HD Heads-Up: May 13-19

➢➢ TVNZ is spreading the next season of The Great British Bake Off across two channels: the original will air 7.00 Saturdays on TVNZ 1 from May 13 but viewers will have to switch to TVNZ 2 to catch the companion series The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, 6.00 Sundays from May 14. “New contestants aside, series 13 [of TGBB] is pretty much exactly the same as every previous Channel 4 series has been,” said The Telegraph. “What a tonic, what a delightful dose of escapism, drowning in buttercream and positivity“. TVNZ 1 is double-billing TGBB with the return of Jamie Oliver: Cooking for Less (8.25) …

➢➢ Couples Therapy NZ (Three 8.30 Wednesday) is billed as “a groundbreaking ‘in the room’ documentary series” about psychotherapist Amanda Cox’s efforts to help save the relationships of five couples …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 and Three are pre-empting afternoons schedules for live coverage of the 2023 Budget on May 18. But whereas TVNZ 1’s runs from 2pm-4pm, Three has scheduled only an hour of reportage and analysis …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 won’t air promising Kiwi co-pro The Gone in 8.30 Sunday double-episodes, as posted here last week. It opens with a two-hour episode on May 7 but thereafter screens 9.30 Sundays as the lead-out from Grand Designs UK. All six eps can be binged on TVNZ+ from May 7 …

➢➢ The network is revisiting Happy Valley. It’s showcasing double-episode re-runs of all three seasons 10.25 Saturdays from May 13, under the box set title of The Complete Happy Valley Collection 

➢➢ FBI: Most Wanted (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday) returns for its S3 premiere — but, frustratingly for fans, it’s part of a crossover story with sister shows FBI and FBI: International: the latter airs on TVNZ 2 (but not currently, although S1-2 are on TVNZ+) and the former streams on Neon (which already is streaming S4 of Most Wanted) …

➢➢ Also returning for new seasons are Love It or List It Australia (Three, 7.30 Saturday), Fish of the Day (TVNZ 1, 4.30 Sunday), Alone (Duke, 9.25 Wednesday) and The Dog House (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Friday) while ending their runs are The Weakest Link Australia and Ambulance 

➢➢ Breaking Silence (Whakaata Māori, 10.15 Thursday) is a documentary about a woman who survived a horrific attack at the hands of her abusive partner …

➢➢ Channel Patrol (Prime, 7.30 Thursday) is a 2017 BBC series about the UK’s Royal National Lifeguard Institution. The belated premiere leads in to a new Prime Rocks documentary, Classics Albums: The Doors …..

➢➢ Duke is preceding live coverage of the semis and finals for Extreme E Scotland Race 4 (midnight Sunday) with qualifying coverage from 10.30 …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the third week of May include:

  • Luis and the Aliens (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Letters to Juliet (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Grown Ups 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Saw 5 (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Halloween (Three, 10.25 Saturday)
  • What Happens in Vegas (TVNZ 2, 11.35 Saturday)
  • Mother’s Day (TVNZ 2, 1.15am Sunday)
  • Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge (TVNZ 2, 3.15am Sunday)
  • Puss in Boots (TVNZ 2, 4.15 Sunday)
  • The Prestige (Three, 8.10 Sunday)
  • Ghostbusters II (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Queen (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • I’m Not There (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Don’t Breathe 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.25 Sunday)
  • National Security (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Italian Job (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Kindergarten Teacher (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • How to be Single (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Date Movie (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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