Aussie News Briefs

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

Movie Extra


Tropfest, the biggest short-film festival in the world, is celebrating its 20th year and will be shown live on pay TV. The event will be hosted on TV by Julia Zemiro and Adam Spencer, so expect a few laughs in between the great films!

Airs: Sunday, 19 February, 7.30pm AEDST


Top Gear

Nine's finally going to get some good ratings, because Top Gear is back! The first episode of the season features the boys (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May) on a road trip around India, where they use their cars to deliver lunches to workers in Mumbai, use a train to advertise the UK (with mixed results) and hold an excruciatingly awkward British trade fair in Jaipur.

Airs: Tuesday, 21 February, 9.30pm AEDST


Airing tonight, Earthflight is a nature special showing life from the point of view of birds. Aerial cameras are used to make this awesome six-part series look like you're actually seeing things as a bird would.

Airs: Thursday, 16 February, 7.30pm AEDST

G'day Soleil

Jamie Durie is back with a completely new, totally bizarre-sounding show: a cross between Cirque du Soleil and garden design. Jamie will be designing a "touring garden" inspired by Cirque du Soleil's new show "Ovo". Sounds ... interesting!

Airs: Saturday, 18 February, 7.30pm AEDST


Catriona Rowntree, Kelly Landry, Jules Lund, Dermott Brereton and Jason Dundas -- along with guest star Sophie Monk -- present this year's premiere of holiday-show Getaway.

Airs: Saturday, 18 February, 5.30pm AEDST

The History Channel

The Bombing of Darwin: An Awkward Truth

In memory of the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of Darwin, The History Channel will be airing a documentary examining the reasons why Australia was so unprepared for the bombing attack, and why it was later kept a secret by the government.

Airs: Sunday, 19 February, 7.30pm AEDST


Dancing with the Stars

Kerri-Anne Kennerley is moving to Seven to be a contestant in this year's Dancing with the Stars. She will also be taking part in some of Seven's other shows -- no news on which ones yet, though.

Airs: later this year


Launching tonight, A&E; channel on Foxtel will feature the shows Dog The Bounty Hunter, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Billy the Exterminator, American Pickers, Ice Road Truckers, Swamp People and Axe Men. The ladies are going to love this channel!

Launches: Thursday, 16 February, 6.30pm AEDST


Project Runway

Host Heidi Klum brings us another season of Project Runway, this time with guest judges Rose Byrne, Christina Ricci, Zoe Saldana, Adam Lambert and one of the Kardashian girls. You know, the one that had that really successful marriage late last year.

Airs: Monday, 20 February, 8.30pm AEDST

Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood

Tori Spelling and her trophy husband are back with a sixth season of their highly interesting reality show. This time, they're opening an antiques store, which they've rather painfully decided to call "invenTORI". How has this gone for six seasons? Who's giving this the green light?

Airs: Wednesday, 22 February, 8.30pm AEDST


Oprah and Whitney

Oprah Winfrey presents the final Whitney Houston interview before her sudden death over the weekend.

Airs: Thursday, 16 February, 8.30pm AEDST

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's biography will be presented on Bio on the weekend, showing the ups and downs of the megastar's life.

Airs: Saturday, 18 February, 7.30pm AEDST

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