HD Heads-Up: December 30-January 5

➢➢ TVNZ 1 is stripping the latest Jed (Line of Duty) Mercurio drama, Breathtaking, across three nights (8.30 Tuesday, 8.35 Wednesday, 8.40 Thursday). Based on doctor-writer Rachel Clarke’s unflinching Covid memoir, it stars Joanne Froggatt as a hospital consultant on the frontline of the early days of the pandemic. Set against a backdrop of news footage from early 2020, it tracks her daily workload while weaving together the stories of her fellow doctors, nurses, patients and the paramedics whose ambulances were queued outside hospitals …

➢➢ Good Grief (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Tuesday): “Reverend Richard Coles opens up the conversation around bereavement in this deeply moving special, as he goes on a personal grief voyage and tries some unconventional activities that have helped others to live with loss” — The Guardian

➢➢ Other holiday programming highlights include Call the Midwife Christmas Special (TVNZ 1, 8.15 Saturday), The Royal Variety Performance (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday), George Michael: Portrait of an Artist (TVNZ 1, 8.55 Sunday), An Audience With Kylie (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Monday) and The Graham Norton Show – NYE Special (Three, 8.10 Monday) …

➢➢ Bust Down (TVNZ 2,  12.10am Tuesday) is a 2022 Peacock obscurity about four Indiana casino workers with dead-end lives facing workplace harassment, homelessness and colourism. “But Bust Down isn’t here to expose harsh realities or deliver teachable moments,” The Hollywood Reporter said. “It’s not trying to mock people for caring, nor lecture them for not caring enough. It is here, in the face of all these intractable issues, to goof off. It’s a tough balancing act for any comedy to manage, tiptoeing along edgy without tipping over into smug or sour. But it’s one Bust Down pulls off far more often than not, thanks to the sheer hilariousness of its core cast and the zany chemistry between them” …

➢➢ TVNZ 2’s Bob Hearts Abishola returns for its fourth season (12.50 Saturday), the network goes back to S1 of The Rookie for twice-weekly double-eps (10.45 Thursday), strips Guessable re-runs late-night and premieres the UK Taskmaster New Year’s Treat 2024 (8.00 Wednesday) …

➢➢ New to Sky Open are the free-to-air debut of atmospheric rust belt murder-mystery American Rust (10.30 Wednesday), business travel show A New Life in the Sun (6.30 weekdays) and live coverage of the ASB Classic Women’s tournament (2.00 weekdays). Meanwhile, cricket continues on TVNZ: Blackcaps v Bangladesh 3rd T20 ( TVNZ 1, 12.30 Sunday) and SuperSmash Cricket (Duke, Saturday and Monday-Friday) …

➢➢ New to Whakaata Māori are the Waiata Māori Music Awards 2023 (7.30 Sunday) and video podcast Kai Tā (10.35 Monday), which explores the world of moko and the life of a kai tā …

➢➢ Comedy Central Roasts Donald Trump (Duke, 9.15 Monday), Selling Houses Australia returns (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday) and ending their runs are Last WeekendFor the Love of PetsShining Vale and Secrets of the Chippendale Murders 

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the first week of the new year include the FTA premiere of Uncharted (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Tuesday) and:

  • My Girl (TVNZ 2, 11am Saturday)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Tom & Jerry (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Paddington (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Butler (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Everything Must Go (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • The Divergent Series – Allegiant (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Mortal Kombat (Three, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Return of the Living Dead Part II (Duke, 9.20 Saturday)
  • Let Him Go (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Searching (Three, 11.10 Saturday)
  • A Walk in the Woods (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (TVNZ 2, 8.30am Sunday)
  • Alpha (Three, 3.00 Sunday)
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (TVNZ 2, 3.20 Sunday)
  • Richie Rich (TVNZ 2, 6.15 Sunday)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (Duke, 7.30 Sunday)
  • Justice League (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Sunday)
  • The Equalizer 2 (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Schindler’s List (Sky Open, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Colossal (Whakaata Māori, 9.00 Sunday)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (Duke, 9.35 Sunday)
  • Battle Los Angeles (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Sunday)
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (Duke, 11.50 Sunday)
  • Nacho Libre (TVNZ 2, midnight Sunday)
  • 50 First Dates (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Monday)
  • Surfwise (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Waterworld (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Dream Horse (TVNZ 1, 8.55 Monday)
  • Music and Lyrics (TVNZ 2, 9.45 Monday)
  • Gunda (Whakaata Māori, 12.30 Tuesday)
  • Troy (Three, 8.05 Tuesday)
  • The Replacement Killers (Duke, 9.00 Tuesday)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider – The Cradle for Life (Duke, 8.20 Wednesday)
  • Monsieur Lazhar (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Accountant (Three, 8.40 Wednesday)
  • Khumba (Whakaata Māori, 12.30 Thursday)
  • Miss Congeniality (Three, 7.30 Thursday)
  • XXX – Return of Xander Cage (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Thursday)
  • Road Trip (Duke, 8.45 Thursday)
  • Road Trip – Beer Pong (Duke, 10.30 Thursday)
  • The Little Rascals (Sky Open, 7.00 Friday)
  • Fool’s Gold (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Friday)
  • Wild Wild West (Three, 8.35 Friday)
  • Ted (Duke, 9.20 Friday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: December 30-January 5”

  1. Interesting news about Warner Bros. Discovery may be merging with Paramount next year. They are at least talking about it. I wonder what changes that would bring to New Zealand 🤔

  2. Who bothers with SuperSmash. Its a yawnfest compared to the BBL.

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