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HD Heads-Up: January 19 – 25

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will beef up its new season slate with the premieres of Dynasties (7.00 Sundays from January 20) and The Split (8.30 Fridays from January 25), and live coverage of the T20 clash between Kiwi cricketers and rugby players (from 4.30 January 25). Dynasties is the latest Sir David Attenborough blockbuster (the Independent thought it “as enjoyable as anything […]

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Critical Condition: Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “History’s new scripted drama is ‘based on true events,’ or at least the recorded instances of possible UFO sightings and the Air Force’s subsequent investigations during the 1950’s and ’60s … It digs into a specific and perhaps forgotten portion of history, brings it to life, and […]

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Critical Condition: White Dragon

White Dragon (aka Strangers) | SoHo2, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “So many questions by the end of Strangers, chief among them being, am I really going to watch another seven episodes of this? It’s not that the premise is terrible or the cast bad — John Simm did a heroic job with dialogue that was sometimes […]

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Network Movie Highlights: January 5 – 11

Saturday     RV | TVNZ 2, 7.00    King Kong | Three, 7.00    Fool’s Gold | TVNZ 2, 8.45    Signs | Duke, 9.20 Lincoln | Three, 10.30 Addicted to Love | TVNZ 2, 10.55   Sunday    Cradle 2 the Grave | TVNZ 2, 12.45am    Zootopia | TVNZ 2, 7.00    The Bourne Identity | Three, 8.30   […]

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New to Sky Movies in February

   Sky Movies Premiere Midnight Sun Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Isle ofDogs I Feel Pretty Breath Skyscraper The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Deadpool 2 Sky Movies Greats Hitchcock Mama Grudge Match If I Stay Sky Movies Classics Demons of the Mind Running Scared Straight On Till Morning Roadhouse 66 The Mirror Crack’d […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 12 – 18

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will start to roll out its new season schedule mid-January with the return of Shortland Street and the premiere of Bride and Prejudice Australia. Shortland Street will open with an hour-long episode on January 14 and initially will air Monday to Thursday. B&P will be its lead-out on Mondays and Tuesdays, and […]

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Critical Condition: Press

Press | Lightbox, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Mike Bartlett’s new drama gets more things right about newspapers than most, but this will still amuse or rankle with many journalists … I imagine this is how police and doctors feel watching cop or hospital dramas. Bartlett is, however, a very good writer, and I sense the drama will ramp up […]

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Network Movie Highlights: December 29 – January 4

   Saturday     Life of Pi | Three, 7.00    Single White Female | Duke, 9.20    Click | TVNZ 2, 9.25    Valkyrie | Three, 9.25 The Guardian | TVNZ 2, 11.30   Sunday    Wreck-It Ralph | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Taken 3 | Three, 8.30    One Thousand Ropes | Maori TV, 8.30    Ghost | TVNZ 2, 8.55   […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 5 – 11

➢➢ After one of the dreariest Christmas schedules ever across all of the free-to-air channels, TVNZ 1 is the first to spring forth in to the new year with a fresh look. It will premiere as a curtain raiser to the January 20 premiere of Dynasties the two-part series, Big Cats, on January 6 (7.00 […]

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Critical Condition: Watership Down

Watership Down | Netflix, from Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “Netflix and the BBC revive the fantasy tale as a potent, stunning, and a tad too ugly vision of a rabbits’ world not that different from our own. Sent fleeing from their den by human development, the new four-part story tracks Hazel (James McAvoy), Fiver (Nicholas Hoult), and […]

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