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 coming week...

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Blu-ray releases

John Wick

When his beloved dog is killed by a gangster's son, former assassin John Wick goes on a severely stylish and efficient murderous rampage. It could easily be so silly, but John Wick doesn't faff about, the action and momentum of the story never falters, the characters are compelling, and the underground assassin's world created by the film is just plain cool.

Just watch the trailer. The music, cinematography and the action are all great - it's Keanu Reeves doing what he does best.

We like Keanu Reeves. We like John Wick

Buy John Wick on Blu-ray at Amazon

 

The Flash - Series 1

One of the biggest surprises of all of DC's comic book TV adaptations was The Flash, which managed to be a lighthearted and fun first series - a distinct counterpoint to its darker and broodier sister show, Arrow

We meet Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin), an orphaned forensic investigator who develops superhuman speed after a radiation+lightning incidient. He uses his newfound 'metahuman' power and CSI skills to track down other metahumans (with increasingly silly code names) causing chaos in Central City.

Along with multiple crossovers with Arrow and a bold time travel attempt, Barry also meets the man who was responsible for his mother's strange death.

Buy The Flash - Series 1 on Blu-ray at Amazon

Monday 21st September

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards - Pick of the day, 9pm

Only Connect BBC Two HD, 8.30pm

Headliners v Bookworms. Two teams who lost their first round contests get another chance to reach the quarter finals. All they have to do is find the connections between seemingly random things.

 

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm

Highlights from last night's TV awards, with Andy Samberg hosting a night of glamour and revelry as we find out which of our favourite TV shows and actors won big. 

Week in HD favourites such as Game of Thrones, Mad Men, House of Cards and Veep are all up for multiple nomations.

Tuesday 22nd September

The Krays - Pick of the day, 10pm

Goodwood Revival ITV 4 HD, 9pm

Want to step back in time to a world of glamorous clothing and glamorous cars? Then you really must get yourself to Goodwood Revival. You won't even need a Tardis.

Tune in to see the highlights from the world's only vintage motor racing show, with cars, outfits and atmosphere straight out of the post-war era.

 

The Krays ITV 4 HD, 10pm

Legend - the recent take on the Kray twins played by Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy hasn't gone down that well. For an alternative, and arguably better, bipoic about the brothers who ruled London in the 1960s, this unflinching portrait of their rise and fall is a must-see. 

More after the break

Wednesday 23rd September

The Great British Bake Off - Pick of the day, 8pm

The Great British Bake Off BBC One HD, 8pm

Patisserie. It's the quarter finals on Bake Off, so it's time to tackle choux pastry. After making 24 identical cream horns, the bakers are tasked with creating technically perfect 'mokatines' - fiddly squares of genoise sponge filled with coffee buttercream and decorated with two types of icing.

But it's the showstopper that sounds absolutely bonkers: choux pastry eclairs filled with creme patisserie, iced and decorated with buttercream, which must all defy gravity and be arranged in three tiers - all standing upright and not looking messy at all. Good luck. 

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Sky Sports 1 HD, 7.45pm

These north London teams have suffered contrasting fortunes over the past week.

Arsenal fell to successive defeats (and lost three players through red cards) against Dinamo Zagreb and a Diego Costa-led Chelsea, while Spurs are on a high, winning two games with new signing Son lighting up White Hart Lane.

It's a Carling Cup tie and there's pride at stake for both teams. Expect a tight contest.

Thursday 24th September

Rugby: New Zealand v Namibia - Pick of the day, 7.15pm

2015 Rugby World Cup ITV HD, 7.30pm

New Zealand v Namibia. Facing mighty world champions would make anyone quake, but the Namibian team seem rather chipper about their first world cup match against the All Blacks. It'll be an entertaining night.

 

Mock the Week BBC Two HD, 10pm

Dara O Briain hosts the comedy news show, with guests James Acaster, Gary Delaney, Zoe Lyons and Josh Widdicombe on the panel tonight.

Friday 25th September

The Wire - Pick of the day, 9pm

Invictus ITV 4 HD, 8pm

Running with the rugby theme, this drama based on true events is worth a watch. Set before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in a post-apartheid South Africa, President Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) enlists the help of the national rugby team, captained by Francois Pineaar (Matt Damon), to unite the racially segregated country.

Buy Invictus on Blu-ray at Amazon

 

The Wire Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm

The Target. You probably know someone in your life who tells you, every six months, that you must watch The Wire

Today, we're that person. So here you go: start from the very first series, where a Baltimore cop attending a trial for a drug dealer in a case that has far-reaching consequences sets the scene for an incredible TV show about the drug-dealing Barksdale organisation, the police detail investigating them, and everyone in between in Baltimore.

Buy The Wire - The Complete Season 1-5 on Blu-ray at Amazon

Saturday 26th September

Doctor Who - Pick of the day, 7.45pm

2015 Rugby World Cup ITV HD, 7.15pm

England v Wales. The championship continues with one of the biggest matches to date. Both teams are desperate for a win, as a loss here would spell trouble with the mighty Australia also in their group.

 

Doctor Who BBC One HD, 7.45pm

The Witch's Familiar. The Doctor is trapped on the planet Skaro - the heart of the Dalek Empire. With no Tardis, sonic screwdriver or Clara to help him, will he be able to survive the wrath of his eternal enemies?

And with his greatest temptation before him, will he be able to resist? 

Sunday 27th September

F1: Japanese Grand Prix - Pick of the day, 5am

2015 Formula 1 Championship BBC One HD, 5am

The Japanese Grand Prix. Only the most dedicated fans will be up at silly o'clock in the morning for this race, but the Suzuka circuit is a favourite for drivers and fans alike for a reason. The figure of eight design, the chances of overtaking and the high-speed corner 130R corner that rivals only Spa's Eau Rouge all make for some excellent racing. 

But it's a poignant one as well, as it was at last year's race that Jules Bianchi suffered a crash that would later take his life.

 

This Is England '90 Channel 4 HD, 9pm

It's autumn. Friendships and loyalties are tested as we come closer to the end of the era, with Lol facing an impossible task, Shaun taking a trip down memory lane, and Kelly's downward spiral going out of control.

 

'Til next week...