New to TVNZ+: March 16-22

The Doll Factory (March 19)

In 19th century London, Iris (Esmé Creed-Miles) dreams of becoming an artist, painting porcelain dolls by day for a living – and her own naked body at night – to hone her craft. When fate connects her with Silas (Éanna Hardwicke), a taxidermist, and Louis (George Webster), a painter, a story of dark obsession begins to unfold in this suspenseful period drama.

“Paramount’s adaptation of a best-selling novel is full of great performances and slow-burning tension,” The Guardian said. “It’s a solid slab of Victoriana that keeps you guessing.”

But The Telegraph was less impressed: “As pretty as a painted marionette, The Doll Factory ultimately lacks the qualities all good telly demands: a heart and a soul.”

Obituary (March 17)

A small-town newspaper obituarist (Siobhán Cullen) finds a sinister solution to her penny-pinching editor’s new pay-per-article policy in this pitch-black Irish comedy series. Realising that bumping off unsuspecting townsfolk not only tops up her bank account, but gives her the thrill that has been missing from her life, Elvira’s newfound hobby seems like the solution to all her problems – that is until she strikes up a romance with the paper’s new crime correspondent (Ronan Raftery) …

“Imagine Dexter meets Bad Sisters, with a chilling yet somehow quite likable lead performance from Cullen, and you won’t be far off,” Time magazine said while Decider likened her character to “as if Wednesday Addams grew up to write obituaries for a local newspaper … Obituary is entertaining for a show that’s so dark. But you absolutely need to be in the right mood to sit down and watch it.”

Rooney (March 16)

With unprecedented access to the life and career of the global sports star, and England’s greatest ever striker, this documentary chronicles Wayne Rooney’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most iconic names in world sport.

Mission to Burnley (March 22)

In a one-team working-class town, football is a religion in and of itself. Telling the dramatic story of the rebirth of one of England’s oldest football clubs, Burnley FC, this four-part documentary series follows the American owners ALK Partners as they seek to navigate the snakes-and-ladders world of modern football.

“The series hit lucky with the classic story arc, starting with a low and ending with a high, which it couldn’t have known when starting out,” The Times said.

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