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Thursday 22

Distant Shores
Paul and Sheryl conclude their visit to Egypt with a voyage down the Nile aboard a felucca (a traditional boat), travelling down the river from Aswan to Luxor.
12.30pm, Travel Channel

What happens when bull sharks are caught? Find out the answers tonight.
6pm, Nat Geo Wild

From Paris With Love
A young CIA agent in the US ambassador’s Paris office is invited to team up with an American spy to stop a terrorist attack. John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star.
1pm, OSN Action HD

Make it Happen
An aspiring dancer goes to Chicago to audition for a famous stage school.
5.30pm, OSN Premiere

Ross’s first date in nine years is on Valentine’s Day, and Joey sets Chandler up on a date with Janice.
2pm, OSN Comedy

The Event
Michael comes to Leila’s aid while Sean and Vicky race to stop Sophia’s weapon reaching US soil.
4pm, OSN First HD

Rugby World Cup: South Africa v Namibia
All the action from New Zealand as these two African teams go head to head.
Noon, OSN Sports 1 HD

RWC Matchday
From the OSN studios in Dubai, Jim Rosenthal and a panel of guests take us through the latest from New Zealand.
9pm, OSN Sports 2

Friday 23

When the student lover of a married teacher moves into the home she shares with her husband, a deadly love triangle is formed that leads to an emotionally driven murder.
3.20pm, Crime and Investigation Network

Plastic Fantastic Brain
People with incredible ‘plastic’ brains have adapted under extraordinary circumstances. Hear their stories tonight.
6pm, Discovery HD Showcase

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Delicious animation. Inspired by the kids’ book, this story focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.
2pm, OSN Movies HD

Meet Me in Las Vegas
Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra are among the guest stars in this tuneful musical about a dancer who captures the heart of a gambler.
5.50pm, TCM

The third season kicks off with Will assigning the glee clubbers a new project to help them get back on track, while Sue runs for office in a congressional campaign.
8pm, OSN First

The X Factor (US)
More musical hopefuls audition in front of Simon, Paula, LA Reid and Nicole.
9pm, OSN First HD

Rugby World Cup: Australia v USA
The Wallabies take on the Eagles in this must-see game.
12.30pm, OSN Sports 1 HD

Live PGA European Tour
The Austrian Open, round two. Follow the action from the European PGA Tour as the cream of the European circuit compete for the title.
4pm, OSN Sports 1 HD

Saturday 24

Ancient Discoveries
The team investigates whether Bible stories could be based on fact, trying to create fire from water and asking how big the giant Goliath was.
4pm, History Channel

Food Lover’s Guide to the Planet
Tasmania is a utopia for food. With the island’s natural resources and climate, it is now one of the world’s leading producers of luxury foods.
8pm, Nat Geo Adventure

A Beautiful Mind
This Oscar-winning film with Russell Crowe tells the story of a genius who makes an astonishing discovery. But he soon finds himself on a painful journey.
3.30pm, MBC 2

Thriller with Mel Gibson. When a ransom exchange goes wrong, a father, wary of the FBI’s capabilities, takes a new tactic.
5pm, OSN Action HD

The Drew Carey Show
Drew reconsiders proposing to Kellie after her parents split up and her mother suddenly takes up with Lewis.
5.30pm, OSN Comedy

Sara clashes with her mother-in-law and a woman from Gil’s past as the team investigate a car bombing at a local college.
8pm, OSN First HD

Rugby World Cup: England v Romania
Watch all the live action from the tournament as the England Lions battle for a win against the Romanian Oaks.
10am, OSN Sports 1 HD

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v France
Can the home-town favourites take home the win in this competitive match?
12.30pm, OSN Sports 1 HD

Sunday 25

Smash Lab
Tonight’s programme investigates uses for ‘fluidised sand’. This ‘instant quicksand’ is a useful crime deterrent and defensive road barrier.
2.55pm, Discovery Science

Wild Russia
The Russian Arctic is an extreme habitat, yet it’s also a haven for many animals.
9pm, Nat Geo Wild

Mr Deeds
Romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. A small-town man inherits billions and is soon plagued by opportunists.
5pm, OSN Movies Comedy

