January 27, 2008

New This Week on BBC HD


New to Sunday evenings, to wake us from our stupor after Lark Rise to Candleford, is the edge-of-your-seat Around the World in 80 Gardens. Hmmm. Monty Don apparently. Not my particular cuppa, but I'm not the only audience the BBC are after. Interesting that they're commiting the prime evening slot on BBC HD to this for the next ten weeks: that knocks on the head HD simulcasts of the Beeb's main weekly drama/documentary from BBC1. I see next week it's on 15 minutes earlier (followed by Judge John Deed) so it may be flexible.


Judge John Deed takes centre stage, followed by the first episode of Gavin & Stacey and episode 4 of the excellent US import Damages.


Repeats of Cranford, Hotel Babylon, Earth: the Power of the Planet, and Planet Earth


Among the usual repeats is Torchwood at 9pm. A repeat from the last series of Hustle is a welcome change from Jools Holland's mug in HD :o)


As I've never, ever watched anything from Casualtyland, the arrival of Holby Blue to BBC HD I can't really comment on. Fairy Tales continues at 9pm - very, very bad drama that even ITV 1 would be ashamed of. Only on Sky One would it stand out as quality...


Comedy on Fridays continues with Jam & Jerusalem and the usual repeats


Live sport returns to BBC HD with the first coverage of the Six Nations. England v Wales at 4.10pm kicks off an otherwise lacklustre Saturday's viewing, with France v Scotland following on Sunday afternoon.

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