TVNZ Highlights: 26 January - 1 February
Follow in a writer's footsteps, this week with TVNZ
Following Twain With Oscar Kightley
Saturday 26 January at 8.05pm on TVNZ 1
If you’ve never heard of legendary American writer Mark Twain, you’ll know his characters: Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
New Zealand writer and actor Oscar Kightley (Sione’s Wedding, The Naked Samoans) is also probably best known for his characters.
So, what happens when you take Kightley, attach a camera crew and get him to trace the footsteps of one of the modern world’s greatest authors? Following Twain With Oscar Kightley that's what!
What Would Your Kid Do?
Saturday 26 January at 7pm on TVNZ 1
Well-known English comedian Jason Manford hosts this brand-new series about how well we really know our kids, by challenging parents to guess what their children will do in a variety of entertaining situations.
Each show sees children filmed in a school specially rigged with hidden cameras. Back in the studio, Jason challenges the parents to predict what their child will do in various situations.
The family with the most correct predictions goes through to the final. But on this show, it’s not the adults choosing the prizes… it’s the kids.
Love Your Garden
Friday 1 Febuary at 7.30pm on TVNZ 1
Alan Titchmarsh and his team of gardening experts: Katie Rushworth, Frances Tophill and David Domoney return for another season of Love Your Garden.
They share even more inspirational ideas and tips as they transform the backyards of some of the UK’s most deserving people.
In this week's eighth season premiere, the team's in Fareham to help 90-year-old Betty transform her green-free garden into a colourful, Italian-themed safe haven.
Wednesday 30 January at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1. Full season available on TVNZ OnDemand
Heartfelt and sensitive drama Butterfly, about the complex relationship between separated parents, concludes this week on 1.
Centring on divorced parents Vicky and Stephen, and their son Max, who has revealed he identifies as a girl, Butterfly is a series that has tackled issues of identity and gender.
In this week's series finale, the war between Vicky and Stephen over Maxine's future reaches new heights. Can they put aside their differences, or will they both risk losing their child?
Our Shirley Valentine Summer
Thursday 31 January at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
For one month, under the glow of the Mediterranean sun, eight well known faces have lived together under one roof, sharing the same dream of starting over.
Now, the end of summer is approaching.
Have the women conquered their fears and found the courage to change their lives forever?
British Shows OnDemand
Stream from Friday 1 February
Another batch of British drama is launching this week and there are loads to choose from! With over 14 titles and 130 hours launching in January there are plenty of ways to get your British fix.
This week you can watch full seasons of modern classics such as the wartime epic The Passing Bells starring Jack Lowden, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles starring Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne, as well as the period-piece fashion drama The Collection. Plus, get ready to laugh your socks off with classic episodes of comedy show The Young Ones.
Wednesday 30 January at 8.30pm on TVNZ 2
Boy loves three things, Michael Jackson, his pet goat and his criminal absent father.
When his dad returns to find a bag of buried money, Boy and his little brother get know him again.
Starring Taika Waititi and James Rolleston.
Monday 28 January at 9pm on TVNZ 2
A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.
Starring Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell.
20 Years On Death Row
Available Friday 1 February on TVNZ OnDemand
This dramatic true crime documentary follows the incredible case of Keith Doolin and the race against the clock to save him from death row.
A respected attorney has written a statement declaring that a former client, who committed suicide in 2001, has given information that could exonerate Keith.