The Best of the Week
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12
Rugby (Sky Sport 1, Sky 051, 8.15am). There’s a veritable fiesta of rugby going on in the Northern Hemisphere: the autumn Internationals are under way and if you were keen, you could see six live games this morning, starting with Italy v Fiji at 2.50am ( Sky Sport 2) and ending with France v All Blacks at the Stade de France at 8.15am. The ABs also play a French XV side in Lyon on Wednesday ( Sky Sport 1, 7.00am). In other sports news, the Kiwi Ferns kick off the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in Sydney with a game against Canada ( Sky Sport 2, Thursday, 3.30pm).
Jamie’s Super Food (Prime, 7.30pm). As long as there’s no quinoa, we’re on board with the latest TV promotion for Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook. He visits places in the world where people are healthiest – Greece, Costa Rica and Japan – then cooks up similar treats back in the UK.
Trust Me (TVNZ 1, 8.45pm). Written by a real doctor and starring the next Doctor Who as … a doctor who isn’t really a doctor. Jodie Whittaker will be introduced at Christmas as the first Doctor Who of the female persuasion, but in this four-part drama, she plays a nurse who loses her job and starts pretending to be a doctor instead. Writer Dan Sefton once worked at a hospital where a phony physician was discovered, but he also has something to say about the state of the National Health Service – for a start, Whittaker’s character is fired for complaining about patient neglect. Reviews praise Whittaker’s performance, but note a lack of tension. If you can’t wait, TVNZ OnDemand is streaming all four parts from 10.00pm.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14
Good Behavior (SoHo, Sky 010, 8.30pm). Michelle Dockery’s bad girl trying to be good returns. Season one slightly ran out of steam, but it looks as if thief and (former, hopefully) drug addict Letty Raines and her hitman boyfriend Javier (Juan Diego Botto) are going to get themselves into all sorts of trouble in season two while trying to live a normal life in a rich suburb with Letty’s 10-yearold son. There is the slight
complication that an FBI agent (Ann Dowd, who was so scary in The Handmaid’s Tale) is on their tail, not to mention Letty and Javier’s many, many past indiscretions.
Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road (Prime, 8.35pm). If you like old rockers and their old-rocker stories, this could be the most brilliant thing ever. AC/DC singer Brian Johnson takes a walk down musical memory lane with a bunch of legendary artists, including Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Sting and Lars Ulrich (no girls were allowed, evidently). Since hearing loss forced him to stop singing with AC/DC, Johnson has been keeping busy with television appearances and a radio series. In the first episode of A Life on the Road, he and Daltrey are in Shepherd’s Bush to visit the house where Daltrey grew up and the bingo hall where the Who used to rehearse. There are on-the-road tales as well: “When Keith Moon was alive, obviously we had a contingency for hotel damage,” says the band’s manager, Bill Curbishley.
Safe House (Three, 9.20pm). Anthology series are all the rage these days; even the British are doing them. You may remember taut thriller Safe House, starring Christopher Eccleston in another typically intense role. In season two, the safe house has been moved to Wales, and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer takes the lead as a former detective offering shelter to a family targeted by a serial killer. He once hunted this psycho and has his own theories that are, of course, being ignored by the detective in charge. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, then, but fine for a Tuesday in November.
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity (BBC Knowledge, Sky 074, 9.25pm). Theroux needs all his opaque calm for this twopart series in which he meets patients in a high-security Ohio psychiatric hospital who are there, as the title suggests, after being judged insane at the time they committed their crimes. Theroux investigates the difficult question of when, if ever, they will be ready to return to the outside world. In the first episode, he meets a man with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who murdered his father, and another man who killed two people in a bar after he stopped taking his medication. In the second episode, there are patients whose crimes may be down to their personalities rather than illness, making them difficult to treat.
The Truth About Meat (TVNZ 1, 9.30pm). Processed meat is bad, m’kay? In the wake of the World Health Organization warning that sausages, bacon and salami are carcinogenic (and red meat, too, “probably”), the BBC’s The Truth About series went digging, although as this is a 2016 programme,
there may not be anything we haven’t already read in the NZ Listener’s excellent cover story of October 21. Greengrocer Chris Bavin looks into processed meat, in particular, and follows a threemonth study that hopes to reveal how much meat, if any, is good for us.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16
2017 New Zealand Music Awards (Three, 8.30pm). Usually hilariously bad and then
Lorde wins everything. It may be the same this year, as our favourite global superstar is up for Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist, Best Pop Artist and the People’s Choice award. At least she won’t be accepting via video link – she is set to perform, along with hip-hoppers SWIDT, electronicpop singer Theia, soul singer Teeks and metallers Devilskin. There have been quite a few changes to the categories after Aaradhna refused the Urban/ Hip Hop Album of the Year Tui last year – that category has been divided into Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Soul/ RnB Artist and all the genre album categories have become “best artist” instead. Jono and Ben present live from Spark Arena, Auckland. Just to prove that music awards are terrible all over the world, the MTV Europe Music Awards are screening live from Wembley Arena this Monday from 8.00am ( Sky 015). Rita Ora hosts; Lorde is nominated in the Best Alternative and Best New Zealand Act categories.
Jamie’s Super Food, Sunday.
Brian Johnson’s A Life on
the Road, Tuesday.
2017 New Zealand Music Awards, Thursday.
Safe House, Tuesday.