Things to watch: your guide to the best programs of the week on free channels and Sky TV

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An Audience with Adele (7:30 p.m., Tuesday June 7, TVNZ 2)

Emma Watson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Dua Lipa, Mel B, Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya, Naomi Campbell, Alan Carr and Graham Norton are just some of the celebrities in the audience for this concert recorded live at London Palladium.

However, the scene-stealing moment comes from someone much less famous, but important to the singer herself.

An Audience With Adele sees the chart-topping singer perform in front of a London Palladium audience full of celebrity guests.

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An Audience With Adele sees the chart-topping singer perform in front of a London Palladium audience full of celebrity guests.

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Sir Graham Henry and Sir Buck Shelford are back for another season of Match Fit.

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Sir Graham Henry and Sir Buck Shelford are back for another season of Match Fit.

Match Fit (7:30 p.m., Wednesdays from June 8, Three)

Winner of Best Format Reality Series at last year’s NZTV Awards and one of the best local shows of 2020, this brilliant and thought-provoking program is back with another generation of former top rugby players trying to get back into shape under the watchful eyes of Buck Shelford and Graham Henry.

Piri Weepu, Eroni Clarke, Kees Meeuws, Ron Cribb and Charlie Riechelmann all return, alongside new contestants Brad Mika, Glen Osborne, Rico Gear, Corey Flynn and the late Va’aiga Tuigamala. The episodes will also be translated into te reo Māori for encore screenings at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Arbitration (8:30 p.m., Wednesday June 8, Māori TV)

Known as a financial oracle, Robert Miller (a brilliant Richard Gere) is a dedicated businessman, family man, philanthropist and humanitarian. The truth is, however, that he is a money-obsessed serial womanizer who is days away from going bankrupt and taking a big chunk of his client’s money with him.

Nicholas Jarecki’s 2012 drama works best as a financial pot, providing an interesting counterpoint to Margin Call and Wall St: Money Never Sleeps. You can see the house of cards that Miller built, and waiting for him to come out or for it all to fall apart is captivating.

Richard Gere plays the deceitful Robert Miller in Arbitrage.

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Richard Gere plays the deceitful Robert Miller in Arbitrage.

New Zealand Today (8:30 p.m., Thursday June 9, three)

“Volunteer Journalist” Guy Williams returns for a third season of his series of investigations into cities and surroundings. The offbeat stories promised this time around include a look at New Zealand’s medieval women’s battle team, an encounter with the grower of the world’s potentially heaviest potato, a campaign to bring back a beauty pageant from Long-forgotten Dargaville and Williams himself taking on “Big Cereal.”

Followed by comedians hosted by Sara Pascoe giving lectures (9 p.m.) and David Mitchell by The Outsiders (9:30 p.m.).

The big quiz of everything (8:30 p.m., Friday June 10, TVNZ 2)

What is the hottest pepper? What doesn’t Ringo Starr want you to do? How many varieties of Lynx can you name? And how does a dog defuse a bomb?

Jimmy Carr interviews Richard Ayoade, Roisin Conaty, Joanne McNally, Rob Beckett, Rosie Jones and Mawaan Rizwan about anything and everything in this 90-minute festival of laughter airing in the UK in early April.

Jena Malone and Emilio Estevez star in The Public.

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Jena Malone and Emilio Estevez star in The Public.

The Public (8:30 p.m., Saturday June 11, Eden)

Emilio Estevez’s first film in nearly a decade, this 2019 tale is a confident and compelling social drama. The former Brat Pack (The Breakfast Club, Young Guns) star is the writer, director and star of The Public – and he’s got plenty of talent in all three areas.

The story, about a confrontation between the police and the librarians after the latter allowed a group of homeless people to use their facility for shelter from the cold, echoes such 1970s classics as than Dog Day Afternoon and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the “one night at the library” premise bubbling.

At its heart, it’s a searing indictment of American politics, police, and media, but it’s also a damn entertaining one.

Elon Musk’s Crash Course (8:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12, TVNZ 1)

He has gained international notoriety for both his business efforts and his defiant behavior – but what really drives Tesla CEO Elon Musk?

Informed by New York Times reporting, this new documentary explores the limits of Tesla’s self-driving technology.

Featuring interviews with former Tesla employees, business leaders and Times reporters, it aims to open the curtain on one of the world’s most powerful and wealthy business moguls.

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