Show overviews

Below is an overview of some of our key shows for 2017/18
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800 Words - S3

The heart-warming drama series that charmed Australia and New Zealand is back with a third series.

800 Words continues the saga of George Turner (Erik Thomson, Packed to The Rafters) and the quirky bunch of locals that make up Weld, New Zealand!

After all he's done, and after all everyone's been through, George’s family is broken again. But Weld is George’s home now and he will not rest until all his family is back together, standing alongside him. 

This season the town mounts a search and rescue operation for Ike, Zac and Steve, the arrival of twins bring more than just paternity complications, and George faces a moral dilemma. 

Join George for another season of 800 Words as he gets busy again, making a whole new set of (possibly rash) decisions, to make things right

A Horse Called Kiwi

It’s considered one of the greatest-ever finishes in the history of the Melbourne Cup. A horse called Kiwi came from nowhere, taking the commentators so much by surprise they didn’t even notice he was there until the last seconds. Ridden by legendary jockey Jim Cassidy, he was the first New Zealand horse to claim the coveted Cup.

A Horse Called Kiwi tells the story of this incredible horse, his unorthodox training and unlikely victory.

Funded by NZ On Air.


From the sharp-witted minds of former SNL writers Mike O'Brien and Seth Meyers comes A.P. Bio!

When philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement Biology teacher, he makes one thing very clear: he will not be teaching biology.

Realising he has a room full of honour roll students at his disposal, Jack uses his flawed logic to misdirect his principal (Patton Oswalt) and recruit the kids to help him mentally break his job-stealing nemesis and win back the position that's rightfully his. 

Acceptable Risk

This six-part conspiracy thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end…

When her husband, Lee, is murdered, Sarah Manning comes to realise she knows nothing about his past. Sarah begins to question who Lee actually was and what he did in his work for a powerful global organisation. And why did Lee, a salesman, need to carry a gun?

Her growing suspicions around his death lead Sarah to confront a powerful conspiracy of corporate, police and political interests extending from Dublin to Montreal, in which her own family may be complicit.


It’s Lord of the Rings meets Battle Royale meets The Breakfast Club

The local and international hit New Zealand web series, AFK, is back for a second season!

This series follows the adventures of six gamers trapped inside their avatars’ bodies in the world of an online computer game.

These disparate individuals are forced to work together in a new land with no rules, no game masters, and no multiple lives ... only the fittest, fastest, strongest and most cunning will survive.

American Housewife - S2

Catch all-new episodes on American Housewife on TVNZ OnDemand, fast-tracked from the U.S!

Being perfect? Totally overrated! 

Catch the latest episodes of American Housewife on TVNZ OnDemand, fast-tracked from the US!

Surrounded by green-juice loving neighbours with fake boobs and perfect hair, Katie is your typical mum, but Westport isn’t a typical town.

As Katie navigates raising her flawed family in a town filled with seemingly perfect mummies and their perfect offspring, she lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voice-over in this hilarious comedy.

In the second season, Katie’s efforts to get more time for herself backfire when she is forced to mend fences with the Westport mums by volunteering to run the school’s spring gala. Meanwhile, Oliver proves to Katie that his passion for ballet is genuine, inspiring her to confront his belittling teacher and stick up for him. Taylor and Greg disagree over whether or not she needs to go to college while he teaches her how to drive.

Auckward Love - S3

The girls are back to make more Auckward life choices in season three of the comedy-series Auckward Love.

Starring Holly Shervey, Jess Sayer, Luci Hare and Jess Holly Bates, Auckward Love breaks boundaries as it takes us back to what it's really like living in the world of 20-something love.

This season, Vicky's screwed up big time and she knows it. Just how long can she keep this secret from the loved-up Alice, distracted Zoe, and the nowhere-to-be-found Grace?

Guest stars include Sara Wiseman, Nicole Whippy, Neill Rea, Colin Moy & Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Funded by NZ On Air.

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Black-Ish - S4

Black-Ish is back for a brand new fourth season.

Like any parents, Andre “Dre” (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring’s childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs. They now realise at least two things: there is a price to pay for giving their children more than what they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout.

At the end of last season, life took an unexpected turn when Rainbow had pregnancy complications and had a C-section two months before her due date. How will Dre and Bow find parenthood this time round?

Blindspot - S3

Found in a body bag in Times Square - her body covered in mysteriously coded tattoos - season one of Blindspot introduced us to an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption.

Igniting the attention of an FBI team – including agents Kurt Weller, Edgar Reade, Tasha Zapata and the tech savvy Patterson – they began to decipher, investigate and solve the complex treasure map of her body.

But as the truth behind Jane Doe’s real identity was revealed, so was the identity of the people who sent her to the FBI in the first place…

At the end of season two, Blindspot jumped two years ahead in time.

But just what happened during this period, and how will the characters be impacted?

Blue Planet II

David Attenborough narrates this bold cinematic experience, taking viewers on a magical adventure across the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet – our oceans.

Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has completely changed. Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, Blue Planet II shares these astonishing new discoveries.

Meet the strange octopuses lurking in the depths of the Antarctic Ocean; watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air; and ride on the back of a hammerhead shark as it attacks.

Inspiring awe and wonder, this series reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new behaviours.


New Zealanders wake up and start their day with Breakfast, the perfect morning blend of news and entertainment.

Start your day off right with Hilary Barry, Jack Tame and the Breakfast team - bringing you the perfect morning blend of news, entertainment, weather and sport.

With hosts Hilary and Jack in studio; weatherman Matt McLean out and about all over the country; Daniel Faitaua presenting the news; and Brodie Kane bringing the latest in sports news; Kiwis can wake up and begin their day with a team that delivers the information they need, and are great company.

Breakfast airs 6am – 9am weekdays on TVNZ 1.

Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent will return in 2018, looking for the next global superstar!

With laughter, tears and bromances along the way, our four formidable judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - are back in the search for the most exciting talent around.

The past decade has seen BGT deliver fantastic winners from Paul Potts to Diversity; Ashleigh & Pudsey to Lance Corporal Richard Jones. And it’s not only the winners who have produced some of our most memorable TV moments: there was superstar singer Susan Boyle, comedian Jack Carroll, magician Darcy Oake, and of course, the dog that hypnotised Simon - to name just a few.

The brand new season is set to serve up even more ‘wow’ moments on the BGT stage!

Brooklyn Nine Nine

Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and the team reunite for a hilarious fifth season of Brooklyn Nine Nine - the Golden Globe Award®-winning police comedy from creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation).

Last season ended with Jake and Rosa being framed for robbery by Lt. Hawkins for robbery. Will the Brooklyn Nine-Nine team be able to bust them out?

Coast New Zealand - S3

Join Neil Oliver for a brand new third season of hit local series Coast New Zealand!

This time around, viewers will head on an epic voyage of discovery to the Bay of Plenty, North Otago, Kaipara, South Westland, Wellington and the Chatham Islands.

The Chatham Islands visit takes us further than we have ever been before and leaves no stone unturned to uncover the best stories our stunning coastline has to offer.

Neil Oliver returns to host along with some new local co-hosts, Dr Michael Stevens (lecturer in Māori history); David Murray (adventurer and pilot); and Dr Ocean Mercier.

This season’s stories will be the same fascinating mix of geology, history, science, arts & culture that captivated New Zealand viewers in series one and two.

Funded by NZ On Air.

Code Black

Back for a third season, Code Black is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all—creating a condition known as Code Black.

Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Boris Kodjoe Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Jillian Murray, William Allen Young, Luis Guzmán, and Rob Lowe.

Cold Case

Throughout New Zealand there are police detectives past and present who are still haunted by a case that never got solved.

