TV Highlights


7 Days returns this Friday on TV3.

BBC Four have a new comedy series about to launch called Asylum which has been described as the “Julian Assange Sitcom” about Dan Hern, an Assange/Snowden type character stuck inside an embassy. Much of the comedy comes from the introduction of Ludo Backslash, who is broadly based on German-Finnish internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom – an irritating young hacker wanted by the authorities for setting up an illegal file-sharing website, he is also claiming asylum at the fictional El Rican Embassy.
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MTV New Zealand today released the trailer for the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed docu-series, Catfish: The TV Show. The series will return on Tuesday, 24th March at 8.30pm NZT on MTV, Sky Channel 014.

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BROADCHURCH returns tonight (TV ONE 8:35pm) and many loyal viewers have a very valid question after the seemingly ‘all loose ends tied up’ conclusion of the first gripping season: What now?

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Shortland Street 2014 Cast

Shortland Street 2014 Cast

What a year.

We cried and cheered for the deaths of Roimata, Josh, Sarah and Brett. We farewelled Nate, Vasa, Ava, Brooke, Toby, Emma and Evan.

We cringed when “Sup Bro” came out of Chris Warner’s mouth. We giggled when Leanne asked if Sarah and TK’s child was named Trifecta. We started to watch the finale with high hopes and nerves before they fell when we reaised nothing was really going to happened. Offscreen, we loved James’ sweater collection at Shorty Street Scandal and wondered who let Ben Mitchell do another interview.

Ferndale Talk’s second annual Best of 2014 Awards are now open for voting. Voting closes Saturday, December 20 with results released on Sunday, December 21. May the best actor win.

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This weekend on The Nation… Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English on whether the Government is going to reach its much-heralded surplus this year despite being buffeted by global economic headwinds, whether he believes the findings of the Inspector-General’s SIS report, and what he makes of Cameron Slater.

Then the chair of the Glenn Inquiry, Bill Wilson, talks to Lisa Owen about the newly released People’s Blueprint, what’s needed to fix our domestic violence statistics, and whether the recommendations will ever see the light of day.

And the Maori Party’s new co-leader Marama Fox… where has she sprung from and what are her ambitions? We sent our reporter Lucy Warhurst to find out.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: PR consultant Scott Campbell, Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, and columnist Toby Manhire.

The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays.

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This weekend on The Nation… Laila Harre breaks her post-election silence… the veteran activist of the left fronts up on the future of the Internet Party, her own leadership, and what’s next for her.

Then, Lisa Owen talks to the new Labour leader Andrew Little about the policies he wants to throw out and how he’s going to rebuild the party. Continue reading »

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Political Editor Corin Dann interviews Prime Minister John Key at the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Are first homebuyers being squeezed out of the market by housing investors? Is it time for new restrictions on property speculation? Susan Wood debates the issue with property investor Olly Newland and Hive News publisher Bernard Hickey. Continue reading »

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This weekend on The Nation… As the Government seeks to change the laws around foreign fighters and warrantless surveillance, Chris Finlayson gives his first sit down interview as the Minister responsible for New Zealand’s intelligence services. How worried should we be about the 80 people on the watch list? Why does the SIS need the power to spy for 48 hours without a warrant? And are our rights being eroded?

Then counterinsurgency expert and senior adviser to the US military David Kilcullen joins us from Canberra to discuss the rapid rise of Islamic State, if the West has chosen the right way to fight it, and whether New Zealanders are at risk. Continue reading »

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Political reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan interviews Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee on threats at home and our contribution to the war against the Islamic State

Heather also speaks to Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff on safety and security, and from China, Minister Tim Groser on trade

Susan Wood is with the panel – Dr Bryce Edwards, Stephen Franks and Marianne Elliott.

Q+A screens Sundays at 9am on TV One.