HD Heads-Up: February 24-March 1

➢➢ TVNZ 1 broadcasts the premiere of the irresistible Paramount+ thriller The Castaways (9.30 Sunday) just hours after it lands on TVNZ+ (8am Sunday). It stars Sheridan Smith as a Fiji-bound holidaymaker who disappears in a plane crash — months later the sister (Céline Buckens) who should have been on the same flight sets out to find her. The Guardian thought it “a darkly plotted and sunnily staged piece of escapism” while The Standard dubbed it “deliciously twisty” …

➢➢ The Walk In (TVNZ 1, 9.25 Saturday) stars Stephen Graham in a real-life inspired drama about an activist who plants an undercover operative inside a far-right extremist group on the eve of the UK’s Brexit vote. It was written by Jeff Pope (Four Lives, Hatton Garden) and was generally well reviewed when it aired six months ago on ITV (Radio Times praised it as “a fascinating but unsettling watch”) …

➢➢ After years of persevering with The Walking Dead and its spin-offs in primetime, TVNZ 2 consigns the latest to ultra late-night. The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live screens 11.40 Mondays but can be streamed earlier on TVNZ+. It brings back former husband-and-wife Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) as they attempt to find each other in a post-apocalyptic world …

➢➢ Reel Life: Me & Breast Implants (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Thursday): S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt tells her own story as part of her inquiry into Breast Implant Illness and whether controversial breast augmentation surgery should be publicly funded …

➢➢ If you can’t get enough of Planet Earth III (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Tuesdays), Sky Open premieres Dynamic Planet (7.30 Sunday) the same week Whakaata Māori launches Facing Grizzlies (8.00 Tuesday). The former is a four-part Natural History NZ exploration of climate extremes that Cliff Curtis narrates; in the latter, cinematographer Phil Timpany shares grizzly bear secrets and shows how people and bears can co-exist …

➢➢ Sky Open also has the free-to-air premieres of “pressure cooker drama” The Girl Before (9.30 Saturday),  the “x-rated Dumb and Dumber” comedy Frank of Ireland (Sky Open, 9.00 Wednesday) and the highly-acclaimed HBO docuseries Hostages (9.30 Tuesday), which chronicles how Iranian student activists stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held 60 Americans hostage from 1979-81 …

➢➢ FTA sport for the last week of February includes Blackcaps v Australia 3rd T20 (TVNZ 1, 12.30 Sunday), FIBA: Asia Cup – Tall Blacks (Duke, 4.00 Sunday), SailGP Sydney (Three, 4.30 Sunday & Monday), and Blackcaps v Australia 1st Test (Duke, 10.30am Thursday & Friday) …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons are A New Zealand Food Story With Ben Bayly (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Saturday), Hyundai Country Calendar (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday), George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (TVNZ 1, 8.35 Wednesday) and All Rise (TVNZ 2, 12.20am Wednesday) while continuing with season premieres are Power (TVNZ 1, 1.55am Sunday), Dodger (TVNZ 2, 9.30am Sunday) and Togetherness (Sky Open, 9.30 Wednesday) …

➢➢ Blasts from the past that are being resurrected on new channels include 30 Rock (Sky Open, 7.00 weeknights) and The Tudors (TVNZ 1, 11.25 Friday) …

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 7.30 Thursday) are Ian McKellen, Michael Sheen, Ambika Mod and Josh Widdicombe …

➢➢ Ending their runs are Tough as NailsThe DryTed, ClaremontBack in Time for the Corner Shop AustraliaHoarders and Law & Order: Organized Crime 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • A Dog’s Purpose (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Ride Like a Girl (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Our Brand is Crisis (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Sherlock Homes 2 (Three, 8.35 Saturday)
  • Arbitrage (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Made of Honor (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Blair Witch (Duke, 9.35 Saturday)
  • The Guilt Trip (TVNZ 2, 10.55 Saturday)
  • Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of American Music (Sky Open, midnight Saturday)
  • Cellular (TVNZ 2, 12.40am Sunday)
  • Addams Family Values (TVNZ 2, 3.40 Sunday)
  • Minions (TVNZ 2, 6.50 Sunday)
  • The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Man of Steel (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Big Eyes (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Bright Young Things (Whakaata Māori, 8.45 Sunday)
  • The Final Destination (TVNZ 2, 11.35 Sunday)
  • Death Race (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • After Sherman (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Hunt for Red October (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Burning (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Blackkklansman (Duke, 9.45 Friday).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 24-March 1”


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    February 15, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    And FTA Sport includes Super Rugby – Highlanders v Moana Pasifika @ 7pm on Feb 24th

  2. Any idea when TVNZ + is going to stream Resident Alien season 3 which started in the US this week? They streamed season 1 and 2.

  3. Good point, Paul W. Nothing to report yet but will check with TVNZ on Monday for an ETA.

  4. Hey Philip. This is just a bump, I my have missed the post and if so, I apologise. Has there been any news about Resident Alien? And also The Rookie, too, as that’s already started? Cheers.

  5. Sorry, Darren, apologies all mine as I forgot to follow up. Hopefully will let you know soon …

  6. S6 of The Rookie is being held back on TVNZ+ until its TVNZ 2 season later this year; TVNZ isn’t picking up S3 of Resident Alien. It no longer has the rights to S1-2 so perhaps all three will wind up on another service, most likely Sky’s Neon given its NBCUniversal relationship.

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