Archive | TV One RSS feed for this section

Critical Condition: Prime Suspect – Tennison

Prime Suspect – Tennison | TVNZ 1, 9.45 Sunday ➢ “A distractingly stylish Jane Tennison is just one of the problems with this period prequel, which fails to step out of the shadow of the original series … It is entertaining enough; sensibly, not all the men are misogynist monsters, the sexism instead seeping like a […]

Read more

Critical Condition: The Replacement

The Replacement | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “You’re pregnant? Congratulations. So your work will have to get in cover. And the person doing the covering may well try to steal your life. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I’ve not done the pregnant part, but I have worried about being superfluous after even a […]

Read more

A Right Royal Week Ahead

TVNZ 1 and Prime are about to swamp viewers with Royal Family documentaries to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Prime will devote much of primetime to these specials in the week starting August 26. It will open with the two-part, four-hour documentary, The Story of Diana (8.30 Sunday), continue with Diana and […]

Read more

Critical Condition: Man in an Orange Shirt

Man in an Orange Shirt | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “Patrick Gale’s drama Man in an Orange Shirt was a well-crafted and moving dialogue between past and present. The first episode was set in the prohibitive Forties, when the starkest choices open to gay men included the prison of a straight marriage or actual prison. […]

Read more

Critical Condition: Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads

Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “Rowan Atkinson’s third outing as the Parisian policeman, and easily his best yet. He is growing into the role — though not physically, because the actor is too slight to fill the gabardine raincoat of previous Maigrets such as Michael Gambon or Rupert Davies. Atkinson […]

Read more
Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.07.31 PM

Black Widow Catches Big Crowd

TVNZ 1’s Sunday Theatre season of Kiwi drama drew more than 1.5 million viewers across its three-week run and went out on a high with its dramatisation of the Helen Milner case. Catching The Black Widow lured 940,700 viewers and 355,300 25-54 year-olds, which is TVNZ 1’s target demographic. The season premiere, The Dance Exponents: Why […]

Read more

Critical Condition: Ordinary Lies

Ordinary Lies | TVNZ 1, 8.40 Friday ➢ “The first series of Danny Brocklehurst’s drama concerned the shenanigans among the staff of a car showroom south of Manchester. It’s an equally unglamorous set-up this time, with the daily grind occurring at the HQ of a Cardiff-based sports goods retailer. The drabber the job, the more colour in […]

Read more

TVNZ 1 Locks Up American Crime

TVNZ 1 at last will screen the final season of the best drama series on the network, American Crime. Like its predecessors, season three will air late-night — 11.00 Mondays from August 14 — but at least the gap between its US and NZ premieres will be only five months, the shortest yet. It averaged […]

Read more

Critical Condition: Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde (TVNZ 1, 10.35 Sunday) ➢ “The storyline took Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic fantasy novel and updated it from Victorian London to the Thirties. Filled with lurid colour and gorgeous clothes, it looked like an Hercule Poirot mystery imagined by Stephen King … stylised action, sumptuous sets, rip-roaring plot, inventive monsters and diabolical villains.” […]

Read more

Saturday Night at the Palladium

Tonight at the London Palladium will return on July 29 (TVNZ 1, 8.05) for an eight-week run, presumably to bridge the gap between Britain’s Got Talent, which ends Saturday, and the premiere of The X Factor UK. It will follow MasterChef Australia at the earlier hour of 7.00 and guest star James Blunt, Jennifer Hudson, Rick […]

Read more