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This Week On TV One

WEEK 52: Saturday 26 December - Friday 01 January 2010

Entertainment - Boxing Day Programming, Saturday 26 December, from 2pm: TV ONE's Boxing Day line-up sees a variety of fun-filled, musical entertainment, including Cirque De Soleil: Lovesick, An Audience With Kylie Minogue, and ABBA: The Mamma Mia! Story, as well as classic movies.

Cirque Du Soleil: Lovesick (at 2pm) is the award-winning, reality-based drama that explores the eccentric lives of Sin city's most provocative performers, from Lewis Cohen, the director of the Emmy Award-winning Fire Within. Set in Las Vegas during the creation of the erotic show Zumanity The Sensual Side Of Cirque Du Soleil, the film tells the dramatic story of the talented artists whose flesh and creativity are centre stage in this new show.

At 4pm, An Audience With Kylie Minogue is an entertainment show that sees members of a celebrity audience ask Kylie some probing and funny questions, in between her singing songs from her new album, as well as some of her greatest hits. ABBA: The Mamma Mia! Story (at 5pm) explores the global appeal of the ultimate feel-good musical Mamma Mia! Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, Mamma Mia! is one of the musical phenomena of the last decade.

From a smash-hit in London to a worldwide sensation, the stage production of Mamma Mia! was translated into eight languages; seen by more than 30 million people in 170 cities around the globe; and grossed 1.5 billion at theatre box offices. Now, a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters, the Mamma Mia! success story keeps on going.

ABBA: The Mamma Mia! Story includes extensive clips and exclusive interviews with the film's stars, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson also feature. Australian movie The Castle follows the story of Darryl Kerrigan and his family. Darryl (Michael Caton, Packed To The Rafters) runs a tow truck business, while Sal (Anne Tenney, Always Greener), his wife, is a terrific cook and loves to make and decorate things. They have three sons, Steve (Anthony Simcoe, Underbelly), Dale (Stephen Curry, The Secret Life Of Us) and Wayne (Wayne Hope, Stupid Stupid Man), and even though Wayne is in jail for armed robbery, the family still love him and are eagerly waiting for his release. However, the real pride of Darryl's life is his daughter Tracey (Sophie Lee, Muriel's Wedding). When she married Con Petropoulous (Eric Bana, Troy), it was the proudest day of Darryl's life.

Saturday 26 December 2pm - Cirque Du Soleil: Lovesick 4pm - An Audience With Kylie Minogue 5pm - Abba The Mama Mia! Story 6pm - ONE News At 6pm 7pm - The Very Best Of Country Calendar 7.30pm - The Castle 9.15pm - Casanova

Local - The Zoo: This Is Your Life, Sunday 27 December, 7pm: The Zoo: This is Your Life is a new local series that celebrates the lives of five very special animal characters at Auckland Zoo (tonight at 7pm on TV ONE). It profiles the unique journey of iconic animals, from birth through to the present day, including the highs and lows they have endured throughout their lives.

Tonight's episode sees the journey of Indra the Orangutan, who arrived at Auckland Zoo 25 years ago. Her first keeper, Jacque Kendall, recalls the day she arrived and the big personality that immediately shone through. "She was only two when she first came to the zoo, and she missed her mum, really. So I became her mum and her playmate, and she just wanted friendship and happy times and to play," says Kendall. As an eight-year-old, she gave birth to her first baby - the first Orangutan to be born at Auckland Zoo. It was a huge day in the zoo's history and Indra's closest keeper friend, Christine Tintinger was absolutely ecstatic: "It was huge here, we had television and it was in all the papers, and it was lovely, absolutely lovely. It gave a buzz to the whole zoo." Always up for adventure, Indra made the headlines when she made a daring escape into the zoo grounds, sparking a full scale alert: "The emergency alarms were going and we went into a code red, which is basically high-alert, dangerous animal out," says Tintinger. Tintinger, other key keepers and members of the public, alongside archive footage, will help to tell the emotional story of the ape who has stolen the hearts of everyone she has met. The series will also follow the journeys of Kura the Lioness, Zabulu the Giraffe and Kito the Rhino.

Local - One Land, Sunday 27 December, 7.30pm: It was a milestone birthday that prompted Christchurch midwife Tarnia Smith to apply for a role on TV ONE's local series One Land (tonight at 7.30pm). The busy, independent midwife says she wanted to prove she wasn't over the hill.

