TVNZ 2’s Latest Smart Idea

TVNZ 2 will premiere its latest panel show, Patriot Brains, with veteran British comedian Bill Bailey as host, at Easter.

The series is from the makers of 7 Days and will be shot here will Bailey tours the country in his stage show, En Route to Normal.

Meanwhile, TVNZ 1 has announced Mike Pero as the CEO of TVNZ 1’s The Apprentice Aotearoa.

Here are the media releases:

Bill Bailey to host TVNZ’s Patriot Brains

Legendary British comedian Bill Bailey is to host TVNZ 2’s Patriot Brains when the show premieres after Easter. The comic genius will use his wit, wisdom and impartial residency to help determine once and for all who’s the best – Kiwis or Aussies?

The fast-paced comedy panel show will see each country’s greatest comedian’s pitted against each other to find out who knows their country best, with our host the only thing keeping them apart.

Last in Aotearoa in 2018, the British Comedy Award winner is a man of many unrivalled talents. A brilliant comedian, actor and musician, Bill wowed UK audiences while competing in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, taking out the glitterball and being crowned the winner in December 2020. New Zealand fans will have the chance to see Bill in action while he tours the country with his new comedy show En Route to Normal.

Bill said of his new hosting gig, “I am very much looking forward to hosting Patriot Brains, and a chance to referee a spirited international debate between two rival countries, which could end up as a right old ding-dong. A ding-dong which I hope to be thought-provoking, informative and hilarious.”

The fierce rivalry between New Zealand and Australia will be put to the test across a multitude of disciplines. Each week, one team will prove they know the most about their own country, and the other will be named and shamed as the most uneducated patriots in this trans-Tasman battle.

Who has the best road movie? Who’s got the most confusing outdated law still in effect? And just which country has the better Prime Minister?

From the makers of 7 Days, Patriot Brains will deliver comedy that is interesting, fast and hilarious!

If you want to be part of the studio audience and watch the hilarity unfold in person, contact the Patriot Brains team:

Patriot Brains is produced by The Downlow Concept and made with the support of NZ On Air.

Mike Pero named CEO of TVNZ’s The Apprentice Aotearoa

Mike Pero, NZ businessman and entrepreneur has been named as the CEO of TVNZ 1’s upcoming new reality series The Apprentice Aotearoa.

Pero is a self-made multi-millionaire, having started and sold numerous businesses since he left school at 16. As the recipient of multiple business awards during his illustrious career, Mike most recently won the Pacific Legacy Award at the Pacific Business Trust Awards in November 2020.

From real estate to his current venture launching new airline Pasifika Air, Mike has dabbled in many different industries, showcasing the experience he’ll bring to the role as CEO.

Pero’s impressive expertise isn’t just in the boardroom. He’s a six-time NZ motorcycle road racing champion, and still holds a national land speed record for a 350cc bike.

This show is a money can’t buy experience for our budding entrepreneurs, as the knowledge they gain from the business heavyweight can be applied to their own career path in the real world.

On taking on the position Pero says: “I’m thrilled to be taking on the role of CEO and to be able to bring a Kiwi style to the series.

“I aim to offer constructive, educational and inspiring advice to those on the show and at home to apply to their own business endeavours.

I have no doubt we’re going to have some fantastic talent from the candidates and can’t wait to see what they bring to the boardroom.”

The business-themed reality series set to air on TVNZ 1 later this year will showcase entrepreneurs being put through their paces in a series of tasks, before entering the boardroom for what will be the toughest interview process around.

Who will be fired, and who will be hired?

Mike Pero’s advisors and the candidates will be named at a later date.

The Apprentice Aotearoa is produced by Great Southern Television.

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