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WEEK 32 saturday 08 August - Friday 14 August 2009

Movie The Last Samurai Saturday 8 August, 8.30pm

Filmed predominantly in the Taranaki, tonight's movie The Last Samurai stars Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren, a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare (at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

Set in 1870s Japan, it follows the Emperor's attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernised and trade-friendly government policies. Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Japanese warriors, placing him at the centre of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honour to guide him as The Last Samurai. The Last Samurai also stars: Ken Watanabe (Memoirs Of A Geisha); Billy Connolly (The Man Who Sued God); Timothy Spall (The Street); Tony Goldwyn (The Pelican Brief); Hiroyuki Sanada (Rush Hour 3); and Koyuki. Photo: Tom Cruise. Comedy Summer Heights High Omnibus Saturday 8 August, 11.35pm TV ONE has a back-to-back fix of Rose d'Or award-winning comedian Chris Lilley's 'mockumentary' series Summer Heights High, tonight from 11.35pm.

Summer Heights High explores life over a school term in an 'average' Australian high school. Lilley (We Can Be Heroes) brings to life Jonah Takalua, a mischievous schoolboy from Tonga with the odds stacked against him; Mr G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja'mie King, a bitchy private schoolgirl on a student exchange, set to make her mark. Ja'mie King, whose character appeared in We Can Be Heroes, says she has a lot to offer the students at Summer Heights High. "I think I can bring a sense of hope for these kids. I'm giving them tips on fashion and hair and stuff and kind of teaching them the right way to behave." She finds it hard work being so popular: "Like, everyone wants to be friends with me, so I'm always giving out my mobile number to total randoms. And girls at my school are always fighting over who gets to sit next to me in classes and stuff. It's so embarrassing. And accepting friends on MySpace takes ages cause everyone's trying to 'add me'." Ja'mie's advice to girls who want to be as cool as she is is to be "fake-nice" to everyone. "Say, 'Oh my God, hi' to randoms if you forget their names. Always act like you're having fun. Laugh about random stuff for no reason. People are watching and it will draw attention to you. Make sure you're always looking hot. If you're fat - stop eating. If you're fugly - get a good personality or consider surgery." Hilarious, absurd and frequently shocking, Summer Heights High is a world where small issues become huge, social groups are important, careers are built, young minds are moulded, hopes are shattered, and dreams are realised. ABC TV's Courtney Gibson says, "In Summer Heights High, Chris Lilley captures all the wonder and all the horror of contemporary school days. Compared to other seminal Australian screen work about high school life, Summer Heights High will make Picnic At Hanging Rock seem like, well, a picnic." Summer Heights High was shot on location at an actual working high school over 11 weeks. TV ONE will screen the entire series back-to-back tonight, starting from 11.35pm. Photo: Chris Lilley as Ja'mie King in Summer Heights High. Local Sunday Theatre: Until Proven Innocent Sunday 9 August, 8.30pm Sunday Theatre has an encore screening of the compelling local drama Until Proven Innocent, tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE. This feature-length drama is based on the true story of the crusade to free David Dougherty - the man wrongly charged with the 1992 rape and abduction of an 11-year-old girl.

