This Weekend in HD: December 10-11

SoHo Highlight: The Hour (Sky 10, 8.30, F) There are tensions for all as the team prepare to defy government instruction and deliver a controversial episode on the crisis in Suez; Freddie finally learns what happened to Ruth; and Hector and Bel come to a decision. The Guardian thought “The Hour capably, if a little predictably, wrapped up its storylines” — which creator Abi Morgan admits were littered with anachronisms. She told The Independent that “dialogue jars“, such as 21st century phrases which would be completely unheard of in the ’50s, “took the audience out of the drama”. Meanwhile, filming of a second series started this week, with The Thick of It’s Peter Capaldi joining the cast, and the Blu-ray of series one goes on sale on January 11. ✭✭✭✭


Accidentally on Purpose (TV3, 4.00, 5.1, R) Double-episode: While working on a story with Sully, Billie gets some surprising news about the newspaper;  Billie finds an indirect way to get Zack to do chores around the apartment, but her plan doesn’t include him decorating the nursery. ✭✭✭

Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.30) ✭✭

Keeping Up With the Joneses (TV One, 7.00) It’s the first big muster for the season and Milton’s running three choppers in the air with an army on the ground. ✭✭✭

Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1, F) A fierce storm arrives and threatens movement on the ice road. Only four episodes in and TV3’s already pulling this series — ostensibly to accommodate Christmas programming but there’s no guarantee it will be back in primetime. The network says it will “reassess its scheduling” in the new year. ✭✭✭

Winners and Losers (TV One, 11.00, R) On the day of Sophie’s trial, Doug makes an impassioned plea to the court and Jenny, Bec and Frances reel from Sophie’s shocking secret. ✭✭


Hellcats (TV2, 5.30) After the incident in the car, Dan gives Marti an ultimatum – to either admit she has feelings for him or their friendship is over. ✭✭✭

North (TV One, 7.00, R) From lighthouses to lava flows, kayaks to kiwis, beaches to butterflies, Marcus Lush covers a lot of ground – and water – in his exploration of the Far North, which was the highest-rating NZ On Air-funded series of the past year. ✭✭✭✭

Raising Hope (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, F) The Chances seek legal advice about their wills, but Burt is dismayed by Jimmy’s decision to assign Hope’s guardianship to Sabrina. With five episodes of season one still to go, TV3 is pulling this HD series early, too. ✭✭✭✭

Movie: All About Steve  (TV3, 8.30) Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, and Bradley Cooper star in a comedy about a woman who, after falling hard for a guy, thinks they’re an item — but he thinks she’s stalking him. ✭✭

Birdland (TV One, 12.55, R) ✭✭✭✭

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