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Sunday 21 September, 8.00pm

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million cats, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a new family television series for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy.

Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer and Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire, Animal Academy screens on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6 on Sundays at 8pm.
This week Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire meet stunt animal trainer Karen Sadler, who trains animals that appear in commercials. The pair check out miniature breeder Karen Earl’s tiny horses and resident vet Deborah investigates a suspected canine cancer. Plus, Jeremy shows us into his world as we see Operation Nest Egg, designed to save our national icon – the kiwi.

Sunday 21 September, 5.00pm

in beTWEEN is a new local issues-based series for tweens presented by Julia Wright and Jeremy Hollis in front of a live studio audience. The show deals with all the hard stuff that tweens want to know about but don’t know who to ask.

Topics include dating, bullying, sport, sex, friends, music, and parents. in beTWEEN questions tweens about their feelings and knowledge on the topics and also includes interviews with well-known Kiwis such as Temepara George, Anna Fitzpatrick, Carena West and Junior from Nesian Mystic, Hayley Holt and Lani Purkis from Elemeno P.
In this episode of in beTWEEN, we talk about sex. One of our tweens checks out all the books on the subject and on the couch Julia and Jeremy talk about that age old question – how young is too young?

Sunday 21 September, 8.30pm

Talk Talk is back! A nosy and entertaining talk show series filled with conversation, music and a determination to probe into the lives of artistic New Zealanders, Talk Talk screens on TVNZ Showcase on TVNZ 6 Sundays and Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

This week on Talk Talk, presenter Finlay Macdonald interviews Kirsten Morrell of band Goldenhorse and playwright Roger Hall. The Sami Sisters perform a song.

Thursday 28 August, 7.30pm

Over 1500 people die on Australian roads each year, and thousands more are seriously, often permanently, injured. Establishing the causes of these tragic incidents are teams of highly specialised police officers – the Crash Investigation Unit (C.I.U).

Crash Investigation Unit offers a rare insight into the chain of events that lead to fatal road crashes, as well as the extensive work of CIU officers. It also looks at the emotional impact on survivors, families and friends.
Over ten weeks, Crash Investigation Unit uniquely balances its policing and scientific elements (including 3-D animations created from police survey data), by sharing with viewers the human, personal toll of serious crashes.
Across the series, families and friends share stories of lost loved ones; survivors reflect on luck and what they could, or should, have done differently; and witnesses relive the shock of what they saw.

Wednesday 27 August, 7pm

Shortland Street’s favourite lesbian Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne) has been far too busy to look for love, since her return to Ferndale with baby Jay.

But tonight on Shortland Street, it looks like her single status may be about to change.
Having shared a frisson with one of her female colleagues, Maia dares to hope that the connection could be taken to a new level. But how will her friend feel when Maia makes her move? Find out tonight on Shortland Street, 7pm on TV2.

Tuesday 26 August, 7pm

It’s onwards and upwards for Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) when he takes on a role in research and development for a leading pharmaceutical company. But the big question remains: which lucky Shortland Street doctor will take over the helm of his beloved ED?

There are two clear contenders for the job, but there’s no doubt that Craig has his reservations about each of them. With Dr Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) silently battling a debilitating illness and Dr Kip Denton (Will Hall) often playing the fool, there is a difficult decision to be made.
Both doctors have allies in high places – but who will get the promotion?

Sunday 14 September, 8.30pm

Talk Talk is back! A nosy and entertaining talk show series filled with conversation, music and a determination to probe into the lives of artistic New Zealanders, Talk Talk screens on TVNZ 6 Showcase Sundays and Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

Talk Talk presenter Finlay Macdonald talks to Dimmer rock and roller Shayne Carter and established local chef Judith Tabron. Plus, young popsters The Naked and Famous perform.

Sunday 14 September, 5.30pm

in beTWEEN is a new local issues-based series for tweens presented by Julia Wright and Jeremy Hollis in front of a live studio audience. The show deals with all the hard stuff that tweens want to know about but don’t know who to ask.

Topics include dating, bullying, sport, sex, friends, music, and parents. in beTWEEN questions tweens about their feelings and knowledge on the topics and also includes interviews with well-known Kiwis such as Temepara George, Anna Fitzpatrick, Carena West and Junior from Nesian Mystic, Hayley Holt and Lani Purkis from Elemeno P.
In this episode of in beTWEEN, it’s all about parents. We get a couple of tweens to take over parenting duties in their own house and former Shortland Street star Nicola Kawana and her daughter Eden join Jeremy and Julia on the couch.

Sunday 14 September, 8.00pm

One of the stars of Animal Academy is Christchurch-based vet Deborah Simpson who tends ailing animals and gives viewers plenty of helpful tips about their pets’ health.

Simpson says that the idea of working with animals has always appealed. “I’ve always loved animals, but it never occurred to me to be a vet until someone suggested it when I was 16 -and then that was it! The best thing about working with animals is that you’re working with great people who love animals too, and there is always a cat or dog around to cuddle or play with.”
Naturally there are very difficult (and sometimes dangerous) things to deal with as a vet as well. “The saddest thing about being a vet is getting to know owners and their pets really closely and then sometimes not being able to help or cure their sick or old pets,” says Simpson. “However, my worst experience would be in the UK when I worked for the RSPCA and got faced with a 5ft python that was rather cross due to its heat lamp burns!”

She admits that she was a little bit nervous about being on camera, but she’s really enjoyed her role in Animal Academy. “Taking part in Animal Academy was a really interesting experience, so different to everyday vet life. It felt very glamorous to be made up professionally before going to work. However, it’s very odd hearing and seeing myself on film. What was tricky was getting animals to sit still for all the repeat filming.”

So far, there haven’t been any disasters – but “it did take us (director, cameraman, soundman & nurses) ages scrabbling on the floor looking for a bit of bunny tooth I’d clipped so we could show it to the camera!”

Deborah Simpson also has a message board on tvnz.co.nz/animalacademy, so write in with your questions!

This week on Animal Academy, Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire are joined by Mac the Afghan Hound. Deborah operates on a cat bite abscess. Plus Jeremy heads south to meet some very rare and noisy little Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Saturday 6 September, 8.30pm

Road to Beijing is a documentary that follows artists from diverse backgrounds as they prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience; performing on a world stage before Olympic and Paralympic audiences in Beijing, China.

It is a story about artists who have overcome tremendous challenges in their lives. For one, it is the challenge of playing world-class violin with only one arm. For another, the challenge is playing the piano with only two fingers on each of her hands. There is also the photographer travelling the world with his torso on a skateboard chronicling the reactions to his legless body, and we will meet an autistic savant who captures the world on canvas with the most intricate detail.