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Critical Condition: Ordeal by Innocence

Ordeal by Innocence | SoHo, 9.30 Wednesdays ☆☆☆☆ “The three-part BBC adaptation of the 1958 Agatha Christie novel is replete with stars, including Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, and Anna Chancellor. But it’s also curiously dark, stuffed with repetitive flashbacks, moody imagery, and nasty people committing acts of emotional torture. The surprise at the […]

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Whiskey Not So Risky After All

TVNZ 2 has opted to proceed with this week’s launch of Whiskey Cavalier — despite pulling the originally scheduled double-episode premiere on Sunday because it was deemed inappropriate in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings. The first episode will screen 8.30 tomorrow in what will be its weekly Wednesday slot. Whiskey Cavalier is an […]

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Networks Continue Primetime Purge

  The networks and Sky TV are continuing to programme on eggshells in the wake of Friday’s horrendous mosque shootings. Sensitivity to tragedy is to be commended but the overreaction to content with any vestige of violence or terrorism themes means virtually only the news is safe to focus on such concerns. I thought the […]

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Network Movies in HD: March 16 – 22

  Saturday     17 Again | TVNZ 2, 7.00     Young Victoria | TVNZ 1, 8.30    Noah | Three, 8.55    He’s Just Not That Into You | TVNZ 2, 9.05    Mind Hunters | Duke, 9.30    The Rewrite | TVNZ 1, 10.45     Mr Pip | Three, 11.35    Everybody Wants Some | TVNZ 2, 11.40    Sunday   […]

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Networks Clear Schedules for Shootings Coverage

  Three will pre-empt tonight’s The Graham Norton Show, 7 Days, All Aussie Adventures, Newshub Late, American Dad and Satisfaction for Newshub Breaking News coverage of this afternoon’s attacks on two Christchurch mosques. TVNZ 1 is doing the same with its line-up, pre-empting Seven Sharp, Love Your Garden and Call the Midwife for its own […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Sport Beta Live

Spark has just released details of how to access its beta sports streaming service from today. Here’s the full press release: New Zealand’s newest live and on demand sports streaming service now live Spark Sport is now live this morning in beta; Kiwis can watch live and on demand sport on the service, in time […]

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HD Heads-Up: March 23 – 29

➢➢ Who will blink first? TVNZ 2 and Three have scheduled two movies in the same franchise against each other on March 23: the former will air How To Train Your Dragon at 7.00 opposite Three’s How to Train Your Dragon 2. Apart from being a disservice to viewers, the clash won’t impress the distributor […]

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HD Ratings: Neverland Leaves on a High

The conclusion to Leaving Neverland won its slot on Monday and retained most of its Sunday night viewership. It averaged 5.6% of 25-54s (vs 6.1% the previous night), 5.2% of 18-49s (vs 5.5%), 4.9% of 18-39s (vs 5.4%) and 6.1% of household shoppers with kids (vs 5.1%). The documentary was up about 2-3 ratings points […]

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HD Ratings: Three Rules With 25-54

Leaving Neverland’s blockbuster ratings didn’t stop Three from winning its fifth consecutive week in the 25-54 stakes, making it the #1 network in this core commercial demographic for the year to date. It averaged a 24.5% share for the week (including Three +1), its highest weekly peak-hour share since September 2017. Married at First Sight […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in March

   American Gods’ troubled second season will stream weekly on Amazon Prime Video from Monday. Early reviews have been lukewarm, with TV Guide dubbing it “a pit of wasted potential“: For what it’s worth, the series looks mostly the same as it did in Season 1. It has the same tone and style, but a […]

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