HD Heads-Up: June 8-14

➢➢ Lockerbie (Sky Open, 8.30 Sunday) is a 2023 Sky UK docuseries about how Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259 passengers and crew. “Thirty-five years later, the Lockerbie massacre still swirls in conspiracy theory, anomaly, allegations of evidence planting and opaque politics, as Lockberie’s director John Dower shows scrupulously over four episodes,” The Times said. “This documentary on the ’80s air disaster is a multi-layered, compelling watch,” The Guardian said. “It’s a gripping detective story and a beautifully-made, sensitive portrait of grief.” The Telegraph hailed it as “a masterclass in compassionate documentary-making”. Echoed the London Evening Standard: “It’s moving in so many ways that at times it’s hard to ready yourself for the blows, even when you know they’re coming” …

➢➢ Free-to-air drama fans can relish three premieres this week and a timely repeat:

  • SoHo’s electrifying Baltimore police show from The Wire’s David Simon, We Own This City (Sky Open, 10.30 Wednesday), which plays out in double-eps
  • Red Eye (Three, 8.00 Wednesday), ThreeNow’s ITV thriller about a conspiracy 30,000 feet up that embroils a London policewoman and the murder suspect she’s escorting back to Beijing
  • The acclaimed S2 of The Tower: Death Message (TVNZ 1, 9.15 Saturday)
  • The Night Manager (Three, 10.30 Saturday), a double-ep re-run of the John le Carre adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Coleman and Hugh Laurie: it first aired here in 2016 and S2’s premiere is due next year (although it may be exclusive to Prime Video)

➢➢ New Zealand’s Best Homes With Phil Spencer (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Sunday) has been awarded the plum slot recently vacated by the axed Sunday. It recruits Location, Location, Location’s Phil Spencer to meet the owners and architects of some of NZ’s most breathtaking properties, from a mountain retreat in Queenstown, to a clifftop masterpiece overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, to an off-the-grid beach house on Great Barrier Island …

➢➢ Taskmaster: Champion of Champions (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Thursday) has previous winners Dara Ó Briain, Morgana Robinson, Sarah Kendall and Sophie Duker, along with former runner-up Kiell Smith-Bynoe, competing for Greg Davies’ “buff body forged in gold”. Said The Telegraph: “Hosts Greg Davies and Alex Horne are hilarious, the casting is impeccable and the games gloriously daft … a cult classic no more – this is a British comedy great” …

➢➢ In the “irreverent” premiere of ABC docuseries The Science of Drugs With Richard Roxburgh (Duke, 8,30 Thursday), science historian Professor Robert Proctor reveals how our nicotine habit became such a lethal addiction …

➢➢ Sort Of (Whakaata Māori, 9.00 Thursday) is billed as a “big-hearted” 2021 Canadian series about a fluid millennial who identifies as a sexy bartender at an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, the youngest child in a large Pakistani family and the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family. The Guardian said this “nuanced dramedy explores love and life and death, and how the three can be more intertwined than we realise” …

➢➢ Marlon Wayans tackles one of the most infamous events in pop culture history — the slap at the 2022 Academy Awards — in Sky Open Mic: Marlon Wayans: God Loves Me (Sky Open, 11.00 Friday) …

➢➢ Live/delayed FTA sports coverage includes:

  • ICC T20 World Cup: New Zealand v Afghanistan (Sky Open, 11am Saturday)
  • ANZ Premiership Netball: Northern Stars v Southern Steel (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • King in the Ring (Duke, 7.30 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Quarter Final (Sky Open, 8.30 Saturday)
  • NRL Premiership: North Queensland Cowboys v Warriors (Sky Open, 10.30 Saturday)
  • NBL: Tuatara v Rams (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • NRL Premership: Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys (Sky Open 7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30 Thursday) are Paul Mescal, Michaela Coel, Winston Duke, Emma Corrin, Richard Ayoade and Loyle Carner …

➢➢ Ending their runs are Call the MidwifeMy Life is MurderCaught on Dashcam, Joanna Lumley’s Spice Trail Adventure, Dark City: The Cleaner, Naked Attraction and The Big Interiors Battle

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • The Water Horse (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Demolition Man (Three, 8.10 Saturday)
  • The Words (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Accountant (Eden, 8.50 Saturday)
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Blacklight (TVNZ 2, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Philomena (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • Halloween (Duke, 1am Sunday)
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2 (TVNZ 2,  3.55 Sunday)
  • Killers (Three, 8.05 Sunday)
  • London Has Fallen (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • My Week With Marilyn (Eden, 8,30 Sunday)
  • Moja Vesna (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Beast (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Sunday)
  • You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (Duke, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Last Daughter (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Maximum Risk (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Walkabout (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Friday).
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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: June 8-14”

  1. What channel is Sort Of airing?

  2. It will be on Whakaata Māori, Leo. Thanks for highlighting the oversight.

  3. I’m surprised that there are no T20 World Cup replays or highlights on Sky Open.

  4. Cheers thanks Philip, I thought it was heading to TVNZ 2.

  5. The T20 news is even better than that, Mike. Your humble correspondent overlooked LIVE Saturday morning coverage of NZ v Afghanistan. Post has been updated.

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