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TVNZ dumps cult classic

Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene in Rake. The fourth and final season won't air on free TV.

No interest from TVNZ in cult classic Rake starring top Kiwi actors despite ecstatic reviews across the ditch.

A Woman's Place in Gloriavale video

Dove Love and Angel Benjamin, the main protagonists of the TV2 documentary Gloriavale: A Woman's Place.

Men and women are treated differently at the Christian commune, but they are both happy says doco maker.

Food, jelly and theatre video

The students describe their art as an "experiential culinary experience".

Student duo the only New Zealanders selected for prestigious Sydney Design Festival.

Theatre consultant selected

The ASB Theatre in Blenheim.

The boss of an arena complex in Auckland has been chosen to examine the financial situation of Blenheim's ASB Theatre.

Talking tickling on US chat show

David Farrier is big in America.

Tickled filmmaker sits down with US talk show host Chelsea Handler.

Swift addition to Melbourne mural

The mural in Melbourne of Taylor Swift has had a makeover.

Ever wondered what Kanye would look like with Taylor's blonde hair? Wonder no more.

Gone by September?

Rawdon Christie. Gone by September?

Rawdon Christie could leave the Breakfast couch even earlier than expected.

Music biopics usually get it wrong

Born to be Blue is a music biopic that gets it right, and Ethan Hawke is wonderful as Chet Baker.

Opinion: Currently bad music biopics are piling up. But some do get it right.

Polly G: 'I was not a good wife'

Polly Gillespie has spoken out about her struggle with alcohol and her painful divorce.

The Hits' radio host has opened up in this week's Woman's Day mag, about her shock split from husband Grant Kereama.

Journalist to quiz authors

Steve Braunias will be interviewed at the Marlborough Book Festival.

Investigative reporter Mike White will interview Steve Braunias, Jane Ussher, Bruce Ansley and Bill Manhire.

Block NZ: Schist gets real

Emma and Courtney's winning stair case.

After a fortnight of on-site hook-ups and cheating scandals, the most exciting thing to happen this week was a heavy sheet of glass.

Sad end for Shawshank tree

Fiction by Stephen King ... Tim Robbins as prisoner Andy Dufresne, left, and Morgan Freeman as fellow inmate Ellis Boyd ...

The oak tree featured in Frank Darabont's 1994 sleeper hit The Shawshank Redemption has been felled in a storm.

The Mystery of the Weeping Woman

A photo from Neil Holland's examination of the returned Picasso painting Weeping Woman on August 20, 1986.

It was one of the most daring art heists in history - a priceless Picasso snatched in the dead of night, only to be returned a week later.

Robot Wars replaces Top Gear video

Robot Wars is coming.

It's been off-screen for 12 years, but nothing much seems to have changed.

Bindi's big birthday

Happy Birthday Bindi Irwin.

Sunday marked a milestone for Bindi Irwin, and she has celebrated in style.

Disney frames one man's reality

Owen Suskind is the subject and star of Life, Animated.

New documentary explores the power of Disney animation

Freeview satellite may go HD


Upgrade would mean older and 'unapproved' set-top boxes would need to be replaced.

Cox at his charismatic best

Brian Cox and Coco Konig star in The Carer

REVIEW: Older movie fans will lap up Brian Cox's new relationship black comedy – slapstick, scatological references and all.

Filthy Rich is now filthy rich

Josh McKenzie plays John Jr.

Critically panned show is getting $6.9m from NZ On Air again.

Famous flyer: George Calombaris

George Calombaris enjoys finding food inspiration when on his travels.

The MasterChef judge says his biggest travel mistake was packing a bottle of olive oil.

Six Mastermind NZ changes we'd like

Havelock North's William Barnes is the winner of this year's Mastermind.

OPINION: Sometimes Mastermind NZ proved just as testing for the viewers as contestants

Revenge movie unpredictable

Martin Landau, left, and Christopher Plummer  in Remember.

REVIEW: Revenge thriller Remember hits all the right buttons, writes Peter Lampp.

From Dilworth boy to opera star video

Tongan-born tenor Filipe Manu credits his mother's hard work for helping him pursue his singing career.

When Filipe Manu started school in New Zealand he spoke more Tongan than he did English. Now he's one of our best opera singers.

When Christchurch was our creative capital

The late Dame Ngaio Marsh, pictured in 1977.

Ngaio Marsh, Colin McCahon, James K Baxter, Allan Curnow, Toss Wollaston - they were all in Christchurch in the inter-war years

'NZ Documentary Board' wows Comic Con

05072016 - Capital Day - Taika Waititi featuring on Chris Hemsworth's Instagram

According to Taika Waititi-directed parody doco, Thor was flatting with a guy called Daryl during Cap's Civil War.

Where are the cast of Prisoner now?

Where are they now: Prisoner Cell Black H

Before there was Prison Break, Orange is the New Black and Wentworth, there was the hit Aussie series Prisoner.

Naz wants to make you pretty

Naz joins Suzanne Paul on the Thin Lizzy team.

Naz won't be fighting in the boxing ring but she might be hitting screens again soon.

How to be Ab Fab 2016-style

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return as Edina and Patsy in the Absolutely Fabulous movie.

Eddy and Patsy update us on what - and who - is absolutely fabulous these days.

Live skuxx life with Wilderpeople clothes

Nature just got gangster.

Nature, and your wardrobe, just got gangster with a range of clothes to celebrate Taika Waititi's insta-classic film.

Sid and Buck investigate Scott Base conditions

Antarctica NZ worker Vonny Sprey, formerly of Wanaka, embraces Sid the Sloth at Scott Base.

Scott Base's latent thespians dress up to beat the winter blues.

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