Mr flicks

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Free Willy 2: The Ad­ven­ture Home 4.05, Go! ★★ G. 1995. If you loved the orig­i­nal, you’ll be back for this one, though it’s not as good. This time round, Ja­son James Richter is rel­a­tively house-trained but his loutish young brother causes heart­burn aplenty. Ba­si­cally a re­tread, although the whale is now on the re­ceiv­ing end from wicked en­vi­ron­men­tal van­dals. Michael Mad­sen. Beau­ti­ful Crea­tures 8.30pm, Show­time Ac­tion ★★ MA. 2000. In this thriller two women meet by chance and have one thing in com­mon – the dirty rot­ten scoundrels they live with. One of the scoundrels is quite rich so the two girls de­cide to hold him for ran­som. Fea­tur­ing a break­out turn from Rachel Weisz, this is a flawed but still en­joy­able pop­corn thrill ride. Four Wed­dings And a Funeral 8.40pm, Seven, Prime7 ★★★ M. 1994. Great com­edy that re­sus­ci­tated the Bri­tish film in­dus­try and kick-started Hugh Grant’s ca­reer. Grant is a de­light as a twit who courts Andie Mc­dow­ell be­tween at­tend­ing wed­dings, in­clud­ing hers. Fun from start to fin­ish. Matilda 7.30pm, 7TWO ★★★ G. 1996. Hor­ri­fied by her ghastly par­ents and ter­rorised by her school prin­ci­pal, de­ter­mined tyke Mara Wilson rea­sons she’ll have to look af­ter her­self, so she de­vel­ops tele­ki­netic pow­ers. Fresh adap­ta­tion of the Roald Dahl book is di­rected by Danny De­vito, who also fea­tures in a sup­port role, and doesn’t shy away from the dark side of Dahl’s work. But that’s what the kids love any­way.

Panda cubs at Chengdu Panda Base, China EW five-parter Na­ture’s Mir­a­cle Ba­bies: Back From The Brink fol­lows the ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als work­ing to save some of the world’s most crit­i­cally vul­ner­a­ble species.

Each new life they help reach adult­hood is truly a bun­dle of hope for the fu­ture. But for some, this is only the be­gin­ning of the jour­ney. The ul­ti­mate chal­lenge is to raise these an­i­mals and then suc­cess­fully re­turn them to the wild.

Zo­ol­o­gist Martin Hughes-games vis­its projects all over the world – from out­back Aus­tralia to the sa­van­nahs of East Africa, and from lo­cal zoo breed­ing pro­grams to re­lo­ca­tion in the Ama­zo­nian re­gion of Brazil.

In the first episode, Martin vis­its the Chengdu Panda Base in China, where gi­ant panda breed­ing is be­ing taken to new lev­els. He also fol­lows the hard-won bat­tles of keep­ers at Jersey Zoo as they try to breed the most threat­ened pri­mate in South Amer­ica, the pied ta­marin.

And in the Brazil­ian rain­for­est, he sees first­hand the habi­tat de­struc­tion threat­en­ing this tiny, in­tel­li­gent mon­key. Back in Jersey, he helps to hand-raise ta­marin twins re­jected by their mother.

At Whip­snade Zoo he vis­its an Asian one­horned rhino that is com­ing to the end of an epic 16 months preg­nancy.

Na­ture’s Mir­a­cle Ba­bies: Back from The Brink: Tues­day, 8.30pm, ABC1

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