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SUNDAY Murder On The Orient Express (1974) PG M 12.05PM, ITV3
Directed by Sidney Lumet, Agatha Christie’s killer train ride has an all-star cast. Albert Finney is Poirot, with Ingrid Bergman (above, with Finney) as one of the carriage full of suspects, along with Sean Connery and Lauren Bacall.
The Book Of Life (2014) U O 2.30PM, CH4
Vibrant and funny animation, set in Mexico around the famous Day of the Dead celebration. The mythology might be a little too scary for younger children, it’s thrilling for older children – and fully grown ones, too..
Freaky Friday (2003) PG 2.45PM, ITV2
Before she went off the rails, Lindsay Lohan was the perfect fit for this kind of bubbly teen comedy. Jamie Lee Curtis co-stars as the mom swapping her body with that of her daughter.
Kick Ass 2 (2013) 15 10PM, E4 V
Fun, slightly more mellow sequel to the brazen first film. With her dad gone, unorthodox superhero Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz, above) has to find her own way in the world – and she doesn’t find it easy to fit in.
Thor: The Dark World (2013) 12 10.30PM, BBC1
Chris Hemsworth takes top billing in this Marvel adventure, though many have come to appreciate the darker charms of Thor’s devious adoptive brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who here comes close to stealing the show.
End Of Watch (2012) 15 11.10PM, CH4
Grittily authentic police drama, shot in a semi-documentary style, from writerdirector David Ayer (Training Day). Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are the cops who get too close to an LA drug cartel and become marked men.
MONDAY Fatal Performance (2013) PG 3.20PM, CH5
There’s a touch of Thirteen At Dinner to this afternoon thriller about an actress hired to impersonate a businessman’s wife – but finding herself mixed up in a murder plot. Nicholle Tom is the unsuspecting starlet.
Carry On Constable (1960) U M 4.50PM, FILM4
In the fourth film in the ever popular Carry On series, Sid James plays a hard-pressed police sergeant who struggles to keep his new recruits (Kenneth Connor, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Leslie Phillips) in line.
Piranha (2010) 18 12.45AM, ITV2
Teeny killer fish chow down on a host of famous faces in this fun horror comedy, a loose remake of the 1978 film. In a nod to Jaws, Richard Dreyfuss is first to go, while Kelly Brook is delicious, bikini-clad bait.
George Best: All By Himself (2016) PG M 8.30PM, BBC ONE
A profile of Northern Ireland’s greatest footballer (above) who lost his battle with alcoholism in 2005 at the age of 59. This intriguing documentary looks back over his extraordinary life.
Blood Work (2002) 15 9.30PM, TG4
An FBI profiler returns to work after undergoing a heart transplant, but then gets a case he can’t refuse – track down his donor’s murderer. Tense thriller, starring Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston (both below)and Jeff Daniels. A Touch Of Sin (2013) 15 12.55AM, FILM4 This fascinating and provocative Chinese drama follows four people in vastly different circumstances, who commit shocking acts of brutality. Unlike so many modern films that show violence, this goes deep into the background and consequences of why such action was taken.
Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (2015) PG 3.15PM, CH5 Bakery owner Hannah (Alison Sweeney, above) is shocked to discover her delivery driver has been shot dead. The local police quickly prove they are ill-equipped to handle a full-scale murder inquiry, and call for back-up from a city cop. Unimpressed, Hannah takes matters into her own hands.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) PG 4.20PM, FILM4
Doris Day (above) makes for a memorable ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the director’s own remake of his earlier 1934 thriller. Along with her husband (James Stewart) and son, Day becomes embroiled in a complex assassination plot that follows them from Morocco to London.
The Childhood Of A Leader (2015) 12 10PM, SKY PREMIERE
The directorial debut of actor Brady Corbet is stylistically audacious and intellectually demanding. The film follows the young life of a boy played by child actor Tom Sweet (above) who grows up to be a fascist leader in post-First World War Europe.
Unstoppable (2010) 12 9PM, TV3
Inspired by a true story, Tony Scott’s final thriller sees veteran rail worker Denzel Washington trying to stop a runaway train full of harmful chemicals, while Chris Pine is the rookie colleague who’s about to be given a baptism of fire. Rosario Dawson (above) lends terrific support as a helpful assistant on the end of the phone.
WEDNESDAY Hit & Run (2015) 12 3.15PM, CH5
Josie Davis, who made her name as one of Scott Baio’s charges in Charles In Charge, stars in this TV movie thriller. After putting a notorious swindler behind bars, highflying lawyer Heather Williams finds herself looking over her shoulder when a former cop threatens to blackmail her over the career-ending skeleton in her closet. Garry Chalk and Sebastian Spence co-star.
Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009) 18 10PM, E4
Michael Sheen stars as Lucian, the first werewolf-human Lycan, in this prequel to the Underworld films. Rhona Mitra (above) stands in for Kate Beckinsale as the vampire who displeases her father, the vicious Viktor (Bill Nighy, on archly camp form), by falling in love with Lucian.
Julieta (2016) 15 10PM, SKY PREMIERE
Pedro Almodovar’s moving drama stands among his best work. In middle age, Julieta recalls her past and her life with her now estranged daughter. Dipping in and out of flashback – Adriana Ugarte is the younger Julieta (below) – this is an introspective triumph.
Reservoir Dogs (1992) 18 10.15PM, ITV4
Quentin Tarantino went from nobody to somebody with his first film, a bloody crime thriller – with a super-cool soundtrack – about a heist gone wrong. Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel and Tarantino himself are among the colour-coded hoods turning on each other.
The Ugly Truth (2009) 15 2AM, CH4
Since she made her name in Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl has carved out a tidy career in adults-only romcoms. In this chalk-and-cheese affair, she’s the lovelorn TV producer – a born romantic despite being unlucky in love – persuaded to take dating advice from chauvinist TV star Gerard Butler, who certainly doesn’t believe in all that cute and fluffy stuff.