Prime’s new season launch also included the same sentiment used by TVNZ during their launch, that they had a stronger and more exciting range of programmes than ever before.  In Prime’s case, it is actually true.  Picking up the CBS deal has meant that a number of new shows will air on Prime from one of America’s biggest studios.  New shows like Vegas, Beauty and the Beast (starring NZ’s own Jay Ryan) and Elementary will provide excellent new US dramas while 60 Minutes will give Prime their first foray into current affairs.  There is also the new look American Idol which will air reasonably close to the US air dates as well.  There are a number of great looking NZ shows including a spectacular look at New Zealand From Above  and documentary series, Making New Zealand, about the big infrastructure projects that have made us.

Here is the complete list of what to look out for.

60 MINUTES        CURRENT AFFAIRS
60 Minutes is the most successful television broadcast in history and Prime is proud to welcome this iconic current affairs show to its schedule in 2013. Featuring content and news from all over the world, expect a comprehensive and engaging blend of segments including profiles of people in the news, interviews and investigative reports.

AFTERMATH        LOCAL SERIES
What happens to a city and the people that live in it after it’s been shaken to its core? Aftermath explores the mood in Christchurch and Canterbury following on from one of New Zealand’s deadliest natural disasters in February 2011. Piecing together a fascinating picture of a city’s revival, this documentary series examines five key areas impacting on the everyday reality of living in Christchurch now and in the future. With a combination of research, expert analysis and the stories and examples provided by the residents, as well as the specialists leading the way, Aftermath takes an in depth look at the social impact, the business, science, rebuild and heritage of the recovery process.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT      ENTERTAINMENT
This favourite family variety show kicks off a new season with the introduction of Howard Stern to the judging panel, joining Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne after Piers Morgan departed from the show. Open to acts of all ages the series features a colourful army of hopeful starts all vying for their chance to win the audience’s hearts and the $1 million prize. As they take centre stage for the “open auditions” of a lifetime, they have only a precious few seconds to impress the panel of judges. Expectations are high and the criticism harsh – some will taste success while others will fall by the wayside. There can only be one winner as America decides who’s got talent!

AMERICAN IDOL       TALENT SHOW
It’s made ordinary people household names, provided inspiration for millions, become the blu-print for successful reality talent shows across the planet and now season 12 of the world’s original talent show comes to Prime for 2013.  The long-running and incredibly popular series, a global phenomenon broadcast in over 190 countries worldwide, is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and aims to discover new solo recording artists based on public votes.  Auditions for the coming season have been underway in recent months as thousands of hopefuls clamour for their chance to join previous winners and now household names Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips. When American Idol debuts, superstar judge Mariah Carey – the best-selling female recording artist of all time – and returning judge Randy Jackson, a Grammy® Award-winning producer whose expertise and beloved persona have been instrumental in discovering Idol talent from the beginning, will be joined by two new judges: quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj and New Zealander Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums.

ANIMAL SCIENCE       LOCAL SERIES
People from all around the world are flocking to Palmerston North to study at Massey University’s Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences or IVABS. This world-class facility is a functioning ‘one of a kind’ training centre and animal hospital that is leading the world in veterinary science. Join Animal Science for incredible stories from IVABS as our most rare, lovable, and unusual animals are treated at New Zealand’s premier research, specialist and emergency animal healthcare facility.

BACK BENCHES            LOCAL SERIES
Back Benches, a weekly one-hour New Zealand political interview show, is a welcome addition to Prime’s current affairs line up for 2013.  This local production, mostly filmed at the Backbencher Pub across the street from Parliament Buildings in Wellington, invites a panel of sitting MPs from a variety of parties to discuss the key political issues of the week in an enlightening and entertaining manner.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST      DRAMA
In this re-imagining of the original romantic series, Kristin Kreuk stars as Detective Catherine Chandler, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective with a tragic past and New Zealander Jay Ryan as Vincent, a veteran with a dark secret and a mysterious connection to Catherine. As a teenager Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen, she would have died too but someone saved her and it was not an animal as she is led to believe. Years after the attack, Catherine working alongside her equally talented police partner Tess, discovers a clue whilst investigating a murder that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. She discovers Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her those many years before but for mysterious reasons Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard a secret – when he is enraged he becomes a terrifying beast unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder thus beginning a complex relationship between the two, both powerfully drawn to each other yet aware of the extreme danger their connection may cause.

