HD Heads-Up: January 20-26

➢➢ The Claremont Murders (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Saturday) is a gripping dramatisation of West Australia’s biggest unsolved murder case revolving around the disappearance of three young women in the late ’90s. “Writers Justin Monjo and Michaeley O’Brien have distilled a saga spanning decades into two gruelling, tightly focused 80-minute instalments,” said The Age. The Sydney Morning Herald thought it “a troubling account of an investigation where, despite massive resources being employed, lines of inquiry go down blind alleys, crucial misjudgements are made, innocent people are hurt and results take many years to be ground out. Throughout the investigation and subsequent trial, the focus keeps shifting back to the stunned parents. In the end, their grief is what holds the story together” …

➢➢ It’s being double-billed with Mayflies (TVNZ 1, 10.20 Saturday), the excellent BBC drama series that’s been streaming on TVNZ+ since April. About two lifelong mates whose relationship is tested when one asks the other to help take his life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, it’s “both brutal and warm,” The Age said, “particularly in its depiction of male friendship, portrayed as something as significant as romantic love”. Line of Duty’s Martin Compton and Tony Curran (Deadwood: The Movie) star …

➢➢ The Daily Telegraph dubbed Murder in the Alps (Sky Open, 8.30 Wednesday) a “ghoulish docuseries … ponderous and insensitive” about the 2012 slaying of a British family in the French Alps. “A story that could have been told in 60 minutes instead [is] stretched across three ultimately unfulfilling hours.” Echoed a kinder Times review: “The unexpected twists and florid theories are gobsmacking, although whether it needs three hours to tell them is another matter” …

➢➢ The return of The Great Kiwi Bake Off  (TVNZ 1. 7.30 Thursday) is being teamed with new episodes of Would I Lie To You? at 9.00 while Great Auction Showdown (TVNZ 1, 8.35 Friday) is a Channel 5 daytime series (aka Paul Martin’s Antiques Showdown) that TVNZ evidently thinks is shiny enough for primetime … …

➢➢ Also new are: Kim vs Kanye: The Divorce (Three, 9.05 Monday), an “insider account” of the billion dollar divorce of Kim and Kanye West; Reel Life: Extreme Acne (TVNZ 2, 9.10 Thursday), which profiles three sufferers whose lives are blighted by the condition; and Togetherness (Sky Open, 9.30 Wednesday), a charming 2015 HBO comedy about four fortysomethings living under the same roof (Melanie Lewinsky stars with The Morning Show’s Mark Duplass) …

➢➢ Coming attractions in HD include:

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Cody the Robosapien (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • J. Edgar (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • 6 Days (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Rush Hour 3 (Three, 9.05 Saturday)
  • Freddy vs Jason (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • The Medallion (TVNZ 2, 9.45 Saturday)
  • Hunter, Killer (Three, 10.50 Saturday)
  • The King of Staten Island (TVNZ 2,11.30 Saturday)
  • One Missed Call (TVNZ 2, 2am Sunday)
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (TVNZ 2, 4.15 Sunday)
  • Shrek the Third (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Joyful Noise (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Arctic (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Prestige (Three, 9.30 Sunday)
  • Jason Goes To Hell – Final Friday (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday)
  • D-Tox (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Araatika! Rise Up (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Monday)
  • C.H.I.P.S. (Three, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Tuesday)
  • Bad Boys (Duke, 9.30 Tuesday)
  • The Expendables 3 (Three, 8.10 Wednesday)
  • A Bump Along the Way (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday)
  • Chopper (Duke, 9.30 Wednesday)
  • Jungle Shuffle (Whakaata Māori, 12.30 Thursday)
  • Vanilla Sky (Duke, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Nanny Diaries (Three, 8.35 Thursday)
  • Johnny English (Sky Open, 7.00 Friday)
  • Mortal Engines (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Friday)
  • Friends With Kids (Three, 9.00 Friday)
  • Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: January 20-26”

  1. It looks like Pedro Pascal will be the new Reed Richards for the Fantastic 4. Such brilliant casting. It’s a shame Margot Robbie pulled out, they would have made a wonderful team 😁

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