Critical Condition: Man in an Orange Shirt

Man in an Orange Shirt | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “Patrick Gale’s drama Man in an Orange Shirt was a well-crafted and moving dialogue between past and present. The first episode was set in the prohibitive Forties, when the starkest choices open to gay men included the prison of a straight marriage or actual prison. […]

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Critical Condition: White Gold

White Gold | Netflix, streaming now ➢ “The return of The Inbetweeners’ Joe Thomas, 33, and James Buckley, 29, in a brand new BBC comedy from the show’s writer and creator Damon Beesley … The jokes are similar, the characters comfortingly familiar and the cringe-factor is alive and kicking, all now set in the brilliantly niche […]

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Critical Condition: Atypical

Atypical | Netflix, streaming now ➢ “Chronicling the 18-year-old life of a young man on the autistic spectrum, Atypical does a fine job capturing choice insights into our protagonist’s mind, but its overarching story is as predictable as they come … That the season ends on a cliffhanger of its worst plot line gives off a […]

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New to Blu: August 9 – 15

  Get out this weekend and get a copy of horror movie Get Out. “The video and audio presentations are both excellent and the extras are all worth listening to and watching, although there could be more in that department,” High-Def Digest said. “Universal’s Blu-ray handles everything quite well with strong image detail, texture, and […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 10

➢ TVNZ 1 is giving its schedule an early spring clean with a new weekend and week-night line-up from August 19. Taking over the 7.00 variety slot, presumably until The X Factor UK’s premiere, is Wild Alaska – Earth’s Frozen Kingdom while being double-billed on Sunday nights are The Replacement (above) and Prime Suspect: Tennison … ➢ Said The i of […]

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Ace Deuce for SoHo in September

SoHo will fast-track HBO’s The Deuce, the latest drama series from David Simon (The Wire, Treme), to screen here the same time as the US (1.00 Mondays from September 11). It chronicles the rise of the porn industry in New York City, which was driven by its gradual legalisation and a politically motivated effort to “clean […]

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Sky Movie Premieres in September

   Sky Movies Premiere Misconduct Underworld: Blood Wars The Boy The Standoff The Disappointments Room Hacksaw Ridge Incarnate Snowden Doctor Strange Why Him? Solace Sky Movies Extra Nocturnal Animals The Birth of a Nation Any Day The Whole Truth Palm Swings The Light Between Oceans Sky Movies Greats I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry […]

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Critical Condition: Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads

Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “Rowan Atkinson’s third outing as the Parisian policeman, and easily his best yet. He is growing into the role — though not physically, because the actor is too slight to fill the gabardine raincoat of previous Maigrets such as Michael Gambon or Rupert Davies. Atkinson […]

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Critical Condition: Snowfall

Snowfall | SoHo, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “The hook in this broadly conceived, thoroughly compelling Los Angeles crime epic is simple enough: It’s about the birth of crack cocaine, set in the summer of 1983 … Complicated? Yes, but once again an FX series artfully demonstrates the narrative discipline it takes to launch a story with multiple […]

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This Week in HD: August 12 – 18

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i      Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade  (TV1, 4.55) The Block NZ (TV3, 5.00, R) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: Cars (TV2, 4,55, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) MasterChef Australia (TV1, 7.00) Movie: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (TV2, 7.00, […]

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