Sparkling lines save Downton


The creator of Downton Abbey sure knows how to save a popular, long-running soap from jumping the shark.

Hidden agendas and half-truths abound

What Remains

For anyone still missing Broadchurch, new Saturday drama What Remains is more than adequate solace.

Inspector Morse gave clues to guests' greatness

Inspector morse

Everyone has their safe haven television shows, which bring comfort and joy to a jaded evening's viewing...

Kitchen dramas fail to stir

My Kitchen Rules

Future generations may laugh at the idea of shows in which people threw tantrums over the grilling of a lamb chop.

Tim Balme's killer concept


Writer of The Brokenwood Mysteries Tim Balme explains why we all like a bloody good murder.

Off-key and irritating


Coverband, TVNZ's new show about a rock band, fails to break out and cover new ground.

Special law enforcement series bunkum, but fun

By Any Means

By Any Means, on Tuesdays, is a bunkum throwback to the likes of The Avengers and The Saint.

The guilty pleasures of late legals

the good wife

It's worth staying up late to watch courtroom drama The Good Wife.

Police Ten 7's new host

rob lemoto

Bay of Plenty-based Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto is the new host of Police Ten 7.

The quiet achiever

Mihi Forbes

In the self-aggrandising world of TV current affairs, Native Affairs and Mihi Forbes stand out for listening.

It's the little things that irritate


PREVIEW: Who can be bothered with sci-fi thriller Extant (Prime, 8.30pm, Thursday) any more?

Old age never looked so good


The Fabulous Fashionsitas tribute to amazing elderly female geriatrics was inspirational.

The Block is a crock

The block

What a bore the first episode of The Block was as we howdy-doed the four chosen couples.

No Emmy for Kiwi writer

Neil Cross

New Zealander who created BBC crime drama Luther has missed out on an Emmy today.

Seven Sharp needs sharpening

Seven Sharp

Someone at TV One should tell the Seven Sharp hosts to knock off the gag-level mutual admiration.

Campbell interview a public service

john campbell

Campbell Live' did us a great service by interviewing the father whose dead son was starting-point for the Dirty Politics furore.

Criminal minds keep going

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds is still pulling the audiences when it should, on paper, have been pensioned off.

Good golly, Miss Molly

Molly Quinn

After five seasons of playing Alexis Castle, actress Molly Quinn can’t imagine life without her.

Tough act to follow

Danielle Cormack

Danielle Cormack, like many Kiwi actors, took a leap of faith to Australia. It's a gamble that's paid off.

Knick not for squeamish

Knick strap

Steven Soderbergh's conjuring of 1900 New York makes Martin's Scorsese's Gangs of New York look lurid and over the top.

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