The Week in HD - Monday 11th February
Welcome to The Week in HD, our guide to all the must-see TV shows, films, Blu-ray resleases and sports to grace your sceen over the next seven days.
Here are our picks of the week:
Monday 11th February
Perks of Being a Wallflower - Blu-ray
Stephen Chbosky's best-selling novel is given the silver screen treatment with due care and respect. The story follows 15-year-old Charlie, an introvert freshman dealing with the highs and lows of growing up, from falling in love and making new friends, to dealing with the suicide of his best friend and confronting a childhood trauma. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, it's a touching and heartbreaking film.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - Blu-ray
The third instalment of the zany trouble-baiting zoo animals sees them hit the casinos of Monte Carlo to gather up the penguins and King Julien and try to head back home to Central Park Zoo in New York, and joining a travelling circus along the way to evade the clutches of fearsone animal control officer Captain DuBois. Heaps of fun, and you'll have a hard time getting the 'afro circus' tune out of your head.
Black Mirror - 4 HD - 10pm
Be Right Back. The second series of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror series is underway, with the first episode focussing on the unusual way in which couple Martha and Ash keep in touch over social media and the modern world. The thing is...Ash is dead. Starring Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Sinead Matthews and Claire Keelan.
When Albums Ruled the World - BBC HD - 11.30pm
Taking a look at the era between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, where the long-playing record and albums became popular, giving rise to the concept album and gloriously designed album sleeves. Featuring contributions from Noel Gallagher, Slash, Roger Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and plenty of others.
Tuesday 12th February
New Zealand v England - Sky Sports HD1 - 6am
Cricket, Second T20
Celtic v Juventus - ITV HD - 7.45pm
Storyville, Expedition to the End of the World - BBC HD - 10pm
You'd think that we've explored every inch of the world by now. But, amazingly, there's still patches of unknown land that no human has ventured before. One of these areas is an unexplored fjord system in north-east Greenland, which is only accessible a few weeks a year - thanks to global warming melting the ice. The explorers set off to the Arctic by ship, and discover polar bears, Stone Age traces, and an entirely new species.
Utopia - 4 HD - 10pm
As the series reaches its penultimate episode, the gang's plan to disrupt the nefarious Network organisation backfires. Elsewhere, we start to discover the troubling backstories of each of the characters, which leaves us with further unsettling developments.
Castle - alibi HD - 11pm
The Blue Butterfly. A brilliant film noir-style episode of Castle sees the gang retracing the tumultuous history of a priceless necklace, dubbed The Blue Butterfly, which went missing in 1947.
Wednesday 13th February
Real Madrid v Manchester United - Sky Sports HD2 - 7.45pm
Hugo - Sky Movies HD Showcase - 8pm
Martin Scorcese directs this stunning portrayal of 19th century Paris, full of Parisian gothic architecture and steampunk undertones, which weaves the story of young Hugo Cabaret, a young orphan who's trying to fix his late father's automaton, into a bigger story that celebrates the history of film. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law and Ben Kingsley, it's a visually beautiful movie.
Being Human - BBC HD - 11.20pm
Sticks and Rope. A chance to catch up with episode 2 of the latest, and sadly, the last series of Being Human - yes, the show's been cancelled much to my dismay, although it's not too much of a surprise given the complete character overhaul. It's a shame, as the Hal, Tom and Alex trio is quite a lot of fun to watch.
In this ep, Alex finds out that she's not the only ghost haunting Honolulu Heights, while Hal and Tom battle to be crowned Employee of the Month - a conflict that's relished by Captain (the Devil) Hatch.
Thursday 14th February
Tottenham Hotspur v Lyon - ITV HD - 8.05PM
The Genius of Invention - BBC HD - 9pm
Visual Image. Michael Mosley, Prof Mark Miodownik and Dr Cassie Newland take a look at three inventions that completely changed the way we communicate and entertain across the world: photography, moving pictures and television.
Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe - BBC HD - 10pm
Sarah Millican and Doug Stanhope join Charlie in taking a satirical look at the main stories coming out of the world of the news, film, TV, music and various other media.
The Matrix Revolutions - 5 HD - 10pm
Humans vs machines, Neo vs Agent Smith - the last instalment in the Matrix trilogy sees the city of Zion fighting for survival, while Neo aims to fulfill his destinty as The One. With Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, Lawrence Fishbourne and Hugo Weaving.
The Jonathan Ross Show - ITV HD - 10.45pm
Guests on tonight's show include Professor Brian Cox, John C Reilly, Hayley Atwell and Adam Ant.
Friday 15th February
New Zealand v England - Sky Sports HD1 - 6am
Cricket - Third T20
Carnivale - Sky Atlantic HD - 10pm
The River. Brother Justin's suicide attempt lends him visions of two Russian children and his 'birthright', while one of the most arresting scenes of the show takes place when Ben cures Ruth's son Gabriel after injuring him...only for all the fish in the river to die when Gabriel is cured.
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music - BBC HD - 11.50pm
Wrecking Ball. There are some fantastic programmes charting the history of classical music across the BBC, and one of these takes a look at the shift from the harmonious melodies of classical giants Mozart, Brahms and Haydn to the discordant and much more abstract compositions of Schoenberg and Stravinsky.
Featuring specially-shot performances of key pieces of this period, it looks at how the 20th century changes in technology, culture and the First World War brought about the changes in the world of classical music.
Saturday 16th February
Harlequins v Leicester - Sky Sports HD2 - 5.15pm
Howard Goodall's Story of Music - BBC HD - 9.30pm
The Age of Tragedy. A look at the dark themes like death, destiny and supernatural that influenced the opera and compositions of the late nineteenth century, from Verdi's La Traviata to Wagner's operas. On the way, there's composer Franz Liszt (of Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny chase scenes fame), whose compostions about soul-swapping Faust and the fire-thief Prometheus becamse immensely influential in that era.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Syfy HD - 9.30pm
A special parody sketch of Star Wars in full stop-motion animation glory, with the voice talents of (mainly) Seth Green, along with plenty of the original cast, including Mark Hamill and even George Lucas.
Sunday 17th February
New Zealand v England - Sky Sports HD1 - 1am
First one day international
Top Gear - BBC HD - 8pm
The KIA Cee'd has been TG's reasonably priced car since 2010, and with a new version now out, naturally it has to be subjected to Top Gear's very specific tests to be track-worthy. Jeremy Clarkson takes it on a thorough road test that includes eels, curry, an American cop, a rock star, and an unusual game of rugby with James May.
Elsewhere, Richard Hammond, who was dropped off in Mexico two episodes ago, tests the new Mastretta sports car.
Wonders of Life - BBC HD - 9pm
Size Matters. Professor Brian Cox takes a look at how the size you are has a huge impact on the life you lead and your expiry date. He travels to Australia to swim with great white sharks and track red kangaroos to explore the physics of size.
'Til next week...