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This Week On TV One

WEEK 8: Saturday 20 February - Friday 26 February 2010

Movie - ONE Bond: Goldeneye, Saturday 20 February, 8.30pm: Pierce Brosnan stars as James Bond, who is racing to save the world from a deadly satellite weapon in the ONE Bond movie, Goldeneye, directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell, tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE.

Unlike previous Bond films, Goldeneye is unrelated to the works of novelist Ian Fleming. The story was conceived and written by Michael France, with later collaboration by other writers. However, Bond's legacy is just as potent. Brosnan says he grew up watching Bond films - the most memorable being Goldfinger, but he never wanted to be Bond, or dreamt of playing the character. "The role had such a mighty mythology to it," says Brosnan, of stepping into 007's notorious shoes. "How do you make it real for yourself; how do you find your own way? Because what [Ian] Fleming put down on paper and what [Sean] Connery did in the beginning are two different things; they're two different men. So you have to find the man for yourself." Then he met Bond producer Albert R Broccoli on the sets of For Your Eyes Only, starring his first wife, the late actress, Cassandra Harris. "If he can act he's my guy," Broccoli said, and with that, Brosnan, whose contract with the long-running TV show Remington Steele was about to end, inherited the role of Bond from Roger Moore. Tonight's ONE Bond movie sees Bond racing to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for Goldeneye, a space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: Alec Trevelyan, aka Agent 006, a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. As Bond squares off against his former compatriot, he also battles Trevelyan's stunning ally, Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. When the horrifying extent of Trevelyan's plan is revealed, Bond must call upon his sharp wits and killer instincts. Brosnan stars alongside Dame Judi Dench, who plays his new boss, M; Sean Bean as Alec Travelyan; and Famke Janssen, as Russian ex-Soviet fighter pilot, Xenia Onotopp Famke Janssen says her character, Xenia, is the female version of Bond in many ways: she loves guns, cars and can put up a fight. "She's a pretty evil character," Janssen says. "She's a person of extremes and whenever somebody else would say, 'This is my limit, I'm not going any further, she would say, 'I'm going to go full speed ahead. She doesn't have those kinds of limitations that normal people have'."

Drama - Sunshine, Sunday 21 February, 9.30pm: Award-winning actor and comedian Steve Coogan (I'm Alan Partridge) stars in TV ONE's new comedy-drama, Sunshine, about a family's ongoing battle with gambling addiction (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE).

All three generations of the Crosby family are affected by its breadwinner's inability to control his gambling. Lovable rogue Bob, or 'Bing' (Coogan) as his friends call him, has been fascinated with betting since he was a child. If there's money for betting, he'll find it - and frequently lose it. Bing has big plans and thinks gambling is the key to providing the good things in life for his family. He just can't see that his addiction is actually depriving them of money, as well as his love and support due to his continual absence at the bookmakers. When Bing's gambling spirals out of control, he risks losing everything, he must confront his gambling demons and turn his life around. Sunshine is written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, the team behind the BBC's hit comedy Early Doors and co-writers of the BAFTA award-winning The Royle Family. Coogan says he think's Bing is like a lot of working class men in the 21st Century, struggling to be the kind of person he wants to be but being pulled by an addiction. "He reveals a sort of Jekyll and Hyde character. He's got this duality; he is a good person who isn't able to maximise his potential because of his addiction, and a consequence of his addiction is that the positive side of him is suppressed so he ends up being not a particularly good father, even though the intention is there. "In practice and reality, he's not particularly attentive so the main thing is that he's just a decent, happy-go-lucky fellow who's been drawn into the dark side." He says one thing that is apparent throughout Sunshine is the love that Bing's wife, Bernadette, feels for her irresponsible husband. "I think it is because Bing is so self-deprecating and tries to be positive all the time. There's always a positive energy around him, which can come across as stupidity but I think he wants things to be right so he tries to inject a certain kind of playfulness. "He doesn't take himself too seriously and I think he makes Bernadette laugh, which is why she perhaps puts up with his misbehaviour probably longer than she would otherwise."

Local - MasterChef New Zealand, Wednesday 24 February, 7.30pm: Tonight on MasterChef New Zealand, the top 11 contestants arrive at the MasterChef kitchen to meet a very special guest - renowned Auckland chef Tony Astle, of Antoine's restaurant (at 7.30pm on TV ONE).

