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The Week in HD - Monday 28th May

Welcome to The Week in HD, where we guide you through our favourite HD TV shows, films, Blu-ray releases and sports for the week.

What a great weekend it was, whether you were out in the glorious sunshine, or watching Mark Webber win the Monaco GP. As for Eurovision – we didn't come last! Engelbert Humperdinck came second to last, but the runaway winner was Sweden - Euphoria by Loreen is an actual proper tune and it's quite catchy.

The TV Baftas was a mixed bag (neither Sherlock nor Benedict Cumberbatch won, sigh), but mostly highs as Andrew Scott won for his gleefully menacing turn as arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty, while writer Steven Moffat showed that he was still the ultimate fanboy as he was presented with a Special Bafta Award by Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch – possibly the only time we'll have The Doctor and Sherlock Holmes on screen together.

Anyway, here's our pick of high-definition viewing for this week:

Monday 28th May

The Artist - Blu-ray

Michael Hazanavicius's film is a love letter to the bygone era of black and white silent films – the nostalgia of 1920s Hollywood coupled with Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo's performances charming nearly every movie goer, and dominating every single award show last year.

Game of Thrones - Sky Atlantic HD - 9pm

Blackwater. All the tension building up for the last few weeks finally pays off as we get the first bloody battle, with Stannis Baratheon vs Tyrion Lannister for King's Landing. If you thought GoT was already a gore-fest, prepare for even more over-the-top carnage and violence that still manages to make you wince. There's more battle to come of course: with Stark and Greyjoy and Targaryen – let's hope next week's finale can fit all of them in.

Appropriate Adult - ITV3 HD - 10pm

The acclaimed two-part drama about serial killer Fred West won three awards for Best Actor, Actress and Supporting Actress at the TV Baftas last weekend.

Tuesday 29th May

Mad Men - Sky Atlantic HD - 9pm

The Other Woman. Mad Men has been as much about Don Draper as it has been about Peggy Olsen, and tonight's episode will certainly be a landmark in the show's history as Peggy makes a career choice.

Elsewhere, Joan also makes a difficult decision (no small thanks to Pete, can we kill him off, please?) while the rest of SCDP make the perfect pitch for the Jaguar account.

Jo Whiley meets Michael Stipe - Sky Arts 1 HD - 9pm

BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley interviews REM frontman Michael Stipe about retiring the band after 31 successful years.

QI - BBC HD - 10pm

Hoaxes - David Mitchell, Sean Lock, Danny Baker and Alan Davies talk all manners of tricks and chicanery.

Appropriate Adult - ITV3 HD - 10pm

The two-part drama about Janet Leach's involvement in the Fred West case as his 'appropriate adult' ends with shattering consequences for all.

Sri Lanka to Bangladesh - BBC HD - 10.30pm

Simon Reeve takes us around the Indian Ocean from the spice trade and post-war successes of Sri Lanka, to the coast of Bangladesh where prawn farms flourish and huge tankers test their fate against the ship-breaking beaches.

Wednesday 30th May

The Apprentice - BBC1 HD - 9pm

Affordable Luxury. Not long to go now until one of them gets hired, and tonight the remaining candidates attempt to launch a new product range in the 'affordable luxury' market.

Atonement - ITV3 HD - 10.30pm

One of my favourite films of all time, with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan putting in career-defining performances in Joe Wright's stunning adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.

13-year-old Briony Tallis changes the lives of everyone around her as she accuses her sister's lover for a crime he did not commit, a pronouncement that hangs on his shoulders against the backdrop of World War II.

Thursday 31st May

Limitless - Sky Movies HD Crime & Thriller - 9pm

Bradley Cooper takes an IQ enhancing pill that launches him into a dazzling and successfull lifestyle – but it's a thriller so the eventual side effects turns things sour. Also starring Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish.

Friday 1st June

Have I Got News For You - BBC1 HD - 9.30pm

Alastair Campbell guest hosts with regular captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

The Tree of Life - Sky Movies HD Premiere - 9.45pm

Last year's Palme d'Or winning drama by Terrence Malick stars Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, about a family in 1950s Texas.

The Graham Norton Show - BB1 HD - 10.35pm

Jon Hamm, Charlize Theron and Steve Coogan join the Bafta-winning host to promote Mad Men, Snow White and The Huntsman, and new Alan Patridge respectively.

Saturday 2nd June

England v Belgium - ITV HD - 5pm


Ratatouille - BBC1 HD - 5.35pm

A blue rat with dreams of becoming a chef, this is my favourite Pixar animated film. Rataouille and his human collaborator Linguini make an endearing double act, and Paris and food have never looked so enticing.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - 4HD - 7.20pm

The final part to Peter Jackson's film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy adventure, as Sam and Frodo finally reach Mordor... but will The One Ring be destroyed?

Black Swan - Sky Movies HD Indie - 8pm

Darren Aronofsky takes a chilling look at the downward spiral of a prima ballerina as she preps to play the dual roles in Swan Lake. Natalie Portman won an Oscar for her portrayal, also starring Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Vinent Cassel.

Sunday 3rd June

The Diamond Jubiless Thames Pageant - BBC1 HD - 1.30pm

Live coverage of the biggest boat parade since the Armada, as a flotilla of 1,000 boats sail down the River Thames, led by the Queen in celebration of 60 years on the throne.

The Apprentice - BBC1 HD - 8.30pm

Interviews and You're Hired. The final episode of this series of The Apprentice sees the candidates pitching their own business ideas, with Lord Sugar picking one lucky candidate to hire.

District 9 - 4HD - 9pm

Sci-fi thriller about a group of aliens confined to a militarised ghetto in South Africa. Peter Jackson produced, it's memorable for the fact that lead actor Sharlto Copley improvised all of his lines in the film.

'Til next week and have a great Jubilee weekend!

Kashfia Kabir
Kashfia Kabir

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products, been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found catching up with TV shows, tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.