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New A+ Slot for Q+A

TVNZ 1’s Sunday morning current affairs hour Q+A is switching to a primetime slot. From July 29, it will air 9.30pm Sundays instead of 9am. TVNZ says the promotion will increase the Corin Dann-fronted programme’s viewership while reinforcing the NZ flavour of TVNZ 1’s Sunday night line-up, which includes Hyundai Country Calendar, newsmag Sunday and, […]

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Why Can’t All of Coro Go Online?

TVNZ doesn’t have the streaming rights to put more than 400 episodes of Coronation Street online at once. Yesterday the broadcaster revealed it would leap-frog Coro transmissions so that from June 11 it will be lagging UK broadcasts by only a week or so instead of 18 months. TVNZ 1 will burn off the intervening […]

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Massive Catch-Up for Coro St

TVNZ 1 at last has joined the 21st century with its programming of Coronation Street and will screen the soap only a week behind ITV from next month. For the first week of transition, the serial will air 9.30 weeknights from June 11-15 before reverting to its Wednesday-Friday slot the following week. And on June […]

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HD Ratings: Criminal Minds Still Going Great Guns

For the last few years TVNZ 1 has been trying to find a top-rating successor for its ageing Criminal Minds. But none has rated as well, and season 13 is proving as formidable as its predecessors. Last week’s season premiere didn’t win its slot but did out-rate the first hour of Three’s movie 21 Jump […]

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Don’t Overlook … Seven Types of Ambiguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity | TVNZ 10.05 Sunday ➢ “Author Elliot Perlman’s superb, heavy-duty, Rashomonian novel Seven Types of Ambiguity unpacks an emotionally charged mystery – a case involving a child, which may or may not be a kidnapping – from seven highly subjective perspectives … The ABC’s adaptation is tame … but it retains some […]

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Critical Condition: Bancroft

Bancroft | TVNZ 1, 9.00 Sunday ➢ “After watching Thandie Newton’s meltdown in Line of Duty (to which this plot bore truly remarkable similarities, to the possible extent that lawyers might begin to rub their little hands), and that of Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster, it was poor Sarah Parish’s turn to play the driven, […]

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Vanity Fair to Screen on TVNZ

TVNZ has bought the ITV costume drama Vanity Fair at the MIPTV market. The seven-part series, which is an Amazon Studios co-production with Mammoth Screen (Victoria, Poldark), stars Bates Motel’s Olivia Cooke as the heroine of  William Makepeace Thackeray’s literary classic, which was published 170 years ago. Martin Clunes, Suranne Jones, Michael Palin and Penny […]

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New Sunday Night Strategy for TVNZ 1

  TVNZ 1 will cut Sunday to only half-an-hour from April 22 so it can screen new episodes of Coast New Zealand from 8.00. It anchors a new-look line-up that includes British crime drama Bancroft at 9.00 and Australian mystery Seven Types of Ambiguity at 10.05. Despite some impressive offerings, TVNZ 1 has struggled with […]

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TVNZ 1 Post-Games Analysis

Expect TVNZ 1 to use the next 10 days of round-the-clock Common-wealth Games coverage to promote the new and returning series it will launch after the closing ceremony on April 15. One of the biggest changes to the schedule will be Coronation Street losing its 9.30 Saturday slot. Instead, it will become a Wednesday-Friday fixture. […]

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Critical Condition: Trauma

Trauma | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “Trauma is a twisty tale of two men whose lives become dangerously intertwined by bleak chance. Even the credits hint that the pair are doubles, one representing the light side, one the shadow. That the doctor (Adrian Lester) is black and the grieving father (John Simm) white is […]

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