British comedy drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Saturday, 7.30pm, Ten) was the surprise hit of 2012, the great ensemble cast including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Maggie Smith. British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel, anticipating somewhere they can spend their golden years. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold nevertheless slowly begins to charm. Tropic Thunder (Tuesday, 8.30pm, Eleven) was also a hit, both a scabrous satire on the movie industry and a legitimate action flick. Starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr, and directed by Stiller, the movie sees a group of self-absorbed actors set out to make a fictional Vietnam War film. In the jungle, they stumble across a gang of poppygrowing local drug lords the actors believe are part of the script. Patch Adams (Friday, 8.30pm, Eleven), the 1998 semi-biographical comedy drama starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter and Philip Seymour Hoffman, was another success. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr Hunter “Patch” Adams and his book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter, co-authored with Maureen Mylander.