February 09, 2008

BBC HD Next Week

A 1pm start on Saturday with live Six Nations on BBC HD featuring the Wales v Scotland game. The early start means an extended schedule; two hours of Mountain then The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle, a feature length drama from the Beeb. Repeating later are this week's Torchwood and the first episode of Messiah 5.
Sunday's line up is now pretty established. Avoid the yawns of Candleford but check out Around the World in 80 Gardens for some glorious HD footage. I don't think it's 100% HD - much of the first episode lacked the vibrancy you'd expect, but the second episode had some great scenic Australian and New Zealand pieces. Hopefully India this week will be similarly dazzling.
Monday is all repeats until the 10.35 Damages. If you jump on board now, you'll not have a clue what's going on, but it's been a gripping drama from the off, albeit a pretty limited showcase for the dynamism of HD - pretty talky.
Tuesday: nothing to write home about. Torchwood Wednesdays continue with simulcasts of both BBC2 and BBC3's broadcasts from 9pm.
Holby Blue is the only new show I can see for Thursday, and there ain't nothing new at all on Friday.

And finally...On BBC 1 on Saturday the big game is live at 5.05 - Man U v Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup. It's not currently listed as HD, but you never know...maybe Auntie will make up for missing the last England friendly in HD? Stay tuned....

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