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8:30pm – Thursday, January 10 on TV 3

This week sees Hamish and Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia vs. New Zealand conclude with the boys enjoying a trek across Australia before deciding which county comes out on top in this trans-Tasman rivalry! Hamish and Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia vs. New Zealand screens on Thursday, January 10 th at 8:30pm on 3. Last week saw Hamish and Andy enjoying some amazing Kiwi adventure activities, now the boys’ adventures continue in their motherland of Australia.

As well as camel racing in the desert and UFO spotting, this week will also see the pair meet a lady who lives with 18 kangaroos in her house.

But it’s the verdict of which country comes out on top of the trans-Tasman rivalry that makes this episode so unmissable… So who will it be? Find out when Hamish and Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia vs. New Zealand concludes on Thursday, January 10 th at 8:30pm on 3.

Touch

2:00pm – Wednesday, January 9 on TV 3

From Heroes creator Tim Kring and starring 24′s Kiefer Sutherland, Touch returns to our screen for a holiday encore screening on Wednesday, January 9 th at 2pm on 3. Touch tells the story of widower Martin Bohm, father to Jake, a mute son who harbours the uncanny ability to connect patterns and discover the meaning behind seemingly unrelated events happening all over the world. Sutherland says the appeal of playing Martin was his total contrast to his 24 character, Jack Bauer.

“The opportunity I had in 24 was to repress,” he explains. “[With Martin] openly showing and having emotional reactions to what is happening in this exact moment is another fantastic opportunity.”

“In 24, the repression got heavier and heavier. Hopefully, this will become more and more open,” he says. Also, Martin, unlike Jack, “gets to sit down,” Sutherland continues. “He gets to sit down and have a conversation.”

And the differences don’t end there. Touch tells stand-alone, often meaningful stories of humanity’s interconnectedness.

“Each week will be a different set of characters and a different slice-of-life story,” Kring explains. Make sure not to miss this when Touch returns on Wednesday, January 9 th , screening weekdays at 2pm on 3.

10:30pm – Monday, January 7 on TV 3

Nightline – the country’s favourite late-night news show with the perfect mix of informative and entertaining content returns for a whole new year on Monday, January 7 th at 10:30pm on 3.

If you’re not home in time for the award-winning 3 News at 6pm, then Nightline provides a more suitable time to sit back, relax and enjoy the latest news and entertainment from around the world.

Don’t miss all the breaking late-night news and must-see entertainment when the high-rating Nightline returns on Monday, January 7 th at 10:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Saturday, January 5 on TV 3

She’s considered one of the biggest sex symbols of all time, and this week model-turnedactress Raquel Welch guest stars in CSI: Miami, continuing its latest, and final, season on Saturday, January 5 th at 9:30pm on 3. In the instalment, titled “Rest In Pieces”, Welch will play the matriarch of villain Diego Navarro (Carlos Bernard) and his son Esteban aka “The Miami Taunter” (Kuno Becker).

“She is a very wicked character. I have never played anything like her. She was definitely up to no good,” Raquel Welch explains about her time on CSI: Miami. “I love the show.” Make sure not to miss her when CSI: Miami screens on Saturday, January 5 th at 9:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Thursday, January 3 on TV 3

The boys are back! Comic duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are taking their Caravan Of Courage series back on the road in a new two-part travel special, Hamish & Andy Caravan Of Courage: Australia vs. New Zealand – their first stop New Zealand. Hamish & Andy Caravan Of Courage: Australia vs. New Zealand, premieres on Thursday, January 3 rd at 8:30pm on 3.

Hamish and Andy love nothing more than a good old fashioned adventure. This passion has seen them spend the last several years visiting the most far-flung corners of the globe. But one region of the world has in recent times escaped their unskilled eye – until now.

Over the next two weeks, Hamish and Andy will rev up the old caravan and courageously drive the length of New Zealand and the breadth of Australia in an attempt to compare and contrast the people and the places that make our region so unique. And then in a very unscientific manner they will pick a winner.

“We can already tell it’ll be a close contest,” says Hamish. “Hopefully not too close though. I’m not quite sure what we’ll do if it goes into extra time.”

As self-appointed judges, Hamish and Andy will see the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Important cultural experiences like a Captain Cook Re-enactment group, a Bee Beard, the World’s Steepest Street, a Nude Rugby Club, some Sheep Racing and a very troublesome homemade Hovercraft.

“Between the raw beauty of the New Zealand countryside, the untouched grandness of the Australian desert and the unthinkable depths of Hamish’s stomach, this is one of the most memorable trips we’ve been on yet,” adds Andy.

