Tag Archives: The Crown

Critical Condition: The Crown (Season 2)

The Crown | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “The Crown’s second season is captivating in a way that almost isn’t fair. The costume drama, which follows the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) … sounds like it should be a dry slog through the too-familiar territory of rich and famous people feeling sorry […]

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New to Netflix in December

Dark: Season 1 (1/12/2017) A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers that unearths a small town’s sins and secrets. Easy: Season 2 (1/12/2017) Returning characters and new faces navigate the ups and downs of relationships, friendships, family and more. Fate/Apocrypha: Part 1 (2/12/2017) The Yggdmillennia clan wage a rebellion against […]

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Royal Dramas to Rule

The same week TVNZ 1 premieres season two of Victoria, Prime will launch the sequel to The White Queen, The White Princess. The young Queen Victoria drama will reign from September 10 (8.30 Sundays) and The White Princess will replace Poldark from September 12 (8.30 Tuesdays). And returning to Netflix for its second season from December […]

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Critical Condition: The Halcyon

The Halcyon (Prime, 8.30 Thursday) ➢ “They should have had the balls to call it Downton Hotel. C’mon, we’re all grown-ups here! But ITV has been coy and called their replacement for the late, lamented (especially by all the monkeys who typed the scripts) Downton Abbey The Halcyon instead. It is set – sensibly, given the […]

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Critical Condition: Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun (Lightbox, streaming now) ➢ “A glamorous Parisian cop investigates a death in remote northern Scandinavia in this intriguing series … The investigation, and the series, is a Swedish-French collaboration, The Killing meets Spiral, Abba covers Je t’aime, köttbullar au vin. It’s a promising flavour combination, gory and gothic, even if the meat may […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 4

End of days for TV3 chief … Victoria’s secret? … Lethal Weapon pacified …  TV3 programming chief Mark Caulton has resigned after 18 years with the network. He plans to relocate to the UK next year after overseeing an upsurge in stripped primetime reality programming, including the first NZ X Factor  and Family Feud. Under his […]

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Critical Condition: The Crown

The Crown (Netflix, from Friday) “On Friday, Netflix premieres what is being billed as the most expensive television series ever: The Crown, an epic true-life drama of the British aristocracy. I am insufficiently schooled in the subject to criticise it as history, but as television it’s excellent – beautifully mounted, movingly played and only mildly melodramatic […]

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New to Netflix in November

The Crown (04/11/16) The inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Estocolmo: Season 1 (11/11/16) An undercover agent, a prosecutor and a journalist […]

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