Tonight in HD: June 24

Network Premiere: Robin Hood (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Ridley Scott’s entertaining but flawed take on the Sherwood Forest outlaw was his fourth consecutive collaboration with Russell Crowe. His visually impressive revisionism cloaks the 900-year-old legend within the guise of historical credibility but isn’t dark or Elizabeth-an enough to satisfy adults while being too sombre and complex for kids. If only the storytelling stood out as much as the production and costume design. Cate Blanchett, William Hurt and Max von Sydow co-star. (2010) ✭✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Having a new director on deck for this aye-aye seas sequel took the wind out of its sails. Rob Marshall, who energised the screen with Chicago, directs with all the lightness of a cannon ball — rarely has a movie so action-packed felt so lethargic and flat-footed. But at least the high-definition visuals and Ian  McShane’s magnificent Blackbeard help to stop this barmy buccaneer romp from just treading water. Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz co-star. (2011) ✭✭

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30, 5.1) Hanna’s worst nightmare comes to fruition when Caleb becomes a target of “A” and his computer is in possession of the cops. ✭✭

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) As school starts up again, Dave is excited that the kids will be out of the house until he and Vicki realise that all of them have their own agendas. ✭✭✭

Planet Dinosaur (TV One, 7.00) Episode two focuses on bizarre and extraordinary feathered dinosaurs, many of which have only just been discovered. These feathered beasts are revolutionising our understanding of life on Earth as they blur the boundaries between what we know of dinosaurs and birds. ✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Socially awkward Sheldon develops a scientific procedure for making friends. ✭✭✭✭

Golden (TV3, 7.00) Bev continues to search for miracle weight-loss options for Team Bowman while Paul and Eliot struggle to overcome a major hurdle in Shelley’s training regime.  ✭✭

Mike & Molly (TV2, 7.30, 5.1) Molly puts her dieting in overdrive and has a meltdown when her wedding dress doesn’t fit three weeks before the wedding. ✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.00, 5.1, R) Sheldon’s simple solution to Penny’s financial problem leads to a confrontation between Leonard and Penny’s hunky ex-boyfriend, Kurt. ✭✭✭✭

Sunday Theatre – Audi NZ Season: Votes for Women – What Really Happened? (TV One, 8.30) Sara Wiseman plays Kate Sheppard in this observational-style docudrama about key moments in the final year of the campaign for women’s suffrage in New Zealand. “Although some characters are composite or fictional, the feature has been created with the aim of painting a historically accurate picture,” the NZ Herald said. “But this is far from being a boring history lesson. By blending the political story with a tale of forbidden love, and with many talented local acting luminaries involved, Votes for Women turns out to be an almost Jane Austen-like period drama.” ✭✭✭✭

Touch (TV3, 11.05, 5.1) As the Aster Corporation increases their interest in Jake, Martin joins forces with Abigail as the stakes of Jake’s custody escalate. Part one of two. ✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Courage Under Fire (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) The first Hollywood film about the Gulf War starred Denzel Washington as a high-ranking officer who grapples with his own conscience while investigating if another officer should be cited for heroism or condemned for cowardice. The scenario isn’t novel by war movie standards but was given a fresh twist by the Gulf War hook, the casting of a black lead and the soldier under fire being a woman (Meg Ryan in a startling turn against towheaded type). Matt Damon co-stars; Edward Zwick (Defiance, Blood Diamond) directs. (1996) ✭✭✭

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