The Best of the Week

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


At­ti­tude (TVNZ 1, 11.00am). The show about dif­fer­ently abled folks is at Mi­lan Fash­ion Week for the first episode of the new sea­son. It fol­lows tetraplegic Claire Free­man, a New Zealan­der, as she trav­els to Mi­lan to model in the In­clu­sive Run­way fash­ion show, which fea­tures mod­els with am­pu­ta­tions and spinal-cord in­juries.

Sur­vivor New Zealand (TVNZ 2, 7.00pm). The game show with the nice lo­ca­tions – sea­son two takes place in Khao Laem Na­tional Park in western Thai­land, which would prob­a­bly be nicer without a bunch of show-offs run­ning around try­ing to win $250,000. Con­tes­tants in­clude a dairy farmer from Hamilton, a school­teacher from Nel­son, a so­cial worker from Horowhenua, and two jour­nal­ists (dread­ful show-offs). Our money’s on 37-year-old Karla, who has al­ready sur­vived child­hood camp­ing trips with her dad in Palmer­ston North.

Coast New Zealand (TVNZ 1, 8.00pm). In the third sea­son, they’re go­ing as far east as it’s pos­si­ble to go and still be in New Zealand: the Chatham Is­lands. There are vis­its to south West­land, North Otago, the Bay of Plenty, Kaipara and Welling­ton, too. Neil Oliver is joined once again by marine ar­chae­ol­o­gist Matt Carter, ge­ol­o­gist Hamish Camp­bell and marine bi­ol­o­gist Jacky Geurts; new to the team are his­to­rian Michael Stevens, sci­en­tist Ocean Mercier and ad­ven­turer Dave Mur­ray.

Mid­somer Mur­ders (Prime, 8.30pm) A young woman on a Jane Austen cos­play week­end is stabbed with a quill. Heav­ens, that rather goes be­yond the con­cept of pro­vid­ing sport for our neigh­bours. Of course, it’s all a ruse to get Barn­aby and his new side­kick Win­ter into Ge­or­gian pe­riod garb. Cor.

Tag­gart (Jones!, Sky 008, 8.40pm). Was there ever a more care­worn de­tec­tive than Jim Tag­gart? Sure, Columbo was di­shev­elled, but Mark McManus’s craggy de­tec­tive saw all the ter­ri­ble things that Glas­gow had to of­fer well be­fore it was de­clared Euro­pean City of Cul­ture and the most ve­gan-friendly city in the UK. Jones! starts the se­ries from the be­gin­ning with the fea­ture-length pi­lot Killer.

Ban­croft (TVNZ 1, 9.00pm). Bri­tish crime drama seems to be go­ing for straight-out bonkers lately – what was Hard Sun all about any­way? This par­tic­u­lar four-parter was cre­ated by Kate Brooke, who worked on Mr Sel­fridge and, back in the day, wrote the tele­vi­sion film Joanne Lees: Mur­der in the Out­back. Ban­croft is a very dark thriller about a de­tec­tive, the Ban­croft of the ti­tle (played by the great Sarah Par­ish), with a nasty se­cret. When a young and am­bi­tious de­tec­tive sergeant (Faye Marsay) is given the cold case, she starts ma­noeu­vring. Adrian Ed­mond­son is a rather good nitwit su­per­in­ten­dent in the run­ning against Ban­croft for the chief su­per’s job. The Inside Word (TVNZ Duke, 9.00pm). Well, it’s not of­ten we get to say the words “new men­tal health se­ries”, but shock­ingly, here’s Sun­day’s Je­han Casi­nader tack­ling thorny life is­sues rang­ing from cy­ber­bul­ly­ing to the pres­sures that come with be­ing an elite ath­lete. Var­i­ous pan­el­lists are in for a chat, in­clud­ing Mike King, Teuila Blakely, Hay­ley Holt, Guy Wil­liams and ten­nis player Sacha Jones.


All Star Fam­ily Feud (Three, 7.30pm). It’s a Danc­ing with the Stars spe­cial tonight, which means one thing: we are soon to be sub­jected to the sight of David Sey­mour in a one-piece do­ing the cha-cha. In the mean­time, he and his co­dancers Gilda Kirk­patrick, Jess Quinn and Robert Rakete take ed­u­cated guesses for char­ity.