Their challenge is to cook two of Astle's signature dishes as well as they can. But these are no ordinary dishes. One is a Thai curry made from tripe - or cow's stomach - which most of the contestants have never seen before, let alone attempted to cook. The other is a technically difficult roulade, with meringue rolled around whipped cream and berries. They have two hours to cook both dishes and present them to the judges, and Astle who is a stern taskmaster having cooked these dishes for 37 years. At stake for the day's two best cooks is dinner at Antoine's, and for the day's worst cook - elimination. Who will triumph over the tripe, who will rise to the roulade, and who will be the next to leave the MasterChef kitchen?

Documentary - Real Life: 45 Stone Virgin, Wednesday 24 February, 9.30pm: Four years ago David Smith weighed 45 stone (286 kilograms). Lonely and still a virgin, he was eating himself to death. Doctors predicted he would not live to be 30 years old.

Then he met fitness guru Chris Powell, who helped him completely change his life. Under Powell's supervision, Smith embarked on a healthy diet and exercise plan that allowed him to shape up without the need for surgery. Now having lost more than 28 stone (178 kilograms) he is fit, healthy and hoping to make up for lost years by finding himself a girlfriend. Underneath the excess weight is a gentle, handsome young man who is ready to look for love. However, he does not know where to begin. Real Life: 45 Stone Virgin (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE) follows Smith as he dates for the first time. From blind-dates and speed-dating events, to coaching on how to flirt and online dating, viewers will see whether he can put the past behind him in order to build a happier future. Smith says instead of being a dud, he wants to be a stud. He'll also discover the downsides of weight loss, namely excess skin and emotional scars. He says while other teens were starting to date, every day for him was a living nightmare. "I'd get bullied walking through the halls, you know, just people hitting me in the arm, flicking my ears, the worst thing ever thrown at me would probably be dog faeces. It just makes you feel like a piece of garbage. "The names hurt a lot but the laughter hurt a lot more because those people, those kids saw me as a joke." Smith dropped out of high school at 17. With no reason to leave the house, he spent all his days inside, eating. The death of his mother to cancer was another emotional blow that cause the weight to pile on. But now he's determined to make up for lost time. "I've lost a lot of my childhood and my teenager years, I never really developed all the social skills as far as making friends and meeting girls. I'm scared they will judge me, and I'm not worthy of being with them. "Everybody wants that fairytale ending," he says. "Hopefully I can find that fairy princess and sweep her off her feet." Watch Real Life: 45 Stone Virgin, tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE.

Local - The National Bank Country Calendar, Saturday 20 February, 7pm: Molesworth Station is New Zealand's biggest farm - an iconic 180,000 hectare stretch of land that runs from Marlborough into Canterbury. For stockmen, it's a vast landscape that offers some of the most challenging and spectacular mustering in the country. They're part of a tradition that goes back for a century and a half, since the early pastoralists first pushed stock through the area on their way from Nelson to Canterbury.

The station is the amalgamation of four sheep runs that were handed back to the Crown when their owners walked off in the 1930s and 40s, overwhelmed by environmental problems - the worst being rabbits that destroyed the pasture for their sheep. Manager Jim Ward is the third person to run the station since it became one property. Along with the demands of running the country's biggest farm is the added challenge of managing what is essentially a high-country recreational park. Every summer, about 7000 tourists come through the farm when the Molesworth - Hamner Road opens after Christmas. Tonight, The National Bank Country Calendar (at 7pm on TV ONE) head souths to witness musterers bring back stock that had spent the winter at Lake McRae, near the Inland Kaikoura Mountains. It is always a challenge to find 400 heifers in 16,000 hectares of steep hills and gullies, but these days the job is made easier. Before the muster starts, Ward does an aerial reconnaissance trip with local helicopter pilot and former Molesworth staffer Phil Packham. But nothing can help with the biggest barrier - the muster crew have to persuade the cattle to climb out of the Awatere Valley and over a 1500 metre saddle - one of the highest stock routes in the country. Packham's chopper also plays another role on the station. It is part of an innovative programme being run by local farmers and scientists to try to rid the area of bovine tuberculosis. The disease is largely carried by possums who pass it on to the cattle. But tackling the problem on Molesworth's rough landscape was for a long time considered too hard. The breakthrough came when scientists started using wild pigs to identify where the TB affected possums were. Ward now has high hopes that the property will soon be clear of the disease, cutting costs and opening up new markets for the farm's beef. Ward says Molesworth has its own special character he hopes every New Zealander manages to visit once in their lives. "It belongs to them and we hope that they can come through, have a look and be happy with what's happening here." See the muster at Molesworth Station, tonight at 7pm on The National Bank Country Calendar.

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