Network Movie Highlights in HD: January 9 – 15

Saturday Cars 3 (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (Three, 7.00) Charlotte’s Web (Maori TV, 7.00) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (TVNZ 1, 8.05) Predator (Duke, 8.30) 45 Years (Maori TV, 8.40) Police Academy 3: Back in Training (TVNZ 2, 9.00) American Assassin (Three, 9.55) Secret in Their Eyes (TVNZ 2, […]

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Amazon Primes The Great Escapists

Amazon Prime Video has added to its January line-up a new series starring The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond as an escape artist. The Great Escapists follows Hammond and Mythbusters’ Tory Belleci as they use their smarts and scrap shipwreck to try to escape a deserted island. Reads the blurb: Can they invent themselves off the island? Or […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 16 – 22

➢➢ One of UK TV’s longest-running series marks its 20th anniversary in a retrospective series that will air 8.35 Wednesdays on TVNZ 1 from January 20. Location Location Location: 20 Years and Counting has Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp looking back over two decades of boom and bust. Yet whatever the state of the market, their […]

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Neon Snares Tiger Woods Tale

An HBO documentary about golf phenomenon Tiger Woods will have its NZ premiere on Sky’s Neon. The two-part Tiger will land here on January 22, nearly two weeks after its January 10 tee-off on HBO, and also will screen on Sky’s golf channel, Sky Sport 6. Reads the blurb: The series paints an intimate picture […]

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SoHo Adds New CB Strike Case

Sky’s SoHo channel has added the latest CB Strike mystery to its January schedule. CB Strike: Lethal White (8.30 Mondays from January 25) is a four-part BBC adaptation of the fourth book in Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series. Written under a pseudonym by JK Rowling, it’s about an ex-solder-cum-private detective (Tom Burke) and his overqualified PA and partner-in-crime […]

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Big Sky Among Disney+ Stars

Disney+ subscribers in NZ who want a sneak peek of what the service’s new Star channel will look like should note what’s been announced for Europe. The undoubted highlight will be the exclusive run of the latest David E Kelley (Big Little Lies, The Undoing) drama, Big Sky. It stars Kylie Bunbury and Ryan Philippe […]

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New to Blu: January 6 – 12

Greenland is the week’s only Blu-ray release — although there should have been a second. Roadshow Entertainment is distributing Antebellum on Blu-ray in Australia but here has relegated it to DVD only. However, it can be streamed in HD on various services, although not in 4K (unless you can access an Apple TV US account). […]

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New to View: January 3 – 9

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Sunday ➢ Yellowstone Neon Kevin Costner ranching drama that left most city-slicker critics unimpressed but rounded up enough viewers to become one of the most popular dramas on US TV. Seasons 1-3 of this Taylor (Hell and High Water) Sheridan-scripted hit land at once, […]

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Network Movie Highlights in HD: January 2 – 8

  Saturday Mirror Mirror (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Three, 7.00) Se7en (Duke, 8.30) Made in Dagenham (Maori TV, 8.30) Police Academy 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.45) The Wedding Stalker (Three, 10.10) Conspiracy Theory (TVNZ 2, 10.25) 12 Strong (TVNZ 1, 10.50)   Sunday Mechanic Resurrection (TVNZ 2, 12.50am) Keanu (TVNZ 2, 2.30am) The Jungle Book (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Zookeeper’s Wife (TVNZ […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 9 – 15

➢➢ Doctor Who isn’t the only BBC icon changing channels. Top Gear will switch from Duke to TVNZ 1 for its 2020 season, which will air 8.40 Mondays from January 11. Originally it was going to screen on Duke but TVNZ abruptly pulled it late last year and rescheduled it in a plum slot on […]

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