HD Heads-Up: March 4-10

➢➢ Australian TV shows continue to dominate primetime with the March 6 premieres of Travel Guides and Code 1: Minute By Minute. Unlike previous seasons, which screened weekly, TVNZ 2 will strip S5 of the former from 7.30 Monday-Wednesday. It has the Fren family, twin cowgirls Stack and Mel, posh retirees Kevin and Janetta, best mates Kev, Dorian and Teng, and longtime couple Matt and Brett again hitting the road. Each goes on the same week-long holiday to review the cuisine, accommodation, activities and local sights. The mix of domestic and foreign locations ranges from Texas and Louisiana to Flinders Range and the Great Ocean Road …

➢➢ Code 1: Minute By Minute (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday) breaks down the hours, minutes and seconds of the biggest and most tragic news events to ever impact Australians, from survivors and victims to police, paramedics and firefighters. The series has been a global hit and a second season is in production …

➢➢ In Kirstie And Phil’s Love It or List It Brilliant Builds (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Friday), the duo looks back on their best budget-stretching renovations, from a cramped three-bed semi in Long Eaton to a not-so-done-up terrace in Shropshire …

➢➢ Multi-cultural current affairs fans can get their fix with the return of Fresh on March 4 (TVNZ 2, 10am), Marae on March 5 (TVNZ 1, 10.30am), and from March 6 Te Ao Tapatahi (Whakaata Māori, midday weekdays), Te Ao Mārama (Whakaata Māori, 6.30 weeknights) and Te Ao with Moana (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Mondays) …

➢➢ The same week TVNZ 2’s Kiwi kids’ slate resumes with What Now? (8.30am Sunday), Brain Busters (3.40 Monday) and The Feed (4.10 Monday) …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 refreshes late-night Fridays from March 10 with the return of Dinner Date (10.15) and Hartland USA With Leigh Hart (11.15), which first aired on Duke …

➢➢ WWE Legends (Duke, 10.15 Wednesday) uses rare archival footage and in-depth interviews to profile some of WWE’s most memorable legends, including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Booker T, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Bret “Hitman” Hart …

➢➢ Two late-night series start new seasons — Jamestown S3 (TVNZ 1, 11.25 Saturday), Doctor Doctor S5 (TVNZ 1, 11.55 Thursday) — while ending their runs are Call the MidwifeThe TeacherThe White PrincessPassengersRagdollCelebrity LingoCountry House Rescue With Shaynna BlazeNo Activity and Full Metal Junkies 

➢➢ Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ariana DeBose, Pedro Pascal and Freya Ridings guest on the March 9 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting March 4 include:

  • Justin and the Knights of Valour (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Saturday)
  • Prisoners (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Heat (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Terminator 3 (TVNZ 2, 9.25 Saturday)
  • The Mummy 3 (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Night School (Three, 10.30 Saturday)
  • The Dead Don’t Die (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Batman Begins (TVNZ 2, 1.30am Sunday)
  • Spirit Untamed (TVNZ 2, 3.50 Sunday)
  • CHiPs (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Ghostbusters [2016] (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • On the Basis of Sex (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Your Sister’s Sister (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Blood Diamond (TVNZ 2, 10.30 Sunday)
  • Black Hawk Down (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Cameraperson (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Boogie Nights (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Embrace the Serpent (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Little Nicky (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Knight and Day (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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