"It was that whole turning 40 thing. I was looking for a challenge, something to push me out of my comfort zone." Living in an 1850s settler house for six weeks is most definitely out of Tarnia's comfort zone, who is a self-confessed "Maggi packet soup girl", who doesn't like to cook, and hates having to pick up after her family who, "drop their belongings all over the house, thinking I'm the cleaner". Tarnia and her husband Lindsay live in Christchurch with their four children Marshall, Matthew, Nadia and Conrad. Lindsay runs his own house removal business; eldest son Marshall and younger brother Matthew own their own labouring business; daughter Nadia, can't live without her mobile phone, makeup and Hannah Montana; and youngest child Conrad is headstrong and outspoken. The whole family agree they wanted to take on the challenge of living in the 1850s for Tarnia. However, nothing prepared them for what was to come or the hardship they would face living as a settler family in the 1850s - in particular the struggle to find enough food to sustain them. Tarnia says it's hard to stay positive when there's no food on the table. On tonight's episode of One Land, the Smith family have been struggling to find enough food to eat, but a series of events sees a change in the family's fortune. Tarnia gets a welcome respite from their harsh new life in the 1850s and regains her strength by going to church; and an unexpected celebration brings a surprise. Meanwhile, the Smith boys and their dad find their luck is changing, when they catch a huge haul of snapper. They decide to share their bounty with the families on the Pā, but find their gift is not welcomed by everyone. On the Pā things are starting to fall apart - cultural issues start to flare, with Jess Dalrymple getting upset at not being listened to, and the Ririnui family's angry that the Dalrymples are not respectful of Māori protocol. Just when things are starting to get out of control, a romantic proposal throws a spanner in the works, taking all three families by surprise. One Land brings New Zealand history to life - with commentary from historian Lyndon Fraser, and Tikanga expert Amster Reedy - as each family struggles to adapt to living at a time when survival was difficult, and two different cultures struggled to understand each other.

Drama - Sunday Theatre: Oliver Twist, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 December, 8.30pm: British writer Sarah Phelps breathes new life into the much-loved Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist, in this two-part series (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

Oliver Twist's life starts inauspiciously. Born to the workhouse - the son of an unmarried mother, who dies shortly afterwards - he is not expected to survive the night. Ten years on, and after growing up in a workhouse overseen by the awful Mr Bumble, Oliver (William Miller, Krakatoa - The Last Days) wants more. He gets sold to the local undertaker, Mr Sowerberry (John Sessions), before escaping to London. Arriving in the big city, vulnerable and scared, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger (Adam Arnold), Nancy (Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda), Fagin (Timothy Spall, The Street) and the boys, and gets the first warm welcome of his life. But naive and innocent, he's unaware this kindness requires its own type of payment to be collected by the evil Bill Sykes (Tom Hardy, Band Of Brothers). A chance meeting with Mr Brownlow (Edward Fox, A Passage To India) and his beautiful ward Rose (Morven Christie, The Family Man) sees Oliver's fortunes change for the better, and the opportunity to start a new life. But unknown to Oliver, there are those who hold the truth to his real identity, who are determined to destroy him. The cast also includes: Rob Brydon as Mr Fang; Gregor Fisher as Mr Bumble and Sarah Lancashire as Mrs Corney. Anna Massey plays Mrs Bedwin, Mr Brownlow's trusted housekeeper; Michelle Gomez plays Mr Sowerberry's wife, a woman with a penchant for hats; and Nicola Walker plays Sally. Sarah Phelps (EastEnders) says: "This is a fresh take on a much loved and familiar favourite, but it remains true to the spirit of the book. Oliver Twist is dark and edgy, dangerous and urgent, tragic and pretty frightening in places, but there is comedy in it too," she adds. Kate Harwood, from the BBC, says: "BBC Drama Production is thrilled to be bringing to the screen Sarah Phelps' bold adaptation of Oliver Twist. Directed by Coky Giedroyc, with a great cast line-up, this production has a modern edge; a darkly thrilling, joyous treat for the viewers." Part two of Oliver Twist will screen on Monday 28 December at 8.30pm.

Drama - Driving Lessons, Wednesday 30 December, 8.30pm: When writer/director Jeremy Brock said 'Action' for the first time on the set of Driving Lessons, it was the realisation of a long-held dream. The writer of successful screenplays Her Majesty, Mrs Brown and Charlotte Gray, co-writer of The Last King Of Scotland; the co-creator of the successful British television medical drama, Casualty, had started the screenplay of Driving Lessons some five years earlier.

The subject was intensely personal, a rites-of-passage story about the influence an older actress has on an awkward young teenager, the son of a vicar, when he goes to work as her assistant. Tonight's Driving Lessons (at 8.30pm on TV ONE), is loosely based on a vignette from Brock's own adolescence when he, also the son of a vicar, worked for legendary actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. It was only when Brock showed the screenplay to producer Julia Chasman the possibility of making Driving Lessons became real. Working together on the script, Chasman helped package the project, approaching the cast and financiers who were prepared to give Brock his directing opportunity. "I loved the script," says Chasman, who was looking for a debut project for her new production company. Starring Laura Linney (The Truman Show), Julie Walters and Rupert Grint (who play mother and son Molly and Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films), Sunday Theatre: Driving Lessons sees shy and downtrodden Ben (Grint) facing yet another dreary school holiday. Living in an absurdly conservative and traditional household, with his highly-strung and overbearing mother (Linney) and quiet, mild-mannered vicar father, have taken their toll on young Ben. While other kids are out having fun, Ben spends his holiday attending bible classes, having driving lessons with his mother and helping out at a local old people's home. However, Ben's world is turned upside down when he answers an ad in the parish magazine and is employed by an eccentric retired actress Evie (Walters). Vulgar, dignified and childish all at once, she enters Ben's life with a cataclysmic force, whisking him away on a series of adventures. Evie's unconventional and often downright bizarre behaviour challenges Ben's beliefs, and forces him to confront the very idea of who he wants to be. Lauran Linney, who was keen to work with Brock, says there's something very satisfying about working with first time directors. "I've worked with a lot of them. They have complete understanding of the material, particularly if they are directing their own screenplays. They understand how actors work and they have a decency of character about how to treat a crew." At the end of filming, Julia Chasman says her biggest surprise was how emotionally touching the story is. "When you develop a script over a number of years, you do fall in love with it and have your favourite characters, and lines, and so much of that was about the comedy. That was all there, of course, but I hadn't realised until we shot it, how moving the story was."

