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The Week in HD 28th March - 3rd April

The weekend is very close indeed (in fact, I think it's started now!), so it's the perfect time to run through the HD highlights of the next seven days, writes Tom Parsons.

As always, if I've missed something good, post below to let myself and the rest of the community know about it!

Friday 28th March

In all honesty, there's not a lot to shout about in terms of tonight's TV. If you're a Torchwood fan (though personally, I can't fathom why you would be), episode 12 of 13 is on tonight (9.00pm, BBC HD). I myself will be watching episode 2 of Dirty Sexy Money, though (9.00pm, Channel 4 HD).

The big news in games world this week is the release of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue. No, it's not the 'full' sequel to Gran Turismo 4, but seeing as the finished package has been confirmed as being 'more than a year away', this is going to have to pass the time. The good news is that Prologue is more than a glorified demo. You get seventy-odd cars to play with, on six real-world tracks, and there's a 16-player online mode to boot. Add a true 1080p picture and you've got a package that more than justifies the £25 price-tag.

Saturday 29th March

Not much in the way of exciting daytime TV today, but Master and Commander (9.05pm, Channel 4 HD) should provide ample entertainment for the evening.

Sunday 30th March

Whether you're a sport or movie fan, you've got a very pleasant afternoon ahead of you. Super Sunday (3.30pm, Sky Sports HD1) sees Everton take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Premiership, while Lawrence of Arabia (12.00pm, Sky Screen 1 HD) will please those that aren't fussed by the Merseyside derby. Later in the evening, the first-part of Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe (7.00pm, Channel 4 HD) should teach us all something about the stars, while wowing us with stunning pictures.

Monday 31st March

There's not a lot of decent programming on TV tonight, so it's good news that there are a couple of worthwhile Blu-ray releases. The most obvious is the unfeasibly long-titled The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which is an artistically-shot, though rather arduous look at the life and death of one of the world's most infamous outlaws. And if that sounds too much like hard-work, pick up the fantastically schlocky Black Sheep, or the good-looking-but-rather-pants Hitman.

Tuesday 1st April

The new Reality HD channel launches today with 24 hour coverage of Kerry Katona's pregnancy. Apparently, she's actually due today, and if everything goes to plan, Reality HD is going to broadcast the birth, live in HD.

Wednesday 2nd April

Desperate Housewives (10.00pm, Channel 4 HD) is the only program of real note tonight - it's not my kind of thing you understand, but I hear some people are keen...

Thursday 3rd April

I know it's on most nights these days, but tonight's Planet Earth (8.00pm, BBC HD) is Ocean Deep, and one of my personal favourites. If you're not so inclined towards nature programs, the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Final between Arsenal and Liverpool (7.00pm, Sky Sports HD2) should do a great job of rounding-out this week's HD-fest.

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