Once 8.30pm, Eleven ★★★ M. 2006. Gentle touching film that tells of the coming together of two musical souls – he a busker who writes his own songs; she’s a songwriter who likes his. Redolent with the songs of both, this a true feelgood movie for those who enjoy modern songwriting at its best – and good singing to boot. Glenn Hansard. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 9.50pm, Showtime Action ★★★ M. 1994. Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as young Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s classic horror story where a desperate man-made creature (Robert De Niro) is abandoned by his creator. Faithful to the source, this is a Gothic and gruesome take that lives long after the credits have rolled. District B13 10pm, SBS ONE ★★★ AV. 2004. Future French authorities have walled-in District B13 to keep its criminal inhabitants under control. When the crims threaten to set off a bomb however, in go tough guys Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle. High-speed French thriller doesn’t have a dull moment as its acrobatic heroes pull off amazing stunts that put Hollywood to shame. Persepolis 10.30pm, SBS TWO ★★★ M. 2007. Remarkable animated film based on the graphic novels of Marjane Satrapi, whose family fell foul of the Shah’s regime in Iran and rejoiced in his overthrow. What followed, however, was worse. As a young girl growing up she was able to compare the two and recount the tyranny that followed. Catherine Deneuve.
Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor Who in The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe ATT Smith says Doctor Who is the most freeing role he has played.
‘‘Every script is like opening a Christmas gift because you’re not bound by time or logic or genre or space or any of the normal things you are bound by in normal drama,’’ he says.
Smith, who plays the 11th Doctor, is the star of his Doctor Who special, which airs in the UK on Christmas Day and in Australia on Boxing Day.
Smith honours the Doctor Who tradition of keeping details of the show under wraps.
‘‘We meet a family who are on the verge of having a terrible and dismal Christmas, and by some stroke of Doctor Who genius, he lands upon them and, needless to say, wants to make their Christmas better and take them on an exploration to give them something to remember, but as usual he runs into trouble,’’ he says.
‘‘Steven (Moffat, Doctor Who’s lead writer) has written a brilliant script. This year has a magic, ethereal Christmas feel to it.’’
Official details reveal the Doctor finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical adventure with a widow and her two children.
The guest cast includes Outnumbered star Claire Skinner and comic Bill Bailey, best known for his role in the series Black Books.
The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe: Monday, 7.30pm, ABC1