New to TVNZ+: February 24-March 1

Evacuation (February 24) is billed as “a fascinating three-part documentary military thriller” about Britain’s evacuation of Kabul that promises to reveal “the truth about the unfolding minute-by-minute drama of Britain’s biggest airlift since WW2”.

Haunting. Harrowing. Heartbreaking,” is how The Times reported the programme’s critical reception:

The critics have been unanimous in their praise for an extraordinary new TV documentary series. Evacuation is a “gut-wrenching” and “astonishingly vivid” account of the 2021 evacuation of Kabul, which marked a chaotic and bloody end to the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan.

It premiered eight months ago on Channel 4 as “a word-of-mouth hit, generally consumed in one tense sitting,” The Times said.

The British documentary maker James W Newton was given access to military footage shot by a combat film camera team. His producers spent ten months gathering mobile phone, news and satellite footage. After negotiations with the Ministry of Defence they were allowed to interview more than 100 military personnel to tell the graphic, compelling, often deeply upsetting story of the biggest humanitarian aid operation since the Berlin Airlift.

In a curious strategic move, weekly episodes of another newcomer, The Castaways, roll out 8am Sundays from February 25 — 13½ hours ahead of their linear debut on TVNZ 1.

You would expect this if the Sheridan Smith series was hot off the satellite and new episodes were landing here the same time as the rest of the world.

But not when they screened three months ago in the UK. Clearly TVNZ doesn’t want to risk cannibalising the thriller’s free-to-air viewership while still allowing a window of exclusivity on TVNZ+.

Such are the vagaries of balancing the competing demands of FTA and AVOD programming in a global marketplace where another series that TVNZ aired and streamed simultaneously in January, Breathtaking, launches this week on ITV when once upon a time a UK series couldn’t screen internationally until after its domestic debut.

Also premiering are The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live (February 26), which reunites Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) for new adventures, and Love Island Australia (March 1).

Said Variety of the latest TWD spin-off: “The long-anticipated “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, which premieres on AMC on Feb.25, marks the return of two of the series’ most beloved characters.

“This should be exciting news, but in a Walking Dead universe that still feels oversaturated with content, even a sequel series centred on the franchise’s most iconic couple has the capacity to disappoint.”

New movies to the service include Hot Summer Nights and Arrival (February 29), and The Dark Tower (March 1).

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