Special - New Year's Eve Line-up, Thursday 31 December, 7.30pm: TV ONE's New Year's Eve line-up sees a selection of special entertainment shows and a chance to look at the year that was for Kiwis.

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm, with The Royal Variety Performance, performed in the United Kingdom annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund (the EABF). This year's 81st performance will be staged in Blackpool for the first time since 1955, and hosted by award-winning comedian Peter Kay. Featuring a host of musicians, comedians and dancers, the star-studded line-up includes: the winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent, Diversity; the multi-award winning Bette Midler; Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, along with the cast of the smash-hit West End production, Sister Act; Canadian singer and Grammy Award-winner, Michael Buble; X Factor winner Alexandra Burke; teen superstar Miley Cyrus; opera star Katherine Jenkins; and the critically acclaimed comedians Jason Manford and Paddy McGuinness. At 9.30pm, ONE News presenters Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie will host ONE Decade In The Making, a look at the news events that shaped the 'noughties' - the years 2000 to 2009. From the celebrations at the dawning of the century; the 9/11 attacks; and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; through to the political events in New Zealand and overseas; changes in technology; and Kiwi triumphs on the sporting stage. Jason Gunn hosts TV ONE's New Year's Eve special, ONE's Countdown To New Year, at 10.30pm, which takes a look at the big shows, big stories and big events from 2009. Packed with roving reports and celebrity messages, Gunn and special guests will take viewers on a countdown to the New Year. Gunn says he's looking forward to giving the county an opportunity to countdown to midnight together. "It's been a while since we've had an official countdown. In my experience, you're with a few people and you're kind of struggling to tune in to when exactly it is midnight, and by the time you realise, you're about 15 seconds too late. "So finally this year, there will be a place, where as a country, we can all gather and say 'let's tune in with Jase' - there will be an official countdown, and we can all get there at the same time." He says it's not until you start looking back at the amazing achievements and memorable moments of the year that you realise a lot has happened in 2009. "From the people that we've lost locally and internationally (sadly), to the winners that we've had as Kiwis, to just incredible moments, 2009 has been jam packed. Plus, there's a few special guests joining us that I'm quite excited about - they appear to be willing to do a few out of the ordinary things." Whether you watch the whole show, or have it on in the background and tune in and out, grab yourself a glass, sit back, have a bit of a reminisce, says Gunn.

Movie - Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Friday 1 January, 7.30pm: A family musical classic starring Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka And the Chocolate Factory sees an eccentric candy maker hide five golden tickets inside five candy bars, and then test the honesty of the winners to determine who gets the dream-of-a-lifetime jackpot (tonight at 7.30pm on TV ONE).

The story takes place in the small town where the world's most wonderful sweets are made in the mysterious chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka (Wilder, The Woman In Red). Wonka decides to hide five 'Golden Tickets' inside five candy bars with the winners receiving a trip through his factory and enough candy for a lifetime. One of the hopefuls is poor but honest Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), and he is encouraged to find a ticket by his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson, The American Adventure). The first two winners are Augustus Gloop (Michael Bollner), a fat boy who is always eating, and Violet Beauregarde (Denise Nickerson), who chews gum all day. The third and fourth winners are Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole), a spoiled rich girl, and rude Mike Teevee (Paris Themmen), who watches television all day. When the fifth winner is announced, Charlie's hopes are shattered. But the winner turns out to be a fraud and Charlie eventually finds the fifth 'Golden Ticket'. Charlie and Grandpa Joe's journey begins when they head to the Willy Wonka factory for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. On the day of the big tour, Willy Wonka appears and welcomes the five lucky winners inside the factory where all sorts of amazing things begin to happen. They discover the 'Chocolate Room', a vividly coloured landscape of giant lollipops and edible trees and flowers, and a boat - the majestic SS Wonkatania - that glides past a chocolate waterfall down a chocolate river. They meet the Oompa-Loompas from Loompaland who were saved by Wonka from extermination by fierce whangdoodles, hornswogglers, snozzwangers and vermicious knids. Augustus Gloop falls into the river trying to gobble chocolate and he is sucked up a transparent pipe and learns a lesson all the children will soon be sharing.

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