New to View: March 21 – 27

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online


Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure TVNZ 1, 8.30

“This was an extremely moving hagiography. But in framing Connolly as a national treasure, a cuddly comic beloved by fellow celebs and deserving of a Christmas valedictory, It’s Been A Pleasure also arguably did him a disservice … he’s a firebrand who would be ‘cancelled’ today.” — The Telegraph.

Genius: Aretha National Geographic, 8.30

“The eight-part National Geographic series is, for the most part, basic bio fare, but it’s perked up by stellar musical performances throughout and occasional insights into the mind of its royal subject, Detroit’s own Queen of Soul.” — Detroit News.

Total Control Acorn TV

“Conflicts over political power and indigenous rights lie at the centre [of] this dark political tale … Its portrait of an embattled Australian Senate, of the prime minister’s own battle for survival, all of it drama borne aloft by the electric rage that courses through the dialogue and seems never to dim.” — Wall Street Journal.


➢ Who Killed Sara? Netflix

After 18 years in prison, Álex takes his revenge on the Lazcano family, who framed him for the murder of his sister Sara. “Did you enjoy shows like Narcos and Narcos: Mexico? Then you should definitely check out Who Killed Sara? on Netflix. This intense drama has the production value of the aforementioned shows and is a tense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” — Geek Vibes Nation.


Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World TVNZ 1, 7.30

“A new documentary has left viewers horrified after it showed Wuhan medics admitting they were told to lie about COVID-19 and they knew the virus was deadly and spreading between humans before China told the world.” —

➢ Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie Prime, 8.30

“Excitable Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli revisited the streets of New York where the film was shot to tell its fascinating backstory and how it succeeded against the odds. And it was a very fine documentary, packed with both fleeting sound bites and substantial accounts from those involved.” — The Telegraph.


➢ Invincible Amazon Prime Video

“When Robert Kirkman’s Invincible debuted on comic shelves, it was unique in its juxtaposition of startlingly vivid violence and gore with colourful, Saturday morning cartoon imagery … Eighteen years later, Invincible is now an animated Amazon Original, with Kirkman attached as writer and executive producer. This adaptation captures both the aesthetic and tone of the comics well, with animation that effectively mimics the book’s original art.” — Den of Geek.

➢ The Irregulars Netflix

“Rumour is that a second series of this Sherlock Holmes gang show has been commissioned, and on the strength of episode one it’s not hard to see why. My Mad Fat Diary writer Tom Bidwell transplants modern teenagers into Victorian London, dirties their urchin faces and co-opts them and a haemophiliac prince into a phantasmagoric mystery.” — The Times.

➢ The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Disney+

TV series spin-off from the movie franchise that Entertainment Weekly reports will include a “massive reunion in episode 6, featuring characters from all three films including Elden Henson as Fulton, Matt Doherty as Averman, Vinny La Russo as Adam Banks, Marguerite Moreau as Connie, Garret Henson as Guy, and Justin Wong as Kenny Wu.”

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