Special

Sunday 30 December 2012, 3.30 pm on Maori Television

Coverage of the 2011 Pacific Games. A multi-sport event held every four years since 1963, with participation exclusively from countries around the South Pacific. (REPEAT)

Saturday 29 December 2012, 8.30 pm on Maori Television

There is nowhere else you can go to see the amazing stories and songs that form the history of Earth, Wind and Fire. The story is told by the people who created it, lived it and made it happen. (REPEAT)

7:30pm Tuesday, December 25 on TV One

The Royal Variety Performance 2012 celebrates its 100th year with a very special show from the Royal Albert Hall, in London.

With David Walliams as host, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in attendance, this is a show you don’t want to miss.

The best entertainers from Britain and around the world take to the stage, including Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, One Direction, Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys and many more.

It’s a night of pure entertainment as the stars come out to raise money for charity and perform for millions across the world.

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The Nowies

4:00pm Saturday, December 22 on TV2

The Nowies is New Zealand’s ultimate youth awards show with cool nominees across sport, movies and television categories. Hosted by What Now’s Gem and superstar singer and rapper Timomatic, the show promises to be a celebration of everything kid related. How could it not be with kids in driving seat controlling all the winners with their online votes!

Tuesday 25 December 2012, 10.00pm on Maori Television

The Vienna Philharmonic performs its annual open air concert in the Schonbrunn Palace gardens conducted by the charismatic young star from Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel.

Monday 24 December 2012, 9.30 pm on Maori Television

Tune in for an hour of sketches showcasing Billy’s enormous talent as a comedian, entertainer, singer and actor with plenty of never seen before clips of his funniest classic moments.

5:00pm – Monday, December 24 on TV 3

This week sees multi-Grammy winning artist, Michael Buble return to our screens with another star-studded holiday Christmas special – Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays screens on Monday, December 24 th at 5pm on 3. Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays sees the singer joined by guest stars Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, and fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as Elmo, on songs including “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Let It Snow”, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Winter Wonderland.” “I’m so excited to be back with another big Christmas Special which we got to tape in my hometown of Vancouver,” says Bubl�. “We had great fun with our guests and I think the show really captures the joyous spirit of the holidays.”

Make sure not to miss these festivities when Michael Bubl�: Home for the Holidays screens on Monday, December 24 th at 5pm on 3.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 28 December, 10.15pm

Ray Charles’ first European performance at the 1961 Antibes Jazz Festival would prove to be one of the pivotal moments in his storied career. In fact, in July 1961 one would have been hard-pressed to think of any other musician, popular or otherwise, who had achieved so much on so many different levels – socio/political, business and musical – in the previous two years and this performance marked the beginning of Charles’ ascent to international superstardom. The Antibes performance was very strong and presented a wide-angle take on the range of Charles’ musical interests and proclivities featuring jazz, blues, Tin Pan Alley pop, Latin rhythms and gospel-inflected R&B.

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 26 December, 7.30pm

The Verbier Festival is arguably one of the most prestigious classical music events in the world. The quality of the participating artists as well as the originality of the programmes has established the festival as a culminating point in the music season. This series of TV programmes by Id�ale Audience present the highlights of the Verbier Festival 2011, featuring renowned artists such as Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Lars Vogt, Yuja Wang, Renaud Capu�on, Khatia Buniatishvili, and Nelson Goerner.

LIVING CHANNEL – Tuesday 25 December, 6.00pm & 11.00pm

Take a unique and colourful journey behind the scenes of the greatest horticultural show on Earth; from the hectic build up to the reveal of the magnificent show gardens and floral displays that make the RHS Chelsea Flower Show the world’s most prestigious gardening event. Gardeners will be inspired by interviews with the most influential designers, including Diarmuid Gavin on top of his 80ft dynamic, urban multi-level garden, and by watching growers from across the world race against the clock to produce dynamic and breath-taking displays. With brand new plants unveiled exclusively at the show and the reveal of the 2012 RHS Plant of the Year, together with all the glamour of press day and the pageantry of her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Visit, the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is not to be missed.