TVNZ Highlights Week 39 2019

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Premiering this week on TVNZ OnDemand is the brand-new crime drama, Prodigal Son. Starring Michael Sheen (Masters Of Sex, Frost/Nixon) and Tom Payne (The Walking Dead) as a father and son pair unlike any other. Read more below!

Also this week, Celebrity Treasure Island reaches it's grand finale! Which of our celebrity castaways will walk away with the cash prize for their chosen charity? Do not miss it!

Alternate news platform Re: now has a website! Click here to find the latest videos, articles and podcasts on topics that matter to young Kiwis.

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RWC 2019: New Zealand v South Africa

Saturday 21st September, 9.45pm

TVNZ and Spark Sport have Rugby World Cup 2019 covered, at home and in Japan, delivering 48 games streamed live and on demand on Spark Sport and twelve games free-to-air on TVNZ 1, comprehensive supporting analysis, and in-depth news coverage - on and off the field.

Tonight, catch one-hour delayed coverage of what’s set to be one of the biggest matches of the Rugby World Cup 2019 as New Zealand take on their old foe South Africa. This game plays a huge role in determining New Zealand’s pathway through the rest of the tournament, and the Kiwis will be desperate to secure a win.

Sunday Theatre: The Kick

Sunday 22nd September, 8.30pm 

Relive Stephen Donald's story in this charming, uplifting, funny and poignant look at his involvement in New Zealand winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

We focus on Donald ... or 'Beaver' to his mates ... from not making the 2007 World Cup team to his non-selection from the squad in the build up to the 2011 World Cup, then to his triumphant return.

Beaver was out white baiting when he received a call telling him that Graham Henry needed him to play in the final. A move that lead the team to victory after Beaver's kick secured the win over France.

Catch this incredible true story tonight on 1!

Made with funding from NZ On Air.


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Celebrity Treasure Island

Sunday 22nd September, 7pm - Mon, Tue, 7.30pm

 It’s final's week on Celebrity Treasure Island, and with only five remaining celebrities, the tension reaches an all new high.

A surprising twist turns the game on its head as the celebrities scramble through a marathon of challenges that pushes them to their physical and mental limits.

On Tuesday, it’s winner takes all as the final three castaways go head to head in a dramatic race for the treasure.

Who will walk away with $100,000 for their charity and join the elite ranks of Celebrity Treasure Island winners?

God Friended Me

Wednesday 25th September, 8.30pm

 Imagine if God sent you a friend request...would you accept?

Miles Finer, an outspoken atheist podcaster, finds his life turned upside down when he receives a friend request from “God” on social media and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

Joining him on the journey is his supportive sister, Aliyah “Ali”, a doctoral psych student by day and bartender by night, and his best friend, Rakesh Singh, a sometime hacker who helps Miles research the enigmatic account.

Don't miss you chance to witness this divine screening when it premieres on TVNZ 2 this spring!

Party Pensioners: Sex, Drugs & Bingo

Wednesday 25th September, 9.30pm

 Meet Britain’s most outrageous OAPs, who are old enough to know better, but they don’t give a stuff!

This documentary profiles a selection of pensioners who are determined to grow old disgracefully.

Among those highlighted are fame-hungry 62-year-old Jane Buckle from Hungerford, who is on a mission to become as famous as Beyoncé, and Brighton resident Lynn Ruth Miller, who, at 82 years of age, is thought to be the world's oldest burlesque artist. In Manchester, 72-year-old triple divorcee Sophia is on the hunt for a toy-boy, and Cambridge punk-granny Annalisa refuses to let approaching her 90th year slow her down.

Movies on 2

Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: Based on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this classic Disney film is ripe with adventure as James and his anthropomorphic bug friends embark on a journey to New York City! Starring Joanna Lumley. Saturday 21st September, 7pm.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION: This esteemed film tells the story of a banker who gets life for murder in the 1940s and must learn to get by in the brutal, cutthroat confines of prison life. Starring Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman. Saturday 21st September, 8.35pm.

JUMANJI - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: A modern twist on an old favourite! Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the adventure! Starring Kiwi comic Rhys Darby. Sunday 22nd September, 8pm.


Drug Wars: Cocaine

Cocaine is one of the most widely used drugs in Britain today. In this series we meet the normal people who are driving that demand and supplying the product.

From 6th form school dealers to couples who prefer a night in with a gram of cocaine to a bottle of wine - we uncover a world where cocaine is part of the everyday routine.

And with availability throughout the country increasing all the time thanks to online dark web orders and dealers setting up shop in regional towns, how will the authorities keep control of the situation?

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Prodigal Son

Stream from Tuesday 24th September

This brand-new series follows criminal psychologist Malcom Bright (Tom Payne, The Walking Dead) as he uses his twisted genius to get inside the minds of murderers to help the NYPD solve cases.

But with an array of NYPD companions at his side, Bright's best resource for solving crimes is his dear old dad. His father is the homicidal-yet-oddly-loving Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen) a.k.a "The Surgeon", a notorious serial killer whose expertise he must reluctantly call upon.

After all, Bright isn't a serial killer - he was just raised by one.

Coming to TVNZ 1 in October.

The Resident

Stream from Wednesday 25th September

The Resident returns for an explosive third season!

We'll follow the staff at Chastain Memorial Hospital as they face more personal and professional dilemmas.

The season two cliffhanger saw the fate of Nic’s sister and father hanging in the balance and season three brings even more drama, with shocking truths that could change these doctors’ lives forever…

Grey's Anatomy

Stream From Friday 27th September

The high-intensity medical drama is back for its sixteenth season!

Join Meredith Grey, and your other beloved characters, as the chaos continues at Grey Sloan Memorial.

Season  fifteen left us with many uncertainties – but don’t worry, season sixteen is sure to address those major cliffhangers!

This is a nail-biting season you don't want to miss. 

Young Sheldon

Stream from Friday 27th September

The iconic, eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper is back for season three of Young Sheldon.

Join us as we continue to follow Sheldon in his young years, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become!

Coming to TVNZ 2 in October.


Stream from Wednesday 25th September

Beyond explanation … beyond understanding … lies the truth.

Emergence follows the story of a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident. But the child has no memory of what has happened.

The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all…

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