The Week in HD - Monday 20th August

Mon, 20 Aug 2012, 12:24pm

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Week in HD - our guide to the best high-definition films, TV shows and sports to grace your screens. 

Here's our pick for the week: 

 

Monday 20th August

Everton v Manchester Utd - Sky Sports HD1 - 7pm

Barclays Premier League 

 

The Big Lebowski - ITV4 HD - 9pm 

The Coen brothers' cult comedy is loosely based on Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, about LA slacker 'The Dude' who gets mistaken for a millionaire businessman, and then gets involved in an increasingly trippy and bizarre extortion plot. Starring Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore. 

 

Tuesday 21st August

 

Doctor Who - Watch HD - 8pm

The Hungry Earth. The Doctor and the Ponds visit a mining village in Wales, where an ambitious project to drill right into the centre of the Earth awakens the long-dormant Silurians – former rulers of the Earth – who now want their planet back. 

 

The Great British Bake Off - BBC HD - 8pm

Last week's showstopper challenge was to bake cakes with the designs on the inside, which must be hell to make, but was brilliant to watch. If I've learnt anything from this show, it's that bread is ridiculously hard to make, and tonight's episode has the contestants stressing out while baking flatbread and bagels. 

 

Luther - BBC HD - 10.30pm

The crime drama continues, with Luther racing to stop a trained sniper from killing off fellow police officers. 

 

Wednesday 22nd August

 

Have I Got News For You - BBC1 HD - 10.45pm

Reginald D Hunter is always a delight, and his banter with both Hislop and Merton never fails to leave me in fits of giggles. Miranda Hart is in the guest host chair. 

 

Easy A - Sky Movies HD Drama & Romance - 10pm

Easy A is smart, sassy and fun film about Olive Penderghast, a witty but clean-cut high school student who gets caught in the school's malicious rumour mill. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are hilarious as Olive's parents, and uber cool Emma Stone carries the entire film brilliantly. 

 

Thursday 23rd August

 

The Jonathan Ross Show - ITV1 HD - 10.35pm

If you're missing the Olympics, have some Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Tom Daley chatting away on Ross's sofa. 

 

Friday 24th August

 

England v South Africa - Sky Sports HD1 - 10am 

First one day international match.

 

Parade's End - BBC HD - 9pm

An adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford's epic novel about the dying days of the Edwardian empire, this Tom Stoppard directed five-part period drama boasts the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, Stephen Graham, Adelaide Clemens and Rupert Everett.

The story follows the life of civil servant Christopher Tietjens adjusting to the aftermath of the First World War and struggling between the two women in his life: his unfaithful wife Sylvia, and the young suffragette Valentine whom he falls in love with. 

 

The World of Parade's End - BBC HD - 10pm

To tie in with BBC's lavish adaptation, this documentary celebrates the epic classic novel by Ford Maddox Ford, with various writers and actors discussing the book, along with exploring the challenges of adapting it to the screen. 

 

Saturday 25th August

 

Chelsea v Newcastle United - ESPN HD - 5.30pm

Barclays Premier League 

 

Top Gear - BBC HD - 7pm

Sadly, there's no new Top Gear this summer, but here's the most recent series to keep you company. The boys head to Italy to test three supercars, driving around the busy city centre of Rome, and ending up at the legendary Imola circuit with a race against the Stig. 

 

Sunday 26th August 

 

Liverpool v Manchester City - Sky Sports HD1 - 3.30pm

Barclays Premier League 

 

Team America: World Police - Sky Movies HD - 9.45pm

The creators of South Park are back in full satirical form with a feature film lampooning big-budget action films with a focus on ridiculing American politics and Hollywood – all in Thunderbird-style marionette puppets.

It's loud and brash and vulgar and clever and hilarious – everything you'd expect from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. 

'Til next week...