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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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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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