HD Heads-Up: November 30-December 6

In a week strewn with seasonal finales ahead of wall-to-wall festive fare, TV One is using NZ’s Got Talent two-hour swan song finalists showdown on Sunday to launch the gripping, thought provoking British thriller, A Mother’s Son, starring Martin Clunes, Hermione Norris and Paul McGann.

The Telegraph called it “a taut, psychological thriller that will have left every parent who watched it feeling uneasy, maybe even culpable.

“At its core was a moral dilemma. If you suspected your teenage son had committed a murder, would you go to the police?”

The Guardian thought it “very good – tense, absorbing, thrilling; no bad thing in a thriller” while Metro said it “offered a stellar ensemble performance as the drama came to a compelling and thoroughly watchable conclusion”.

But a less-impressed Independent quipped: “What drives a thriller like this – which sets up an intractable tension between maternal love and growing suspicion – is the question: ‘What would you do?’

“But they tend to work better if you can minimise the number of times viewers look at the unfolding action and say, ‘I’d never bloody well do that.’”

imagesAlso exiting is The Walking Dead, which apparently goes out in spectacular fashion for its mid-season finale (TV2, 9.30 Tuesday), although sacked showrunner Frank Darabont won’t be watching.

This week the writer/director of a new gangster drama, Mob City, revealed he no longer watches the zombie drama.

“It’s not easy to get your heart broken, and it takes a while to recover,” he told the New York Times. “It’s too sad for me to look at it, at this moment.”

In a Variety report, he says: “There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a shit about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.”

Other season finales include The Incredible Mr Goodwin (TV One, 7.30 Tuesday), Hawaii Five-O (TV3, 9.30 Tuesday), Nothing Trivial (TV One, 8.30 Wednesday), Cougar Town (TV2, 9.00 Wednesday) and Home and Away (TV2, 5.30 Friday)

In other HD programming news of note for the week starting November 30:

  • Anh Does Vietnam (TV One, 8.30 Thursday) is a two-part travelogue that was an instant hit in Australia, in which the Vietnamese comedian rediscovers his homeland
  • Returning are the acclaimed Showtime (TV One, 7.30 Saturday) after it was yanked off-air following its low-rating premiere mid-year and Auckland Daze (TV One, 10.05 Thursday)
  • Also back is The Amazing Race (TV2, 6.00 Saturday) — but in SD: it’s the 19th season that TV2 skipped to jump-start the 20th with its Kiwi link
  • Network movie premieres of Abduction (TV2, 9.00 Sunday) and Straw Dogs (TV2, 11.10 Sunday), and re-runs of The Other End of the Line (TV2, 8.30 Saturday), How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (TV3, 8.50 Sunday) and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (TV3, 8.30 Monday)
  • Late-night re-runs of TV2’s Arrow and Once Upon a Time will screen twice a week, on Tuesdays as well as Mondays
  • Colin Farrell, Jeremy Clarkson, Jo Brand, Sharon Osbourne and Canadian modern rock band Arcade Fire guest on The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30 Friday).
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