New to Acorn TV in October

After a couple of lacklustre months, Acorn TV will launch an “October-feast” of top shows to stream, including several NZ premieres. As already reported, Penance and Anthony will spearhead the month’s new drawcards. But the Anglophile service also will add to its impressive whodunit slate the first two seasons of Vera (October 12), Endeavour (October 19) […]

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Coming Soon: Penance

Fans of Gold Digger and Flesh and Blood should warm to a new “tale of familial trauma and forbidden romance” that will stream exclusively on Acorn TV from October 12. The psychological thriller Penance stars Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle), Nico Mirallegro (My Mad Fat Diary), Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty) and Art Malik (Homeland). The […]

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Network Movies in HD: September 26 – October 2

Saturday The Angry Birds Movie (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Mrs. Doubtfire (Three, 7.00) Valiant (Maori TV, 7.00) Silence (Maori TV, 8.30) View From the Top 50 (TVNZ 2, 8.40) Hot Fuzz (Three, 9.20) The Rock  (TVNZ 2, 10.35) Murder, Lies & Alibis (Three, 11.45)   Sunday The Lucky One (TVNZ 2, 1.05am)  How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Three, 7.00) Jirga (Maori TV, […]

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New to Netflix in October

Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (1/10/2020) In 1900 Munich, ambitious brewer Curt Prank uses brutal tactics on his quest to build a beer hall that will dominate the city’s lucrative Oktoberfest. Bom Dia, Verônica (1/10/2020) While hunting for a dating-site predator, an underused police clerk discovers an abused wife with a horrific secret — and a web […]

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New to Disney+ in October

Disney+ has plenty of the right stuff in October, including the return of The Mandalorian and the premiere of The Right Stuff. Season two of the Star Wars spin-off streams weekly from October 30, with The Mandalorian and The Child continuing their trek through a dangerous galaxy following the collapse of the Galactic Empire. The […]

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Coming Soon: A Suitable Boy

Andrew (Pride & Prejudice, Les Miserables) Davies’ latest period drama adaptation, A Suitable Boy, will stream next month on Netflix. Director Mira Nair (The Namesake, Vanity Fair) has dubbed the six-part dramatisation of the Vikram Seth novel “The Crown made brown” and much has been made of this being the first BBC series to feature an all-brown cast. Said […]

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Prime Revamps Cricketers’ Tour

Prime is upending its schedule to maximise viewership of its new lifestyle show, This Could Go Anywhere, in which cricket legends Phil Tufnell and Brendan McCullum tour the country. It was meant to have aired 8.30 Wednesdays from September 30 but now will air 9.30 Wednesdays, with a stronger lead-in: the movie Men in Black […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Sport Kicks Off Matchday Live

Spark Sport is adding Matchday Live to its Premier League coverage from Saturday. Here’s the media release: Spark Sport Premier League coverage gets even better with the arrival of Matchday Live  From this weekend, Premier League fans will be able to tune into the full matchday studio programme, ‘Matchday Live’ on Spark Sport, wrapping each Premier […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 3 – 9

➢➢ The Walking Dead returns for a mid-season final on October 5 (TVNZ 2, 10.10) nearly six months after the penultimate episode. Episode 16 of this season was meant to be the final when it was scheduled for April – but that was before Covid-19 concerns stopped its postproduction. In the interim, AMC ordered six […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Viewers Vote for TVNZ

And the winner of last night’s debate? TVNZ 1! Here’s the media release: Huge audiences turn to TVNZ for 1 News Your Vote 2020 Leaders’ Debate More than a million New Zealanders tuned into the first live Leaders Debate between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins on TVNZ 1 last night. Tuesday evening’s face-off was the […]

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Rialto Channel Goes to Hell

Sky’s Rialto Channel will celebrate Halloween with a Saturday night season of highbrow horror in October. Four of the movies will be NZ TV premieres and the fifth will be new to the channel. The season will open on October 3 with The Hole in the Ground, about a youngster in rural Ireland who returns […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in October

Next month TVNZ OnDemand will fast-track a new David Tennant true-crime drama and the latest season of The Bachelorette. Des (October 8) is three-part series about serial killer Denis Nilsen, a civil servant who murdered 15 boys and men on the streets of Soho from 1978-83. While he confessed after his arrest, he couldn’t remember […]

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New to Blu: September 23 – 29

The latest season of time-travelling adventure Outlander spearheads this week’s Blu-ray releases. The four-disc set combines 10 episodes with extensive extras, including commentaries, deleted scenes and solid behind-the-scenes insights. “Sony has delivered another first-class 1080p transfer for its Outlander: Season Five release,” Blu-ray.com said. “The image is remarkably efficient, yielding superior highly end clarity and intricate […]

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Coming Soon: Anthony

The latest true-life drama from award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern will have its NZ premiere on the Acorn TV service. Anthony is a 90-minute BBC dramatisation of how 18-year-old devout Christian Anthony Walker was murdered in a racist attack 15 years ago. McGovern (The Street, Hillsborough) was asked by Walker’s mother, Gee, to write Anthony; they […]

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Neon Giveth and Neon Taketh Away

Neon is adding The History of Home Narrated by Nick Offerman to its platform next month. The three-part series bearing the Parks and Recreation star’s name interviews architects, designers, craftspeople and historians to explain the “story” of various rooms in a house, including hallways, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. The CuriosityStream show features the likes of Highclere Castle […]

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