HD Heads-Up: October 27 – November 2

➢➢ TVNZ continues to platform its best new drama series exclusively on-demand. Premiering October 29 will be The Little Drummer Girl and Fighting Season. The former is a John Le Carre adaptation that will stream here the same day it airs on the BBC. From the team behind The Night Manager, it’s another six-part espionage puzzler, “tricked out with expensive, border-hopping backdrops and alluring thesps,” Variety said. “The results, at least based on the two episodes, are pretty damn fabulous” …

➢➢ Fighting Season is a Foxtel series about Australian soldiers returning home from Afghanistan after the mysterious death of their leader in a firefight. Billed as “a complex, character-driven drama”, it stars Kiwi Jay Ryan and House Husbands’ Rhys Muldoon and will stream a day after its Foxtel telecast. One report predicts it will “spark a national conversation about the shocking realities of our longest war in Afghanistan and the toll it takes on those serving and their families” …

➢➢ TVNZ OnDemand also will premiere The Human Element (November 1). Said Film Threat: “In his compelling, unsettling and visually stunning documentary, National Geographic photographer James Balog shows viewers why we, as a society, can no longer turn a blind eye to the drastically changing world around us … This collection of powerful images provide concrete and compelling proof” …

➢➢ Award-winning underwater cinematographer Kina Scollay will explore the wildest and most remote waters around New Zealand in the NZ On Air-funded Ocean Predators (Prime, 7.30 Sundays from October 28). Reads the blurb: “He opens up his world as a cameraman and a marine life expert, and you’re invited to step behind the camera and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with some of the most iconic ocean predators anywhere on earth” …

➢➢ Ocean Predators will be the lead-in to the season premiere of The Brokenwood Mysteries. Prime also will continue its Friday night re-runs of the Kiwi whodunit but from November 2 it will swap slots with repeats of NCIS: New Orleans and air at 7.30 …

➢➢ The Trial: A Murder in the Family (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Mondays from October 29) is a groundbreaking five-part hybrid of drama and documentary, in which a fictional crime is authentically tried by practicing QCs, a genuine judge and a jury of 12 members of the public. The trial centres around the murder of a 38-year-old whose husband allegedly strangled her. Channel 4 screened the series daily in the UK, where The Guardian dubbed it “utterly absorbing”

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will add an 8.30 Sunday edition of Australian Survivor from October 27, ahead of Three launching Australian Ninja Warrior (7.30 Mondays and Tuesdays from October 28) …

➢➢ Also new that week will be Storage Wars (Prime, 7.00 Sundays), Harry & Meghan: Inside the Royal Wedding (Prime, 7.30 Wednesday) and Seven Year Switch UK (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursdays) while ending their runs will be Vanity Fair, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Border PatrolThe Great Australian Bake Off and iZombie

➢➢ Duke may have relinquished key sporting codes but will offer live WRC Spain coverage in primetime overnight on the weekend of October 27-28 and late-night coverage of the Tour of Southland from October 29 …

➢➢ Appearing on the November 2 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00 Friday) will be Sir Michael Caine, Chris Pine, Rami Malek, Sally Field, and Christine and the Queens …

➢➢ There will be two free-to-air movie premieres on the weekend of October 27-28: Passengers (Three, 8.30 Sunday) and The Conjuring 2 (TVNZ 2, 12.35am Monday). The rest of that week’s HD coming attractions will include:

  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Inferno (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Everest (Three, 9.35 Saturday)
  • The Evil Dead (Duke, 10.00 Saturday)
  • Kill Bill: Volume 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Saturday)
  • The Drop (Three, 11.40 Saturday)
  • Backstabbed (TVNZ 2, 1.35am Sunday)
  • The Kite Runner (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (TVNZ 2, 10.00 Sunday)
  • V For Vendetta (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Patriot (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday)
  • Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Thor (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Friday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: October 27 – November 2”

  1. Hi Phil, Thanks for the much clearer “Heads Up” banner with the actual dates of the article shown at the top, it’s so much easier to plan your viewing around.

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