TVNZ Highlights: 27 October-2 November
Justice as you've never seen, this week with TVNZ
The Trial: A Murder In The Family
Monday 29 October at 9.30pm on TVNZ 1
In this pioneering series that reveals the inner workings of the legal system, a fictional murder case is tried in a real court, by legal professionals and a jury of members from the public.
The only actors include the accused – a man who is pleading not guilty for the murder of his wife - the deceased, and some of the witnesses.
A thrilling hybrid of drama and documentary, The Trial: A Murder In The Family will hook viewers with the twists and turns of a murder trial as well as reveal the inner workings of the justice system. An absolute must see!
Sunday 28 October at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Becky Sharp’s story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing comes to an end this Sunday.
Her plight has taken her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she went.
In the finale, Becky is lost and then she is found, but will she have a happy ending? Don't miss the Vanity Fair finale, on TVNZ 1.
The Little Drummer Girl
Premieres Monday 29 October at 11am on TVNZ OnDemand
Based on John le Carré’s best-selling literary masterpiece, The Little Drummer Girl is a passionate love story and a deeply immersive thriller.
Set in the late 1970s, the pulsating thriller follows Charlie (Florence Pugh), a fiery British actress whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Alexander Skarsgård,) while on holiday in Greece.
His intentions, however, are not what they seem, and their encounter entangles Charlie in a complex plot in which she must take on the role of a lifetime - as a double agent.
Stream from Thursday 1 November on TVNZ OnDemand
The massively popular 90s teen drama comes to TVNZ OnDemand! Launching the careers of Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and James Van der Beek, Dawson’s Creek has become one of television’s most iconic soaps and is sure to grip viewers new and old once again.
Confronting issues of mortality, infidelity, homosexuality and betrayal, Dawson’s Creek follows a tight-knit group of friends in a small town in Massachusetts as they navigate through a rapidly changing world.
Watch all six seasons OnDemand from Thursday!
Seven Year Switch UK
Thursday 1 November at 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Seven years marks a defining point in many relationships when couples find themselves restless, dissatisfied, and curious about what life would be like with someone else.
In Seven Year Switch UK, for two whole weeks couples swap partners to see what life is like living with a complete stranger.
Will this ultimate experiment in switch therapy provide new appreciation for the love they have or entice them to call it quits?
Tuesday 30 October at 7.30pm on TVNZ 1
The biggest trucks and toughest drivers are trying to tame one of the world’s last frontiers - the Outback!
For the truckers who travel this epic, harsh country, there’s only one way to get from A to B and that's the hardway.
On this week's episode, Sludge takes on foreign roads and strange loads in New Zealand.
Stream from Monday 29 October at 10am on TVNZ OnDemand
A group of soldiers return to Australia after the death of their leader in Afghanistan. Faced with questions from a grieving widow, it soon becomes apparent there is more to the death than the men are letting on.
Fighting Season is a complex, character-driven drama about the invisible men and women who fight for the country they call home, presenting the reality of being a soldier in the modern world.
How do these men, who are trained to kill, transition from being killers to husbands and fathers? New episodes released weekly.
Project Runway New Zealand
Monday 29 October at 7.30pm on TVNZ 2
The designers are tasked with their first Avant Garde challenge.
Taking inspiration from their Holden Astras, the designers are encouraged to be brave and bold. While some contestants thrive, for others the pressure beings to take its toll.
But the show must go on, and the competition heats up as the designers rally to create winning looks.
My Kitchen Rules New Zealand
Sunday 28 October at 7.30pm on TVNZ 2
It’s time for Opotiki cousins Pat and Wilz to share their culture, community and cuisine at their Instant Restaurant.
Showcasing an innovative take on traditional Maori cuisine true to the East Coast, the guys believe they have what it takes to come out on top in the competition.
Love and laughter are at the core of everything these flamboyant foodies do together but will that shine through in their food?
Saturday 27 October at 10.10pm on TVNZ 2
In Florence, Professor Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital with no memory of the last two days and with daydreams and dreadful visions.
Teaming up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, together they must race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Based on the novel by Dan Brown and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
Austin Powers In Goldmember
Sunday 28 October at 10.05pm on TVNZ 2
He's found his mojo, baby, and now Austin Powers is back again in this shagadelic comedy-adventure!
Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and reunite with former flame Foxxy Cleopatra to defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember, who is working with Dr. Evil.
Starring Mike Myers and Beyoncé.
Stream from Thursday 1 November at 12pm on TVNZ OnDemand
Breaking the conventions of the cop genre, popular and critically acclaimed series, The Shield comes to TVNZ OnDemand.
The series, starring Michael Chiklis as a rogue cop, plays out in the tough, morally ambiguous world of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct, in which the line between good and evil is crossed every day.
It's a high-stakes war with rules that are made to be bent, and where the thirst for money and power can only be quenched by corruption and deceit.
The Human Element
Stream from Thursday 1 November at 12pm on TVNZ OnDemand
In this riveting and visually rich doco, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply.
With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.
Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams
Friday 2 November at 8.30pm on DUKE
The outrageous, permanently spaced-out duo of Cheech and Chong star in this wacky comedy about two guys who sell enough of their "specially mixed" ice cream to take the cash and realize their fondest dreams: new guitars, islands in the sun and beautiful women.
But of course, not everything goes as planned!
Starring Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.