HD Heads-Up: February 23

TVNZ 1 will replace the 8.30 Friday broadcast of Coronation Street with season four of A Place to Call Home from March 10, pushing back the soap to 9.30 (where it will screen Thursday-Saturday). It will cap a week of HD premieres on the network that includes the observational documentary series Heathrow (8.35 Saturday), Abandoned Engineeringwhich explores how some of the world’s most amazing engineering projects and buildings now lie in ruins (9.30 Sunday), season five of Major Crimes (11.15 Tuesday) and the latest Location Location Location (7.30 Friday) …

The Daily Telegraph says the new season of A Place to Call Home will explore two contrasting social issues from 1954: the reds under the beds communism scare sparked by the infamous Petrov Affair; and the social and moral challenges which liberalised life for Australians. The series has been a hit for Foxtel, which picked up the Channel Seven cancellation after two seasons and has commissioned a fifth …

“The three parts of Heathrow were essentially a 12th series of Airport,” said The Telegraph. “The solid principle was that wherever random crowds muster, there are good stories to be had, plus it’s fun to snoop on people doing weird jobs.” But The Express argued: “In focusing on the humdrum tasks of the famous hub, this programme sucked every last bit of excitement and romance out of it” …

Three will bring back The Blacklist ahead of TVNZ 1 launching its spin-off, The Blacklist: Redemption. The original will air 10.35 Mondays from March 6, starting with episode nine of season four. Ironically, TVNZ 1 had pencilled in Redemption, which goes to air this week in the US, on Monday nights, too, before switching Blindspot from 8.30 Thursdays to 9.30 Mondays …

Coming attractions for the week starting March 4 include: Monsters vs. Aliens (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday), Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (Three, 7.00 Saturday), Battle: Los Angeles (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday), Two Little Boys (Three, 11.05 Saturday), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (TVNZ 2, 12.55am Sunday), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Three, 8.30 Sunday), The Possession (TVNZ 2, 10.35 Sunday), Deadly Pledge (Three, 10.50 Sunday), Master And Commander – The Far Side of the World (Prime, 8.35 Monday) and Shooter (Three, 8.30 Thursday) …

Prime Rocks on March 7 will premiere Molly – The Real Thingin which Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Gene Simmons, Suzi Quatro, Tina Arena, Michael Gudinski, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris, Colin Hay, Mark Seymour and Jimmy Barnes share anecdotes about Aussie music legend Ian “Molly” Meldrum …

Ending their runs the same week are American CrimeHow to Stay Young and Class …

Guesting on the March 10 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) are: Matthew McConaughey, Christina Ricci, Josh Widdicombe and Ed Sheeran …

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