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The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - PIERS MORGAN -

SUN­DAY

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.

MON­DAY

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).

TUES­DAY

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.

WED­NES­DAY

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.

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