Aussie News Briefs

We take a look at this week's TV news, channel by channel.


Get ready to say "awww": Packed to the Rafters will be returning on Valentine's Day. New cast members this year include Brooke Satchwell, Cameron Daddo, Jacob Allen and Samantha Tolj.

Premieres: Tuesday, 14 February, 8.30pm AEDST

Starpics HD

Starpics will be airing the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) live (hence the weird time). The red-carpet coverage will begin at 7.30am, with the awards show to start at 8am. It'll be shown again at 1pm and 8.30pm.

Airs: Monday, 13 February, from 7.30am AEDST


To celebrate the 26 February launch of the new channel FX and its mainstay show The Walking Dead, a bunch of zombies will be attacking Sydney (Martin Place) and Melbourne (Federation Square) next week. The zombies will be locked in a cage at 7am, and will then "escape" and hunt for human flesh between 1pm and 2pm. There will also be a Twitter hunt for zombies at -- you'll win a prize if you spot a stray zombie!

Happening: Wednesday, 8 February, 7am-2pm AEDST

Sky News

Sky News is already beginning its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, with its new show London Calling launching this week.

The show will be hosted by Sky News sports presenters Matt Shirvington (himself a former Olympian) and James Bracey, and will review each week's Olympics-related news, including qualifications news and updates on Aussie athletes.

Premieres: Friday, 3 February, 9.15pm AEDST


People are actually watching Please Marry My Boy -- 1.252 million people, to be precise. Cripes.

Airs: Mondays, 8.30pm AEDST

ABC1/ABC News 24

Political-debate show Q&A; is returning for 2012. For its first week back, host Tony Jones will be joined by Federal Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong, economist Judith Sloan, News Limited journalist Joe Hildebrand and executive director of the Centre for Policy Development, Miriam Lyons.

Premieres: Monday, 6 February, 9.35pm AEDST


The life story of Charmian, who was the ex-wife of the infamous fugitive Ronald "Ronnie" Biggs, will be shown through a five-part miniseries called Mrs Biggs: the Untold Love Story Behind the Great Train Robbery.

The show is to be filmed on location in the UK (Manchester, London, Buckinghamshire and Surrey), France (Paris), Australia (Melbourne and Adelaide) and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), with filming starting this month.

Airs: yet to be confirmed

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