HD Heads-Up: September 21

Beastly slot for jungle rumble … Gold Coast roast … Car crash TV pile-up …


TV One is unleashing one of the BBC’s better wildlife specials off-peak on October 2 when it will premiere Return of the Giant Killers at 4.55pm. Culled from a BBC Two series, The Telegraph hailed it as a “fine Natural World film” about lions fighting to survive in southern Africa. “This was a follow-up to last year’s Africa’s Giant Killers, which told how one pride had rewritten the rules and, driven by hunger, learnt to take down the local elephants. Cue breathtaking scenes of lions leaping onto the backs of hulking pachyderms, prey dwarfing hunters like kittens pluckily tackling a St Bernard” …

The Independent was especially in awe of the “mesmerisingly gruesome” programme’s finale: “The slo-mo camera work captured every claw, bite and maul. And the sound guys had gnawing on elephant flesh and bones down to a tee. Make no mistake, this was a beautifully shot, brutal look at the circle of life” …

Concurred the Daily Mail about its HD credentials: “It was spectacularly beautiful to watch, even the gory kills. The most upsetting sequence was also the most technically impressive. [Director Brad] Bestelink had got close enough with his night-vision cameras to capture every detail of savage behaviour never shown on television before.” You can see a sneak peek here

TV2 will follow What Happens in Thailand with What Happens on the Gold Coast, from October 3 (9.30 Mondays). Gold Coast tourism bosses dubbed its images of topless waitresses and non-stop nightlife “trashy” and “tabloid journalism of the worst kind”. But producer John McAvoy argues, “There’s nothing pejorative about that show, about the Gold Coast, I don’t believe … It’s not journalism; this isn’t Four Corners, it’s entertainment” …

TV2’s Thursday night reality TV block will add new episodes of Motorway Patrol and, aptly enough, Car Crash TV, from 8.30 on October 6 — the same night a former TV2 staple on Thursdays, 20/20, switches to 9.35 on TV One (expect international stories in HD but SD presentation). As a result, TV2 and TV3 will go head-to-head with reality fare from 7.30-10.30 while TV One will offer relief from the genre only from 8.30-9.35 …

TV One will precede its Sunday Theatre season premiere of  Doubt: The Scott Watson Case on October 2 with the 7.00 special, I Know This To Be True, in which 30 famous Kiwis share their thoughts and wisdom. The wise men and women include Neil Finn, Lucy Lawless, Brendan McCullum, Dame Sylvia Cartwright and Judy Bailey …

Production of a second series of Judy Bailey’s Decades in Colour is well underway for Prime. Greenstone TV is looking for colour footage and stories that reflect our home life, work life and leisure time from the 1940s-’80s. It’s especially keen to source anything of the turbulent 1980s, people in offices and ethnic groups. Contact decades@greenstonetv.com if you have colour footage to share …

Comings and goings: Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy, The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta, Wentworth and Offspring end their runs in the week starting October 1 … Returning that week are Person of Interest (TV One, 8.30 Monday) and The Island With Bear Grylls (TV One, 9.30 Tuesday) …

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