On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) PG M 6.25PM, RTÉ2 George Lazenby may have failed to make the role of James Bond his own, but there’s still a lot to enjoy in this spy adventure, which finds 007 on the trail of his archenemy Blofeld.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) 12 6.20PM, UTV The web-slinging superhero has now been swallowed up into the Marvel films, but Andrew Garfield was good in the role (above). In his buzzy final outing, he faces nemesis Green Goblin, just like Tobey Maguire’s Spidey once did. Peter Parker takes off in a new direction in Homecoming, out in cinemas next month.
Losing Isaiah (1995 )15 9PM, TV3 A couple adopt an abandoned baby, but are later drawn into a custody battle with the infant’s birth mother. Drama, starring Jessica Lange, Halle Berry and Samuel L Jackson (above).
Admission (2013) 12 9.30PM, RTÉ ONE Premiere. A university admissions officer visits an unconventional school, and finds a pupil may be the son she gave up for adoption. Comedy drama with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
The Last Days On Mars (2013) 15 11.15PM, CH4 We’ve seen it before – hostile alien life forms attacking hapless astronauts – but there are a few twists here, and the horror escalates effectively. Liev Schreiber is one of the scientists on Mars who, hours before their ride home, have a truly terrifying close encounter.
The Spectacular Now (2013 ) 15 11.30, BBC1 A teenage loner bonds with a drunken classmate who helps her create a new persona for herself to boost her confidence. Drama, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.
Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (2015) PG 3.20PM, CH5 Candace Cameron Bure is librarian and amateur sleuth Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden in this adaptation of the first of Charlaine Harris’s quaint mysteries. In this film, Aurora’s book circle is targeted by a real-life killer.
Contagion (2011) 12 9.30PM, TG4 Matt Damon and Kate Winslet head the starry cast of Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble drama set during the outbreak of a deadly virus that sweeps across the globe. The film follows the scientists working to contain the disease, as well as a man who lost his wife to the illness and a conspiracy theorist who claims to have cured himself.
Jaws 2 (1978) PG 10.05PM, ITV4 Roy Scheider is back on patrol (above), fearful that another great white is taking chunks out of unsuspecting swimmers. The first of three sequels to Spielberg’s 1975 hit (Jaws 3 is on Thursday), it has its moments, but the original summer blockbuster is a tough act to follow.
Beautiful Devils (2017) 15 10.10PM, SKY PREMIERE Shakespeare’s Othello is updated to trendy east London’s contemporary music scene. Social media also plays a part, making this tragedy of treachery and lies all the more prescient. Osy Ikhile, Elliot James Langridge, Rachel Hurd Wood and Iain Glen star.
Joe (2013) 15 11.15PM, FILM4 Nicolas Cage’s career has been a patchy affair but this powerful yet understated drama gives him one of his best roles to date. Cage stars as Joe Ransom, a loyal if taciturn ex-convict with a violent past, who lends a helping hand to a troubled young boy (Tye Sheridan, below, with Cage).
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) PG 2.30PM, FILM4 Richard Burton (above, with Claire Bloom) is the secret agent who is thrown out of MI6 in an attempt to stage his defection to East Germany. Once there, the real intrigue begins. Taut and pacey, this downbeat spy thriller is based on the novel by John le Carré.
Fatal Justice (2012) PG 3.20PM, CH5 Cynthia Watros plays a desperate woman who takes the law into her own hands when the justice system fails her and her family. When she comes face to face with the target of her rage, will she have it in her to pull the trigger?
Perfect Stranger (2007) 15 9PM, TV3 Halle Berry and Bruce Willis team up for a watchable thriller about an investigative reporter trying to prove that a highpowered advertising executive murdered her childhood friend.
The Road (2009) 15 10.05PM, ITV4 John Hillcoat’s bleak post-apocalyptic drama is a chilling vision of a world in total collapse. A father and son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee, both above) scavenge for food and shelter – both of which are in desperately short supply.
Conviction (2010) 15 2.20AM, CH4 It’s easy to be cynical about this true-life drama, but just as easy to be won over by it. Single mum Hilary Swank won’t rest until her brother, played by Sam Rockwell, is cleared of murder. Her fight lasts a great many years.
Millionaire Mystery: The Ultimate Gift (2006) PG 3.15PM, CH5 James Garner stars as a billionaire who leaves his grandson a tidy sum in his will. But there’s a catch – first, the heir apparent must complete 12 life-changing tasks over the course of a year.
Mary, Queen Of Scots (1971) PG 3.50PM, FILM4 Certainly no history lesson, this gloriously extravagant, wildly inaccurate and brilliantly acted historical drama sees Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson (below) going head to head as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, respectively. Of course, it does not end well for one of them.
The Other Woman (2014) 12 9PM, FILM4 A woman discovers her boyfriend is married, and joins forces with his wife and a third lover to get revenge. Comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.
Argo (2012) 15 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE Ben Affleck directs and stars in the Oscarwinning drama inspired by a true story. When six Americans become trapped in Iran following the revolution, the CIA use a fake film shoot as a cover to smuggle them out.
Underworld: Awakening (2012) 18 10PM, E4 Gun-toting vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale, right) and her vampirewerewolf hybrid lover do not get to play happy families in this fourth instalment of the stylised fantasy horror franchise. This time, the hunters have become the hunted.
Road To Perdition (2002) 15 12.05AM, 3E Devoted father Tom Hanks is a mob hitman, but faces a crisis when his son witnesses his involvement in a killing, and is forced to go on the run with him after his fellow gangsters wipe out the rest of his family.