As HBO’s crowds out the cine­mas this week, takes a look at some other tele­vi­sion shows that made the leap to the big screen.

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En­tourage, that oily cel­e­bra­tion of the Hol­ly­wood ‘‘playa’’, is back and this time it’s smear­ing its mucky paws all over the big screen.

As HBO’s so-called an­swer to Sex in The City – an­other show which swapped Pradas for Nikes and leapt to the big screen – it’s noth­ing new to give suc­cess­ful shows a sec­ond bite of the en­ter­tain­ment cherry.

The first show to try it was proto-po­lice pro­ce­dural Drag­net, which was trans­formed for the big screens in 1954.

Cinema au­di­ences re­sponded to the change of medium and the film pulled in more than US$4 mil­lion – big bucks in those days.

But it is sci-fi shows that have re­ally dom­i­nated the cross­over box of­fice.

Back in 1965, Dr Who walked out of the black and white world of tele­vi­sion as Wil­liam Hart­nell, and into glo­ri­ous big screen Technicolor as Peter Cush­ing, as only the re­gen­er­at­ing Doc­tor can.

Dr Who and the Daleks was the first of two films to pit Cush­ing’s Doc­tor against his das­tardly arch neme­ses.

The sec­ond, and pos­si­bly more fa­mous was Daleks – In­va­sion Earth 2050 AD (1969), which even had a cinema re­lease in New Zealand.

In 1998, keen to give his ground­break­ing con­spir­acy and aliens show The X Files more scope, cre­ator Chris Carter took the show to the big screen.

The X Files: Fight The Fu­ture was a huge suc­cess, set up as it was to ap­peal not just to fans but to peo­ple who had never seen the show too.

A sec­ond X Files film, I Want To Be­lieve, was re­leased in 2008, six

The X Files years af­ter can­celled.

It was in­tended to spawn a fran­chise of stand- alone films but failed to find an au­di­ence.

Now Carter is re­turn­ing to the small screen with a mini-se­ries slated for 2016.

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