This compelling new series focuses on a different unsolved crime each week.

In conjunction with the original lead detective on the case, there will be a team of Cold Case experts who will review and reassess every aspect of the crime with fresh eyes, free of any preconceptions and with the benefit of new technology.

Every statement will be re-examined and where possible, witnesses and suspects re-interviewed in the hope of finding justice.

Funded by NZ On Air.

Criminal Minds

Dangerous predators take note: Criminal Minds' BAU team is on the case for another year!

Join David Rossi and his team of FBI profilers in the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) as they return to analyse some of USA's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.

Returning to the series are David’s other team members including Special Agent Emily Prentiss; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team.

As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

Crow's Blood

Coming to TVNZ from iconic Japanese producers Yasushi Akimoto and Darren Lynn Bousman, (director SAW II, III and IV), comes Crow’s Blood, a captivating new series that asks the haunting question: When we lose someone we love, are we allowed to regenerate them?

Cloning techniques have made considerable advances and the regeneration of human organs - once thought to be impossible - has become reality.

Set in modern day Japan, Crow’s Blood centres on a mysterious transfer student at an all-girls school who triggers a series of terrifying events that have deadly consequences for all those she touches.

Nobody can escape her blood that is as black as a crow..


Deception is a brand new thrilling crime drama that combines FBI counter-espionage with the mysterious world of magic and misdirection.

Superstar magician Cameron Black grew up on the stage with his twin brother Jonathan. When his career is ruined by scandal and his brother framed for murder, Cameron has only one place to turn to clear his brother's name and practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence - the FBI.

Together with his behind-the-scenes illusion team,  the super-charming Cameron Black will team up with FBI agents Kay Daniels, Mike Alvarez and Janet Deakins to become the world's first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using the timeless arts of magic, misdirection and deception.

Design Junkies

Design Junkies is a celebration of the Kiwi obsession with DIY design and innovation – the number 8 wire mentality that is part of our nation’s psyche.

This series tasks eight enthusiastic amateur designers with turning old junk into beautiful handcrafted artworks.

From woodwork to metalwork, welding to cabinetry, joinery, remodelling and restoration – this show revels in getting your hands dirty and turning trash into treasure.

Funded by NZ On Air.

DNA Detectives

The results are in! The DNA Detectives is back for season two with new batch of New Zealanders ready to uncover where their roots really lie. 

This time around, 12 fascinating Kiwis find answers to questions about their ancestry.

Join politician Jacinda Ardern, All Black legend John Kirwan, actors Antonia Prebble, Erik Thomson, Robbie Magasiva, Miriama Smith and Jonny Brugh, musicians Stan Walker and Anika Moa, news hounds Simon Dallow and Nadine Chalmers-Ross and model Kylie Bax on a journey of truly global discovery.

The DNA Detectives takes each of these famous Kiwis around the world, revealing the different cultures their ancestors come from, the communities their forebears lived in and reunites them with people on the branches of the family tree that had previously been severed. 

Funding by NZ On Air.

Doc Martin

Martin Clunes is back as everyone’s favourite grumpy medic in a brand new season of Doc Martin.

Dr. Martin Ellingham returns with his brusque bedside manner and phobia of blood, in eight new episodes of this hugely successful drama set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

All regular members of the cast reprise their roles alongside guest stars Art Malik and Caroline Quentin.

Doctor Foster - S2

The TVNZ 1 event that had viewers on the edge of their seats returns with a much anticipated second series.

In season one Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) discovered her husband was having an affair and then went about planning her revenge. We were left in floods of tears at the finale when Gemma’s husband Simon abandoned their marriage and drove off to be with his younger lover, leaving Gemma and their teenage son behind.

Season two tells the next chapter in Gemma’s story, picking up with the aftermath of divorce, deceit and revenge.

Gemma’s life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequence eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.

Doomsday: 10 Ways The World Will End

Many people believe that doomsday will eventually come, ending humans' reign on Earth. This series looks at possible apocalyptic incidents that could cause such a result. The show also explores if it's possible to prepare for the hypothetical situations and if anyone would be able to survive.

The imagined developments include a rogue planet collision, a gamma ray burst, methane seabed eruption, and nuclear war. As the events play out, backed by true science, we investigate how mankind could prepare for these scenarios. 

Extreme Cake Makers

Welcome to the world of extreme cake making, where sugar craft specialists up and down the country dream up ever more elaborate ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. From the audacious to the outrageous, no challenge is too great for these bakers.

The fantastical creations range from a six-foot-long miniature steam train made entirely out of cake to an Alice in Wonderland cake with an edible Cheshire cat! They’ll be pushing the boundaries like you’ve never seen, but will it become a cake-tastrophe?

Fair Go

If you’ve been ripped off, short-changed or given the runaround and nobody wants to know… we do!

That’s right, heading into its 41st year, New Zealand's most popular consumer affairs show returns in 2018.

Join Pippa Wetzell, Hadyn Jones and the Fair Go team as they help New Zealanders who are battling bureaucracy, rip-offs or just simply fighting for their rights.

So buyers beware, dodgy tradesmen look out, and unscrupulous car dealers hands off, Fair Go is back to fight the good fight.

Family Food Fight

Big characters, bold recipes and beautiful food.

Family Food Fight is a fresh, exciting and relatable take on the food reality genre. 

In this competitive cooking series, diverse and multi-generational Australian families will go head-to-head in high-pressure cooking challenges to not only win the experience of a lifetime but also take home the title of ‘Australia’s Greatest Food Family’ and the $100,000 prize.

Starring chef and restaurateur Matt Moran, celebrity pastry chef Anna Polyviou, UK food critic Tom Parker Bowles and foodie adventurer Hayden Quinn.

Family Guy

The Griffin family is back with more laugh out loud episodes of Family Guy!

The all-new season 17 kicks off with Peter - tired of not winning an Emmy - embarking on his own ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign for Family Guy by making the show more like Emmy-winning shows – and no category is off limits.

Watch this space!

First Dates New Zealand

First Dates New Zealand is back for a second season!

There are few things more nerve-wracking than a blind date, and this unique series lays bare the reality of that first meeting, capturing all of the hope and heartbreak on camera.

In a dating show like no other, First Dates New Zealand sets up hopeful singletons each week, laying bare the reality of that first meeting, capturing all of the hope and heartbreak.

Our Kiwi couples, who are complete strangers, will share a three-course meal while discreet cameras placed throughout the First Dates restaurant record every detail of the date from start to finish.  

From first impressions, through all the awkward, heart-warming, funny moments and embarrassing blunders, to the end of the meal, paying the bill, and the chat about whether or not a second date is on the cards, we’ll be there following their every move.

They’ve been matched on their likes and dislikes. But will it be a match made in heaven or a first date from hell?

No competition, no eliminations— just a first date. Where it goes from there is up to these Kiwi daters.

For The People

From the brilliant Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal) comes brand new drama, For The People.

Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court,” this series follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country – all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom.

Friday Night Bites

The girls are back for another hilarious season!

Examining what it is to be young, diverse, and female in an Auckland flat, Friday Night Bites explores everything pop-culture, political and emotional - from sexual foibles to quantum physics.

You want horror? They have that! You want musicals and dancing? Check. You want an honest and touching breakdown of how hard it is to be dating in the city in 2017? Boy have they got stories for you. 

Funny, poignant and fresh, Friday Night Bites is an awkward comedy about a bunch of young women who don’t know what they’re doing in this life - but trying their damnedest to make it awesome.

Starring: Ally Xue, JJ Fong and Perlina Lau.

This season's guest cast includes: Lucy Zee, Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Dirty Laundry), Dave Fane (Bro'Town, Sione's Wedding), Arlo Gibson (Step Dave, Shortland Street) and more!


