New to TVNZ+ in October

Tokyo Vice (full season, October 19) is a Max thriller about an American journalist’s immersion into the Tokyo underworld of the 1990s.

Michael Mann directed the first episode of the eight-part 2022 series, which is based on a true story and stars Ansel Elgort (West Side StoryBaby Driver) and Ken Watanabe (GodzillaInception).

Rotten Tomatoes summed it up as “a seductive slice of neon noir” based on an 85% approval rating from top critics.

But key UK critics weren’t as won over. The Telegraph thought it “as dated as Miami Vice’s fashion sense” while  The Guardian said: “Tokyo Vice becomes an ensemble drama that struggles to keep up the momentum of its multiple storylines, and in its middle episodes misses the menace of that Mann-directed opener.”

Wolf (full season, October 11), not to be confused with feeble procedural Wolfe, puts two storylines on a collision course: one about a tormented cop who believes his neighbour killed his 10-year-old brother 20 years earlier; a family that’s trapped and terrorised by a psychopath in their isolated home.

Ukweli Roach (Annika), Sacha Dhawan (The Great), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and Juliet Stevenson (One of Us) star in a “propulsive, twisty thriller with serious bite” (Radio Times) that’s “highly compelling – if not for the faint of heart” (Independent).

Juice (full season, October 21) is a British comedy about a youngster’s quest for attention as he navigates his chaotic family and love life.

The Guardian dubbed it “a raucous, eye-popping millennial queer comedy” and NME “the year’s best new British sitcom“.

Mawaan Rizwan (Taskmaster) stars with his real-life mother, Bollywood star Shahnaz Rizwan, and brother Nabhaan Rizwan (Station Eleven) as well as  Russell Tovey (The Sister).

WTF is Crypto? (full season, October 17) is a docuseries about Kiwi crypto pioneers who have made and/or lost millions in the digital wild-west.

Each episode explores a different part of the crypto-verse in a way that’s hopefully easier to understand than industry jargon like “non-fungible tokens” and “open source blockchain”.

Also new are Love Island UK S5 (October 1), wartime satire C*A*U*G*H*T (full season, October 2), local series Sneakerholics (full season, October 6) and risky comedy reboot Frasier (October 12).

The TVNZ+ Hallowe’en line-up includes, from October 23, Bates Motel S1-5, Creepshow S1-2 and The Terror S1 as well as Ouija (October 15), a six-part French-language supernatural coming-of-age story focusing on the tragedy that besets a French-German school exchange in rural France during the 1982 World Cup.

There are two foreign language premieres — Valkyrien S1 (October 8), Man in Room 301 S1 (October 8) — while among the documentary newcomers are 1977’s Pumping Iron (October 14), Putin: A Russian Story S1 (October 25), Eden: Untamed Planet S1 (October 27) and Earth’s Sacred Wonders (October 27).

The Witnesses (October 3) is a Jehovah’s Witness expose and Evacuation (October 26) is Channel 4’s inside story of the perilous British campaign to evacuate Kabul in 2021.

True-crime fare includes Floribama Murders (October 1), Killer Affair S1 (October 17), A Black and white Killing (October 17) and Kingpin (October 28) while music specials range from Oasis: Supersonic (October 1) and Studio 54: The Documentary (October 1) to NAS: Time is Illmatic (October 1) and TLC Forever (October 8).

TVNZ+ also is exhuming My Mad Fat Diary S1-3 (October 9),Younger S1-7 (October 13), Mr Mercedes S1-3 (October 14), Ripper Street S1-5 (October 18), Stag (October 20), and The Tunnel S1-3 (October 25) and Luther S1-5 (October 30).

Sport highlights include NFL, URC, MotoGP, Red Bull (Rampage & BC One World Finals), Australia v South Africa Netball and Women’s Super League (here’s the full schedule).

An excellent Kiwi retrospective — In My Father’s DenMatarikiOut of the BlueSleeping DogsSmash PalaceUTU Redux 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous — spearheads October’s movie newcomers:

  • Django
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Hacksaw Ridge 
  • Hell or High Water 
  • Chopper 
  • Locke 
  • Nightcrawler 
  • Moneyball 
  • T2 Trainspotting 
  • 99 Homes 
  • Wolf Creek 
  • Christmas with the Kranks

New to the branded channels are:

Adult Swim

Aqua Teen Hunger Force S9-11
Teenage Euthanasia 


Persian Lessons


Scattering CJ
My Millennial Life
Winston Churchill: Blood, Sweat, and Oil Paint
Basquiat: Rage to Riches 


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder
A Mother’s Nightmare
Reba McEntire’s The Hammer
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar
Death, She Wrote

Outdoor Channel

Black Mamba: Kiss of Death
Find Me a Beach House
Brave Wilderness


Pride S4
Camp Wannakiki
S 5b
Gogo for the Gold
The Sherry Vine Variety Show


Life After Flash 
Life After the Navigator
Dying Laughing
Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story

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