Saving Grace

Sunday 13 January 2013, 8.30 pm on Maori Television

A small town English widow facing financial troubles after her husband’s suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

Saturday 04 February 2012, 9.30 pm on Maori Television

A small town English widow facing financial troubles, after her husband’s suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

Saturday 4 June 2011, 8.30 pm on Maori Television

Documents the need for Maori to unite in the search for solutions to prevent violence against our children. We look at avenues of assistance to the victims, whistle-blowers and to the whanau.

VIBE – Tuesdays from 1 March, 10.30pm

Oklahoma City police detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) lives life hard and fast. She drinks too much, sleeps with the wrong men and defies authority. It all catches up with her one night, when an unconventional angel offers her the chance to redeem her life.

VIBE – Saturdays from 9 January, 8.30pm

If a tobacco-chewing angel offered you redemption, what would you do?

After seeing tremendous tragedy in her life, both professionally and personally, Oklahoma City police detective Grace Hanadarko (Academy Award winner Holly Hunter) lives life hard and fast. She drinks too much, sleeps with the wrong men and defies authority. It all catches up with her one night when, as she’s driving too fast after too many drinks, she hits a man who is walking along the road. In an uncharacteristic moment, Grace asks for help, and she gets it – in the form an unconventional angel named Earl. Earl tells Grace that she is in trouble and running out of chances, but he wants to help lead her back to the right path. The journey, for both of them, will not be an easy one.

Tv3 has pulled Saving Grace after two weeks and replaced it with Bones reruns.

Monday, October 22nd at 9:30pm

Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter (The Piano) takes on the role of a cynical police detective facing a personal crisis of divine proportions in the provocative new drama series Saving Grace, premiering Monday 22nd October at 9:40pm.

Hunter won an Academy Award for her outstanding performance as the mute Scottish widow in Jane Campion’s The Piano in 1993; the movie also brought her a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Award, the National Board of Review Award, and the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

In her television series debut, Hunter stars as Grace Hanadarko, a tormented, fast-living Oklahoma City police detective who, despite being at the top of her field, takes self-destruction to new heights. After seeing tremendous tragedy in her life, both professionally and personally, Grace lives life hard and fast. She drinks too much, sleeps with the wrong men and defies authority.

Grace has a tender side with her 22 nieces and nephews, but that is a side that most of the world doesn’t get to see. It all catches up with her one night when, as she’s driving too fast after too many drinks, she hits a man who is walking along the road.

In an uncharacteristic moment, Grace asks for help, and she gets it – in the form of an unconventional man named Earl (Leon Rippy, Deadwood). Earl tells Grace that she is in trouble and running out of chances, but he wants to help lead her back to the right path.

Creator Nancy Miller says of Hunter, “Holly can break your heart and make you laugh in the same moment. She’s astonishing. Grace is a complex character, deeply troubled but searching for the good, with a heart full of love and pain, and a surprising tenderness when you least expect it.”

In addition to Rippy, the cast also includes Kenneth Johnson (The Shield) as Grace’s partner; Gregory Norman Cruz (Criminal Minds) as detective Bobby Stillwater; Bailey Chase (Las Vegas) as detective Butch Ada; Bokeem Woodbine (The Big Hit) as a death row inmate who figures into Grace’s struggle and Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me) as the criminalist who, despite having strong religious beliefs, is the only one in Grace’s life who does not judge her.

The series debuted with the largest audience so far in 2007 for a cable program in the US drawing 6.42 million viewers.

Saving Grace

Don’t miss the season premiere of this hard hitting action drama, Saving Grace premieres, Monday 22nd October at 9:40pm.