Funded by NZ On Air.

Gate To The Globe

Tennis balls at Wimbledon, a glass of wine in Budapest, wagyu steak in Dubai, gourmet ice-cream in Hanoi and flat-shell oysters in New York have one thing in common – they all originate from farms owned and operated by Maori.

New documentary series Gate to the Globe tracks the success stories of Maori exports across the globe and meets some of the unsung heroes of the primary industry – who can shoot a pig and entertain sheiks all in the same day.

Funded by Te Mangai Paho.

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces returns to TVNZ 1, continuing to prove that with careful planning, clever design and a wild imagination, small homes on small budgets can still have big ideas.

George Clarke takes us inside extraordinary small builds, unique designs as well as style tips along the way. You’ll never know what to expect on this journey through the weird and the wonderful - and everything in-between. 


Gotham returns for a fourth season, continuing the origin story of the city's super villains.

This season witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known, with GCPD Detectives Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains: Penguin; Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan, as well as the future Catwoman, Selina Kyle.

While Gotham City fights for normalcy, a new hero will rise. After completing his training with the Temple Shaman and Ra’s al Ghul, a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) begins to assume responsibility for the city’s well-being.  With the help of his ever-faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth and quiet support of Lucius Fox, he will step into this role, all while building up his public persona of carefree socialite to avoid any suspicion among Gotham’s citizens.

Great American Thaw

Yellowstone is unique. There is nowhere else quite like this pristine wilderness. But while it is both stunningly beautiful and home to an abundance of wildlife, it also experiences one of the toughest springs on Earth.

In just three months, the landscape transforms. Snow-wrapped winter becomes hot, arid summer.

Find out how the wildlife copes with such a dramatic change in conditions.

This series captures the grizzly bear emerging from his winter den to find an unexpected food bonanza; wolves struggling to catch prey as elk and bison fight back; and great grey owls racing to rear their young before the forest dries out and erupts into fires.

These are extraordinary tales from one extraordinary place.

Grey's Anatomy - S14

Your favourite doctors are back as Grey’s Anatomy returns for a heart-pounding 14th season.

At the end of season 13, an explosion rocked the hospital after Stephanie was forced to face off with a rapist trying to evade capture. Edwards heroically protected a young girl through the hellish experience; they were trapped by the resulting fire and barely made it out alive. Afterwards, Stephanie decided to leave the hospital and really live her life. Meanwhile, just as Meredith and Nathan were finally hitting their stride, Owen receives unbelievable news: his presumed-dead sister Megan Hunt, Nathan's great love, is alive!

This season, there’s a lot on the line, and many questions to be answered. Will Meredith’s romance with Nathan be sidelined by the return of Megan? How will Owen’s life change now that his sister has been found alive? And is there a possible romance for Jackson and Maggie? 

Heartbreak Island

What would you choose – love or money?

Ten single guys and ten single girls who have never met before, are matched in couples to battle it out in a game of emotional and physical strength to find a partner AND win $100,000.

Each of them is looking for love but on the journey who will score their perfect match AND the money?

Hell's Kitchen Australia

The global phenomenon that is Hell’s Kitchen is coming to Australia!

The Godfather of modern cooking and the youngest chef to ever achieve three Michelin stars, Marco Pierre White will host the brand new series.

Apprentice chefs will face skill-based challenges under the immense pressure of delivering a complete dinner service at the exclusive Hell's Kitchen restaurant.

It promises to be a thrilling and fiery ride as they face tough challenges within the hottest and toughest kitchen in the world. 

Home and Away

Australia's most iconic soap, Home and Away, will turn 30 in 2018!

After a massive year of hot hook-ups, dramatic bust-ups and beach-side turmoil, 2018 promises to be another scorcher of a year in the iconic Summer Bay.

And if you thought this year was big? Wait till you see what’s coming …

Don’t miss all the drama from our favourite beach across the ditch!

How Not To Get Cancer

Surgeon Richard Babor sorts superstition from science in the battle against cancer in this brand new four-part series.

The statistics are sobering – New Zealand has the fourth highest cancer rate in the world. Plus, cancer patients here are less likely to survive. Our death rates are 10% higher than our closest neighbours, Australia.

How Not to Get Cancer examines cutting-edge research into causes of cancer and reveals surprising facts about cancer prevention.

Funded by NZ On Air.

How To Get Away With Murder

Academy Award nominee Viola Davis returns as Professor Annalise Keating in the fourth season of How to Get Away With Murder.

Last season’s finale revealed who was responsible for Wes' death — but in true HTGAWM fashion, it wasn’t exactly a clean-cut explanation.

This season promises more shocking revelations as this web of deception becomes untangled.

Created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal).

Hunting The KGB Killers

It’s the true story of the polonium poisoning case that shocked the world.

Alexander Litvinenko died in London in 2006, from the first registered case of poisoning by radioactive polonium-201. It was dispensed in his tea in a London hotel and the case caused shockwaves around the world. Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian FSB secret service, and specialised in tackling organised crime. After being arrested on charges of exceeding the authority of his position – after publicly accusing his superiors of an assassination – he fled to London and was granted asylum.

Learn the story behind the shocking political murder of Litvinenko and how he helped the police on his deathbed. It recreates each step of the lengthy police inquiry, which up until now has remained secret, and reveals for the first time the extraordinary details of the investigation into the death of the former Russian spy through the experiences of the key Scotland Yard detectives, who have never before spoken to the media.

See how the FSB nearly got away with murder and demonstrates the ramifications that are still being played out today.

Hyundai Country Calendar

New Zealand’s longest-running TV show is returning in 2018 for its 52nd year.

Over the years, Hyundai Country Calendar's stories have become increasingly diverse, ranging beyond traditional dairying and high country musters to newer ventures like truffles and alpacas.

Although very different from its modest beginnings in 1966, this iconic programme continues to bring a much-loved portrait of rural Kiwi life to well over half a million viewers every week, making it one of New Zealand’s top-rating TV shows. 

Producer Julian O'Brien says nostalgia for earning an honest living from the land is what makes city people yearn for the lifestyles the show portrays.  He says the show also plays a social role in helping bring town and country closer together.

I Am

Within New Zealand there are people whose lives are very different to what is considered the norm.

I Am is an intensely emotional new series that tells the stories of a diverse group of Kiwis, who don’t always get to share their experiences first-hand.

From a hoarder to a homeless person, I Am will allow viewers to walk in their shoes, dispelling the stereotypes that tend to plague people who are considered unusual and often marginalised in our society.

Funded by NZ On Air. 

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Australia

They’re going into the jungle! Australian celebrities set to brave the South African jungle to raise money for charity in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

It will take all their wits, strength and willpower to survive the competition as these celebrities will leave their beautiful homes, families and luxuries behind.

How will they cope with African wildlife, a constant series of challenges and tests, basic food and their fellow campmates?

And who will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle?


The addictive new drama Imposters is here.

Meet Maddie (Inbar Lavi), a seductive con artist with a unique method of duping her unsuspecting victims.

Altering her persona, she gets men – and women – to fall in love with her, marries them, and then disappears with their money and just enough compromising information to ensure they will never go to the police.

Her scheme works time after time until her latest victims, Ezra (Rob Heaps), Richard (Parker Young) and Jules (Marianne Rendón), team up to find her. But in order to catch up to Maddie, the trio will have to master the art of the con themselves.

In A Flash - Tragedy At Mangatepopo Gorge

On April 13 2008, 40 Elim Christian College students and their teachers arrived at the Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre on a school trip that was intended to be a confidence-boosting and team-building exercise for the students.

No one could guess that it would be an outing that would cost seven lives.

