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 seven days.

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So, without further ado...

MORE: Trailers of the Week: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World

Blu-ray releases

Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales - Blu-ray release of the week

The Hayao Miyazaki Complete Collection

All of Hayao Miyazaki's films for the venerated Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli are now part of this (pricey) volume, beginning with The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) and ending with this year's The Wind Rises.

There are several classics contained within and we doubt there's a film here that you won't be charmed by. Breathtaking visuals, terrific music scores and great stories, this is a collection of one of the great storytellers.

Buy The Hayao Miyazaki Complete Collection on Blu-ray at Amazon

 

The Expendables 3: Extended Edition

Sylvester Stallone's merry band of mercenaries are back for another (possibly last) outing as the team that is expendable, but has still managed to survive all kinds of scrapes and knocks.

This time they take on a former expendable (and co-founder, no less) - Mel Gibson's Conrad Stonebanks - who's hell bent on taking down Sly's Barney Ross and everyone connected to him. This Blu-ray also comes with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Buy The Expendables 3: Extended Edition at Amazon

 

Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales

A glorious collection of Vincent Price's starring roles in deliciously dark and macabre films. Adapted from stories by Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft, the films - which include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Haunted Palace, Tales of Terror and The Raven - also feature Gothic icons Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff.

The Blu-ray comes with a 200-page collector's edition book, interviews, revised artwork and full comic book version of these classic Gothic tales.

Buy the Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray at Amazon

 

Space Dandy - Collector's Set

The latest anime from Cowboy Bebop creator Shinchiro Watanabe is a curious one. More fantastical than Watanabe's most popular creation, it's a glossy, glitzy anime that hits the reset button at the end of every episode.

The premise is similar to Bebop - swap bounty hunters for exotic alien hunters - and follows Space Dandy who is, as the name implies, quite concerned about his looks, as he searches for rare alien species so he can earn enough money to party at the space version of Hooters.

He's joined on his adventures by QT (a robot that looks like a vacuum cleaner) and Meow (an incredibly lazy cat), while being pursued by a faction of Gogol Empire for reasons that aren't revealed... yet. In short, Space Dandy is a strange but fun ride.

Buy the Space Dandy - Collector's Set Blu-ray at Amazon

Monday 8th December

Gotham - Pick of the Day, 9pm

Gotham Channel 5 HD, 9pm 

Harvey Dent. This episode may see the introduction of yet another future Batman supervillain - Harvey Dent and Jim Gordon make an uneasy alliance for the good of Gotham - but the highlight is the blossoming friendship between Bruce and Selina (now safely housed at Wayne Manor).  

Oswald continues to be the smartest cookie in the underworld as he tracks down Liza and discovers Fish Mooney's plans of spying on Falcone, but promises to not tell - until the time is right, of course

Tuesday 9th December

The Flash - Pick of the Day, 8pm

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool v Basel ITV 1 HD, 7.45pm

It's now or never for Liverpool as they could be dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage. Basel have caused other English sides trouble (already beating Liverpool in the group stage), and considering Merseyside's team current form, it's not a formality that they'll come out on top.

 

The Flash Sky 1 HD, 8pm

Power Outage. The Flash's batteries are running a little low this week after he encounters Blackout, another pesky metahuman with a grudge against Dr. Wells, the man who jump-started these events.

Blackout can harness electricity and gives Allen's Flash quite a shock. Can Flash recharge in time, or will it be lights out for Dr. Wells?

More after the break

Wednesday 10th December

MasterChef: The Professionals – Pick of the Day, 8pm

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon Sky 1 HD, 7.45pm

Chelsea lost for the first time this season against Newcastle, which may spell bad news for Sporting as Mourinho won't want a repeat of the ineffective performance over the weekend. Or maybe, just maybe, this is the beginning of a Christmas slump for Mourinho and his team.

 

MasterChef: The Professionals BBC One HD, 8pm

The semi-finals continue with two chefs paired up and sent to a prestigious Mayfair restaurant. Hibiscus is a two Michelin-starred fine-dining establishment under chef Claude Bosi, who is renowned for experimenting with the classics.

The two contestants must work a punishing three-hour lunch service under his steady, perfectionist gaze - will they survive the heat of the kitchen, or will they crumble under pressure?

 

Sleepy Hollow Universal HD, 9pm

Mama. A series of suicides at the Tarrytown Psychiatric Hospital leads Abbie and Jenny to investigate what's going on there, as it emerges that there may be more than the just the suicides that are drawing the sisters to the facility.

