The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT - By FIONA RAE


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.


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.


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.

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