The Week in HD - Tuesday 8th May

Mon, 7 May 2012, 9:06am

Hello everyone, welcome back to the The Week in HD, our guide to the week's HD and 3D films, TV shows, and sports. 

If you missed us yesterday, never fear, we still bring you news of Bank Holiday Blu-ray releases. Here's two: 

 

Men in Black I & II

Will Smith dons the suit and shades once more for a third installment of the Men in Black films that's out later this month. So catch up with the Blu-ray release of the first two films. 

 

War Horse

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel about the first world war told through the eyes of the horse Joey finally gets Blu-ray release in the UK, with plenty of behind the scenes footage. 

And here's our pick of what to watch this week: 

 

Tuesday 8th May

 

Liverpool v Chelsea - Sky Sports HD1 - 7.30pm

Barclays Premier League

 

Mad Men - Sky Atlantic HD - 9pm

Lady Lazarus. Peggy shines again as she juggles work commitments and trying to save Don's marriage. I've always loved Peggy and Don's relationship, and she still remains the only one who can really call him out and yell at him. Watch out for a hilarious scene when Peggy avoids answering calls from Don...

 

The King & the Playwright - BBC HD - 11.30

Legacy. Last in series about Shakespeare and the impact Jacobean rule had on his plays. His last plays, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest, are scrutinised here, along with the Bard's lasting legacy. 

 

Wednesday 9th May

 

Attack of the Giant Jellyfish - Sky 3D - 8pm

Michael Bay wishes he had thought of that title first. It may not be Spielberg, but this documentary looks at how jellyfishes are terrorising the seas, from Florida to Japan. Jellyfishes that can be bigger than washing machines, can capsize boats, can live off plastic, can regenerate, may be immortal...

 

The Apprentice - BBC1 HD - 9pm

This week, the ruthless (read: hilariously inept) contestants attempt to coax street artists into showcasing their work in a one-off gallery sale. Fun times. 

 

Masters of American Music - Sky Arts 2 HD - 10pm

Bluesland. An entertaining travel through American's deep south, home of the blues, which looks at the origins of blues and the impact it had on the rest of music, from Louise Armstrong and Duke Ellington, to Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. 

 

Game of Thrones - Sky Atlantic HD - 10.10pm

The Old Gods and the New. Now we know where Downton's Gwen went off to – to the north in search of Jon Snow. As much as I love Daenerys, she's going to have to be more political and crafty rather than just expecting everyone to fall at her feet, especially now that someone's stolen her dragons. Elsewhere in Westeros, Theon makes a decision, while Tyrion gives Joffrey a much needed slap. Three cheers for Tyrion!

 

Thursday 10th May

 

The Big Bang Theory - E4 HD - 8pm

The Transporter Malfunction. Leonard 'Mr Spock' Nimoy guest voices in a battle with Sheldon's conscience as Penny buys the boys Star Trek toys. LLAP.

 

Friday 11th May

 

BBC Young Musician - BBC HD - 7.30pm

Percussion Final. Five young percussionists vie for the last remaining spot in tomorrow's semi-finals.

 

Have I Got News For You - BBC1 HD - 9pm

Reginald D Hunter is on the panel again, a more than good enough reason to tune into the satirical news show tonight, with Alexander Armstrong guest hosting. 

 

Super 8 - Sky Movies HD - 9pm

Spielberg. JJ Abrams. Aliens. Surely you don't need any more reasons to watch this excellent sci-fi film? Okay, how about six young amateur film-makers who find out they've captured an alien attacking their town on camera? And an electrifying train crash scene that's become a test favourite here at What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision. I'll repeat: Spielberg, Abrams, Aliens. 

 

Saturday 12th May

 

Formula 1: The Spanish Grand Prix - BBC1 HD - 12.10pm

F1's back with live coverage from Barcelona, with qualifying being more exciting this year now that it's no longer a given that Red Bull (well, Vettel) will inevitably get pole position. 

 

Megamind - Sky 3D - 12.30pm

What's a supervillain to do when he finally defeats his superhero nemesis? Megamind is bored and aimless without a good guy to battle against, with Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt voicing this animated film.  

 

Harlequins v Northampton - Sky Sports HD1 - 2.30pm

Aviva Premiership Semi Final 

 

BBC Young Musician - BBC HD - 6pm

Semi-final. The five winners from the keyboard, brass, strings, woodwind and percussion categories compete each other for a place in Sunday's final. Far more entertaining than any of the other 'talent' shows.  

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - 4HD - 6.35pm

Okay, so it's not strictly HD, but I can't ignore that LOTR is on telly. Set aside four hours to join the hobbits from the start as the Fellowship is formed and they make their epic journey to Mordor to destroy The One Ring. 

 

Sunday 13th May 

 

Formula 1: The Spanish Grand Prix - BBC1 HD - 12.10pm

As the 2012 season arrives in Europe, Jake Humphrey & co present live coverage of the race from Barcelona. 

 

The Day After Tomorrow - E4 HD - 6.35pm

Ignore the silly plot and watch instead for some rather great special effects, as hell hath no fury like Mother Nature rampaging through the planet as global weather goes a bit mental.

 

BBC Young Musician - BBC HD - 8pm

Final. The three finalists give their best performances to become the eighteenth winner of the biennial BBC Young Musician competition. This should be exciting. 

 

Philadelphia Union v New York Red Bulls - ESPN HD - 6.30pm 

MLS

 

'Til next week...

 

Comments

I thought the BBC only had highlights of the Formula 1 races not live races.

relocated wrote:

I thought the BBC only had highlights of the Formula 1 races not live races.

They have live coverage of 10 races this season; the rest are highlights-only shows.