Tonight in HD: June 22

Network Premiere: Endeavour (TV One, 8.30) A young Detective Inspector Morse plans to leave the force, only to be pulled back in to work on the case that changed everything. As The Guardian said: “Post-Morse has been pretty much bled dry with Lewis, so now we’re going back to before, and a young detective on his first posting in Oxford in the mid-60s. The story is a bit loopy – orgies involving schoolgirls and high-ranking politicians, a Pygmalion-style bet, sisters who turn out to be mothers, suicides that turn out to be murders, all bathed in Puccini. It probably feels more Lewis than Morse. But Shaun Evans is beguiling in the title role – certainly he has more presence and charisma than Kevin Whately. And there are lots of nice little nods to the future – the car, the beer, the women, the music.” The Daily Telegraph said compared to the dazzle of Sherlock, “the show was perhaps a bit plodding. Judged more fairly in its own right, it was a perfectly entertaining whodunit.” The Independent agreed, predicting:  “I don’t think it inconceivable that we’ll see young Morse again.” ✭✭✭✭

SoHo Cinema: If These Walls Could Talk 2 (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Tonight’s screening of HBO’s 2000 girl power sequel belatedly marks its NZ TV premiere. Like the original, it unfolds in the same house over several decades, but this time the focus is on three lesbian couples from the 1960s to the 1990s. It won Vanessa Redgrave both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and co-stars a pre-Big Love Chloë Sevigny, Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone. The New York Times said although Redgrave’s only on screen for four minutes in the opening segment, she gives “one of the most exquisitely understated performances of her career” while Sevigny also mesmerises as “a shirt-and-tie wearing woman ostracised by lesbian feminists who think she is selling out to the male world … These matchless performances soar above the movie’s predictable, agitprop writing and self-satisfied attitude.” (2000) ✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Casey learns about Heath trying to get their father out of jail; Dex realises he still has feelings for April; and Harvey tells Mel that he needs to sell their house. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Joey plots the perfect opportunity to kiss Janine on a televised New Year’s Eve dance show; Ross and Monica resurrect their dorky high school dance routine for the broadcast. ✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Chris reassesses his priorities; Ula faces her hardest choice; Josh takes drastic action to protect his secret. ✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.30, 5.1, R) When Penny’s comment about Wolowitz’s love life sends him into a depressed stupor, his friends lose their most important team-mate in an upcoming robot fighting competition. ✭✭✭✭

Glee (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Brittany goes into high gear as class president to spearhead the prom. Then, after prom king and queen nominations are announced, the kids kick into campaign mode. ✭✭✭

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30) With Katy Perry, Cheryl Cole, and Ross Noble. ✭✭✭✭

Hounds (TV3, 10.05) Will, Lily and Marty get a new dog; Will quits his job; and Marty crashes his van. ✭✭✭

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 11.00, 5.1, F) Determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything, and Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heart-breaking consequences. ✭✭✭

Lie to Me (TV3, 12.20, 5.1, R) The Lightman Group investigates a murder case where a woman with multiple personalities may either be a witness or the killer; and the FBI hires the firm to vet a potential Supreme Court nominee. ✭✭

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 1.15, 5.1, R) The NCIS team must find a motive when they discover the body of a marine who had been living a double life as a wealthy bachelor. ✭✭

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