TV1 - CHANNEL HIGHLIGHTS
Week 53: Saturday 27th Decem ber 2014 - Friday 2nd January, 2015
Week 01: Saturday 3rd January - Friday 9th January, 2015
THE GREAT FIRE
SUNDAY 28TH DECEMBER, 8.40PM
Brought to life with breath-taking special effects, The Great Fire tells the story of baker Thomas Farriner who, in a state of exhaustion, forgets to close his ovens, sparking a terrible blaze which threatens to destroy London.
Family members are lost amongst the fleeing crowds whilst desperate refugees fight, loot and riot to survive. Amid the horror, the personal stories of those caught in the disaster stand out against the flames.
At the heart of the story is the tragic baker, distracted by an agonising dilemma, who makes a simple mistake with devastating consequences.
As the great fire tears London apart, this brand new epic drama details the heart-wrenching stories of a city and its people in crisis.
TOP DOG: CLASH OF THE POODLES
TUESDAY, 30TH DECEMBER, 8.40PM
Welcome to America’s Groom Expo, where poodles are crimped, pimped and dyed to compete in this showdown of creative canine styling.
With preening inspired by all walks of life and pop culture, from The Incredible Hulk to Sesame Street, from flower gardens to zoo animals, you’ve never seen anything like the dedication on display here, nor the mind-blowing fur-ball creations.
Offering moments of truly oddball comedy, triumphant stories and more dogs than you can shake a stick at, follow one woman’s real-life quest to prove that she has the skills and artistic vision to become Top Dog.
HELP! MY HOUSE IS A ZOO
TUESDAY 30TH DECEMBER, 9.30PM
Meet some pet lovers in desperate need of an intervention.
Help! My House is a Zoo is a compelling one-hour special that explores the wilder side of animal ownership.
While in many cases the animals are definitely the ones calling the shots, some of these “masters” wouldn’t have it any other way.
Featuring homes overrun by dozens of dogs, cats, and other more surprising pets, join a team of animal welfare experts as they move in to make a change for the better.
MONTY PYTHON LIVE SHOW
WEDNESDAY 31ST DECEMBER, 8.40PM
The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014.
Filmed live at London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs.
The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam’s iconic animations, outrageous dance routines and a fantastic live orchestra.
Featuring Stephen Hawking and Professor Brian Cox, with guest appearances by Eddie Izzard and Mike Myers, the show cements the Python’s reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest.
ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2014
THURSDAY 1ST JANUARY, 8.40PM
Only a show with the history and prestige of The Royal Variety Performance can boast such a wide range of internationally acclaimed stars.
Michael McIntyre hosts this year's Royal Variety Performance from the London Palladium in the presence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The star studded line up includes special performances from Bette Midler, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Dame Shirley Bassey, Demi Lovato, Alfie Boe, Ellie Goulding, McBusted, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Simply Red and TV ONE's Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro.
The cast of legendary West End musical Miss Saigon perform an exclusive excerpt from the show, and the spectacular circus of La Soiree takes to the stage. Comedians Jack Whitehall, Trevor Noah, Russell Kane and Sarah Millican provide the laughs on an exceptional night of entertainment.
Week 01: Saturday 3rd January - Friday 9th January, 2015
THE CRIMSON FIELD
SUNDAY 4TH JANUARY, 8.30PM
This superb drama tells the story of World War One’s frontline medics - their hopes, fears, triumphs and tragedies.
In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.
The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and home front but also between the old rules, hierarchies and a new way of thinking.
This brave three-part mini-series seeks to enlighten a new aspect of life at war. Experience the attitude of endurance, supreme courage and hope that embodied these brave men and women on the frontline of The Great War.
The Crimson Field stars Kiwi actress Kerry Fox as Sister Margaret Quayle.
TUESDAY, 6TH JANUARY, 7.00PM
Things are heating up in the MasterChef Australia kitchen!
The contestants share an unrivalled passion for food, delivering some of the finest dishes in the program’s history. These are ordinary Australians who can do extraordinary things for the love of food.
The biggest prize in MasterChef Australia history means the rivalry will be fierce. Contestants are competing for $250,000 cash, a Hardie Grant cookbook publishing deal, work experience in some of Australia’s best kitchens and an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
With close to 70 per cent of MasterChef Australia alumni now working in the food industry, 2014’s group have their eye on the same prize. Inspired by the past champions, get set to see some fighting flavours.
THE WORLD'S ODDEST ANIMAL COUPLES
WEDNESDAY 7TH JANUARY, 8.30PM
Animals that behave in ways we would never expect fascinate us. In recent years, the internet has been changing the perception that most species have evolved to stick to their own kind and to generally not get a long.
Wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin sets off on a worldwide journey of discovery to find out why animals of different species make friends with each other.
Why a cat would adopt some ducklings? Could an orangutan really keep a dog as a pet? Could two animals of different species even fall in love? Liz is on a mission to find the reasons behind the world's cutest and weirdest Animal Odd Couples.
WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER, 9.50PM
With a proven track record in exploring the psychological disorder of compulsive hoarding, Jasmine Harman now turns her attention to another destructive and often secretive condition that left unchecked can severely blight the lives of sufferers and their families - compulsive shopping.
Through the eyes of three of Britain's most addicted shoppers, Jasmine explores the personal and emotional stories behind a condition thought to affect up to eight million British adults for whom shopping has become an out-of-control compulsive habit.
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND STUFFED
THURSDAY 8TH JANUARY, 9.55PM
This documentary enters the strange and obscure world of Taxidermy – the art of stuffing animals.
Popular in the Victorian era, in recent years Taxidermy has become increasingly sought after as a form of art. This documentary gets to the heart of the modern craze, meeting its practitoners, collectors and businesses, illustrating the breadth of the people involved in the craft, and the variety of wild and often unhinged creations they produce.
From eccentric members of the public purchasing taxidermy, to hobbyists attempting to preserve their first dead mouse, this documentary will take viewers to some unexpected places and let them see an array of jaw dropping specimens.