TV Guide's top 5 this week

Last updated 05:00 17/07/2014
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Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Heaven or hell?

Is the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast a cult or an idyllic society? That's the question posed by the documentary Gloriavale: A World Apart on TV2 this week. In fact, many Kiwis might be surprised to learn that such a community exists here, and that it practises arranged marriages decided by a council of 12 elders, teaches children "creation" science and limits its members' contact with the outside world. Even getting permission to let the cameras in took two years of negotiation. (TV2, Thursday, 9.30pm)

Yet another death in paradise

Is there about to be a most unexpected death in the British comedy drama Death In Paradise? That's the possibility as a new face turns up in the series in the form of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall). He has been sent from London to the fictional island of Saint Marie to investigate a particularly brutal murder involving an ice pick at a party. Why isn't the resident fish-out-of-water DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) conducting the investigation? All will be revealed... (Prime, Friday, 8.30pm)

The mouse that roared

When Wellington-born Nancy Wake ran away from home at the age of 16 for a life of adventure overseas, she could not have imagined that she would go on to become one of the heroes of the French Resistance in World War II and have a price placed on her head by the Gestapo. The drama Nancy Wake: The White Mouse (the Gestapo's nickname for her), follows Nancy's extraordinary wartime exploits, with Rachael Blampied playing the title role. (TV1, Sunday, 8.30pm)

Last man standing

If you're a fan of Sleepy Hollow, watch out this week for an appearance by Kiwi Craig Parker in the role of Colonel Tarleton - Ichabod Crane's commanding officer. Sleepy Hollow is one of Craig's first gigs in the US, though he has played a guest role in NCIS: LA, and then went on to another guest role in NCIS. All that Spartacus and Lord Of The Rings exposure must be paying off, so it may be a little while before we see him back on these shores. (Prime, Tuesday, 8.30pm)

Back Under The Dome

Just when the residents of Chester's Mill thought that life couldn't get any worse, the mysterious dome covering their town becomes magnetised in the opening episode of series two of Under The Dome this week, and starts causing some very strange phenomena. However, Barbie, who was on the verge of being executed by Big Jim, is one who is relieved - or should we say reprieved - by the turn of events. Fans of Stephen King's novel will have to start guessing what happens next in the season. His original story only covered three weeks. (Prime, Wednesday, 8.30pm)

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