It’s a whole bunch of specials next week for Seven – the first of two Easter non-ratings weeks.
On Monday April 2, at 7.30pm, is Unlikely Animal Friends 2. What happens when a sheep befriends an orphaned baby elephant? Do dogs get along with polar bears? Can a leopard and a golden retriever grow up together? Find out what makes these unlikely animal friendships so unique.
A new episode of Revenge follows at 8.30pm.
Then at 9.30pm, another special: McDonald’s Gets Grilled.
Fast food is full of fat, sugar and preservatives. It’s slowly killing us, contributing to a worldwide epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. This documentary targets one of the world’s most famous but equally controversial companies, McDonald’s. Six members of the public are given an all-access pass to McDonald’s, set out to ask the tough questions about what goes into the food they eat, including the use of pesticides and preservatives, as well as issues surrounding staff exploitation, hygiene, holding periods and how the food tastes. As we follow this intriguing journey it will be more than a program about fast food. It’s a social experiment. One that tests whether people, when faced with overwhelming evidence challenging their long-held prejudices, can ever accept the truth.
Tuesday April 3 at 7.30pm sees World’s Strictest Parents (UK) return in a new episode: Barbados. Tonight spoilt Nicole and school dropout Nathan, both 16, get new parents in Barbados. For a week they will be living under the strict rules of the Harris family. They have prepared a set of rules including no smoking, no drinking, no swearing and respect at all times for the parents. But on the first night Nathan refuses to hand over his cigarettes and Andrea orders him out of the house until he complies with her rules. Things get worse when the teens skip school forcing Dad Kenrick to leave work to search for them. Will one week of tough love help to tame these wild teens?
Movies return to Tuesday nights, with The Boys are Back at 8.30pm – a premiere for Seven.
On Wednesday April 4, at 7.30pm is the special 5 Days in the Red Zone. Follows the unlikely Rural Drink Drive Team from Alexandra who were unexpectedly called into Christchurch after the February 22 earthquake. Sergeant Bruce Martin and two Constables made their way to Christchurch’s red zone with documentary-maker, Pip. What emerges is a unique view into the disaster – of the new population of the of Christchurch’s central city; rescue crews, emergency services and military. They occupy a broken world that once belonged to the thousands who worked and lived in the central city. These rural officers hoped they would be saving lives and rescuing people but what they discover is an eerie place full of strangeness, sadness, bizarre moments and the challenge of dealing with the dead, not the living.
At 8.30pm is a double episode of Criminal Minds from season 6 – episodes 17 and 18 (Valhalla and Lauren).
To Thursday April 5, and the movie The Queen plays at 8.30pm in non-AFL markets.
Good Friday April 6 has Gosford Park as the movie at 8.30pm.
Movies on Saturday April 7 include Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at 6.30pm and Dante’s Peak at 8.20pm in non-AFL markets.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, Sunday Night remains at 6.30pm, followed by Border Security and the Force, then Bones and Castle repeats from 8.30pm.
Easter Monday April 9 sees Revenge have a week off, with a yet to be named movie to air in the 8.30pm timeslot.
The Amazing Race continues at 9.30pm Wednesday April 11, followed by a Titanic special at 10.30pm, called Words of The Titanic. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, voices from that infamous journey are brought back to life in this special program. Famous faces join with relatives of survivors to read the words of original letters, diaries and memoirs in this powerful landmark documentary. Richard E Grant, Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll paint a fresh and vivid picture of the events building up to the fateful night in April 1912. From the engine room hands to the ships commanders, from the plight of the third class passengers to the stories of the first class state room passengers, their testimonies combines to create a colourful and deeply moving account of the doomed voyage and its effect on the lives of the survivors. Narrated by CHARLES DANCE.
Then, on Thursday April 12, Seven’s regular Thursday night line up returns. Better Homes and Gardens at 7.30pm in AFL states, Property Ladder elsewhere, followed by Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Private Practice.
There are still a number of TBA’s for the second Easter non-ratings week, which should be updated early next week.
Programming correct at March 29, 2012