Tonight in HD: April 14

SoHo Highlight: Mad Men (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Talk about Mad Man-ia — SoHo is preceding the movie-length premiere of season five with the season-four finale at 7.30. And if the US reviews are accurate, virtually the only aspect of this season that disappoints is there are three fewer episodes than previous seasons because of the deal creator Matthew Weiner cut to keep the show on air. The most nitpicking take on its return after a 17-month absence was Variety’s: “The premiere offers a sketchy road map of what’s to come, and won’t expand Men’s footprint beyond its solid arthouse niche.” But The Washington Post said it “starts off strong” while TV Guide called it “intoxicating, sophisticated, demanding, uncompromising and always seductively satisfying“. The Chicago Sun-Times welcomed a more playful tone: “After a dark and often depressing season four, it’s refreshing to start things off on a more jovial, lighter note. That’s not to say the premiere is devoid of angst, disappointment and drama. It’s just buoyed by an unusually high amount of humour.” So buoyant were fans about Mad Men’s return that its premiere set a ratings record for the Madison Ave sensation. ✮✮✮✮✮

TradeZone Gone Fishin’/Rheem Outdoors With Geoff (TV3, 5.00/5.30, R) Great outdoors double-bill. ✮✮

Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) A Westland family catch whitebait for a living so they can stay in an unspoiled spot. ✮✮✮✮

Terra Nova (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Taylor searches for the Sixer mole within Terra Nova, Jim stumbles onto an old murder for which Taylor is the prime suspect. ✮✮

Movie: The Darjeeling Limited  (TV3, 10.40, 5.1, R) The idiosyncratic signature of writer-director Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr Fox, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) is writ large in this off-the-beaten-railway track comedy that’s as enigmatic as it is entertaining. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman play estranged brothers who wrestle with reconciliation on a spiritual train trip across India to find their reclusive, newly widowed mother (Anjelica Huston). The second half doesn’t hold up as well as the fabulous first but the eccentric shenanigans and divine photography make Darjeeling just the ticket for those jaded with Hollywood. (2007) ✮✮✮✮

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