New to TVNZ OnDemand in September

Indigenous themes and true crime will loom large next month on TVNZ OnDemand.

Returning in time for Maori Language Week will be ground-breaking bilingual drama Ahikāroa (September 14).

The series will celebrate 100 episodes during its fourth season and a fifth is in the works.

Panthers Rapp: The Next Chapter (full season, September 12) explores the themes of TVNZ 1 drama The Panthers — revolution, police, politics, education, media , gentrification — from the perspective of the Polynesian Panthers, activists, artists, academics and young Polynesians.

And Rutherford Falls (September 22) is a timely new comedy about a row over the removal of a historical statue in a small New York town.

Co-created by star Ed Helms, it scored highly with critics and was praised for its Native American representation, both on-screen and behind the scenes, with five Native staff writers.

Another new comedy, Home Economics (September 4), stars Topher Grace (That ‘70s Show), Caitlin McGee and Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal) as siblings on different rungs of the social ladder — one’s rich, one’s poor, the other’s in the middle.

Reviews ranged from “a breezy watch with a casually zany hangout energy (TV Line) to “fails entirely on its own demerits” (Reason).

Streaming from September 10 will be the full season of Halifax: Retribution, in which Rebecca Gibney reprises her role of forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax, who, 20 years on from her last case, sets her sights on a sniper terrorising Melbourne.

It ditches the original telemovie format for eight 45-minute episodes. The Guardian said the first two are “tight – there’s no time to be bored.

“But the show’s visual palette is mostly flavourless and has an erratic quality, jumping around with little sense of an overarching style.”

For true-crime fans, there will be a weekly roll-out of new shows:

September 6

  • In Defence Of investigates the challenges faced by lawyers defending famously accused clients, and the complex relationships that develop during their legendary trials.
  • Assassins’ Donal MacIntyre and Professor David Wilson go inside the minds of Ireland’s contract killers, profiling the assassins and their crimes in forensic detail.
  • Death Row Doctors probes the dark motives of medical professionals who commit the biggest abuse of trust with their patients

September 13

  • Hashtag Murder examines deadly crimes that have connections to social media and technology, showing how homicide has gone digital.
  • The Jury Speaks re-examines the controversial trials of Michael Jackson,  OJ Simpson, George Zimmerman and Robert Durst” through the eye of jurors.
  • Killer Clergy explores what happens when supposedly devout clergymen become killers.

September 20

  • Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is an in-depth hour-long look at the shocking murder of global fashion icon Gianni Versace and the manhunt for disturbed social climber and serial killer, Andrew Cunanan.
  • The Disappearance Maura Murray is a six-part true-crime series about an investigative journalist’s re-opening of a cold case about nursing student Maura Murray’s baffling disappearance in 2004.
  • Mysteries and Scandals exposes Hollywood’s most notorious scandals through interviews and re-enactments.
  • Price of Duty reveals the impact murder cases having on the detectives who solve them.

September 27

  • Three Days to Live chronicles kidnapping cases, using re-creations and first-hand testimony from authorities and loved ones.
  • A Wedding and a Murder reveals the red flags that can doom even the happier bride and groom.

TVNZ OnDemand also is adding the Battlestar Galactica spin-off Caprica (September 25) and from September 1:

  • Michael Caine’s acclaimed biographical take on ’60s London, My Generation 
  • S9 of Taskmaster UK with David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a hand-drawn animated version of Judith Kerr’s much-loved tale narrated by David Walliams, and featuring the voices of David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tamsin Greig

New to the branded channels will be:

[adult swim]

  • Tigtone S1


  • Kalo Pothi
  • Happy End


  • China Love
  • Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
  • Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man
  • The Real Tom Thumb: History’s Smallest Superstar


  • VC Andrews Heaven
  • VC Andrews’ Darlk Angel
  • VC Andrews’ Fallen Hearts
  • VC Andrews’ Gates of Paradise
  • VC Andrews’ Web of Dreams
  • A Killer Among Us

Outdoor Channel

  • Buccaneers & Bones S3
  • Savage Wild S3


  • OUTspoken: Forget Me Not S4
  • Underneath the Empire
  • Besties S1
  • Wigs in a Blanket S2


  • The Banksy Job
  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Walter Presents

  • The Ranger S2.
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