BEST OF TOP GEAR        REALITY
Mad about cars and everything car-related? Relive your favourite Top Gear antics with a selection of the best episodes! Join Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in their finest Top Gear moments featuring amazing challenges, spectacular stunts and a small amount of bickering.

DEATH IN PARADISE       DRAMA
This warm, light-hearted detective series comes to Prime this year, taking place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly have their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalise – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie. For a detective who can’t stand sand, even Paradise can be hell.

EARTHFLIGHT        NATURAL HISTORY
Prepare to embark on an incredible voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders unfolding below you, and swooping down to interact with life-and- death wildlife dramas on land and at sea.  This stunning series, more than three years in the making, combines state-of-the-art technology, sophisticated camera techniques and with astonishing aerial images to bring you the world as seen by birds.  Each episode explores a continent through the birds’  eyes, providing a dramatic narrative of life through the seasons. The condor is your guide through South America, revealing the animal marvels of the Andes mountain chain, while macaws explore the rainforest below.  Other episodes take in the astounding landscapes of Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, seen through the eyes of the crane, the barnacle goose, the swallow and the flamingo, with the final episode taking viewers behind the scenes to reveal how this thrilling series was made.

ELEMENTARY        DRAMA
Starring Jonny Lee Miller as Detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, Elementary is a modern-day drama about a crime solving duo cracking the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people as well as pay a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. Shunning her expertise as an addiction specialist, he informs her of his own post-rehab regimen, resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City giving her no choice but to accompany him. Sherlock soon finds her medical background helpful and Watson realises she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crime, it is simple deduction that he is going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it is elementary that this is a job for Watson.

EMILY OWENS MD       DRAMA
At long last, Emily Owens feels like she is an actual grown-up, finally able to put her geeky high school days behind her after graduating from medical school. Now, as a first year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, she has the chance to work with world famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Beckett and not-so-coincidentally work with her med-school crush, intern Will Rider. So why does everyone keep warning her that the hospital is just like high school? Emily soon finds out the hard way – her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson, is also just starting out at Denver Memorial and it seems like they’re rivals all over again, not only as surgical interns, but for Will’s attention too. Fellow intern Tyra Granger warns Emily that the cliques at Denver Memorial are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopaedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER and Tyra has her own awkward place as the principal’s kid – her father is the chief resident. Emily’s the new kid all over again only this time around, Emily will have to balance the personal and emotional turmoil of social politics with the high stakes world of life-and-death medical decisions. At least she has Tyra and nerdy-but-cute resident Micah, to count on as friends. Emily is growing to realise that although she may be a geek, she may also grow to be a great doctor.

FRIEND ME        COMEDY
Two 20-something best friends move from Indiana to Los Angeles in this new comedy, to start cool new jobs but cannot agree on how to socially engage in their new city. Rob is eager to embrace the L.A. scene and to meet new people who are not looking down at their smart phones or laptops. Evan however, prefers to socialize online at home in his underwear, web chatting and playing poker with his Hoosier buddies Mike, Sully and Farhad just a keystroke away. Meanwhile, Rob has had enough of iChatting, he naively posts a flyer seeking new friends on the coffee house bulletin board despite Evan’s warning that no good can come from meeting strangers in person. Soon the calls start rolling in, some with potential and some just disturbing. Rob and a reluctant Evan embark on what will be a series of the most epic adventures – and disasters – of their lives. Starring Nicholas Braun as Rob and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Evan.

GAME OF THRONES S2      DRAMA
As we return to Westeros after the shocking conclusion to last season, we find the Stark children scattered – Robb Stark has been hailed as King of the North and is leading an army to war against the Lannisters; the beautiful Sansa Stark is set to become boy-king Joffrey’s wife, held against her will at King’s Landing; and poor crippled Bran Stark is isolated and alone at the family home of Winterfell. Then there is bastard son Jon Snow who will head out beyond the Wall, where the White Walkers are creeping ever closer; and young Arya Stark, disguised as a boy, on the run from the Lannisters and still reeling from the death of her father. Meanwhile across the Narrow Sea Daenerys Targaryen has lost a husband and a brother but has gained the power of the dragons and the respect of her remaining people. She is now a khalessi, a queen in her own right and her intentions immediately turn to the Iron Throne at King’s Landing and her place there as the sole surviving member of the royal family and the rightful heir to Westeros. The war for the Iron Throne of Westeros has begun. Starring Richard Madden, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Alfie Owen-Allen.

