HD Heads-Up: November 11-17

➢➢ Grand Designs: The Streets (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesday) is season two of a spin-off that previously hasn’t aired on the network. S1 debuted four years ago on Channel 4 in the UK — and aired on Three when it had the Grand Designs rights — but S2 didn’t surface until 2022, presumably because of Covid disruptions; S3 screened six months ago. Each season follow 10 different households building an entire street of homes from the ground up. Viewers complained of the “nightmare” hodgepodge of self-built houses and even presenter KevinMcCloud confessed, “All my life I’ve campaigned for diversity, in buildings and in architecture, and now that it’s here, I don’t want it” …

➢➢ Does Paddy Gower have issues with the Royal Family? Find out in Patrick Gower: On the Royals (Three, 7.30 Tuesday), when he investigates if it’s time for New Zealand to ditch the monarchy and what becoming a republic would look like. In London he interviews Lady Colin Campbell, who has ties to the Royals, and UK paparazzo Chris Harvey while back home he meets egg-throwing protester Debbie Leyland, discusses NZ history with Māori activist Tāme Iti, and asks treaty lawyer Natalie Coates if Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a barrier to becoming a republic …

➢➢ Emergency on Sunny Beach (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Thursday) is a reality newcomer about party time in Bulgaria, at Europe’s cheapest beach resort while Death on the Beach (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday) is a Sky TV true-crime docuseries about the deaths of British backpackers in Thailand. Party Down (TVNZ 2, 12.45am) is an underground cult comedy about misfit caterers that’s been streaming on TVNZ+ …

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 7.30 Thursday) are Dame Judi Dench, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Whitehall, The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades and Duran Duran …

➢➢ Reel Destinations returns for a new season (Duke, 10.15 Sunday) while ending their runs are The Winter KingEdge of the Earth and Last Woman on the Planet 

➢➢ Coming attractions in HD include:

  • My Little Pony – The Movie (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • 1917 (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Charlie’s Angels (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Judy and Punch (Whakaata Māori, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Going The Distance (TVNZ 2, 10.25 Saturday)
  • Cape Fear (Duke, 10.55 Saturday)
  • Along Came Polly (TVNZ 2, 12.25am Sunday)
  • Saw 5 (Duke, 1.05am Sunday)
  • Daisy Quokka – World’s Scariest Animal (TVNZ 2, 4.20 Sunday)
  • Pitch Perfect (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Creation (Eden, 8.25 Sunday)
  • Quo Vadis Aida (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (TVNZ 2, 9.05 Sunday)
  • The Unholy (TVNZ 2, 12.20am Monday)
  • The Gardener (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Apollo 13 (Duke, 9.50 Tuesday)
  • Blue Valentine (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Magic Mike XXL (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Liar, Liar (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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