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SBS ONE, 8.30pm
Z Special Unit were sent on perilous undercover operations during World War II. Sworn to secrecy for years, the vets relive their wartime exploits in this series while their descendants experience the training they went through. Tonight, they try to operate a Sleeping Beauty – a one- man motorised submersible kayak – under the watchful eye of surviving Z Special member Norman Wallace. Then, veteran Jim Ellwood talks about being captured and tortured by the Japanese while on an undercover mission to Timor.
This charming New Zealand comedy set in 1984 is about a boy ( the enormously likable James Rolleston, pictured) who loves Michael Jackson’s Thriller and idolises his absent father. But when his dad Alamein ( Taika Waititi, also the writer and director) turns up, his hero worship collides head- on with reality. He’s just out of prison and looking for his buried loot. It’s a slight, but enjoyable coming- of- age tale. e.