Six school children and one of their teachers tragically drowned in a flash flood in the Mangatepopo Gorge on April 16th, 2008.

When news of the tragedy broke, the entire country reeled in shock and disbelief. This poignant television feature looks at how an outdoors adventure trip ended in a heart-breaking loss of life.

In Dark Places

At 17, he confessed to a crime he didn't commit and spent 21 years in jail.

In Dark Places is the heart-breaking but triumphant story of the battle to win justice for New Zealand's longest-incarcerated innocent prisoner, Teina Pora.

Funded by NZ On Air.


Innocent is a story of love, lust, jealousy and betrayal, of one man’s fight to rebuild his shattered life and a family’s struggle to find out the truth behind their loved one’s murder.

After seven years in a high security prison, David Collins’ conviction for the murder of his wife is overturned on a technicality, or as his lawyer suggests, “an appalling miscarriage of justice”. David can now start his life again, repair his relationships with family and friends, see his children, and finally mourn for his wife, Tara. Well, at least this is what he had hoped for.

From the outside, Tara and David had the perfect life: married for 10 years, two beautiful children, a large house, and a successful business for Tara. To onlookers they were the stuff of dreams. However, to those close to them it was a different story: both drank too much, David’s business was failing, they were constantly arguing and, according to Tara’s sister, David had hit his wife on more than one occasion. So when Tara doesn’t return from a night out and is subsequently found murdered, tied to the bottom of a river bed, the community is shocked to its core.

This is a tale of one man picking himself up and starting again, in the face of almost insurmountable odds, even as many in his community continue to assert that there is no smoke without fire. It is about what it feels like to be labelled a monster when you know you have done nothing wrong, but also about how you can find love and inspiration in the most surprising places. And it is about finding the truth about this sinister crime, for which the real culprit may still be at large.

Starring Hermione Norris (Cold Feet), Lee Ingleby (The A Word, Inspector George Gently), Angel Coulby (The Tunnel, Merlin), Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant).

Instant Hotel

Hosted by Luke Jacobz (The X Factor Australia, Home and Away), Instant Hotel taps into the worldwide trend of home-owners renting out their properties as holiday accommodation and turns it into a competition.

Having travelled around Australia in his work as an actor and presenter, Luke knows a thing or two about what makes a good hotel. He’ll also be joined by leading interiors and design expert Juliet Ashworth as series judge.

In Instant Hotel, Aussie homeowners open their homes to other teams, all vying for the title of best ‘instant hotel’. They’ll also be putting their personal taste, precious belongings and price point up for judgement.

Of course, there’s no accounting for personal taste so it’ll be interesting to see how the teams respond to the hosts’ efforts!

Islands of the Gulf

New Zealand television’s first ever documentary series, produced and hosted by legendary broadcaster Shirley Maddock is about to be remade 52 years later to delight new audiences. The host, Shirley’s daughter, actress, broadcaster, travel writer and island fanatic, Elisabeth Easther.

Produced in 1964, Islands of the Gulf was the first documentary series made in New Zealand, about New Zealand, for New Zealand television. The landmark series was written and hosted by pioneering broadcaster Shirley Maddock, our country’s first female television producer.

The series, shot entirely on film and in black and white was distinctive visually for the long, lush aerial and sea-level views of the islands, and also for Shirley’s richly evocative script that focused on everything from the flora and fauna to the quirky characters who called the islands home.

In this remake, Elisabeth Easther, actress and writer, and daughter of Shirley Maddock leads modern viewers, as her mother did 52 years earlier, on an expedition around the islands and around her mother as well.

Each quirky episode is full of rich archive footage juxtaposed with stunning new footage shot in the same locations 52 years on; fascinating local characters then and now; lots of presenter-driven material and gorgeous scenery.

Blending Shirley’s charming, often quaint comments with Elisabeth’s wry modern-day observations, viewers are given an insight into island life as well as a significant moment from the dawn of broadcasting in New Zealand.

Islands of the Gulf is set to be a timely look back, a reflection of a scintillating slither of our nation’s past, resonating with hopes for the future. Themes will include ecology, tourism, industry, marine matters and, of course, we’ll be catching up with a variety of locals and visitors to find out what life is like in the islands today.

Shirley Maddock’s programmes were loved by a nation eager to see their own stories and faces on screen - revisiting this success 52 years on will be a touching tribute and a comparison of the old ways with the new.

Funded by NZ On Air.

Karena And Kasey's Kitchen Diplomacy

Karena and Kasey Te Awa Bird have got a taste for travel and they’re off on another global culinary tour!

Join New Zealand’s favourite culinary sisters for season two, as they delved head first into the local food scene of ten fascinating and diverse destinations – and ten wildly different cuisines to experience.

But the journey isn’t just a discovery of food. In all the countries they visited, Karena and Kasey found that through a common love of cooking they were able to connect with people on another level. 

This time, destinations include the Andean mountains of Peru, the spectacular islands of Hawaii, the mountainous east coast home to the indigenous tribes of Taiwan, the hustle and bustle of downtown Buenos Aires, the welcoming hospitality of the Irish and the breath-taking tea plantations of Sri Lanka… to name a few!

Like last time, the sisters will spend four days learning as much as they possibly can about the local food and culture before putting their own spin on local culinary traditions as they cater an event or meal for a group of locals. 

Armed with an uncommon gift, Karena and Kasey again step way outside their comfort zone to brave an ambitious global gastronomic journey.  Karena and Kasey’s cooking alone is enough to win hearts but their wonderment and humour is the real gift of this series. 

Kevin (Probably) Saves The World

Meet Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, Parenthood), a cluelessly self-serving person, on a dangerous path to despair.

In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Once Upon a Time) and niece.

On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission – to save the world. 

Kevin Can Wait

Wedding bells will be ringing in season two of Kevin Can Wait! Plus, after a guest appearance on the first season, actress Leah Remini joins the cast as Vanessa Cellucci.

In the all new season, Kevin is in a rush to throw daughter Kendra the perfect wedding, with the help of Vanessa! Kendra and Chale must get married immediately when the Gable family learns that he is about to be deported.

While Kevin chases down Father Phillip to officiate the ceremony, Vanessa helps Kendra put together the last-minute affair.

Will it go off without a hitch? Kevin’s faced challenges as a cop, but that’s nothing compared to dealing with this family!  

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

Starring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie), this new eight-episode true-crime drama brings a gripping in-depth dramatisation of the notorious murder case that changed America forever.

When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession.

Delve into the players, the crime and the media circus, the day-to-day battles of the trial and the unveiling of the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.

Lethal Weapon - S2

Classic cop duo Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) are back with an all new season of Lethal Weapon!

Season two finds Murtaugh navigating the stress of the job and some trying times at home with wife Trish, their new baby and teenagers Roger, Jr. and Riana.

He looks to Riggs for support, but starts to discover that Riggs’ past might have left him more damaged than he thought.


"Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit to either.”

From the acclaimed writers of The Missing, Liar tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham forever.

Laura is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene. Andrew is a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at Laura’s school.  An initial attraction leads to a date, but neither fully realises the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families. 

Truth and consequences go hand in hand in a tense and gripping thriller that examines both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth. Are there really two sides to every story?

Liar explores the devastating cost of deceit on both the couple and their friends and family, as secrets and lies are laid bare.

Life In Pieces - S2

Life In Pieces is back for season two!

This laugh out loud comedy follows one big happy family and its sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members.

Middle child Matt has finally proposed to his true love, Colleen; while his coddled, youngest brother Greg and his wife Jen are overwhelmed by the surprising news that they are pregnant with their second child; and the eldest, Heather, and her husband Tim have their hands full with three children and their oldest son announcing that he and his girlfriend have eloped.

