HD Heads-Up: March 3

TV One appear no closer to scheduling season two of Happy Valley but offers fans of dark British police dramas a consolation prize with Black Work, which premieres 9.25 on March 13. About a Leeds policewoman whose husband, an undercover officer, is killed in mysterious circumstances, it was described as “pacy, tight and intriguing” by The Guardian, but ” less intelligent, less interesting” than Line of Duty. Concurred The Daily Mail: “The problem isn’t that it’s bad. It just should be so much better.” The Telegraph praised the “fine performances” but thought it “Line of Duty without the snap and fizzle of its plotting, or Happy Valley without its depth of characterisation” …

How did Grumpy Cat make his owners a paw fortune? Find out in Star Paws: The Rise of the Superstar Pets (TV One, 9.30 March 15). “The appeal of this entertaining programme was the juxtaposition of animals that couldn’t care less about media stardom with the adults whose careers depended on it,” said The Telegraph. Purred Radio Times: “If you’ve ever lost a few hours of your life scrolling through footage of cats playing the piano or let out an involuntary ‘ahhhh’ when you see a labrador puppy rolling around, you’ll love this documentary. It’s wall-to-wall cuteness.” But among the sourpusses was The Arts Desk: “There will be some convinced that programming of this sort is a symbol of the end times: frankly, nothing I could say in this review would convince you otherwise. For the rest of us, animal lovers and sly forwarders of the occasional cat video alike, it wasn’t a total waste of an hour” …

TV2 will screen a Treehouse of Horrors instalment of The Simpsons on March 13, in which Sideshow Bob murders Bart over and again, but The AV Club reckons this Sunday’s pre-Halloween themed episode, with its Psycho references and self-mocking critiques, is funnier. “Treehouse Of Horror XXVI is a pleasant enough goof, but for truly memorable Simpsons Halloween fun, I suggest going back a week”  …

Also new in HD for the week starting March 12 are Robson Green’s Ultimate Catch (TV One, 5.00 Saturday) and the return of Dog Squad (TV One, 8.00 Wednesday) and Alan Carr Chatty Man (TV One, 9.35 Thursday) while Julianne Moore, Rebel Wilson, and Ant and Dec guest on The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30 Friday). Coming attractions that week include the network movie premiere of The Vow (TV3, 8.30 Monday) and re-runs of: Kung Fu Panda (TV3, 7.00 Saturday), Mission: Impossible (TV3, 8.55 Saturday), The Collector (TV2, 11.30 Saturday), And Soon the Darkness (TV2, 1.05am Sunday), Borderline Murder (TV2, 2.50am Sunday), Get Smart (TV2, 8.30 Sunday) and Snakes on a Plane (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday) …

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook Email

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply