The Book Club's Five of the Best; the start of the Christmas specials including Netflix's A Very Murray Christmas; and the return of The Goldbergs for an overdue season two - the first week on non-ratings for 2015/2016 is upon us...
TV Guide for week commencing 22/11/15TV Guide
It's a big week of finales with The Block, X Factor Australia, Media Watch, Q&A, Four Corners - the final CSI ever - and more finishing for the year. Add in Australia competing in Junior Eurovision and the incredible documentary Hitting Home from Sarah Ferguson & that's quite the final week of ratings for 2015...
TV Guide for week commencing 15/11/15TV Guide
The Comedy Channel deliver season two of RICK & MORTY; Netflix deliver their new superhero series JESSICA JONES; and SBS launch FOOD NETWORK AUSTRALIA (Ch 33) on Tuesday - even more TV for you to wrap your seeing eyeballs around...
TV Guide for week commencing 08/11/15TV Guide
Mr Robot comes to showcase, ABC2 deliver the second season of Peaky Blinders, and a look behind one of the toughest units in the British Army - SAS: Who Dares Wins... welcome to the third last week of TV ratings for 2015.
Foxtel announce new line-up for 2016 | @FoxtelNews
In 2016, Foxtel viewers will see the return of a huge range of their favourite Australian series, with the stellar line-up bolstered by a raft of new commissions and programming across drama, lifestyle, factual and entertainment.
Interview: Peter Maddison returns with Grand Designs Australia | @P_Maddison_GDA @FoxtelInterviews
A new season of Grand Designs Australia arrives on The Lifestyle Channel this month with six new stories of Australians building or renovating their dream homes.
TV Guide for week commencing 01/11/15TV Guide
This week Jamie Durie returns with his own show, SBS delivers a whole new series of Drunk History, and the original Star Wars trilogy rounds out (December 17 can't come soon enough!) - There's still a raft of new content on FTA and there's only 4 weeks of ratings left in 2015...
Interview: Jamie Durie - Building an Outback Nation | @Foxtel @baker_conInterviews
Outback Nation is the latest offering from Australia’s most popular ex-pat landscaping guru Jamie Durie, and is a reality DIY gardening show done American style; with alligators, snakes and even armadillos.
"It’s kind of fun watching these American families that have these really neglected backyards get their hands dirty." Jamie told me when we caught up recently, "And not just that, it forces them to face their fear. I get them to camp out in their backyard while we work on the yard. I think it’s pretty good TV."
Jamie, with the help of the family transform their huge, neglected, often animal infested backyard into a useable, beautiful space all while camping out and all in just four days. Each episode follows the process of Jamie slashing his way through the yard, designing a new space based on the family’s wants and then getting in and undertaking:
1. Dig out
2. Build out
3. Plant out
"Some of these yards are enormous, like a hectare. We can’t touch all of it so we pick out the best spots. We also need to deal with the fact that there are now often animals co-habitating there. One family had a 13 and half alligator sharing their backyard and getting into the pool. That’s not safe."
Now, call me a cynic but I was a little dubious about the broad Aussie ‘G’Day’ that greeted each new family; surely it’s a bit of overplay for the US audience but Jamie assured me it wasn’t…
"I’m a G’day kind of guy. I’m an Australian guy. A proud Australian. That’s just how I am naturally. And I think that’s part of the secret to my longevity on television, in the industry; being authentic. Viewers can smell a fake a mile off."
Jamie Durie is at a point of his career where he is happy to consider himself a TV veteran.
"This is actually my 52nd TV series between Australia, the US and Asia. While sometimes, to me, it feels like only 5 mins, it’s been 17 years. A friend reminded me just the other day. I started on TV in 1999 with Backyard Rooms on Channel 9 and then Dig This on Foxtel. And now I’m back on Foxtel, I’m back home"
"I always have believed that ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’ at least that’s the way it has been for me. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I’m proud of what I do, I’m passionate about it."
"I divide my time between the US and Australia. I keep an office in Sydney and a home in Australia – I just chase the summer these days."
Look Outback Nation with Jamie Durie isn’t anything new but it is entertaining, and if you’re considering some backyard DIY (or have an alligator issue) then you can pick up some great ideas – I’m thinking you’ll probably need a bit longer than four days though. And always be careful when undertaking any DIY projects; even the professionals can get hurt,
"I dislocated my shoulder and broke two fingers,"
There was also a moment of miscommunication in episode two that saw a massive palm tree literally just miss Jamie,
"That was scary. That could have been the end of me."
Outback Nation with Jamie Durie premieres on Foxtel’s LifeStyle HOME Monday 2nd November at 9.30pm.
TV Guide for week commencing 25/10/15TV Guide
Annabel Crabb returns with a double series of Kitchen Cabinet (S05) & Canberra Al Desko, Blindspot finally premieres and the best Star Wars movie ever THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK airs - it's a busy week for all TV-watching nerds...
Airdate: Grand Designs Australia returns for Season 6 @FoxtelProgramming
The LifeStyle Channel’s, Grand Designs Australia is returning for what’s described as “the most diverse season yet.” Hosted by leading Australian Architect Peter Maddison.
Contributing writer Connie Baker is an experienced Content & Social Media Consultant.
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