New to Lightbox in July

Next month Lightbox will fast-track weekly episodes of season eight of Suits and premiere the latest exclusive seasons of Harlots and UnREAL. It will also debut the mini-series, Midwinter of the Spirit, which stars Motherland’s Anna Maxwell Martin as a solo mum exorcist. The Telegraph thought the 2015 production “an exceptionally creepy visit to the […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 23 – 29

  Saturday  Cars | TVNZ 2, 5.05 Batman Begins | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Alpha and Omega | Three, 7.00 Australia | Three, 8.45 Carrie |Duke, 9.00 The Dark Knight | TVNZ 2, 9.30 Saturday Concussion | TVNZ 1, 11.00   Sunday Masterminds | TVNZ 2, 8.30 Bridget Jones’s Baby | Three, 8.30 Birth | Maori TV, 8.30 The Exorcist | TVNZ 2, 11.05 […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 21

➢ Prime’s Elizabeth (7.30 Tuesdays from July 3) is an eight-part Channel 5 series about the Queen that interviews her Prime Ministers, members of the Royal Household and closest friends to build a uniquely personal picture. Incidentally, if you watched TVNZ 1’s live coverage of the Royal Wedding last month, you may have wondered why […]

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HD Ratings: Coro St Shoots to the Top

TVNZ’s decision to leap-frog 18 months of Coronation Street and relaunch it with a weeknight strip has paid off in the ratings. Last week’s 9.30 Monday-Friday episodes often won their time slots in key demographics and out-rated the shows they replaced earlier in the week. As of tonight, Coro St reverts to a Wednesday-Friday schedule […]

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HD Ratings: Heartbreak Island Wins Hearts

TVNZ 2’s Heartbreak Island is winning the hearts of 18-39 year-olds and household shoppers with kids. Last night’s episode averaged 8.9% of HHS/k, to narrowly beat Three’s Dancing With the Stars (8.8%), and 5.5% of 18-39s (vs DWTS’ 5.0%). But it finished third in the 25-54 demo (4.5%), after DWTS (7.9%) and TVNZ 1’s Fair […]

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New to Blu: June 20 – 26

   TV manufacturers may have stopped marketing 3D as a feature but studios keep releasing movies in the 3D Blu-ray format, the latest being the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider, which also lands here on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “Tomb Raider was shot digitally in the ARRIRAW codec (at 3.4K) using ARRI Alexa cameras and anamorphic […]

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Critical Condition: Patrick Melrose

Patrick Melrose | SoHo, 8.30 Tuesday ➢ “News that a TV adaptation of the Patrick Melrose novels was in the works quite rightly raised some eyebrows. Edward St Aubyn’s pentalogy, a semi-autobiographical series about a young aristocratic addict who was sexually abused by his father, would surely be impossible to film. The stories are all character […]

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Critical Condition: Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie

Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie | Netflix, from Monday ➢ “In the more than 20 years since two of the most influential hip-hop artists in history were gunned down, there have been documentaries, books, biopics, and extensive articles about Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, and the East Coast–West Coast rivalry that escalated around their deaths. A limited […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky TV Guide App Update

This morning Sky issued this press release about improvements to its Sky TV Guide app: SKY TV GUIDE APP UPDATE MEANS YOU’LL NEVER MISS A SERIES AGAIN My Sky customers can now record full series to their planner no matter where they are. Sky customers will now be able to remotely record full series to […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 16 – 22

Saturday  Bolt | TVNZ 2, 5.20 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island | TVNZ 2, 7.00 The Smurfs | Three, 7.00 Reign of Fire | TVNZ 2, 8.35 William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet | Three, 8.55   Sunday Get Hard | TVNZ 2, 8.30 Pitch Perfect 2 | Three, 8.30 Mahana | Maori TV, 8.30 The Remaining | TVNZ 2, 11.25   Monday    16 […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 14

  ➢ Prime will refresh its mid-winter schedule with new vehicles for Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry. The former will present her “latest” travelogue, Japan (7.30 Sundays from June 24), and the latter stars in the US sitcom, The Great Indoors (10.30 Tuesday-Thursday, from June 26). The same week Prime will hook up Matt Watson’s […]

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New to Blu: June 13 – 19

   Red Sparrow flies high on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. The Digital Bits reports the spy thriller was finished as a native 4K digital intermediate and given a high dynamic range grade in HDR10. This is a gorgeous image, with beautifully photographed architecture that’s perfectly enhanced by the use of anamorphic lenses, creating a lovely […]

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HD Ratings: Coro St Catch-Up Runner-Up to Re-run

Despite a month-long publicity build-up, Sunday’s Coronation Street recap special didn’t win its slot in the core commercial demographics. The two-hour broadcast compressed 18 months of key storylines to bridge the gap between Friday’s primetime episode and tonight’s. It spearheaded TVNZ 1’s massive catch-up with the UK, which continues this week with the network screening […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 9 – 15

   Saturday  The Incredibles | TVNZ 2, 5.00 Journey to the Center of the Earth | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Doctor Dolittle | Three, 7.00 Pretty Woman | TVNZ 2, 8.35 Edward Scissorhands | Three, 8.35        The Family | TVNZ 2, 10.55   Sunday Her Infidelity | TVNZ 2, 12.55am Pitch Perfect | Three, 8.05        The Nice Guys | TVNZ 2, […]

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New to SoHo in July

What HBO hopes will be its next Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects, will replace Westworld as SoHo’s signature drama on July 9. The murder mystery will air 1.00 Mondays — the same time as the US — and again at 8.30. The series has just had its world premiere at the ATX Festival in Austin, […]

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