HD Heads-Up: October 26

British quiz show The Crystal Maze will anchor 7.30 Sundays on TVNZ 2 from Nov-ember 5. The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade is the “Maze Master” who leads five contestants on a series of ingenious games and fiendish challenges in a giant fantasy world. A re-make of a ’90s series starring Kiwi Richard “Rocky Horror Show” O’Brien (The DNA Detectives), The Guardian dubbed it “a warm and witty revival” — complete with a contestant from 25 years ago — but after a strong start, it hit the ratings skids in the UK. However, such is TVNZ 2’s confidence that it will repeat the show 10.30 Thursdays …

➢  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern investigates her ancestry in the season two premiere of The DNA Detectives on November  7 (TVNZ 1, 8.30). Also returning that week are The Night Shift (Three, 11.00 Monday), for its fourth and final season, and Sleepy Hollow (Prime, 9.30 Friday) while ending their runs are Highway Cops, Doctor Foster, Million Pound PropertiesThe White PrincessRachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty and Big Little Lies …

➢ TVNZ.co.nz will stream two new series from November 10: the NZ On Air-funded Wilde Ride, in which an orphaned show jumper is forced to live with her aunt’s dirt bike-riding family in West Auckland; and GameFace, a three-year-old British comedy about surviving your thirties …

Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of The Bee Gees will screen on Nov-ember 5 (TVNZ 1, 8.30), six months after it aired in the US. The special marks the 40th Anniversary of the iconic soundtrack Saturday Night Fever …

Guesting on November 10’s The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) are: Dame Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer and Josh Gad …

And featuring this week and next on Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert are: Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Carlson, MythBusters’ Adam Savage and YouTube personality Michael Stevens (10.35 tonight); Julianne Moore, Jermaine Fowler and Captain Scott Kelly (10.30 Friday); and Dr. Phil McGraw and a musical performance by Fleet Foxes (10.35 Monday) …

The Peanuts Movie will have its free-to-air premiere on November 4 (Three, 7.00). That week’s other HD coming attractions include:

  • Ice Princess (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday )
  • There’s Something About Mary (Three, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Dark Shadows (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • The Courier (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Nitro Circus: The Movie (Three, 11.05 Saturday)
  • Jack Reacher (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Grown Ups (Three, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Mistress America (Three, 10.40 Sunday)
  • Scenic Route (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Sunday)
  • I, Robot (Three, 8.30 Thursday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: October 26”

  1. The DNA Detectives sounds interesting, especially with our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. It’s so wonderful having Jacinda as PM :)

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