Tag Archives: Top Gear

This Week in HD: July 8 – 14

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  Extreme Road Rescue (TV1, 4.55, F) Movie: The Incredibles (TV2, 4.55, R) The Block NZ (TV3, 5.00, R) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) Britain’s Got Talent (TV1, 7.00) Network Movie Premiere: Hotel Transylvania 2 (TV2, […]

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Planet Earth II Unearthed at Last

Prime will premiere arguably the year’s most anticipated free-to-air event, Planet Earth II, eight months after it dazzled viewers and critics in the UK. The benchmark wildlife series — the first the BBC has filmed in 4K and apparently the world’s most watched — will screen 7.30 Sundays from July 9, ahead of another long-delayed […]

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Prime Pads Primetime With Pap

What’s wrong with Prime? The channel continues to make us wait for Planet Earth II and the latest series of Top Gear while littering its schedule with second-tier premieres and re-runs. Top Gear post-Clarkson & Co may be running on the smell of an oily rag but it still deserves priority over yet another Best of Top Gear retread, which will air […]

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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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