As the family members’ lives unfold in four short stories each week, they try to savour these little pieces of time that flash by but stay with you forever, because these moments add up to what life’s all about.

Location, Location, Location

This worldwide smash hit Location, Location, Location returns for its 20th season.

Armed with the house-hunters’ requirements, laptops and a surgical link to their mobile phones, Kirstie and Phil blitz the market looking for that perfect new place for prospective buyers.

Featuring everyone’s favourite property duo, Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, this series helps struggling house-hunters to find their dream home.

From auction houses and estate agencies, to websites and word-of-mouth, they leave no stone unturned in their quest for the best.

Our experts work to a tight brief: number of bedrooms, character property or new build, but the most important aspect is always... Location, Location, Location!

Love Connection

It’s time to make a love connection!

Hosting by well-known provocateur Andy Cohen, the original hit dating show is back featuring singletons in search of romance.

In this audacious new series, each of the singles are sent on three blind dates. Then they’ll dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience.

What as the love drama unfolds...

Love Island - S4

Following the huge success of season three, addictive reality series Love Island will return in 2018.

Get ready for more shock announcements, surprise twists, and fresh drama with a brand new season.

One of the most talked about shows on TV, it’s the ultimate game of love, where sexy singles head into a luxury villa in Mallorca in search of romance.

To remain in their spectacular sun-kissed surroundings, the Islanders will have to couple up, winning the hearts of each other and the public, who will ultimately decide who stays on Love Island.


Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) abandoned his throne and retired to the City of Angels where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to take down criminals.

In season two, Lucifer and his angelic brother, Amenadiel – who have been sparring over Lucifer’s resistance to returning to the underworld – found themselves brought back together with the reappearance of their mother, Charlotte, who escaped hell. Lucifer’s work with the LAPD also is upended when the police force hires Ella Lopez, a smart, tough forensic scientist whose mutual belief in both faith and science proves a point of interest to Lucifer. With mom back in the picture, Dr. Linda Martin, who has become not only a therapist, but also a confidante to Lucifer, will surely have a lot of advice to dole out. And, by the time she’s done with them, she may need a therapist of her own!


Your window into the Māori world, telling stories through Māori eyes and keeping abreast of current events and issues impacting on Māori here, and around the world.

Join Miriama Kamo and Scotty Morrision every Sunday morning for the latest news from the Māori community.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns for a fifth season.

As the fourth season came to an end, it came with a kicker, as armed soldiers took the agents captive using a futuristic device to freeze them in time. Who were these mysterious kidnappers? What will the future hold? Why is Coulson in Space? Season five promises more twist and turns than ever before. 

Marvel's Inhumans

The highly anticipated Marvel’s Inhumans explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, who has a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.

After the royal family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they escape to Hawaii where they are greeted with surprising interactions with the lush world and humans around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever. 

Masterchef Australia - S10

Returning for its tenth exceptional season in 2018, MasterChef Australia is set to make things bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before, combining more big name guest chefs with bright new talent and exciting challenges, to create a truly remarkable series.

Twenty four eager home cooks will earn the honour and privilege of wearing a MasterChef apron, joining an elite group who have since gone on to not only reach but surpass their own food dreams.

After scouring the country for the best amateur cooks, the confident and the humble will cook side by side, putting themselves in the spotlight during a rigorous judges’ audition process that sees only the most deserving and talented cooks prevail.

Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris are back to share their own unique talent and insights with the newest bunch of contestants. Encouraging and challenging, they will push contestants to cook smarter, extend their creativity and overcome obstacles in ways they never dreamt possible.

The Top 24 contestants had better strap themselves in for a wild ride, with the biggest challenges set to inspire like never before.

Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I tells the comedic story of Alex Riley — yesterday, today and tomorrow.

As a Chicago teenager in 1991, he was on top of the world — his beloved Bulls had just won their first championship, and he was inventing cool things like the Adjustable Table Wedge. Then his mom married a pilot in Los Angeles and moved their home 2,000 miles away — into the heart of Lakers country. Now, with his new step-brother, he’ll have to reinvent himself in a new school, with new friends, new inventions and maybe even the love of his life.

As a middle-aged Los Angeles inventor and father in 2017, he was on top of the world. And then, his perfect life imploded. His wife cheated on him, sending him into a personal and professional tailspin that requires the help of all of his friends and loved ones to get him back on track. 

In 2042, he’s a highly successful inventor and entrepreneur whose game-changing idea has transformed his life. He’s very much on top of the world. His adult daughter is now general manager of the Chicago Bulls, and he’s just retired — looking to invent the next phase of his life.

Over 50 years, we’ll meet Alex as a kid, a man and a newly retired visionary, someone who has taken a few hits in his life, but with the help of his family and friends, has always managed to come up with a way to move forward. 

Millennium Teens

In December 1999, a TV crew eagerly awaited the arrival of the subjects of their latest documentary – the first babies to be born in Aotearoa in the millennium.

Their parents spoke openly about their dreams and worries for their newborns.

Three years on, the seven families were filmed again, checking in their chaotic lives with toddlers.

The seven stars of that programme are now almost 18. They’re a rep water polo player, a keen mountain biker, an environmentalist, a foodie, a fundamental Christian, a cancer survivor and a popular It-girl who loves to party. 

Millennium Teens revisits the families and, for the first time, hears from the teens themselves.

Funded by NZ On Air.

Mistress Mercy

Long before 50 Shades of anything, teenage dominatrix Renee Chignell was at the centre of a moral firestorm that introduced the words ‘discipline’, ‘bondage’ and ‘golden shower’ into every astonished suburban living room in New Zealand.

Charged with the murder of cricket umpire Peter Plumley-Walker, along with her boyfriend Neville Walker, the 18-year-old was barely out of the news for two years before she was finally acquitted – after three high court trials, a trail of secret witnesses and discredited cops.

Based on an exclusive interview with Chignell, Mistress Mercy weaves archive footage and dramatisation into an intricate portrait of the most sensational trial New Zealand had ever seen.

Funded by NZ On Air.


Superstars Anna Faris and Allison Janney are back in all-new episodes of laugh-out-loud comedy, Mom.

Christy (Faris) is a single mother valiantly trying to overcome a lifetime of questionable choices. Now clean and sober, she's tested daily by her newly sober again mom, Bonnie (Janney).

This season, mother and daughter are working to overcome their past mistakes and build a better future for their family.

Join mother and daughter for another hilarious season on TVNZ 2.

Motorway Patrol

As always, we’re right there alongside Motorway Patrol officers as they deal with the crashed, the trashed, the confused, amused and boozed – and everything else in between.

In this series we answer pressing questions such as, ‘Is there ever a good time to tell an officer you’re going to punch them in the face?’ ‘Is it ever a good idea to drive 100km toward a bridge, carrying a load that’s too big to fit underneath?’ and finally, ‘What happens when you go for a stroll along the live lanes of the motorway?’

Buckle in for the ride and join the New Zealand Police Motorway Patrol Unit as they deal with all the above and much, much more.  

My Kitchen Rules Australia

Manu Feildel and Pete Evans are back with a ninth season of Australia’s most popular and hotly contested cooking show, My Kitchen Rules.

Acclaimed chefs Colin Fassnidge, Karen Martini, Guy Grossi and Liz Egan also return to Kitchen HQ in 2018 to help judge the new batch of aspiring home cooks as they battle it out for the $250,000 grand prize. 

My Kitchen Rules New Zealand

You’re invited to New Zealand’s biggest dinner party when cooking show phenomenon My Kitchen Rules New Zealand returns to TVNZ 2 with celebrity chefs Pete Evans and Manu Feildel at the judging table!

