HD Heads-Up: January 3-9

TV1 will screen in HD a BBC variation on Prime’s ANZAC Girls starring Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) as a Western Front nurse during World War I.

Crimson Field is being run out as a miniseries over three nights (Sunday-Tuesday) after its surprise axing in the UK.

Writer Sarah Phelps (EastEnders) was “gutted” to learn the six-part drama she expected to run for four series — one to mark the centenary of each year of WWI — wasn’t being renewed.

It opened to more than six million viewers before hitting a series low of 4.4 million and bouncing back to 5.1 million for the final episode.

Critics were lukewarm. The Independent thought it “a posh polished period soap for a Sunday night” — think Downton Abbey meets Call the Midwife — while The Telegraph said it “relied too much on soapy plotlines to try to engage the viewer”.

But the Sydney Morning Herald argued otherwise: “A group of fascinating, flawed women (played by a sensational roster of actors) form the heart of this excellent new drama  … A class act all the way.”

Also new in HD is the documentary, Compulsive Shoppers (TV1, 9.50 Wednesday).

“Jasmine Harman has previously reported on obsessive compulsive hoarding, prompted by the experience of her own mother,” The Mirror said.

“Her reaction to these people’s stories of pointless consumption is more appalled than sympathetic. She doesn’t do that fake concern thing many presenters indulge in, which is very refreshing.

“And as she tries to find the underlying reasons behind these people’s buying addictions, her dry-eyed, no-nonsense approach is perhaps exactly what’s called for.”

The Telegraph called another HD doco, All Creatures Great and Stuffed (TV1, 9.55 Thursday), “a fascinating look at the people who love stuffing pets” —  “very odd animal-lovers” like the artist who “performed midnight woodland rituals over the carcasses of skinned roadkill, to enable their spirits to be reincarnated”.

In other comings and goings, the third and final season of Dallas starts on Wednesday (TV1, 11.30) while exiting are The Amazing Race and Perception. 

The network premieres of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (TV3, 9.00 Saturday) and Puss in Boots (TV3, 7.00 Sunday) head the week’s coming attractions in HD:

  • Mr Magoo (TV2, 5.15 Saturday)
  • Dumb and Dumber (TV2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Johnny English Reborn (TV2, TV3, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Mask (TV2, 9.10 Saturday)
  • Friends With Kids (TV2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • The Vintner’s Luck (TV3, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Stone (TV1, 11.35 Saturday)
  • Ceremony (TV2, 1.05am Sunday)
  • Who’s That Girl (TV2, 2.50am Sunday)
  • High School Musical 2 (TV2, midday Sunday)
  • The Spy Next Door (TV2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Your Highness (TV3, 8.50 Sunday)
  • Rush Hour 2 (TV2, 8.55 Sunday)
  • The Hangover Part II (TV2, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Adjustment Bureau (TV3, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Mummy (TV2, TV3, 8.05 Tuesday)
  • Abduction (TV2, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • In Her Shoes (TV2, TV3, 8.15 Wednesday)
  • The Golden Compass (TV2, 7.30 Friday)
  • A Man Apart (TV2, 9.40 Friday)
  • After.Life (TV2, 11.55 Friday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 3-9”

  1. Think you might have confused your TV2’s and TV3’s in a few of those movie attractions

  2. Thanks, Tony. Clearly a case of too much Christmas “spirit” too early in the day …

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