Welcome to The Week in HD - our guide to all the best high-definition TV shows, films, sports and Blu-rays to grace your screen. 

There are plenty of good films on this week, along with the much-awaited release of Avatar in 3D on Blu-ray – and let's not forget the grand final of The Great British Bake Off. Tonight.

 

Here's what else is on this week: 

 

Monday 15th October

Avatar - Blu-ray & 3D

Finally getting its 3D home release is James Cameron's visually-stunning epic about the moon Pandora and its indeginous tribe, the Na'vi. Despite its thin storyline, the visual effects (especially that gorgeous glowy forest) are a joy to watch. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, and Zoe Saldana. 

 

Tuesday 16th October

Belgium v Scotland - ESPN HD - 7.15pm

World Cup qualifier

 

Poland v England - ITV HD - 7.30pm

World Cup qualifier 

 

The Great British Bake Off - BBC HD - 8pm

The Final. After nine weeks of pastries, cakes and bread, three final bakers – Brendan, John and James – have made it to the final. The final three bakes dishes to determine this year's winner sure sound fancy and will no doubt look (and taste) delicious, too: a signature pithivier, a fondant fancies technical challenge, and a chiffon sponge showstopper masterpiece. (My money's on James...)

 

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Sky Movies HD Crime & Thriller - 10pm

With the original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel starring Noomi Rapace being such a darkly intelligent and thrilling film, was there really any need for a Hollywood makeover? However, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara more than hold their own, with David Fincher setting a gritty pace, and Mara gaining an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of hacker Lisbeth Salander. 

 

Thursday 18th October

Shaun of the Dead - Sky Movies HD Modern Greats - 10.20pm

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost became household names with their playfully named romzomcom  - a brilliantly funny horror film about a man winning back his ex-girlfriend while fighting a whole community of hungry zombies. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of cameos from the likes of Martin Freeman, Dylan Moran, Reece Shearsmith, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Grieg, and a host of British media personalities. 

More after the break

 

Friday 19th October

Nina Simone in Paris - Sky Arts 2 HD - 8pm

Here's a treat: Nina Simone's last-ever recorded concert, from Paris's Olympia in 1990 - featuring the classic hits of Mississippi Goddam, Blue Sky, and I Put A Spell On You – settle in for the night with the High Priestess of Soul. 

 

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

Jo Brand returns once more to guest host the satirical news quiz, with 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon joining Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. 

 

QI - BBC HD - 10pm

Joints. With Cal Wilson, Jack Whitehall, and Jimmy Carr joining Alan Davies and Stephen Fry. 

 

Saturday 20th October

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Sky Sports HD2 & 3D - 12pm

Barclays Premier League 

 

Norwich City v Arsenal - ESPN HD - 5pm

Barclays Premier League 

 

The Thick Of It - BBC HD - 9.45pm

This is what it's all been boiling down to. After weeks of going back and forth between the Opposition and the Coalition, Mr Tickell's death has been the driving force into launching what we've been promised from the writers: a Leveson-style inquiry into the culture of leaking information, for the entire government. 'You might as well launch an inquiry into gravity,' despairs Pearson, but it's Tucker's pledge to tell 'the whole truth and nothing but the truth' that really sends a chill down the spine. 

 

The Jonathan Ross Show - ITV1 HD - 10.20pm

There hasn't been an interesting enough line-up to recommend Ross's show so far...but tonight we have David Mitchell (new book!) AND Aerosmith (new album!). I adore Mitchell's pendantic and satirical style, and it'll be a sight for sore eyes with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry conversing next to him. Add in he's-funny-as-he-is-handsome Bradley Cooper, and music from Emeli Sande, and it should be one hell of a show. 

 

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 - BBC HD - 10.45pm

The brainchild of Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, this love letter to martial arts-style revenge films sees a former master assassin hunt down her former teammates who left her for dead. Expect a great soundtrack, lots of bloodshed, and some great samurai-swordplay. 

 

Sunday 21st October 

Sunderland v Newcastle United - Sky Sports HD1 & 3D - 1pm

Barclays Premier League

 

QPR v Everton - Sky Sports HD1 - 3.30pm

Barclays Premier League 

 

Stardust - E4 HD - 8pm

Tristan Thorn, a young man from the village of Wall, travels to the adjoining Faerie land in search of a fallen star... who just happens to be a young woman. There's also a trio of witches set on consuming her heart for its immortal properties, seven brothers all fighting for the throne of Stormhold, and flying pirates that capture lightning... Neil Gaiman's wonderful fantasy story gets the silver screen treatment with an impressive cast that features: Mark Strong, Robert DeNiro, Dexter Fletcher, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais – to name but a few. 

 

The Hour - BBC HD - 11.30pm

It's the first series finale, and as the news team prepares to defy the government and go ahead in presenting a controversial episode on the Suez crisis, Freddie also finds out what really happened to Ruth. 

 

'Til next week...

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