Sunday Theatre's 2019 season has arrived
Settle in for another season of stunning local stories with our incredible 2019 Sunday Theatre line-up.
A War Story
Sunday 25 August at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
In 1997, Osama bin Laden declared war on the USA and Pulitzer Prize winning Kiwi journalist and CNN correspondent Peter Arnett embarked on a mission to locate and interview him.
Travelling to Afghanistan where he was blindfolded and driven to a secret location in the mountains by armed militia, Arnett engaged in a battle of words with bin Laden, lifting the lid on the Al-Qaeda founder’s chilling plans for the West.
Following the dramatic events leading up to the interview, and the horrifying moment bin-Laden’s threats were realised in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, A War Story takes a fascinating and frightening journey into the heart of darkness.
Sunday 1 September at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
When Petrol Station owner Leo Kao and his girlfriend Kara Hurring discovered millions of dollars deposited into their bank account in error in 2009, the pair did what most of us would only dream of doing: they ran.
The captivating true story of an ordinary New Zealand couple who fled the country for a new new life in China with ten million dollars of stolen money, Runaway Millionaires reveals the truth behind the international manhunt that gripped the nation.
By the Balls
Sunday 15 September at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Taking place in the fraught political climate of the 1980s, By The Balls takes us straight into the heart of some of New Zealand rugby’s darkest days.
Still reeling from the aftermath of the Springbok tour and a brutal face-off against the French rugby team, by 1987 it seemed as though all was lost for our country’s most beloved sport.
Through the eyes of New Zealand’s legendary rugby players on the playing field of the 1987 World Cup, By The Balls is the compelling story of how the All Blacks would struggle to overcome the odds and return to glory.
Sunday 29 September at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
In November 1947 a massive blaze gutted the huge Ballantynes Department Store complex in the heart of Christchurch’s business district, killing 41 and making it the worst fire disaster in New Zealand to this day.
Ablaze takes us to Ballantynes on that fateful day to reveal the untold stories of those who faced this horrific tragedy first-hand, and those who stepped in and risked their own lives to help those within.
Shot in stunningly cinematic black and white, Ablaze is a story of heroism, disaster, pure luck, dreadful fate, love and loss - in a tragic event that that ended forty-one lives and changed the lives of hundreds more.