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VIBE – Thursday 20 December, 7.30pm

With a gown, a sash and a thirst for world peace, almost 90 contestants from the world over are descending upon Las Vegas to compete for the 2012 Miss Universe crown. Amongst their ranks, from Auckland’s North Shore is 26-year-old Talia Bennett, who, alongside the other competitors, will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Angolan beauty Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the event, held in the auspicious surrounds of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Hosts Giuliana Rancic (E! News) and Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live) promise an exciting show with all of the additional glitter that the lead up to Christmas brings.

VIBE – Sunday 16 December, 9.30pm

Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy, this touching story follows two women — one American, one Irish – who swap houses and alter the course of their lives. Starring: Olivia Williams and Andie MacDowell.

VIBE – Friday 14 December, 8.30pm

Drama: Five interweaving vignettes beautifully illustrate a particular group of men and women whose lives – over the course of a few days – will become entangled, eroded and enriched, and ultimately changed forever. Starring: Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart and Holly Hunter.

VIBE – Sunday 9 December, 9.30pm

Thriller: A gripping adaptation of the Stephen King novel in which the real story of a woman’s past is revealed after she is accused of murder. Starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason-Leigh.

VIBE – Sunday 9 & 16 December, 7.30pm

In this groundbreaking social experiment from the BAFTA award-winning observational documentary experts behind One Born Every Minute, London-based company Addison Lee trials a revolutionary ‘Babies at Work’ scheme to explore the benefits it brings to both their business and staff. This radical American scheme enables employees who would otherwise be on maternity leave to bring their babies into the office – not in a creche or a nursery, but right next to them at their desks. As toddlers rampage through call centres, will Addison Lee prove that business and babies don’t mix? Or can the newborns softening the stony hearts of some office sceptics start a revolution in Britain’s work/life balance?

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Chicago

VIBE – Friday 7 December, 8.30pm

Based on the award-winning musical, the Oscar winning Chicago is a stunning spectacle full of intrigue, love, betrayal, rivalry and friendship, a pageant of music and dance that adroitly shifts between reality and fantasy. Starring: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.

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Everwood

VIBE – Monday 3 December, 3.15pm

As a world-class neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Brown is a hero. As a father, he’s a zero. When tragedy makes Andy a single parent to his two children, he makes the first act of his new life to leave Manhattan and move his family to Everwood, the tiny Colorado town where big dreams can grow. The relationship between Andy and his talented but resentful 15-year-old son Ephram forms the heart of this acclaimed, richly layered series created by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek). Unafraid to tackle big issues, spiked with sharp humour and filled with engaging characters, Everwood is a place and a series that rewards each visit you make.

VIBE – Sunday 2 December, 9.30pm

A single-minded, self-obsessed ad-exec has his life derailed by a woman with a lust for life and one month in which to change him forever. Starring: Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.

VIBE – Sunday 2 December, 7.30pm

A provocative documentary that looks at the controversial world of clandestine cross-feeding and wet nursing for new mothers and their babies. Kate Garraway – herself a mother – is on an investigative mission to meet some of the growing number of women who share each other’s milk. Garraway talks to a range of people who believe that the only proper milk to feed is from the breast, including sisters who cross-feed, women who can produce milk despite having never been pregnant, surrogate mothers who produce milk for donation, and a cancer sufferer who believes he has been cured by breast milk.

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Bewitched

VIBE – Friday 30 November, 8.30pm

When a struggling actor is cast opposite a real witch while remaking Bewitched, the chance encounter sends both of their lives into a tailspin. Starring: Will Ferrell, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Caine.