Tonight in HD: April 24

SoHo Highlight: Five Days 2 (Sky 10, 8.30) The police are struggling to find out more about how the victim died but Laurie is determined that the abandoned baby and the body on the tracks are connected. Even if you found last week’s premiere plodding, The Daily Telegraph reckons the complications and contrivances of this lengthy police investigation are worth enduring: “Five Days could as easily have been called Five Dramas (all packed into one). Except this would have been a gross underestimate as, at any given moment, at least twice that many stories seemed to be battling for dominance in the overcrowded plot … Rarely has a drama featured so many major-seeming minor characters. Yet this, in turn, gave Five Days the opportunity to show off its strongest suit. All credit to writer Gwyneth Hughes for keeping her labyrinthine plot on the rails most of the way, but much of the praise for keeping it even vaguely credible must go to the exceptional ensemble cast.” Part two of five. ✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Brax distances himself from Leah and VJ; Heath and Liam fight; Liam discovers Eddie ripped of his lyrics. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Monica helps Ross tell his girlfriend that he loves her; Phoebe learns surprising news about her pregnancy. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Maxwell and Nicole face the bitter truth; Rachel’s jealousy gets the better of her; Bree testers her bond with Brooke. ✮✮✮

The Middle (TV2, 7.30) Frankie’s conflicted when she and Sue land roles in a community theatre production, but the director wants to keep Frankie and cut Sue. ✮✮✮✮

Suburgatory (TV2, 8.00) Tessa is convinced the new guy – an undercover narcotics cop – is gay; George re-evaluates his relationship with Dallas. Cougar Town‘s Dan Byrd guest stars. ✮✮

Missing Pieces (TV3, 8.00) A Waiuku mum gets a cultural shock when the search for her father takes her to the Poverty Bay settlement of Whatatutu; Sarah searches for the mother that put her up for adoption. ✮✮✮

Nature’s Great Events (TV One, 8.30, R, F) Season finale: Inexplicably, TV One is ending this extraordinary series with the episode that opened it in the UK, The Great Melt (presumably the network wanted to clearly distinguish it from Frozen Planet, which hopefully it will re-run in HD, too). As winter passes and the sun climbs over the Arctic, the ice sheet begins to melt. For some animals it is a time of jeopardy, but for others it transforms the Arctic into the richest place on earth. Next week: Yellowstone. ✮✮✮✮✮

Go Girls (TV2, 8.30) Amy faces the ultimate showdown with Rupert the Perve. But will she have to sacrifice her career? ✮✮✮

NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) While investigating a Navy commander’s murder, the team runs into EJ Barrett. ✮✮

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) The murder of a Navy intelligence officer is investigated, and the evidence suggests that a member of a Navy SEALs team about to depart on a hostage rescue mission may be responsible. ✮✮

The Closer (TV One, 11.05) Brenda’s squad investigates the murder of a former gang banger, but evidence indicates the victim may not have been the target. ✮✮✮✮

Fringe (TV2, 2.30, R) While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia’s niece, Ella, a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles. ✮✮✮✮

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