HD Heads-Up: August 31 – September 6

➢➢ Silent Witness (Prime, 8.30 Saturdays from August 31) opens with a double-episode in which Nikki and the Lyell unit investigate an attack against a transgender man that threatens to be an outbreak of violence against the community. Digital Spy reported a “mixed response” to the season 22 premiere in the UK seven months ago, when “some people were left unhappy with the show’s representation of the trans community and the use of transphobic language by the police … But there were also those praising the show and the BBC for shedding light on the violence experienced by the trans community, a subject not often explored in a primetime drama” …

➢➢ Said Metro: “The UK’s longest-running crime drama has never been shy from tackling difficult subjects and the latest series of murders follows suit … From the get-go there was a lot to unpack” …

➢➢ The Queen Mother (Prime, 7.30 Tuesdays from September 3) is billed as an “intimate two-part documentary” about the largely untold story of the Queen Mother’s influential role in shaping the Royal Family during the 20th century …

➢➢  Traffic Cops (Prime, 7.30 Wednesdays from September 4) is a long-running Channel 5 reality series that first aired on the BBC. Prime is picking it up from the most recent season, which follows the North Yorkshire Police as they combat drug crime across the region …

➢➢ From September 2, Prime will screen an hour-long edition of Sky Sport News 7am weekdays and a half-hour edition at midday …

➢➢ Season four of Bear Gryll’s Running Wild (Duke, 8.30 Saturdays from August 31) opens with Joseph Gordon-Levitt being dropped into the elements from a helicopter, navigating a perilous rappel, milking a camel for needed hydration, and ascending a massive rock dome that tests his fear of heights. Roger Federer, Keri Russell and Scott Eastwood are up next …

➢➢ Ending their runs in the week starting August 31 will be Mean Mums, Golden Boy, Magnum P.I., Best of Top Gear, Outback Opal Hunter and A Place to Call Home

➢➢ HD coming attractions for August 31-September 6 will include:

  • Gnomeo & Juliet (TVNZ 2, 7.05am Saturday)
  • Shrek Forever After (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Fly Me to the Moon (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Grown Ups (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • 28 Days Later (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • The Best Man Holiday (Three, 10.55 Saturday)
  • Face Off (TVNZ 2 11.15 Saturday)
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (TVNZ 2, 1.50am Sunday)
  • Big Daddy (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Sunday)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Big Fish (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • War Dogs (TVNZ 2, 9.55 Sunday)
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday)
  • Dragon Wars (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Three, 7.30 Thursday)
  • Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Think Like a Man (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday).
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