HD Heads-Up: July 20-26

➢➢ The pick of the streaming premieres landing on linear TV is The Flatshare (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Monday), a 2022 comedy about a journalist still raw from a brutal break-up who timeshares with a hospice nurse on the basis they’ll never have to meet. Top critics loved it: “I can’t stop watching it” (The Guardian); “charming and tightly written” (Independent); “daft, but enjoyable” (The Australian); and “a Fleabag-lite romcom tailormade for the cost-of-living crisis” (The Telegraph). Jessica Brown Findlay and Anthony Welsh star …

➢➢ Wolf (TVNZ 2, 12.15am Wednesday) is a BBC thriller set in a remote country house where a family becomes the victims of a terrifying psychopath’s cruel games. It earned mixed reviews but was praised as “horrific, frankly, and much the most harrowing thing I’ve had to watch for some many years” (Independent) and “provides such a worthy pay-off” (Evening Standard). Detractors dubbed it everything from a “sub-Agatha Christie turd” (The Times) to “its grisliness will be off-putting for many” (Rotten Tomatoes) …

➢➢ No Escape (Three, 8.05 Monday) is a seven-part Paramount+ thriller about two best friends who flee for their lives to Southeast Asia on a yacht that is found drifting in Queensland waters with no one aboard. “This seaborne British thriller is capable throughout, but it is so tightly focused on the machinations of its plot and an aesthetic of tropical menace that it sometimes lacks self-examination,” said The Age while Digital Spy observed: “Just as in White Lotus, the characters that gather as part of this wandering motley crew turn out to be harbouring secrets that start to unravel” …

➢➢Heat (Three, 8.05 Tuesday) stars Danny Dyer and Darren McMullen as best friends who emigrated to Australia 20 years earlier from the UK. Every summer they reunite for a holiday with their families in tow — only for their latest catch-up to flare out of control as dark secrets are exposed and a bushfire rages. The Times dubbed it “the latest thriller to rot your brain over four nights” while The Guardian said: “Dyer’s cockney-geezer charisma makes this otherwise mediocre four-part thriller worth a try” …

➢➢ My Family Mystery (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Sunday) is TVNZ’s belated answer to Three’s popular David Lomas Investigates, but with Lotto presenter Sonia Gray unearthing  family secrets …

➢➢ Returning for its fifth season is Wild Kai Legends (Duke, 7.00 Sunday) while ending their runs are:

  • The Brokenwood Mysteries
  • Belgravia: The Next Chapter
  • Gentleman Jack
  • Yellowjackets
  • The Rise And Fall Of Boris Johnson
  • The Rookie
  • First On Scene
  • Helicopter ER
  • Restaurant: Impossible
  • Time
  • Divorce
  • East New York 

➢➢  Paris 2024 Olympics leads the live/delayed free-to-air sport highlights, kicking off with overnight coverage from July 25 ahead of the Opening Ceremony (July 29, 5.25am). Also of note:

  • ANZ Premiership Netball Final: Southern Steel v Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • Rugby: All Blacks v Fiji (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday)
  • NRL Premiership: Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos (Sky Open, 9.30 Saturday)
  • NBL: Semi-Final 2 (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • NRL Premiership: Warriors v Wests Tigers (Sky Open, 7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • The Famous Five: Peril on the Night Train (Three, 6.30 Saturday)
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Tama Kaiatea (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (TVNZ 1, 8.05 Saturday)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (Three, 8.20 Saturday)
  • The Grey (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Language Lessons (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • The Rules of Attraction (TVNZ 2, 10.45 Saturday)
  • The F Word (TVNZ 2, 12.45am Sunday)
  • The Croods (TVNZ 2, 3.45 Sunday)
  • The Holiday (TVNZ 2, 8.15 Sunday)
  • Parker (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Devil’s Knot (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Mystery of Henri Pick (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Nope (TVNZ 2, 10.35 Sunday)
  • Road Trip – Beer Pong (Duke, 8.30 Monday)
  • Eternal Spring: The Heist of Chinas Airwaves (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Jackie Brown (Duke, 10.15 Monday)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Perfect Stranger (Duke, 10.40 Tuesday)
  • Buoyancy (Whakaata Māori, 8.35 Wednesday)
  • Point Break (TVNZ 2, 9.25 Friday).
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