HD Heads-Up: November 26-December 2

➢➢ The iconic stars of a series that first aired here on Three before switching to TVNZ 1 will return for two back-to-back 20th anniversary specials on TVNZ 2. Kath & Kim: Our Effluent Life (8.55 Monday) has the mother and daughter from 4 Lagoon Court, Fountain Lakes, their husbands Kel and Brett, and Kim’s unlucky-in-love second best friend Sharon reunite for a mix of new material, previously unseen footage, and bloopers and blunders. Kath & Kim: 20 Preposterous Years (9.05 Tuesday) has celebrity friends of the duo joining them to explore the Kath & Kim universe — which originated as a sketch on the Rachel Hunter-hosted series Weddings in 1994 …

➢➢ The Long Call (TVNZ 1, 9.45 Saturday) is the latest must-see whodunit to screen in the ghetto where great dramas go to die. It stars Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) as a gay cop who returns to his small hometown to lead a shocking murder investigation that brings his troubled past into focus. Said Stuff of its TVNZ+ premiere a year ago: “A return to the dark and twisty British crime mysteries that we love” …

➢➢ Inside Child Poverty Revisited (Three, 8.30 Tuesday): 10 years after his landmark documentary, Bryan Bruce reviews what has or has not been done to improve the lives of NZ’s most deprived children …

➢➢ The Trial of Louise Woodward (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesday) re-examines the twists and turns of the 25-year-old case, about a 19-year-old au pair who was convicted of murder by shaking an eight-month-old, as the lawyers, expert witnesses and journalists tell their side of the story. Said The Telegraph: “There were no revelations, and by the end of it I imagine your feelings about her guilt or innocence were unchanged” …

➢➢ In documentary newcomer Persons of Interest (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Friday), a person of interest is given their previously secret intelligence file and attempts to answer the allegations contained within …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will launch Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin 8.45 Saturday, on the back of the movie Pitch Perfect 3. In the series spin-off, security guard Bumper Allen moves to Berlin to become a pop star. “We wanted to expand the world of Pitch Perfect into something recognisable yet unique,” show runner Megan Amram says. “We wanted to keep what made the movies special but create a new world that felt completely original” …

➢➢ The return of The Block Australia (Three, 7.30 Monday-Thursday) will push Love It or List It Australia to 8.30 Wednesday, where it will screen opposite TVNZ 1’s Guyon Espiner: Wasted, which investigates why NZ is trailing the world on drug reform – and the harm that’s mounting …

➢➢ Also back, for S3, will be All Rise (TVNZ 2, 1am Wednesday) while resuming late-night will be The Equalizer (Prime, 10.40 Tuesday). Ending their runs will be Wild Kai LegendsThe BridgeCooks on FireWaharoa: Art of the Pacific, Brave New Zealand World and Balmoral Hotel: An Extraordinary Year 

➢➢ Submarine: Life Under the Sea (Duke, 9.30 Thursday) is a reality series set on board HMS Trenchant, a nuclear submarine on a four-month tour of duty to the mid-Atlantic …

➢➢ Daniel Craig, Emma Thompson, Clive Myrie, Ian McKellen, John Bishop and Charlie Puth will guest on the December 1 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ Screening for the first time on free-to-air TV will be The Dry (Eden, 8.30 Saturday), When Pomegranates Howl (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday) and The Dissident (Whakaata Māori, 9.30 Monday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Pitch Perfect 3 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (Prime, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Mermaid Princess (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Wedding Ringer (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Battle of Britain (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Black and Blue (Three, 10.30 Saturday)
  • Underworld Evolution (TVNZ 2, 12.25am Sunday)
  • The Astronaut’s Wife (TVNZ 2, 2.10am Sunday)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 (TVNZ 2, 4.10 Sunday)
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Glass Castle (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Equalizer (Three, 8.40 Sunday)
  • The Grudge 3 (TVNZ 2, 10.40 Sunday)
  • Reservoir Dogs (Duke, 9.30 Tuesday)
  • The Meddler (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Men In Black 3 (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Police Academy 5 – Assignment Miami Beach (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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