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Sunday 7 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 musician Whirimako Black, and architect David Mitchell. Whirimako also performs a song with a jazz trio.

Sunday 7 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.
This time on in beTWEEN, it’s all about friends. Julia and Jeremy give you some tips on how to buddy up and teen star from Shortland Street Kimberley Crossman and her bestie Stephanie tell us how they’ve made their friendship last.

Sunday 7 September, 8.00pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a brand 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.

In this episode of Animal Academy, hosts Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire meet Rico the Beagle; bird rescuer Dawne Morton releases a rehabilitated hawk; and Gay Silby shows off her spectacular hairless Sphynx cats. Resident pet vet Deborah demonstrates how to clip a dog’s nails and clean its ears and Jeremy tries out dog power sledding with an Alaskan Malamute.

September 7 – 14th

TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6 has partnered with the Department of Conservation to bring you Meet the Locals Conservation Week, September 7th – 14th.

To celebrate, TVNZ Family will be showing conservation-related programmes every night from 7pm during Conservation Week.
The programming includes special episodes of Meet the Locals, a New Zealand show, presented by Department of Conservation spokesperson Nic Vallance, which focuses on this country’s unique wild places, historic sites and native species. For Conservation Week, Meet The Locals will focus on three themes: birds, marine life and places.

“When you start to look around and learn about the incredible wildlife all around you, you find we have these amazing plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world,” says Vallance. “The great thing about being a small country is that our wilderness is close by – you can find something remarkable only five minutes walk from a carpark. It’s your backyard, get out there and enjoy it!”

Other programmes include: Park Rangers (Sunday 7 September, 7pm), a fly-on-the-wall show that follows park rangers from the Department of Conservation and Ministry of Fisheries in New Zealand in their daily battles to keep safe the plant life, sea life, and animals of the country.

Primeval Paradise (Monday 8 September, 7pm): New Zealand looked very different from the rest of the world 2000 years ago. It was a primeval paradise for birds, a relic of an ancient world long forgotten. Ulva Island is a window into that world. Free from introduced predators, the island allows native species to survive in relative safety. This film tells a story about life on the island as seen through the eyes of a young robin.

New Zealand Sanctuary Keepers (Wednesday 10 September, 7pm): Many of New Zealand’s native creatures are critically endangered. Luckily, there are fiercely determined locals protecting the future of our unique wildlife: the farmer who fenced off half his property to provide a haven for the kea; the scientist monitoring numbers of the world’s smallest dolphin; and the volunteer who cares for injured yellow-eyed penguins.

NZ Exposed (Friday 12 September, 7pm): New Zealand spends millions preserving and enhancing its natural bio-diversity. But what about the exotic species that we grow for food and export to the rest of the world? New Zealand Exposed examines some of the most important environmental and resource management issues facing the nation.

Zoo Babies(Saturday 13 September, 7pm): A special episode of The Zoo focussing on babies and pregnancy.

TVNZ 6 is also holding family events with DOC and our friends at the Auckland Zoo on Sunday September 7th and the Wellington Zoo on Sunday September 14th. There’ll be music, face painting, native animal encounters, talks by DOC rangers and spot prizes and plenty of chances for your family to “meet the locals”.

Sunday 31 August, 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 photographer Peter Peryer, as well as multi-media artist Lisa Reihana. And the winner of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Bella Hristova, performs.

Sunday 31 August, 8.00pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a brand 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.

Gonzo the pug joins Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire on this week’s episode of Animal Academy, as they meet Michael Beaumont, whose research aims to control animals that eat 20,000 tonnes of New Zealand greenery a night – possums. They pay a visit to Gwen James the Bichon Frise breeder; vet Deborah improves a kitten’s quality of life with a leg amputation; and Jeremy tries his hand at fly fishing.

Sunday 31 August, 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.

This time on in beTWEEN, Julia and Jeremy find out everything there is to know about parties. We follow one of our tweens as she plans the party of a lifetime and two celebrity party goers- Carena West and Junior from Nesian Mystic – share their good, and not so good, party experiences on the studio couch.

Saturday 30 August, 10.30pm

Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) and Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty) star in a comedy drama in which a gay man and a straight woman do the unthinkable and fall in love – with each other.

Rose is down to earth, sassy, funny and straight talking. To help her cash-flow situation, she lives with her Mum, Carol. But Carol has met Trevor, and he would like to move in, so it would suit them if Rose’s boyfriend Andy were to propose. Andy is a good boyfriend … then she meets Bob.
Bob lives in another world. He’s in his early thirties, sexy, a happy-go-lucky ‘out’ gay man, who likes drinking with his friends, clubbing and one night stands. Bob’s a teacher, with a nice house and supportive middle class parents. He’s certainly not expecting to meet someone like Rose…

They meet by chance and immediately something clicks. Bob doesn’t tell her that he’s gay straight away – she’s still a stranger, after all. A friendship starts to develop, but their feelings for each other surprise them both. They fall in love. As their feelings become deeper they realise that, sometimes, love can transcend even the obstacle of sexuality. Bob is still a gay man, he just loves Rose more than he’s loved anyone in his life.

