HD Heads-Up: November 24 – 30

➢➢ Duke will refresh Wednesdays from November 28 with a new doco double-bill: Warship (8.30) and The Vertical Mile (9.30). The latter is a two-part account of Deadly 60’s Steve Blackshall’s attempt to climb the North Face of the Eiger, or “The Ogre”. It should be worth a look in HD because he used special shoulder-mounted cameras to capture a climber’s perspective. According to the BBC blurb: “With ‘as live’ digital content sent back from the mountain as he climbs, viewers will follow Steve in real time as he battles through stage after stage of frozen smooth rock, ice waterfalls and thundering ice falls” …

➢➢ Says Blackshall: “The technology really helped to give a proper sense of what it was like. There was one point where an avalanche comes down this slope on to my head. The camera is right there as the ice is thundering off my helmet. It was a really scary moment. I was in a position where I couldn’t move and I had to stand there and take it” …

➢➢ “Warship is just like every other documentary about the navy you have ever seen. All the main characters come straight from central casting,” said The Guardian of the 2017 Channel 4 series (not to be confused with the BBC’s more recent Britain’s Biggest Warship). “My father served in the navy during the second world war and used to tell me that war entails long, long periods of boredom interspersed with a few intense moments of excitement and terror. It was a balance that Warship managed – perhaps not intentionally – to capture perfectly” …

➢➢ Prime also will hit the ocean wave with its latest natural history series, Big Pacific (7.30 Sundays from November 25). It’s a five-part Natural History NZ series that was released last year in book form and came out this week on Blu-ray …

➢➢ Paul & Nick’s Big Food Trip New Zealand, in which chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn explore NZ’s back roads to cook for the descendants of Ulster Scots and Scottish pioneers, premieres November 24 (Prime, 7.00 Saturdays) …

➢➢ Also new will be the Prime Rocks doco, Midnight Oil – 1984 (8.30 Wednesday), which is billed as “the untold story of the year the iconic rock band inspired Australia to believe in the power of music to change the world” …

➢➢ Returning the same week will be:

  • Louis Theroux season, opening with Talking to Anorexia (Prime, 9.40 Sunday)
  • House Rules (Three, 7.30 Monday-Wednesday with a double-ep on Wednesday)
  • George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces for a one-off ep (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Ross Kemp: Extreme World (Prime, 9.30 Friday), which opens with a look at the post-Trump rise of armed race hate groups in America
  • season eight re-runs of Bob’s Burgers (Three, 10.45) …

➢➢ Ending their runs will be America’s Got Talent, The Cry, Fair GoThe Trial: A Murder in the Family, The Walking Dead, Police Ten 7, Marvel’s Inhumans and Brooklyn Nine-Nine

➢➢ TVNZ OnDemand will stream the TV reboot of Das Boot from November 24 and season two of Baby Mama’s Club from November 26 …

➢➢ The 2016 re-make of Ben-Hur (Three, 8.45 Sunday) and the Jim Jarmusch snooze Paterson (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday) are the only network movie premieres for the week starting November 24. Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • The Spy Next Door (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Entourage (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Saturday)
  • The Founder (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Occulus (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Erin Brockovich (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Saturday)
  • For A Good Time, Call… (Three, 11.55 Saturday)
  • Mom’s Night Out (TVNZ 2, 1.35am Sunday)
  • Yes Man (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Argo (Duke, 9.30 Sunday)
  • Orphan (TVNZ 2, 10.30 Sunday)
  • Deep Blue Sea (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Taken (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Commando (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Joe Dirt (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Sunday).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 24 – 30”

  1. FTA Firmly in summer mode now, not a lot that piques my interest here.

  2. It’s actually even worse than the HD highlights suggest, Clint — from November 30, Prime is writing off Friday nights to re-runs of Married … With Children and 3rd Rock From the Sun from their first episodes! (Afternoon re-runs of MWC will resume from S6 on November 21.)

  3. Dear oh dear. It was mentioned here a wee while back but you really have to wonder how much longer Prime has left. Sky doesn’t seem interested any longer and turning over primetime to those old-as-the-hills sitcoms underlines that.

  4. I hope something new will be on next 2 months. Better not be just repeating again.

  5. Philip, when is Dick Wolf’s FBI due on Prime. It seems to have been promised for 2018 but feels like a 2019 property.

  6. Hey, Mike. It will be next year for FBI on Prime.

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