TV & Radio Good Friday

By Fiona Rae In Today's TV and Radio

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6th April, 2012 Leave a Comment


The New Old

Glee (TV3, 7.30pm). Double the fun tonight, thanks to Good Friday. In the first episode, I Kissed a Girl, Santana is wooed by New Directions to come back (Finn sings Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Puck sings I’m the Only One), plus she comes out to her grandmother. The result of the class presidential election are revealed, and also Sue Sylvester’s congressional fight with Burt Hummel is decided. Awesomely, Coach Bieste sings Jolene. In the second episode, Hold on to Sixteen, Sam (Chord Everstreet) returns to help out New Directions, and he also wants to win back Mercedes. Plus there’s Sectionals, with performances by the Unitards, the Troubletones, and New Directions. Songs include I Will Survive, the Jackson 5’s ABC, Destiny’s Child’s Survivor.

The Sitting (TVNZ 7, 7.30pm). Singer-songwriter Greg Johnson and creator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Richard O’Brien are the sitters on The Sitting tonight. Artist Marty Welch (winner of the 2012 Adam Portraiture Award) talks with his subjects while making a first sweep, and then the portrait is finished in his studio. As with Extreme Makeover, there’s the big reveal at the end, but being New Zealanders, the sitters are all too polite to say they don’t like it.

Rugby (Sky Sport 1, Sky 030, 7.30pm). Rugby does not stop for Easter, y’know – the Hurricanes are in action against the Sharks at Westpac Stadium, followed by the Reds v Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium (9.35pm) and Force v Chiefs from nib Stadium (11.15pm).

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30pm). Tonight, Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Frenchman Gerard Depardieu and Dominic West (he arrives late), and Olly Murs performs.

7 Days (TV3, 9.15pm). On the panels tonight with Dai Henwood and Paul Ego are Chopper, Ben Hurley, Jesse Griffin and Jono Pryor.

The New Old (TVNZ 7, 9.30pm). With any luck, after the plug is pulled in June, TVNZ 7 will live on in cyberspace, and future media consumers will turn to their mobile communication and entertainment devices, or the chip implanted in their heads, to get an idea of what public service television once looked like in New Zealand. Gosh, they were nimble, informative and thrifty back then, they might say after downloading The Gravy, New Artland, The Good Word, Media 7 or Talk Talk. (But I would say that, wouldn’t I?) And here’s a new programme that will give them a taste of what was happening in 2012, when the old is updated to be new again and new stuff looks like it came from the past. Hence The New Old, presented by Wallace Chapman (above), whom you may know from another TVNZ 7 gem, Back Benches. “I’m something of an everyman,” Chapman told us in January. “I’m a true Aquarian. It’s not just politics for me.” And so he’s off around the country finding old stuff that is new again, such as craft beers, the reopening of lovely old suburban cinemas, the boom in gardening and baking, bespoke suits, and lawn bowling. Beards? Hopefully. In the first episode this week, Chapman looks at craft brewing and, in surely the most supreme example of the “new old”, samples a recreation of Captain Cook’s first-ever Kiwi brew from the original 18th-century recipe. The New Old is also a chance to dig around TVNZ’s extensive archives for quaint gems from the past, as is another TVNZ 7 series, Hindsight (TVNZ 7, Tuesday, 9.05pm). It’s not just a look back – presenter Damian Christie examines an issue with the benefit of, as you may have guessed, hindsight. We have a feeling there will be plenty of looking back on the decision to close down TVNZ 7 in much the same way.

Portlandia (TV3, 9.45pm). The one with Aimee Mann. The singer-songwriter appears as Fred and Carrie’s cleaner. Naturally, Fred and Carrie behave really badly.

Caprica (Four, 10.50pm). The final episode ever of Caprica, and Sister Clarice is putting her plan for “apotheosis” into action. Do you think Daniel, Amanda and Zoe can stop her? Gosh, given that the Cylons practically destroyed the entire 12 colonies in Battlestar Galactica, we’re thinking not.


The Pacifier (TV2, 7.00pm). A film about a dummy. (2005) 4 – Diana Balham

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (TV1, 8.15pm). London just before the outbreak of World War II where everybody is desperately dancing as fast as they can is the setting for this deliciously sticky iced bun of a comedy about a governess who cons her way into a new job as social secretary to an American starlet. The cast is the cherry, the jam and the sweet sugary cream: a perfect ingredient list of Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds and Mark Strong. You’ll either be foxtrotting your socks off or having a calorie overload-induced lie-down after this one. From Winifred Watson’s 1938 novel, which was republished in 2000. (2008) 7 – Diana Balham

Hulk (Four, 8.40pm). One case where “the wearing of the green” will not bring you compliments about your country of birth. Director Ang Lee continues to display his versatility in this Marvel-comic superhero film. Eric Bana is the guy who keeps splitting his pants. Had he known the special effects would be so complex and time-consuming, Lee might have stuck with more realistic dramas. (2003) 6 – Diana Balham


Handel’s Messiah (Radio New Zealand Concert, noon). Because it’s Good Friday.

Pink Floyd – Behind the Wall (Radio New Zealand National, 1.06pm). Hard on the heels of Roger Waters’s sell-out Auckland concerts comes this doco that mixes excerpts from the Floyds’ magnum opus with candid accounts from the members on the making of their mega-album. – Diana Balham

Live: The Little Bushman at the Powerstation (Radio New Zealand National, 8.30pm). This time last year the Little Bushman released their third studio album, Te Oranga, and this concert celebrates the event with a typically powerful blast of psychedelic rock, Mississippi blues and raw folk music that is the foursome’s trademark. – Diana Balham

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