Tonight in HD: February 10

SoHo Cinema: Recount (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Emmy-winning dramatisation of the controversial Florida recounts that cost Al Gore the White House in 2000. Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary and Laura Dern contribute to what The Hollywood Reporter summed up as “a level of tension and suspense you wouldn’t expect in a story about a widely reported recent event”. But not everyone gave it their full endorsement, most notably New York magazine: “With the exceptions of a furious Denis Leary as Michael Whouley, chief political strategist of the Democratic National Committee, and an over-the-top Laura Dern as Katherine Harris, Florida’s hothouse secretary of State, a splendid cast mostly just sits around watching the bad news on television, dutiful to the letter of Danny Strong’s conscientious script yet insufficiently roused to righteous spirit even as, before their eyes, our republic gets banana’d.” Slate was even more succinct: “Who demanded a Recount?” ✭✭✭✭

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.30)

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Joey buys Chandler a hideous bracelet and Monica and Rachel’s prom video reveals Monica’s former girth, Rachel’s former nose – and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Hunter’s forced to toe the line; Jasmine almost learns her lesson; Wendy’s prank has disastrous consequences. ✭✭✭

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.45) With Kenneth Branagh, Scrubs’ Zach Braff and comedian Frank Skinner. ✭✭✭✭

Come Fly With Me (TV3, 9.45, 5.1, R, F) Peter and Judith get mixed up in the dark arts of voodoo while Tommy finally gets his interview to be a pilot. ✭✭

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.30) Klaus contacts Chicago witch Gloria to help him find the reasons why his plan isn’t working as he expected. ✭✭✭

Human Target (TV2, 11.30) Chance is reunited with Harry when he is hired to protect the girlfriend of a rival security agency owner. ✭✭✭

Numb3rs (TV3, 12.10, 5.1) Big-ticket items are stolen from a shipping service, and a company employee who possesses savant-like abilities helps in the investigation. ✭✭

CSI: Miami (TV3, 1.05, 5.1, R, F) Season-eight finale: a serial killer taunts the CSIs by leaving them cryptic hints, and the longer it takes them to decode these puzzles, the higher the death toll rises. ✭✭

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