HD Heads-Up: April 7

TV One will screen the US version of an Australian series it aired 18 months ago. Secrets and Lies will play 9.30 Wednesdays from April 20. It stars Ryan Phillippe in the Martin Henderson role of a suspected child murderer in a suburban community. Reviews were mostly lukewarm: The New York Times said “the unremarkable characters are all refugees from a daytime soap opera” while the Los Angeles Times observed the adaptation “suffers from an American tendency to speed up and overplay, to force emotion rather than evoke it. Just as suspicion takes a little time to grow and spread, so does sophistication. But this series seems to be in a very big hurry to be over, which almost guarantees that audiences will be too” …

The Sydney Morning Herald reports how “the notorious US pilot system extracted an emotional toll” on Secret and Lies’ Brisbane-based producer Tracey Robertson.”I had developed a nervous twitch in my face so I had actually gone to the acupuncturist to get it fixed,” she says. “I think I spent a day thinking I had a brain tumour but it was just that I was really stressed” …

TV3 will air a season of location-themed where-are-they-now Grand Designs specials from April 21. The first one covers living in the city, which The Independent described as “a selection of self-build homes ingeniously squeezed into the tiniest slivers of free space, spaces which ‘to many of us just appear as a place to dump a mattress or the odd fridge’. Tours of the homes Grand Designs first visited over a decade ago made for more of an overarching lesson on architectural trends than the average episode” …

TV2 will screen the network movie premiere of Austenland on April 16 at 9.00. Other coming attractions in HD for that week include Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (TV3, 7.00 Saturday), The Chronicles of Riddick (TV3, 8.55 Saturday), Silver Linings Playbook (TV2, 10.55 Saturday), Playing for Keeps (TV2, 1.20am Sunday), Friends With Kids (TV2, 3.15am Sunday), Stealing Chanel (TV3, 10.35 Sunday), Sherlock Holmes (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday) and A Good Day to Die Hard (TV3, 8.30 Wednesday) …

Expect the HD documentary Grandmother Lovers (Prime, 9.30 April 18) to give new meaning to 50 shades of grey while Prostitution: What’s the Harm (TV One, midnight April 19) reveals how, revolutionised by the internet and serviced by an estimated 100,000 sex workers, prostitution in Britain is thriving. Also new is World’s Most Extreme (TV2, 11.3o April 21), a Channel 4 series that “explores the most jaw-dropping places on Earth”  …

Comings and goings: The Hunt and The Night Manager will end on April 17 … TV3 will burn off Wanted with a double-ep finale on April 18 … The same week TV2 will quit The Middle, Grandfathered, The Big Ward, Dr Ken and Mike & Molly to clear the decks for the return of My Kitchen Rules … Inexplicably, TV2’s also reverting to a re-run of The Big Bang Theory on April 20, even though it still has new eps in reserve … Also departing are Our First Home and Filthy Richon April 19 …  Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Keely Hawes will guest on April 22’s The Graham Norton Show

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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: April 7”

  1. Hey Phil, is there any word when TV2 will begin repeats of The Simpsons during weeknights? I’m not sure what they are waiting for but to me it’s pretty easy where that slot should be … Look forward to your response, cheers!

  2. Nothing to report yet, Richard. TV2 isn’t disclosing when the re-runs will kick in. I would imagine they’ll replace the 6pm re-runs of The Middle when they end. It’s also not clear how deep into the vault TV2 will dig. Given the perpetual re-runs of early SD seasons on Sky’s The Box, I expect TV2 will opt to start from season 20, which was the first to screen in HD.

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