HD Heads-Up: June 14

 

➢ Prime will refresh its mid-winter schedule with new vehicles for Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry. The former will present her “latest” travelogue, Japan (7.30 Sundays from June 24), and the latter stars in the US sitcom, The Great Indoors (10.30 Tuesday-Thursday, from June 26). The same week Prime will hook up Matt Watson’s latest series, Ultimate Fishing (7.30 Wednesdays from June 27), with Channel 4 reality newcomer Emergency Helicopter Medics, which follows Britain’s “chopper doctor” flying teams …

➢ Surprisingly, Prime is broadcasting Joanna Lumley’s Japan nearly a year after it aired on The Living Channel (and two years after its UK debut). You can also stream it on Lightbox but this will be your first chance to see the 2016 production in HD on free-to-air TV (albeit only on the Sky platform). The three-part series’ long, delayed route to Prime, via streaming and linear pay-TV detours, illustrates how the traditional windows model, where FTA TV once would have been the first port of call, has changed in the new digital era …

➢ “Believe me,” Lumley says at the outset, “this is going to be a fantastic adventure!” Quipped The Times reviewer: “Fantastic may be pushing it — Lumley has never been given to understatement — but it does give a vivid impression of what Japan looks like to an outsider” …

➢ The Great Indoors is another 2106 holdover. It stars Fry as the boss of an outdoors magazine whose latest hire, a hotshot adventure reporter (Joel McHale), finds himself desk-bound in the publication’s new digital department surrounded by bright young things he loathes. Reviews were mixed but the New York Times thought the one-season wonder would have broad appeal: “A recognisable star, clear and not very complex characters, well-turned jokes delivered at a brisk pace: Plenty of sitcoms have succeeded with those ingredients” …

➢ Also new that week will be The Hotel Inspector Returns (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Saturday) while ending their runs will be Rick Stein’s Long Weekend, Time After Time, Inside Windsor Castle, Doctor Doctor and The New Legends of Monkey

➢ TVNZ 1 will premiere two weeks after its UK broadcast a two-hour documentary about Britain’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy (June 24, 8.30). Filming, by Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony, began the day after the worst tower block fire in British history. The Guardian hailed it as “a profoundly moving testament to enduring grief” and The Telegraph said “the pain of the survivors poured from the screen” …

➢ TVNZ 2 has permanently pulled late-night Friday re-runs of Sensing Murder. Returning this week for new episodes are One Night With My Ex (10.30), which originally tanked in primetime, Distraction (11.25) and Balls of Steel (11.55), followed by a re-run of Two and a Half Men (12.30) …

➢ Lined up for The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00 Fridays) are: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna Helena Bonham Carter and Years & Years (June 22); and Cher, Christine Baranski, Rupert Everett, Natalie Dormer and Tom Odell (June 29) …

➢ Appearing on Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert are: Anthony Scaramucci, Michael Avenatti, Betty Gilpin and a musical performance by Chromeo feat. DRAM (10.30 Thursday); and Natalie Portman, Marc Maron and a musical performance by alt-J featuring Pusha T (10.30 Friday) …

➢ And performing on Friday’s 7 Days (Three, 9.00) will be Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Alice Snedden, Josh Thomson, Urzila Carlson and Rhys Mathewson …

➢ There will be four network movie premieres in the week starting June 23: Concussion (TVNZ 1, 11.00 Saturday), Masterminds (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday), Bridget Jones’ Baby (Three, 8.30 Sunday) and Birth (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions include:

  • Cars (TVNZ 2, 5.05 Saturday)
  • Batman Begins (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Alpha and Omega (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Australia (Three, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Carrie (Duke, 9.00 Saturday)
  • The Dark Knight (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Saturday)
  • The Exorcist (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Sunday)
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (TVNZ 1, 1am Sunday)
  • Murder at 1600 (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine  (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Man of the House (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: June 14”

  1. I think it’s poor of TVNZ screening Concussion at such a ridiculous hour as it’s actually quite a good movie and it’s very topical at the moment 🙁

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