TVNZ Highlights: 10-16 August
Building the impossible, this week with TVNZ
Tuesday 13 August at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
This new series follows the exploits of pioneering families building extraordinary kit homes in situations where conventional construction techniques prove impossible.
Each episode charts one of these innovative homes as it is fabricated off site and delivered to the plot on trucks as a kit of parts.
Architectural designer Charlie Luxton and commercial designer Aidan Keane join the tenacious families going against the odds as they struggle to turn their ambitious plans into a reality. The drama unfolds as the build teams resolve is tested to its limits as they fight to conquer their impossible builds in a matter of days, or sometimes just hours.
Wednesday 14 August at 7.30pm on TVNZ 1
MasterChef Australia is back, and returning for its 11th season – the final series featuring its three legendary judges.
Twenty-four talented and passionate home cooks have earnt the privilege of wearing the coveted white apron. Challenged to create delicious home-cooked meals both in the kitchen and at stunning locations across the country, these new hopefuls will need to bring their A-game.
Judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris are back for their last hoorah, ready to encourage, challenge and push these contestants to extend their repertoire and cook better than they’ve ever cooked before.
Stream from Sunday 11 August at 12pm on TVNZ OnDemand
Stand-up comedian and son-of-a-preacher-man James Nokise goes on an open-minded, curious exploration of eight different religions, in a bid to learn what makes their God, Gods or Buddhas tick.
James visits sacred spaces, meets religious leaders, attends festivals, chants, prays and meditates, to see what it’s like to be a believer.
Yours Faithfully is a chance for all New Zealanders to embrace and understand each other’s differences while simultaneously finding the core beliefs and principles that connect us all.
The Seven Year Switch
Tuesday 13 August at 7.30pm on TVNZ 2
The Seven Year Switch follows Aussie couples on the brink of separation, taking a drastic step to try and save their relationship. Each couple will leave their partners and enter into an experimental marriage with a complete stranger.
Guided by relationship experts and psychologists, this switch therapy is revealing, radical and totally unpredictable.
At the end of the social experiment, will our couples recommit to their partners, or will they part ways for good?
The Posh Frock Shop
Thursday 15 August at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Renowned for his flamboyant designs - and eye watering price tags - stylish women from all around the world flock to Ian Stuart’s exclusive London boutique to find the dress of their dreams.
From blushing brides, overbearing mothers-of-the-bride, to extravagant VIPs looking for a gown to light up the night, Ian and his team of colourful characters - including the Lederhosen-wearing Danish florist Jens - are the people to go for a dress to impress.
Thursday 15 August at 9.30pm on DUKE
Hosted by James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe, Hypothetical is a gameshow like no other!
In this week's episode, Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo (Funny Girls), Jon Richardson (Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier) and Romesh Ranganathan (Taskmaster) join the panel to solve completely hypothetical situations!
Get ready for an evening of laughs!
My Kitchen Rules
Monday 12 August at 8pm on TVNZ 2
It’s a magnificent end to a milestone season as our two best home cooking duos compete for the title of 2019 MKR Champions.
In a series first, we have a panel of 10 judges in celebration of 10 years of the show.
Who will walk away with the winning title of MKR top team 2019?
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy
Sunday 11 August at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
In the fourth episode of this fantastic five-part series, we take a look back at how music has created comedy gold.
With the first interview with Flight of the Conchords in some time, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement explore their struggles with getting a pilot in NZ and the success they received overseas following their US TV series.
Plus, we take a look back at Kiwi icons Dame Lynda and Jools Topp and the impact their duo act had on NZ alongside current day ‘Funny Girls’.
The Time Traveller's Wife
Saturday 10 August at 11.15pm on TVNZ 2
A Chicago librarian suffers from a rare genetic disorder that sends him hurtling through time whenever he is under extreme stress.
Despite his condition, he attempts to build a stable future with the beautiful young heiress he loves.
Starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.