Having eaten in hundreds of homes across eight series of ratings titan My Kitchen Rules in Australia, Pete and Manu will travel New Zealand to meet new teams of home cooks in TV’s most hotly contested cooking competition. 

The timers are set and the heat is on as six new dynamic teams dish up the drama and battle it out for $100,000 prize money.

When the MKR doorbell rings this year, each team will take turns to transform an ordinary home into an Instant Restaurant for one pressure cooker night. They’ll plate up a three-course menu designed to impress the judges and their fellow contestants.

The five teams with the highest scores will then step up to the plate as they take the cooking competition on the road and into commercial kitchens, showcasing Kiwi produce and cooking for some of the country’s elite before the final two teams go head-to-head in the ultimate cooking showdown. Guest judges Nadia Lim, Ray McVinnie, Sean Connolly and Tom Hishon join Pete and Manu at the grand final to decide who will be crowned My Kitchen Rules New Zealand champion 2017!

In the opening episode, the heat is on as the competition gets started in Rotorua with best friends Tash and Hera.

Tune into My Kitchen Rules New Zealand every Monday for high-pressure challenges, epic showdowns and delicious dishes when the third season premieres on Monday 25 September, 8.30pm TVNZ 2. The series then screens at 7.30pm from episode 2. 

This series is produced by Seven Productions, who are the original creators, and producers, of eight successful series of MKR across the ditch, with an ninth currently in production. Seven Productions produces more than 700 hours of programming every year, and is recognized as a market-leader in the creation of scripted, entertainment, reality, factual and children’s programming.The format is licensed through EndemolShine Ltd.


Oddly Even

Auckland-based filmmakers Ashleigh Reid and Isla Macleod won TVNZ’s inaugural New Blood Web Series Competition with their pilot, Oddly Even. With 24% of the public vote in favour of their pilot, Ashleigh and Isla will receive with $100,000 from TVNZ and NZ on Air to create a full web series to screen on

Oddly Even follows Olivia (Beth Alexander) and her 10-year life plan to run a successful food truck business. Not in the plan is her older sister Frankie (Lucy Suttor) who disappeared eight years ago after their parents died. Now Frankie is on Olivia’s doorstep with a suitcase and a plan of her own.

Offspring - S8

Hit Australian drama Offspring returns with more another action-packed series of chaos, tears and laughter in inimitable Proudman-family style.

Once Upon A Time

After six seasons, the residents of the enchanted forest enter season seven facing their greatest challenge yet as the Evil Queen, Captain Hook and Rumpelstiltskin join forces with a grown-up Henry Mills and his daughter Lucy in an epic quest to bring hope to their world and ours.

Along the way, new fairy tale characters and old search for true love, find adventure and take sides in the ongoing struggle of good against evil as classic tales are once again twisted and reimagined.

Watch the seventh season on TVNZ OnDemand, fast-tracked from the U.S.

Paranormal Unit

Created by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, Paranormal Unit sees constables Karen and Mike who featured in the hit Kiwi comedy film What We Do In The Shadows return in their own police reality series. These two hapless cops do battle with all manner of supernatural phenomena in a comedy show that parodies police reality TV.

Think Motorway Patrol meets The X-Files.

Funded by NZ On Air.

Police Ten 7

Currently one of New Zealand’s most popular shows on TV, Police Ten 7 is an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the real working lives of the New Zealand police, while also offering viewers a chance to help solve serious crimes.

Police Ten 7 is hosted by Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto, who has spent more than 20 years in the New Zealand Police - the majority of which has been dealing with serious crime. In 2018, you can expect more fly-on-the-wall action, exclusive access to police operations and more calls to action for the public. 

Pot Luck

Look out world – Pot Luck is dishing up another season!

Pot Luck serves up contemporary lesbian life in three great flavours - Debs, Beth and Mel - as they negotiate friendship, family, and finding love at their weekly pot luck dinners.

Set in Wellington, this original comedy webseries is fun, sexy, and occasionally ridiculous.

Made with support from NZ On Air. 

Project Runway New Zealand

Based on the smash hit US show of the same name, Project Runway New Zealand is here to celebrate our world-beating designers, our home-grown fashion industry… and to find our next fashion superstar!

Each week sees aspiring fashion designers challenged to create clothing that will be presented and judged at a runway show at the end of each episode. The designers with the lowest runway scores face potential elimination. The final challenge in the series sees the remaining designers create a full collection, which ultimately determines who will take out the competition.

Who will be crowned champion of the runway?


Q+A is New Zealand's leading political programme, featuring LIVE news-maker interviews and political debates on TV ONE each Sunday morning.

The experienced Q+A team put the hard questions to the people who make the news, and make the decisions. Host Greg Boyed is backed up by respected political journalists, Jessica Mutch, Whena Owen, and Political Editor Corin Dann. The team are committed to holding the powerful to account. They are joined in the studio each week by a panel of experts from around the country who provide a wide range of view points and help to answer the questions that matter most to all New Zealanders.


The action drama Quantico is gearing up for a heart-stopping third season!

Over the past two seasons, Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) has worked tirelessly to work out who was the mastermind behind a tragic New York City bombing. She has saved millions of lives, solved conspiracies and risked everything. Alex Parrish is sometimes on the Most Wanted list, and other times hailed as an American hero.


This new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behaviour, who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy.

When she is brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality programme in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself. From Mickey Fisher, creator of Extant, also starring Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit).

Robbie Coltrane's Critical Evidence

When there’s a murder with no suspect, no leads and perhaps not even a body, that’s when investigators face their toughest test.

In this series, Robbie Coltrane reveals eight of most difficult, complex and baffling murder cases ever investigated by British police.

The focus of each programme is the trail of evidence: how it was discovered, what it meant and how it became critical to crack the case.

With interviews from the lead investigators and forensic specialists, many speaking for the first time, Robbie reveals the astonishing twists and turns of often stranger-than-fiction cases. It is a record of the detectives’ art: using skill and determination to solve seemingly unsolvable cases.

Scandal: The Final Season

Kerry Washington and her fellow “gladiators” will return for one last twisted ride in Scandal: The Final Season.

Olivia Pope (Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping their secrets under wraps.

Pope’s team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these “gladiators in suits” who specialise in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble keeping their own lives in check.

Sensing Murder

The TVNZ 2 hit series Sensing Murder returns with another series of chilling cold cases.

Australasia’s most respected psychics will help provide new leads in some of the country’s most baffling unsolved murder mysteries.

Motivated by a myriad of families’ unanswered questions, the psychics ‘tune in’ to cold cases where police have been unable to bring anyone to account.

Will the mediums be able to use their remarkable gifts to channel the victims, and will their last moments be revealed?

Seven Sharp

In 2018, Mike Hosking and Toni Street will continue to deliver their unique blend of topical, engaging and entertaining current affairs with New Zealanders - every weeknight at 7pm.

Seven Sharp keeps New Zealanders informed and focuses on what people around the country are talking about, delivering a fresh perspective every night.

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Based on the acclaimed novel by Elliot Perlman, Seven Types of Ambiguity is a psychological mystery told from the shifting perspectives of seven characters.

The drama unfolds when six-year-old Sam is abducted from school. The police locate Sam unharmed hours later, but the case only grows more complicated. Sam’s parents happen to know the two kidnappers, leading to further revelations that entangle multiple parties in a complex and emotional dispute over who is truly to blame.

Shortland Street

It’s a Kiwi icon! After celebrating a milestone 25 years in 2017, New Zealand’s longest-running drama continues to hold its own as one of TVNZ’s highest rating programmes. You can count on Shorty to continue to bring the drama, with more plot twists, life-changing events and emotional rollercoasters in 2018. 