GORDON’S ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE    LIFESTYLE
Gordon Ramsay has been cooking in professional kitchens for over 25 years, been taught by some of the best chefs in the world and in turn taught some of the best. In this new series coming to Prime, he’s going to strip away all the complexity, all the hard graft and teach us all how to cook amazing food with ease. The series is all about giving home cooks the desire, confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking; whether you love cooking already or you’re starting from scratch, Gordon will get you cooking with modern recipes that are simple and accessible with a wow factor and an edge accompanied of course, by his trademark cheeky wit. It’s a lifetime’s wor
the of expertise from the world’s finest chef distilled into ten glorious, mouth-watering half hours.

JAMIE’S DREAM SCHOOL       LIFESTYLEJamie Oliver brings together some of Britain’s most inspirational individuals on Prime, to try to encourage 20 teenagers who have left school with few qualifications, to give education a second chance. The students, aged from 16 to 18, are taught a range of subjects by an incredible array of experts in their fields, brought together by Jamie and supervised by an experienced head teacher.  The experts include scientist Professor Robert Winston, historian David Starkey, journalist and political aide Alastair Campbell, actor Simon Callow, musician Jazzie B, artist Rolf Harris and Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson. The series explores why many young people are unengaged by education and asks what more could be done by society and the educational system to help them. It also aims to find out if the new teachers can translate their real-life expertise into the realities of the classroom.

LORRAINE PASCALE BAKING MADE EASY    FOOD
Supermodel turned patisserie chef Lorraine Pascale, one of the UK’s most exciting baking talents, shares her secrets, passion and knowledge on baking sweet and savoury recipes. In Baking Made Easy Lorraine features old favourite recipes as well as new twists on modern classics, as well as plenty of tips on helpful shortcuts, techniques and kitchen secrets.  Each episode focuses on a different theme including Modern Classics, Very Entertaining, Bake to Impress and Speed Baking, with Lorraine offering inspiration and easy to make at home ideas such as cookies and cream fudge brownies and totally lazy mini sausage rolls to her show-stopping three-tier red velvet cake.

MAKING NEW ZEALAND           LOCAL SERIES
Making New Zealand is a documentary series featuring the incredible stories of the men and women who built our nation from the ground up. At its heart, it is the compelling story of the blood, guts and glory it’s taken to build our major infrastructure projects – massive hydroelectric dams and power schemes, railways and roads, tunnels and bridges and communications networks. It acknowledges and celebrates those who took on the big challenges in a raw, remote country and whose vision, ingenuity and hard work transformed the lives of its people and created a modern-day nation. Told through present-day interviews and visuals, archive footage and stills, historical audio recordings, and animated graphics.

MAN VS WILD        REALITY
Survival expert and extreme adventurer, Bear Grylls, returns to Prime in search of new extreme destinations and challenges. The new season brings him face to face with the gruelling task of navigating remote locations, sharing invaluable survival strategies along the way.

MASTERCHEF USA       LIFESTYLE
Who knows what challenges will be served up to contestants in the fourth series of Masterchef USA? If they can’t stand the heat they’ll be out of the kitchen as Chef Gordon Ramsay together with wine maker Joe Bastianich and four-star Chef Graham Elliot put more wannabe Chefs through their paces, as the hunt commences for America’s next MasterChef!   All new hopefuls, from all over the United States, put their signature dishes to the ultimate test as the judges look for the best in presentation, flavour, originality and creativity.  Only the most deserving will be awarded a coveted white apron and given the chance to move on to the next round of the competition. One thing is certain in MasterChef – winning will be no piece of cake!

MONROE S2        DRAMA
Prime welcomes the return of the gripping and smart British medical drama starring James Nesbitt as neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe. Every day he makes life or death decisions, the odds are often stacked against him but he has no choice but to play them.  At home things aren’t as black and white and he is afraid to admit that his family life is falling apart.  With a terrific supporting cast including Tom Riley (Lost In Austin) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It).

NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS     QUIZ SHOW
Prime welcomes the anarchic, award winning musical quiz show to its screens. Often described as the funniest show on British TV, Never Mind The Buzzcocks is a comedy pop music quiz with an emphasis on the comedy rather than the correct answers! Two teams, headed up by regular captains, Phil Jupitus and Noel Fielding, battle it out each week to determine who has the best music knowledge. Each round reflects a particular aspect of pop music and witty celebrity guests answer questions on indecipherable lyrics, improvise song lyrics, identify stars from decades gone by in a pop ID parade and more. It provides a variety of laughs, personal insults and brutal comedy – the ultimate irreverent music quiz.

NIGELLISSIMA        FOOD
The essence of Italian food, like Nigella’s style of cooking, is simplicity and informality. In her new series coming to Prime, Nigellissima, she shows how easy it is to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto the plate using ingredients available in any supermarket. With her passion for Italy and Italian cooking – she lived and worked in Florence before reading Italian at Oxford University – Nigella’s mouth-watering dishes have their roots in tradition but take us into fresh territory; light of touch but bursting full of taste. While Nigellissima is true to the spirit of Italian cooking, the recipes are always quick and easy, designed to elevate everyday eating into no-fuss feasts for those days when supper needs to be on the table pronto. A Christmas Special brings a truly Italian festive feast to the table, with big fresh flavours and a sumptuous spread, as only Nigella can provide.

NEW ZEALAND FROM ABOVE          LOCAL SERIES
New Zealand From Above features a bird’s eye view of the rich variety of landscapes contained within our country. The journey takes viewers from the deep south of the South Island to the northern tip of the North Island. In the South Island we explore the Fiordland National Park, the Southern Alps and the West Coast of the South Island. The trip around the North Island features the volcanic plateau in the centre, New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland, and finishes at the northern tip of the country – Cape Reinga.

PRIME FLICKS        MOVIES
Prime Flicks offers cinema lovers a weekly dose of movie nostalgia. Tune in to Prime every week for your favourite movies of yesteryear.

PRIME ROCKS        DOCUMENTARY
Find your inner rock-god with the Prime Rocks documentaries. Covering rock’s greatest age in the second half of the 20th century, make sure you tune in to get behind–the-scenes scoop on all your favourite artists.

PRIME NEWS: FIRST AT 5:30          DAILY NEWS
Prime News: First At 5:30 brings you the top news and sports stories from New Zealand and around the world. The bulletin is backed by the worldwide resources of SKY News, and is presented by Eric Young, Alistair Wilkinson and Charlotte Bellis. Prime News: First At 5:30 is broadcast seven days a week.

PRISONERS’ WIVES       DRAMA
Behind every prisoner, there’s a wife, girlfriend or mother doing time on the outside. For some it’s a nightmare, for others a liberation. Prisoners’ Wives is a drama series which tells the stories of four women; Gemma, Francesca, Harriet & Lou whose lives become entwined as they all struggle to cope on the ‘outside’ whilst their men do time ‘inside’. It is a show about a group of women defined by the absence of men in their lives, but more importantly their relationships with each other. As all of the women confront their problems they each undergo huge transformative journeys and start to grow as individuals. The over-riding story arc concerns Gemma’s relationship with her husband and her gradual realisation that he may not be the innocent man she thinks…

RELOCATION: PHIL DOWN UNDER      LIFESTYLE
Phil Spencer heads back down under in search of the ideal home for British families relocating to Australia. Each week Phil helps a family moving abroad to Australia by looking at the properties, jobs and culture available in the different regions. He also helps them work their way through the Australian property system by surveying, valuing and then negotiating a deal to secure their new home. The series profiles some of Australia’s most amazing properties including penthouses, old aboriginal dwellings, secret cliff hideaways and beach houses.

RESTORATION HOME       REALITY SERIES
Described as Grand Designs meets Who Do You Think You Are? Restoration Home, presented by Caroline Quentin, follows private owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin and restore them into wonderful 21st century homes. With the help of architectural expert, Kieran Long, and social historian, Dr. Kate Williams, Restoration Home turns detective to unravel the properties’ astonishing lives. As the new owners transform the buildings into their homes, the family trees of these crumbling ruins start to emerge. Tales of Kings and Queens, murder, civil unrest, moments that shocked and shaped Britain are revealed as these buildings are brought back to life.

