Tonight in HD: January 25

SoHo Highlight: Weeds (Sky 10, 9.30, 5.1) Nancy and Silas argue about who’s in charge of their drug business; Doug takes his best shot at distracting an SEC agent from his hedge fund scam; Nancy’s sister returns; and Shane becomes a cop. The shocking cliffhanger sets up new plot twists for the eighth and final season while Shane’s thin blue line recruitment is Weeds’ nod to The Departed, creator Jenji Kohan says. “You have one son going one way and another son going the other way and it’s gas in the tank for a new season. What to you do if you’re a drug dealer and your son is a police officer?” Meanwhile, next month SoHo will re-run Weeds from season one and season six will come out on Blu-ray  — the same time season seven goes on sale (region locked) in the US. ✭✭✭✭

Falling Skies (TV2, 8.30)

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) The guys are uncomfortable in the presence of Carol’s breast milk; Rachel is uncomfortable with Monica’s growing friendship with Julie. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Hunter hits rock bottom; Brooke can’t help hating her sister; Evan tells a whopper to protect Ula’s secret. ✭✭✭

Winners & Losers (TV One, 8.30) During a black-out in the inner city, two relationships bloom and two collapse: Bec sees Matt with another woman; JB and Sophie take things to the next level; Zach and Frances share a moment; Rhys hides a secret from Jenny. ✭✭

Falling Skies (TV2, 8.30, F) As the 2nd Mass prepares for a major assault, divisions within the ranks threaten to tear the group apart; Tom has difficulty understanding the implications of Anne’s latest discovery. Said Entertainment Weekly: “After a summer of ups and downs, Falling Skies ended its first season with two of its best hours and a reminder of the premiere’s promise.” ✭✭✭

Mini-series: Kidnap and Ransom (TV3, 9.15) When Naomi Shaffer gets kidnapped in South Africa, Dominic King, a kidnap and ransom negotiator, is responsible for bringing her home. Waking the Dead’s Trevor Eve won rave reviews for producing and starring in this two part thriller (which concludes tomorrow). Said The Guardian: “There wasn’t a lot going on with his character, a hostage negotiator whose previously unblemished record takes a turn for the worse. He wasn’t called on in the first instalment to do much more than drink a glass of red wine at dinner and get in and out of his car, but Eve brought a suppressed peevishness to those actions that made for much more entertaining screen time than the scenes deserved. If it’s not quite acting that would wake the dead, it certainly gives a jolt to the living.” ✭✭✭✭

Harry’s Law (TV One, 9.30) Season two premiere: Against her better judgement, Harry agrees to defend a man accused of savagely killing his wife, bringing Harry up against DA Roseanna Remmick. Alfred Molina and Jean Smart (Hawaii Five-O$#*! My Dad Says) guest star in part one of three. ✭✭

The Walking Dead (TV2, 10.25, R) Rick leads the group to the CDC after the attack and Jim must make a terrible life and death decision. ✭✭✭✭

CSI (TV3, 12.35, 5.1, R) A mother thought to be grieving for the loss of her family three-years-ago becomes a suspect in a CSI investigation. ✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: I Am Number Four (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1)  I Was a Teenage Alien sums up the premise of yet another take on Terminator that unfolds like a TV pilot. While the first hour laboriously sets the scene — a high school student turns out to be a protector of the Earth who’s fourth in line for assassination by other ETs — the climax is anything but by the numbers. Eagle Eye’s DJ Caruso directs In Time’s Alex Pettyfer and Justified’s Timothy Olyphant. (2010) ✭✭✭

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