In their heart of hearts, Bob and Rose know they are doing the right thing, but everyone around them thinks they’re crazy. Gay men think Bob a traitor, or perhaps that he’s justscared of ending up alone. Rose’s friends think she’s a complete fool. Even Bob and Rose question their relationship and wonder if they’re hurtling towards the biggest heartache ever: marriage and family.

Davies admits that this series provided one of his worst moments in television. “My most embarrassing moment was while filming Bob and Rose, when I snogged a bloke. We were both straight and got ourselves in a pickle about it, but it wasn’t so much kissing him as kissing him so badly. He was quite forceful and kept pushing my head back out of shot.”

Saturday 30 August, 9.30pm

Hugh Laurie (House) stars in Nigel Williams’ dramatisation of his own humorous novel, Fortysomething, a universal tale of mid-life crisis.

General Practitioner Paul Slippery (Laurie) is beset by the tribulations of oncoming middle age.
His daily life becomes a series of emotional crises. He is disgusted when his fiftysomething friend begins an energetic affair with a thirtysomething; anxious when his wife Estelle (Anna Chancellor, Four Weddings and a Funeral) returns to work for a boss who seems to express an unhealthy interest in the state of their marriage; and envious when his sons indulge in sexual relations under his own roof.

Paul seeks a little help with his faltering sex life from a variety of sources, including a herbal aphrodisiac purchased on the internet and a hypnotist with his own agenda.

As Paul plunges into a full-scale domestic meltdown he realises he has forgotten his wedding anniversary, and his wife’s plans for a surprise party in his honour lead him to suspect that she is having an affair, forcing him to get his own back, in his own characteristically awkward way.

Laurie admits that, like his character, approaching middle age has also troubled him. “I had ambitions of opening the batting for England, climbing Kilimanjaro. I assumed there was plenty of time, but now the clocks have gone forward and I’m late, stuck because all my fantasies were based on the achievements of younger men like David Gower. I have no older role models. I don’t want to become home secretary or conduct the Philharmonic. Who would I be now as an actor, father, husband, writer? I don’t know. And that’s tragic. This realisation should have happened when I was 35, but being rather dim I didn’t perceive it until six months ago.”

The series also sees Laurie joined by Stephen Fry, his comedy partner in the classic series Jeeves & Wooster and Sheila Hancock (Kavanagh QC).

Saturday 23 August, 8.30pm

An interviewer once asked Margaret Mahy: “If she were transformed into her true self, what would she become?” Margaret replied, “A tall long-faced tale”. What better way to describe a person who is widely acknowledged to be one of New Zealand’s greatest writers?

Margaret Mahy is famous for her children’s and young adult books and has received many literary accolades, the most recent being the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006 – one of the world’s most prestigious acknowledgements for excellence in children’s writing. But there is much more to Margaret Mahy than that.
In A Tall, Long-Faced Tale, viewers get an opportunity to see the real Margaret – Margaret the intellectual, Margaret the magical, Margaret the witty, the whimsical and the wicked, as interviewed by some of her own fictional characters and fellow author Elizabeth Knox.

Knox is both a friend of Mahy’s and a leading authority on her work. Like Mahy before her, Knox is also a winner of the Esther Glen Award for her children’s novel, Dream Hunter and her novel The Vintner’s Luck is being made into a major feature film.

When director Yvonne Mackay suggested that in this documentary Mahy’s own characters might also help interview her, Mahy was so intrigued about what could eventuate she forgot her vow never to do another documentary that might even slightly resemble a biography!

Animated paper cut-outs like the Lion from The Lion in the Meadow and the Witch from The Witch in the Cherry Tree step into Mahy’s living room and her life. They leave as they came, appearing and vanishing as slickly as a Cheshire cat. The young adult characters from her books are portrayed by students from Toi Whakaari, New Zealand’s National Drama School, and are seen in live action excerpts until, fascinated by their origins, they appear in Mahy’s lounge, office and garden to ask her their questions.

The subject matter is wide-reaching and covers subjects such as memory and identity, secrets and fate, transformations and dreams. These ingredients effortlessly slide between her books and her life and Mahy even surprises herself with her answers.

Adding to these fascinating characters are interviews with some of Margaret’s delightful, extraordinary and zany illustrators – Quentin Blake, Steven Kellogg and Jenny Williams.