HD Heads-Up: July 6-12

➢➢ Michael Mosley: The Doctor Who Changed Britain (Eden, 7.05 Sunday) reviews his four-decade broadcasting career, which was cut short by his premature death from what’s believed to have been heat exhaustion in Greece. The Telegraph dubbed it “a touching tribute to man who made the nation better … [a] warm goodbye to the effervescent Mosley, who had a lasting impact on the nation’s health habits” …

➢➢ Fred West: The Glasgow Girls (Sky Open, 8.30 Sunday) explores the lives of the serial killer’s first three victims in ’60s Glasgow: his first wife Rena Costello, her daughter Charmaine, and her friend Anne McFall, who were never reported missing. It also examines why the warning signs about his abusive behaviour were ignored, and how this period shaped the mass murderer he would become …

➢➢ Sky Open expands its natural history programming to create a two-hour block on Thursdays with the premiere of Walking With Elephants as the 8.30 lead-out to Saving Britain’s Wildlife. The three-part 2020 series has Parachute Regiment vet Levison Wood tracking elephants during their annual 1000km migration across Botswana to the vast ­wetlands of the Okavango Delta. …

➢➢ The first edition of Three News screens July 6 at 6.00. The weekend half-hour bulletins will be paired with Bondi Rescue on Saturdays and re-runs of David Lomas Investigates on Sundays. The weekday bulletins will be an hour long …

➢➢ New to Duke are the documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali (11.15 Tuesday), which is being double-billed with the Will Smith biopic, and East Harbour Heroes (9.30 Thursday), a reality series about courageous Canadian seafarers, while TVNZ 1 premieres the latest Power spin-off, Power Book II: Ghost (1.05am Sunday) …

➢➢ New to Whakaata Māori is 1.5 Degrees A Global Warming (7.30 Monday), a Kiwi docuseries about climate change. “Māori are more likely to be impacted by the effects of climate change,” producer Amanda Jones says. “We are already seeing the loss of urupā and marae, with extreme weather impacting our vulnerable communities” …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons are:

  • Screw S2 (TVNZ 1, 10.05 Saturday)
  • Swamp People S11 (Duke, 6.10 Sunday)
  • Amanda and Alan’s Italian Job S2 (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Monday)
  • Ambulance Australia S5 (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Tuesday)
  • Time S2 (Sky Open, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Secret Nazi Bases S3 (Duke, 8.30 Thursday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are The Reunion, Highway Cops, So Help Me Todd, The Game, Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage, and Reckoning and Bill Bailey’s Wild West Australia 

➢➢ Live/delayed free-to-air sporting coverage includes:

  • UEFA Euro: 2nd Quarter-Final (Duke, 6.50am Saturday)
  • ANZ Premiership Netball: Northern Stars v Mainland Tactix (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • NRL Premiership: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v NZ Warriors (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Steinlager Series: NZL v England (Sky Open, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Japan XV v Maori All Blacks (Sky Open, 11.30 Saturday)
  • UEFA Euro: 3rd Quarter-Final (Duke, 3.50am Sunday)
  • NBL: Taranaki Airs v Auckland Tuatara (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • UEFA Euro: 1st Semi-Final (Duke, 6.50am Wednesday)
  • UEFA Euro: 2nd Semi-Final (Duke, 6.50am Thursday)
  • NRL: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Wests Tigers (Sky Open, 9.55 Friday) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Robinson Crusoe The Wild Life (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Nut Job (TVNZ 2, 7.15 Saturday)
  • Grease (TVNZ 1, 8.05 Saturday)
  • Ghost Town (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Wild Target (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Black Sheep (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Along Came Polly (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • The High Note (TVNZ 2, 12.40am Sunday)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Duke, 12.55am Sunday)
  • Shrek Forever After (TVNZ 2, 3.45 Sunday)
  • 21 Jump Street (TVNZ 2, 8.15 Sunday)
  • Nowhere Boy (Eden, 8.3 Sunday)
  • The Rhythm Section (Three, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Number One (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • It Chapter Two (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Sunday)
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Duke, 8.30 Monday)
  • Us Kids (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Ali (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Truth (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Expendables 3 (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Friday).
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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: July 6-12”

  1. Apologies if I’ve missed it but I have seen no mention of Wimbledon coverage on Sky or TVNZ. It starts Monday night. Any ideas?

  2. Hey, Clint. According to Flicks, “you can stream the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Finals, along with the Mixed, Gentlemen’s, and Ladies’ Doubles Finals live and for free on TVNZ+. Sadly, no local broadcasters have picked up the rights for the tournament’s earlier matches.”

  3. Wow interesting. Thanks Philip. A real shame for a tennis fan like me.

  4. TVNZ is now showing all of Wimbledon

  5. Just saw this, why so late with the announcement Philip? And what is up with them not utilising TVNZ Duke for tennis coverage and all the Euro football matches? There’s hardly anything worthy to watch on Duke, they could at least add more sport to its schedule and to TVNZ 1 considering there’s no more late news to interrupt the tennis.

  6. I’m guessing that the [non-exclusive] streaming rights are a fraction of the cost of the broadcast rights. And, as has been in the past, too few watch Wimbledon live. A former broadcast CEO noted that more people watch the replay than the live coverage and it didnt justify renewing (hence it keeps bouncing from broadcaster to broadcaster or not being taken up at all). As to the late notice – public backlash has forced TVNZ to pay for rights they don’t value.

  7. That sounds a pretty comprehensive summation to me, Mike. Have put the questions to TVNZ so will see how accurate your analysis is.

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