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The Week in HD 25th April - 1st May

It's nearly time to go home! That must mean it's also time to run through the best HD content of the next seven days, writes Tom Parsons.

Let me (and the community at large) know if I've missed anything good.

Friday 25th April

There's something a bit different on TV tonight in the form of Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland (Sky Arts HD, 8.00pm). Apparently this is Rufus recreating his hero's 1961 Carnegie Hall gig song-by-song. I have to admit, I'm not sure that this is my cup of tea, but you have to admit it's unusual.

There are a couple of cracking movies on tonight, too. First up is The Departed (Sky Screen 2HD, 9.00pm), which I'm very keen on, even though I'm also a fan of the original, Infernal Affairs. My second pick is The Lost Boys (Sky Screen 2HD, 11.30pm), which has to be one of my favourite films of the 80s.

There are no games releases today, perhaps due to the imminent arrival of Grand Theft Auto IV...

Saturday 26th April

There's just one Premier League game on today, but it's a biggy - Chelsea v. Manchester United (Sky Sports HD1, 12.00pm). If that doesn't take your fancy, how about Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Sky Screen 1HD, 12.00pm). I know a few people who aren't fans of this installment in the series, but I have to say, I am.

Later on you have two movie options - The Sum of All Fears (Channel 4 HD, 9.05pm), or Babel (Sky Premiere HD, 9.45pm). I guess which one you watch will depend on just how much serious drama you're in the mood for...

Sunday 27th April

Super Sunday's two Premier League games are Portsmouth v. Blackburn Rovers (Sky Sports HD1, 1.00pm), and Everton v. Aston Villa (Sky Sports HD1, 3.30pm).

If you're more in the mood for movies, there's Michael Caine classic, Zulu (Sky Screen 1HD, 3.30pm), and cult comedy favourite, Office Space (Sky Screen 1HD, 11.40pm).

Monday 28th April

There are a number of great Blu-ray releases today. The Golden Compass and The Day After Tomorrow both have terrific soundtracks and excellent pictures, even if neither film is a wholly convincing work of cinema. Master and Commander on the other hand, is a really brilliant film. The huge-sounding DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is just the icing on the cake.

It's a good job that it's a healthy day for Blu-ray releases, as the only TV movie of note today is Mission Impossible III (Sky Screen 2HD, 9.00pm).

Tuesday 29th April

Assuming the street date hasn't already been broken, the big news today is the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV on PS3 and Xbox 360. This release is so massive it's got Hollywood worried about how it's going to affect the weekend's box office receipts. If you haven't pre-ordered a copy, you may struggle to find one on the day...

Hopefully tonight's Battlestar Galactica (Sky One HD, 9.00pm), will make-up for a slightly slow episode last week. Yeah, I know the last 10-15 minutes were great, but it took a long time getting there.

Also, I've still not had chance to watch any of Mad Men (BBC HD, 11.20pm), but it seems to have quite a fan-base amongst our staff and readers, so it gets a mention here anyway.

Wednesday 30th April

The 1-1 score from the first leg should ensure that the Chelsea v. Liverpool (Sky Sports HD2, 7.00pm) game tonight should be pretty tense and exciting.

Thursday 1st May

The pick of tonight's TV has to be Heroes (BBC HD, 9.00pm), but I'd also like to highlight 16 Blocks (Sky Screen 2HD, 11.05pm). I know it's not exactly a masterpiece, but it is a fun action/thriller.

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