New to TVNZ+: January 13-19

TVNZ+ delves deep into the back pages of its back catalogue deals to premiere The Fear (January 13), a violent crime drama that Peter Mullan starred in 11 years before this year’s After the Party.

He plays a Brighton crime boss-turned-entrepreneur whose hard-earned respectability is threatened by enemies within and without: an invading Albanian mafia and an aggressive form of early onset dementia.

“Although it likes to think of itself as a new kind of gangster drama, The Fear is very much of the genre,” argued The Guardian in a review likening it to the Bob Hoskins classic The Long Good Friday.

“Old-school gangster facing down resourceful new-school thugs with no respect for the established rules is a well-trodden path …

“A great deal rests on Mullan’s performance here, but I buy him both as terrifying gangster back in the game and frightened old man out of his mind.” (You can read the full review here but it does contain spoilers.)

The Telegraph also praised Mullan’s “masterly central performance” and writer Richard (Wallander) Cotton’s indelible “lo-fidelity in which much remains unexplained, and scenes which would, anywhere else, be played for dramatic impact were commendably understated”.

The Channel 4 drama took slightly less longer to reach Australian screens, where in 2016 the Sydney Morning Herald declared the four 50-minute episodes, which “can be comfortably binge-watched, carries the fascinating and clever premise of putting cognitive decline on the shoulders of a gangster …

“On its 2012 release, it was praised by Alzheimer’s charities for bringing the condition into the spotlight in a mainstream drama. Ultimately, however, it’s a story about loyalty. It’s about the strength of family ties, the impact of treachery and the biggest betrayal of all – a failing body.”

Speaking of failing bodies … Another acclaimed blast from the past, Jane the Virgin (S1-5), about a student teacher whose plans stay a virgin until she marries are upended when her doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her with a specimen meant for someone else, streams from January 18.

And joining the TVNZ+ movie library from January 16 is the Barbershop trilogy.

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6 Responses to “New to TVNZ+: January 13-19”


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    January 1, 2024 at 9:40 am

    Are you guys excited for Echo on Disney+? The way it’s been advertised I have a feeling it’s a violent show. Happy New Year, I hope 2024 makes all our dreams come true 😁

  2. Thanks, Trevor, and Happy New Year everyone else!

  3. Happy (belated) New Year’s, guys. To answer your question Trevor, I’m looking forward to it as much as I’m looking forward to series 2 of Willow … what I’m really enjoying though is series 2 of Reacher, series 4 of For All Mankind and Monarch, which surprised me.

  4. I take it you mean Monarch: Legacy of Monsters on Apple TV+, Darren, and not the Susan Sarandon series?

  5. Yeah, that’s the one, the Godzilla tie-in show, sorry. As I’ve had a couple of weeks off, I’ve been able to watch more than one or two shows a week (binging too). As a guilty pleasure, I’m also thoroughly enjoying Secret Diary of a Call Girl (a few years old now) on TVNZ+.

  6. You’ve missed the Hockey Olympic Qualifiers on TVNZ+ (live and ondemand) from December 14-16

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