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...

Blu-ray releases

Sherlock: Series 3 – Blu-ray pick of the Week

Sherlock - Series Three

The fourth series of Sherlock is still a while away, although there will be a TV special early in the New Year. So, if you're after your fix of Benedict Cumberbatch as the sleuth detective and Martin Freeman as his always dependable friend Dr Watson, this release will hopefully tide you over.

 

Mad Men Series 7: Part One

The end is in sight for this austere and glamorous series. Some have labelled Mad Men as boring, but we find it to be a series that's elegant and takes its time. The seventh series is split in two, with the first seven episodes included here and the rest set to air in mid-2015.

 

Chef

Jon Favreau returns to smaller, independent films with Chef, where he plays a chef (duh) fired from his job after a disagreement with the owner (played by Dustin Hoffman). He sets off to rediscover his zest for life and cooking by buying a small food truck, all the while developing a bond with his son.

The story is a bit sappy, but if you love food, then you'll salivate over the dishes that Favreau's camera covers. The film also boasts a top-notch cast, including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo.

 

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Extended edition

Just when you thought it couldn't get any longer, Peter Jackson adds another twenty-five minutes to the Desolation of Smaug. Fear not though, even with a chunkier running time this sequel improves on An Unexpected Journey with a bit more in the way of thrills and focus. Still, the lack of a conclusive ending stings (again) and it can't get over the feeling that this is a smaller-scale story that's been expanded a mite too much.

 

Super Mario Bros

Do we recommend you watch this film? Not with good conscience, no.

But for those who want to journey back into time to see the late, great Bob Hoskins as the moustachioed plumber and Dennis Hopper as King Koopa in this odd, misguided and laugh-out-loud bad adaptation of the massive Nintendo franchise, well, now you can watch in all its high-def glory.

Monday 3rd November

Boardwalk Empire series finale – Pick of the Day

Modern Family Sky 1 HD, 8pm

The Long Honeymoon. The sixth series of the veteran sitcom kicks off with Cam and Mitchell returning home after getting married. Modern Family has been a little inconsistent of late, but this season could be a return to form.

 

Gotham Channel 5 HD, 9pm

Arkham. Detectives Gordon and Bullock go on the hunt for a hitman hired to influence the council's decision as to who should develop on the old Arkham Asylum site. 

 

The Walking Dead Fox HD, 9pm

Slabtown. We don't like the sound of a place called Slabtown, and when that place exists in Walking Dead, it has to be a bad thing. In Slabtown we get to meet another group of survivors, but are they what they seem?

 

Boardwalk Empire Sky Atlantic HD, 10.15pm

Eldorado. It's the series finale of the fantastic Boardwalk Empire, which can only mean more grief for everyone involved. In this episode, Nucky attempts to relocate from Atlantic City to Manhattan. Will he be able to do it?

Tuesday 4th November

Real Madrid v Liverpool – Pick of the Day

UCL: Real Madrid v Liverpool ITV 1 HD, 7.45pm

Losing against Real Madrid was a blow, but Liverpool still have a chance to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League. However, losing at the Bernabeu will make that objective much harder, and - as of late - Real have not been in a forgiving mood.

 

The Flash Sky 1 HD, 8pm

Fastest Man Alive. The Flash surprised us with a decent opening episode last week. While it featured some clichéd storytelling and felt a little rushed in places, it had no small amount of charm and ended on an interesting note. Barry Allen (Flash to you and me) faces more difficulties this week when he confronts a robber who can make multiple versions of himself. 

 

Human Universe BBC Two HD, 9pm

What is our Future? The final episode of Prof. Brian Cox's look at the universe. This episode has a look at what lies ahead for humankind.

This could make for a good double-bill when Christopher Nolan's similarly themed Interstellar  takes off on Friday.

More after the break

Wednesday 5th December

The Leftovers – Pick of the Day

UCL: Maribor v Chelsea Sky 1 HD, 7.45pm

The Chelsea juggernaut keeps on rolling with an air of inevitability. Will Maribor be able to halt them? Not if they offer the sort of resistance they did in the previous match (i.e. not much).

 

The Leftovers Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm

Cairo. Kevin fears he losing touch with reality after a confrontation with the leader of the Guilty Remnant movement while Jill, still looking for a way to make sense of what happened, joins the Remnant.

 

Film 2014 BBC One HD, 11.15pm

The venerable film reviewing series is back (for seven episodes) as Claudia Winkelman and Danny Leigh look at the week's new releases - including Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and rom-com Say When.

Thursday 6th November

Peaky Blinders - Pick of the Day

The Knick Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm

Where's the Dignity? There's a hint of secrecy and desperation in this week's episode of The Knick as Algernon makes a bid to get on the surgical team and Lucy snoops around Thackery's private life.

 

Arrow Sky 1 HD, 8pm

Sara. After one of their own was killed, Oliver and his super-powered friends draw up a list of possible suspects before a new threat appears on the scene.

 

Peaky Blinders BBC Two HD, 9pm

It's a week of finales, with the second series of Peaky Blinders also coming to an end. Tommy faces some difficult decisions as he plots revenge against his enemies while attempting to take his business to the next level.

Friday 7th November

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Pick of the Day

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

Making Friends and Influencing People. We finally find out where Jemma has been – she's working at Hydra! More familiar faces return when Donnie Gill (Dylan Minnette, who last appeared in an episode titled Seeds) is wanted by Hydra for his freezing abilities.

 

QI BBC Two HD, 10pm

Liblabble. As we skate through the letter L, Fry and his guests - including Reverend Richard Coles, Sara Pascoe, Bill Bailey and Alan Davies - have a look at a list of L-themed larks that have been granted the moniker of Liblabble. Doesn't it just roll of the tongue?

Saturday 8th November

Barclays Premier League: Liverpool v Chelsea - Pick of the Day

Barclays Premier League: Liverpool v Chelsea BT Sport 1 HD, 12.45pm

Big, big match at Anfield as league pacesetters Chelsea come up against a struggling Liverpool team. Mourinho's men played a key part in ending their opponents' title challenge last season; could they do it again with only eleven games gone?

 

Rugby Union: Autumn Internationals - Scotland v Argentina BBC Two HD, 5pm

The World Cup is a year away and preparation for the tournament starts now as Scotland take on Argentina at Murrayfield.

 

Doctor Who BBC One HD, 8pm

Death in Heaven. All things come to an end as the first series of Peter Capaldi's stint as the Doctor reaches the finishing line. There will be panic on the streets of London with the Cybermen running amok, and the Doctor reuniting with old friends to combat a familiar threat.

Sunday 9th November

American Football: Live at Wembley – Pick of the Day

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix Sky Sports Formula 1 HD, 3pm

The circus of F1 reaches Brazil with the destination of the championship still unknown as Rosberg and Hamilton go toe-to-toe at the Autodromo circuit. Neither one will be able to win the championship at this race, but a win for Hamilton would almost secure it, while a good result for Rosberg will give him a fighting chance for the season-ending race at Abu Dhabi.

 

American Football: Live at Wembley Channel 4 HD, 5.30pm

The final match of the International NFL series features the Dallas Cowboys going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the last-gasp heroics of the previous match, we're hoping this encounter matches the excitement of what's been a popular series of matches.

 

Homeland Channel 4 HD, 9pm

About a Boy. Homeland is fighting on three fronts this week as Carrie tries to reassure a frightened asset, the beleaguered Saul spots a familiar face and Quinn and Fara go on a stakeout.