This Weekend in HD: January 14-15

SoHo Highlight: Boardwalk Empire (Sky 10, 8.30 Sunday, 5.1) Season finale: With Nucky’s trial looming, Jimmy looks to make amends; after weighing an offer from Esther Randolph, Margaret makes a decision that will change the course of her future — and Nucky’s. US reviews ranged from it was a “crisply written, beautifully shot, superbly acted and — most importantly — brilliantly edited hour of television” (The AV Club), “a thrilling way to end an already plenty exciting season” (The Atlantic Wire), and “the final twist was absolutely brilliant … I can’t think of a smarter season-finale cliffhanger” (Slate) to: “Pity the season finale of Boardwalk Empire. The penultimate episode was so good, the payoff — while still outstanding — felt like a bit of a letdown by comparison” (Variety).  ✭✭✭✭✭


TradeZone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.30) ✭✭

Keeping Up With the Joneses (TV One, 7.00) It’s a big day at the races for Cristina, who has been training for months. How will she fare against the toughest cowboys in Australia? ✭✭✭

Winners and Losers (TV One, 11.00, R) Frances is dating Zach’s dad but still has no clue as to how Zach feels about it; Sophie is worried that Doug is distancing himself from her; Jenny is falling hard for Rhys. ✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: I, Robot (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Weta Digital did the visual effects for this sci-fi spectacular starring Will Smith as a troubled cop of the near future whose paranoia about robotic technology leads him to uncover a hi-tech conspiracy that threatens to enslave humans. I, Robot looks sensational but suffers from trying to make Smith too much the hero when it could have focused more on the ideas that spawned Isaac Asimov’s book. (2004) ✭✭✭


Hellcats (TV2, 5.30) The Hellcats kidnap Marti for her initiation into the group and look back on how Savannah, Alice, Lewis and Vanessa became Hellcats. ✭✭✭

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) Re-run of the 2005 sitcom but this time it’s in HD. When Dave forbids Hillary from dating an older guy, she brings home a new ‘study buddy’; Larry has some fun with the fact that Dave and Vicky have trouble understanding him. ✭✭✭✭

North (TV One, 7.00, R)  Marcus Lush explores the history of concrete, gambling and whaling on Limestone Island. ✭✭✭✭

Movie: Kung Fu Panda (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) The pedigree of this ‘toon titan is surprisingly mixed: it was written by two King of the Hill veterans while the directors were drawn from TV shows as diverse as SpongeBob SquarePants and Father of the Pride. But together they’ve created the funniest creature feature since Shrek, an hilarious, eye-popping, foot-stomping romp about a portly, martial arts-mad panda named Po who pongs so badly the movie should have been called Kung Phew! Panda. Moreover, his kung fu skills stink even more, which is unfortunate given he’s anointed The Chosen One to fulfil an ancient prophecy  … (2008) ✭✭✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1)  The teenage wizard’s penultimate adventure was his liveliest and most sinister until Part II. The two-and-a-half hours fly by under Potter vet David Yeats’ ominous direction, with enough bedazzling action, excitement and humour to deflect bewilderment if you’re not steeped in Hogwarts lore. (2010) ✭✭✭✭

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