Tonight in HD: March 9

SoHo Highlight: Bernard and Doris (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) HBO’s 2008 dramatisation of  tobacco billionairess Doris Duke’s relationship with her gay butler, to whom she left her fortune. “Susan Sarandon is at her scrappy, sexy best as tobacco heiress Doris Duke — think Paris Hilton with brains and genuine hotness,” said Rolling Stone. “And this is Ralph Fiennes like you’ve never seen him, as Bernard Lafferty, a secretly alcoholic, furtively gay Irishman who stumbles into a job as her butler … They create an intimate love story that manages to be hilarious and heartbreaking, often at the same time.” The New York Times likened it to “the most delectable kind of Vanity Fair article, one that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty or venal or vaguely nuts for reveling in the particulars of great wealth even as you are made fully aware of all the isolating negatives”. ✭✭✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Billy Elliot (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) No one puts a foot wrong in this flawless, exquisitely tender comedy/drama about a Newcastle miner’s son (Jamie Bell) who want to become a ballet dancer. The underdog premise may seem all-too-familiar, and the outcome doesn't surprise, but the execution is divine, a masterful coming-of-age triumph that mines its humanity with exceptional craft and compassion. Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Reader) directs. ✭✭✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Casey is furious after Tyler lands a job at the Caravan Park; Gina learns the truth about John’s lost investment; Roo vows to never work with Harvey. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Rachel makes a rash decision; Ross accidentally breaks a girl’s leg. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Murray is swayed by Evan’s conviction; Lana gives Bella a taste of her own medicine; Chris encounters abuse. ✭✭✭

Glee (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Emma’s parents visit and get an understanding of her problems. ✭✭✭

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30) With Dame Judi Dench and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Pate, plus music from Will Young. ✭✭✭✭

Dating in the Dark Australia (TV2, 9.30) Men and women get to know each other in total darkness. ✭✭

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.40) Elena and Rebekah engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family’s ancient secrets. ✭✭✭

Numb3rs (TV3, 12.15, 5.1) The headquarters for a controversial charity organization composed of CEOs and billionaires is bombed during a high-profile meeting in Los Angeles. ✭✭

Persons Unknown (TV3, 1.10, 5.1) The group fret over news that someone will be leaving, and a taxi arrives to pick up Janet and a guest of her choice. ✭✭

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