HD Heads-Up: January 25 – 31

➢➢ The fruits of TVNZ’s BBC deal for its wildlife output continues with the premiere of First Year On Earth (TVNZ 1, 8.00 Tuesdays from January 28). In following the dramatic lives of six baby animals as they experience their first year in the wild, it purportedly “casts a new light on their world – and how global changes are shaping the challenges they face” …

➢➢ The Guardian summed it up as “maximum adorableness” while The Telegraph grudgingly acknowledged “there was much to enjoy here. What could top the sight of a Kenyan baby elephant slipping over in mud like a pachydermic Oliver Hardy, or a tiny Ugandan mountain gorilla emulating its father in beating its chest, the aural equivalent of tapping a yoghurt pot vs beating a bass drum?” …

➢➢ Dog Squad Puppy School (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Tuesdays from January 28) is a spin-off from Dog Squad about the contrasting traits, personalities and skills required from each breed to be trained to become a dog with a job …

➢➢ Drag SOS (TVNZ 1, 9.15 Tuesdays from January 28) follows a group of drag queens around the UK as they recruit three ordinary locals and train them for a showstopping drag performance. The Times thought it “not a patch” on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy but the Evening Standard said: “Given that the makeover genre requires strict adherence to a narrative formula in which the challenge is met and the over is made, it is at least novel in the way it stretches the boundaries of inclusivity” …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will launch The Bachelorette NZ with a 90-minute premiere on January 27. In its first week, the series will air 7.30 Monday-Wednesday; thereafter it will screen 7.00 Sundays and 7.30 Monday-Tuesday. Incidentally, a new season of The Bachelor will air 2.05pm Sundays on TVNZ 2 from January 26 …

➢➢ The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on January 27 (TVNZ 2, 2pm); it will repeat 8.30 on Duke. And Prime will launch the following day in its Prime Rocks slot, Hitsville – The Making of Motown (8.35 Tuesdays), a series about the record label’s impact during the civil rights era. It will follow the 7.30 return of The Great Australian Bake Off

➢➢ Following the success of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown, TVNZ 2 will screen the Jimmy Carr-hosted The Big Fat Quiz of the Decade (8.30 January 29) …

➢➢ Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Cumming, Miriam Margolyes, Sharon Horgan and Craig David will guest on the January 30 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ Season six of Fresh Off the Boat (Three, 2.30 Saturdays from January 25) will follow repeats of S4 …

➢➢ There will be four network movie premieres in the week starting January 25: Split (Three, 8.55 Saturday), Coco (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday), The Fate of the Furious (Three, 8.30 Sunday) and The Commuter (Prime, 8.30 Monday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Zootopia (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Monsters vs. Aliens (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Life (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Mindhunters (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Until We Are Safe (Three, 11.10 Saturday)
  • Viral (Duke, 11.25 Saturday)
  • Con Air (TVNZ 2, 12.50am Sunday)
  • Police Academy 3: Back in Training (TVNZ 2, 2.50am Sunday)
  • The Legend of Tarzan (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Sunday)
  • No Good Deed (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday)
  • What Women Want (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Monday)
  • Two Weeks Notice (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Money Train (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Definitely Maybe (Three, 8.35 Wednesday)
  • Clash of the Titans (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Incredible Hulk (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Norbit (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Suicide Squad (TVNZ 2, 9.40 Friday)
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Duke, 10.25 Friday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 25 – 31”

  1. I notice on Netflix on January 24th they will be adding Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which I find odd as there was no mention of it in their promo for January but still good to see Netflix adding more recent movies 🙂

  2. Thanks for the update, Trevor. The likes of Amazon and Netflix often add content without advising media. Usually it’s restricted to library rather than original content.

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