It stars Kiwi actors Jodie Rimmer, Peter Elliott and Tim Spite as the three strangers who fought to free him, with David Dougherty played by Cohen Holloway. In 1993, David Dougherty was found guilty and sentenced to seven years and nine months for the crime. When the verdict was read, he was dragged from the courtroom, screaming at the jury that they had got it wrong. Written and produced by Donna Malane and Paula Boock, Until Proven Innocent recounts one of New Zealand's most crucial DNA cases of its time - in which a semen stain was used to prove a man's innocence rather than his guilt. "It's an important story of injustice and the fight to free an innocent man," says Paula Boock. It took two trials, two appeals, a petition to the Governor-General and three and a half years in prison, before David Dougherty won his freedom. "Usually, your guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," he said at the time of the acquittal. "But in rape cases, your innocence must be proven beyond any doubt. And when you line a little girl up against a fully-grown adult male, you obviously have questions that are going to cause concerns about who is telling the truth." The true heroes of this compelling and moving drama are three people who had never met David Dougherty. Lawyer Murray Gibson (Peter Elliott), scientist Arie Geursen (Tim Spite) and journalist Donna Chisholm (Jodie Rimmer) independently came to believe that an innocent man had been wrongly convicted. Why did they do it? They weren't after publicity or money, and his was hardly a popular case to champion. After all, the victim had named her neighbour David Dougherty as her attacker. Dougherty himself was no saint, with various petty crimes to his name. But Gibson, Chisholm and Geursen's unease turned to concern, concern to outrage, and outrage to obsession as they encountered obstacle after obstacle in their crusade to overturn the conviction. During a seven-year campaign, the extraordinary actions of the trio led to the case being revisited, the guilty verdict quashed, a new trial ordered and an eventual acquittal. But their work was not finished. Over the next few years, this team campaigned to have a shattered Dougherty compensated for the years spent in prison. He received $869,000 in 2001. "We've been absolutely privileged to be able to tell this story - and have been indebted to the real people involved in the case who have allowed us to turn their lives into drama," Donna Malane says. "It has been an honour to talk to David, who has been remarkably generous in allowing us to tell this story." Sunday Theatre: Until Proven Innocent highlights serious issues surrounding the credibility of DNA evidence in the early 1990s. But the film also completes the Dougherty saga, by recounting the subsequent conviction of the real offender - multiple rapist Nicholas Reekie, who in 2003 was found guilty of the crime. Photo: Jodie Rimmer as journalist Donna Chisholm. Local The Missing Monday 10 August, 8.30pm It should have been just a routine half-hour drive home for Aucklander Peter Chaffe, but neither he, nor his bright red Simca car, has been seen since he left work decades ago. The Missing takes a look at what happened to Chaffe that night, and how his car could disappear without a trace (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

Chaffe wasn't feeling very well on the day he was last seen in July, 1974. He'd been diagnosed as a diabetic 18 months earlier, and had uncharacteristically lost his lunchtime squash game that day against a workmate from Auckland University's chemistry department. After work he drove a friend home to Avondale and, after stopping for a drink and crackers, left to drive to his own home in Massey, West Auckland. Although his friend worried Chaffe was too ill to drive, Chaffe insisted. As he pointed out, his friend's home was only a stone's throw from the north Western motorway route he normally took home - but he never made it. Son Tom Chaffe says his father Peter was somebody who enjoyed the outdoors and loved his job. "When somebody disappears the implications of them going on the family, especially if they are the sole provider at the time, is massive." He says his mother has never married again, and remembers him as her husband. Daughter Judith Chaffe adds that the pair were childhood sweethearts who'd stayed that way: "I wouldn't have said it was a household under stress." She says having a missing family member is unforgettable: "It leaves echoes in a lot of your life, every time they find a body you think, 'is this it?', it's not a thing you can comfortably bury. It's always there." "A lot of people were concerned about him and put time and energy into talking about it and theorising and stuff, and they still ask, 'did anything happen; have they found him; did you ever get any answers?', and you have to shrug your shoulders and say no. They say, 'well how can that happen?', and well, it does." Although a search was mounted for Peter Chaffe within an hour after he had left Avondale, neither Chaffe nor his unusual bright red Simca car has been seen since. Photo: A scene from The Missing. Factual Real Life: The Great Sperm Race Tuesday 11 August, 9.30pm It's the most extreme race on earth - a contest with 250 million competitors; only one winner; and relentless obstacles thrown in for good measure. Real Life: The Great Sperm Race shows the story of human conception as it's never been seen before (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE).

