HD Heads-Up: June 29-July 5

➢➢ Ahead of the UK general election comes the four-part docuseries The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday). “This horrifying series makes it way through years of splutter-bumbles and shouting at yucca plants and wrecking everything, until even his champions declare him friendless,” said The Guardian. “Still, it’s way too soon for this – isn’t it? … Apart from anything else, can we be sure he will stay fallen? If ever a Lazarus were going to bounce.” The Irish Independent published these 12 takeaways from the series while The Telegraph observed: “As perspicacious and nimble as The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson (Channel 4) may have been, it was treading old ground. Readers of this newspaper, Tories and most Britons have, for good or ill, surely had their fill of old spaghetti head” …

➢➢ Bradley and Barney Walsh’s latest double-act is the BBC’s top-rating reboot of Gladiators (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Thursday). The series has been so popular that Amazon MGM Studios is remaking it as American Gadiators for Prime Video subscribers. Quipped The Guardian: “’90s nostalgia is back in full swing with pugil sticks, huge biceps and unitards … A bit more sexual frisson and it could be the best show in the world. AWOOGA!” The Telegraph celebrated the revival as “great fun for the whole family – brash, tacky, fun” …

➢➢ Three is broadening its Thursday night comedy block with the 8.30 premiere of Kiwi brothel dramedy Madam. Also new are:

  • Razor (Sky Open, 7.00 Sunday), in which All Blacks coach Scott Robertson reveals the philosophy and team secrets
  • the TVNZ+ sensation Somewhere Boy (Duke, 11.15 Tuesday), which The Guardian hailed as “an astute mix of gothic, thriller and family drama”
  • RSPCA reality show Saving Britain’s Wildlife (Sky Open, 7.30 Thursday)
  • Sky Open Mic: Chelsea Handler: Evolution (Sky Open, 11.05 Friday) …

➢➢ 7.30 Friday night perennial The Repair Shop is pushed out to 8.45 by the S5 premiere of Interior Design Masters With Alan Carr. Also returning are:

  • The Dog House S5 (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Saturday)
  • All Blacks in Their Own Words S2 (Sky Open, 9.30 Saturday)
  • The Traitors NZ S2 (Three, 7.00 Monday)
  • The Neighbourhood S5 (Sky Open, 10.45 Monday)
  • FBI S4 (Sky Open, 11.50 Monday)
  • Hoiho Riding On S3 (Whakaata Māori, 7.30 Tuesday)
  • Divorce S2 (Sky Open, 9.40 Wednesday)
  • Helix S2 (TVNZ 2 midnight Wednesday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are News First On Sky Open (Sky Open, 5.30 Friday) and Newshub Live at 6pm (Three, 6.00 Friday), together with The Tower: Death MessagePowerLockerbieBorder SecurityMt Hutt RescueTime, Science of Drugs With Richard Roxburgh and Heavy Rescue 401 

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

  • ANZ Premiership Netball: Bay of Plenty Magic v Northern Stars (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • NRL Premiership: Warriors v Brisbane Broncos (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Japan XV v Maori All Blacks (Sky Open, 11.00 Saturday)
  • NBL: Manawatu Jets v Canterbury Rams (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • UEFA Euro: Round 16 (Duke, 6.50am Monday)
  • UEFA Euro: Final (Duke, 6.50am Wednesday)
  • NRL Premiership: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Gold Coast Titans (Sky Open, 7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Little (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Railway Children Return (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (TVNZ 1, 8.05 Saturday)
  • Next (Three, 8.10 Saturday)
  • In Bruges (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Bright Young Things (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • After Earth (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Honest Thief (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Saturday)
  • The Goldfinch (TVNZ 2, 12.35am Sunday)
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Duke, 12.55am Sunday)
  • Shrek the Third (TVNZ 2, 3.45 Sunday)
  • Mr Deeds (TVNZ 2, 8.15 Sunday)
  • Joker (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Iron Lady (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Woman at War (Whakaata Māori, 8.45 Sunday)
  • Us (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Sunday)
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Duke, 8.30 Monday)
  • Firestarter (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Get Carter (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Boy (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Expendables 2 (TVNZ 2, 9.25 Friday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: June 29-July 5”

  1. I had wondered if WBD might broadcast an “end of an era” type show acknowledging the final Newshub edition on the 5th – but it appears not. It could have been fun to look at all of the various iterations, presenters and historical moments, but not to be.

  2. You never know, the Newshub team will surely have a few tributes prepared for the final week.

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