Thursday 11th December

Arrow - Pick of the Day, 8pm

MasterChef: The Professionals BBC Two HD, 8pm

The last two semi-finalists are sent off to Wild Honey in London's Mayfair, where chef patron Anthony Demetre has established an informal approach to fine dining. Our chefs must get used to these new standards while delivering pitch-perfect dishes during a busy lunch service.

 

Arrow Sky 1 HD, 8pm

Draw Back Your Bow. Arrow meets his number one fan, who also happens to be an Arrow-obsessed serial killer who really, really, really wants his attention. This won't end well.

 

The Fall BBC Two HD, 9pm

The noose tightens around Paul Spector as the investigation zeroes in on him. When he tries to make a break for it, he begins to realise that past mistakes are slowly, but eventually, catching up with him.

 

Babylon Channel 4 HD, 10pm

The penultimate episode of the first series of Babylon sees the internal police investigation involving Robbie come to a head. Elsewhere, the death of Commissioner Miller opens a space at the top of the food chain, and Inglis is odds on to get it. Or will he?

Friday 12th December

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Pick of the Day, 8pm

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Channel 4 HD, 8pm

The Things We Bury. As Ward kidnaps his Senator brother to confront the ugly truth about their troubled childhood, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra race to uncover an ancient secret.

We get a glimpse into Whitehall's past as a Hydra-Nazi scientist, another clue to Skye's parentage, and an exciting cameo by one Agent Peggy Carter.

 

QI BBC Two HD, 10pm

Lying. The wonderful Adam Hills joins fellow comedians Sara Pascoe, Jack Whitehall, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies in a spot of fibbing and fabrication.

 

Marco Polo, Netflix

Netflix's new series is their biggest, most ambitious yet - the story of Marco Polo. Set in the 13th century when the famed adventurer arrives in China, there he meets Kublai Khan and becomes involved in plots of politics, intrigue and betrayal. Expect epic battles and, well... Game of Thrones, except in China.

We're hoping against all odds that when Polo introduces himself, he does in so in a James Bond manner; except when it comes to his surname, which he should shout as loud as he possibly can (sorry). Like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, all episodes will be available from 7pm onwards.

Saturday 13th December

Constantine - Pick of the Day

Atlantis BBC One HD, 8.15pm

The Day of the Dead. A magical army of the undead! Flesh-eating monsters! An introduction to Medea (a.k.a. future wife of Jason according to the myths)! As Jason gets stuck in the vast necropolis, he finds an unlikely ally in the form of Medea - but can he really trust her? 

 

Constantine Amazon Prime Instant Video

The Saint of Last Resorts. Anne Marie, an old friend of Constantine's and one of the Newcastle Crew, asks for his help down in Mexico City, bringing him ever closer to understanding the Rising Darkness. Meanwhile, Zed is haunted by her past.

It's the first of a dark two-parter, with more references to and inspirations from the Hellblazer comics - let's hope it's done enough for a second series.

Sunday 14th December

Sports Personality of the Year – Pick of the Day, 8pm

Sports Personality of the Year 2014 BBC One HD, 8pm

The votes will be in on Sunday night and Britain will decide who is the beneficiary of this prestigious yearly award. Will it be F1 Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton, footballer Gareth Bale, Jo Pavey from athletics or golfer Rory Mcllroy?

We have a feeling it could be Hamilton.

 

Homeland Channel 4 HD, 9pm

13 Hours in Islamabad. Series 4 of Homeland nears its conclusion as an attack on a U.S embassy has a number of far-reaching consequences for the American intelligence services.

 

Olive Kitteridge Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm

You may have heard of the HBO TV show Olive Kitteridge that's been heavily hyped in the US (but you probably won't have). It's based on a novel of the same name and stars a plethora of recognisable character actors including Bill Murray, Richard Jenkins and Rosemarie DeWitt.

The mini-series is about Frances McDormand's Olive, following her over a period of 25 years as she experiences problems with depression, bereavement and jealousy in her family. It might not sound like a laugh-a-minute ride, but it's a show to look out after receiving almost unanimous praise during its run in the US.

 

'Til next week...

Comments

relocated's picture

Ahem

It's Jo PAVEY, not Pavel.  But I hope it is Hamilton, he is worth it.

Andy Clough's picture

Week in HD

Indeed it is. Corrected.