Friday, March 2, 2012

The Good Word returns to TV screens tonight

New Zealand's only TV show dedicated to books and reading returns to the screen tonight, with the season premiere (perhaps the final season, given the uncertainty about TVNZ7's future) of The Good Word, hosted by acclaimed New Zealand novelist Emily Perkins.

While the show could perhaps be accused of coming across as a touch pretentious or too literary fiction-focused at times, overall it is great to see a show dedicated to discussing books, New Zealand and otherwise. From the episodes I've seen, they have also occasionally addressed some crime and thriller fiction related writing, such as Dame Ngaio Marsh and Ronald Hugh Morieson. In particular I recall some great pieces by Finlay Macdonald looking at the stories behind some New Zealand books. In tonight's premiere of the new series, at 9.05pm on TVNZ7, Perkins and her panel review Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas, by Anne Salmond; and Macdonald looks at the story behind Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera.

The Good Word screens at 9.05pm on Fridays on TVNZ7, and is repeated at 9.30pm on Wednesdays. You can read more about the show, and watch the episodes 'on demand' if you miss the screenings, here.

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