TV & Radio Friday March 9

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9th March, 2012 Leave a Comment


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The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30pm). On Graham’s couch tonight are Dame Judi Dench and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel. Also Will Young performs.

How to Start a Revolution (The Arts Channel, Sky 079, 8.30pm). Perhaps Adam Curtis was making his documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace before the Arab Spring, when the tiny computers in cellphones were used for good, not evil. How to Start a Revolution looks at how the work of 83-year-old Professor Gene Sharp has helped to fuel revolution from Serbia to the Ukraine, and how social media is an intrinsic part of these uprisings.

Single Father (TV1, 9.30pm). The final, and hopefully something good will happen at last, although it’s not certain. Overall, it’s difficult to see what the point was, except, you know, David Tennant.

7 Days (TV3, 9.30pm). On the panels with Paul Ego and Dai Henwood are Australian Dave Thornton, Steve Wrigley, Rhys Mathewson and last year’s Billy T winner, Nick Gibb.

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.40pm). Uh-oh, flashback alert, and you know what that means: bad hair! Also, the return of Kiwi Daniel Gillies as Elijah. Who kind-of rocks, btw. It’s finally the Klaus back story, and it’s a nasty little tale of adultery, betrayal, matricide and witchcraft. It’s told to Elena by Rebekah, who are sort-of frenemies now. As for Stefan, he’d like to be free of Klaus, so that he can … leave town. Say what? Not be with Elena, the love of his life? Say it isn’t so!


Smokin’ Aces (Four, 8.30pm). Ultra-hip sub-Tarantino actioner made for the Grand Theft Auto generation. An array of ­Hollywood’s coolest drift through a story that concerns a Vegas entertainer, Buddy “Aces” Israel (Jeremy Piven), who is going to give up all he knows about the Mafia. Enter many assassins – chasing the bounty on his head – who include a hot lesbian couple (Alicia Keys and Taraji P Henson), a master of disguise, a neo-Nazi trio, a legendary torturer and three bail bondsmen played by Ben Affleck, Peter Berg and Martin Henderson. Protecting Aces from getting smoked are FBI agents Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta. The stage is set for bloody shoot-outs and fight scenes in a rather nice Lake Tahoe hotel, but with this many characters, convoluted plot details and all the separate agendas, it’s tough to care. The 17-year-old, however, will think it’s awesome. (2006) 6


Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan (Radio New Zealand National, 9.06am). Today’s feature guest is self-taught painter Marty Welch, who has just won the Adam Portraiture Award. He was once a milman and honed his skill as an artist over years in Starship Hospital at the bedside of his sick son. More info and audio here.

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