HD Heads-Up: November 7 – 13

➢➢ Three will team the resumption of new Graham Norton Show episodes (8.30 Thursdays from November 12) with Pride At The Apollo. The latter is a two-part celebration of LGBT+ comedians. It opens with sets by Fern Brady, Desiree Burch, Alan Carr, Larry Dean, Eddie Izzard, Joe Lycett and Zoe Lyons …

➢➢ Season 28 of Norton marks his return to the studio after the previous Covid-19 video call format flopped. “Viewers can still expect some major changes from previous series,” Radio Times reports. “Most notably, guests will either have to leave a considerable gap between each other on the red sofa, or simply appear by video link” …

➢➢ Three will trail BBC broadcasts by six weeks instead of the week that was the norm. First up on (or near) the red sofa will be Dolly Parton, Rupert Everett, Lolly Adefope, Riz Ahmed, Sara Pascoe and musical guest Róisín Murphy …

➢➢ Other guests in the weeks ahead will include Ashley Banjo, Ewan McGregor, Shirley Ballas, Miley Cyrus, Dawn French, Freddie Flintoff, Arsene Wenger, Samuel L Jackson, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Nicola Adams, Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin …

➢➢ Although the studio audience has been reduced from 600 to 100, the famous red chair has been retained — just with different slipcovers so multiple people can sit in it …

➢➢ Another BBC series that was due to make a comeback — albeit on a new channel — was the latest season of Top Gear. It was scheduled to screen 7.30 Fridays from November 13 but on TVNZ 2 instead of Duke, where the previous season aired. However, yesterday the network opted to delay it for more of Travel Guides Australia. But the change of mind came too late to stop the latest issue of The TV Guide from publicising its return …

➢➢  Three will air full coverage of the Aotearoa Music Awards – Artisan Awards 2020 with performances by Troy Kingi, Hollie Smith and Thomas Oliver (11.20 Friday) …

➢➢ The same week TVNZ 1 will premiere Harry & Meghan: The Price of Freedom (8.30 Monday) and another episode of Impossible Builds (7.30 Thursday), which will explore an extraordinary new housing concept inspired by beehives …

➢➢ Ross Kemp: Behind Bars (Prime, 8.30 November 9) is a 2017 documentary about Her Majesty’s Prison Barlinnie in Glasgow. The Guardian’s verdict? “Despite a few misguided stunts, the TV hard man provides a thorough look at our struggling penal system with a journey into the notorious Scottish prison” …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons will be Fear the Walking Dead (Prime, 9.30 Tuesdays from November 10) and Man with a Plan (Prime, 7.30 Wednesdays from November 11) while ending their runs will be InstinctThis Could Go Anywhere and Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators

➢➢ A Simple Favour (TVNZ 2, 9.35 Sunday) will have its network movie premiere the same weekend as The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday), About Elly (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday) and The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday) …

➢➢ Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Ella Enchanted (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Back to the Future (Three, 8.25 Saturday)
  • The Grudge (Duke, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Raising Arizona (Maori TV, 8.30)
  • Sliding Doors (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Stealing Chanel (Three, 10.45 Saturday)
  • Patti Cake$ (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Saturday)
  • The 33 (TVNZ 2, 12.50am Sunday)
  • The Death of Superman (TVNZ 2, 3am Sunday)
  • Big Momma’s House (TVNZ 2, 12.10pm Sunday)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Spectre (Three, 7.00 Sunday)
  • White Men Can’t Jump (Duke, 10.25 Sunday)
  • Final Destination 2 (TVNZ 2, midnight Sunday)
  • Hard to Kill (Prime, 9.35 Monday)
  • Everly (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Patriots Day (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Balls of Fury (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Disturbia (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday).
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