HD Heads-Up: November 1-7

TV One is teaming the top new British police drama Happy Valley with what’s been dubbed Australia’s answer to Broadchurch, complete with Kiwi Martin Henderson.

Secrets and Lies, a drama imported from Australia in which a child-murder investigation and its impact on the local community unfolds over six episodes,” The Guardian says.

“Yes, we have seen its like before, in Broadchurch, but the opener more than holds its own against ITV’s surprise hit.”

The six-part mystery kept the killer’s identity hidden from the cast during filming and despite low ratings until the big reveal in Oz,  a US version starring Ryan Philippe is in the works and the Australian producers are developing a second series.

The Sunday night double-bill launches 8.30 on November 2, following the premiere of an HD series from Natural History NZ called Our Big Blue Blackyard, which expores our native marine life.

The post-My Kitchen Rules NZ overhaul spearheads a week of new HD programming on TVNZ, with both channels cranking up the competition against the penultimate week of TV3’s top-rating The Block NZ.

TV One is recruiting Dynamo: Magician Impossible to screen 7.30 Tuesday and Wednesday while TV2’s The Voice will become thrice-weekly, with extra episodes on Sundays and Tuesdays at 7.30.

TV2 also has a new season of The Amazing Race ready to start 7.30 Monday, the 25th edition of which will screen hard on the heels of its US run.

The problem with fast-tracking US shows is it makes local networks vulnerable to Stateside pre-emptions beyond their control, hence TV2’s week 45 schedule missing Agents of SHIELD and The Flash (it’s replacing the former with a re-run of the movie The Other Guys and the latter with the HD special, World’s Worst Holidays).

Also new in HD for the week starting November 1 are The Night Shift (TV3, 9.40 Monday), singles sitcom Mixology (TV2, 10.25 Monday), the NZ documentary You’re Killing My Son: The Mum Who Went on the Run (TV One, 9.30 Wednesday), Count Arthur Strong (TV One, 9.25 Thursday) and Keith Barry: Brain Hacker (TV One, 9.30 Friday) while guesting on The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.40 Friday) are Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy Spall, Miranda Hart and Maroon.

The Night Shift is an NBC medical drama that earned mixed reviews, and which the New York Times thought “akin to beach reading“, while Count Arthur Strong is an adaptation of a British radio series about a “dotty old thesp” from the co-creator of The IT Crowd that The Telegraph called “zany and long-overdue” but which The Independent argued “surely lost [something] in translation”.

The week’s movies in HD include Monster House (TV2, 5.45 Saturday), The Witches (TV2, 8.05 Saturday), The American (TV3, 10.25 Saturday), Halloween II (TV2, 12.05am Sunday), Meeting Evil (TV2, 2.45am Sunday), Vacancy (TV2, 12.35am Monday), Fast and Furious (TV3, 9.00 Sunday) and Red Riding Hood (TV2, 8.30 Friday).

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