Using helicopter-mounted cameras, world-renowned scientists, CGI and dramatic reconstruction, The Great Sperm Race brings to life the extraordinary journey of sperm, from ejaculation to egg - scaled up to human size, with the sperm played by real people. Taking place in some of the world's most striking landscapes to illustrate the stages of the process, it follows the extraordinary twists and turns of the journey from conception to fertilisation as the microscopic world of sperm and egg is scaled up accurately by 34,000 times. Shoulder to shoulder with the sperm, viewers see the human-sized heroes negotiate some hostile terrain, including the Canadian Rockies, representing the epic proportions of the vagina; and the buildings on London's South Bank symbolising the intricacies of the cervix. "It's a surprise that it works as elegantly as it does most of the time, because the battle that sperm have in order to find and fertilise an egg is just immense," explains scientist Allan Pacey. "Everything is working against sperm and they're not really given a helping hand by the female reproductive tract. It is just a monumental battle of quite epic proportions." With the female body designed to repel and destroy invaders, The Great Sperm Race demonstrates how the road to conception is no walk in the park. From acidic vaginal walls to impassable cervical crypts, the sperm face unremitting obstacles. Huge swathes perish along the way as the safety of the fallopian tubes awaits just a few dozen, but only one will reach the ultimate goal - fertilisation of the egg and the beginnings of new life. Made in conjunction with medical research charity Wellcome Trust, and consulting the world's leading reproductive scientists, Real Life: The Great Sperm Race demonstrates the extraordinary intricacies of human bodies and the giant lottery of luck that is the reproductive process. Plus, some amazing facts are revealed along the way including: the epididymis, a tiny lump in the testicle, can hold hundreds of millions of sperm; an ejaculated sperm covers the human equivalent of 15 miles in under two seconds; deadly acid in the vagina can kill up to 99 per cent of sperm in just 30 minutes; a perfectly fertile, healthy couple has just a one in five chance of conceiving every month; and the better the sex, the more chances of conception. Photo: A scene from Real Life: The Great Sperm Race. Documentary Real Crime: Serial Killer On Camera Wednesday 12 August, 9.30pm On January 1, 1993, 39-year-old Colin Ireland made a New Year's Resolution - to become a serial killer. Within a three month period he brutally murdered five gay men, four of them in just 15 days, and became known as 'The Gay Slayer'.

Using never before broadcast footage of Ireland's chilling confession, Real Crime: Serial Killer On Camera, sees presenter Mark Austin tell the story of a nobody who wanted to be a somebody - and thought the best way to do it was to become a serial killer (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE). Preying on customers of The Coleherne pub in Fulham, London, Ireland would go to men's homes under the premise of a sexual encounter where he would tie them up, demand pin numbers under the threat of violence, before finally killing them. An avid reader of true crime books and FBI manuals, Ireland would meticulously clean the scene to remove all traces of himself and stay overnight with the body, to avoid attracting attention. On March 8, 1993 he visited to The Coleherne and met his first victim, Peter Walker. According to Ireland, Walker agreed to be tied up as part of a sex game. Once there, Ireland beat and killed him. "I remember after Walker, looking in the mirror, walking down the road and I thought, 'People must see in my face that I've just murdered someone, they must be able to tell, they must just by looking at me.' I remember losing my virginity and I remember that same feeling then. You're almost buzzing," says Ireland. It took 24 hours before Walker's body was discovered. The death received no publicity so, unaware the police had found the body, Ireland made an anonymous call to the Samaritans to tell them what he had done and then, contacted the Sun newspaper. Two months later, Ireland's taste for murder returned and he headed back to The Coleherne for his next victim. Despite the similarity between the two killings, police did not make a connection, and Ireland grew more frustrated as his craving for recognition remained unfulfilled. A week later, he returned to The Coleherne pub where he met his third victim. "It was building up," explains Ireland, "I was on a sort of rollercoaster. I felt there was more I should be doing." The police again failed to link the murders. Three days later, Ireland was back at The Coleherne where he met his fourth victim, 33-year-old Andrew Collier. Collier, like Walker, was HIV positive. Until this point, the police had seen no link. But now a new team of detectives, led by Albert Patrick, were assigned to the Collier murder case. The retired detective chief superintendent recalls: "The scene was very unusual. I quickly became aware of the Peter Walker case that happened a few months before, so there was obvious concern, in my mind, that we had a potential serial killer on our hands." Five days after Collier's murder, Ireland made a series of phone calls to the police who finally realised one man was responsible for the four deaths. But Ireland, eager to shock them even more, killed again. However, the police obtained CCTV footage of Ireland and his fifth victim, Emanual Spiteri, together on the night of the murder, and started piecing things together. Recognising himself on the CCTV footage, Ireland visited a solicitor, armed with an alibi. Ireland was unaware he had made one major mistake - leaving a single fingerprint on the window at Collier's home. "That was his only mistake. There was no other forensic evidence whatsoever apart from that one fingerprint," says Patrick. Police had what they needed to charge Ireland with the murders of Collier and Spiteri. Throughout two days of interviews, and for weeks on remand in prison, Ireland remained silent before suddenly finding his voice. "I wanted to create a situation that I couldn't back out of my decision, so I deliberately talked to wardens. I said I wanted to change my plea to guilty," Ireland says. The day after Ireland delivered his frank and horrific confession to police, he was charged with the further three murders. Unlike other high profile serial killers, Ireland pleaded guilty to all charges. As such there was no need for a full trial and, ironically, his decision to plead guilty meant his notoriety would never match the fame, which he craved, of other multiple murders.

