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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.

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