An Idiot Abroad

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An Idiot Abroad – Karl Comes Home, 9.30pm, TEN
Karl sits down with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to recall the highs and lows of his Bucket List journey, including previously unseen footage.

AFL – Round 1: GWS v Sydney, 6.30pm, 7mate
Greater Western Sydney Giants’ inaugural AFL premiership match will be a fiery local derby against the Sydney Swans, with both clubs keen to mark out their territory.

Mad Men, 9.15pm, SBS ONE
The firm welcomes back an old client. Joan and Greg make plans for their future, and Betty and the kids take a trip.

NRL Triple Header, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30pm, Fox Sports Two
First see the NZ warriors take on the Titans then the Dragons take on the almighty Eagles, followed by the Cowboys and the Sharks

Moonlight (Season 1, Ep 1) 9.30pm, Arena
After a series of vampire-style murders are committed in Los Angeles, investigator Mick St John begins to search for those behind the deaths. While doing so, Mick reconnects with internet reporter Beth Turner, a woman from his past.

On Sunday March 18, Ten will air the Australian Formula One Grand Prix LIVE. In eastern daylight savings markets, this will push back Super Sunday by 15 minutes with Young Talent Time starting at 6.45pm, Modern Family 7.45, New Girl 8.15, Homeland’s 2nd last episode at 8.45pm, then House at 9.50. The Formula One will air in HD on ONE.

Monday March 19 includes The Biggest Loser at 7pm, 2012 Australian Swimming Championships at 8, NCIS: LA at 8.30 and Hawaii Five-O at 9.30pm, followed by a Medium repeat at 10.30pm.

Tuesday March 20 has Loser at 7pm, Swimming at 8, then new NCIS at 8.30 and a repeat at 9.30pm. New Law & Order: UK follows at 10.30pm.

On Wednesday March 21, Swimming will air at 8pm, pushing Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation to 8.30pm. The Good Wife as a result won’t start until 9.40 at the earliest.

To Thursday March 22, and more swimming at 8pm, new Law & Order: SVU at 8.3-, followed by a repeat, then Gifted Man at 10.30pm.

On Friday March 23, The weekly Biggest Loser recap airs at 7pm, then new Glee at 7.30pm. A yet to be named move is scheduled for 8.30pm Friday.

Saturday March 24 sees the return of Before the Game at 6.30pm in Melbourne, with the show airing on ONE elsewhere. A Repeat of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation plays on Ten at 6.30pm outside of Melbourne, 7.30 still TBA at this stage, while the season finale of An Idiot Abroad – The Bucket List airs at 9.30pm, following the Graham Norton show at 8.30pm.

Correct as at March 13, subject to change.

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I have to say, that at our house, there is next to nothing that airs on Saturday nights on free to air that we record or watch on the night.

Ten have given a bit of a reprieve – finally moving away from movies repeated 5 times a year on the night to new content including Undercover Boss (US), The Graham Norton Show, and An Idiot Abroad – this week saw Karl hit Australia with another thing to do before you die – swim with the Dolphins. Meanwhile, anyone who missed the Shakespeare inspired special of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation on Ten last Tuesday – and based on ratings there’d be a few – were able to see it again on ONE at 7.30pm.

We finally got around to watching the first two episodes of Suburgatory – now the only show we really sit down and watch on GO! Now hooked and can’t wait for the next episode tonight. There were some moments reminiscent of the Stepford Wives, and a stupid scene covering the idea of women with implants floating on water – but other than that, not a bad show at all.

Raiders of The Lost Ark on Seven, 7TWO had nearly three hours of Taggart – what’s with all the double episodes on 7TWO these days? 7mate was all blokey docos with Mighty Structures, Mega Breakdown, Super Factories, etc!

Nine – you can always count on Funniest Home Videos on Saturday nights at 6.30. Later in the night, The Wedding Singer – a movie sometimes on GO! played, while GO! itself had Looney Toons Back in Action, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and another Alcatraz encore at 10.30pm – this time on time.

Accused on ABC1, replay of Adam Hills on ABC2, followed by old movies, Monster Moves and Rockwiz on SBS ONE.

What do you watch on Saturday nights on TV? Anything? Do you use Saturday nights as a way to catch up on what you haven’t had time to watch throughout the week? Tall us your thoughts!

I think whoever is sending out tweets about Ten programming for the night is reading printed guides from a week ago.

A tweet this morning from @channelten promoted what was on Ten tonight – including Undercover Boss USA, The Graham Norton Show and s2 of An Idiot Abroad.

This is not the first time a tweet from @channleten has not reflected the final programming for the night they are promoting.

Did they not check the amendments for Saturday night? Or even ANY EPG for Ten for the night?

Undercover Boss US did not air on Saturday night at 7.30 (Feb 11), it was a replay of Wednesday night’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation YTT special.

Undercover Boss US should air next Saturday at 7.30pm, and the Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation replay for next week will air on ONE 7.30pm Sat Feb 18.


