Foxtel is launching a new channel and hub for its ‘real life’ observational documentaries.

Foxtel Real Life will hit the subscription television service on March 1, available to subscribers via Channel 121. All content, with the exception of “Border Force: Australia”, will also be available for customers to stream On Demand.

Foxtel Real Life will feature programs including “First Responders”, “24 Hours Baby Hospital”, “Pet Medics”, “One Born Every Minute”, “The Supervet”, “Judge Judy”, “The People’s Court” and “The Secret Life of 4, 5, 6 and 7 Year Olds”.

Local shows such as “Bondi Rescue”, “Bondi Vet” and “Highway Patrol” will also feature.

Jim Buchan, Foxtel Group’s general manager of factual, said Australians have a growing obsession with observational documentary – or ‘ob doc’ – content, with viewership climbing over the past few years.

“We’ve never had a dedicated home for series and specials like this so we’re thrilled to offer fans one destination to watch all their favourite ob doc shows,” he said.

“We’re proud of the Real Life slate we’ve built which will see a balanced mix of local, exclusive content like “First Responders”, “The Cruise”, “Close Calls Caught on Camera”, “EasyJet Inside the Cockpit”, “Police Ten 7” and “24 Hour Baby Hospital” sitting with iconic shows like “Highway Patrol” and “Judge Judy”. I think fans will really love the compelling roster we have on offer.”

The channel will be available to all Foxtel customers from the Basic Tier upwards.

Foxtel’s wider 2023 content slate includes a local version of “Fboy Island” hosted by Abbie Chatfield, and a dramatisation of media entrepreneur Mia Freedman’s life starring Asher Keddie, known as “Strife”.