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Thu 19

Talk to the Animals
Nicky Buckley and vet Dr Chris Brown offer fun and important information about a variety of animals, from pets to more exotic creatures.
6.30pm, Animal Planet

Food School
Ruth Reichl and actor Frances McDormand discover a luxury inn in East Tennessee, where guests can help to run the farm.
8pm, Nat Geo Adventure HD

The Boys are Back
Drama starring Clive Owen as a sports writer who takes on the responsibility of raising his children when his wife dies of cancer.
6pm, OSN Cinema

Red
CIA-style action comedy with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.
10pm, OSN Cinema Comedy Premiere +2

Friends
Ross and Rachel toss baby names back and forth as Monica, Chandler and Phoebe discover that Joey still likes Rachel.
7pm, OSN Comedy

State of Georgia
In order to reunite Aunt Honey with an old friend, Georgia decides to meddle in their affairs.
8.30pm, OSN Comedy

WWE Vintage Collection
Watch the biggest names in sports entertainment history – including Hulk Hogan and the late Randy Savage – as they face off at famous venues in the US.
7pm, OSN Sports 4

Twenty20 Big Bash League
Melbourne Stars take on Adelaide Strikers in this one-day cricket Test match.
8.30pm, OSN Sports 2


Fri 20

Somewhere in China
From China’s Wild West to Beijing’s boom, filmmaking duo Jeff and Peter Hutchens capture China in its moment of change.
7pm, Nat Geo Adventure HD

American Idol
Season 11. The singing hopefuls face judges Steven Tyler, J-Lo and Randy Jackson in the first-stage auditions to become a US pop star.
9pm, OSN First

Criminal Minds
The department is called to assist local authorities in rural Wyoming, where teens are found dead from apparent suicides that are linked to a game.
6.35pm, Star World HD

Perfect Couples
US romantic comedy show following three couples’ relationships. Tonight, Amy and Vance’s engagement inspires doubt from Julia and Dave.
8.30pm, OSN Comedy

Under the Influence
Focuses on the people, places and moments that define modern adrenaline sports. Follow the exploits of today’s top snowboarders and skiers as they traverse the globe for the ultimate ride.
12.05pm, Extreme Sports Channel

European Challenge Cup
The top rugby union sides from the best leagues in Europe compete for the cup. Today: Sale versus Brive.
2pm, OSN Sports 2


Sat 21

Dirty Soap
US reality show featuring well-known soap stars. Today, Kirsten and Farah meet after years of estrangement. Brandon takes Nadia away for an extravagant weekend and Jenna struggles to leave her kids.
3.05pm, E! Channel

Chopped
The wannabe chefs struggle to marry flavours, and the judges warn competitors against cooking to please.
5.45pm, Food Network

The Tender Hook
A story about Iris’s rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover and an earnest young boxer. Stars Rose Byrne and Hugo Weaving.
2pm, OSN Cinema

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1
To take on Voldemort, Harry and his friends must search for the pieces of the evil wizard’s soul, which he has hidden in ingenious locations.
4.45pm, OSN Premiere +2

Rules Of Engagement
Russell agrees to let Audrey do a wedding shoot at his home, if she lets him choose the bride for the shoot.
12.55pm, Star World HD

The Killing
US version of the gripping Danish crime drama. Rosie appears to have had an association to a suspicious website, and Mitch discovers some secrets about her daughter.
9pm, OSN First

Velux 5 Oceans
Witness the ultimate endurance test as these single skipper yachts travel 30,000 miles.
4.30pm, Fox Sports HD

Live Masters Snooker
Snooker’s top names come together at Wembley Arena in London for one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. Today: tune into the afternoon session of day seven.
5pm, OSN Sports 2

Modern Family
US sitcom starring Ed O’Neill, with a guest appearance from Minnie Driver.
2pm, Fox


Sun 22

Bear Nomad
Morgan journeys to Anchorage, where bears and man share the land and officers walk a fine line between wilderness and civilisation.
6pm, Nat Geo Wild HD

