New to TVNZ 1 in 2022

Here are the TVNZ blurbs for some of the series destined for TVNZ 1 in 2022:

Carlos’ Reno Rescue 

Legendary All Black Carlos Spencer is on a mission to do something special for our most deserving New Zealanders, in the brand-new series Carlos’ Reno Rescue. 

Carlos and his team are about to use their building expertise to transform one room within the homes of deserving New Zealanders. Kiwis who have helped their communities by giving their time and resources to support others in need. Now it’s time they get something back, and Carlos is going to make that happen. However, it’s going to be a complete surprise to those who have been nominated to have a room makeover, with the big reveal happening after the renovations are complete. 

It’s been a tough year – but we’ve seen so many Kiwis step up to help others. Carlos wants to reward those people who deserve a thank you, by transforming a space in their home. This series will showcase heart-warming stories and amazing home renovations for generous and noble community members.

Cooks on Fire

Things are heating up on TVNZ 1!

Cooks on Fire will see teams of two compete to be New Zealand’s best backyard barbecue cooks.

Judged by top Kiwi chefs, teams will race the clock to plate up mouth-watering BBQ dishes that will tantalise the taste-bubs.                                    

Each week, teams will cook off in a series of challenges, with the bottom two teams cooking to save their bacon in a scorching elimination round.

Who will prove they have what it takes to be a grill master and walk away with the coveted Golden Tongs?

Documentary New Zealand

Documentary NZ is a series of eight one-off documentaries that will explore contemporary New Zealand stories and reflect the challenges we face as we navigate our lives.

From the societal pressure our rangatahi face, to the complexities of the brain, alongside exploring the dangers of the 21st Century, these factual specials explore history, science, statistics, and personal experiences right here in Aotearoa.

All eight documentaries are funded by NZ On Air.

First Responders

Aotearoa’s first responders operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, responding to calls of help from the public. As soon as the call comes in, the race against time to save a life begins.

Following crews on land, air and sea, First Responders gives remarkable insight of emergency service agencies as they work in rugged terrain or in the remotest of locations around New Zealand. Alongside the response, viewers will also get to know the first responders as they share their own stories.

From the Rescue Helicopter Trust, Coastguard, to St John, this new local series shines a light on those who are the difference between life and death.

From the producers of Police Ten 7.

Grand Designs New Zealand 

TVNZ 1 will be the new home of Grand Designs New Zealand when the seventh season returns to screens in 2022.

New Zealand is renowned the world over for its dramatic landscapes – and it is just as famous for its ground-breaking domestic architecture. Grand Designs NZ charts the in-depth process of creating these unique homes, and the personal journeys of those building them. Kiwis have always been lauded as thinking outside the box – and so it is when they embark on building a home.

As well as a new home on TVNZ 1, Grand Designs New Zealand also has a new host, British-born architect Tom Webster.

Tom’s experience lies within a broad-spectrum including projects for Google, master planning at Windsor Castle and designing a race car for world rally champion Colin McRae. He recently collaborated on the highly acclaimed Hotel Britomart, New Zealand’s first five Green Star hotel in downtown Auckland.

Tom will invite audiences on the challenging and inspirational journeys of Kiwis risking all to pursue their vision of a dream home in the next season of Grand Designs New Zealand.

Our Big Blue Backyard

TVNZ welcomes a brand-new season of landmark series Our Big Blue Backyard, diving deep into the ocean to celebrate the stunning wildlife in te Mōana nui-ā-Kiwa – our oceans.

The tropical Cook Islands are the northernmost reach of our patch; the shallow sea of the Hauraki Gulf lies literally on the doorstep of our biggest city; then there is the Top of the South where Golden Bay’s sandbar hides a sinister underbelly, connected to the network of sea-drowned valley in Marlborough Sounds. 

An ancient remnant of Gondwanaland known as the Three Kings Islands is protected by violent seas and steep cliffs, while the photogenic Otago Peninsula with its albatross, penguins and sea lions is dubbed the wildlife capital of New Zealand.  Further south, Snares Island is considered one of the world’s most pristine wildlife sanctuaries and is the most ambitious and “untouched by humans” location in our big blue backyard. 

Made with the support of NZ On Air.

This Is Going To Hurt

Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw stars in Adam Kay’s adaptation of his bestselling memoir about life as a junior doctor.

This hilarious – and often heartbreaking – series follows a fictionalised version of Adam as he juggles being a good doctor and a good person, in a system that sometimes feels like it’s against him. 

Set in obstetrics and gynaecology, or ‘brats and twats’ as it’s known, This Is Going To Hurt reveals the unvarnished realities of Adam’s life on and off the ward: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a tsunami of bodily fluids.

