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