The Peacemaker
An intelligence colonel must find stolen Russian nuclear weapons before terrorists do. George Clooney stars.
8pm, MBC 2

How I Met Your Mother
Barney tries to impress Jerry by telling the gang to pretend to have more exciting jobs. Robin has a surprise meeting with an old crush.
3.30pm, OSN Comedy

Drop Dead Diva
Jane, a fashion designer, stops a tell-all-book being published.
11pm, OSN First

Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Russia
As the tournament hots up, this Pool C match is likely to prove exciting.
9am, OSN Sports 1 HD

Rugby World Cup: Argentina v Scotland
Watch all the action as Argentina take on the Scots.
11.30am, OSN Sports 1 HD

Monday 26

The Disappeared
Molly’s mother suspects something has happened when her daughter fails to turn up for her lifeguard job.
1.50pm, Investigation Discovery

Travel 360
What do celebs Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and Penelope Cruz all have in common? They’ve all filmed in these beautiful Greek islands.
4pm, Travel Channel

Tuck Everlasting
A girl (Alexis Bledel) falls in love with a man (Jonathan Jackson) who is part of a family of immortals.
2pm, OSN Movies Festival

White Chicks
Two FBI agents go undercover to protect heiresses from a kidnapping plot. Starring the Wayans brothers.
2pm, MBC 2

Come Dine With Me
Four strangers compete in a fierce competition to host the ultimate dinner party for their rivals.
10pm, ITV Granada

30 Rock
With TGS facing cancellation, Jack asks Hooper to allow the team to produce a 100th episode to help them prove themselves.
5.30pm, OSN Comedy +2

Rugby World Cup: Wales v Namibia
The Welsh side enjoyed a fair start to the tournament: see if they can keep it up against Namibia.
10.30am, OSN Sports 1 HD

Twenty20 Cricket
England take on the West Indies in the fastest and hardest-hitting form of cricket.
1pm, OSN Sports 2

Tuesday 27

Hollywood and Vines
Explore some of the top vineries in Washington. Featuring Hollywood stars Harrison Ford, Will Ferrell, Amanda Peet and Jim Belushi.
2.30pm, Travel Channel

Ax Men
The men dodge falling trees and swinging blades in a battle to chop the most timber.
6pm, History Channel

What Lies Beneath
A loving couple’s happy life is destroyed when a ghost re-emerges from their past. With Harrison Ford.
3pm, OSN Action HD

Napoleon Dynamite
An alienated teenager decides to help his friend win class presidency, while dealing with his bizarre family.
5.15pm, OSN Premiere

Cougar Town
Jules and Bobby don’t know what to do when Travis gets his heart broken.
4pm, OSN Comedy

One Tree Hill
Nathan’s dispute with Clay divides Haley and Quinn.
5pm, OSN First

Rugby World Cup: Canada v Japan
Can the Canadian Wolverines overcome the Japanese Cherry Blossoms?
7.45am, OSN Sports 1 HD

Rugby World Cup: Italy v USA
Italy’s fans will be hoping their team can fend off the Americans.
10.15am, OSN Sports 1 HD

Wednesday 28

GT Racer
Discover what it’s like to race in the 3,200km La Carrera Panamericana in Mexico.
1.50pm, Discovery HD Showcase

Diagnosis: Unknown
When a healthy 17-year-old model dies suddenly, the doctor suspects dangerous bacterial meningitis.
2.40pm, Investigation Discovery

Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang
Family comedy. McPhee arrives to help a young mother trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war.
4pm, OSN Movies HD

The Aviator
Leo DiCaprio stars as a daredevil pilot in the heyday of early flying.
9.25pm, MGM

Grey’s Anatomy
The fate of Cristina’s baby and marriage is decided in tonight’s episode.
3pm, OSN First +2

The Simpsons
Great Raymondo takes Lisa as his assistant, but she is conned into revealing his trick.
8.30pm, OSN Comedy

Rugby World Cup: Georgia v Romania
Catch this Pool B match as the teams fight to progress past the group stages.
10.15am, OSN Sports 2

NRL Premiership
Watch the bruising action from Down Under in this preliminary National Rugby League final.
5.30pm, OSN Sports 2

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