Tonight in HD: March 1

SoHo Highlight: Treme (Sky 10, 9.30, 5.1) As Carnival arrives in New Orleans, Albert unveils his new plumage, and Delmond discovers a new sound; in New York, Chef Ripert gives Janette time off to attend to personal business and Fat Tuesday. Said the Seattle Post Intelligencer of episode seven: “Home cookin’ is right. David Simon and Eric Overmyer got to helm the keyboards for this episode, and they created a feast for the senses. It’s Mardi Gras, which means the sights, like Big Chief Lambreaux revealing Del’s patch proudly affixed to his chest; the sounds, as when Del hears trad jazz superimposed onto the Indian drums and just may have found the sound he’s been chasing; the tastes, as in Nick’s description of King Cake as ‘cloying to the point of retardation,’ and the tactile, you feel like you could reach out to your TV screen and touch the maribou, the glitter, and even the crab shells and corn cobs at the marina.” ✭✭✭✭✭

Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30) Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from Mr Gold and Cinderella makes a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin. The AV Club thought this “the best episode of the series thus far. There’s a fair share of forward momentum for the story and Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) gets a lot of screen time, but the biggest improvement is in the flashbacks, as Rumpelstiltskin takes the spotlight for a revised Cinderella story.” ✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Casey’s friend from juvey arrives; Ruby receives Charlie’s processions; Harvey offers Roo a job. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Phoebe pretends to be Joey’s agent; Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit; Chandler goes to the girls for relationship advice. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Bella’s creeped out by bloodless love; Luke’s deception backfires; Callum breaks down when he sees the end awaiting him. ✭✭✭

Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Human remains found in mail at a dead-letter office are linked to a local business-service retail center, where a group of employees won the lottery. The Waltons’ Ralph Waite and Big Love’s Tina Majorino guest star. ✭✭

Crash Course (TV2, 11.30) The boy-racer debate heats up when V8 racing legend Greg Murphy puts an illegally modified car through its paces to show why they don’t belong on our roads. ✭✭

Mental (TV3, 11.45, 5.1) Jack is reunited with his schizophrenic sister, and makes treating her his top priority. ✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: I Sell the Dead (Sky 20, 12.25, 5.1) Variety dubbed this grave-robbing romp an “antic horror comedy” with “nods to the ’60s Hammer heyday of fog-swirling Victorian chillers, as well as that period’s penchant for teaming genre favourites (Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, etc) in genial send-ups”. But the Los Angeles Times said while “the creature effects are fun and the mix of vampires, zombies (et al) is amusing, that’s not enough to save it from the Curse of the Predictable Plot Twist and the Blight of the Creeping Shadows.” Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman and Lost’s Dominic Monaghan star. (2009) ✭✭✭ 

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