Tonight in HD: January 26

SoHo Highlight: Treme (Sky 10, 9.30, 5.1) Antoine decides to form a band; Vincent Abreu drops a suspicious death case on Toni; Hidalgo makes lucrative connections; Sonny realises playing music on the street is a dead end. “We’re now 15 months after the storm, and the consequences keep rolling in,” the AV Club said of the post-Katrina New Orleans drama two episodes into the second season.”Tim Robbins directed the episode. Robbins hasn’t directed a feature film since the ambitious, troubled, largely ignored Cradle Will Rock in 1999, focusing instead on theatre and the occasional television project, but he brings a nice, cinematic quality to this episode, particular the Thanksgiving montage. Taking a familiar, let’s-use-a-song-to-accompany-images-that-establish-where-all-our-characters-are approach, the scene doesn’t break new ground in the use of montage on TV. But it’s a beautifully done sequence that captures where everyone is at a moment set aside to put their troubles at rest. Some can. Most can’t, at least for very long.” ✭✭✭✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Chandler discovers eerie similarities between him and the late Mr Heckles. ✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Evan’s love life gets complicated; Chris’s sacrifice backfires; Rachel gives into a bigger love. ✭✭✭

Mini-series: Kidnap and Ransom (TV3, 8.35) With Naomi still being held hostage in South African, a local policeman is keen to join forces with Dominic to solve this case, but Dominic is wary. The Times’ acerbic critic AA Gill dubbed the conclusion “gripping, gung-ho, ‘Will they, won’t they?’ escapist fiction” that was “far more vice-like” than most of its ilk and thought it good enough to warrant a series. Happily, there’s at least a sequel, in which Dominic tries to save a group of tourists who are taken hostage in India. ✭✭✭✭

Super City (TV3, 10.05, R) Pasha’s party girl lifestyle takes its toll; Azeem attempts to make Maori friends don’t go to plan; Jo is losing her grip as her feelings for Tracy get stronger; Georgie’s maternal instincts kick in; Linda is ashamed of her artistic endeavours. ✭✭✭

Chuck (TV2, 10.30) Chuck and Sarah put aside spy work for a weekend of debauchery; Ellie’s investigation into her father’s computer leads to a life-changing discovery. ✭✭✭✭

Lie to Me (TV3, 11.20, 5.1, R) When a building under construction collapses, Cal and Gillian must determine if someone on the scene might have sabotaged it and how. ✭✭

Diplomatic Immunity (TV One, 11.45, R) Comedy about the misadventures at the consulate of The Most Royal Kingdom of Feausi. ✭✭✭

Mental (TV3, 12.20, 5.1) Jack treats a suicidal gambling addict and testifies on behalf of another patient charged with manslaughter by a prosecutor who has never lost a case. ✭✭

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