The TV Guide's top 5 picks of the week

Last updated 05:00 21/08/2014
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Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Laughter, the best medicine

We all enjoy a good laugh but when the laughter is all in a good cause, that's even better. This week's 7 Days Red Nose Day Special is a one-hour special edition of the comedy show that has been going for five years, and will be encouraging viewers to donate money to Cure Kids, an organisation that funds research for illnesses and diseases affecting children. All the usual suspects will be there, and host Jeremy Corbett says he expects an invasion from Jono and Ben and possibly New Zealand's Sexiest Man, Guy Williams - although he reckons he finds Guy intimidating.  (TV3, Friday, 9.30pm)

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If you can't stand the heat...

No, the appetite for TV reality shows about cooking has not abated, as demonstrated by the arrival this week of the New Zealand version of My Kitchen Rules. You know the routine - teams of two would-be chefs produce blood, sweat and tears in an effort to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be professionals in the restaurant game. The judges in question are Auckland chefs Ben Bayly and Gareth Stewart, both of whom know a thing or two about producing great grub. But the contestants? That has yet to be seen. (TV1, Sunday, 7.30pm)

Midwives back with a bang

A proposal for a drama series about midwives in 1950s London can't have sent too many ripples of excitement through the corridors of TV-land but Call The Midwife has defied the cynics to become a real hit show. Series three of the British drama kicks off this week with a potential bang when the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House have to be evacuated after an unexploded World War II bomb is unearthed nearby. What's the betting someone is about to give birth during the emergency? (TV1, Sunday, 8.35pm)

Return of The Freak

Fans of the classic Aussie TV drama Prisoner Cell Block H will be excited to learn that a character from the original show has been resurrected for the new version, Wentworth, as series two begins this week. Yes, "The Freak" is back! That's new prison governor Joan Ferguson, as played now by Pamela Rabe. When Pamela won the role, she told the make-up department to make her look like "the stuff of nightmares". There are dark times ahead for the inmates! (TV2, Monday, 8.30pm)

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Knocking The Block off

Yes, it's that time of year again, when four teams of hopeful renovators pit their skill-saws against each other in The Block NZ. Auckland's Point Chevalier hosts the building site this time around as two bungalows are cut in half and handed to the contestants to fix up. Does that mean one team gets the kitchen while the other team gets the bathroom? That should make for some interesting neighbours! (TV3, Tuesday, 7.30pm)

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