Local Intrepid Journeys Friday 14 August, 7.30pm The opportunity to travel to Rwanda for Intrepid Journeys was the chance to fulfil a life-time dream and see some amazing animals for comedian Rhys Darby.

More used to pulling crowds as 'Murray', the man managing formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo, Flight Of The Conchords, Darby decided to leave 'Murray' in New York and tackle the Rwandan jungle, on tonight's episode of Intrepid Journeys, at 7pm on TV ONE. He says, "Ever since I was a kid, I've always dreamed about going to Africa and going on a safari. It's a dream come true. Two down, one to go: animals in Africa; become a movie star; go to outer space." Admitting he was a little scared to be travelling to a country that has the kind of reputation that means tourists don't flock to it, he says he's glad he took the risk. "It's been the most uplifting experience I've ever had." He explains: "I wanted to do an Intrepid Journey because I've been privileged over the last few years, and I wanted to do something that would be challenging and eye-opening. Throwing caution to the wind." From seeing mountain gorillas in the wild, to living alongside traditional villagers, Rwanda was a revelation. Darby was fortunate to have a jungle guide who was very in tune with the mountain gorillas, and an unexpected bonus was the opportunity to learn to hang out with a large family of gorillas took his African experience to a whole new level, he says. "I've seen gorillas in zoos through the glass and that was amazing. But this is different," he explains, "this is in part of their environment, being with them in the wild. It's amazing." Dealing with jet lag was one of the issues Darby struggled with, which also led to some interesting experiences. "I had a lot of trouble sleeping. Five minutes at a time, I'd wake up, shift to another position, have a dream, wake up again, switch positions, all through the night," reveals Darby. "I felt like I was channel surfing. Very vivid dreams, jumping across huts, getting speared, playing with Lego. Weird." Another surprise for Darby was village life, something he expected to be culturally varied, but was also spiced with a potent delight called 'banana beer', incredibly welcoming and also quiet in a very good way. "There's no service for cell phones and it feels good," says Darby. "No one can get hold of me, I can't get hold of anyone, and it's almost like living in a dream - back in time." Also travelling this series is: Judy Bailey, who ends up working as a farm-hand on her journey through Argentina and Brazil; musician Anika Moa invites herself to a Guatemalan wedding; Dancing With The Stars judge, Brendan Cole, hot-foots it to Vanuatu where he finds the facilities and hygiene not at all to his liking; and rugby league legend Ruben Wiki volunteers himself for landmine destruction duty in Laos.

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