Tonight in HD: February 26

Sky Movies Premiere: The Fighter (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Mark Wahlberg plays “Irish” Micky Ward, a welterweight boxer whose world title hopes rest on knocking some sense into his crack-addicted mentor, older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), and his overbearing white-trash mother (Treme’s Melissa Leo). It’s a classic, working-class hero story of regret, redemption and reconciliation but one that eschews underdog clichés and sentimentality for gritty honesty, empathy and humour. Three Kings’ David O Russell directs. (2010) ✭✭✭✭

SoHo Highlight: Hell on Wheels (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Durant attempts to end ongoing negotiations with the Cheyenne by challenging them to a competition; Cullen and Elam scramble to prevent bloodshed in town. Quipped New York magazine of episode six: “For a show about building a railroad, Hell on Wheels sure has been judicious with its use of trains. I was ready to rename it Hell on Hooves because, you know, there are more horses than trains. But then Pride, Pomp and Circumstance arrived bellowing enough black smoke to warrant a visit from the EPA. We’ve got trains.” ✭✭✭

Hellcats (TV2, 4.00) Julian helps Marti learn more about her family’s secrets; Savannah and Nasty Kathy fall out as they plan Cathy’s baby shower. ✭✭✭

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30) As Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer try to keep their distance from each other, each girl looks to distractions to help fulfil the ‘separate time’ request from their parents. ✭✭✭

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) Hillary’s antics result in an alcohol ban in the house, a rule which Vicky struggles to live by. ✭✭✭

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Grown-Ups (TV One, 7.00) Nigel Latta explains the different stages of love – lust, attraction and attachment – with a realistic view. ✭✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.00, R) Depressed to learn that Penny is dating someone, Leonard actually summons the nerve to ask a woman out on a date. ✭✭✭✭

Mike & Molly (TV2, 7.30) When Mike moves in with Molly and her family, he has to adjust from life in his bachelor pad to a house full of women. ✭✭

The Big C (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Paul’s layoff has Cathy concerned about their financial situation and she considers pawning her jewellery, but a surprise encounter with Lee causes her to reconsider. ✭✭

Revenge (TV2, 11.00, R) Emily sets her sights on her next target, Bill Harmon, a wealthy hedge funds manager and trusted family friend who testified in the trial that wrongfully convicted her father. ✭✭✭

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