Tonight in HD: April 17


SoHo Highlight: Five Days (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) An off-duty police officer finds herself caught up in a strange sequence of events after a person falls in front of her train. The Independent praised the outstanding acting but said the story “moved from barely tolerable contrivance to flagrant implausibility” while the Telegraph thought “it trundled along frustratingly slowly for no apparent reason, when it should be barrelling along”. The Times pointed out Gwyneth Hughes’ sequel was being “billed as a ‘mystery drama’ not a thriller. That’s just as well. The first half of her opening episode was so slow I felt like one of the passengers stuck on her trans-Pennine train: I was getting bored, bolshie and had a mind to get off. It took an age for the corpse that had fallen in front of it to be discovered and another eternity for the train driver to recover sufficiently to get the train (and plot) going again.” But the Mail On Sunday hailed it as “so instantly and utterly addictive that you might as well cancel any plans you had for going out”. Suranne Jones, David Morrissey, Anne Reid, Hugo Speer, Bernard Hill and Matthew McNulty star in part one of five. ✮✮✮✮

The Middle (TV2, 7.30) Convinced that Axl will blow his interview with a football scout that might gain him a college scholarship, Frankie and Mike become far too controlling And who can blame them? After all, as Mike says of Axl's prospects: "Just when you think you’re not going to get any money back on these kids …” He also comes up with a wicked acronym for Frankie's flatulence in an otherwise middling episode. ✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Sid reports Margaret to the police; Xavier catches Sasha about to run away; Bianca disowns April. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Joey and Chandler’s competition with Rachel and Monica escalates; Phoebe goes to the doctor to get the embryos implanted in her uterus. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Ice queen Brooke starts to thaw; Chris and Rachel are divided over Hayley; Roimata’s resolve is tested. ✮✮✮

Suburgatory (TV2, 8.00) When Tessa gets her driving permit, Dalia hires her to drive around and stalk Dalia’s crush, Scott. But could Tessa and Scott have feelings for each other? ✮✮

Missing Pieces (TV3, 8.00) For 50 years Mike was lied to about why his mother abandoned him as an infant, now he finally finds out the truth; Cecelia gets answers to what happened to her father. ✮✮✮

Nature’s Great Events (TV One, 8.30, R) The arrival of spring sunshine triggers an explosion of life in Alaska’s coastal waters so great that it eclipses even the Amazon rainforest. ✮✮✮✮✮

Go Girls (TV2, 8.30) Olivia wants to do good, but is a bad boy about to take advantage? And a childcare crisis leads Britta to an unlikely guru. ✮✮✮

NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) The team tries to find and protect a pregnant marine on Christmas Eve when her life is threatened. ✮✮

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) A man is gunned down outside of the Vietnamese consulate just prior to an international conference at the venue that the Secretary of the Navy is to attend. ✮✮

The Closer (TV One, 11.05) Brenda and Fritz work together when a case turns into a murder investigation involving drug trafficking at gay dance parties — but Brenda’s tactics aren’t quite FBI protocol. The episode is entitled Walking Back the Cat, which creator James Duff says is intelligence community jargon for figuring out why a mission went wrong. It’s also an allusion to the funeral Brenda holds for her cat, Kitty, whose death sparked more questions from viewers than”any other victim we’ve ever had on the show,” Duff says. “For those of you who like a little dark humour with your funerals, Walking Back the Cat should take you exactly where you want to go.” Stargate’s David Hewlett guest stars. ✮✮✮✮

Fringe (TV2, 2.30, R) A man is gunned down outside of the Vietnamese consulate just prior to an international conference at the venue that the Secretary of the Navy is to attend. ✮✮✮✮

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