RIVER COTTAGE            LIFESTYLE
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back on Prime in 2013 with two new stunning series.  Join us in welcoming River Cottage: Hugh’s Three Good Things and River Cottage: Three Go Mad as our favourite celebrity chef inspires with more great ‘real food’ recipes and entertaining guests. River Cottage: Hugh’s Three Good Things sees Hugh take over tea-time with a series that will get you talking, and cooking. Joined everyday by two guest chefs, the programme will serve up simply delicious plates of food, based around three key seasonal ingredients. In River Cottage: Three Go Mad, Hugh will be opening the doors of River Cottage to some familiar faces! The actors Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes – stars of ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and Felicity Kendal, star of ‘The Good Life’, join Hugh at River Cottage for two days of good cooking and fun on the farm. Hugh will introduce his famous guests to the ways of River Cottage; the importance of seasonal, ethical produce and the delights of homegrown, home-cooked food.

ROSS KEMP EXTREME WORLDS      DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Prime takes on this hard hitting travel series, following Ross Kemp as he travels to some of the most dangerous, lawless and violent regions on Earth, to show how international organised crime, terrorists and local criminal networks have created alliances that are destroying the lives of millions of people. Ross covers stories that are deemed too dangerous to tell, getting first-hand accounts from the victims of crime; he joins the police who are battling the criminals and comes face to face with the criminals themselves. In each episode Ross hunts down, meets and challenges criminals who spread death and mayhem around our world through drug dealing, human trafficking, terrorism, murder and rape.

ROYAL WATCH        DOCUMENTARY
Join us for behind-the-scenes glimpses of the British Royal Family in this new documentary slot. From King George and Queen Mary’s efforts to rescue the Monarchy in the early 20th century, to the current next-in-line Prince William’s charity work in Africa, tune into Prime for an eye-opening and often inspiring look at our Royal Family.

SACHIE’S KITCHEN       LOCAL SERIES
Sachie’s Kitchen is an exciting new cooking series celebrating Japanese cuisine and inspiring viewers at home with simple to make, amazing dishes. Hosted by culinary rising star and media darling Sachie Nomura, Sachie’s Kitchen will be filmed in her purpose built cooking school, plus each episode will feature a fascinating on-location segment of Sachie’s culinary adventures in Japan. Sachie’s Kitchen is a stylishly presented combination of great produce, entertaining guests, travel and Sachie’s vibrant and engaging personality.  

SEX & AGRICULTURE – THE EXPONENTS STORY         LOCAL DOCUMENTARY
The 30th anniversary of local pop-legends The Exponents becomes a journey into the never before told story of a pop genius, Jordan Luck, and the band whose sound defines what it means to be Kiwi.  With a wealth of archive and song, and accompanied by a seminal commentary on New Zealand’s more than quarter-century love affair with the singer, the band and their songs, Sex & Agriculture is Aotearoa’s definitive rock n roll film.

SHEARING GANG             LOCAL SERIES
There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand and they all need one thing – to be shorn! Shearing Gang returns for a second series as we go behind the scenes to reveal the tensions, humour, pressures and expertise of New Zealand’s premiere shearing gangs – all set against some of the most jaw-dropping beautiful landscape in the world. Coronet Peak, Dunstan Burn, Mt Nicholas, Ben Lomond and Walter Peak are the legendary New Zealand sheep stations. The ten episodes take viewers into the woolsheds of these and other iconic sheep stations in New Zealand’s premiere merino producing region of Central Otago. Shearing Gang is an event filled, unpredictable, funny, beautiful, inspiring series that takes the viewer behind the scenes of a little known industry and presents a warts-and-all account of how life in shearing gangs is.

