Tonight in HD: February 7


 SoHo Highlight: Strike Back (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Not the British series that’s aired on Prime (and is out on Blu-ray) but a similar-sounding action hour made for US cable channel Cinemax. It stars Philip Winchester (Camelot, Fringe) and Sullivan Stapleton (Underbelly, Animal Kingdom, above) as globe-trotting, anti-terrorist agents. Variety thought it “reduced everyone pretty much to geopolitical stereotypes” but the Wall Street Journal said it boasted “plenty of high-level suspense” and The Washington Post found it “surprisingly stylish and addictive”. Concluded the New York Times: “Strike Back won’t make anyone forget 24 or MI-5 [Spooks] or even The Unit, but it has its pleasures for the aficionado of guns and flesh in exotic locales.” ✭✭✭✭

Au Revoir Charlie: Two and a Half Men (TV2, 7.30, R) Two-hour compilation of the last four episodes of season eight to feature Charlie Sheen, on the eve of his character's funeral in tomorrow night's season-nine premiere. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Ross’ ex and her lesbian lover tie the knot; Phoebe is possessed by the spirit of an 82-year-old massage client who dies in the middle of a session; Rachel’s mother visits. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Vinnie smells a fake; Daniel’s dreams are denied; Phoenix is pipped at the post. ✭✭✭

The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 7.30) Season premiere: a new celebrity boss signals massive changes for the national dance company and recruits Black Swan star Sergio Terrado. ✭✭✭✭

Missing Pieces (TV3, 8.00) Season premiere: a daughter who has waited 13 years to find out whether her father is the man she thinks he is meets him in Dubai. ✭✭✭

NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Season premiere: Tony’s secret assignment for the SECNAV leads to an NCIS agent’s death. ✭✭

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Series return: the agents travel to Mexico to find a box containing deadly material. ✭✭

Fringe (TV2, 2.45, R) After a cargo ship runs aground, the shoreline becomes littered with bodies hosting a giant squid-like creature. ✭✭✭✭

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2 Responses to “Tonight in HD: February 7”

  1. Strike Back on SoHo is a spin off of the British series – you’ll see the main character in the first five mins where … well, you’ll have to wait and see.

  2. Just finished watching the first episode of Strike Back. Extremely enjoyable. Can’t wait for the second episode now.

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