New to TVNZ OnDemand in April

Premium British dramas dominate TVNZ OnDemand’s April premieres.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses is a race-reversal Romeo and Juliet-style drama set in an alternate world where the UK and Europe were colonised by Africa hundreds of years ago.

In the present day, Nought (white) and Cross (black) people are segregated.

Against a backdrop of prejudice, distrust and rebellion, a passionate romance builds between Sephy (Masali Baduza), who’s part of the black ruling class and the daughter of a prominent politician, and Callum (Peaky Blinders’ Jack Rowan), a member of the white underclass.

Paterson Joseph, Helen Baxendale, Ian Hart and British rapper Stormzy co-star in a series that earned mixed UK reviews.

“Blackman’s story carries a potent message about representation and power structures, so it’s a shame that the dramatised version doesn’t always trust viewers to comprehend it,” said The Independent while Radio Times argued the six-hour adaptation had “strong ideas but wobbly execution“.

It streams in its entirety from April 10.

Returning for new seasons will be Liar (April 8) and Killing Eve (April 27). The latter will stream weekly and the former as a full season.

Said The Guardian of Liar’s second season: “From the writers of The Missing, the first series of this drama about a rape accusation was a viewings smash for ITV. But, as it returns, it’s more cliched than captivating.”

From Australia comes “mummy blog” thriller The Secrets She Keeps (full season, April 23), a six-part “domestic noir” adaptation of Michael Robotham’s acclaimed novel.

It stars Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Riot’s Jessica De Gouw as women from two vastly different walks of life “with explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear”.

As well as the return of Project Blue Book (full S2, April 16), watch for Resident Alien (date to be confirmed), a Syfy series about an alien with a secret mission who crash lands in Colorado and assumes the identity of a small-town doctor.

New from Kiwi digital filmmakers will be S2 of BossBabes (weekly from April 7), Anika’s Naughty Shorties (from April 10), and fresh OUTtv content (from April 15) while From The Vault: Classic Current Affairs will be exhumed from April 1.

Other April highlights will include box sets of:

In Plain Sight S1 (April 1)

Orphan Black S1-5 (April 1)

Ripper Street S1-5 (April 1)

The Honourable Woman S1 (April 1)

Whitney (April 1)

Revenge S1-4 (April 9)

Scream Queens S1-2 (April 9)

Weeds S1-8 (April 25).

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9 Responses to “New to TVNZ OnDemand in April”

  1. Orphan Black is pure brilliance, if you haven’t seen it, this is a show to binge watch (I will, again) as the lockdown gets extended.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Darren. I enjoyed the first season but not enough to find the time for four more. However, the longer the lockdown lasts, the more I could be tempted.

  3. What is Classic Current Affairs? Sounds interesting for news buffs.

  4. TVNZ didn’t provide details, Leo, but I imagine it will curate the usual suspects, from the sinking of the Wahene to the ’81 Springbok tour etc.

  5. I too have Noughts & Crosses ready to watch …

  6. Good to know you’re ‘game’, Rosco.

  7. Can you please tell me why we can’t get In Plain Sight on our OLED TV when all our neighbours can? I can get it on my iPad but not the TV.

  8. Hi Pam. I thought your query sounded too strange to be true but have discovered the same problem. I can access In Plain Sight online but not on Freeview OnDemand. I have a Panasonic OLED TV. Let me know which brand you have. In the meantime, I’ll make inquiries …

  9. Hey, Pam. Turns out Freeview OnDemand hasn’t updated its catalogue. Hopefully it will be on the platform shortly. In the meantime, you should be able to view In Plain Sight on your TV’s TVNZ OnDemand app — but that requires a separate log in from the Freeview OD app. Hope this helps …

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