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Calum Henderson

Calum Henderson writes about (mainly terrible) television

  • 4 Feb, 2017 8:00pm
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COMMENT: The inevitable and overdue reboot, which finally arrived last week, might change that. Archie's on Netflix... and now he's got abs.
  • 7 Oct, 2016 8:30pm
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There were more notable New Zealanders than a Holmes Christmas party on TVNZ 1's Sunday night special I Know This To Be True, a well-meaning but rambling and incoherent collection of meditations on the meaning of life.
  • 20 May, 2016 6:30pm
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Until last year 'competitive forklift driving' sounded like a TV idea Alan Partridge would have pitched to the BBC's Chief Commissioning Editor along with 'inner-city sumo' and 'monkey tennis'.

Kiwi Living return like a 'warm, soothing bath'

  • 5 Apr, 2016 11:55am
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When it arrived last year, One's Kiwi Living felt more like a special kind of Kiwi purgatory, demanding viewers follow its bourgeois trends in order to attain holiness.
  • 23 Mar, 2016 10:20am
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While Duke still boasts a "male-skewed" lineup of action movies and extreme sports there are encouraging early signs that it might not be nearly as bad as it first seemed.
  • 19 Jan, 2016 1:30pm
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The last thing I remember happening before I fell off the Shortland Street wagon is a brain-damaged Chris Warner leading hospital staff in a singalong. Things have changed.
  • 18 Dec, 2015 3:00pm
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2015 in New Zealand television was a rollercoaster ride of ecstatic highs and really quite depressing lows. Looking back on it all, do they cancel each other out? Or has it all gone to hell in a Bachelor NZ picnic basket?
  • 13 Dec, 2015 10:50am
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It spawned a hit viral video clip but how did the rest of Adele's TV special with Graham Norton stack up? Calum Henderson reviews Adele: Live in London.
  • 29 Nov, 2015 3:00pm
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Over the course of his long career, David Beckham was often characterised as kind of a dimwit. He's certainly no mug, his new TV shows.
  • 16 Nov, 2015 10:00am
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Reality show Who's Doing the Dishes features contestants that were "too dull and idiotic" to make it onto Come Dine With Me, writes Calum Henderson.
  • 25 Oct, 2015 11:30am
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If Ray McVinnie's next cookbook is a weirdly Elvis-themed mish-mash of traditional Italian, Jamaican and Ashkenazi Jewish dishes, at least now we'll understand why: it's all in his DNA.
  • 16 Aug, 2015 3:45pm
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Humans is a "sci-fi thriller" in the most accessible, engaging sense of those words, set in a parallel near-future where synthetic humans - "synths" - are a common household appliance.

How 'dad bod' became a champ

  • 20 Jul, 2015 6:00pm
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A couple of months ago Barnett was just the host of the country's 11th most popular morning radio show.

DWTS Awards Ceremony

  • 19 Jul, 2015 8:27am
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As we head towards Sunday night's Dancing With the Stars Grand Final, we hand out awards for the best moments from throughout the season.

John Campbell's First XV

  • 28 Jun, 2015 8:21am
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Some great news came through yesterday: John Campbell is going to Samoa to play rugby.