly Meldrum

Media Release: Thursday March 16, 2017
1000 Greatest Songs of All Time
Top 1000 Countdown returns exclusively to MAX or stream on Foxtel Play
Hosted by Molly Meldrum

he greatest music countdown returns to MAX this Easter Long Weekend – the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Which music great will win the coveted No.1 spot – could it be a song from Michael Jackson, Queen, Bon Jovi, Madonna or maybe AC/DC?

Tune in to MAX or stream instantly on Foxtel Play from 12pm Friday April 14 to the evening of Monday April 17 to see the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time, a musical must-see this Easter long weekend only on Foxtel. The greatest countdown event will be hosted by none other than the iconic Australian music critic, journalist and record producer, Molly Meldrum.

The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown will be compiled using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts, chart ratings and song popularity.

Fraser Stark, Foxtel’s Arts & Music Channel Manager said, “MAX is all about great music – the channel represents the ‘soundtrack to your life’ so it made sense to ask our viewers to help us pull together this countdown. Let’s face it – there have been some incredible songs over the years and we all have our favourites.

“Over his enduring career, the iconic Molly Meldrum has made an extraordinary impact on Australian popular music culture. Without his influence being asserted who knows how differently we would have come to hear the music of the times? Obviously he was the perfect host and expert in helping bring this countdown together over the Easter long weekend.”

Molly Meldrum is no stranger to countdowns and is guaranteed to throw in a few famous stories from Aussie legends and international superstars covering decades of unforgettable songs. Molly has worked alongside many music greats from David Bowie to Michael Jackson. He is the man responsible for giving Madonna, Blondie, John Mellencamp, AC/DC and countless others their first worldwide hits.

MAX viewers are invited to help shape the countdown with Molly Meldrum. Voting is now open at max1000.foxtel.com.au, voters could win a massive MAX prize pack valued at over $6000*.

What songs do you think should make the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time? Vote now and then get your mates together this Easter Long weekend for the greatest countdown only on MAX!

** All voted songs must have a licensed broadcast music video available.

max1000.foxtel.com.au

-Brad

Big Little Lies is a ratings smash Mondays at 1pm same time as the US and 8.30pm primetime encore on showcase or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Media Release: Wednesday March 15, 2017
Big Little Lies is a ratings smash
Mondays at 1pm same time as the US and 8.30pm primetime encore on showcase
or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Foxtel’s new drama Big Little Lies has recorded the largest HBO series launch in subscription television history. Its premiere episode cumulative audience acquired 420,000 viewers across its multiple viewings and recordings for its first week on Foxtel.

Based on the bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies features a stellar cast with several top Hollywood actors including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said, “These ratings numbers are a huge coup for a new Foxtel drama series, particularly for a premiere episode. It’s testament to HBO’s powerful story-telling ability, coupled with exceptional casting, and film-like cinematography, that viewers cannot wait to start watching one of their new programs. Our strategy is to deliver widely-anticipated premium drama to our subscribers at the same time as the US broadcast, or as close to the US broadcast as possible to ensure our market is part of the global conversation around the world’s hottest shows. By garnering the largest HBO series launch audience in our history, we’re able to see the results of these programming strategies first-hand.”

Set in the Californian seaside town of Monterey, Big Little Lies begins with a suspicious homicide at a primary school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers. Intercut with interrogation-room insights of other parents and school staff, the story unfolds over seven tense yet darkly comical episodes, revealing how each of the women had something to hide leading up to that one fateful night

Big Little Lies screens on Mondays at 1pm at the same time as the US on Foxtel’s showcase channel. The first episode is currently available for anyone to watch on the Foxtel website at foxtel.com.au.

-Brad

ARNIE POP-UP CHANNEL on Foxtel

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS BACK

ARNIE POP-UP CHANNEL
For the first time in Australia and only on Foxtel
Featuring nineteen Arnold Schwarzenegger movies
Friday, March 17 from 6.00am AEDT – Monday, March 20
Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Play
Click here to view promo

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be visiting Australia from March 17

To coincide with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming Australian visit on March 17, Foxtel Movies presents an epic lineup of nineteen Arnie films on a dedicated pop-up channel, available to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers, from 6.00am on Friday, March 17 through to Monday, March 20.

