Wednesday January 31 at 8.30 PM

The search by Kingmaker Wiremu Tamehana for a paramount chief to lead all Maoridom and the bloody1863 invasion of the Waikato by colonialist forces are brought to life in this fascinating documentary-drama, created from the eye witness accounts of a Ngati Haua chief.

Tuesday January 30 at 8.30 PM


In June 1964, Nelson Mandela and six others were sentenced to life imprisonment for planning to overthrow South Africa’s Apartheid system by military means. Using original footage plus exclusive interviews with Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners, this documentary recounts the untold story of the notorious Rivonia Trial.


Here to Stay

A second series of Here to Stay has been commissioned by TVNZ. The first series will screen on TV One shortly as part of their new season launch.

Here to Stay is a dynamic documentary series that journeys back into our colonial settler past through the eyes of different migrant groups that came to set up a new life in New Zealand.

The show is strongly focussed on the unique psyche of NZ – the humour, determination and she’ll be right attitude that have made us proud to be Kiwi.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Scott Base, Sir Edmund Hillary introduces this intriguing documentary which follows three prominent New Zealand artists who set out to explore how living in one of the most extreme environments in the world will affect their imagination. Art In The Freezer screening Saturday, January 20th at 9:30pm.

Poets Bill Manhire and Chris Orsman, and painter Nigel Brown, embark on a creative pilgrimage, as part of the ‘Artists to Antarctica’ programme. In just over a week, in the unforgiving conditions of Antarctica, the artists must gather their data, observe and interpret their surroundings.

For the first time, a documentary has been produced in the Antarctic without the usual central themes of natural history, scientific discovery or human endurance. Art In The Freezer probes Antarctica from a new perspective, that of the human imagination.

Over two weeks, during Antarctica’s austral summer, the artists travel from the relative comfort of New Zealand’s Scott Base to the ‘Marsian’ environment of the Dry Valleys.

They travel by helicopter up to the polar plateau and on to the historic coast; the stomping ground of the great explorers Captain Robert Scott and Earnest Shackleton.

The locally made documentary adopts a fly on the wall perspective, observing the artists’ strong creative responses to their unique experience as they interpret and record their journey through paintings and poetry.

Isolated in a cold valley surrounded by 8,000 ft mountain peaks, where it hasn’t rained for over a million years, the artists find Antarctica has little to offer other than what they bring to it: A journey of the inner realm.

Tune in to the intriguing documentary Art In The Freezer, screening Saturday, January 20th at 9:30pm.

The landmark science documentary series, presented by Sir Robert Winston, that explores life inside the most complex mechanism on Earth – The Human Body.

Using state-of-the-art photography and specially devised medical imaging to reveal how our bodies really work and what it is like to live inside this incredible collection of bones, brains and blood, THE HUMAN BODY takes viewers on a voyage through the various ages of existence.

THE HUMAN BODY is an exploration of the universal experience of being alive. Filming for the series took the crew around the world, from the pyramids of Egypt to the termite hills in Kenya.

“We set out to bring the story of the human body to life in the most ambitious project science project undertaken by the BBC,” says producer Richard Dale. “We’ve married forefront science with state-of-the-art imaging. Now we can show you things no one has ever witnessed before and let viewers take a fresh look at the miracles of everyday life.”

In episode 1 – ‘Life Story’ – Professor Winston sets out the complexity of the human body – that miraculous and mysterious organism which we all inhabit but know very little about. The programme covers the evolutionary development of the body, explaining how it came to be the most advanced form of life on the planet. It also explains that while humans have scarcely changed in thousands of years, they change totally within the space of a lifetime. Like the caterpillar transforming itself into a butterfly, so humans change beyond all recognition over the years: From a helpless baby, to an eager toddler: from a gawky teenager, to a vigorous young adult: and from mature middle age, to frail old age.

