HD Heads-Up: June 29 – July 5

➢➢ Race Across the World (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesdays from July 3) is a BBC newcomer about Britons in a race to reach Singapore without using smartphones or aeroplanes. Said The Times: “This show, despite being a bit scattered and having some annoying participants, is at least different from the usual fare in that it requires the five pairs of contestants from different generations to use the old soft skills of actually talking to people and using their initiative, not Siri.” Concurred The i: “It succeeded in recreating the combination of unexpected highlights, soul-destroying lows and crucial budget decisions which characterised old-school seat of the pants travel” …

➢➢ How Not to Get Cancer (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesdays from July 2) is a four-part documentary series in which The Big Ward‘s Richard Babor sorts science from superstition to find out what we can do to reduce our risk off contracting The Big C  …

➢➢ It may sound as dull as ditchwater but Prime’s new series about the world’s busiest waterway, The Channel (7.30 Tuesdays from July 2), could be worth a punt. According to sceptical UK TV critic Carol Midgely: “Never judge a show by its dull title. Because it wasn’t just about the 600 ships jostling for space in the English Channel daily … No, it was also about human eccentricity and skill … It was also an interesting prism through which to view the smaller impacts of Brexit” …

➢➢ The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story (Prime, 8.30 June 30) is a documentary that picks up where the movie Bohemian Rhapsody leaves off. Beginning at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, it charts how Brian May and Roger Taylor struggled to come to terms with Mercury’s passing as they sought out a new direction …

➢➢ Nearly a year after the Australian premiere of its sixth and final season, and months after it aired in the US and UK, A Place To Call Home will complete its run here (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Fridays from July 5). Star Brett Climo (George Bligh) promises a “nice, kind landing for the show” …

➢➢ Returning the same week will be Design Junkies (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Thursday) and Motorway Patrol (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Thursday) while ending their runs will be Britain’s Got Talent, Russia From Above, FBI and NCIS: New Orleans

➢➢ Appearing on the July 5 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) will be Andrew Scott, Stephen Fry, Paloma Faith and Bastille …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting June 29 will include:

  • Just My Luck (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Back to the Future Part III (Three, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Training Day (Duke, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Inferno (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Closed Circuit (Three, 10.45 Saturday)
  • The Heat (Three, 8.35 Saturday)
  • Meet Dave (TVNZ 2, 1.15am Sunday)
  • National Treasure (TVNZ 2, 8.10 Sunday)
  • Quartet (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Tusk (TVNZ 2, 11.35 Sunday)
  • Stalked By My Neighbour (TVNZ 2, 1.20am Monday)
  • Boyz N’ the Hood (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Jurassic Park III (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • That’s My Boy (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • The Drop (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday).
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