An Australian television first, the huge four-day movie marathon will feature an impressive lineup of smash-hit films, launching with Conan the Barbarian, through to comedy classics Twins and Kindergarten Cop and the juggernaut Terminator movies.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has dominated the entertainment industry for over 30 years. A sports icon and Hollywood actor, his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide to date.

By the age of 20, Schwarzenegger conquered the world of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr Universe title. His big movie break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic, Conan the Barbarian, hit box office gold and in 1984, Schwarzenegger made cinema history as the title character in James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, Terminator. He served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 – 2010.

Schwarzenegger is still passionate about filmmaking and fitness and will be visiting Australia for the inaugural 2017 Arnold Classic Australia Multi-Sport Festival from March 17-19 in Melbourne, an initiative of Schwarzenegger’s featuring live sports, health and fitness activities.

The Arnie pop-up channel follows on from Foxtel Movies’ successful series of pop-up channels, including the Star Wars, Harry Potter, Fast and Furious and Batman vs Superman pop-ups.

The nineteen movies featured on the Arnie pop-up, running back-to-back, are as follows:

Conan the Barbarian
The epic tale of a boy sold into slavery who becomes a mighty warrior seeking revenge against the evil warlord whose savages massacred his people.
Commando
Retired Special Forces colonel John Matrix races to rescue his kidnapped daughter from an exiled dictator who threatens to kill her unless Matrix assassinates a political rival.
Predator
CIA mercenaries sent to the jungles of Central America to find missing airmen are picked off by a high-tech, extra-terrestrial killing machine that skins everyone alive.
The Running Man
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Red Heat
A Moscow cop teams up with a Chicago officer to hunt down a dangerous Russian drug lord.
Twins
An experiment to create a perfect human produced not one but two – twins in mismatched shapes. They set off on a comic adventure to find their mother.
Junior
You’ll never guess who’s going to have a baby. Watch as the maternal tables are turned forever when, after taking an experimental drug, a male scientist becomes pregnant.
Kindergarten Cop
An undercover cop whose attempt to locate a boy and his mother leads him to a kindergarten where he poses as an unlikely teacher. A classic comedy with a sharp crime edge to it.
True Lies
Harry is a Special Agent, but to his wife, he’s just a boring computer salesman. His two lives unexpectedly collide, finding themselves in the clutches of international terrorists.
The Last Stand
When the leader of a drug cartel makes a deadly escape for an FBI prisoner convoy the only obstacle in his way is a sheriff and his team, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Terminator is back and now he’s one of the good guys, assigned to protect freedom fighter John Connor from a cyborg sent by the leader of the human resistance in the future.
Total Recall
Douglas Quaid dreams he lived on Mars, so Recall gives him a powerful hallucinogenic drug to make it a reality.
Eraser
An elite federal marshal erases the pasts of jeopardised informers and relocates them into safe anonymity.
End of Days
It’s up to a burned out former New York Cop to save a girl, the world and his own soul as he faces a powerful enemy.
Collateral Damage
A Los Angeles fireman seeks revenge after his wife and son are killed in a terrorist bombing.
The Expendables
Mercenaries who take on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator find out that a double-cross makes them expendable.
Escape Plan
Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin must recruit a fellow inmate to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison.
Sabotage
When an elite DEA team takes down a drug lord $10 million goes missing from a cartel safe house. Suddenly members of the team are picked off one by one.

The Arnie pop-up channel will be available in HD* to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400. Channel 400 is now home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive pop-up movie events and is also available to stream on Foxtel Play.

Subscribers can also watch the Arnie pop-up movies when and where they want On Demand with an internet-connected iQ box – and viewers can also stream the movies On Demand on Foxtel Play.

-Brad

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