New to TVNZ+: March 2-8

A documentary about the aftermath of the 2011 grounding of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty, which was dubbed NZ’s “largest pollution disaster”, premieres March 4 on TVNZ+.

Taking Back Our Beach uses previously unseen stock footage and amazing photos, augmented by re-enactments and CGI graphics, to capture “the shock, anger and grief driven into the heart of the local community, but also the humour, purpose and overwhelming positivity when people join together with a common goal”, the filmmakers say.

In the aftermath of the clean-up, a further battle to remove the remains of the wreck ensues, with community unity threatened through the overpowering insurers and ship owners. The mauri (life force) of a national taonga (treasure) Ōtāiti is forever altered, however the power of a simple act of forgiveness shown to the ship’s scapegoated Filipino crew offers a beautiful way forward to growth and recovery.

(In)Famous: The True Story of Andrew Tate (March 2) is a Channel 4 profile of the “world’s most Googled man” (here’s a primer).

As Radio Times observed: “If you don’t know who Andrew Tate is and are questioning why you’d watch a documentary about him, here’s your answer: any male you know aged between 12 and 24 does know who he is, and that is not a good thing.”

The Telegraph called it “a horrific expose of the man who created his own myth” while The Mirror reported Channel 4 was “slammed for giving accused rapist Andrew Tate ‘one hour special'”.

Also new are:

  • season two of Big Boys (March 5), which scored universal acclaim (“the best teen comedy this side of Sex Education,” raved The Australian);
  • both seasons of Mitchell and Webb comedy Back (March 2);
  • James Must-a-pic His Mum A Man, which debuts the same day as its TVNZ 2 launch (March 7);
  • and a late addition for March 1, the movie Escape from Mogadishu,.
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