Tonight in HD: February 25

Series premiere: Terra Nova (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Follow an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth. Family is the key word with this Steven Spielberg-produced series. Said the Los Angeles Times: “Part post-apocalyptic epic, part family drama, part monster-thriller, the two-hour premiere of Terra Nova manages to introduce a panoply of narrative threads and themes while telling a remarkably clean story, both in terms of plot line and tone; Terra Nova is whole-family friendly.” Whatever its creative shortcomings, Variety called it “big, noisy and wildly cinematic … all the things that ought to generate sampling in a big-screen HD era”. The Hollywood Reporter thought “there is a lot of potential in this series. It’s just a shame that it appears to be veering away from something completely different–something darker and more sci-fi and ambitious, and settling into the feel-good, be-safe vibes of both Jurassic Park and Avatar.” ✭✭✭✭

SoHo Cinema: Longford (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Jim Broadbent stars in the true story of British prison reformer, Lord Longford, and his controversial headline-making friendship with one of Britain’s most notorious criminals, child murderess Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton). “The Hindley case shook his confidence and strained his faith, but in the long run it deepened his convictions,” the New York Times observed. “Longford pays tribute to his boldness and sincerity without airbrushing out the blind spots.” (2007) ✭✭✭✭

The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 4.30, R) There are tears on the dance floor when casting week brings some shock surprises. ✭✭✭✭

TradeZone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00, R) A slice of outdoor New Zealand. ✭✭

Rheem Outdoors With Geoff (TV3, 5.30) Geoff Thomas showcases the spectacular New Zealand outdoors and abroad. ✭✭

Keeping Up With the Joneses (TV One, 7.00) Teenagers Beau and Alex return to Coolibah just in time to help Milton retrieve a rogue crocodile trapped on the banks of the Victoria River. ✭✭✭

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 9.25, R) The season-one finale, in which Axl Johnson and his brothers become the Gods they truly are, precedes Wednesday’s premiere of season two. ✭✭✭

Homeland (TV3, 10.25, R) Carrie receives a new piece of electronic evidence from an undercover agent while staying glued to the surveillance footage of life in Brody’s home. ✭✭✭✭✭

Winners & Losers (TV One, 10.30, R) Bec and Doug’s relationship turns heads; Sophie thinks she’s being watched; and a burglary at Frances’ office introduces her to a very unlikely suspect. ✭✭

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