HD Heads-Up: October 2 – 8

➢➢ Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed the World (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Mondays from October 4) is the three-part series that went to air this week on Channel 4. The synopsis says it considers how the Spice Girls influenced a generation of women and their role in the world of modern feminism and the #MeToo movement. “Documentaries like this can be have-your-cake-and-eat-it feasts of nostalgia,” The Guardian said. “It is thrilling to remember the rush, but this is also an attempt to reassess the era” …

➢➢ Concurred The Times: “Overall the programme was an intelligent bit of back-to-the-1990s nostalgia layered with dismay at the era’s laddism … Showed that they were a gang to be reckoned with from the moment they were assembled in 1994. Long before any single was released, they had the brass to sack the guy who had just whittled them down from thousands” …

➢➢ Sydney Harbour Force (Three, 9.00 Mondays from October 4) is a Discovery series about “the elite team who work day and night to keep the world famous waterfront running” …

➢➢ Prime will overhaul Wednesday nights with a new line-up of documentary series from October 6: S3 of Massive Engineering Mistakes (8.30), and the premieres of Growing Dope (9.30) and Active Shooter: America Under Fire (10.00). The former concerns an East Coast-based medicinal cannabis company; the latter examines the mass shooting phenomenon in America, starting with the 2012 movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado …

➢➢ Active Shooter is a Showtime series that The Atlantic said “stands in opposition to the entertainment industry’s avoidance of an increasingly urgent subject … Rather than focus on the perpetrators, Active Shooter gives space to the survivors, the family members, and the first responders who’ve endured mass shootings to speak about what it’s like” …

➢➢ Also new to Prime will be Elba Meets McCartney (8.35 Thursday), which The Guardian described as “an in-depth discussion about McCartney’s long-spanning career and creative process”, and When Big Things Go Wrong (8.30 Friday), another series about man-made disasters ….

➢➢ Returning for a new season will be Rich House, Poor House (TVNZ 1, 8.45 Wednesdays from October 6) while ending their runs that week will be Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, ParamedicsRed Arrows Take AmericaAlex Polizzi: My Hotel Nightmare and Filthy House S.O.S

➢➢ Duke will strip 30 Rock 7.00 weeknights from October 4, TVNZ OnDemand will stream S5 of Young Sheldon weekly from October 8, and new episodes of TVNZ 2’s Paranormal Caught on Camera also will air 9.25 Wednesdays on Duke from October 6 …

➢➢ Greta (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Sunday) is the week’s only network movie premiere. Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Pan (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • A Knight’s Tale (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Patience Stone (Maori TV, 8.40 Saturday)
  • In the Heart of the Sea (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Blade (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Going in Style (Three, 9.30 Saturday)
  • In Bed With a Killer (Three, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Oddball (TVNZ 2, 12.20 Sunday)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Infamous (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Sunday)
  • 28 Days Later (Duke, 10.30 Sunday)
  • Sudden Death (Prime, 9.35 Monday)
  • Extreme Measures (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • The Break-Up (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday)
  • Tango & Cash (Duke, 9.25 Friday)
  • Snowden (TVNZ 2, 2.45am Saturday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: October 2 – 8”

  1. YAY, looking forward to the new Spice Girls documentary, although I thought it would have been on Three going by the ’90s. I hope that means they are being appreciated more ?

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