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

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Monday 3rd March

 

Gravity – Blu-ray & 3D

Two astronauts are stranded in space after the destruction of a space shuttle.

It's a simple enough premise, but executed beautifully and terrifyingly by director Alfonso Cuaron and the superb London-based visual effects team Framestore. 

With stunning visuals and even more superb sound (or rather, the absence of), Gravity blew our minds when we were lucky enough to catch it in the cinemas. It's a must-have disc.

 

Sunshine – Blu-ray

We'll continue the space theme with this understated 2007 sci-fi thriller from Danny Boyle. A couple of decades into the future, the Sun is dying, spelling disaster for all life on Earth. A group of astronauts and scientists are sent out to reignite the Sun with a nuclear bomb the size of Manhattan, but as they get closer and closer to the Sun, the mission starts to take a toll on the crew and their sanity.

The ensemble cast features Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne and Mark Strong.

 

Tuesday 4th March

 

Death in Paradise BBC One HD, 9pm

An elderly resident at a retirement home seems to have committed suicide, but the Saint Marie detective team think otherwise. Amidst murder most foul, Humphrey has to deal with his wife making a surprise visit to the island, hoping to give their marriage a second chance.

If you're still unsure about this gem of a show, we reckon the cheery, sunny trailer will change your mind.

 

Elementary Sky Living HD, 9pm

The Diabolical Kind. The enigmatic Jamie Moriarty (played by Natalie Dormer) returns to cause havoc with Sherlock's emotions. When a young girl is kidnapped by Moriarty's former associates, the mastermind criminal is brought in to consult on the case. But Sherlock is wary that she'll use the chance to make her escape.

 

Wednesday 5th March

 

England v Denmark ITV HD, 7.30pm

International Friendly

 

Duck Quacks Don't Echo Sky 1 HD, 8pm

In a similar vein to BBC's QI and Radio 4's The Unbelievable Truth with a dash of Science Club thrown in, Sky's new comedy panel not only lays down some ridiculous facts, but also goes about trying to prove (or disprove) them.

Lee Mack hosts, with guests Dara O Briain, Ruth Jones, and Spice Girl's Melanie C (who, apparently, gets superglued to the ceiling.)

 

Inside No 9 BBC Two HD, 10pm

The Understudy. Tony is the darling of the West End for his starring role in Macbeth, but his overbearing personality means there's no love lost between him and his fellow actors. It'd be a shame if something terrible happened to him, wouldn't it?

 

Thursday 6th March

 

Suits Dave HD, 9pm

The Other Time. It's the episode that Suits fans have all been waiting for: the Donna and Harvey story. Flashbacks throughout the episode show Harvey hiring Donna, Harvey quitting the DA's office to join Jessica's firm, Mike's woes with higher education, Louis Litt being Louis Litt, and will we ever find out about the can opener?

 

Fleming Sky Atlantic HD, 11pm

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Lavish drama about James Bond's equally charming and adventurous creator: Ian Fleming. The war is nearly over, but Fleming (played by Dominic Cooper) is convinced the Germans are hiding nuclear plans. He convinces his superiors to let him retrieve them before they fall into enemy hands, but comes face-to-face with renegade soldiers.

Meanwhile, celebrations are widespread in London, but what will Fleming do once the war and his wartime intelligence career are over? And will he and Ann (Lara Pulver) ever find a way to be together?

 

Friday 7th March

 

Castle Alibi HD, 8pm

Disciple. When two corpses surface wearing Lanie and Esposito's faces, Castle and Beckett know they're on to a twisted serial killer who seems to be targeting police officers at the 12th Precinct. But what they don't account for is the return of a chilling and dangerous nemesis...

 

Saturday 8th March

 

Arsenal v Everton ITV HD, 12pm

FA Cup Quarter Final

 

Ireland v Italy BBC HD, 2pm

RBS Six Nations

 

The Man Who Knew Too Much BBC Two HD, 2.35pm

Everyone loves a bit of Hitchcockian thriller on a weekend afternoon. James Stewart and Doris Day are happily holidaying in Morocco when they get caught in the middle of an assassination plot of a foreign diplomat. Holiday: ruined.

 

Scotland v France BBC HD, 4.40pm

RBS Six Nations

 

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Sky Sports HD1 & 3D, 5pm

Barclays Premier League

 

Luther Alibi HD, 10pm

Luther goes on the run after being suspected of murder. Determined to prove his innocence but also wanting revenge, he employs Mark and Alice's help in this nail-biting series one finale.

 

Sunday 9th March

 

England v Wales BBC HD, 2.30pm

RBS Six Nations

 

Top Gear BBC Two HD, 8pm

Here it is, the Top Gear Christmas Special...in March! So it's more of an Easter-ish special, but anyway: the boys are on a special trip to build a bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand. But to get there they must first cross Burma, a country that has been closed to Westerners for over 40 years. Their transport? Three lorries bought blind from the internet.

As the official BBC synopsis puts it: "What follows is an epic journey of beautiful scenery, regular adversity, ongoing malfunction, and the constant bickering of three badly dressed buffoons."

And this is only Part One.

 

The Musketeers BBC One HD, 9pm

Putting aside their differences and animosity, the honourable quartet must protect Cardinal Richelieu from danger, while dealing with a mysterious woman who really gets on Athos's nerves. We like her.

 

Blade Trinity Channel 5 HD, 9pm

No, it's not the best of sequels, nor is it even close to being a decent end to a trilogy. Do I remember the plot? Of course not. What I do remember, and what it's worth rewatching for, is Ryan Reynolds's hilarious quips and comebacks throughout the film.

That, and the vampire pomeranian.

 

Bruce Almighty BBC One HD, 10.25pm

Morgan Freeman lets Jim Carrey be God while he goes on holiday.

 

The Killing Fields BBC One HD, 11.35pm

A stunning, critically acclaimed drama about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in 1973. Bruce Robinson (the very same who gave us Withnail & I) adapted the screenplay, based on the real life accounts of a New York Times reporter, and a Cambodian interpreter who is captured by the regime.

 

'Til next week...

By  Kashfia Kabir

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