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TVNZ 1’s Got Talent to Burn

TVNZ 1 will try to boost its weekend ratings with the return of Britain’s Got Talent and the premiere of The Naked Choir. BGT will form a two-and-a-half hour Saturday night variety block with another ITV talent show, The Next Great Magician, from April 29. The latter premieres this weekend at 7.00 with a double episode but thereafter will screen around […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 5

TVNZ 1 will use the Easter break to overhaul its failing Monday night schedule. From April 17, APB will shift to 9.30, replacing Blindspot, which moves to late-night Friday the same week. Both are gimmicky crime dramas that quickly lost their novelty value after initially buoyant ratings. It’s not yet know which drama will take […]

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Easter Comes Early for Coro Fans

No, its not an April Fool’s Joke: Coronation Street fans can look forward to four extra half-hour episodes of the soap over Easter. Because of holiday weekend programming, TVNZ 1 will pre-empt Code Black for a Mrs Brown’s Boys special on April 13 and follow it with a 90-minute Coro broadcast from 9.10. And on […]

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Critical Condition: The Missing

The Missing (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Tuesdays) “The first series of The Missing, about the hunt for an abducted child, was a conventional whodunnit … The new series is not a straightforward sequel, though it does feature retired French sleuth Julien Baptiste, played by Tcheky Karyo … The clues are all here. Like good detectives, we just have to […]

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Critical Condition: Broadchurch

Broadchurch (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sundays) “So, back to Broadchurch, for the third – and final – time. A traumatised woman turns up in the night at the police station in town. A single tear rolls from a faraway blue eye down her cheek. Her name is Trish and she has been raped. DS Ellie Miller and DI […]

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Critical Condition: APB

APB (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Mondays) “In recent years, Fox has unveiled cop dramas starring robots, Houdini and a magically preserved Ichabod Crane. But APB may be the network’s most fantastical foray yet. APB chronicles a billionaire’s takeover of an urban police district, and posits that what will fix the problems with American policing is not more accountability […]

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Will Broadchurch Broaden TVNZ 1’s Sunday Attendance?

TVNZ 1 will premiere the latest series of Broadchurch within a week of the UK. The David Tennant-Olivia Colman reunion will go to air on ITV on February 27 and screen 8.30 Sundays on TVNZ 1 from March 5. The network will be hoping it succeeds in a slot where other high-profile crime dramas, like […]

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Critical Condition: One of Us

One of Us (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sundays) “The drama got off to a vivid, brutally efficient start. An upbeat Edinburgh wedding video played out as a camera pulled back to reveal both groom and pregnant bride dead, and a knife-wielding intruder looming above them … All too often the mechanics of One of Us were visible, like […]

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One of Us One of TVNZ 1’s

TVNZ 1 will premiere the latest series from the writers of The Missing on February 19. One of Us will air 8.30 Sundays ahead of the next season of The Missing’s premiere next month in what at this stage is meant to be a 9.30 Monday slot (as the lead-out from Our Girl successor APB). It […]

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Fair Go and Sunday to Go HD But Not 1 News – Yet

Fair go — two of TVNZ 1’s longest-running local shows, Fair Go and Sunday, will go HD the same week Hyundai Country Calendar returns on a new night. As of February 12, Country Calendar will screen 7.00 Sundays and the Kiwi factual content that used to screen in the slot, like the upcoming Te Radar’s Chequered […]

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