Welcome to The Week in HD, our guide to all the must-see high-definition TV shows, films, Blu-ray releases and sports to grace your screen over the next seven days. 

Here's our pick of the week: 

Monday 3rd December

The Dark Knight Trilogy - Blu-ray 

A must-have for any Batman fan, all three films – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – have been boxed up and Blu-ray'd just in time for Christmas. From the origins of Bruce Wayne and Batman himself, to going head-to-head with the Joker, and the graduation from bat vigilante to the protector of Gotham City, the Christopher Nolan-helmed trilogy has set the bar for future adaptations.

The stunning and complete trilogy stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Sir Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 

Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic - Sky Sports HD1 - 7pm 

Barclays Premier League 

The Royal Variety Performance - ITV1 HD - 7.30pm

It's the 100th performance of the Royal Variety Performance, and the Queen's in attendance tonight! Hosted by David Walliams, the night will be full of shiny performances from all fields of entertainment, including Pudsey the dog – the winning act of Britain's Got Talent

MasterChef: The Professionals - BBC HD - 8.30pm

The eight chefs that survived the last four weeks of heat are now pooled together in the semi-finals to cook a dish that'll get them through to the next round – two more chefs will be leaving us tonight. 

Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm - BBC HD - 11.20pm

An in-depth and minute-by-minute account of the hurricane superstorm Sandy that hit New York last month, with satellite and CGI imagery, forensic analysis and personal accounts by the people affected by Sandy. 

 

Tuesday 4th December 

Olympiakos v Arsenal - ITV1 HD - 7.30pm

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MasterChef: The Professionals - BBC HD - 8pm

The six semi-finalists get paired off and sent to punish their stress levels by working in top hotels across the country. Tonight, they it's the Michelin-starred restaurant of The Berkeley Hotel, and the two contestants must cook their signature dish (lobster!) to perfection. 

Dara O Briain's Science Club - BBC HD - 9pm

It's the penultimate episode of the excellent Science Club, and there's brains on the menu. Dara and his resident scientists and researchers take a look at the control centre of our very being, exploring the effects of smart drugs, how it controls limbs remotely, and its similarities with the insides of a smart phone. 

 

Wednesday 5th December 

MasterChef: The Professionals - BBC HD - 8pm

Another pair of semi-finalists head off to Midsummer House, under the service of Daniel Clifford, who has been running the restaurant for 15 years. They go head-to-head under ever-increasing pressure to create the perfect dishes (lamb!) and then serve up dishes inspired by their experience to the MasterChef judges to fight for a place in the final. 

 

Thursday 6th December 

MasterChef: The Professionals - BBC HD - 8pm

The third pair of semi-finalists head to UK's only two-Michelin starred pub, The Hand and Flowers, in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. After cooking the signature dish (duck!) and impressing the judges with their new skills, only one will survive to go on to the next round. 

 

Friday 7th December

Nature's Weirdest Events - BBC HD - 7pm

There's fauna falling from the skies – birds in America, fish in London – along with masses of sea foam hitting the coast of Australia to create the world's biggest bubble bath party, mysterious patches of eerie light in oceans known as 'milky seas', and giant terrifying holes that appear out of nowhere and swallow up whole buildings and lakes. They're some of the weirder moments of Nature, and they might just prove inspiration for the next Bruckheimer disaster blockbuster. 

Scrooged - E4 HD - 8pm

Bill Murray is a cantankerous, cold-hearted and cynical TV executive who is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this late 80s adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.

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

David Mitchell is tonight's guest host, with Susan Calman and Janet Street-Porter joining Ian Hislop and Paul Merton on the satirical news show.  

QI - BBC HD - 10pm

Justice. Joining Stephen Fry and Alan Davies tonight are Professor Brian Cox, Rhys Darby, and Jason Manford. 

More after the break

Castle - alibi HD - 11pm

Overkill. Castle finds himself competing with the rather charming Detective Demming (guest star Michael 'Sam Anders' Trucco from Battlestar Galactica) to solve a murder, and for Beckett's attention. 

 

Saturday 8th December

Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey - BBC HD - 8pm

This special packs in the best highlights of the David Attenborough series, exploring the spectacular scenes of the harshest of winters and the melting summers of the Earth's polar regions. There are adorable tiny little polar cubs starting their lives in the Arctic north, while in the south the Adelie penguins completely steal the show by their comical stone-stealing habits to build their nests. 

The Machinist - Sky Movies HD Indie - 8.15pm

Before he was Batman, Christian Bale impressed with his body-punishing role as an insomniac factory worker Trevor Reznik, who starts to doubt his sanity after he hasn't slept in an entire year. Influenced by Nine Inch Nails and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, this psycho-thriller's a disturbing but enthralling watch. 

Rome: A History of the Eternal City - BBC HD - 9pm

The ancient Romans are virtually inseparable from their plethora of gods and goddesses for just about every aspect of life, and this documentary explores how daily life and events revolved around worshipping and sacrificing to the Roman deities. 

 

Sunday 9th December 

Manchester City v Manchester United - Sky Sports HD1 & 3D - 1pm

Barclays Premier League 

West Ham United v Liverpool - Sky Sports HD1 - 3.30pm 

Barclays Premier League 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The True Story - BBC HD - 8.30pm

L Frank Baum was a curious man: a Chicago businessman, a journalist, an actor, a Hollywood movie director, a boutique owner, and – my favourite – a chicken breeder. The man who wrote The Wizard of Oz in 1900 was also a wonderfully curious man about all things technological and innovative, living in a time when America was full of remarkable inventions. His aim was to write the first ever American fairy tale, and with the iconic yellow brick road, ruby red slippers and four distinctive characters, he certainly has succeeded in his ambition. 
The Expendables - 5 HD - 9pm Action veterans of the 1980s and 1990s unite to show the iGeneration how it's done. The plot really doesn't matter, but it's a film with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and a bunch of explosions and cheesy one-liners. It's brilliant. 'Til next week...