HD Heads-Up: March 19 – 25

➢➢ Holding (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Sunday), an ITV dramatisation of Graham Norton’s novel about a gentle, reclusive, small-town Irish policeman who hides from the locals and is a comfort food junkie, will screen here the same week as its UK run. Reads the blurb: “When the body of long-lost local legend Tommy Burke is discovered, PJ is called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career. PJ finally has to connect with the village he has tried hard to avoid.” Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) and Brenda Fricker head the cast of this self-described “darkly comic, complex and deeply human story of anger, resentment, secrets and regret”. According to Norton, “My book is a genre book, it’s cosy crime, there are lots of books like my book. What (screenwriters) Karen (Cogan) and Dominic (Treadwell-Collins) have done is they’ve made a TV show that isn’t like other TV shows. Its tone and its feel is entirely its own and that is so hard to do, everything is a bit like something else. They’ve really elevated the book in that sense” …

➢➢ Halo (Duke, 9.30 Friday) will screen free-to-air here within 24 hours of it streaming on Paramount+ and TVNZ OnDemand. The video game’s long-awaited transition to TV was intended to be a Showtime original until David Nevins, CBS Chief Creative Officer and Showtime Networks Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, switched it to Paramount+. “From all the early glimpses we’ve seen, it’s crystal clear that Halo is a visually stunning thrill-ride, anchored in riveting, character-driven storytelling,” he told US critics. “With such tremendous appeal to every audience, we realised Halo had the potential to become a defining show for … the new Paramount+.” Also new to Duke but not sci-fi buffs will be Alphas (11.50 Saturday) and Blood Drive (12.40am Sunday) …

➢➢ Joanna Lumley’s Britain (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Saturday): Covid travel lockdowns forced the globe-trotting likes of Lumley to rediscover the joys of home sweet home in this three-part series. The Times dubbed it an “absurdly pleasant hour of travelogue” while The Telegraph, in an interview with Lumley, noted the seres was “refreshingly free” of Covid references, with few visible masks and cleverly shot interviews that mask social distancing. Lumley says this was a conscious decision. “We didn’t know when it would come out, or if there’d still be a pandemic, and we didn’t want the sodding virus colouring everything.” The premiere pushes back Around the World in 80 Days to 9.35 …   

➢➢ Britain’s Most Expensive Houses (TVNZ 1, 8.00 Monday) is a new four-part series that sounds like a platform for UK Sotheby’s International Realty — although it may not be the most flattering showcase for one of the world’s largest luxury estate agencies if The Guardian’s summation is accurate: “a comedy of feckless estate agents” …

➢➢ Three Days to Live (TVNZ 2, 12.25am Monday) is the newest addition to the network’s late-night true-crime roster. The 2017 Oxygen series follows cops as they try to crack kidnapping cases within the first 72 hours of their investigation …

➢➢ Retuning for new seasons or episodes will be SAS: Who Dares Wins (Duke, 9.30 Sunday), Sally Lindsay’s Super Rich Sleepovers (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Thursday), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday) and, on a new channel and night, Dinner Date (TVNZ 2, 9.35 Friday) while ending their runs will be Carlos’ Reno RescueStarstruck and Louis Theroux: Forbidden America

➢➢ Screening for the first time free-to-air will be MiraI (Maori TV, 7. 00 Saturday), Ad Astra (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Sunday), The Teacher (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday) and The Day Shall Come (Maori TV, 9.20 Wednesday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Penguins of Madagascar (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Kung Fu Panda (Three. 7.00 Saturday)
  • Identity Thief (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Quartet (Maori TV 8.40 Saturday)
  • 21 and Over (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Presumed Innocent (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Killer Assistant (Duke, 10.45 Saturday)
  •  L.A. Confidential (TVNZ 2, 10.55 Saturday)
  • The Nut Job 2 – Nutty by Nature (TVNZ 2, 4.15 Sunday)
  • John Wick (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Cell (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • John Q (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Rambo – First Blood (Duke, 10.40 Tuesday)
  • The Medallion (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Masterminds (Duke, 10.30 Friday)
  • Victor Frankenstein (TVNZ 2, 2.40am Saturday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: March 19 – 25”

  1. Is there going to be a programme guide for the shows on eden? That’s something ThreeNow needs, it’s hopeless ?

  2. Holding sounds like a re-hash of The Guard?

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