Tag Archives: Top Gear

HD Heads-Up: March 16

Prime is bringing back 60 Minutes in a new slot. The veteran newsmag, which last year aired 8.30 Mondays, will screen 9.40 Sundays from March 26. It will open with an inside look at the Broadway smash Hamilton and interview members and the maestro of the Pope’s Choir. Still no word on when the latest season of Top Gear or Planet […]

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HD Ratings: July 10 Top 20 Tables

Top 20, 5pm-midnight, 25-54 Top 20, 5pm-midnight, 18-49 Top 20, 5pm-midnight, 5+

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Top Gear Consolidates Before Overnight Reverse

The latest episode of Top Gear in the UK has just recorded the series its lowest overnight ratings in more than 15 years, drawing fewer viewers than any broadcast from the Jeremy Clarkson era. “The show has now lost more than half of its audience since its series premiere, which attracted 4.3 million viewers,” The Independent reports. “Viewership […]

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Doug Coutts’ TV Preview: Top Gear

TOP GEAR ☆☆☆☆☆ Prime, 7.30 Sunday I quite liked the original Top Gear, for a bit. But after a while the contrived stunts, the carefully rehearsed witty banter and lack of any actual information about cars beyond the price and interior finish of models selling for more than the GDP of Finland began to grate. […]

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New Car Show Top Gear Rip-Off?

What do you call a Lada at the top of a hill? A miracle. That’s typical of the gags you can expect to hear in a new James May series that’s been dubbed a “Top Gear rip-off”. Prime has scheduled the three-part James May’s Cars of the People, which aired two years in the UK, […]

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The Five to Premiere on Prime

A British crime serial that one critic likened to “a blood-splattered Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is coming to Prime. It’s an apt observation given The Five will air in HD after Top Gear (8.45 Sundays, from June 12). Mystery author Harlan Coben wrote The Five specifically for Sky 1 in the UK. The 10-part series centres around the lives of […]

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Chequered Reviews for New Top Gear

Is the new Top Gear the new Robin Reliant of primetime? Broadcast magazine reports the new model “spluttered at the starting line, launching with the show’s worst series debut audience in at least a decade”. And according to The Telegraph, “The show drew 4.4 million viewers, with a peak of 4.7 million, while the last series […]

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This Week in HD: June 4 – 10

NZ’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i Saturday Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Wonderful World of Disney: Home on the Range (TV2, 5.30, R) The Goldbergs (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) The Middle (TV2, 6.30, 5.1, R) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV1, 7.00) Movie: Captain America: The First Avenger (TV2, 7.00, R) Network Movie Premiere: […]

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Prime Gets Into Top Gear

Prime will screen the new-look Top Gear in HD a week after it premieres in the UK. The revamped series, which Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc will steer, will air 7.30 Sundays on Prime from June 5. It will precede the HD special, Cameraman to the Queen, and go to air the same week as […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 15

Best Picture-nominee The Martian will be released here on 2D and 3D Blu-ray on February 3. It earned seven nominations while another front-runner, Bridge of Spies, which notched up six, goes on sale on February 24. Other nominees coming soon include Sicario (January 27), which this week topped the sales chart in the US, and Spectre (March […]

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