Just in time for the colder winter months ahead, Lightbox has added a range of new shows to its line-up. From fallen superheroes, axe murderers and royalty to soap operas and good old Kiwi humour, there’s something to appeal to the viewing demands of every household member.
In addition to new shows, the second part of season one of Outlander is also available to Lightbox subscribers, with the first three episodes now live on the service. New episodes are added every Sunday at 4.30pm express from the US.
Wolf Hall – BBC
An intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII, based on Hilary Mantel’s bestselling novels and starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis. By 1529, Henry has been married to Katherine of Aragon for 20 years without producing a male heir. Requests to the Pope for an annulment have gone unheeded. The King’s link to Rome, Cardinal Wolsey, has failed his sovereign in only this one matter and as a result, his life hangs in the balance. Enter Cromwell – a pragmatic and accomplished negotiator, from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past. As he walks the corridors of power at the Tudor court, Cromwell must navigate deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles – Sony
Starring Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity filled with scandalous love affairs. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother William (Andrew Howard, “Hatfields & McCoys™”) to Broadway luminaries and her business associate/underworld kingpin Mr. Flowers (Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”) – start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.
Powers – Sony (PlayStation Network)
Based on the award-winning comic series created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming in 2000, Powers is set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist. A former superhero known as Diamond, homicide detective Christian Walker specialises in investigating crimes involving superhumans. Walker lost his powers after an epic battle with Wolfe (Eddie Izzard a cannibalistic supervillain doing time in a federal containment facility.
X Company – Sony
X Company is an emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British – torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. These agents parachute behind enemy lines, where they’re fair game for torture and execution. From elegant hotels to hellholes in the field, it’s one risky operation after another, masterminded by the brains of Camp X.
Super City: Seasons 1 & 2 – Super Fumes Ltd
A star vehicle for the ample talents of Madeleine Sami (The Jaquie Brown Diaries, Sione’s Wedding), Super City introduces us to five different characters, all living in Auckland City. Pasha is an aging cheerleader clinging to her partying lifestyle; Azeem is an immigrant taxi driver embracing Maori culture; Jo is a gym instructor in love with her best friend; Linda is the runt of her “old girls” clique fostering impoverished artists and Georgie is a homeless girl whose freedom is unexpectedly interrupted
Season One is directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark) and Season two is directed by Oscar Kightley (Sione’s Wedding, Bro’Town)
Days of Our Lives – Sony
The lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of Salem are back on New Zealanders’ screens just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary, after going missing from NZ screens for a couple of years. Glossy, daring and unpredictable, the popular daytime soap is among the longest-running shows in the history of TV. Now Kiwi DOOL fans will be able to get their soapy fix, with Lightbox securing the latest and ongoing episodes from the 2014-2015 season on 4 May.