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Critical Condition: The Cry

The Cry | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “Jenna Coleman has arrived on our screens to tell us a story of struggling first-time mother Joanna, who travels from Glasgow to Melbourne with husband Alistair (Ewen Leslie) and son Noah – only for her baby boy to disappear. They were visiting Australia to seek custody of […]

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Critical Condition: The Trial: A Murder in the Family

The Trial: A Murder in the Family | TVNZ 1, 9.30 Monday ☆☆☆☆ “The idea is to explore the internal workings of a criminal court through a made-up case. A fictional university lecturer stands trial for murdering his estranged wife. They, and various witnesses, are well played by actors. The barristers are real and play […]

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Euro Co-Pros Span Kiwi Gulf

TVNZ and MediaWorks have licensed two Screentime NZ co-productions with Denmark and Germany that will screen next year. Both have been co-produced by veteran crime genre producer Philly de Lacey. MediaWorks announced this afternoon that The Gulf, a six-part NZ-German series, will premiere next year on Three while Drama Quarterly reports TVNZ has acquired Straight Forward. […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, Maher, DeGeneres

  New episodes of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert resume on Tuesday (Prime, 11.35), with guests Melissa McCarthy and Portlandia writer/I Love Dick star Phoebe Robinson. Also scheduled are: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Brooke Baldwin (12.30am Thursday); Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps and a musical performance by Noname (12.05am Friday); Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Laura Benanti and a musical […]

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Critical Condition: Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday & Monday ➢➢ “Does the world need another adaptation of Vanity Fair? On the strength of this start to ITV’s new series, the answer would have to be yes. It feels as energetic and sparkly as a social climber’s zeal … This seven-part series has been made with Amazon […]

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Critical Condition: Deep State

Deep State | TVNZ 1, 9.10 Saturday ➢➢ “Mark Strong brings his strong-and-silent charisma to the role of a former spy whose family — two families, actually — becomes collateral damage in a conspiracy that stretches from the C.I.A. to MI6 to the Iranian power grid … Superficially entertaining and predictable … combining elements of […]

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Coro St Scramble Unnecessary

TVNZ 1 programmers are to be applauded for ensuring the continuity of Coronation Street having leap-frogged 18 months to catch up with the UK broadcasts. But the programming verges on the peculiar. For instance, tonight the network’s running a half-hour instalment at 9.30 that will push back Under the Influence to 10.00 and force the […]

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HD Ratings: Coro St Shoots to the Top

TVNZ’s decision to leap-frog 18 months of Coronation Street and relaunch it with a weeknight strip has paid off in the ratings. Last week’s 9.30 Monday-Friday episodes often won their time slots in key demographics and out-rated the shows they replaced earlier in the week. As of tonight, Coro St reverts to a Wednesday-Friday schedule […]

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Sleuth vs Sleuth on Sunday (and Monday)

  TVNZ 1 and Prime will go head-to-head in a Sunday night showdown of TV’s top sleuths. On June 17, TVNZ 1 will premiere Maigret in Montmarte against the return of Endeavour on Prime. Montmarte is the fourth and final Maigret mystery ITV made with Rowan Atkinson. It has the French detective investigating the random murders […]

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Coming to a Chat Show Near You

   Former president Bill Clinton is among this week’s guests on Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He’ll appear in Wednesday night’s broadcast to tout the White House novel he’s written with James Patterson while, no doubt, parrying questions about his Monica Lewinsky legacy — although given the intensity of Colbert’s anti-Trumpism, he’ll  probably […]

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