HD Heads-Up: April 27-May 3

➢➢ Three refreshes its Saturday night lifestyle line-up with the premieres of Food Rescue Kitchen (7.00) and Vinnie Jones in the Country (7.30). The former has “foodie influencer and home baker” Naomi Toilalo challenging top Kiwi chefs to create a three course meal out of food she’s rescued. First up: Kasey and Kārena Bird. The latter, which already has streamed on ThreeNow, reveals another side to the former footballer and screen tough guy, as he does a Jeremy Clarkson and takes on more than 800 hectares of West Sussex countryside “and a host of over-ambitious farmyard build projects” …

➢➢ Don’t mistake Vinnie Jones in the Country for lifestyle fluff. The Guardian called it “startling TV” and “a fascinating portrait of masculinity … As the football hardman returns to his country roots, he listens to birdsong and shows both palpable grief and an obsession with hedgehogs.” The Telegraph dubbed Jones and his chief sidekick Paul Worby “the two smoking barrels of countryside makeover reality TV, and are highly entertaining too” …

➢➢ The Hundred (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday) has a panel of Australia’s funniest comedians and and 100 regular Aussies via Zoom battling it out to determine who knows Australia best. The Sydney Morning Herald described it as “a sort of ‘reverse Gogglebox, with television presenters interpreting viewers’ lives, the show is intended to be upbeat and funny … But sometimes the questions can open confronting cans of worms” …

➢➢ Live/delayed sports coverage includes:

  • Super Rugby Pacific: Fijian Drua vs Moana Pasifika (Sky Open, 2.00 Saturday)
  • ANZ Premiership: Northern Stars vs Waikato BOP Magic (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Highlanders vs Force (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday)
  • NBL: Franklin Bulls vs Whai (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • NRL Premiership: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders (Sky Open, 7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Light entertainment highlights include Stormzy, Geena Davis and Stephen Graham on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30 Thursday) and Sky Open Mic: Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love (Sky Open, 11.00 Friday) …

➢➢ Returning are Super Kura – Nurturing Hope (Whakaata Māori, 7.30 Monday), Code 1: Minute by Minute (TVNZ 1, 8.25 Tuesday) and Naked Attraction (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday) while ending their runs are Until I Kill YouShining ValeOlive KitteridgeHacksSpinal DestinationAll RiseDon’t Forget the Lyrics and Then You Run 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Kung Fu Panda (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • April and the Extraordinary World (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Jack the Giant Slayer (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Prisoners (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Girls Trip (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Saturday)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Whakaata Māori, 8.45 Saturday)
  • The Final Destination (Duke, 10.25 Saturday)
  • Greed (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Father Figures (TVNZ 2, 1.05am Sunday)
  • Human Traces (TVNZ 2, 3am Sunday)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (TVNZ 2, 3.30 Sunday)
  • Back to the Future III (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Kong: Skull Island (Three, 8.00 Sunday)
  • The World’s Fastest Indian (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Mothering Sunday (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Baby Driver (TVNZ 2, 9.15 Sunday)
  • Last Night in Soho (TVNZ 2, 12.10am Monday)
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Monday)
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Conan the Barbarian (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Nowhere Boy (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Island (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Friday).
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