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Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ’s Groundbreaking RWC Coverage

TVNZ 1 promises groundbreaking coverage of 12 Rugby World Cup matches as part of its partnership with Spark. “At TVNZ we talk a lot about delivering the moments that matter to New Zealanders. We see quality sports content, particularly Rugby World Cup 2019, as a key opportunity to do just that,” TVNZ’s GM Sport & Events […]

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Critical Condition: The Bay

The Bay | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The Bay is Broadchurch in Morecambe. I would even bet half my David Tennant memorabilia collection that was the makers’ pitch in its entirety. Why not? It’s perfect. I would have bought it as a commissioner, and as a viewer I was entirely sold … Suspects and police officers […]

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Critical Condition: Les Miserables

Les Miserables | TVNZ 1, 8.35 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “A star-studded cast led by Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Olivia Colman and Lily Collins helps Andrew Davies restore some of the nuance to Victor Hugo’s epic classic … Les Miserables represents a substantive commitment and yet still feels hours short of an ideal and full Hugo adaptation. It’s […]

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Critical Condition: Mrs Wilson

Mrs Wilson | TVNZ 1, 9.30 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “Mrs. Wilson is an entertaining but daunting experience. Heavy on drama but light on action, the piece methodically deconstructs a widow’s reckoning of her late husband when all of his deceit comes crashing down around her after he’s gone. Every time she finds out something horrible about him – […]

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Critical Condition: Bad Mothers

Bad Mothers | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The title of this glamorous suburban thriller is as big a clue as any as to its inspiration. Aside from the accents and the glorious lifestyle shots of bayside Melbourne (and a slightly underdeveloped script), it could be mistaken for HBO’sBig Little Lies. The cocktail scenes are […]

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Critical Condition: Manifest

Manifest | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday/TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The epitome of what Hollywood calls high-concept story-telling. A plane takes off from an airport in the Caribbean one afternoon and, despite a little rough weather, arrives seemingly intact in New York … five and a half years later. If that sounds weird but not particularly […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, Maher, DeGeneres

Arch conservative Ann Coulter duels with liberal comic Bill Maher on Sunday’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo2, 9.30) — and the host “triple downs” on Stan Lee fans with a “Goodbye Mr Strips” vent. Deadline reports the “frenemy” banter about President Trump was more jokey than stately. Coulter, who earlier tweeted that the shutdown-ending Donald […]

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Critical Condition: The Split

The Split | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The story of two generations of lawyers working the high-end divorce circuit in their respective firms … The interplay of family and office politics, the shifting perspectives on marriage from people at different stages of loving and being left, the ramifications of abandonment and failure, the fragility of […]

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Critical Condition: Dynasties

Dynasties | TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “A lot of scripted dramas don’t have the emotional impact and, yes, dramatic arcs, that are on display in the latest stunning natural history documentary series from the producers of Planet Earth II and the BBC … The five-part series has the same stunning visual panache of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, but […]

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Critical Condition: Butterfly

Butterfly | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “As you might expect from the first mainstream drama about a transgender child who wants to transition, there is a sense of touchstones being arranged … Beyond these few odd clunks, it is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with […]

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