HD Heads-Up: October 30 – November 5

➢➢ Can TVNZ 1’s top-rating streak with Bradley Walsh (The Chase and its incarnations, Breaking Dad) continue with Bradley Walsh’s The Larkins, which will air 8.30 Sundays from October 31? The first adaptation of the H.E Bates Darling Buds of May novels since the 1990s vehicle for David Jason that launched Catherine Zeta-Jones’ career, it’s set in the Kent countryside of the late 1950s and stars Walsh as the roguish but golden-hearted head of the Larkin clan. Critics weren’t as won over by it as the original, with the Independent dubbing it “a Brexit television abomination” and The Telegraph a “turgid adaptation [that] continues to disappoint” …

➢➢ The Daily Mail also reported viewers were switching off but its critic thought the show “great fun” while The Times likened it to “a warm comfort pudding“. Radio Times said Walsh was “the perfeck Pop” and argued: “The newly-formed on-screen family have just as much charisma and charm as their predecessors, with their sleepy Kentish farm providing a beautiful countryside backdrop suitable for ITV’s reboot. Blink and you might think it was mad 30 years ago, too, with a golden hue to the series that recalls beloved dramas of years gone by” …

➢➢ The latest season of Doctor Who will screen in a new slot on TVNZ 2: 5.20 Mondays from November 1, within a couple of hours of its BBC broadcast. Although still technically in primetime, the scheduling reflects TVNZ’s failure to make the sci-fi institution rate in this market after it struggled on Prime (albeit not for lack of effort). Season 13 will be Jodie Whittaker’s last as the Time Lord and was cut back to six episodes to allow its production under COVID constraints. There also will be three specials next year before Whittaker bows out …

➢➢ Big Brother is back in a new VIP edition (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Tuesday-Thursday). The 12 celebrities are Bernard Curry (Wentworth), Olympic medalist and TV personality Caitlyn Jenner, reality star Jessika Power, Meghan Markle’s controversial brother Thomas, former NRL player Matt Cooper, former political aide to Donald Trump and TV personality Omarosa, content creator Josh Carroll, designer Imogen Anthony, Big Brother Australia 2021 housemate Daniel Hayes, former AFL captain Dayne Beams, actress and model Ellie Gonsalves, and Australian Survivor contestant Luke Toki. Reads the blurb: “These famous housemates think they know Big Brother but with power and safety significant factors in surviving in the house, they’ll have to think on their feet and play the game hard if they want to make it to the end” …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will run a slew of Halloween specials, from movies to off-peak themed-specials of Mike & Molly, The Middle, Friends and Scared Shrekless!, while Duke will air a 12-episode Simpsons Treehouse of Horror marathon on October 31 (3.35-8.00, 10.35-11.30) …

➢➢ Designing Dreams (Prime, 8.30 Tuesdays from November 2) is a six-part series in which Matthew Ridge visits the favourite houses of architects Pip Cheshire, Julie Stout, Nicholas Dalton, Roger Walker, Anna Marie Chin and Michael O’Sullivan …

➢➢ Also new to Prime that week will be S9 of Outback Truckers (7.30 Sundays), the SoHo drama Sharp Objects (9.30 Tuesdays), Britain’s Most Luxurious Hotels (7.30 Thursdays) and, as a curtain raiser to the S22 premiere of Midsomer Murders, a 20th anniversary special (8.30 Saturday) that explores the show’s people, places, and themes …

➢➢ Jodie Comer, Andie MacDowell, Billy Porter, Daisy Haggard and pop group Texas will guest on the November 4 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 9.00) …

➢➢ Ending their runs that week will be ITM Fishing, Vigil, Black Sails, Girls5eva, I AM, Queen of Meth and Celebrity Treasure Island

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the first week of November will include:

  • Goosebumps (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Frog Dreaming (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Two Weeks Notice (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Silence (Maori TV, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Sleepy Hollow (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • The Ring (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Sleepless (Three, 10.50 Saturday)
  • Twilight (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Olympus Has Fallen (Three, 8.45 Sunday)
  • Poltergeist (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Sunday)
  • Force of Execution (Prime, 9.35 Monday)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Ben-Hur (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Legally Blonde (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday)
  • Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (Duke, 9.30 Friday)
  • Syriana (TVNZ 2, 2.35am Saturday).
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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: October 30 – November 5”

  1. I think I will be watching series 13 of Doctor Who on TVNZ On Demand. 5.20 is a stupid and insulting time 🙄

  2. Is that as insulting as express delivery via OnDemand for most content and then playing said content months later out of primetime?

  3. Doctor Who has struggle to rate well on this market, even Revolution of the Daleks special screen on top-rating TVNZ 1 where it presumably flopped as well.

  4. It’s very funny that TVNZ 1 are labelling this Bradley Walsh’s The Larkins. It’s just called The Larkins! There’s leveraging off Bradley Walsh’s popularity in this market and then there’s this! Whatever works I guess …

  5. Dr Who at 5.20pm. Sounds like it has been rated as a kids programme now. Like Trevor I’ll be watching it OnDemand or recording it.

  6. To say I found the last season of Dr Who disappointing is an understatement. Some very preachy and laboured episodes, I struggled to get through. However, I am totally hanging out for the return of Big Brother Aus in the new VIP edition!! And very pleased it’s being screened on the actually telly this time, after TVNZ relegated the last regular season of BBAUS to on demand only.

  7. And yes I laughed, too, at TVNZ branding The Larkins with the names of one of its stars. Would they try that trick with any other leading actors? 😀

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