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Behind The Brush

The stories of Maori figures painted by the artist Gottfried Lindauer reveal a far more daring past. Behind The Brush reaches into the canvas and discovers lovers and betrayal, the haunting, the hilarious and the simply outrageous. From the chief who skied off a shark; to the wife who taught her husband never to stray again - only after eating did she inform him the meal was his mistress; Behind The Brush offers a portal into a very different history. Across seven episodes, the personal stories of 21 tupuna, are presented with startling honesty by their descendants, straight to camera and to the viewer. These are not portraits pondering twilight. They are larger than life and their actions would shape a nation. One ancestor led an elite death squad. But it was his business acumen which founded estates worth millions today. Another was attacked by an enraged widow who gouged out his eye. He married her. Many portraits will ring familiarity. Their images have been reproduced worldwide across galleries, merchandise, post cards and stamp collections for more than a century. But who they really are has remained locked in canvas

  • Monday, November 25
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The stories of a betrayed trader, a warrior who offered to fight Queen Victoria's lions and a man married to his iwi unfold in this season premiere. The paintings in this episode are the portraits of Whetoi Pomare, Paratene Te Manu & Hone Heke Ngapua.
  • Monday, December 2
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    From the first Maori Knight to the man who challenged the Anglican Church, their descendants tell the stories of three politicians, renowned in their own rights proudly. The paintings in this episode are the portraits of Sir James Carroll, Wi Parata Te Kakakura & Hori Kerei Taiaroa.
  • Waimarama
    Monday, December 9
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lindauer's largest portrait causes speculation when the woman in the portrait has an uncertain identity. Also, the story of a heated auction to win a Lindauer painting is told by a descendant. The painting in this episode is the portrait of Harawira Mahikai Te Tatere.
  • Monday, December 16
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Three incredible warriors, a taniwha, a strategist and a cannibal remain true to their Maori roots, as they display the ferocity and integrity of true warriors.
  • Monday, December 23
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Three disparate stories, including the man who built Foxton, an old rangitira and a mysterious beauty that stole the heart of a British Prince.
  • Monday, December 30
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A military leader that was revered nation-wide, a metaphysical visionary that saw the future in the rainbow and an educator who believed that the pen was as mighty as the musket.
  • Monday, January 6
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The man who took the name 'King George' and the powerful husband and wife, who emanated mana, lead to a final tribute to Gottfried Lindauer, the beloved painter.
  • Monday, January 13
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The missing heirloom, the warrior and English bride and the practice of cannibalism challenge perceptions of history in this season premiere.
  • Monday, January 20
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The wife who dished up a lethal lesson, the chief with cutting logic, the brother of peace and the painter who fled to Aotearoa reveal outrageous moments of history.
  • Monday, January 27
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Ski-ing with sharks, the heroism of a gentle lady and the rise of King Tawhiao unveil a world of escapade and multiple lovers.

 

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  • Monday, November 18
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    War and peace, arranged marriages and keeping the faith paint a different picture in this season finale.
  • Monday, November 4
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The boy survivor, the Maniapoto giant and the assassin who became lord of the estate leave a remarkable legacy.
  • Monday, October 28
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The chief who took no prisoners, the first tourism guide of New Zealand and the world of tohunga surface with the Tarawera eruption.
  • Monday, October 21
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Ski-ing with sharks, the heroism of a gentle lady and the rise of King Tawhiao unveil a world of escapade and multiple lovers.
  • Monday, October 14
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The wife who dished up a lethal lesson, the chief with cutting logic, the brother of peace and the painter who fled to Aotearoa reveal outrageous moments of history.
  • Monday, October 7
    5:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The missing heirloom, the warrior and English bride and the practice of cannibalism challenge perceptions of history in this season premiere.