TVNZ Highlights: 24-30 August
Sunday Theatre returns, this week with TVNZ
Sunday Theatre: A War Story
Sunday 25 August at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
In 1997 Osama bin Laden declared war on the USA.
Pulitzer Prize winning CNN correspondent Peter Arnett embarked on a mission to locate and interview him.
Asked by Arnett, "What are your future plans?", Bin Laden said, "You'll see them and hear about them in the media, God willing".
On the eve of 9/11, Arnett flew into New York City to stay with his daughter. The next day he watched in horror as the towers collapsed; his mind recalling the interview and bin Laden's veiled threat.
Funded by NZ On Air.
SPW Southern Rumble: Wrestling on the Edge of the World
Saturday 24 August at 8.30pm on DUKE
Southern Pro Wrestling & Melbourne City Wrestling join forces for a one night only Australia & New Zealand super show!
Showcasing the very best Australian & New Zealand pro-wrestling talent, we'll be bringing you the historic Wrestling On The Edge Of The World - with WWE Superstar Travis Banks even making a special appearance!
Check out how a homegrown New Zealand independent wrestling company is setting the world on fire in what promises to be one of the biggest live Independent Wrestling events seen in Australasia!
Stream from Thursday 29 August
Loading Docs is a unique initiative that produces short documentaries that captivate and inspire audiences locally and internationally, while developing and promoting New Zealand filmmaking talent at home.
The 2019 power collection takes a look at powerful people and their powerful stories. Eight insightful documentaries tell the stories of family, fate, the fight for indigenous rights and the price of viral fame.
Funded by NZ On Air.
The Family Law
Stream from Wendesday 28 August on TVNZ OnDemand
Welcome to The Family Law, the story of a sprawling Chinese-Australian family who are unlike any you've ever met. And yet, they may also be disturbingly familiar!
Benjamin Law is a 14-year-old slightly self-obsessed, clarinet-playing middle child who strives for mainstream mega-stardom whilst trying to stop his parents from splitting up... usually with disastrous results!
The Family Law is a new spin on the family comedy. This is a show about sabotaged expectations, growing pains, finding you place in the world, and the strange embarrassment we feel towards the people we're supposed to love the most: our family.
World's Busiest Train Stations
Wednesday 28 August at 8.40pm on TVNZ 1
With unprecedented, round the clock and behind-the-scenes access, this series buys a unique first-class ticket to the secret life of the world’s great railway stations.
The series follows station and control room staff, train drivers, track maintenance crews, depot engineers and transport police as they battle through human drama, travel disruption and engineering challenges to keep the trains on time and passengers on track.
Get the inside track on: New York’s epic Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, the busiest in the Western hemisphere, Calcutta’s Howrah Terminal, the busiest in India, Zurich Hauptbahnhof one of the world’s busiest and most punctual railways hubs racing to keep pace with the demanding Swiss railway clock, and Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street.
Stream the full season from Monday 26 August
Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, Rob Lowe, executive produces and stars in this brand new crime drama for TVNZ 1.
High-flying US cop, Bill Hixon (Lowe), is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force. Ready to tackle the county’s crime figures, he is armed with a range of statistics and algorithms with every intention of getting in and out as quickly as possible.
However, Bill soon discovers the people of Boston are just as smart-mouthed, cynical and difficult to impress as he is. They don’t suffer fools, authority or algorithms, and the man who’s spent his life keeping the messiness of human intimacy at arm’s length is reluctantly propelled into frontline policing.
This unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him wondering if it's Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?
The Matrix Reloaded
Saturday 24 August at 8.35pm on TVNZ 2
Following the events of The Matrix, Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants.
Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss.