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Sunday 24 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 those New Zealanders, Talk Talk screens on TVNZ 6 Showcase Sundays and Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

This week, Talk Talk host Finlay Macdonald interviews artist John Reynolds; Jenny Bornholdt drops by for a chat about her poetry; and bluesy band The Calico Brothers perform their song ‘Blown Up Heart’.

Sunday 24 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.

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, we find out just how much fun you can have working in sport even if you can’t catch a ball; an intrepid tween lives like a professional tennis player for a whole week; and netball star and Dancing with the Stars champion Temepara George joins die-hard fans Julia and Jeremy on the couch.

Sunday 24 August, 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 and Animal Academy host Sarah Ulmer is no exception.

The Olympic gold medallist has always had a pet at her place. “My first family pet was Gideon the German shepherd and Gizmo our adorable family cat. Then there were brother and sister boxers, Georgie and Churchill and now my boxer, Scoobie who is eight months old.”
Ulmer says that Scoobie is absolutely part of the family. “He’s full of personality – he’s almost human-like sometimes. He’s just so much fun to hang out with.” Plus, he adds a little bit of extra excitement into her life: “Every time I take Scoobie for a walk it’s an animal adventure,” she laughs.

Ulmer admits she harboured a secret desire to work with animals as a child, but getting to Olympic gold-medal standard in cycling made fitting in anything else a bit difficult. “I wanted to be a vet but cycling sidetracked that one.”

However, in a dream world, she still thinks, “I’d be a French-speaking Boxer breeder/vet living in the south of France. Well, spending summer in France and then coming home to New Zealand for a good old Kiwi summer.”

In the meantime, she’s a small business owner and is having a ball working with animals and vets on Animal Academy. This week, Sarah, Jeremy Maguire and Bosco the Saint Bernard look into micro-chipping with Animal Control Officer Kym Parnham; Jeremy has a close encounter of the cute kind – feeding Red Pandas at Wellington Zoo; and Deborah diagnoses an ear infection.

Saturday 16 August, 8.30pm

Colin McCahon: I Am follows the evolution of McCahon’s work from his early paintings, which placed well-known Christian events into a New Zealand context, to his final paintings, which used words to spell out a message to his audience.

Painting in New Zealand in the 30s and 40s was seen as a leisure pursuit for amateurs and those amateurs took their inspiration from established European masters. It was radical enough for a young man like McCahon to take painting up as a serious vocation, let alone for him to imitate modern revolutionaries like Picasso, Cézanne and Mondrian.
Painting was McCahon’s main vocation, but he never fully earned his living from it. He was instead, by turns, a fruit picker, a gardener, the curator at the Auckland Art Gallery and finally a teacher at Elam School of Fine Arts. McCahon believed the painter should help his audience ponder questions of man’s spirituality, just as medieval and early renaissance painters had done. At a very early age he saw the spiritual power of particular parts of the New Zealand landscape.

“There was a landscape of splendour, and order and peace. The Crucifixion hadn’t yet come: perhaps this landscape was of the time before Jesus. I saw an angel in this land. Angels can herald beginnings,” he said. “I saw something logical, orderly and beautiful belonging to the land and not yet to its people. Not yet understood or communicated, not even really yet invented. My work has largely been to communicate this vision and to invent the way to see it.”

Throughout his life, he used depictions of the New Zealand landscape to provoke his audience to think about moral, ethical and spiritual values. At the beginning of his career he literally placed biblical figures in a New Zealand landscape, later he developed his own pictorial language, using juxtapositions of light and dark, key symbols and words.

McCahon never allowed himself to be filmed, but Colin McCahon: I Am uses original sound recordings of his voice as well as readings, by Sam Neil, of his letters. The documentary was also able to draw on the personal experience of McCahon’s daughter, Victoria Carr and on the expertise of Martin Browne, one of the key organisers of McCahon’s major retrospective exhibition, “A Question of Faith”.

Sunday 17 August, 8.30pm

Talk Talk talker Finlay Macdonald interviews a painter from the deep South, Nigel Brown. He also talks to late-starter novelist Jenny Pattrick and Dudley Benson performs with a string quartet.

Nigel Brown graduated from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1972 and began exhibiting the same year. While at Elam, Brown studied for three years under Colin McCahon who encouraged him and eventually became a significant influence throughout his career. Like his mentor, words are often incorporated into Brown’s works, which reinforces the idea that paintings are a form of social dialogue. Brown says, “I often put words around [the border] because they are a lead in. The words are deliberately upfront and provocative, especially in an age when so much of our art tries so hard not to be upfront.” He adds, “I had this idea you could walk into an art gallery and see this painting that said ‘hello’ to you.”
Jenny Pattrick began her career as a jeweller. Her work has been exhibited in New Zealand and internationally, and featured on the book jacket of her second novel, Heart of Coal. Pattrick has also been active in the arts community and has chaired the Arts Council and has served on the boards of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, the New Zealand School of Dance and the New Zealand Festival of the Arts’ New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Committee. Her latest novel, Landings is set on the Whanganui River at the turn of the twentieth century.

Indie-chorister? Folk-popist? Labelling the unique sound of solo artist Dudley Benson is a challenge… there is simply no songwriter in NZ quite like him. Hailing from a goat farm on the Port Hills of Christchurch, Benson was chorally trained from early on, but family lore suggests Dudley could be heard on the hills singing chart topping hits of the time to attentive livestock. Hence his dilemma: Pachelbel or pop? Well, you could say he’s figured a way to combine both…

Sunday 17 August, 5.30pm

Julia Wright and Jeremy Hollis tackle the tough topic of bullying this week on in beTWEEN.

This week on in beTWEEN, Julia Wright and Jeremy Hollis talk about bullying. One brave tween tries to be nice to her younger brother and sister for a whole week and Anna Fitzpatrick – a model who is also bald – tells us her personal story about being targeted by bullies.
Wright thinks that it is particularly important that tweens don’t miss this episode. “Bullying is such a massive issue, so serious and I hate it so much. It is completely ruining young peoples’ lives and I get passionate about bringing that into the light. Also letting victims know that they are not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sundays and Wednesdays, 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

This week, Talk Talk presenter Finlay Macdonald talks to musician Murray Grindlay, who first got his start in the sixties with the legendary Underdogs. He has written and produced hits for others and himself in the decades since, including a Top Ten single in Australasia as Monte Video. In 2007 he also produced young Auckland pop band The Electric Confectionaires’ debut album. Grindlay and his band perform an original song on Talk Talk too.
Macdonald also chats to unique artist Yuki. She trained in fashion design at Massey Institute of Technology (now Massey University) in Wellington and found early success while in her second year of study with her Graffiti Dress (1995), which was purchased by Te Papa. Yuki was the Creative New Zealand 2003 Emerging Pacific Artist and her work can be found in the collections of Waikato Museum of Art and History, Gus Fisher Gallery of University of Auckland, and in Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

Sundays and Saturdays, 10 August, 8.00pm

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.

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. New Zealanders spend millions of dollars every year feeding and caring for their animals. Most people own an animal or two; they are considered part of the family bringing fun and joy to our lives.
This week, Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire make friends with Marine and Biscuit, two lovable sausage dogs and they also meet the O’Rourke brothers, a family of taxidermists. Animal Academy goes behind the scenes at a cat show with Gail Warwick, who is showing one of the world’s oldest breeds of cat, the abyssinian. Vet Deborah diagnoses a dog with cystitis and Jeremy goes diving in search of the elusive moray eel.

Sunday 10 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.

In episode two of In BeTWEEN, Julia and Jeremy get the low-down on kissing from Shortland Street’s popular nurse Tania Jefferies, played by Faye Smythe. In her four years on the show Nurse Jefferies has dated and kissed quite a few Shortland Street hotties. But who is the best smoocher on the Street?
Then there’s the other side of the story from someone who’s 22 and only kissed one girl. Christian Parker plays in a band, he’s a model and he’s also studying. Julia and Jeremy find out why he’s only pashed one girl and what it would take for him to pucker up again.

Sunday 3 August at 9.30pm

New Zealand feature film on TVNZ 6 this week is Flight of the Albatross, playing at 9:30pm on Sunday 3 August on TVNZ Showcase.

Mako, (Taungaroa Emile – Once Were Warriors, No 2) a young Maori boy on the verge of a criminal future, unwillingly returns to his idyllic island home off the coast of New Zealand to live with his mother and her new husband.
Sarah (Julia Brendler – Moondance), a promising young musician from Germany has come to the island to spend the holidays with her ornithologist mother.

As the young pair begins to experience the fears and joys of first love, they are plunged into a mysterious life and death adventure.

Shot in the magnificent landscape of Great Barrier Island, off the coast of Auckland, Flight of the Albatross is visually spectacular. An award-winning feature film, from the book written by Deborah Savage and directed by Werner Meyer, Flight of the Albatross is a truly haunting love story.