HD Heads-Up: April 6-12

➢➢ TVNZ 2 hopes to give new Kiwi drama Testify a head-start with a double-episode launch (8.30 Monday, 9.00 Tuesday). It concerns a charismatic young pastor who teams with a queer podcaster and his estranged brother to uncover a conspiracy of historic abuse in his father’s evangelical mega-church. TVNZ 2 uses a repeat of reality hit Travel Guides Australia to lead into Testify on Monday and the 90-minutes season premiere of My Kitchen Rules NZ to boost interest in Tuesday’s ep; MKR continues 7.30 Wednesday …

➢➢ Three is launching David Lomas Investigates with a double-episode (7.00 Tuesday) that strategically straddles TVNZ 2’s MKR premiere. And it’s stripping across two nights The Big Swindle (8.30 Monday-Tuesday), about a fugitive wedding-planner scammer …

➢➢ Until I Kill You (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Sunday) is billed as a “powerful and timely true-crime drama [that] captures the strength of a remarkable woman’s traumatic journey to achieving justice” after she meets a seemingly kindred spirit who turns out to be a malevolent force. Motherland’s Anna Maxwell Martin stars …

➢➢ Bay of Fires (TVNZ 1, 10.30 Sunday) is a darkly funny Australian thriller about the survivor of an attempted murder attempt who flees with her children to a remote Tasmanian town, where they’re met with suspicion. The Guardian said it “fails to register” as comedy or drama: “Nobody said combining genres was easy, as the drama and ‘dark humour’ of Bay of Fires remind us”…

➢➢ Mr Bates vs The Post Office: The Real Story (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday) meets the people whose lives were irrevocably altered by one of the wildest miscarriages of justice in British legal history, as dramatised in the miniseries that screens over Easter …

➢➢ Winning their first free-to-air runs are the HBO documentary series We Need to Talk About Cosby (TVNZ 1, 11.25 Monday) and, 10 years after it dazzled critics, HBO drama Olive Kitteridge (Sky Open, 12.10am Monday) …

➢➢ After relegating Star Trek: Discovery to off-peak on TVNZ 2, TVNZ is promoting S5 to primetime on a new channel just days after its US premiere: Duke, 7.30 Saturday. Also returning for new seasons are Julia (S2 Sky Open, 10.00 Sunday), Shining Vale (S2 Sky Open, 11.00 Sunday) and Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday) …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 rejigs Saturday nights by shifting The Wall from 7.30 to 7.00, adding Would I Lie to You? as its 8.05 lead-out and overnight premiering FTA the costume drama Sanditon (12.05am Sunday) and S5 of Power (1.30am) …

➢➢ Ata (Toi+Wai) (Whakaata Māori , 7.00 Wednesday) celebrates Māori music and art with Chey Milne, Tawaroa Kawana and Jordyn With A Why. Their first guest is Tawaroa aka TAWAZ …

➢➢ Lesley Manville, Hugh Bonneville, Lashana Lynch, Big Zuu and Sam Ryder guest on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30 Thursday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are Dubai HustleMega Marine MachinesTraffic CopsThe Celebrity ChaseOutback Farm and The Great Auction Showdown 

➢➢ Live and delayed FTA sport includes:

  • International Football: Ford Football Ferns vs Thailand (Duke, 2.50 Saturday, 6.50 Tuesday)
  • Cricket: White Ferns vs England (Duke, 10.30am Sunday)
  • Super Rugby Aupiki (Sky Open): Hurricanes Poura vs Blues (2.00 Saturday), Chiefs vs Moana Pasifika (7.00 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Chiefs vs Moana Pasifika (Sky Open, 7.00 Sunday), Moana Pasifika v Reds (10.30 Friday)
  • Sal’s NBL (Sky Open): Rams v Tuatara (3.00 Saturday), Franklin Bulls vs Canterbury Rams (3.00 Sunday)
  • NRL Premiership (Sky Open): Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles (9.30 Saturday), South Sydney Rabbitohs v Warriors (9.30 Sunday), Melbourne Storm v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Bicentennial Man (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Pirates Passage (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Courier (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Time Out of Mind (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • She’s Out of My League (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (TVNZ 1, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Elysium (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Saturday)
  • House at the End of the Street (Duke, 10.10 Saturday)
  • Good Boys (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Cafe Society (TVNZ 2, 1.10am Sunday)
  • Before Midnight (TVNZ 2, 2.45am Sunday)
  • Coraline (TVNZ 2, 3.40 Sunday)
  • The NeverEnding Story (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Catcher was a Spy (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Operation Mincemeat (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Chaos Walking (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Sunday)
  • Cape Fear (TVNZ 2, 11.45 Sunday)
  • Constantine (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Co-extinction (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Twister (Duke, 9.05 Tuesday)
  • More Than a Game (Duke, 11.05 Tuesday)
  • Macbeth (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Jackass 3.5 (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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