Nights for Friday 26 December 2008
Monday to Friday, 7pm - Midnight
Summer Nights for Boxing day 2008
19:10 Visiting the Troops
Summer Nights heads to Antarctica and the Solomon Islands to catch up with members of the peace-keeping troops who can't be home for Christmas.
19:30 The Davies Diaries - Part One
Ray Davies, singer, songwriter and legendary frontman of The Kinks tells the story of the band's heady triumpths in the sixties. He talks about the musicians who influenced them (from Big Bill Broonzy onwards) and remembers some of the great acts who played with them (at Philadelphia in 1965 the support band was The Supremes!)
Tonight - Part 1 of 6: It's 1964 and The Kinks form and release two singles - both flops. Then they threaten legal action and 'You really Got Me' is released.
20:10 Visiting the Troops
Summer Nights heads to Korea and Timor-Leste to catch up with members of the peace-keeping troops who can't be home for Christmas
We get a nightly visit from the most fantastic crimefighter the world has ever known!
20:30 Windows on the World
John Kao is one of the world's great experts on innovation, according to the Economist. The BBC's Peter Day interviews him in his crammed loft-style office in the Praesidio, the huge fortress in Western San Francisco, and he plays jazz improvisation on his Steinway to illustrate how to innovate in companies or countries
21:00 Our Changing World
Veronika Meduna joins a geography class on a fieldtrip to Titahi Bay's fossil forest.
Alison Ballance returns to Tiritiri Matangi Island for a night walk and visits the Auckland Zoo's Centre for Conservation Medicine.
22:30 Jack Perkins Retrospective Documentary Series - Capital Sound
Spectrum's microphones travelled Wellington's streets for several weeks to capture this evocation in sound.
23:00 Time Is On Our Side - The Early Years of The Rolling Stones Part 1
The Rolling Stones - once the enfants terribles of pop, now its grizzled elder statesman - can still sell out stadiums all over the world and lay claim to one of the most influential back catalogues in rock 'n' roll.
This six part documentary takes us through the first three decades of The Rolling Stones - their first recordings as a rhythm and blues covers band in 1962, to the spaced out 70's and fretful and fraught 1980's.