Tonight At The London Palladium TVNZ 1, 8.05pm The Chase’s Bradley Walsh (left) hosts this UK variety show series. Tonight’s performers include pop singer Emeli Sande, The Chinese State Circus, magician Pete Firman and The Phantom Of The Opera cast.
Room 104 SoHo, 9.30pm Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, who play annoying midwives in The Mindy Project, are the brains behind this new series about various guests who stay in a particular hotel room. Each episode tells a different story.
Phelps v Shark: Great Gold vs Great White Discovery, 6.35pm It’s human verses marine animal when US Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps (above) competes against a Great White to see who is the faster swimmer. Our money is on the shark. Thankfully, Phelps and the Great White are not racing side by side.
Planet Earth II Prime, 7.30pm Surviving in the desert is challenging but not impossible as the creatures on tonight’s episode show. Why else would a sandgrouse (above) make a 193km round trip to find water for its chicks?
Sunday Special: The Secret Lives Of Fussy Eaters TVNZ 1, 7.30pm “Yuck, I don’t like that” is something many parents and caregivers have probably heard more than once at the dining table. Sometimes this is when a green vegetable appears on a little person’s plate. Being picky at mealtimes is something a lot of children, thankfully, grow out of. But what happens if they don’t? The Sunday team investigates.
Sunday Theatre: Catching The Black Widow TVNZ 1, 8.30pm In this local drama that is based on a true story, Aidee Walker (Step Dave, Outrageous Fortune) is almost unrecognisable as amateur sleuth Lee-Anne Cartier. Here Cartier is determined to prove her brother Philip Nisbet did not die by his own hand but was actually poisoned by his wife Helen Milner, a woman who became known as ‘The Black Widow’.
Shortland Street TVNZ 2, 7pm Vinnie’s son Michael (Duane Evans Jr, left) feels the effects of peer pressure when Felix, Michael’s new friend, leads him astray during a family outing to the beach.
One World – He Ao Kotahi Maori TV, 8.30pm Maori Ta Moko artist, carver and musician Katz Maihi visits Israel and Palestine where he meets locals and hears about their struggles.
Poldark Prime, 8.30pm The dashing Ross Poldark butts heads with his nemesis George Warleggan when he devises a plan to smuggle grain into Cornwall. Meanwhile, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson, below) gives birth to a baby daughter, Clowance.
Tour De Pharmacy SoHo, 8.30pm Narrated by Jon Hamm, this mockumentary centres on drug cheats in an
early 1980s Tour de France competition. The show’s star-studded cast includes Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom and Andy Samberg. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong makes an appearance too.
On The Ladder Maori TV, 8pm Mortgage broker and former Shortland Street actor Tahei Simpson fronts this new local property series which looks at everything from renovating to buying. Refreshingly, it shows there is life outside of Auckland for first-time buyers – not all of whom are young couples. Behind Bars: Rookie Year TVNZ Duke, 8.35pm What does it take to be a prison officer? The new recruits at the New Mexico Corrections Academy are about to find out when they are put through their paces in this reality series. Here the rookie officers take part in a challenging training programme to see if they have what it takes to work in a tough environment.
Marilyn Monroe: Declassified History, 8.30pm The life and death of Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe has been a source of gossip and speculation for decades. The sex symbol, who was famous for movies such as Gentleman Prefer Blondes and songs including Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, died in 1962 at the age of 36. This doco attempts to shed new light on her life and death with newly declassified FBI and CIA files.
History’s Greatest Lies History, 7.30pm Throughout history, powerful leaders have lied to the press, the public and even the authorities. This series examines how and why those at the top deceived others. Ordinary Lies TVNZ 1, 8.40pm Season two of the British drama returns and this time the story revolves around a Welsh call centre and warehouse run by Jenna (Angela Griffin, above). 7 Days Three, 9pm The popular comedy panel show helmed by Jeremy Corbett, which pokes fun at current affairs, is back with new episodes. Tonight’s panellists include team captains Dai Henwood (left) and Paul Ego plus Justine Smith, Vaughn Smith, Joseph Moore and Ben Hurley.