HD Heads-Up: December 28 – January 3

➢➢ Amid the glut of New Year music special and movie repeats is a handful of highlights, including the season 12 premiere of Doctor Who. TVNZ OnDemand will stream it from 9am on January 2; TVNZ 2 will broadcast it at the same time and repeat it later in the day at 7.30. The two-part premiere has MI6 turning to the Doctor and her team when intelligence agents around the world come under attack from alien forces; the conclusion will air/stream 9am on January 6 and repeat January 10 at 7.30. New episodes thereafter will stream/air 9am Mondays and repeat 7.30 Fridays  …

➢➢ Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration  (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday) is a two-hour tribute to the record label featuring performances by Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ciara, Chloe X Halle, Fantasia, Tori Kelly, John Legend, NE-YO, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor. TVNZ 1 also will air the Royal Variety Performance 2019 (7.00 Wednesday) …

➢➢ It will be a happy new year for Mrs Brown’s Boys fans with TVNZ 1 peppering the schedule with specials. While only one’s a premiere, Orange Is the New Mammy (8.30 Thursday), it is screening within 24 hours of its 10.30 New Year’s Day broadcast on BBC1. According to the blurb, there’s bad news for Winnie when Agnes discovers Peggy Piper the Pernod poisoner is out on appeal and could be coming back to Finglas …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will screen Have You Been Paying Attention To 2019? just after midnight on New Year’s Eve. And for those who prefer their news retrospectives played straight, the 2019 Year in Review will air on both TVNZ 1 (7.30 Monday) and TVNZ 2 (11.00 Tuesday) …

➢➢ Three’s New Year’s Day big gun is The Graham Norton Show: NY Special (8.40 Wednesday), with Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Motsi Mabuse, Melenie C and Sink the Pink. It will air opposite Duke’s top drawcard, Top Gear New Year’s Eve Special, in which Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris will be voyaging from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, to the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang …

➢➢ Prime has compiled a two-and-a-half hour QI special for 7.00 on New Year’s Day. It will feature four episodes from the ‘N’ season, the first in which Sandi Toksvig succeeds Stephen Fry as the host. Also returning for a new season is Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Three, 7.30 Thursday) …

➢➢ There will be three network movie premieres in the week starting December 28: Power Rangers (Three, 7.00 Saturday), Peter Rabbit (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday) and The Dark Tower (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Thursday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Labyrinth (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Bodyguard (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Edward Scissorhands (Three, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Hollow Man (Duke, 9.35 Saturday)
  • Heartthrob (Three, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Air Force One (TVNZ 2, 2.05am Sunday)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Charlie’s Angels (Prime, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Theeb (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Longest Yard (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Moulin Rouge (TVNZ 1, 8.45 Sunday)
  • The Gift (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday)
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (TVNZ 2, 8.05 Monday)
  • All About Steve (Three, 8.40 Monday)
  • Superman – The Movie (Prime, 9.35 Monday)
  • The Full Monty (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Gladiator (Three, 8.35 Tuesday)
  • Men of Honour (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Die Hard 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Blind Side (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Wednesday)
  • The Swan Princess Christmas (Maori TV, 7.00 Wednesday)
  • Our Brand is Crisis (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday)
  • The Hateful Eight (Duke, 10.55 Wednesday)
  • Bad Boys (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Triple 9 (Duke, 9.30 Thursday)
  • We Bought a Zoo (Three, 7.00 Friday)
  • Ghostbusters (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday)
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Prime, 7.30 Friday)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • X-Men: First Class (TVNZ 2, 9.50 Friday)
  • First Sunday (Duke, 10.20 Friday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: December 28 – January 3”

  1. Hi Phil, do you know if/when Three will be showing Survivor again? Seems like ages since the original (and best) appeared on our screens. Thanks, Aiden

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