Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This Week On 20/20

Thursday 2ND June 2011, 9.30pm TV2

Don’t miss 20/20 – the best of New Zealand and international Current Affairs with reporters, Emma Keeling, Hannah Ockelford, Erin Conroy and Sonya Wilson

This week on 20/20:

Baby 4 Sale:
Imagine finding out that your mother had sold you … after answering an ad, one of many it turns out from your Dad. After more than twenty years of chasing, 20/20 can finally reveal the pain and confusion caused by a surrogacy deal gone sour. 20/20’s Hannah Ockelford investigates the saga, and confronts the man responsible for sowing his seed and then failing to pay up ... leaving a legacy of children and a daughter struggling to make sense of where she came from.

Disney’s Fallen Star: Demi Lovato appeared to have it all … but behind the scenes the 18-year-old Disney star was battling two life threatening obsessions – bulimia and self harm. During her last tour, it all became too much for the young actress/singer and, when her family staged an intervention, she checked herself in for treatment. Now healthy again, Demi reveals all to 20/20, talking for the first time about her inner demons and the depression that has plagued her since childhood.

Dogs of War: With the shooting of Osama Bin Laden, the spotlight has been shone on the elite fighting force known as Seal Team Six. Who are these international men of mystery and what does it take to be one? 20/20 speaks with former Seals and Seal wives, to see just what it takes to be a member of the world’s most feared fighting machine.

The Terminator and the Maid: After 25years of marriage it’s all over for Hollywood power couple Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Its turns out the former Mr Universe had a child to the help, a house maid who worked for the couple. 20/20 goes behind the headlines of Hollywood’s biggest scandal.

Infomercial Junkie: But wait there’s more … we’ve all seen them; hell some of us have bought stuff from them … while others just can’t stop buying stuff from them. We are of course talking about infomercials, ads that promise the world in easy monthly payments. 20/20 investigates the tricks of the trade and talks to people who just can’t help themselves.
The best of New Zealand and international current affairs - 20/20 – with reporters Emma Keeling, Hannah Ockelford, Erin Conroy and Sonya Wilson

Monday, April 11, 2011

This week on 20/20:

WASTED: 17-year-olds Hayden Smith and Aaron Miller grew up at opposite ends of the North Island. One was a city kid, the other a country boy. They had absolutely nothing in common in life but their names will be forever linked in death. The two teenagers are victims of an illegal trade in methadone. 20/20 speaks to their families - shattered by the loss of their loved ones and confronts a woman convicted of peddling this lethal drug. Methadone is an artificial opiate prescribed to heroine addicts and when taken by a person with no tolerance … it can be lethal. Pete Cronshaw investigates a growing black-market trade that has killed and may kill again.

Death by Dexter: An 18 year old strangles his 10 year old brother to death and a budding film maker kills and dismembers someone. The link? Both say they feel like Dexter … television’s very own serial killer. 20/20 investigates these two horrific murders and asks, did Dexter make them do it?

Monkeying Around: A story that gives an all-new meaning to "monkeying around." Vervet monkeys are giving tourists and locals a run for their money in the vacation paradise of St. Kitts. The monkeys raid local outdoor bars and steal rum cocktails from unsuspecting tourists dozing on the beach. It turns out that just like us … it’s not what they’re drinking but how they’re drinking. Research into the behaviour of these drinking monkeys is helping scientists to better understand why some of us drink more than others.

Monday, March 28, 2011

This Week On 20/20 Broken Bond

Broken Bond: Leanne Kingston first made the headlines as one of three, beautiful triplet girls … she made them again when she was found brutally murdered in her own home. Adding to her family’s shock and horror, police quickly arrested Leanne’s former partner Cary Thurgood, the father of her four children. But there was worse to come as Thurgood claimed that the real killer was their own son … in a 20/20 television exclusive Sonya Wilson talks to Leanne’s sisters, two triplets without their third and we play the actual police interviews with Thurgood, part of an investigation which ultimately saw him jailed for 19 years.

Blazing Row: After a blazing fire took the life of Thomas Araguz, a young volunteer fireman, a scorching feud between his family and his wife, Nikki was ignited … was Nikki lying about who she really was for their entire marriage? Nikki thought life couldn't get any better after falling for Thomas. They settled into a happy life together, raising his two sons from a previous marriage. But there was no way Nikki could have anticipated what lay ahead - how a stunning secret she says they both agreed to keep, would trigger a lawsuit challenging the meaning of marriage and the very definition of what makes a man, a man and a woman, a woman.

Who Cares: Do we really care about other people or do we always act in self-interest? 20/20 talks to the authors of the book Freakanomics and sets up some experiments that give a fascinating insight into the human condition. Do we give more to charity if the collector is good looking? Do we give more if others are watching? The answers to these questions are both shocking and suprising.

Monday, March 14, 2011

This Week On 20/20

Thursday 17TH March 2011, 9.30pm TV2

Don’t miss 20/20 – the best of New Zealand and international Current Affairs with reporters Pete Cronshaw, Beth Bates and Sonya Wilson

This week on 20/20:

Moment: If you’ve ever driven a car, you’ve probably had one of those “near miss” moments. 20/20 talks to Kristy King, the young driver whose “near miss” wasn’t … instead she has to live with the moment that she killed three cyclists for the rest of her life. Kristy talks exclusively to 20/20’s Beth Bates about that day, and Beth is there when she asks for forgiveness from a family still dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one and the reality that their lives have also been changed forever.

Americas Worst Mum? Lindsay Lohan was a Disney star and America’s darling … until her career and personal life became tabloid fodder, with tales of rehab, relapse and accusations of theft. 20/20 speaks to the person many are blaming… her Mum. Did Dina Lohan push her daughter too hard for a life of reflected glory or is she just a mother looking out for her girl?

Teen Rivalry: Two teenage girls and one controlling boy - what started as a classic teenage love triangle quickly turns into a deadly streetside show down. The animosity between Sarah and Rachel who are dating the same boy created a volatile mix of teenage passion and angst. It would all come to a head on a fateful night, when words would turn into blows and lives would never be the same.

Deadly Ties: Can a doctor’s necktie kill you? In Britain neckties have been banned in some hospitals - it turns out they’re just big germ rags that carry infection from one patient to another. 20/20 also discovers the shocking truth about hand washing in hospitals, could our hospitals be killing instead of curing?

The best of New Zealand and international current affairs - 20/20 – with reporters Pete Cronshaw, Beth Bates and Sonya Wilson