They will leave no stone unturned, no person unmet, and no stupid challenge left unattempted on this 10,000km Caravan of Courage that will settle the trans-Tasman rivalry once and for all. Make sure not to miss the boys exploring New Zealand in this week’s Hamish & Andy Caravan Of Courage: Australia vs. New Zealand, screening on Thursday, January 3 rd at 8:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Tuesday, January 1 on TV 3

Can the bond between mother and child survive the harsh realities of life behind bars? This is the question at the centre of Babies Behind Bars, a two part documentary exploring the lives of mothers behind bars. Babies Behind Bars (Part One) screens on Tuesday, January 1 st at 9:30pm on 3. With a 400% increase in the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. in the last 30 years, prison births are becoming an increasingly regular occurrence. Babies Behind Bars follows the dramatic and emotional stories of a group of pregnant inmates at a Indiana Women’s Prison.

The lucky ones get to keep their babies in a special prison nursery. The others are forced to give up their babies after just 24 hours.

Featuring births, babies and a lot of tears, Babies Behind Bars uses powerful personal stories to pose poignant questions about how the criminal justice deals with women and children.

Make sure not to miss this when Babies Behind Bars (Part One) screens on Tuesday, January 1 st at 9:30pm on 3.

5:30pm – Tuesday, January 1 on TV 3

In celebration of New Years Day, Kim Kardashian is making a very special guest appearance on Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, screening on Tuesday, January 1 st at 5:30pm on 3. Fans will get to see the reality TV star in a book-signing where she is introduced to Mandy Baxter (Molly Ephraim), who goes a bit crazy when she meets the star. Kardashian told Entertainment Tonight that she didn’t prepare too hard for the role. “I play myself, so if I do bad at this, I have some issues,” Kardashian said. “It’s fun to play the more dramatic version of myself.”

Make sure not to miss her when Last Man Standing screens on Tuesday, January 1 st at 5:30pm on 3.

MediaWorks TV is inviting Kiwis to have their say on the issues of the day, with brand new primetime current affairs show The Vote, coming to TV3 in 2013.

Hosted by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner, The Vote will be a monthly series of entertaining and informative national debates on the big issues facing New Zealanders.

In what may be a first for current affairs television in New Zealand, the debates will take place in theatres with audience participation, including voting. Viewers at home will be invited to take part, by having their say and voting online.

The Vote will see Duncan and Guyon lead opposing teams of leading New Zealanders in a bid to win over both those present in the theatre and the television audience. Continue reading »

9:30pm – Friday, December 28 on TV 3

WANNA-BEn – the little New Zealand TV show that grabbed international headlines and huge international guests returns to our screens with an encore screening of its second season, premiering on Friday, December 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

Ben Boyce (Jono and Ben at Ten), the world’s biggest “wanna-be”, is back on our screens with six celebrity-laden, gag-packed episodes of WANNA-BEn made up from a smorgasboard of skits, parodies, pranks and interviews.

Each episode of WANNA-BEn follows Ben’s attempts to live the life of someone rich and famous. For series two Ben interviews and emulates the likes of talk show host Jerry Springer, “The Fonze” Henry Winkler, rockstar Bret Michaels, wrestler Hulk Hogan, Playmate and reality TV star Kendra, the real Erin Brockovich and many, many more. “I was pretty surprised I got to talk to these people. It’s awesome they gave me time out of their busy lives. Well except for Gary Busey – that dude is nuts!”

Ben’s weird encounter with the eccentric Hollywood actor is just one of the many celebrity interview highlights of the series.

“I think I asked Gary about two questions, then spent the next 45 minutes wondering if he was actually insane or just screwing with my head! At one point he tickled me for about a solid minute then made me drop my pants to check if I’d peed myself. He also attempted to burn me with his cigar a bunch of times and even tried to make me sit on some weird sex toy!”

During his informal chats, Ben learnt a lot of the secrets to being like his celebrity idols. Jerry Springer taught him the one and only thing you need to know to be a TV host, Bret Michaels shared his secret to winning the ladies, and Kendra explained the many benefits of breast implants. Make sure not to miss the first of these lessons when Ben tries to be like “The Fonze”, Henry Winkler and Playmate Kendra in this week’s WANNA-BEn screening on Friday, December 28 th at 9:30pm on 3.

7:00pm – Wednesday, December 26 on TV 3

Road Cops, returning to our screens on Wednesday, December 26 th at 7pm on 3, takes a ‘fly-in-the-cop-car/camera-on-the-dashboard’ look at the fascinating and action-packed working lives of police officers doing their best to keep law and order on State Highway One and beyond.

From speeding motorists, illegal firearms, machete-wielding assailants, aggressive motorists and drug busts to seatbelt and illegally modified car offences, Road Cops, captures real-life drama on the traffic police frontline.

Shot against the heartland backdrop of the Waikato, a region famed for its mighty river, grunty power station and V8 races, the Waikato police district has its fair share of Boy Racer problems. In an effort to tackle its Boy Racer high speeds and burnouts head on, the region was the first in New Zealand to set up the Illegal Street Racer Unit and is one of only two specialised teams operating in the country.

So join Road Cops as they accompany the Illegal Street Racer Unit, Highway Patrol and the Team Alcohol Group doing their best to keep law and order on the highways and byways. Road Cops returns on Wednesday, December 26th at 7pm on 3.