And a personal life forced into second place. All for an hourly rate that struggles to compete with the hospital parking meter. A stark reminder of the vital role played by medics like Adam everywhere.

Trigger Point 

Set in contemporary London, Trigger Point, is a high-octane six-part thriller series focusing on the Bomb Disposal Squad. Known as “Expo”, officers risk their lives daily on ‘the long walk’ towards danger. Death is always just a heartbeat away. 

The series follows front line officer Lana Washington (Vicky McClure) who is an experienced bomb disposal operative. Reckless and out of control, Lana is ex-military and pushed to breaking point dealing with a series of improvised explosive devices which threaten the capital during a terrorist summer campaign.

Under extreme pressure and searching for answers, Lana can’t help but become suspicious that the bomber’s targets on her team are premeditated. It’s a terrifying thought, but against all odds how does she prove it and discover the bomber’s real identity?


Whina is the love story behind the woman who changed a nation; the story of Dame Whina Cooper.

In 1975, 80-year-old Whina, frail but still sharp as a knife, is roused to action – it’s her calling to unite Māoridom and fight not only for their land, but for their very existence. At the front of Te Roopu Ote Matakite, she leads a sacred 640km march from the top of New Zealand to Parliament in Wellington.

But before her fateful quest, we track back to a younger Whina to explore the events and characteristics that shaped her: her gifts, spiritualism and imperfections. In these early years, she meets William Cooper, a charming Māori-Pākehā Land Officer. William is enamoured by Whina, her courage and aristocratic heritage. The attraction is mutual and Whina sees him as an agent who can help her people.

Whina jumps between the present and past: an older, arthritic Whina coping with the physical and psychological demands of the march, and a younger Whina, ostracised for carrying William’s baby out of wedlock, using her mana to rise as a protector of Māoridom.

Starring Rena Owen, Mirama McDowell, Vinnie Bennett, Matu Ngaropo and Erroll Shand.

Made with the support of NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.

Returning to TVNZ 1 next year will be:

Give Us a Clue 

After a hit first season, Paula Bennett, Hilary Barry and Tom Sainsbury return for a hilarious second season of Give Us a Clue in 2022!

It’s family games night once again as the popular charades show returns to our screens. New Zealand’s favourite celebrities will battle it out and attempt to mime out the titles for movies, TV shows, songs, books, plays and quotations, all before the clock runs out.

Moving Houses 

Moving Houses returns to TVNZ 1 for another wild ride of house relocation. 

The series takes us on the journeys of New Zealand families, couples, and adventurous individuals who have a dream to move the house they most want to buy, to the location they’ve always wanted to live. We’ll watch as the drivers with the all-important task of physically relocating these houses manoeuvre them through some of New Zealand’s most treacherous roads. 

Then, once they’ve made it to their new spaces, it’s time for the buyers to get to work, and turn the barebones into their dream homes.  

Hyundai Country Calendar: Take a look at iconic rural Kiwi life in New Zealand’s longest running television series! Made with the support of NZ on Air.

Eat Well For Less NZ S3: Hosted by local chef Michael Van de Elzen and restaurateur Ganesh Raj, Eat Well For Less NZ is here to help New Zealanders shop, cook and eat better – and save on their household bills along the way.

The Casketeers S5: Francis and Kaiora Tipene are the passionate proprietors of Tipene Funerals. Join them behind the scenes, addressing our culture’s last taboo with dignity and aroha. Made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho.

The Brokenwood Mysteries: In rural New Zealand lies the picturesque but deadly town of Brokenwood, where a curious team of crime-busters work together to put killers behind bars.

Origins S2

Lap Of Luxury S2: Explore the history, natural beauty and architectural magnificence of New Zealand and Australia’s most luxurious lodges.

Unbreakable S2: This heart-warming local series follows a group of remarkable individuals as they pursue their life goals. Unbreakable features a cast of inspiring Kiwis with disabilities as they shoot for the moon. Made with the support of NZ on Air. 

Your Home Made Perfect: Angela Scanlon presents a property makeover series like no other, using cutting-edge virtual reality and visual effects to enable people to see what the future of their home could look like. Which ambitious renovation will they choose to become their perfect home?

The Repair Shop: Nestled deep in the British countryside, The Repair Shop is a place where battered, broken but beloved artefacts are brought back to life.

Beat the Chasers: Could you beat the greatest quiz team ever assembled? All five Chasers will come together, challenging contestants to play against them and win huge cash prizes in the quizzing equivalent of the Olympics.

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2 Responses to “New to TVNZ 1 in 2022”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    November 18, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Give Us a Clue is shifting to One?

  2. It’s always been on the channel.

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