New to TVNZ OnDemand in January

The newest Doctor Who adventure will stream from January 2 on TVNZ OnDemand (it premieres on New Year’s Day in the UK).

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks opens with The Doctor locked away in an alien prison while a Dalek’s on the loose in Sheffield.

The Times reports the episode will mark the return of Captain Jack Harkness (Jack Barrowman) and possibly Bradley Walsh’s exit from the series.

Sci-fi fans also will be able to stream weekly episodes of the dramedy Resident Alien from January 28.

Based on the Dark Horse comic, it stars Alan Tudyk (Rogue One) as an alien who passes himself off as a human doctor when his craft crash lands near a small town. Reads the blurb:

Arriving with a secret mission, Harry starts off living a simple life… but things get a bit rocky when he’s roped into solving a local murder and realises he needs to assimilate into his new world. As he does so, he begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his mission and asking the big life questions like: “Are human beings worth saving?” and “Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?”

Also streaming express from the US will be weekly episodes of The Bachelor (January 5), Prodigal Son and The Resident (January 13), All American (January 19) and Legacies (January 22).

Also new will be local comedies Good Grief and Frickin Dangerous Bro… On the Road.

The former is set in a small-town funeral home and stars creators Grace and Eve Palmer as sisters who take over the family business after their koro dies.

It will stream from January 4 and Frickin Dangerous Bro… On the Road, in which Pax Assadi, Jamaine Ross and James Roque visit a small town to get to know the locals before performing a comedy show, from January 28.

Another TVNZ OnDemand exclusive will be The Not-Too-Late-Show (January 8), in which Sesame Street’s Elmo gets his own talk show, complete with guests like Jimmy Fallon, The Jonas Brothers, Batman, Blake Lively, Jonathan Van Ness and Cookie Monster.

Other highlights from January 1 will include From the Vault: Antarctica, box sets of UK dramas Happy Valley (S1-2), Rillington Place and Judge John Deed (S1-5), documentaries The Science of Sleep: How to Sleep Better and Why Do I Put on Weight?, and on the branded channels:


  • The Passion of Augustine
  • A Blast


  • Spy Merchants 
  • Beyond the Autism Spectrum: A Family’s Year Confronting Autism
  • 12 O’Clock Boys
  • Murder in Melbourne


  • Abducted: The Carlina White Story
  • Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls
  • My Sweet Audrina
  • Wuthering High School

Outdoor Channel

  • Bushwhacked! S1
  • Limitless with Theresa Vail S1


  • The Third S1
  • Drag Heals S2
  • The Amazing Gayl Pile S3
  • Mixed Up
  • Knock Knock Ghost S3 Part 1


  • Marti: The Passionate Eye
  • Tom Who
  • Peter Peryer: The Art of Seeing
  • The Look

Walter Presents

  • A Murder of Crows S1.
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2 Responses to “New to TVNZ OnDemand in January”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    December 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Phil. Do you know if or when Raised by Wolves will be showing here? Sky’s SoHo seems to be the vehicle for HBO programmes here.

  2. I wish I could tell you, Paul, but last time I checked it wasn’t on Sky or TVNZ OnDemand’s radar. In the US it’s an HBO Max commission rather than HBO. And I wouldn’t expect HBO Max to launch in Australasia until 2022 at the earliest because of HBO’s multi-year deals with Sky and Foxtel. HBO Max series like Raised by Wolves seem to be being held back in the meantime (although Foxtel has aired/streamed it). TVNZ OnDemand doesn’t have the rights (although it picked up HBO Max’s Love Life) and Sky doesn’t appear to have licensed it, either — which is odd given SoHo’s February schedule is bereft of any new-series premieres. Go figure …

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