Shark Tale, 7.00pm, Seven

Always a good one for the kids. Oscar is a fast talking little fish whose big dreams have a habit of landing him in hot water. Lenny is a great white shark with a sensitive side and a secret… he’s a vegetarian. When a great white lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and the truth about Lenny makes him an outcast, these two become the most unlikely of friends.

An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List, 9.40pm, TEN

Thanks to the added Talkin’ Bout Your Generation repeat, this one’s been knocked back a few pegs- so don’t forget and DON’T miss it! Karl’s first ‘to do’ is to spend a night on a desert island in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. And then there’s two very different types of bungee jumps!

Last Chance To See, 6.00pm, ABC1

This is an odd one, but I quite liked the sound of it. The documentary series follows two men in search for earthly Eden’s and hidden treasures that may not be around for much longer. In tonight’s episode, Stephen and Mark travel to Madagascar in search of the mysterious nocturnal lemur, the Aye-aye. The boys visit Nosy Mangabe, an idyllic island where Mark encountered Aye-aye on his original visit with Douglas Adams.

Top Gear: USA, 6.30pm, GO!

Hey, if you’re ever keen to see how the yanks do it, catch this episode. Heading to Alaska, the hosts decide to try and road test a few beastly looking trucks! Nothing on the British version, but not a bad try!

American Idol, 6.00pm, Fox8

The auditions continue to Portland where the judges meet just a few little gems and a whole lot of talent. If your faith in the brand has dwindled over the years, this will surely reignite it.


9.30pm Wednesday November 2 on Ten

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant traveller Karl Pilkington on a trip to see Petra in Jordan. But before he even gets there, Karl’s forced to go on an unexpected tour of the Middle East, where is forced into taking part in extreme situation training as Ricky and Steve organise him to be kidnapped on arrival!

This trip also takes in the religious sights of Israel, a tour of Palestine, a dip into the Dead Sea (and, according to Karl, an eight hour camel ride!)

Karl’s Quote of the Week: “I don’t dance at weddings so I’m not going to start doing it on a duel carriageway am I?”

9.30pm Wednesday October 26 on Ten

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant traveller Karl Pilkington on a trip to India to see the Taj Mahal. But before he can even get there, he’s forced to visit the largest religious festival in the world, stay in an Ashram with a living Saint, and get cow shit smeared on his head at a cow sanctuary. Good times….

Ten corrects the episode of new Modern Family they are airing this week (it was previously slated as the second episode of the third season, not the first), removes An Idiot Abroad and advises what the Friday movie will be.

On Tuesday at 7.30pm, the new episode of Modern Family has changed to “Dude Ranch. Previously, the network had the episode as “When Good Kids Go Bad” – the second episode of the third season. The new episode is still followed by a repeat at 8pm “Halloween”.

An Idiot Abroad Gone. Perhaps a lesson for Ten here. An Idiot Abroad originally aired on ONE, where it pulled better figures than it got on Ten last week. Considering the series had already aired twice on ONE, did Ten really think it would pull main channel ratings figures on Ten?

What comes out of this, is 1) close to 90% of all people in the five cities now have digital, most of them HD (remember ONE is an HD channel) – so those who would have wanted to see An Idiot Abroad already have. 2) What happened to not bouncing shows between the channels like Nine / GO! and GEM do? and 3) Ten had the perfect opportunity to fast track right into season 2: An Idiot Abroad Bucket List – which would easily have pulled figures 500,000+ – enough to keep it in a 9.30pm main channel timeslot.

Replacing an Idiot Abroad at 9.30pm Wednesdays, is – wait for it – NCIS repeats.

To Ten’s troubled Friday night, and the movie this week will be Catch Me if You Can at 9.30pm, with American Dreamz at the same time the following Friday (November 4).

Over to ONE, and next Monday October 31 sees new episodes of Burn Notice at 8.30pm, plus Blue Bloods at 9.30pm being given the chance to be played out.

9.30pm Wednesday October 19 on Ten

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are outraged that Karl has written off the Seven Wonders claiming they’re all “a bit s**t” having never seen any of them with his own eyes. They’ve thrown down the gauntlet to send him around the globe to force him out of his comfort zone. Stephen wants the experience to broaden Karl’s mind and change his outlook on the world. Ricky wants Karl to hate every minute of it for his own amusement.

Dispatched on what many would term a journey of a lifetime, the little Englander’ will be putting his misgivings to one side as Karl finds out for himself what the fuss is about. He will travel to the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Meanwhile Gervais and Merchant will be keeping a watchful eye from London, monitoring every step of Pilkington’s journey. The conclusion of the series will see the weary traveller returning home to report on his findings.

First up Karl Pilkington heads for the Great Wall of China. En route Karl is forced to experience traditional fire massage, learn the ancient art of Kung Fu, and discovers a disturbing fact about his future health from a visit to a Chinese fortune teller.