Mind Over Money with Nigel Latta (TVNZ 1, 8.00pm). More money wis­dom with the TV psy­chol­o­gist, who is go­ing to de­scribe our “money per­son­al­ity” in this new sea­son. Ap­par­ently, there are four types: spon­ta­neous power spender; gen­er­ous so­cial sharer; free-spir­ited free­dom

seeker; and sen­si­ble se­cu­rity saver.

West­world (SoHo, Sky 010, 1.00pm and 8.30pm). Sea­son one of the sweep­ing – and vastly ex­pen­sive – se­ries may have lost its way a lit­tle, but sea­son two looks, to judge by the trail­ers, to be a more straight­for­ward an­droide­man­ci­pa­tion story. There is a deeper mys­tery about the West­world park, the wild west play­ground full of an­droid “hosts”, that co-cre­ator Jonathan Nolan has promised to re­veal. It ap­pears to echo cur­rent con­cerns about what hap­pens to our data on­line: “We’ve used the Google anal­ogy,” Nolan told Esquire. “For con­sumers, it’s for search and email, yet for the com­pany, it’s for ad­ver­tis­ing.” There are also hints that, as in the orig­i­nal 1973 movie, there are other play­grounds for the wealthy, such as me­dieval world and “shogun” world. If you need a catch-up, the first sea­son of West­world screens as a box set on SoHo on Satur­day (from 9.50am).

The Res­i­dent (TVNZ 2, to­day and Tues­day, 8.45pm). In a world of in­spi­ra­tional med­i­cal dra­mas and ge­nius TV doc­tors who just want to help people, here’s one with a sur­pris­ingly cyn­i­cal view of the US’s health­care sys­tem. “Medicine isn’t prac­tised by saints, it’s busi­ness,” says nurse Ni­co­lette (Emily VanCamp), just

so we’re clear. Matt Czuchry ( The Good Wife) is a hot­shot res­i­dent who men­tors/tor­tures first-year Man­ish Dayal; Bruce Green­wood plays the cor­rupt chief sur­geon, who is happy to cover up mis­takes. Aus­tralian film di­rec­tor Phillip Noyce ( Rab­bit-Proof Fence) di­rects the first two episodes.


Ge­nius: Pi­casso (Na­tional Geo­graphic, Sky 072, 7.30pm). Every­body’s do­ing ­an­thol­ogy se­ries these days, even Na­tional Geo­graphic. The first sea­son of Ge­nius was a biopic of Al­bert Ein­stein that was nom­i­nated for 10 Emmy Awards; the sec­ond sea­son fea­tures a much-trans­formed An­to­nio Ban­deras as Pablo Pi­casso. There is the paint­ing, of course, but the seven-part se­ries is also about his many tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ships, in par­tic­u­lar with painter

Françoise Gilot (Clé­mence Poésy), with whom Pi­casso had two chil­dren.


How to Get Fit Fast (Liv­ing, Sky 017, 9.30pm). Yes, we’ll take the short­cut, please. In this Chan­nel 4 se­ries, jour­nal­ist Anna Richard­son and blind travel guide Amar Latif in­ves­ti­gate the science be­hind var­i­ous kinds of ex­er­cise. In episode one, there’s high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing, team ex­er­cise, run­ning, bulk­ing up and yoga. There’s good in­for­ma­tion about how the dif­fer­ent forms of ex­er­cise work and the science be­hind them.


2018 Com­edy Gala (Three, 9.45pm). Too many co­me­di­ans, too lit­tle time. If the In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, which be­gins on April 26, is over­whelm­ing, here’s a taster that may help nar­row down your choices. Arj Barker is the host, and among the line-up in this two-part spe­cial are Dai Hen­wood, Chop­per, Rhys Mathew­son,

Eli Matthew­son and Pax As­sadi. We’re sure they’ll be adding some women. Won’t they?

West­world, Mon­day.

Ban­croft, Sun­day.

Sur­vivor New Zealand, Sun­day.

Coast New Zealand, Sun­day.

Ge­nius: Pi­casso, Tues­day.

The Res­i­dent, Mon­day.

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