New to TVNZ+: December 9-15

Cry Wolf (December 10) is an acclaimed 2022 Danish drama that The Times dubbed “skilfully executed, brilliantly acted, well written — and almost entirely unenjoyable.

“Extraordinary though the performance was by Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl it was harrowing, almost suffocating, to watch.

“She plays Holly, a pale, petrified 14-year-old girl who, via a school essay, accused her stepfather of abusing her.

“During her long silences, when you could almost ‘see’ the mental trauma in her head and her dread at what her stepfather would say when he discovered she’d spoken out, it made excruciating viewing.”

But is she telling the truth? A social worker investigates before the family tears itself apart.

The Outcast (December 12) is a 2015 adaptation of Sadie Jones’ novel about a young man’s coming-of-age in post-war small-town Britain.

“In a medium that’s enamoured of bunting and home-baking (The Great British Bake Off), nurturing communities (Call the Midwife), and the benefits of a stiff upper lip in civilian life (Foyle’s War), this is a useful and welcome corrective,” the Independent said.

George MacKay, Greg Wise and Jessica Brown Findlay star.

Rose Rollins (The L Word) and Josh Lucas (Yellowstone) star in Long Slow Exhale (December 15).

Variety thought the 12-episode series “a heavy, at times dark, story about a college women’s basketball team in the middle of a sexual assault scandal — and a shocking murder”.

The 2019 BBC series Earth From Space (December 11) captures every corner of the globe in eye-popping, unprecedented detail.

“This stunning satellite nature show, hosted by a purring Chiwetel Ejiofor, may make you paranoid about being surveilled – but what a visual delight,” said The Guardian.

Astronauts: Toughest Job in the Universe (December 11) was made two years earlier, when 12 Britons compete to become astronauts.

“Whilst the series takes the form of a fact ent-reality format, it’s based in the unforgiving world of space and the physical and mental ability you need to survive there,” says Sumi Connock, creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide.

“With multiple international locations, we pushed twelve ordinary people through one of the world’s toughest selection processes …

“The intelligence within this format – and our contestants – and the world we explore is fresh and exciting.”

Alone: Frozen (December 14) drops six of Alone’s strongest participants onto the frigid North Atlantic Coast, to try to last 50 days in polar bear country and win their share of $500,000.

Landing for the school holidays are Sinbad and The Musketeers (December 10) while unspooling from December 12 are TootsieFargoThelma & LouiseWhen Harry Met SallyRobocopSnatch and Platoon.

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