Tonight in HD: June 4

SoHo Highlight: Game of Thrones (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) “If you’re tuning in to Game of Thrones this week for the further adventures of Arya, Catelyn, Jaime, Brienne, Jon, Theon, Bran or Daenerys, then prepare for disappointment, because this episode ignores all of those characters and focuses its attention on one story and one story only: the Battle of the Blackwater,” said the Los Angeles Times. “On the plus side, you get a massive all-or-nothing throwdown between the two most powerful military forces in the War of Five Kings: Stannis Baratheon and the Lannisters. It’s hard to know who to root for here, as there are few characters more beloved than Tyrion or hated than Joffrey, but as members of Team Lannister, they will likely live or die together … The sheer ruthlessness of the show gives the episode an added feeling of tenuousness — the feeling that anything can happen to anyone, that no one is safe and no outcome is certain.” According to The Independent, “There was never a dull moment in Blackwater because of the way that the episode flitted between the various characters in King’s Landing and it was the perfect recipe for absorbing television.” Time called it “the best hour of the season and possibly of the series altogether … it was astonishing.” ✮✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Greats: Big (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Tom Hanks is 13 going on 35 in this wonder years romp about a kid who wishes he was big and, through a little wacky magic, gets to be just that. But while he may look thirtysomething, he still has the mind and emotions of a juvenile — a handicap when meeting women and eating baby corn but a bonus in his new job: running a toy company. This goofy delight nearly won Hanks his first Hollywood coveted toy, an Oscar. Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia co-star. (1988) ✮✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Liam decides to stick by Hayley; Harvey reaches out to Lottie before his court case; Colleen tries to decide how to spend her winnings. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) While the men are out on a ride-along with Gary, Emily leaves a message for Ross, which Rachel accidentally erases. ✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Brooke’s attempt to redeem herself falls flat; Murray’s tempted by a new arrival; Daniel rediscovers his mojo. ✮✮✮

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart does publicity for Mike’s store, making Mike nostalgic for his days working on the road. ✮✮

Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) Cameron’s birthday falls on Leap Day, and with opportunities to celebrate so few and far between, the pressure for Mitchell to get it right is exceptional. ✮✮✮

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30, 5.1) When a serial murderer is executed, a copycat emerges in Oklahoma. ✮✮

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) Susan convinces Mike to go to the police when she discovers that Ben’s loan shark is out to get him, which could have dire results; Tom’s girlfriend drops a bombshell on Lynette at Penny’s party. ✮✮

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30, 5.1) Finch tries to protect Reese from their latest mission, especially when the Person of Interest is certain to revive painful memories. ✮✮

Revenge (TV2, 9.30, 5.1) Whether or not she intended it to happen, Victoria’s pawns are caught in the middle of an insidious cover-up and have to pay the ultimate price when Emily discovers the identity of the mysterious man. ✮✮

Saving Grace (TV3, 11.15, 5.1, F) The team investigates a fatal shooting of an elderly woman in the second-season finale. ✮✮

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