TVNZ Highlights: 8-14 August
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein lands this week on TVNZ OnDemand
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein
Stream from Tuesday 11 August
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein investigates the billionaire New York financier, who is alleged to have used his connections to the rich and famous to shield his predatory behaviour with young girls.
Revealing how Epstein set up a pseudo-sexual Ponzi scheme to bring in underaged girls, this investigative documentary series delves into the aftermath the survivors are experiencing with no justice to be served.
Featuring new stories and shocking new details, this compelling series gives a voice to eight of the women involved in this tragic story.
Putin: A Russian Spy Story
Stream from Tuesday 11 August
An intriguing and thrilling glimpse into the mindset of Vladimir Putin is shared in this three-part documentary series.
How did an unremarkable KBG recruit worm his way into Moscow’s halls of power and make them his own?
Putin’s inner circle, opponents and victims take viewers on an unprecedented journey into the mind of the cunning and unpredictable leader.
Michael McIntyre's Big Show
New season starts Friday 14 August, 7.30pm on TVNZ 2
The laughs keep on coming with this hilarious entertainment show hosted by BAFTA award-winner Michael McIntyre. Featuring a stellar line up of guest celebrities, comedians and games, Friday night is where the party’s at!
We’re kicking things off with a performance from One Direction superstar Liam Payne, then survival expert and TV presenter Bear Grylls will face one of his toughest challenges as he hands over his phone to Michael for Send To All! There will be an amazing surprise for the Unexpected Star, as they get the opportunity to perform live in front of over 2,000 people on stage at the London Palladium!
Last Dad Standing
Starts Thursday 13 August, 8pm on TVNZ 2
When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent!
What in life could possibly be better than a well told dad joke? Two dad’s jokes? No, an entire show dedicated to dad’s jokes. This is Last Dad Standing! An all-new local series where Kiwi dads from all walks of life compete in front of a live audience to prove their dad jokes are the best in the country.
Each dad will represent a chosen charity focused on men’s mental health, with the winner’s charity receiving a generous cash donation.
Gino's Italian Express
Starts Thursday 13 August, 9pm on TVNZ 1
Gino D'Acampo is back in his home country of Italy, but this time he's experiencing it like never before. In this brand-new series, Gino travels on Italy's railways, taking in spectacular landscapes on some of the most scenic train journeys in Europe.
Gino starts his epic journey in France – because from the Alpine town Breil-Sur-Roya, he can travel into Italy in style, on a train journey that takes him right through the Alps. In Italy, he'll meet a local doctor who does his rounds on horseback, through vineyards and hazelnut groves, where Gino will prepare a scrumptious chocolate cheesecake.
House Rules: High Stakes
Thursday - Saturday, 7.30pm on TVNZ 1
The stakes have never been higher on House Rules! After the spectacular transformation of the Penthouse, and the dramatic first elimination, all remaining teams will be handing over the keys to their own homes, which are all ripe for mouth-watering, awe-inspiring and mind-boggling transformations.
That’s right, the show will be moving around the country for the next stage of the competition. Teams travel to Victoria to get stuck into the first homeowners’ reno tonight with Kayne and Aimee’s house first up. Will the teams be able to give them the house they have always wanted? Who will impress, and who will sink to the bottom of the scoreboard?
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back
New season starts Wednesday 12 August, 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
The culinary boot camp that is ‘Hell on Wheels’ is back for a third season! Legendary chef Gordon Ramsay works around the clock once more to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster.
With the help of his ‘Hell on Wheels’ – a 70-foot-long truck that transforms into a state-of-the-art, mobile kitchen, he re-invents the struggling restaurant’s menu and whips the staff into shape. Once the stopwatch starts ticking, Gordon Ramsay works tirelessly to get these restaurants back on track!
In the premiere episode, Gordon descends upon a Virginia based seafood restaurant in business for 82 years. What monstrosities will he uncover?
Paranormal Caught on Camera
New season starts Wednesday 12 August, 9pm on TVNZ 2
Get ready for more edge-of-your-seat spooks with a brand-new season of this spine-chilling compilation series.
From UFOs to poltergeists, some of the most amazing, eye-opening, and downright scary paranormal videos from around the world are featured as a panel of experts break down the footage and analyse exactly eyewitnesses captured.
In the premiere episode, a shadowy figure is spotted in a desolate graveyard; a Hong Kong family is perplexed by a radiating light in the night’s sky; and a couple that opens their arms to all things otherworldly. Tune in if you dare!
Saturday 8 August, 7pm on TVNZ 2
In this heartfelt family comedy, a super-sized and oddball Great Dane who never fit in, finally finds a place where it's okay to stand out! Starring the voice talents of Owen Wilson and George Lopez.
Saturday 8 August, 8.30pm on DUKE
In this chilling horror mystery, a couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Starring Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor and Megumi Okina.
Friday 14 August, 8.30pm on DUKE