Hello 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 week.

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MORE: Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Blu-ray releases

The Theory of Everything - Blu-ray release of the week

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is the critically acclaimed and Award-winning film about physicist Stephen Hawking and the relationship with his wife Jane. It's a moving, sympathetic portrayal of the ups and downs of their relationship, from their first meeting in Cambridge, through the years dealing with Hawking's motor neuron disease and his subsequent elevated celebrity status following the publishing of A Brief History of Time.

Eddie Redmayne rightly won an Oscar for his incredible portrayal of Hawking, while Felicity Jones is outstanding in her role as Jane - her quiet acceptance and suffering as she deals with being married to Hawking is masterful to watch. Worth watching for the lead performances alone.

Buy The Theory of Everything on Blu-ray at Amazon

 

Jurassic Park Trilogy

Jurassic World is just around the corner (well, a month away) but Universal Studios has seen fit to release another edition of the Jurassic Park trilogy on Blu-ray. 

Essentially a story of how man fiddled with dinosaur DNA and created a amusement park full of deadly dinos, the original is comfortably the best of the lot (with John William's soaring main theme helping). The other two films are decent but miss the magic of the original. This box set includes an extra slot for the Jurassic World Blu-ray, which should be out later this year.

Buy the Jurassic Park Trilogy on Blu-ray at Amazon

Monday 11th May

Game of Thrones - Pick of the day, 9pm

Gotham Channel 5 HD, 9pm

Under the Knife. While we mourn the cancellation of Constantine, the usually-somewhat-banal Gotham has its moments of brilliance. The detectives are on the case of the Ogre (a refreshingly long villain arc, and played with appropriate charm and sliminess by Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia), who seems to be targeting Barbara.

Jim and Selina have a moment of mutual law-breaking, while Nygma and Cobblepot get closer and closer to full-blown supervillainy.

 

Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm

Kill the Boy. After last week's devastating Sons of Harpy attack, Daenerys must show if she truly has it in her to rule like a Queen.

Brienne and Pod continue their search for Sansa, who we desperately hope isn't married off to Ramsay Bolton any time soon.

The North remembers.

Tuesday 12th May

Empire - Pick of the day, 9pm

Live Champions League: Bayern Munich v Barcelona ITV HD, 7.45pm

Barcelona put Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich to the sword with three late goals including two from the irrepressible Lionel Messi. Neymar effectively killed the tie late on, but Pep will be holding out hope of pulling out some sort of result.

This isn't Mission: Impossible for Bayern, but it is Mission: Very Bloody Difficult.

 

The Flash Sky 1 HD, 8pm

Grodd Lives. Grodd the Gorilla is unleashed by Reverse Flash, hoping to distract Barry and his friends away from capturing him. It works, as this isn't just any gorilla. It's an intelligent, telepathic gorilla born out of the super-solider programme.

You want to see The Flash fight a giant meta-gorilla before the series finale? You got it.

Flash/Arrow fans will also be happy to know that a spin-off show called Legends of Tomorrow has been greenlit for a full series. Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams from Doctor Who), plays rouge time-traveller Rip Hunter, while Dr Martin Stein, Captain Cold, Heat Wave and Ray Palmer/The Atom will join in from their own shows.

 

Empire E4 HD, 9pm

The Devil Quotes Scripture. The Lyon family get a taste of what life would've been like if Luscious (Terence Howard) hadn't become a hit. Elsewhere, a woman gets involved in the relationship between Hakeem and hip-hop star Tianna.

 

Penny Dreadful Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm

Verbis Diablo. Vanessa is further haunted by the witches, while Evelyn Poole distracts an enchanted Sir Malcolm.

As the characters deal with their own troubles, Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle reveals the chilling backstory of the Verbis Diablo (the corruption of angelic speech).

More after the break

Wednesday 13th May

21 Jump Street - Pick of the day, 9pm

21 Jump Street ITV 2 HD, 9pm

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this packed-with-laughs film remake of the 90s teen show that shot Johnny Depp into fame.

Two hapless police officers (a former nerd and jock respectively) go undercover in a high school to investigate a drug gang. But the high school ecosystem has changed since they last were there: it's cool to care about the environment now, and nerds are in. As the boys deal with their newfound social statuses, they must also figure out which of their new friends will help them expose the drug ring.

Buy 21 Jump Street on Blu-ray at Amazon

 

Jane the Virgin E4 HD, 9pm

Chapter 4. A drama about a religious young woman who's accidentally impregnated via artificial insemination. Chapter 4 sees Jane feel guilt when she starts to develop feelings for the baby's biological father - who also happens to be married...

