New to View: May 31 – June 6

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


MONDAY

The Parachute Murder Plot | TVNZ 1, 8.40

The Parachute Murder Plot is totally chilling and literally everyone’s worst nightmare come true. The documentary delves deeper into the story and tells the story of this case, which is actually too horrific to even imagine, let alone believe actually happened. You may want to give it a miss if you’re planning a skydive any time soon. It tells the story of a husband who wanted to leave his wife for another woman, but instead of simply separating, he sought to end things for good — which in his mind meant murder. Murder made to look like an accidental death and a life insurance claim to sweeten the deal.” — Bustle.

The A Word (S3) | BBC UKTV, 9.30

Two years on, Joe is 10 and living in two places at once processing life through the filter of his autism, Alison and Paul are divorced and living 100 miles apart, Nicola has moved to London, Eddie lives with his dad and Rebecca has just realised he’s pregnant. “As the hit series about a young boy with autism and his family returns, its themes of anxiety and adjustment feel more prescient than ever.” — The Guardian.

TUESDAY

All the Sins | Rialto, 8.30

Award-winning crime thriller and dysfunctional family drama series set in Finland’s singular Bible belt. “It is the attention paid to character, however, and how criminal investigation interweaves with three characters’ confrontation of severe past suffering from gender violence or homophobia, which marks out the series.” — Variety.

Roast Battle (S4) | Comedy Central, 10.30  

“The new run will feature a series of guest judges alongside regulars Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan after Jonathan Ross stood down. Noel Fielding will be the first, when the series returns for the first of five new weekly episodes … In that show stand-up Laura Lexx will go up against Tom Livingstone – a member of the Noise Next Door improv troupe who just happens to be her husband.” — Chortle.

WEDNESDAY

Earth From Space | BBC Earth, 8.30

Earth from Space used satellites to suddenly zoom in, laser-like, on moving dots, which were a herd of elephants searching for water in a vicious drought, or splodges of brown, which were penguin faeces. This was a fresh take on the wildlife documentary, but they are no longer soothing pleasures. The carrot of a chubby seal two seconds later becomes the shitty stick of guilt at what we have done to our planet. But here there were lump-in-throat images and an aerial shot of hundreds of Chinese students doing kung fu moves in synchronicity, a stunning sight from above. Mesmerising television but, as so often now, depressing.” — The Times.

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered SoHo, 9.30

“HBO’s five-part documentary series promises to be yet another ambitious and detailed true-crime story from the network that does them best. Directed by Sam Pollard, Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre and Joshua Bennett, the series takes five hours to dig deeply into the deaths and disappearances of 30 people, most of them children and teens, between 1979 and 1981 … Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered is well-balanced in its voices, clear of narrative and tough as nails — just as it absolutely needs to be.” — Decider.

THURSDAY

Rhys Darby: Big in Japan | TVNZ 1, 8.45

Confessed the comic actor to the NZ Herald about his latest gig: “I’m not one off those guys who’s constantly buying Lonely Planets. I’m more the huy who picks one upon at the airport on the way to the destination and browses through it.”

Black Monday (S2) | SoHo2, 8.30

“After an unfunny, unpleasant start Black Monday found a stride and purpose more worthy of a cast that includes Don Cheadle, Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells. The new second season begins in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash with rogue trader Mo Monroe (Cheadle) on the run in fairly hilarious disguise in Florida. His old friend Dawn (Hall) looks certain to track him down, while the monstrously evolved Blair (Rannells) is lobbying congress to deregulate the banks – because what could possibly go wrong?” — Sydney Morning Herald.

FRIDAY

13 Reasons Why (S4) | Netflix

13 Reasons Why wrapped up the story from the book it’s based on in season one. And then it came back for season two. And three. And now season four, which will be its last. Why did the show go beyond the Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) story? And why is it ending now? Series creator Brian Yorkey said … the decision to end with season four came to him in the middle of making season two when they came to a place ‘where it felt like a four-season story. I’m always a little bit suspicious of high school shows that go beyond four seasons because high school is four years long … bringing these characters to their graduation and to scattering to their next things felt like the logical ending point.'” — Entertainment Weekly.

Mr Show (S1-4) | Neon

Often inspired sketch lunacy with an absurdist, stream-of-consciousness style, this [1994-1998] series found a cult following similar to that of Monty Python and SCTV.  Guest stars included Jack Black, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Jon Stewart and Jeff Goldblum. Before helming Mr. Show, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross both won writing Emmys for The Ben Stiller Show; [Better Call Saul’s] Odenkirk also won as a writer for Saturday Night Live.” — Rotten Tomatoes.

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4 Responses to “New to View: May 31 – June 6”

  1. I see Friends is now on Netflix in New Zealand. I don’t remember that being mentioned before but anyhow I may watch it 🙂

  2. That is interesting, Trevor. No, Netflix didn’t advise NZ media of the addition — which is typical: both The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family landed on the service without being flagged. Fascinating to see Friends on both Netflix and TVNZ OnDemand. Warner Bros TV took it off US Netflix six months ago so it could stream exclusively on HBO Max.

  3. I would have thought they would have announced it through a megaphone. I have seen posts from Netflix on Facebook about it 🙂

  4. Beats me, Trevor. Clearly Netflix thought it was better to announce the news through social media. Thanks for your vigilance.

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