HD Heads-up: January 29 – February 4

➢➢ While TVNZ 2 and Three continue with their summer schedules, TVNZ 1 is starting to resume normal transmission with the return of Breakfast (complete with new look and studio) and Seven Sharp on January 31 and a slew of premieres the same week. They include two TVNZ OnDemand series, period drama Belgravia (10.00 Saturday) and domestic abuse mystery Angela Black (11.00 Saturday), new episodes of Beat the Chasers (7.30 Wednesday) and Your Home Made Perfect (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Thursday), and three new series …

➢➢ Reunited (8.30 Tuesday) is a six-part series in which Russian-born adoption advocate Alex Gilbert reunites fellow orphans with their birth families. It sounds like a novel twist on Three’s Lost & Found, with the Whangārei-raised Gilbert travelling to the USA and Russia to restore long-lost family ties …

➢➢ My Unique B&B (8.45 Thursday) reveals how you can turn unused or underused spaces, from caravans and tiny houses to geo-domes and pigsties, into money-making B&Bs. One viewer of this UK daytime series asked The Times: “My Unique B&B (BBC2) does brilliant transformations, but where are the toilets?” …

➢➢ Mary Berry’s Love to Cook (8.05 Saturday) introduces the seasoned Great British Bake Off star to “kindred spirits”: Britain’s most passionate cooks, growers and makers. It’s one of those ‘lockdown’ series designed to “inspire the country to fall in love with cooking, growing and producing food” …

➢➢ Prime is clearing its schedule to screen nightly coverage of the Beijing Winter Olympics, from 7.30 on February 4, with Five BedroomsStrike BackHeaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults,Truck Night In America and Tough as Nails all ending their runs …

➢➢Jimmy Carr will take a look back at 2021 with his annual Big Fat Quiz of the Year (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Friday), with contributions from Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Jonathan Ross, Judi Love, Sara Pascoe and Guz Khan …

➢➢ Returning the same week in a surprisingly late slot will be Love It Or List It Australia (Three, 9.45 Monday) and Warship: Life at Sea (Duke, 9.25 Thursday) while Controlling Britney Spears (Three, 8.40 Tuesday), which has been streaming on ThreeNow, is a New York Times investigation into the pop star’s controversial conservatorship, featuring interviews with key insiders about how the conservatorship worked ……

➢➢ Kenneth Branagh and Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé will appear in the February 3 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ In an unusual move, Three will air the Van Diesel movie Bloodshot not as a Sunday night premiere but in the 7.30 Friday action movie slot usually reserved for re-runs. Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Jurassic World (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Jumanji (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Monster House (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturay)
  • This is the End (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Constantine (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Get Out (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Blood Diamond (TVNZ 2, midnight Saturday)
  • Batman & Robin (TVNZ 2, 2.30 Sunday)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Instant Family (Three, 8.25 Sunday)
  • Mystery Road (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Alien 3 (TVNZ 2, 10.35 Sunday)
  • Assault On Precinct 13 (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Monday)
  • Gangster Squad (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Adjustment Bureau (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Tuesday) 
  • The Hangover Part II (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Barbershop 2: Back To Business (Maori TV, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Hancock (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Thursday)
  • Billy Madison (Duke, 9.25 Friday)
  • The Queen (TVNZ 2, 3.40am Saturday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-up: January 29 – February 4”

  1. I think once Warner Bros. Discovery becomes official Three will make quite a few new changes with more at their disposal ?

  2. Apart from the fact that Bloodshot was a box office bomb, do you think that the holiday weekends have anything to do with both the Friday night slot and the weak Sunday night programming?

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