Tonight in HD: April 27

SoHo Highlight: How to Die in Oregon (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Physician-assisted suicide has been a legalised practice in Oregon since 1997. This award-winning HBO documentary focuses on the emotional experiences of the individuals who intend to use the law, and those who help them through the process. The Hollywood Reporter said director Peter Richardson’s “clear-eyed, compassionate documentary about terminally ill patients who choose the physician-sanctioned end-of-life option under the Northwest state’s ‘Death With Dignity’ law will stir healthy debate and provide invaluable context … Rather than launching head-on into the often-contentious controversy surrounding attempts to pass similar laws in other states, Richardson provides viewers with well-grounded insight on the often difficult decisions that patients, supported by their doctors, have to make in ending their own lives.” But an opinion piece in the Washington Post argued the film, “though emotionally powerful, is intellectually flabby, repeatedly shirking weighty questions surrounding the end of life”. (2011) ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Sasha’s verdict is in; Harvey’s ex-wife shows up; Steve stashes something in Ruby’s bag. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Monica wears Emily’s wedding dress; Chandler forces Joey to get treatment for his snoring at a sleep clinic; Rachel scares Joshua away by impulsively proposing marriage. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Callum sacrifices his future; Chris is oblivious to entrapment; Vasa is caught in her own deceit. ✮✮✮

Glee (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) New Directions battles the Dalton Warblers and their devious new leader for the right to perform a Michael Jackson song at Regionals. ✮✮✮

Titanic (TV One, 8.30) Series finale: Panic takes hold after the Titanic hits an iceberg. Similarly, TV One is quitting a sinking ship in the ratings by screening parts three and four back-to-back (the previously scheduled Father and Son will air in a double-episode finale at 11pm). Quipped The Daily Telegraph of the last hour: “At last we know what really sank the Titanic. Amid all of the critics’ ridicule and the plummeting ratings, few have noted that Julian Fellowes’s Titanic actually offers an astonishing new theory. The Titanic was sunk, this series suggests, not by an iceberg, but by the sheer weight of clichés and leaden dramatic irony being lugged about like anvils by every sorry soul on board.” ✮✮

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30) With Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor, Michael Sheen and Matt Lucas; Keane perform their single, “Silenced By The Night”.  ✮✮✮✮

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.30, 5.1) A frustrating new enemy pushes Damon over the brink and he lashes out in a way that will have lasting consequences; Bonnie has a strange encounter that will affect everyone. ✮✮✮

Primeval (TV2, 11.30) When a nuclear submarine encounters an anomaly and Liopleurodon in the sea, the team are called aboard to help. ✮✮✮

Numb3rs (TV3, 12.15, 5.1) Liz works undercover to take a new illegal drug off the streets after Charlie predicts it is going to be the next big thing to hit the drug market. ✮✮

Persons Unknown (TV3, 1.10, 5.1) Having lost her faith in Joe, Janet tries to make a new ally in the town. ✮✮

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