SILENT WITNESS        DRAMA
Forensic pathologists Professor Leo Dalton, Dr Harry Cunningham and Dr Nikki Alexander are welcomed to their new home on Prime in one of the BBC’s most successful and longest-running crime dramas. In this series, Leo comes under suspicion for fraud when he cannot produce his post mortem notes for a case he apparently worked on. But before he can prove his innocence, he is violently attacked. Nikki and Harry end up on opposite sides of a high profile case involving the suspicious death of a wealthy banker in her Hampstead home. And Nikki returns to her childhood home of Cape Town when she is hired as a consultant forensic anthropologist by a private investigations firm. Will she be tempted to make her move to South Africa permanent? Starring Emilia Fox (The Adventures of Merlin), Tom Ward (Midsomer Murders) and William Gaminara (Spooks).

STRIKE BACK        ACTION SERIES
The hit action series returns, set against the backdrop of timely global issues such as human and drug trafficking, conflict among nations, poverty, danger for international aid workers and child soldiers, Strike Back tells the story of the unlikely alliance between two Special Forces agents, Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) – one an American renegade, the other an elite British spy – who work together as part of a stealth military unit called Section 20. Their covert efforts are never publicly acknowledged, their leads are few, the choices are difficult and results often come at a steep cost. This season see’s Stonebridge and Scott attempt to overcome the loss of Colonel Eleanor Grant, who died at the hands of terrorist Latif in season 1. Stonebridge has moved from field work and is back in the United Kingdom training Section 20 recruits, while Scott is ordered to the Kenyan desert to secure the transfer of a Libyan functionary seeking asylum. But when a high priority mission comes up, Stonebridge and Scott are reunited and sent to scour Africa in search of an elusive box of nuclear triggers – coveted by everyone from Al Qaeda to the CIA to the expatriate leader of a mercenary army – that could launch Armageddon if they fall into the wrong hands. Diplomacy is overrated.

THE CROWD GOES WILD      SPORTS NEWS
Need a sport fix with a side order of mayhem? Then join New Zealand’s favourite sports show every weeknight for all your sporting news delivered with somewhat unrivalled knowledge, sarcasm and a cheeky wink. Mark Richardson and Andrew Mulligan poke fun at each other in the studio, while the irreverent James McOnie and adventurous Hayley Holt, get up close and personal, out in the field with all your favourite sports stars. For all their anarchic behaviour, The Crowd Goes Wild team knows their stuff when it comes to sport – so make sure you tune in weeknights to New Zealand’s definitive sports programme.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF    FOOD
The Great British Bake Off is back and with more challenges than ever just who will rise to the occasion!  Join twelve of Britain’s best amateur bakers as their baking skills are put to the ultimate challenge with retro delights such as Rum Babas, upside down cakes and jam doughnuts as well as bread making, puddings and fondant fancies.  Hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, all the challenges are devised by legendary cookery writer Mary Berry and acclaimed Master Baker Paul Hollywood, who are also on hand to judge and taste their efforts.

THE RESTAURANT INSPECTOR    REALITY SERIES
Fernando Peire is the expert that struggling restaurants have been waiting for. As director of London’s world famous eatery The Ivy and a restaurant consultant with over 20 years experience in exclusive London restaurants looking after international celebrities, he knows exactly how to keep customers happy.  Now, in this engaging new series, he’s bringing his world-class standards and legendary attention to detail to neighbourhood restaurants across Great Britain where the atmosphere has become more wilted than welcoming. Initially dining incognito to assess the problems, he then coaxes and inspires often reluctant restaurateurs into taking a fresh, hard look at their businesses and making the changes that could bring them back to vibrant life.

TOP GEAR        REALITY SERIES
More extreme challenges!  More madness and mayhem! And most of all, more cars!  This new season of Top Gear has all of the high-adrenaline action entertainment, car reviews and the eccentric adventures of its hosts you would expect and more, all filmed with Top Gear’s customary wit and humour.  Jeremy, James, Richard, the Stig and a galaxy of stars in a reasonably priced car will be back soon in an all new series, only on Prime!

TRUE BLOOD       DRAMA
True Blood’s season five finale left fans wanting answers to even more questions, chomping at the bit to find out more. With the vampire authority seemingly collapsed, will Sookie have to take on her former lover and now ‘vampire god’, Bill? Will Eric come to the rescue? Who and what is the mysterious M.Warlow and will Bon Temps newest powerful romance between Tara and Pam work out? Nothing is ever as it seems and anything is possible so tune in to Prime’s newest season of True Blood for more misadventures in Bon Temps!

