Your guide to the week’s best TV
Marvel’s Runaways, Sky 5, 7.30pm Thursday
The latest in a seemingly endless line of TV to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (another one, Cloak and
Dagger, premiered Friday on TVNZ On-Demand), Runaways is kind of like Marvel’s answer to The Breakfast Club. Six disparate teen archetypes (the nerd, the jock and — updated for 2018 — the social justice warrior) must put aside their differences to fight a common foe: their parents, who they discover are in some kind of weird satanic cult. The first episode sets an intriguing scene (How’d that girl’s sister die? Are the parents cooler than the kids?) for what promises to be a fun series — no prior Marvel knowledge required.
Brainstorm, Duke, 9.30pm Thursday
New Zealand has proud history of deeply shambolic, occasionally genius, low-to-no-budget TV. The latest addition to this genre, TVNZ Duke’s
Brainstorm, takes its cues from the popular British show Taskmaster. It throws together an unlikely bunch of Kiwi comedy-celebs (Shav, Havoc, David Correos, Donna Brookbanks and Alan McElroy), sits them on Swiss balls in an otherwise empty studio and has host Matt Heath set them problems to solve (global warming, something to do with throwing an egg . . . ) as creatively as possible for arbitrary points. Makes Jono and Ben look like The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days look like the 6 o’clock news.
No Offence, Vibe, 8.30pm tonight
This police procedural from Shameless creator Paul Abbott takes a bit of getting used to at first — the characters we meet at Manchester Metropolitan are all pure comedy, while the story is all gritty crime drama. Once you reconcile the two, you’ll find it’s more or less the best of both worlds. Joanna Scanlan leads the comedy stakes as the unfiltered DI Viv Deering, rough as guts with a heart of gold. In this series her team of deeply flawed but occasionally brilliant cops juggle complicated personal lives while methodically solving the case of a slippery serial killer.