HIGH­LIGHTS

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SATUR­DAY

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.

SUN­DAY

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’.

MON­DAY

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.

TUES­DAY

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.

WED­NES­DAY

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.

THURS­DAY

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.

FRI­DAY

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.

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