HD Heads-Up: March 9-15

➢➢ The first season screened in primetime but TVNZ 1 is relegating S2 of UK bomb disposal thriller Trigger Point, which already is streaming on TVNZ+, to 10.25 Saturdays on a double-bill with a re-run of Line of Duty from S1 (both series star Vicky McClure). The Independent said the “nail-biting drama” doesn’t try to reinvent itself. “But it doesn’t have to, it sticks to what it does best – lots of bombs and unbearable tension.” Quipped The Age: “The new season addresses the implausible plotting — it’s now wildly implausible. But as corny as this series gets, it moves fast and it has a magnetic lead performance from McClure” …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 maintains 7.30 Tuesdays as a Sir David Attenborough showcase with the premiere of Attenborough’s Dynasties. But don’t expect this 2022 sequel to the 2018 series to rival Planet Earth III: Said one UK critic: “For all the arthouse sensibility of the cinematography, Dynasties II also represents the feted BBC Natural History Unit at its most simplistic. The urge to narrativise and anthropomorphise is irresistible” …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 is sprucing up Thursday nights with new seasons of Motorway Patrol (7.30), Renters (8.00) and Naked Education (8.30) ahead of a later slot for the Reel Life documentary strand, which continues with The Great Erection Deception (9.25). The Guardian thought the clue was in the title: “This limp documentary about a supposedly herbal version of Viagra crowbars penis puns into a tortuous voiceover. It’s a flat, lifeless tale that fails to ask any big questions” …

➢➢ New to Sky Open are the acclaimed HBO dramatisation of the true-crime docuseries of the same name, The Staircase (9.30 Saturday), Louis Theroux Interviews, which opens with controversial rocker Pete Doherty (8.30 Thursday), the free-to-air debut of Silicon Valley (11.00 Thursday) and late-night stand-up slot Sky Open Mic, which launches with Bill Maher: Adulting (10.30 Friday) …

➢➢ New to Whakaata Māori are Kainga Whenua (7.30 Tuesday), in which Pio Terei “captures the critical moments” of building, developing and living on your tupuna whenua, and 2024 Pre-Season Netball Tournament (5.00/7.00 Friday, 2.00/4.00 March 16) …

➢➢ Other live or delayed FTA sport includes the second cricket test between Black Caps and Australia (Duke, 10.30am Saturday-Tuesday),  NZ Cricket Awards (Duke, 8.30 Wednesday), Super Rugby Pacific games (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday/11.55 Friday) and NRL Premiership games (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday/7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are DodgerThe SavoySelling Houses AustraliaAmerican Rust and The Great Kiwi Bake Off 

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 7.30 Thursday) are Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Dua Lipa, Adrian Lester and Justin Timberlake …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Spider-Man (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  •  Justin and the Knights of Valour (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Snakes on a Plane (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Departed (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Troll Hunter (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Wanted (TVNZ 2, 9.15 Saturday)
  • Hellboy (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Ted 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.20 Saturday)
  • My One and Only (TVNZ 2, 1.20am Sunday)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (TVNZ 2, 3.50 Sunday)
  • The Boss Baby: Family Business (TVNZ 2, 6.30 Sunday)
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Suicide Squad (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Vice (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • My Salinger Year (Whakaata Māori, 8.45 Sunday)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (TVNZ 2, 11.40 Sunday)
  • Wild Card (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Honeyland (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Inside Man (Duke, 8.45 Tuesday)
  • Buoyancy (Whakaata Māori,8.30 Wednesday)
  • Little Nicky (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Jackass The Movie (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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