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The Dirty Dozen Satur­day, TG4, 9.25pm They do not make them like this any more. Lee Marvin ( above right) heads an all- star cast as an un­com­pro­mis­ing US Army Ma­jor in charge of a sui­cide mis­sion to blow up a French chateau be­ing used to house Nazi of­fi­cers. He cre­ates a squad us­ing 12 un­hinged crim­i­nals who had pre­vi­ously been left to rot in a mil­i­tary pri­son. It’s a good idea, but con­trol­ling these re­cruits – who at best can be de­scribed as mav­er­icks – proves to be very dif­fi­cult in­deed. Telly Savalas, Charles Bron­son, John Cas­savetes, Jim Brown and Don­ald Suther­land are among the ac­tors play­ing the as­sorted repro­bates. Ver­tigo Sun­day, RTÉ One, 2.25pm Is this the best film Al­fred Hitch­cock ever made? The Master of Sus­pense him­self was very fond of it, de­spite the fact it wasn’t a com­mer­cial hit on its ini­tial re­lease. Al­most 60 years later it’s viewed as a mas­ter­piece, with a bril­liant, if dis­turb­ing, cen­tral per­for­mance from James Ste­wart as Scot­tie, a re­tired cop who is scared of heights who be­comes dan­ger­ously ob­sessed with a friend’s beau­ti­ful but trou­bled wife ( played by Kim No­vak). Blue Jas­mine Sun­day, RTÉ One, 11.40pm Woody Allen wrote and di­rected this black com­edy drama for which Cate Blanchett ( be­low) won a Best Ac­tress Os­car. She plays a self­ish so­cialite whose life be­gins to un­ravel af­ter she dis­cov­ers her hus­band has been un­faith­ful. Sally Hawkins, Alec Bald­win, Louis CK and Peter Sars­gaard co- star. Some crit­ics have drawn par­al­lels with Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ A Street­car Named De­sire, but prior knowl­edge of the play isn’t nec­es­sary – un­like its hero­ine, Blue Jas­mine stands on its own two feet rather im­pres­sively.

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