Tonight in HD: May 5

 SoHo Highlight: Mad Men (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) While Lane needs help closing with a potential new client, Pete begins to crack under the pressure of both his home life and work life. The Daily Telegraph said this episode, which cast member John Slatterly (Roger Sterling) directed, was “built around the slowly unravelling life of Pete Campbell and showed Mad Men at its brilliant best. After a controlled start to season five, with new characters and a mid-1960s setting, Mad Men is reaching the heights again. The episode was written with deftness by veteran screenwriter Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon) and Matthew Wiener as they carefully reveal the unhappiness of a smug man with a successful job and a cosy suburban life.” Agreed New York magazine: “This was a heavy-hitting episode in more ways than one … It was deftly plotted and eventful. But it also held together at the level of signs, most of which, in Mad Men style, were Freudian and Lacanian: a thicket of thwarted ambitions, repressed desires, and symbolic castrations. It was all that and funny, too.” ✮✮✮✮✮

TradeZone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.30) ✮✮

Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) The Wilson sisters have a special relationship with their horses and love teaching their skills to others. ✮✮✮✮

ITM Fishing Show (TV3, 7.00) Season premiere: Matt joins Roger Farrelly and Bryce Casey from The Rock radio station for a Bay of Islands fishing trip. ✮✮✮

Terra Nova (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Pilgrimage arrives in Terra Nova, and the mysterious Phoenix Group in 2149 makes its move to pillage the past with the help of Lucas and Mira. ✮✮✮

Movie: Alien vs Predator (TV3, 8.30, 5.1, R) Humans are the meat in the sandwich of this horror franchise hybrid that’s been made with more bytes than bite. Despite its over-familiarity, it’s a better monster mesh than Freddy vs Jason and can still put the frighteners on thanks to ferocious computer-generated effects. Starring a largely obscure cast, apart from Alien vet Lance Henricksen and Ewen Bremner, it’s set in a bizarre pyramid beneath the Antarctica ice where members of an archaeological dig become fodder in a turf war between the sci-fi foes. (2004) ✮✮✮

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Action scribe Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) deconstructs Hollywood noir with his first movie as a director. This smug, smartypants bid to redeem himself in the eyes of cinema’s cognoscenti will befuddle fans of his shoot-‘em-up style and delight only those who prefer their pulp fiction hip rather than hard-boiled (not to mention glib, narcissistic and self-indulgent). The title refers to critic Pauline Kael’s encapsulation of what epitomises movies; a pity Black’s isn’t as pithy. Robert Downey Jr , Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan star. (2005) ✮✮

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