New to View: October 10 – 17

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


Moving Houses TVNZ 1, 7.30

New 10-part series in which Clarke Gayford tackles big big rigs and even bigger cargos. “Gayford provides a twist on the Grand Designs formula by following couples who save old homes and historic villas by moving them to a new location. The show follows that journey right from the start, when a ‘knackered’ old home is picked up and shifted by trucks, to the big renovated reveal.” — The Spinoff.

➢ Married at First Sight UK Three, 7.30

“There’s no denying that the opening few episodes of Married At First Sight UK have been hugely successful among its audience, reaching 820k viewers (triple that of E4’s usual 9pm slot) and retaining that number throughout the week. It’s certainly addictive viewing and will likely only gain more popularity as the series progresses and more twists, turns and bombshells are unveiled … It may no longer be the grand social experiment it claimed to be, but judging by the reaction from fans, who love to see the high drama behind eccentric relationship dynamics, it hardly seems to matter at all.” — Radio Times.

➢ Naked and Afraid of Love Three, 9.00

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet a potential love interest for the first time in the bush while completely nude? … Naked and Afraid of Love is a show all about this animalistic concept – at least in the first episode. It does transition into a more conventional dating show (sans clothing) after the initial meet-ups, but those meet-ups are definitely the unique selling point to begin with.” —


The UnXplained With William Shatner Duke, 8.30

The star who’s about to go where no 90-year-old has boldly gone before says of this 2019 History channel series: “It’s all about the mysteries that surround us that remain inexplicable. Evil places on earth that seem to collect bad deeds. Or people who’ve had seriously rare things happen to them, like the woman who’s been struck by lightning more than twice or the car accident victim who comes out of the coma and plays the piano. He never played the piano before, now he’s playing.”

➢ Batwoman TVNZ OnDemand

“This season premiere works to set up the next handful of episodes to be villain-of-the-week showcases before the big bad makes their reveal … It’s safe to say the third season of Batwoman will have much more direct writing than the last one and be a treat for anybody interested in the wild characters Gotham fosters.” — Geeks of Color.


The Great Kiwi Bake Off TVNZ 1, 7.30

S3 premieres on the channel that should have been its home from the outset, in 90-minute episodes that are being double-billed with Extreme Cake Makers.

The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne Prime, 9.35

“There’s no new revelations in The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, no deeper examination of his life or artistry, but his charm and common touch are enough to keep you watching. It ends with the new 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee coping with old age, some illness, but happy to be here in one piece and eager to keep delivering music to his fans.” — Decider.


➢ I Know What You Did Last Summer Amazon Prime Video

Eight-part update of the horror movie franchise. “Amazon Prime Video gives the mystery thriller a modern spin … with the teenagers now tormented via threatening text messages instead of letters.” — Rolling Stone.

➢ My Name Netflix

South Korean crime-thriller about a gangster who infiltrates the police to expose the truth about her father’s death. “Subscribers will already be familiar with the work of director Kim Jin Min as he previously directed the Netflix Original series Extracurricular.” — What’s On Netflix.

➢ DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Neon

S7 premieres the same day as S4 of Vampire Diaries spin-off Legacies on TVNZ OnDemand. “The Legends are stuck in the 1920s – 1925 to be exact – and from the looks of things they’re going to get into some chaos before they manage to get back to the present, assuming they ever manage to at all.” —


Royals Declassified TVNZ 1, 9.35

The Queen’s relationships with her husband, Prime Ministers, Princess Diana and a spy in the palace are dusted off for this three-part Channel 4 series. “Uses previously unseen documents, including diary entries and letters, to tell the story of the Queen’s reign … This one is no better or worse than most.” — The Guardian.

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3 Responses to “New to View: October 10 – 17”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    October 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

    WOW, according to Mighty Ape the new James Bond movie is being released on Blu-ray in December. I love the 45 day window ?

  2. I watched Moving Houses and thought it was really good! Such an incredible amount of work. I hope it did really well for TVNZ 1. Any idea how it rated, Phil?

  3. Yes, Tony, it rated very well. Hope to post details shortly …

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