TVNZ Highlights: 30th May - 5th June
Rhys Darby Is Big In Japan, This Week With TVNZ!
Rhys Darby: Big In Japan
Thursday 4th June, 8.45pm on TVNZ 1
First-time visitor Rhys Darby is heading to Japan to explore everything their culture has to offer. He begins his journey as an innocent traveller, but with each immersive activity he gains more insight into this fascinating country.
Each episode in this four-part series will see Rhys in a new location in Japan trying out outrageous, fascinating and uniquely Japanese experiences.He’ll be diving headfirst into everything, from becoming a sumo wrestler, meeting Japan’s number one mascot Kumamon, staying in a robot hotel, checking out quirky Japanese game shows, taking part in samurai training and cultural practices, plus much more!
Join Rhys on a journey full of hilarious mishaps and amazing insights as he discovers the unique and remarkable place that is Japan.
SIX60: Live At Western Springs 2020
Saturday 30th May, 8.45pm on TVNZ 1
SIX60 are bringing their 2020 concert directly to your living room, in an epic ending to New Zealand Music Month!
They made history by selling out Western Springs for the second year running, now you can be transported back to the largest concert of the band’s record-breaking February summer tour.
With classics like Don’t Forget Your Roots, Vibes and Don’t Give It Up on the cards, turn up the music and sing along with Matiu and the rest of the boys.
Sream from Friday 5th June on TVNZ OnDemand
A brand-new series full of espionage, intrigue and gripping action makes its way to TVNZ OnDemand with Alex Rider!
When Alex Rider learns that his uncle Ian has been killed in the line of duty as a British spy, everything changes for this otherwise normal teen. He is approached by Alan Blunt, head of a shadowy offshoot of MI6 known as The Department, who reveals that Alex has been unknowingly trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage.
Pressured to help investigate his uncle’s death, Alex reluctantly assumes a new identity and goes undercover in a remote boarding school called Point Blanc. But as he digs deeper, Alex discovers that the students are in fact the subjects of a disturbing plan by the mysterious Doctor Greif – a plan which he will have to risk his life to stop.
Starring Otto Farrant and Brenock O’Connor.
Stream from Monday 1st June
The darkly comedic drama, Flack, is back for a second season in 2020!
Set in a world of high-stakes public relations, Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood, X-Men) stars as Robyn, a flack, a sharp and witty PR agent who’s an expert at her craft but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life.
Flack is equal parts comedy and drama, set in a complex modern world, where problems can go viral in an instant.
With PR serving as the perfect backdrop to life’s dramas, the highly-anticipated series follows Robyn and her fellow flacks as they figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed.
Also joining the cast this season: the iconic Sam Neil, and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-O).
Dolly & Friends: 50 Years At The Opry
Monday 1st June, 7.00pm on TVNZ 1
Dolly & Friends: 50 Years at the Opry is a glorious celebration of music legend Dolly Parton’s 50-year anniversary since first playing at the renowned Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. This TVNZ 1 special features an array of stars performing iconic hits alongside the Queen of Country Music herself.
This one-off captures the moment Dolly takes to the famous Opry stage and smashes out a stunning medley of her biggest hits and favourite tunes all in front of a live audience.
Between each performance, Dolly tells us why music means so much to her and where her story began – the intimate Ryman Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. This is Dolly’s latest gift to her fans – a glimpse at the songwriter behind the iconic image, and the stellar performer who wows millions to this day.
The Parachute Murder Plot
Monday 1st June, 8.40pm on TVNZ 1
In March 2018, Emile Cilliers was convicted of the attempted murder of his wife Victoria. She had jumped out of a plane at 4,000 feet, when her parachute catastrophically failed and she crashed to the ground. Miraculously she survived but in court she refused to testify against her husband, even though he’d tried to kill her. Twice.
It was one of the most riveting stories of Fiona Bruce’s journalistic career. Now she’s returning to her roots as a crime reporter to re-examine the case.
With exclusive access to over 12 hours of previously unseen police tapes, thousands of the couple’s intimate text messages, unseen home movies and interviews with key people, some of whom are speaking publicly for the first time, Fiona will go beyond the headlines, shedding new light on the crime itself, the investigation and the subsequent prosecution.
From The Vault: 60 Years Of Television
Stream from Monday 1st June
TVNZ OnDemand has teamed up with NZ On Screen, to celebrate 60 Years Of Television in New Zealand. Here's six moments – one from each decade – each marking a milestone in broadcasting history.
NZBC Classics – Wahine Disaster (1960s): A remarkable clip showing the horror of the event, after a Christchurch cameraman rushed to Kaikoura.
Remember ’74 (1970s): In the 1970s the advent of colour television arrived.
Lotto’s First Broadcast (1980s): The first live draw was hosted by Doug Harvey and Ann Wilson with a team of independent scrutineers looking on.
Popstars (1990s): In the 1990s, girl bands were big and reality TV was just starting to make itself known.
Māori Television Launch (2000s): A major achievement for all those involved, and the excitement was palpable in 2004.
Shortland Street - 20th Anniversary (2010s): From love triangles to demented killers, the soap opera has been a favourite in Kiwi lounges since its inception in 1992.
SUNDAY 31ST MAY, 10.00AM
New Zealand Opera’s acclaimed 2015 production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca will make its free-to-air television debut this Queen’s Birthday weekend.
This compelling performance of a much-loved masterpiece can be enjoyed by opera enthusiasts and those new to the medium alike.
Love, lust and political intrigue fill the world of the passionate singer Tosca (Orla Boylan). When her lover, Cavaradossi (Simon O’Neill), is imprisoned by police chief Scarpia (Phillip Rhodes), Tosca takes matters into her own hands with dramatic consequences.
Set in Italy in the 1950s, the visuals lend themselves to life shadowed by the mafia and post WWII politics.
This opera saw New Zealand’s opera superstar Simon O’Neill in his first major role at home in a decade. O’Neill, who has studied the role of Cavaradossi with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, said Tosca features some of the greatest music ever written for a tenor.
Movies On DUKE
Saturday 30th May - Friday 5th June
RED PLANET: In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope, so a team of astronauts set out to make the first manned expedition to the red planet. Starring Val Kilmer. Saturday 30th May, 9.25pm.
TRAFFIC: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Don Cheadle star in this gripping crime-thriller where no one gets away clean in the dirty war against drugs. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Tuesday 2nd June, 8.30pm.