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Birmingham crime boss Thomas Shelby heads into perilous territory in the second season of Steven Knight’s acclaimed gangster epic. As the 1920s begin to roar, Shelby starts to expand his legal and illegal operations. Shelby’s meteoric rise brings him into contact with both the upper echelons of society and astonishing new adversaries from London’s criminal enterprises. All will test him to the core, though in very different ways. Meanwhile, Shelby’s home turf of Birmingham is beset by new challenges as members of his family react to the upturn in their fortunes, and an enemy from his past returns to the city with plans for a revenge of biblical proportions. Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Helen McCrory, Noah Taylor and Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders is an enthralling tale of ambition, corruption, violence, desire, and above all an extraordinary family living through extraordinary times.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Mondays 9.30pm from April 27
Legendary astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is bridging the gap between pop culture and science, bringing together celebrities, comedians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in our vast universe. The talk show, based on Tyson’s popular podcast, will cover space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment, and breaking news from the universe.
BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
After their parents decide to kick them out, delusional brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers Ben and Jack Dolfe stage an elaborate ruse to maintain their financial dependence on Mum and Dad. But when their plan takes a dark and dangerous turn, the brothers finds themselves embroiled in an increasingly messy situation that threatens both their artistic ambitions and their lives.
TWINS: NATURE VS NURTURE
Part 1: Sunday 26 April 8.30pm
Part 2: Sunday 3 May 8.30pm
This intriguing two-parter offers a unique insight into the strange and bizarre world of identical twins and shows how they are a vital tool for scientists trying to work out how much of who we become is a result of our genes, and how much is down to our environment. Many human traits – from weight to intelligence, right up to whether you are more likely to be religious or suffer from anorexia or heart disease – are influenced by our genes. And as we’ll see, our genes constantly interact with our life experiences in ways we are only just beginning to unravel.
Should I Eat Meat?
Wednesday 29 April 8.30pm
Meat - particularly red and processed meat - has been hitting the headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. There have been stories saying that it's a killer, that it causes cancer and that it can take years off your life. Michael Mosley wants to find out if red meats and processed meats are really as bad as we are led to believe.
The Truth About Meat
Wednesday 29 April 9.30pm
Every year 65 billion animals are raised and slaughtered for their meat. Nearly a third of the planet's ice-free land surface is devoted to raising the animals we either eat or milk. The latest UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) estimates suggest that livestock is responsible for 14.5% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions - the same amount produced by all the world's cars, planes, trains and boats put together. Can the planet cope with our ever-increasing appetite for meat?
THE TASTE UK
Nigella Lawson, food maverick Anthony Bourdain, and critically acclaimed chef Ludo Lefebvre search for the first British winner of the high stakes cooking competition where flavour is the only thing that matters. Each week, Nigella and her fellow mentors will face a collision of fiery cookery challenges, blind-taste eliminations and simmering egos as the contestants battle it out to please the palates of the professionals with just one spoonful of food. All tastings are blind so the pressure is on to make one small, but perfect, serving.
GIANT OTTERS OF THE AMAZON
Friday 1 May 9.30pm
Giant otters are one of the toughest creatures in the Amazon jungle. Not only are they living in a lake in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, but they are also surrounded by three hundred black caiman, anaconda, jaguar and puma. Diablo the giant otter has six unruly pups to keep from harm, and educate in the ways of the jungle. This otter dad certainly has his paws full. Leading wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton-James follows the family in their remarkable journey over the course of six months, through their ups, downs, and the start of a new generation of otters.
Daily 4pm (New Zealand Premiere)
Meet Boj, a burrowing bilby from the Australian Outback! When Boj and his parents burrow their way to Giggly Park to start a new life, he must make new friends and navigate his way around this exciting new world above ground. When Boj pops up to play, he brings all his fun Boj-ey ways with him! He loves a good sing-a-long, and delights the community of Giggly Park with his musical ways. He also loves to help his new neighbours with brilliant Boj-a-boom ideas, and he can always help them to get out of a sticky fix!
NZ MUSIC MONTHBegins 2nd May
MTV Hits is celebrating everything NZ this May, featuring exclusive countdowns with boxer David Nyika as he gives us his Top 10 Knockout Hits, Kiwi musician Benny Tipene who shares his Poptastic Top 10, Ginny Blackmore who shows us why Girls Run The World, Jupiter Project who countdown their Big Night Out Top 10 and Mika and Ty from the New Zealand Breakers who pop in to share their Slam Dunk Top 10! Plus, join us as we shine the spotlight on some of our best home grown talent like Lorde, Broods and Stan Walker with uninterrupted local artist specials and countdowns!
BBC WORLD NEWS
Daily, 11am, 12 noon and 1pm
Heartland is a celebration of New Zealand and New Zealanders through some of our finest TV shows, every night has a different theme from food to travel to Kiwi film to Documentaries, plus exclusive new local commissions.
TUTANKHAMUN: THE TRUTH UNCOVERED
Sunday 26 April 7.30pm
What killed King Tutankhamun? Ever since his spectacular tomb was discovered, the boy king has been the most famous pharaoh of all ancient Egypt. But his mysterious death, at just 19 years old, has never been explained. Presenter Dallas Campbell reveals new scientific research and carries out unique experiments to get to the truth.
In this new season, highly accomplished plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif are back to work with victims of ill-fated cosmetic work to attempt to undo and fix their results. In a world obsessed with youth and beauty, some people revert to plastic surgery to achieve a certain look and turn back the hands of time, but the results of too much plastic surgery can be disastrous. This series puts the ugly side of beauty under the microscope…the results will shock you.