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Airdate: Real Housewives of Melbourne return for third season on @Foxtel

ProgrammingKevin Perry

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Pour yourself a martini, reach for your Birkin bag and get ready to party in style! The Real Housewives of Melbourne are back with a new series promising “outrageous accusations, scandalous gossip, heartfelt moments, bigger bling and jaw-dropping surprises” along the way, premiering Sunday February 21 at 8:30pm on Foxtel’s Arena.

Returning for season three are Chyka Keebaugh, Gamble Breaux, Gina Liano, Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach, Lydia Schiavello and Pettifleur Berenger.  This season they are joined by Melbourne socialite and country girl turned Toorak Housewife, Susie McLean.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne is the first Australian instalment ofthe ‘Real’ reality franchise. A second version, The Real Housewives of Sydney is currently in the early stages of production for Foxtel and is expected to premiere mid 2017.

This 11-part one hour soap-doc provides an insider view of the lifestyles of these wealthy and extravagant women. With a backdrop of exotic settings and high-end events, nothing is off limits as the Housewives navigate love, family, marriage, fidelity, babies, health and friendship. Popular family members are back including Chyka’s husband Bruce and children Chessie & BJ, Jackie’s husband Ben, Gamble’s new husband Rick, Lydia’s husband Andrew, and of course her pampered pooch Figaro.

Season three begins with flowing champagne and delicious treats as the Housewives catch up on all the gossip in recent months. Jackie and Janet attend Chyka’s regular book club where they are introduced to Chyka’s good friend Susie. Susie knows many of the Housewives very well; one of them perhaps not in a good way.

Across town, Lydia and Pettifleur are also catching up and the hot topic of conversation is Gamble and her comments about Pettifleur’s book. With ears burning Gamble and Rick are enjoying their new home while discussing their upcoming wedding. Meanwhile Gina’s had to hire a personal assistant, Josh, to help with her many brand commitments. By the time everyone catches up at Susie’s for a wholesome baking day, the temperature is soaring and not just in the kitchen. Pettifleur sums it up ‘it’s kill or be killed’.