The TV Guide's top 5 picks of the week


Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Robyn goes Aussie

Robyn Malcolm has packed away her Agent Anna persona for a little while to play a new character somewhat closer in spirit to Cheryl West of Outrageous Fortune fame. Only this time, she's doing it as an Aussie Westie in a new Australian comedy titled Upper Middle Bogan. The story surrounds an affluent, middle-class suburban Melbourne mum who discovers that she is anything but. In fact, she was adopted, and her real mum is a drag-racing bogan. Enter Robyn Malcolm as the bogan in question - she's all class, is Robyn. (TV1, Thursday, 8.30pm)

Mac chat

With Graham Norton and Jonathon Ross appearing to totally dominate the British TV chat show scene, one might wonder what room there is for another chatty chap? Well, comedian Michael McIntyre has decided to elbow his way through the crowd with his own entry titled, in blindingly obvious fashion, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show. Michael's going for just six episodes for starters but he seems to have a decent line-up of guests already, with his first show featuring Lord Alan Sugar, Sir Terry Wogan and Lily Allen. Mind your language, Lily. (TV3, Friday, 8.30pm)

Just one more win

Only one thing stands between the All Blacks and their dream of notching up a world record 18-match winning streak this weekend and, typically, it's the Wallabies. While the All Blacks are coming to this first match of the Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship series with a 3-0 series win over England under their belts, the Wallabies are on a high after an even more convincing three-test trouncing of France. So are the stars in alignment for a world record for the All Blacks? After the Commonwealth Games defeat for the Sevens and the Super Rugby defeat for Canterbury, we could do with some reassurance. (Sky Sport 1, Saturday, 9pm; Prime, 11pm)

Justice must be seen

It has been 10 years since the name Louise Nicholas entered the national consciousness as the hitherto unknown woman embarked on her campaign for justice over her sexual assault by police officers when she was a teenager. Now, Louise's journey has been turned into a two-hour drama for TV1 titled Consent - The Louise Nicholas Story, with the title character being taken on by former Shortland Street star Michelle Blundell. It's a harrowing story of a real Kiwi battler for personal justice. (TV1, Sunday, 8.30pm)

It's time the killing stopped

Nigel Latta proved he is not averse to treading on a few toes when he dealt with the issue of poverty in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago. This week he is entering equally contentious territory by turning the spotlight on New Zealand's shocking record for child abuse in Nigel Latta: Killing Our Kids. As Nigel says: this is a deadly serious problem that we've stop talking about and actually do something. The floor's yours Nigel. (TV1, Tuesday, 9.30pm) 

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