TVNZ Highlights: 22-28 December
Merry Christmas, this week with TVNZ
Tuesday 25 December at 4.40pm on TVNZ 2
Santa's done a runner ... to New Zealand!
In this family-friendly feature, Santa escapes to a beach in Aotearoa days before his big night of the year, fed up with bureaucracy and brats.
It falls to two Kiwi kids to get him out of the southern sun, and back to global gift giving.
Tuesday 25 December at 7pm on TVNZ 1
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home.
He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Christmas Roast
Sunday 23 December at 7pm on TVNZ 1
This Christmas, two of our favourite chefs go head-to-head to create an epic Christmas Banquet!
It's a competition with all the trimmings as Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo battle it out to produce the ultimate festive menu for 100 deserving diners.
It will be a fierce competition so Gordon and Gino will also receive some much needed assistance from some celebrity helpers.
Monday 24 December at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
A classic Kiwi romance featuring comedian Rhys Darby, songs by Queen and ... a duck.
A man's life comes crashing down when his girlfriend dumps him, but an injured duck and a feisty veterinarian help him rediscover love and his true place in the world.
Starring Rhys Darby and Sally Hawkins.
Call The Midwife Christmas Special
Friday 28 December at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Get ready for a special Christmas episode of the hit period drama Call The Midwife.
Catch up with the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House as they experience the highs and lows of midwifery in 1950s East London at this very special time of year.
Last year's Christmas special was the second most viewed Midwife Christmas special to date in the UK! This year's episode is bound to be just as popular.
Sunday 23 December at 8.15pm on TVNZ 1
The true story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks.
Home and Away
Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 December at 7pm on TVNZ 2
Australia's most iconic soap, Home and Away, returns post-Christmas in a 7pm slot!
After a massive year of hot hook-ups, dramatic bust-ups and beach-side turmoil, the 2019 summer season promises to be another scorcher of a year in the iconic Summer Bay.
Don’t miss all the drama from our favourite beach across the ditch with new episodes from Wednesday!
Mrs Brown's Boys: Mammy's Mummy
Thursday 27 December at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Christmas is a time for rest and relaxation - except in the Brown household!
It’s all go: Agnes is worried about Rory, who is undergoing plastic surgery, Cathy has a new date with a handsome man she met on the internet and Grandpa thinks the house is haunted...
Add in a magical new, coin operated Christmas tree from a clearance sale, and you’ve got a very Mrs Brown’s Christmas Special on your hands!
Sunday 23 December at 8.30pm on DUKE
Criminals Willie and Marcus disguise themselves as Santa Claus and his elf and travel across the country to major malls, using the good will people have toward Santa to rob the stores blind.
The problem is... Willie can't stand kids!
Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Lauren Graham.