Mermaids aren’t always what they seem in this thrilling new supernatural series.

In the legends, coastal town Bristol Cove was once home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. 

Splitting Up Together

While some divorces force families to split apart, Lena and Martin are Splitting Up Together in this new romantic family comedy from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek and executive producer Ellen DeGeneres.

Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Oliver Hudson (Nashville) star as a newly divorced couple with an unconventional approach to co-parenting their children by trading residences each week, and adjusting to being single for the first time in years. With Lena’s Type-A personality and Martin’s laid-back temperament, there’s sure to be clashes as they attempt to raise the kids separately but together.

What will Lena and Martin do with their unfamiliar moments of freedom? And how will they manage their feelings when this freedom is met with the nostalgia for what they once shared as a couple and their mutual longing for their family to be whole again? With the help of friends and family, this former couple will explore what it means to live apart, under the same roof.

Stake out

Two hapless private detectives, one 1998 Toyota Starlet, and all the time in the world to kill.

Semi-professional private eyes Tom and Chris (comedians Tom Sainsbury and Chris Parker) get a little too much one-on-one time as they work to maintain their burgeoning stake out business.

In Stake Out, the pair deal with the pain of finding the perfect parking spot, babysitting bratty teenagers, and dealing with the blurring line between personal and professional when you basically spend all day and night stuck in a car with someone.

TVNZ has secured the back catalogue of the first two seasons, and exclusive rights to stream season three on OnDemand.


New Zealand’s leading current affairs programme for over 10 years, Sunday returns in 2018 for another season of revealing investigations.

Hosted by Miriama Kamo, the Sunday team is made up of some of the most experienced and respected journalists in the country, including Janet McIntyre, John Hudson, Ian Sinclair, Mark Crysell and Jehan Casinader.

Featuring in-depth interviews and stories from here and around the globe, Sunday brings New Zealanders the stories that matter.

Sunday airs 7:30pm, Sundays on 1.

Survivor New Zealand

The world’s toughest game returns to TVNZ 2!

Survivor New Zealand is back with the next batch of Kiwi castaways ready to go head-to-head in season two of the world’s toughest reality show.

This year, the stakes will be higher but so is the reward as the cash prize grows to a massive $250,000.

Returning to his post as Survivor New Zealand host is Fair Go reporter Matt Chisholm, who is ready to call brand new challenges, ask the tough questions, and tally those all-important Tribal Council votes.

Split into tribes, castaways will spend up to 40 days marooned on a yet to be revealed island competing in Reward and Immunity Challenges, with weekly eliminations by vote at Tribal Council. But only one will be crowned the 'Sole Survivor'.

With little more than the clothes on their backs, they will be deprived of basic comforts and must build their own shelter, light their own fires, gather their own food and fend for themselves.

Minds and bodies will be pushed to the extreme, as the castaways go head to head in physically demanding challenges, while mentally playing their way through calculating and strategic gameplay that will test their moral values.

The winner will walk away with a life-changing experience, a cash prize of $250,00, and the coveted title of New Zealand’s Sole Survivor!

Stay tuned for more exciting details yet to be announced!


Tagata Pasifika

Tagata Pasifika returns in 2018 for its 31st year on our screens. TVNZ's flagship Pacific island show brings viewers news, current affairs and information from a Pacific perspective. 

Take Me Out

The cheeky, fun and flirty UK dating show Take Me Out is back for another love-filled (and hilarious) season!

Host and general love-meister Paddy McGuinness lines up more dates for the next round of 30 single ladies as they search for the man of their dreams. 

With larger-than-life characters and a few cheesy one-liners, our romantic hopefuls aren’t afraid to let loose in their attempts to wow the opposite sex!


Taskmaster returns for a hilarious fifth series.

Greg Davies is back as the all-powerful Taskmaster, dragging with him a quintet of brave yet understandably terrified comedians: Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips.

With Alex Horne will by his side, Greg will once again set a spiky thicket of tricky tasks designed to encourage genius, but which can also result in hapless humiliation. They’ll be asked to costume coconuts, make Marmite and create cuddles as they fight each other for the world’s premier prize: Greg’s golden head, impaled on a plinth.

Te Karere

Te Karere is Aotearoa’s longest running te reo Māori news programme. Presented by Scotty Morrison every weekday at 4.00pm, Te Karere’s skilled team of journalists deliver the important stories of the day from around the country, for an audience who speak and understand te reo Māori and for those who are learning it. 

The Amazing Race

The multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series returns for its 30th Season, making it one of the longest-running reality series on television.

Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan is along for the ride, where teams of two embark on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. As always, there are curveballs thrown their way, and you never know who will take the lead. Teams who come last will be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning The Amazing Race and the $1 million prize.

The Bachelor USA

This reality TV heavyweight is back for its 22nd season, and there will be plenty more drama! No stranger to Bachelor fans, Arie Luyendyk Jr has been announced as the next Bachelor for 2018. 

Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams on The Bachelorette. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie is back and ready for a second shot at love, returning in January 2018.

The Big Ward

The popular and acclaimed The Big Ward, returns to TVNZ 2 for another compelling season. 

We will witness the sheer determination it takes for someone who is already crippled by obesity to get their life back. Sharing their highs and lows, The Big Ward explores the challenges faced by the patients, their families and the medical staff who care for them, while addressing the wider issues that the spiraling obesity pandemic has created.

The Crossing

In compelling new drama series, The Crossing, refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America – and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet.

As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration, only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here — both the townspeople and these newcomers — will never be the same.  

The Curious Mind With Nigel Latta

In the field of neuroscience, scientists and doctors have learned more about the human mind in the past 10-15 years than in all of previous human history. These recent discoveries have rocked the world of science and the way we view why we think, act and feel the way we do.

The Curious Mind follows Nigel Latta as he explores these incredible discoveries and learns how we love, hate, learn and dream big.

Combining his two great passions – psychology and science – Nigel will take viewers on an incredible journey that brings to life the hidden miracles of the human experience.

Funded by NZ On Air.

The Exorcist

Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise, season two of The Exorcist finds Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching for evil.

Across the Atlantic, Father Bennet attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim, a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with hell.

The Great Village Green Crusade

This documentary follows green energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn's two-year campaign to persuade residents of his idyllic Cotswolds village, Temple Guiting, to generate more of their own power through renewable sources, as a model for helping to wean the nation off imported oil, coal and gas.

Robert takes inspiration from the extraordinarily rapid change in energy supply happening in perhaps the most surprising of locations - Las Vegas. In the neon-drenched gambling capital of the world, a revolution is under way as the city attempts to power itself entirely by renewable electricity.

Back in the Cotswolds, Robert and the village face a challenge as they find the local electricity grid cannot absorb the extra load from their proposed renewable scheme. Robert seeks out a solution in battery technology, comparing and contrasting the cutting-edge science of lithium-ion and air batteries. Is this technology that Temple Guiting can use? Can Robert's dream become a reality?

The Last Post

The Last Post is a sumptuous new drama following a British army unit fighting a Yemeni insurgency in the Middle East and the women and children who were there with them.

In this new series coming to TVNZ 1, tensions are heightened in the heat of the desert; any lapse in luck or judgement means death, but life and love must continue.

The ‘60s are starting to swing: sexual liberation, seductive new music and outrageous fashions have hit the sun loungers of the glamorous BP Club. Isolated in this unknown country, nothing is certain, and relationships are tested as pressure and passions intensify. This bitter war brings danger and betrayal, and will question the code these dedicated soldiers live by.

The Legend of Monkey

Set in a universal ‘neverwhere’ world that is a hybrid of east and west, The Legend of Monkey follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to the demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. A high concept reimagining of an ancient myth, this fantastical journey is fueled by martial arts fighting sequences and extra-ordinary magical powers whilst exploring the universal themes of identity, family and destiny.

Starring local actors Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, Barefoot Bandits) and Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Baby Mama’s Club).

Directed by Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, Terry Teo).

The Mayor

Check yourself before you elect yourself! The struggle is real for young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) who needs his big break. For years he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for an opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century – running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory.

With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, Community) and friends, including Valentina (Glee’s Lea Michele), this rapper-turned-mayor will have to overcome his ego if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves. 

The Mick

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase dysfunctional family, hit comedy The Mick returns for its second season with all-new outrageous shenanigans.

The series stars Kaitlin Olson as Mickey, an unapologetic degenerate stuck raising her spoiled niece and nephews in the lap of luxury in Greenwich, Connecticut. Although constantly pulled between enjoying her lavish new lifestyle and trying to control three monstrous children who have unlimited lines of credit, Mickey is now in it for the long haul. With the help of her on-again, off-boyfriend and the kids' live-in housekeeper, she is determined to make it work, or, at the very least, black out during the parts that don't.

The Middle

The Hecks are back with an all-new ninth season of The Middle – a warm and witty comedy about raising a family, and lowering your expectations!

It’s an uphill battle being middle-class and middle-aged in Middle America, but it’s a challenge that Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) is more than up to. This harried wife and working mother-of-three uses her wry wit and sense of humour to get her family through each day intact.

Her unflappable husband Mike (Neil Flynn) is a manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their family.

Axl is the oldest, a teenage jock who somehow managed to get into college on a football scholarship. Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary and eternally optimistic daughter always seems to fall short at everything she tries – but she’s made it to college – and Brick, their quirky youngest who reads obsessively and marches to the beat of his own drummer.

Join the Hecks for all new episodes, as they attempt to keep it together – barely.

The Simpsons

Back for a whopping 29th season, The Simpsons continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything. The Simpsons has become one of the most consistently ground-breaking, innovative and recognisable entertainment franchises in the world. With its subversive humour and delightful wit, the series has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture, and its family members – Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and Maggie – are television icons.

The Undateables

In a world where first impressions are everything, finding love can be tricky. When you have a disability, it can sometimes seem impossible. Award-winning series The Undateables returns for a seventh season with new singletons looking for love.

From a photographer who is slowly using his eyesight, to a student who has narcolepsy and cataplexy and fears she will fall asleep or collapse on a first date, this series explores the realities of dating in an image-obsessed world where people make snap judgements. Success stories on The Undateables include three proposals, two weddings and a baby.

The Walking Dead

It’s all-out war!

The Walking Dead celebrates its 100th episode when season eight premieres and for Rick and those around him, nothing will ever be the same again.

Playing on TVNZ 2 and OnDemand the same day as the USA, fans can get ready for even more drama, loss and zombie mayhem.

This Is Us

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story.

This life-affirming dramedy returns to TVNZ 2 for a second season. Following the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack and Rebecca as young parents in the 1980s to their kids Kevin, Kate and Randall searching for love and fulfilment in the present day, This Is Us reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death.

Trial and Error

Get ready for more side-splitting laughs as Trial & Error returns to TVNZ for another season!

The doco-style series went into the heart of a quirky, small Southern town to follow the arrest and murder trial of a beloved if idiosyncratic poetry professor, Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) - whose biggest secret until then had been that he isn't very good at poetry - and Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto, Gotham, Masters of Sex), the young lawyer hired to defend him.

Having successfully got Larry off the hook in season one, the pair are back and ready to take on new challenges in season two. 

Underbelly Catalogue

Based on real events, the Underbelly Catalogue tells the stories of the bloodiest crime battles to take place in Australia. Learn about the rise and fall of real-life Australian underworld figures as told from both sides of the law. Each season unfolds in a different time period and city with new crime bosses and the police who try to bring them to justice.

The critically acclaimed show has won countless awards along the way, and many Kiwi actors have featured, including Danielle Cormack, Anna Hutchison, Roy Billing, Dan Musgrove, and Chelsea Preston-Crayford. 


The highly anticipated new season of hit historical drama returns to TVNZ 1.

Resuming one month after the end of the first season, the new series establishes Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Queen. Prince Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties, intent on proving that she can be both a mother and dutiful Queen.

Season two sees Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (The Game) reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as they face new challenges both at home and abroad.The ambitious drama series follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from the ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Queen Victoria went on to rule for 63 years and was our longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September 2015.

Drawing on real-life events and the Queen’s own exhaustive diaries, Victoria paints a vivid portrait of her transformation from an impulsive 18-year-old to her early years as a wife, mother, and head of a global empire.

A saga of interlocking circles, stretching from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles, and unrequited love. At the centre of which stands the new Queen - a strong, complex and willful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon.

With cinematic production values, stunning costumes and beautifully written scripts, Victoria is TV at its finest.

War Stories

War Stories is based on the dramatic events leading up and subsequent to an interview with Osama bin Laden conducted in 1997 by Pulitzer prize-winning Kiwi journalist Peter Arnett.

The feature weaves dramatic recreations with archive footage to tell the story of Arnett’s clandestine meeting, where bin Laden outlined his vison of the changing Arab world and his determination to expel US troops.

After 9/11, Arnett watched horrified as the Twin Towers collapsed and remembered bin Laden’s threats. In 2014, bin Laden’s senior lieutenant, Khalid al-Fawwaz, the man who Arnett had organised Arnett’s interview, went on trial in New York. Arnett’s testimony was key to his conviction.

Funded by NZ On Air.

Wilde Ride

A young girl's dream of being a show jumping champion is dashed when her parents are killed in a car accident and she is forced to live with her auntie's dirt bike riding family in the suburbs of West Auckland.

Created by Justin Harwood (High Road) and starring Molly Leishman (Agent Anna), Kirk Torrence (Outrageous Fortune) and Danielle Mason (Black Sheep).

Funded by NZ On Air.

Will & Grace

That's right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy's most fabulous foursome is back on TVNZ 2!

Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive event. 

There's no doubt that with this crew's indelible bond and all the happenings in today's rollercoaster world, the banter will be on point. 

The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, also returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. 

Did somebody say encore?

Join Will, Grace, Jack and Karen for good times and big laughs on Mondays at 8.30pm on TVNZ 2. 

Young & Hungry

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Josh and Gabi’s relationship. At the end of season five, Josh was recovering from amnesia, having completely forgotten who Gabi was! Luckily, Elliot helped jog Josh’s memory by playing Josh and Gabi’s song, Closer by Tegan and Sara. Josh made the romantic gesture of following Gabi onto the train and telling her he loves her. So, where to next for Josh and Gabi? Can they recover from this, and make their relationship work? 

Young Sheldon

Before The Big Bang Theory came the story of young Sheldon Cooper in TVNZ's brand new comedy prequel, Young Sheldon!

For 10 years, audiences of The Big Bang Theory have come to know the iconic, eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons). 

This comedy series gives us the chance to meet him in childhood as he embarks on his innocent, awkward, and hopeful journey towards becoming the Sheldon we know and love.

Growing up in East Texas isn’t easy for nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king.  And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. 

His father, George, is struggling to find his way as a high school football coach and as father to a boy he doesn’t understand. Sheldon's mother, Mary, fiercely protects and nurtures her son in a town where he just doesn't fit in. Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, does the best he can in high school, but it’s tough to be cool when you’re in the same classes with your odd nine-year-old brother. Finally, there’s Sheldon’s twin sister, Missy, who sometimes resents all the attention Sheldon gets, while remaining the one person who can reliably tell Sheldon the truth.  

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