Tonight in HD: March 11


Movie: The Dark Knight (TV2, 8.30, R) Holy high definition! The darkest Batman movie is screening in HD for the first time on network TV, making it the best Knight’s entertainment yet. True, the strung together plot about The Joker terrorising Gotham is riddled with holes bigger than the entrance to the Batcave. But visually and stylistically it nails the grit of the graphic novel while maximising cinematic spectacle and intensity. The Dark Knight’s free-to-air HD premiere bodes well for TV2 running more modern classics in HD from its Warner Bros stable. Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart. (2008) ✭✭✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: Larry Crowne (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) An unemployed middle-aged man reinvents himself when he goes back to university. Tom Hanks directs and stars in a screenplay he co-wrote with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding); Julia Roberts co-stars. While a spectacular box office flop, The Washington Post recommended it as "a light and breezy, recession-themed romantic comedy; Up in the Air without all the angst and introspection". (2011) ✭✭✭

Hellcats (TV2, 4.00, F) Season finale: when strep-throat strikes the Hellcats, their attendance at the finals is put into question; Marti and Deidre struggle with learning they are half-sisters. ✭✭✭

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30) Hanna learns more about Caleb’s foster family while the other liars deal with the resolution and closure of the news about Ian. ✭✭

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) Dave becomes upset with Larry because of his lack of interest in male activities, and his supposed kiss with another guy; Hillary deals with her new image after she is dumped by Taye. ✭✭✭

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Grown-Ups (TV One, 7.00) Nigel Latta asks the big question: not is there anyone out there, but why do we believe? ✭✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.00, R) After sensing that his pursuit of Penny isn’t going anywhere, Leonard agrees to an unexpected sexual encounter with fellow scientist Leslie Winkle. ✭✭✭✭

Mike & Molly (TV2, 7.30) Mike finds himself caught in the middle when Molly argues with her family; things turn from bad to worse when Victoria runs away. ✭✭

The Big C (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Rebecca has an unusual way of dealing with her miscarriage and the result leaves Cathy reconnecting with friends from the past; Adam accompanies Poppy to her high-school reunion. ✭✭

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 10.40, R) Axl is taken to school, while Ty is scarred for life. ✭✭✭

Revenge (TV2, 11.40, R) Emily’s next victim is a renowned therapist in this tight-knit community, and her very public takedown will also expose some of these women’s darkest secrets. ✭✭

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3 Responses to “Tonight in HD: March 11”

  1. Dark Knight wasn’t 5.1 and didn’t look HD either. No HD logo on the titles either? Wassup TVNZ?

  2. I don’t think that TVNZ broadcast anything in 5.1 sound yet. Not really acceptable when you consider how long TV3 and Sky have been screening programmes with 5.1 sound.

  3. There has been the odd thing in 5.1, but quite random and inconsistent, but above all, rare.

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