9:30pm – Tuesday, January 1 on TV 3

Can the bond between mother and child survive the harsh realities of life behind bars? This is the question at the centre of Babies Behind Bars, a two part documentary exploring the lives of mothers behind bars. Babies Behind Bars (Part One) screens on Tuesday, January 1 st at 9:30pm on 3. With a 400% increase in the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. in the last 30 years, prison births are becoming an increasingly regular occurrence. Babies Behind Bars follows the dramatic and emotional stories of a group of pregnant inmates at a Indiana Women’s Prison.

The lucky ones get to keep their babies in a special prison nursery. The others are forced to give up their babies after just 24 hours.

Featuring births, babies and a lot of tears, Babies Behind Bars uses powerful personal stories to pose poignant questions about how the criminal justice deals with women and children.

Make sure not to miss this when Babies Behind Bars (Part One) screens on Tuesday, January 1 st at 9:30pm on 3.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 4 January, 10.15pm

Singer, songwriter and musical maestro Van Morrison travelled to Montreux in 1980 to play a very special show. Leading his large and accomplished live band to spellbinding effect, this performance includes his most loved hit ‘Moondance’ amongst many other of his greats.

MTV – Fridays at from 4 January, 11pm

The iTunes Festival is one of London’s premiere live music events. A fixture on the summer calendar, it is staged over 30 consecutive nights with more than 60 acts performing. The iTunes Festival brings together the who’s who of the music world for a month long music extravaganza. This year’s shows will feature performances by Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Jessie J, Jack White and Elbow. There will be four shows in total, so tune in weekly on Friday’s throughout January!

FOOD TELEVISION – New Year’s Day, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm

In Food Trip with Todd English, the master chef, author and restaurateur again brings his talent and taste for reinventing traditional cooking to the screen. During his travels at home and abroad, Todd explores a different dish or culinary tradition, drawing inspiration for new recipes from each locale’s native cuisine and ingredients. He ventures to Phoenix and explores the city’s Mexican influences, tasting fish tacos and chili from some of its best taquerias. Course by course, Todd will explore the province of Bologna and experiences traditional cuisine. Later, Todd discovers the breads that define New York City’s diverse ethnic neighbourhoods – from the delicious naan of East 6th Street’s Indian restaurants to the classic bialy.

THE BOX – New Year’s Eve, 7.30pm, Encore New Year’s Day, 6pm

USA Today said it best, calling it “…a historic, music-affirming extravaganza. Hail, hail rock and roll!” The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognises the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll throughout the years. This year they honour the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, with appearances from Chris Rock, Green Day, Carole King and many more.

MTV – New Year’s Eve, 6pm

What better way to ring in the New Year, than with Rob Dyrdek! This will be a full on Rob D marathon, running right through to 2013. We’ll bring you back to back episodes of all the best Rob D shows, including Ridiculousness, Fantasy Factory & Rob & Big. Ridiculousness sees Rob and his usual cohorts Chanel and Sterling give hilarious reviews of the hottest viral videos. Fantasy Factory satiates the adrenaline junkie in all of us, as Rob D performs inspiring and death defying stunts. Then follow the lives and exciting times of Rob D and his faithful bouncer turned side-kick Big, in Rob & Big.

THE BOX – Sunday 30 December, 8.30pm

WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by WWE together with Armed Forces Entertainment at Christmas as a way of honouring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 30 December, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.30pm

Can three best mates survive on a holiday for five weeks without any money? Travelling through some of the most beautiful countryside three friends must live off the land and the sea and nothing else. Their means of transport is a converted 1980s electric milk float, and where possible they must recharge it using a renewable source of electricity. Each one has a specific skill to help the group survive, be it fishing, hunting, foraging, cooking or even just charm and musical prowess. Get the challenge right and they’ll eat like kings, get it wrong and they’ll be three hungry boys going nowhere fast.

7:30pm Friday, January 4 on Prime

Documentary Series

This new instalment sees Rory McGrath, Griff Rhys-Jones and Dara O’Briain in one of their toughest nautical challenges to date. The voyage starts in the cradle of American history, New England, and arriving in Portland Maine our men discover that they have just 10 days to find a suitable vessel to be part of a very special flotilla, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, in New York. Part one of two.

Sunday 30 December 2012, 8.30 pm on Maori Television

Maori Television brings you coverage of the 2012 Waiata Maori Music Awards, held at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, as they celebrate hip-hop, pop, reggae; show bands and iconic Maori musicians.