HD Heads-Up: April 2-8

➢➢ Julia (Prime, 8.40 Thursday) is the strongest sign yet of the channel’s prestige TV drama ambitions. The HBO Max take on chef Julia Chlid’s life will screen free-to-air here the week of its US premiere. Normally a series of this calibre first would screen on Sky’s SoHo or Neon platforms. Starring Sarah Lancashire and David Hyde Pierce, it was dubbed “sweetly comic” by Vanity Fair: “Julia examines its eponymous heroine’s second act of celebrity as a budding television personality, having just introduced French cooking to the American masses via her groundbreaking cookbook … Lancashire’s powerhouse performance marks both a staggering change of pace for the actor and a long time coming” …

➢➢ Your Honor (Prime, 9.35 Tuesday) wins a FTA run a year after its SoHo/Neon premiere. It’s a juicy if ultimately overwrought crime drama about a New Orleans judge (Bryan Cranston) who’s compromised when his son’s involved in a hit-an-run accident that kills a mobster’s son …

➢➢ Hollyoaks (TVNZ 1, 1.00 weekdays from April 5) is a veteran UK soap that will air here (and OnDemand from April 2) from the 2022 season. TVNZ is picking up the 27-year-old serial, which revolves around the lives of villagers just outside of Chester, in the wake of a large number of key departures and new characters settling in. Here’s a who’s who catch-up

➢➢ The Simpsons – Adult Edition (TVNZ 2, 9.55 Monday) will showcase a two-part Fargo spoof that’s said to be a cross between a normal episode of The Simpsons and a Treehouse of Horror special, hence the late-night slot. Watch for a “Simpflix” logo in the opening credits of A Serious Flanders, that sees Homer and Ned Flanders sucked into the “artfully violent world” of prestige TV when a ruthless debt collector comes to Springfield …

➢➢ Childhood’s End (Duke, 9.30 Saturday), which depicts a peaceful alien invasion of Earth, will anchor the channel’s sci-fi night six years after it first screened on Sky’s The Zone. “While it doesn’t quite live up to the book that inspired it, Childhood’s End has a balanced narrative and sympathetic performances,” was Rotten Tomatoes’ summation of the 26 reviews that earned an aggregated rating of 69% “fresh”

➢➢ Maori TV will launch two series in the week starting April 2: Blue Water Empire (7.30 Sunday) is a docudrama about the history of the Torres Strait Islands, from its pre-colonial era to now; Kairākau II (9.00 Thursday) focuses on the lives of three prominent pre-colonial Maori chiefs …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons will be Lap of Luxury (TVNZ 1, 8.00 Tuesday), The Million Pound Cube (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday) and Kirstie & Phil’s Love It or List It (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday) while ending their runs will be Joanna Lumley’s BritainInformer 3838MacGruber, Ambulance and Ambulance Australia

➢➢ Two movies will have their FTA premieres in the first week of April: Sonic the Hedgehog (Three, 7.00 Saturday) and Hope Gap (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Trip to Spain (Maori TV, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Backdraft (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Dirty Grandpa (Three, 9.00 Saturday)
  • The Midwife’s Deception (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • The Ant Bully (TVNZ 2, 4.15 Sunday)
  • The Croods (TVNZ 2, 5.50 Sunday)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Sunday)
  • Atomic Blonde (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Last Full Measure (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Mavis (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday)
  • Casino (Duke, 9.40 Tuesday)
  • Paris Can Wait (Maori TV, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • The House (Duke, 10.40 Friday)
  • Step (TVNZ 2, 2.35am Saturday).
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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: April 2-8”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-content/themes/headlines/includes/theme-comments.php on line 66
    March 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Sky is really making full use of Prime as the last bastion of quality free to air drama. I’m surprised they have offered it to Prime over its paywalled platforms. The threat of Eden must be pushing Sky to invest in the little battler but one can’t help but wonder if Sky will match it with a sizable or targeted marketing strategy to enable people to know it’s on Prime, otherwise it ends up as a wasted opportunity. Also surprised at Hollyoaks reemerging in this market (possible Neighbours replacement) after the many failed attempts from 2004 on One, 2007 on the old C4, a short stint on UKTV in 2011 and finally in 2013 exclusively on TVNZ OnDemand. Is this fifth time lucky or a limited time acquisition before it disappears from this market again. Time will tell.

  2. Interesting to see that Sky is promoting Eden (The Newsreader specifically) and Rush in its comms to subscribers this week. Not sure that promoting in your own materials and it being a threat are concurrent themes.

  3. When I watched a bit of The Newsreader it was good but it not widescreen which had tints of black on each side.

  4. The squarer framing (and washed out colour palette) is supposed to evoke a mid-80s feel. Hardly realistic. I lived through the ’80s and it was full on Technicolor not faded Eastman lol

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