Queen’s Message among Christmas Day highlights on TV One

As well as a range of Christmas music programmes and local Christmas church services throughout the day, TV ONE has a bouquet of feel-good movies including films The Wizard Of Oz, Nicholas Nickleby, Mary Poppins and The Shawshank Redemption.

Midnight Mass is a traditional Christmas Eve event and to celebrate, TV ONE is screening Nine Lessons And Carols, both before midnight on Christmas Eve and at 8.30am on Christmas Day. Hosted by broadcaster, writer and raconteur, Ian Johnstone, the show visits towns and cities in the lower North Island; shares stories; sees New Zealanders singing their favourite carols; and familiar faces reading the nine episodes of the Christmas story.

At 6am, Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo shows a grand procession and festive parade imagined by a clown. Be transported into a theatrical world of comedy and spontaneity, situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

Capturing the essence of what it is to be a child, Peter Pan has been delighting young and old for more than 100 years. At midday, TV ONE has the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance of Peter Pan, choreographed by Russell Kerr.

A National Bank Country Calendar Christmas special – Carols In The Caves at 7.30pm, mixes a unique choral performance – Christmas carols by candle-light in the Cathedral of Waitomo’s Glow-worm Caves – with the human story behind it. For the last 20 years, a King Country choir has sung to an audience of 200 people at Cathedral Cave, which is noted for its pure acoustics.

Friday 25 December

6am – Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo
7.30am – A Taste Of Christmas
8am – Praise Be
8.30am – Nine Lessons And Carols
10am – Nicholas Nickleby
Midday – Peter Pan
1.35pm – The Wizard Of Oz
3.40pm – Mary Poppins
6pm – ONE News At 6pm
6.50pm – HM The Queen’s Christmas Message
7pm – MasterChef: The Professionals
7.30pm – Carols In The Caves
8.30pm – The Shawshank Redemption


Campbell Live christmas special from Samoa tonight

Tonight, Friday, December 18th at 7pm on 3, sees Campbell Live’s last programme for 2009, and their now famous Christmas Special is particularly special this year.

In previous years, Campbell Live has brought viewers Christmas programmes featuring the Outrageous Fortune cast, a Split Enz reunion, and a barbeque with Fat Freddy’s Drop. But this year, it really is about the spirit of Christmas.

John Campbell and Mihingarangi Forbes, take one of New Zealand’s most loved Samoans, Oscar Kightley, to Lalomanu beach: the heart of the area destroyed by the tsunami in September. They then throw a beach party for the children who have lost so much in the past 12 weeks. Two-handed kids attend, the local choir sings, presents are handed out, and such is the happy atmosphere of the day that many of the children swim in the sea for the first time since the tsunami hit.

Make sure not to miss this uplifting programme, full of generosity, optimism and sunshine when Campbell Live finals its 2009 season on Friday, 18 December 2009 at 7pm on 3.


Dan News Award winners announced

The winners for this year’s Dan News awards have been announced. Winners were decided after a month of voting by Dan News readers.

Watch below:

Other awards went to Breakfast which received 60% of the vote for best morning news programme. Campbell Live won best Current Affairs programme.

Thanks to Bryce Young of Christchurch for the voice work on the video.

The winner of ‘Jaquie Brown’s Guide to Everything (and Recipes and Quizzes)’ is Sharyn from Auckland.

Have a great Christmas break and see you all back in 2010.


MasterChef: The Professionals on TV One from Monday

Thirty-six chefs are put through their paces to find out who will be crowned the champion, on MasterChef: The Professionals (tonight on TV ONE at 7pm). Well-known, double-Michelin-starred chef, Michel Roux Jnr, and ingredients expert and MasterChef veteran, Gregg Wallace, are on the hunt for a young chef with the ambition, drive and talent to make it to the top table in the culinary world.

Over the course of the series, 36 chefs are filtered down to one winner. First up is the heats – three ambitious young chefs face two gruelling cooking challenges. In the first, they have just 50 minutes to create two dishes based around the same central ingredient. For the second round, they must recreate two classic dishes, but to the highest standard. For two of the three, their dream will end right there, as only one contestant from each heat goes forward into the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals, the winners of each week’s heats will be put to the test, as they cook for three restaurant critics. Only perfection will do, as the critics hold no punches in their examination of the food. Two from each quarter final will go through to the finals. Having cleared the previous hurdles, the six remaining contestants will face pressure, stress and strain as they endeavour to use their ingenuity, their experience and their professionalism, to get through a variety of challenging cooking environments, in order to show they are worthy of the ‘Champion’ title.


New Nightline presenter among changes at 3 News

There will be a change of presenter on TV3’s Nightline in 2010 according to reports.

NZHerald.co.nz is reporting former London correspondent Rachel Smalley is returning to New Zealand and will be the new anchor for TV3’s late night news when it returns next year.

Samantha Hayes is moving to a reporting position on 3 News at 6 to cover environment and conservation.

It is understood Hayes will also cover for Carolyn Robinson and Hilary Barry when they are away.

Other changes at TV3 include the departure of Sia Aston from the press gallery. Aston is understood to be taking up a job within parliament. A source told Dan News she will be the new Press Secretary for Paula Bennett. Rebecca Wright will be her replacement.

– Dan News