TVNZ Highlights: 20-26 April
A classic retold, this week with TVNZ
Sunday 21 April at 8.35pm on TVNZ 1
Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments), Dominic West (The Affair), and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Favourite) star in this new adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel.
Against the epic backdrop of 18th century France, Les Misérables sees stories collide as revolutionary violence ignites on the streets of Paris.
Jean Valjean, a former convict, begins his journey towards redemption and love, while Fantine, a working class woman, is driven to desperate measures to provide for her young daughter.
Secrets of the Royal Babies
Wednesday 24 April at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
In spring 2019, Windsor Castle will have a new royal resident. This special explores what Meghan can learn from the royal mothers who have come before her.
From weird and wonderful royal birthing traditions, to the intense press scrutiny, juggling mothering with royal duties and handling the domestic politics of life with a royal nanny.
We visit a nanny school in Bath, which is the go-to place for royal childcare, and Glamis Castle in Scotland, where Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret escape the glare of the media and the stuffiness of the royal court.
Elton John: The Nation's Favourite Song
Thursday 25 April at 7.30pm on TVNZ 1
In this special, Sir Elton John talks to friend and fan, David Walliams about his extraordinary career.
From Rocket Man to I’m Still Standing, Your Song to Candle In The Wind, Elton reveals how his classic songs came about in a top 20 countdown!
The show also features contributions from other musical legends, such as Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Sir Rod Stewart, Chris Martin and many more.
Mother Father Son
Sunday 21 April at 9.40pm on TVNZ 1
Hollywood star, Richard Gere shines on the small screen in this new BBC series about a ruthless self-made media mogul.
When Max's son’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, their empire, and a country on the brink of change.
You won't want to miss this powerful drama.
Saturday 20 April at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds.
Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life - without firing a shot - to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa
Starring Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn.
The People Vs. Larry Flynt
Tuesday 23 April at 8.30pm on DUKE
Pursued by opponents who say his "Hustler" magazine breaks decency laws, pornographer Larry Flynt hires lawyer Alan Isaacman to help fight his legal battles.
A zealot shoots the men near a Georgia courthouse, and though Flynt discovers he'll never walk again, his fighting spirit - like his love for stripper Althea Leasure - stays strong.
Starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton.