HD Heads-Up: April 29-May 5

➢➢ Fatal Attraction (TVNZ 1, 10.40 Sunday) is being fast-tracked to air, screening the same day as its Paramount+ premiere. The series re-imagines the ’80s bunny-boiler box office hit about marriage and infidelity “through the lens of modern attitudes toward strong women, personality disorders and coercive control”. It stars Joshua Jackson as respected lawyer Daniel Gallagher whose brief affair with Alexandra Forrest (Lizzy Caplan) in 2008 unravels the life he has built with his wife, Beth (Amanda Peet). After serving 15 years in prison for the murder of Alex, Dan is paroled with the goals of reconnecting with his family and proving his innocence …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 is rolling out the red carpet for King Charles’ coronation, repeating The Royal Variety Performance 2022 (7.30 Tuesday) as the warm-up for a Friday night marathon of commemorative programming: The Repair Shop: King Charles Special (7.30), in which the Prince of Wales made an autumn 2021 visit to have a Victorian pot and an antique clock restored; My King Charles III (8.30), which profiles the monarch through the eyes of school friends, former girlfriends, a goddaughter, staff members and biographers; and King Charles III: A New Era (9.40), in which his former butler Grant Harrold reveals “a new side to King Charles III, and his unparalleled journey toward kingship” …

➢➢ “You sense that The Repair Shop is to Charles what cows were to his mother,” The Guardian quipped. “But status doesn’t automatically make for a great television episode, and so it is here … The Repair Shop is a magic formula, and this episode is proof that it really doesn’t need to be messed with.” But the Independent thought otherwise: “As you’d expect from the Repair Shop team, they do a superb job, and you do share that mix of reverence and trepidation as they approach an elderly but magnificent object (that’s the pot and the clock, not the monarch)” …

➢➢ Murder in the Family (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday) investigates three shocking cases in which familial ties link the victim and killer. Using found footage from social media videos and police bodycam film, text messages or call recordings, each story is pieced together from the victim’s point of view, without voiceover, allowing the victim, friends and family to tell their stories in their own immediate and intimate way. It opens with Cheryl Hooper being shot dead by a husband who “thought he had a right to kill” …

➢➢ Premiering late-night is TVNZ+ series SkyMed (TVNZ 1, 11.20 Thursday), a Canadian drama about the nurses and pilots of a remote flying air ambulance service. Said Decider of the Paramount+ attraction: “SkyMed is nothing revolutionary, but it doesn’t make us cringe, either. For a show of this type, that’s saying a whole lot” …

➢➢ Wildlife fans should record the 2020 BBC documentary, Search for the Last Unicorn (TVNZ 1, 2.15 Sunday), which follows an international expedition to a war zone to go in search of the Northern White Rhinoceros, which was declared extinct in 2018 …

➢➢ Three refreshes Tuesday nights with a new realty double-bill from May 3: the premieres of Kitchen Nightmares Australia (8.30) and Demolition Down Under (9.35). The former opens with rescuing an American diner from hell, the latter with the demolition of a huge shed, a block of flats and a derelict greenhouse. Also new to Three: Guy Montgomery Stand-Up Special (8.30 Thursday) …

➢➢ Ten 7: The Final Week (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Monday-Wednesday) celebrates 20 years of crime-stopping that a misjudged format change ended, ahead of the return of Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains in an earlier slot (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday). S10 is set in Samoa, where a mix of new and returning competitors battle it out to win $500,000 … 

➢➢ Prime Rocks: Biography: KISStory (Prime, 8.30 Thursday) chronicles KISS’ five decades in the music business. One critic dubbed the two-part 2021 series “an exhaustive tale of determination, egotism, and face paint” …

➢➢ The White Lotus (Prime, 9.00 Sunday) starts its second season while Louis Theroux Interviews … (Prime, 9.45 Wednesday) winds up with Rita Ora discussing her career, the press and her family’s arrival in the UK as refugees ahead of an encounter with her partner, Taika Waititi …

➢➢ Also ending their runs are Domino MastersJamie’s One Pan Wonders, You & MeThe Ex-WifeBarkley ManorKings of PainThe SurrogatesNZ Hunter AdventuresMt Hutt RescueUnbelievable Moments Caught on Camera and Saving Lives at Sea …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting April 29 include:

  • Bridge to Terabithia (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Little Eggs An African Rescue (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Saturday)
  • 20th Century Women (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Florida Project (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Saw 3 (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Ride Along 2 (TVNZ 2, 9.50 Saturday)
  • Fanboys (Three, 10.45 Saturday)
  • Destination Love (TVNZ 1, 11.30 Saturday)
  • My One and Only (TVNZ 2, 12.50am Sunday)
  • The Kids Are Alright (TVNZ 2, 2.40am Sunday)
  • Shrek the Third (TVNZ 2, 3.40 Sunday)
  • Jack the Giant Slayer (TVNZ 2, 5.30 Sunday)
  • Battleship (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Godzilla (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Death Defying Acts (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Rabbit Proof Fence (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Nun (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday)
  • Out of Sight (Prime, 8,30 Monday)
  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Lara Croft – Tomb Raider (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Wife (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Sahara (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Billy Madison (Duke, 9.25 Friday)
  • The Internship (Duke, 11.05 Friday).
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