HD Heads-Up: March 22-28
Mr Selfridge re-opens for business the same week the return of Professor Proton (above) sparks more big laughs on The Big Bang Theory.
“The Big Bang Theory creative team clearly enjoyed having Bob Newhart guest star on the show last season, so it brings back Professor Proton for another episode of old person jokes, but in this story he’s used as a tool to explore the relationships between the characters on the show,” The AV Club said.
Concurred IGN: “As with the season six episode, The Proton Resurgence, Newhart’s presence alone was enough to make this a memorable instalment … actually more successful than Proton’s previous appearance.”
Overall, the stunt casting spawned plenty of touching and funny moments, TV Fanatic argued.
“The episode was well written and worked.”
It screens 8.30 Wednesday on TV2, 24 hours ahead of Mr Selfridge resuming on a new night on TV One as part of a revamped line-up that includes another run of a The Best Bits and a repeat of Citizen Khan.
Series two picks up the story in 1914, as the world-renowned Selfridges celebrates its fifth anniversary of trading on the eve of World War I.
“Some old faces have departed, some new faces have arrived, but there is an encouraging air of change in this episode to catapult us successfully back into the events of the store and the lives of its workers,” Cultbox said.
“Enough has been set up here to take the series and its characters into some very interesting directions, particularly Rose.
“With the arrival of some new blood, and a sparkling, witty script, written by Andrew Davies and Kate Brooke, we look forward to seeing what series two has in store.”
The Telegraph was pleased to see star Jeremy Piven rein in “the razzle-dazzle a little. It was as if someone had actually reminded him that actors require a little directing to produce their best work, and need not try to outperform the spectacular production design.
“The result was less exhausting and more engaging, even if he still struggled with portraying the heavier end of the emotional range.”
Ten new episodes of the show will film from April, to the surprise of some.
“The shopping drama has struggled in the ratings during its second run, largely thanks to being pitted against BBC1′s big-budget ten-parter, The Musketeers, on Sunday evenings.”
In other HD programming news of note:
- Sherlockends its third season (TV One, 8.30 Saturday)
- Robyn Malcolm guest stars in the racy season finale of Rake (TV One, 9.30 Sunday)
- Fat for Ca$h, in which overweight women “count the cash from selling their size to men who adore women built on a grand scale”, launches a Supersize documentary strand (TV3, 9.30 Thursday)
- The Simpsons starts its 25 th season (TV3, 7.30 Fr >The Joneses (TV2, 12.25am Sunday), Employee of the Month (TV2, 2.25am Sunday), Happy Feet (TV2, 6.20 Sunday), Unstoppable (TV3, 8.30 Monday) and Men in Black II(TV2, 8.30 Friday).