MasterChef New Zealand (TV1, 7.30pm). The MasterChef contestants are clearly not hipsters, because the hipsters have been baking their own bread for ages now. Some of these guys have never had their hands on a lump of dough before. Yes, it’s the all-night bakery challenge, in which two teams of eight have to bake eight different kinds of bread and deliver them to a restaurant in the morning. It’ll be a loaf a minute.
30 Rock (Four, 8.30pm). Is 30 Rock the most meta show on television? (Wait, that might be Community. Discuss.) 30 Rock’s 100th episode is a two-part episode about a 100th episode. That’s right – the show within a show, TGS, is also having its 100th episode, which means flashbacks, clips and guest stars, including Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Rachael Ray and the return of one of Liz Lemon’s exes (not Matt Damon. Or Jon Hamm).
New Tricks (Prime, 8.30pm). The elderly crime-solvers return, and Prime is screening New Tricks early enough in the evening for us to be tucked up in bed by 9.30pm. How considerate. The series about the old coppers solving old crimes is completely daft, but there’s nothing daft about its ratings in the UK, which is why the BBC has commissioned 10 seasons. Season seven begins with a dead businessman, a psychic, a heart attack and a fraud. Do not expect any action sequences whatsoever. Guest stars include David Bradley, whom you may know as Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch.
Misfits (Four, 9.30pm). A Kelly-centric episode, and also a good-old body-swap story. Kelly gets stuck in the body of a coma victim, who then uses Kelly’s body to get back with her boyfriend. As a way of screwing up her nascent relationship with Seth, it’s a doozy.
Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan (Radio New Zealand National, 10.06am). As we’ve discovered in recent times, quiet, prim little Norway has its share of nutters. Fortunately, a lot of Norwegians seem to channel their more disturbing visions into literature, and this morning Ryan meets novelist Jo Nesbø – the man being touted as “the next Stieg Larsson”. Larsson, who wrote the trilogy that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was Swedish, but put Scandinavia on the thriller-writing map. Nesbø has sold more than 11 million books worldwide and is here to promote his latest book, Phantom, and the release of the film Headhunters, based on one of his novels. He’s appearing at the International Arts Festival Writers & Readers Week in Wellington, details here. Click here for our February 11 interview with Nesbø.