HD Heads-Up: July 8-14

➢➢ The second week of July boasts an eclectic slate of free-to-air air documentaries, from a series about the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior to the first in a season of premium sports documentaries. Billed as “a tale of state terrorism, environmental passion and international power play”, Rainbow Warrior: Murder in the Pacific (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Monday) features new testimony from those involved in the investigation of the 1985 bombing of the Greenpeace ship by the French Secret Service …

➢➢ 38 at the Garden (Prime, 9.00 Saturday) chronicles the rise of NBA trailblazer Jeremy Lin during his 2012 season with the New York Knicks and how he use this influences to combat prejudice against Asian Americans. “There’s never been anything like ‘Linsanity,’ and even a decade later, it’s a thrill to relive it,” Decider said. “38 at the Garden does the story justice and more, capturing the excitement of an incredible moment in NBA history” …

➢➢ NME dubbed Johnny vs. Amber: The US Trial (Three, 9.30 Wednesday) “trash TV that will go down a treat“. It promises intimate access” to Depp’s lawyers and legal experts to provide a “forensic account” from both sides. The Guardian thought it “a gruesome exercise in wringing entertainment from a case about domestic violence” and The Independent “a hasty two-part Discovery+ documentary that literally takes the form of a ‘he said, she said'” …

➢➢ Hongi to Hangi: Matariki Special (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Friday) is part of a Matariki-fest that includes movies, specials and a concert spread across free-to-air and streaming platforms …

TVNZ 2 launches the latest seasons of Creamerie and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds around the same time they stream on TVNZ+: the latter screens 1.10pm Saturdays and the former premieres 10.00 Friday. Trekkies still miss out on being able to stream SNW in 4K, as happens in the US, but at least the TVNZ 2 broadcast will upgrade it from 720p on TVNZ+ to 1080i with 5.1 audio …

➢ Duke has live Extreme E coverage from 9am Sunday, 11.40am Monday and midday Thursday …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 is completing Based on a True Story’s run by pairing the season finale (9.30 Wednesday) with the series finale of another Kaey Cuoco series, The Big Bang Theory

➢➢ Also ending their runs are Ten Pound PomsMaternalBarracuda, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and Hugh’s Huge Homes

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the second week of July include:

  • Just Like Heaven (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Emu Runner (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • In Bruges (Eden, 8.35 Saturday)
  • Stray (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Lucy (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (TVNZ 2, 10.40 Saturday)
  • The F Word (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon (TVNZ 2, 2.40am Sunday)
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (TVNZ 2, 4.10 Sunday)
  • RED (Three, 8.25 Sunday)
  • Aquaman (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Gloriavale (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Everybody Hates Johan (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Us (TVNZ 2, midnight Sunday)
  • Westwood: Punk Icon Activist (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Donnie Brasco (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Boy (Whakaata Māori, 10.00 Wednesday)
  • Footrot Flats – A Dog’s Tail (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday)
  • Forrest Gump (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Whale Rider (TVNZ 1, 8.00 Sunday)
  • Cousins (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Friday)
  • Groundhog Day (Duke, 9.25 Friday)
  • Matariki (Whakaata Māori, 10.05 Friday)
  • Gringo (Three, 10.10 Friday)
  • Evan Almighty (Duke, 1am Saturday).
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