Tonight in HD: June 10

Season Premiere: Sunday Theatre – The Audi NZ Season: Safe House (TV One, 8.30) In this fictionalised true-life dramatisation, Billy’s Morgana O’Reilly plays Carole Taylor, a reformed party girl and mother-of-two who 30 years ago was taken into hiding on the fledgling witness protection programme to testify in a murder case against her abusive ex-boyfriend Tony Michaels (This Is Not My Life’s Erroll Shand). “Directed by John Laing (Go Girls, and also director of local crime dramas Street Legal and Duggan), Safe House is clever in the way it moves seamlessly from the safe-house scenes to flashbacks, which reveal the story of Taylor and Michaels’ relationship, and the murder inquiry,” said the NZ Herald. “And it has an Underbelly-style mix of action, sleaze, and tension.” That’s not surprising given it’s from Screentime (Underbelly NZ, Beyond the Darklands), which also made Siegenext week’s Sunday Theatre dramatisation of the 2009 three-day stalemate between police and a gunman in Napier. Last year’s top-rating Billy also will be repeated as part of this season. ✭✭✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: Bridesmaids (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) A maid of honour’s life unravels as she shows her best friend and her bridesmaids how far you’ll go for someone you love. Nurse Jackie vet Paul Feig directs Kristen Wiig, Matt Lucas and The IT Crowd’s Chris Dowd. The Dominion Post thought it “smartly written, riotously funny, and still warm, human, and truthful” while the NZ Herald rated it one of 2011’s best films: “Filled with hilarious lines, honest observations on friendships, and an impressive amount of projectile vomiting, this raucous wedding comedy proved the girls can do irreverent just as well as the boys.” (2011) ✭✭✭✭

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30, 5.1) After speaking to her friends about Caleb, Hanna feels they are giving her the cold shoulder; Emily hopes to reintroduce Maya to her mother. ✭✭

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) When Vicky refuses to buy Larry the Ice Capades tickets he wants, he runs away from home, hoping she’ll relent, things backfire on Dave when he tries to help Hillary. ✭✭✭

Surviving Teen Driving With Nigel Latta  (TV One, 7.00) Nigel Latta dishes out the facts about teens and driving, and dispenses much-needed practical advice for parents on how to keep their kids alive on our roads. ✭✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Sheldon and Penny engage in a battle of wills as Penny vows to get revenge on Sheldon when he bans her from the apartment for a series of petty infractions. ✭✭✭✭

Modern Family (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) Claire and Mitchell’s mother drops in for a surprise visit, determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed ‘the incident’ at Jay and Gloria’s wedding. Guest star Shelley Long makes an unusually weak episode even more trying. ✭✭

Mike & Molly (TV2, 7.30, 5.1) When Peggy goes out of town, she leaves her beloved dog, Jim, with Mike and Molly, telling them it will be good practice for having children. ✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.00, 5.1, R) Wolowitz thinks he’s found the love of his life, until his new lady meets Leonard. ✭✭✭✭

Movie: Twilight (TV2, 8.30, 5.1, R) Fears of this teenage vampire romance being a 90210 with fangs are soon vanquished as it explores the mythology of the undead with the bewitching intrigue of TV’s True Blood. Unlike the insipid sequels, the original was fun and ferocious, making it successors look like a limp pastiche of teen romance, angst and terror. Catherine Hardwicke directs Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Peter Facinelli. Dexter producer Melissa Rosenberg adapted the Stephanie Meyer novel. (2008) ✭✭✭

Movie:  The Lovely Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Director Peter Jackson’s first non-fantasy feature in 15 years was a mixed bag of Bones. It’s like two movies in one, each with bursts of brilliance but neither adding up to a satisfying or convincing whole. About a 14-year-old girl narrating the aftermath of her rape and murder, it combines supreme suspense with celestial silliness, bravura filmmaking with bizarre excess, gorgeous visuals with grating contrivances. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Saoirse Ronan star. (2009) ✭✭✭

Touch (TV3, 11.10, 5.1) Martin exposes a corrupt parole officer, and a Brazilian street musician uses his guitar to win the heart of a beautiful woman. ✭✭

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