TRUE STORIES       PRIME DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Prime showcases world class documentaries, covering a wide array of interesting and engaging subjects in this must-see documentary slot. Be amazed, be moved and be totally weirded out by some of the most exceptional things this world has to offer.

VEGAS        DRAMA
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in this new drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb. Lamb is a fourth generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption, both of which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb’s command as a military police officer during WWII, the Mayor appeals to Lamb’s sense of duty and asks to look into a murder of a casino worker. So begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon. Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O’Connell who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice. In Vegas, two powerful men – Lamb and Savino – are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.

MIDSOMER MURDERS     DRAMA
Britain’s best-loved detective series returns to Prime for a whole new season following DCI John Barnaby in his second year after replacing cousin, retiree DCI Tom Barnaby. For the apparent idyllic natured county, Inspector Barnaby is kept very busy as behind the green fields and hedgerows, thatched roofs and village fetes – the inhabitants are a murderous lot. Along with his energetic assistant, DS Jones, the two are on hand to solve the murder mysteries thrown at them.

FREE-TO-AIR SPORT ON PRIME IN 2013

Tennis
Prime is ‘serving’ up a cracking summer of sport, starting with highlights from New Zealand’s two premier tennis events, the ASB Classic and the Heineken Open. Each tournament day Prime will be bringing viewers exclusive free-to-air highlights as some of the world’s best go head to head in the City of Sails.

Cricket
Tune in to Prime’s unparalleled cricket coverage during 2013 to see all the latest action from the international and domestic competitions free-to-air. There’ll be so much cricket coming your way even the most hardened of fans will be screaming ‘HOWZAT’! So get your beige strip on, the beverages sorted and settle in for an unforgettable season of cricket on Prime.

Netball: ANZ Championships
Netball takes centre stage as the summer sports wind down, making way for season 6 of the most ferociously fought Trans-Tasman competition in women’s sport, the ANZ Championship.  The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic broke the Aussie’s stronghold on the competition last year and will be looking for a back to back win in 2013.   Prime will have you courtside for the pick of the games each week, as ten of the best teams from New Zealand and Australia battle it out.

Netball: Internationals
Few teams in New Zealand are followed as closely as the Silver Ferns, with a huge support base all around the country. In 2013, Prime has every centre pass locked down as the Ferns international season gets underway. The highlight each year is arguably the showdown against the World Champion Australian Diamonds. Join Casey and the girls as the Silver Ferns wrestle against their arch rivals with the Constellation Cup up for grabs.

NRL
Prime brings rugby league fans the best free-to-air action from the world’s toughest competition. You’re sideline with the Warriors all season in 2013 as under the guidance of new coach Matthew Elliott they’ll battle Australia’s best tea
ms for the sport’s most coveted trophy. From the season opener in March, Prime hopes to have you cheering the Warriors all the way to the Grand Final in October.

Rugby: InternationalsOnly on Prime can you can catch full coverage of all of New Zealand’s premiere rugby games in 2013 free-to-air. From the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup fixtures, to the key Super 15 and ITM Cup clashes, Prime has reserved you the best free season seat in the house with expert commentary and analysis from SKY Sport’s world class team of commentators.

Rugby: Super Rugby
Get ready for even more heart-stopping Super Rugby action where the 15 best sides from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, play home and away for Super Rugby glory. Last year, The Waikato Chiefs reigned victorious – can they repeat their stellar season with back to back titles in 2013? Prime will keep you up to date with comprehensive coverage of the tournament, including the week’s top game plus a weekly highlights package as the Kiwi’s hope to make it two in a row.

Rugby:  ITM Cup
Cheer along your local lads from the comfort of your couch, as Prime brings you the highlights of the ITM Cup each week along with full coverage of the best matches throughout the competition.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Killing, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, Go Girls, and the NRL.
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  • william

    Prime news “is presented by Eric Young and Karen Rutherford.” what’s happened to Alistair Wilkinson and Charlotte Bellis?

    • http://www.facebook.com/reganjcunliffe Regan Cunliffe

      Prime have just emailed us to correct the copy

  • bobscoffee

    Doesn’t really sound much to get excited about

  • Sean

    Will Prime be showing Criminal Minds now instead of TVNZ?