Dust Up!
The crop dusters must deal with several challenges, including Brennan’s struggle to secure a reliable ground crew.
7.50pm, Discovery Showcase HD

Our Family Wedding
Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia headline this culture-clash comedy, centred on two headstrong fathers whose children are about to be married.
6pm, OSN Movies HD +2

Lower Learning
A satirical look at the American school system, starring Eva Longoria and Jason Biggs.
7pm, OSN Movies Comedy

My Name is Earl
Earl tries to get Joy a spot on a reality show starring Erik Estrada. However, he only causes great embarrassment.
6.05pm, Star World HD

Desperate Housewives
Jenny and Juanita perform in a school talent show.
8pm, Star World HD

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball
Watch the seven-foot set take to the court as UCLA face hometown Oregon.
7pm, Fox Sports HD

Man’s Work
Ashley Harris takes on some of the world’s most dangerous jobs.
8.25pm, Extreme Sports Channel


Mon 23

Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
Examine the features that will make the One World Trade Center building in NYC technologically unique.
7pm, Discovery Showcase HD

Banged Up Abroad
Eva was arrested and given a 16-year jail term after illegal substances were found in her backpack.
9pm, Nat Geo Adventure HD

Waiting For Superman
This documentary follows a handful of children to look at public education in the US.
6.30pm, OSN Cinema

The Maiden Heist
Three ageing museum security guards scheme to steal their favourite exhibits before the curator arrives.
8pm, OSN Movies HD

House
Dr House is sent to the principal’s office after traumatising a fifth-grade class with explicit medical stories during Career Day.
7pm, OSN First HD

Parks and Recreation
A local company teams up with the department to sell energy bars, but Leslie discovers they’re unhealthy.
8.30pm, OSN Comedy

Alli Presents
A new series focusing on the biggest action sports stars from around the world. Featuring the best athletes vying for the richest prizes.
7.10pm, Extreme Sports Channel

National Football League
US football teams compete in the first semi-final, known as the NFC Conference Championship game.
9pm, Fox Sports HD


Tue 24

My Brilliant Brain
Is there hidden potential in each of us? Two accidental geniuses talk about their surprise talents.
6.30pm, National Geographic Channel

Leopard Queen
A wild leopard allows a tiger to join her as a hunter.
7pm, Nat Geo Wild

The List
A lawyer inherits an interest in a secretive entity, and enters a world of deception and greed. Starring Malcolm McDowell.
7pm, OSN Premiere

Flipped
A young schoolboy (Callan McAuliffe) realises that the girl he once struggled to avoid may actually be his one true love.
8.15pm, OSN Cinema

Modern Family
Mockumentary-style sitcom. Claire tries to stop a neighbour who speeds around the area.
6pm, OSN Comedy +2

Grey’s Anatomy
In this episode of the medical drama, Richard’s 10,000th surgery is a liver transplant for two sisters.
8pm, OSN First

Prime/Time Boxing
A variety of boxing cards featuring title fights, international bouts and the up-and-coming rising stars.
6.30pm, Fox Sports HD

Best of the Streets
An insider’s guide to New York’s skate scene.
8.50pm, Extreme Sports Channel


Wed 25

Forensic Detectives
Find out how arson investigators can retrieve important clues from scorched rubble.
7.10pm, Investigation Discovery

Dogs 101
Meet the gentle Borzoi dogs who are being trained to help war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
8.20pm, Animal Planet

Make It Happen
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in this dance flick in which a small-town girl moves to Chicago and discovers a new style of dance.
6pm, OSN Cinema

Nine
A film director struggles to find harmony as he engages in various tumultuous relationships.
8pm, OSN Cinema

The Office US
Michael hopes to have a drama-free day to say his goodbyes to Dunder Mifflin.
7.30pm, OSN Comedy +2

Falling Skies
Tom’s search for answers could jeopardise the plan presented by Dr. Michael Harris.
9pm, OSN First

Aquabike World Championships
This jet-skiing event attracts the best male and female pilots.
6pm, OSN Sports 4

Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships
Held since 1972, join the riders on the 2010 motocross circuit.
8.50pm, Extreme Sports Channel

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