Richard Dale’s series also gives viewers the chance to see the Line Of Age. – a remarkable piece of film – which starts with a tiny baby lying in a sunlit forest and pans across a line of 100 people from all walks of life, each one year older than the last, ending with a 102 year-old man. Seen like this, each person unique, yet fundamentally the same, each one another step further along the journey of life, captures the very essence of THE HUMAN BODY.

Did you know?

That during his/her lifetime the average human being will:

  • Spend three and a half years eating
  • Eat 7300 eggs and 160 kg’s of chocolate
  • Spend more than six months on the loo
  • Work continuously for eight years
  • Spend 12 years watching TV
  • Talk on the telephone for 2 and a half years
  • Kiss for two weeks
  • Grow 28 metres of fingernails
  • Be able to name 2000 people and call 150 of them friends
  • Shed 19 kg’s of dead skin
  • Have sex 2580 times with an average of five different people
  • Fall in love twice
  • Blink 415 million times
  • Live for 79 years
  • Walk 22,000 kilometres
  • Talk continuously for 12 years.

Discover the mysteries of the human body…

Sunday 14 January at 7.35pm on PRIME


Animal Tragic

This documentary explores a growing trend in plastic surgery – people who are changing their appearance to look more like their favourite animals. This is plastic surgery at its most radical.

There is the Lizard Man who has made his tongue into a fork, the Devil Man who has had horns grafted onto his head and now there is Cat Man.

Monday 1st January, 9pm, Documentary Channel, Sky

To mark the 20th anniversary this Christmas, ‘Band Aid – 20 Years On’ tells the story of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, the iconic record that changed public perceptions about giving to charity forever. Young people were energised by celebrity into direct action, pop stars used their political clout and a new form of politics was born.

Tuesday 19 December, 8.30pm, TV One

The documentary is presented by Midge Ure, a veteran of the music industry who shot to stardom with his band Ultravox in the 1980s. As Band Aid’s producer and co-author, Midge goes on an emotional journey back to when it all happened – from the birth of the idea, the behind-the-scenes organisation, the gathering of the stars, the 24-hour scramble that it took to make the record and get it to the pressing plant – to the global impact the record had and how Live Aid was born.

An investigation into the conspiracy and controversy behind the case of Kiwi Graham Cleghorn, accused of raping several teenage servants in Siem Reap.

Monday 18 December, 9.35pm, TV One

The case of Graham Cleghorn, accused of paedophilia and convicted of rape, has been headline news since his conviction in 2004. The concerns over his trial process were so grave that the NZ Government sent an ambassador from Thailand, on a special diplomatic mission to help get Cleghorn his second appeal.

The former Wellington man, 59, was sentenced to 20 years in the notorious Prey Sar prison in Phnom Pen. He is accused of raping several of the young girls who worked as domestic servants in his house.

He was jailed for 20 years, and his young Cambodian wife was also convicted of conspiracy.

In this documentary, director/reporter Ingrid Leary travels to Cambodia to see if she can uncover the truth about why Cleghorn and his wife claim they were set up, and whether they have been fairly treated by the Cambodian justice system.

The documentary includes exclusive interviews with Cleghorn, his wife, the judge in the case, Cleghorn’s lawyers and supporters, the young girls who say he raped them and the women’s refuge that sheltered them and arranged their testimony.

A documentary about Thomas Hamilton’s murderous attack on Dunblane Primary School on March 13, 1996, seen through the eyes of those who survived.

With personal accounts from those closely involved with the tragedy of the school shooting interspersed with archive news footage and radio reports, ‘Dunblane: A Decade On’ highlights the ease with which the gunman was able to walk into a school and fatally shoot 16 children and their teacher, and how the survivors and families of the deceased lobbied the government to introduce the tightest gun legislation in Europe.

Working Monarchy, a documentary showing the working lives of the British Royal Family will screen on the BBC next year. We’ll see the Queen and her family’s day-to-day duties.

Documentary makers followed the family for a year and had unprecedented access.