Tonight in HD: November 30

SoHo Highlight: The Hour (Sky 10, 7.30) The effects of Tom’s death are still being felt around the newsroom where two huge stories are breaking: Freddie’s disappeared and a newly confident Hector’s leading the charge (while his affair with Bel gathers steam). “This feels like the episode in which The Hour really bedded in,” The Guardian reported. “Partly because the newsy events are irresistibly exciting – ‘the perfect match’ of parallel stories in Egypt and Hungary, so gripping even Hector is able to impress Lix with his insight – and partly it’s because there’s a bit more going on, in terms of their personal relationships and even Freddie’s incessant efforts regarding the death of Ruth Elms.” Or, as The Times put it: “The Soviets are invading Hungary, Eden is dropping bombs on Egypt and the windows at the BBC’s Lime Grove studios are steaming up as everyone has wild flings with all the wrong people. There is also a tremendous scene between Freddie and Juliet Stevenson’s Lady Elms, a woman so evasive and deeply in denial that she is able to change the subject of a conversation even before it has been broached. It takes generations of in-breeding to produce that level of hauteur. But the best line of the night comes from Freddie. ‘I’m not here to hurt you,’ he tells a grieving widow. ‘I’m from the BBC.'” ✭✭✭✭

The Borgias (TV3, 9.30)

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R)  When Phoebe and Rachel catch Chandler getting into a car with a blonde woman, they think he’s having an affair. ✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Hunter looks out for number one; Gabrielle loses the plot; Evan’s hopes are dashed. ✭✭✭

Bigger Faster Better Stronger (TV3, 8.00, R) Greg Page and James Coleman invent a wallpaper remover and a chainsaw that also make tea. ✭✭

Winners and Losers (TV One, 8.30) When Bec, Frances and Sophie swap stories of their ‘first time’, Jenny is forced to admit she’s still a virgin. Sick of feeling like it’s a noose around her neck, Jenny sets out to find a man. ✭✭✭

Underbelly: Razor (TV3, 8.30) A ‘consorting’ clause gives the police a powerful weapon in their war against the gangsters. Among the first to feel its teeth is Tilly Devine. ✭✭✭✭

Harry’s Law (TV One, 9.30) Harry must fight for her job when she causes a mistrial, while Malcolm goes undercover to clear his name — but has second thoughts when it might implicate an old friend. ✭✭

The Borgias (TV3, 9.30, 5.1, F) Season finale: Pope Alexander, abandoned by his cardinals, faces Charles, whom he crowns King of France and Naples and hopes that gesture and his humility will be enough to save his papacy. While the series hasn’t been a hit for TV3, “it’s doubtful that a more lavishly produced, carefully written, and utterly foreign series has ever succeeded this well with American audiences,” The Daily Beast points out. “What is there to compare it to? Initially commissioned by Showtime as a replacement for The TudorsThe Borgias has outstripped it in just about every sense.” ✭✭✭✭

V (TV2, 10.40) Anna enlists Ryan to try to wipe out the Fifth Column; Jack is asked to leave the church; Lisa meets her grandmother, Diana, for the first time. ✭✭✭

CSI (TV3, 11.15, 5.1, R) The CSI team delves into the world of professional golf when the body of a legendary player is discovered during a top tournament. (Golfers Natalie Gulbis, Rocco Mediate, Gary McCord, and Duffy Waldorf appear as themselves.) ✭✭

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