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Critical Condition: Bodyguard

Bodyguard | Netflix, from Wednesday ➢➢ “The thriller stars Game of Thrones alumnus Richard Madden as a security officer and military veteran who enters the series with no small amount of trauma and only builds up more scar tissue as it goes. Both juicy in its delving into character psychology and rippingly ready to tear […]

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Doctor Who Streams Second to Shortland Street

TVNZ reports the new season of Doctor Who, which continues tonight (TVNZ 2, 7.30), has recorded more weekly streams than any other show except streaming supremo Shortland Street. “Our first episode of Doctor Who has reached 44,000 OnDemand members, who have streamed the episode 105,000 times,” TVNZ corporate communications manager Rachel Howard told ScreenScribe. “To put […]

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New to Neon in November

  Next month Sky’s Neon will stream Escape at Dannemora and A Discovery of Witches from the same day they premiere respectively on SoHo and SoHo2. The supernatural drama will stream from November 7 and the prison break thriller from November 19. Also new to Neon in November will be A Million Little Things, Mr […]

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Critical Condition: Wanderlust

Wanderlust | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “‘I do sex very well,’ said the novelist AS Byatt, ‘because I don’t do it at any great length’. I wonder if she watched Wanderlust, the new BBC drama about a family therapist and that interminable dramatic cliché – an English teacher husband – having affairs because they are bored with […]

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Critical Condition: Informer

Informer | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ➢➢ “Paddy Considine stars in a tale of a family caught up in the war on terror. The script is from the newcomers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and it’s the first TV role for Nabhaan Rizwan, who takes the lead role as a young second-generation Pakistani from east […]

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New to Lightbox in November

Lightbox has picked up for streaming next month an acclaimed BBC series that for too long has been absent from our screens. Three Girls, which The Guardian hailed as “a powerful and important three-part drama, based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal,” screened 18 months ago in the UK — a gap that’s ridiculously long […]

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Critical Condition: The Trade

The Trade | TVNZ OnDemand, from Tuesday ➢➢ “An examination of America’s opioid epidemic from production to distribution to consumption, The Trade is lacerating, heartbreaking and current … Director Matthew Heineman gets the sort of documentary access that is uncomfortable and impossible to look away from … The Trade is, like Heineman’s other documentaries, beautifully shot. The […]

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Critical Condition: Charmed

Charmed | Neon, from Monday ➢➢ “In many ways, the new version of the witchy show is a bastardisation, a new series slapped with a familiar title to draw in fans before rudely disappointing them. There are just enough hints of the old one blended in that it’s hard to think of it as an entirely […]

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Doctor Who Streams … Who Knows?

TVNZ isn’t revealing how many streams of Doctor Who there have been since the 11th season launch on-demand on Monday. Its linear broadcast begins tonight (TVNZ 2, 7.30), four days after the first female Time Lord’s debut topped the ratings in the UK. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor unleashed 8.2 million viewers and a 40.1% share for […]

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Critical Condition: The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “While horror films often dominate the fall box office, the genre still rarely gets its due on the small screen — at least in any traditional sense … Fortunately, horror maverick Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Oculus) and Netflix are here to amend that oversight with The Haunting […]

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