 

The Affair Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm

This Golden Globe-winning drama hits Sky Atlantic in a ten-part series that explores - as you might have guessed - an extramarital relationship that sees Dominic West (of The Wire fame) play a married teacher who has an affair with a married waitress, played by Ruth Wilson.

Thursday 14th May

Mad Men - Pick of the day, 10pm

Arrow Sky 1 HD, 8pm

My name is Oliver Queen. It's the series three finale, and Team Arrow is back together for the final fight with the League. Ra's Al Ghul's master plan puts everyone in danger, but will Oliver be able to save everyone in time?

 

The Game BBC Two HD, 9pm

It's revealed that there's a sleeper agent in MI5's ranks with connections to the US military. This causes Joe and Jim to reconsider who they can really trust.

 

Wayward Pines FOX HD, 9pm

Pilot. M. Night Shyamalan's Twin Pines-esque mystery starts this week but will it get off to a good start or flounder? We're hoping for the former. 

The plot revolves around Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) travelling to the town of Pines to investigate the disappearance of two colleagues. In true mystery form, nothing in this mysterious Idaho town is what it seems...

 

Mad Men Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm

The Milk and Honey Route. The penultimate episode of Mad Men - just one more and then it's gone forever! We wish it wasn't ending so quickly. 

Everyone is still adjusting to the soulless, corporate ways of McCann advertising, but it's proven toughest for Don. Tough enough that he's left for good. He's been having trouble sleeping as he goes on the run, and we wager that his past will creep up on him.

Meanwhile, Pete gets blindsided by a former associate, and Betty discovers some shocking news.

Buy the Mad Men boxset on Blu-ray at Amazon

Friday 15th May

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Pick of the Day, 9pm

Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites BBC Two HD, 4pm

The queen of home cooking is back on our screens for a six-part series. Mary takes inspiration from her childhood holidays at the seaside: goats cheese and shallot tarts, crab and cod fishcakes with tomato salsa, sea bass with brown shrimp and caper sauce. That's a lot of dishes in an hour.

No visit to the seaside is complete without ice cream, so Mary finishes off with a delectable and decadent knickerbocker glory. Yum.

 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Channel 4 HD, 9pm

The Frenemy of My Enemy. Coulson needs help infiltrating Hydra, and the only person he can turn to is their greatest enemy: Grant Ward. Tensions rise as Fitz struggles to work with Ward, while back on the bus, Simmons struggles to deal with all the backstabbing and betrayal.

Meanwhile, Skye has a father-daughter day with Cal as she finds out more about her past and family.

And we can't be happier that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter (which really needs to be picked up by a UK channel) have both been renewed for yet another series!

 

Have I Got News For You BBC One HD, 9pm

BBC's economics editor Robert Peston has guest host duties tonight, as Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and their fellow panellists look back at the week after the election.

Saturday 16th May

Rope - Pick of the day, 1.05pm

Live Premier League: Southampton v Aston Villa BT Sport 1 HD, 12.45pm

Southampton's season has petered out, losing to relegation threatened Sunderland and Leicester. They'll be hoping fortune favours them when they take on Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa, who are ending the season in good form.

 

Athletics 2015: Diamond League BBC One HD, 1pm

Highlights from the opening ceremony of the Diamond League in Doha - the first of 14 meets around the globe - with some of the world's best athletics competing, including double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah.

 

Rope BBC Two HD, 1.05pm

A riveting crime thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, based on the true story of the Leopold-Leob murder case. Often described as 'the crime of the century', the two wealthy, intelligent men supposedly committed the act in an effort to show they could commit 'the perfect crime' and get away with it.

James Stewart takes the lead in a film that is technically famous for appearing to be one continuous shot - 66 years before Birdman did it.

Buy Rope on Blu-ray at Amazon

Sunday 17th May

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell BBC One HD, 9pm

"We wish to know why is there no more magic done in England?"

A gorgeous seven-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke's critically acclaimed novel set in an alternate history of 19th century England, where magic has re-emerged after centuries of lying dormant.

Two men - a cantankerous old Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and a young gentleman Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) - are the only ones capable of using magic, and their companionship turns to rivalry as their powers increase. Factor in a bet with a mysterious, chaotic entity known as the Gentleman With The Thistle-Down Hair, the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and stunning special effects, and you have the kind of storytelling that invokes Tolkien, Dickens and Martin.

 

Live Ford Super Sunday: Manchester United v Arsenal Sky Sports 1 HD, 4pm

This match is all about finishing as high up in the table as possible with Arsenal's Champions League place secured and United's now pretty much confirmed.

Arsenal grabbed a win at Old Trafford earlier this year, but United will want to finish with a flourish to make-up for an under-whelming season.

 

'Til next week...