Tonight in HD: January 4

SoHo Highlight: The Killing (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) The police make a shocking realisation; Richmond contemplates dropping out of the race; the Larsons are fed up with the police. Most US critics were echoing Alan Sepinwall by episode nine: “We’re at the point in the season where I’m just repeating the same complaints over and over again.” Namely, as the AV Club quipped: “The show is all MacGuffins, with no narrative payoff.” Still, it may be worth sticking with just to witness what Slate called “an episode full of eye-roll-worthy plot contrivances and some really dumb police work. Its ‘shocking conclusion’ may be enough to keep me going till next week, but just barely.” ✭✭✭

The Walking Dead (TV2, 10.25)

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Chandler’s romance-novelist mother (Chuck’s Morgan Fairchild) comes to New York to visit, and he’s not sure how he feels about it, especially after Joey catches Mrs Bing and Ross kissing (prompting Chandler’s memorable declaration: “You’re a mother kisser!”). ✭✭✭

Modern Family (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) When Claire and Phil implore Alex to relax about her studies, it causes them to start questioning their own intellectual drives. 24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub guest stars. ✭✭✭✭

Falling Skies (TV2, 8.30) Dr Michael Harris joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens. But the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers. ✭✭✭

The Walking Dead (TV2, 10.25, R) Rick finds himself trapped, with other survivors, inside a department store, surrounded by zombies. Michael Rooker guest stars in this season’s most suspenseful hour. ✭✭✭✭

CSI (TV3, 12.00, 5.1, R) When Hodges and Wendy go on a field trip with a group of high school CSI Explorer Scouts, they embellish their role in solving cases and take their assignment too far. High School Musical’s Lucas Grabeel guest stars. ✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: How Do You Know (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) James L Brooks used to be as good as it gets when it came to American filmmakers (Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment). But he strikes out once more with this love-triangle comedy with a baseball bent starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson. Said Variety: “This wrong-headed dramedy peddles forced warm-fuzziness and insincere sentiment on the backs of an all-star cast.”. (2010) ✭✭

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