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Pop CultureFebruary 20, 2022

A TV show for every All Black

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Carlos Spencer is hosting TVNZ’s new reno show. Matthew Ridge has an architecture series on Prime. Soon every new show on TV will be hosted by a retired rugby player – here’s an exclusive sneak peek at what’s on the way.

Cashmore’s Cash Grab (Game show) Adrian Cashmore asks contestants easy trivia questions for cash – but if they want to keep it, they’re going to have to scrabble around for it in a perspex wind chamber like the one from Noel’s House Party. As he says at the start of every episode: “The more cash you grab, the more cash you keep! I’m Adrian Cashmore and this is Cashmore’s Cash Grab.”

A Ross Between Two Thornes (Sitcom) Ross Filipo’s dream of buying a lifestyle section turns into a living nightmare when he finds out he’s landed in the middle of a bitter right-of-way dispute between his new neighbours: Brad and Reuben Thorne.

Touch, Pause… Engaged? (Reality) In New Zealand’s most respectful dating show, Michael Jones matches up singles and lets them hold hands for a maximum of 10 seconds before sending them home to think about commitment. Will the next time they see each other be at their own engagement party?

Join Bull Allen on an antiquing odyssey in Bull in a China Shop (Photo: Getty Images / Additional design: Tina Tiller)

Bull in a China Shop (Documentary) Legendary rugby hardman Mark “Bull” Allen reveals an unexpected passion for porcelain in this entertaining tour of New Zealand’s best antique dealerships. Can these real-life Lovejoys help Bull find the missing pieces in his Lilliput Lane collection?

Handle the Randell (Reality) What would you do if Taine Randell showed up at your house, invited himself in then ignored all cues it was time to leave? In this bold new social experiment, the longer families can handle the ex-All Black captain’s increasingly unsettling presence in their house before they explicitly ask him to go away, the larger the cash prize.

What’s Cooking? with Mark Cooksley (Food) Famously huge lock Mark Cooksley swaps the lineout for the checkout in this new series where he asks supermarket shoppers his trademark question: “What’s cooking?” Whoever has the yummiest sounding answer gets to set an extra place at the table that night – an All Black is coming for tea!

Cribb’s Cribs (Reality) Ron Cribb travels to the Otago / Southland region to sneak into the locals’ unlocked holiday homes and give their rustic second residences fully modern makeovers. How will they react when he shows them their new voice-activated LED lighting system and wi-fi-controlled wine fridge?

Fix-It Ralph (Reality) Bitten off more than you can chew and accidentally wrecked your reno? Never fear, Caleb Ralph is here – and he’s on a mission to fix some of New Zealand’s biggest DIY fails. 

All Blacks great Dan Carter searches the dark web for his stolen NFTs in Carter Wants His Crypto Back (Photo: Getty Images / Additional design: Tina Tiller)

Carter Wants His Crypto Back (Documentary) Follow All Blacks great Dan Carter into the murky depths of the dark web as he attempts to track down and confront the hacker who stole his NFTs.

Boomfa! (Game show) A new obstacle course show devised and hosted by Justin Marshall. Hear all his famous catchphrases (“Boomfa!” “Me oh my I have enjoyed that yes boy!”) and some new ones too (“That’s not what’s supposed to happen!” “Wow I think he’s really hurt!”).

All Round to Olo Brown’s (Variety) You’ve been invited to the biggest party of the week – at Olo Brown’s house! Join the legendary All Blacks prop and friends for a rowdy Friday night full of fun, games and special guests.

Let’s Get Loud with Craig Dowd (Children’s) Saturday mornings just got LOUD! Join Craig Dowd as he kicks on with a raucous mix of cartoons, music and gunge-based games live from Olo Brown’s garage.

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