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FRI­DAY PRE­DES­TI­NA­TION (2014) (Film4, 9pm)

BASED on a short story by Robert A Heinlein, this sci-fi thriller em­ploys a sta­ple of the genre – time travel – to give the char­ac­ters an almighty headache. A Tem­po­ral Agent (Ethan Hawke), who ric­o­chets through time to pre­vent ma­jor crimes, is se­ri­ously in­jured in his pur­suit of a ter­ror­ist in 1970s New York. He re­cu­per­ates in the guise of a bar­tender in the Big Ap­ple, where an en­counter with an enig­matic an­drog­y­nous cus­tomer leads to a shat­ter­ing rev­e­la­tion.

SATUR­DAY EFFIE GRAY (2014) (BBC Two, 9pm) Pre­miere

VIC­TO­RIAN art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) falls un­der the spell of 19-year-old Effie Gray (Dakota Fan­ning). They marry but a visit to his par­ents (David Suchet, Julie Wal­ters) opens Effie’s eyes to the soli­tude she will have to bear for the rest of her life. When Ruskin and his wife travel to Scot­land with artist John Everett Mil­lais (Tom Stur­ridge), the at­trac­tion be­tween Effie and the painter threat­ens to spark a full-blown af­fair...

SUN­DAY WAR HORSE (2011) (BBC One, 2.05pm)

STEVEN Spiel­berg’s adap­ta­tion of Michael Mor­purgo’s novel. When his drunken farmer dad Ted (Peter Mullan) brings home a foal called Joey, young Al­bert (Jeremy Irvine) prom­ises to train it to work in the fields. How­ever, when Europe is plunged into war, Ted sells Joey to Cap­tain Ni­cholls (Tom Hid­dle­ston). Al­bert en­lists in the Army to track down Joey and re­turn the horse to the farm – while Joey is cap­tured by the Ger­mans and em­barks on a mo­men­tous jour­ney.

MON­DAY THE THREE MUS­KE­TEERS (1973) (More4, 9.30am)

THREE swash­buck­ling he­roes (Oliver Reed, Richard Cham­ber­lain and Frank Fin­lay) join forces with a head­strong coun­try boy (Michael York) who is de­ter­mined to be­come a Mus­ke­teer. To­gether they cross swords with Car­di­nal Riche­lieu (Charl­ton He­ston), who is plot­ting to take the throne by dis­cred­it­ing the Queen of France (Geral­dine Chap­lin). Di­rec­tor Richard Lester plays up the laughs while re­main­ing true to the spirit of Alexan­der Du­mas’ clas­sic novel.

TUES­DAY FAIR GAME (2010) (Film4, 1.40am)

VA­LERIE Plame (Naomi Watts), whose CIA sta­tus is un­known to her fam­ily and friends, is un­ex­pect­edly caught in the cross­fire when hus­band Joe (Sean Penn) writes a scathing at­tack on the US govern­ment’s claims that Iraq has weapons of mass de­struc­tion. When a sub­se­quent ar­ti­cle ex­poses Va­lerie, she is shunned by her col­leagues, who need to pro­tect their own iden­ti­ties.

WED­NES­DAY X-MEN (2000) (Film4, 6.55pm)

A new sub­species of hu­man has emerged, blessed with strange and won­drous pow­ers. Em­bit­tered mu­tant Mag­neto (Ian McKellen), a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp sur­vivor who fears a new age of per­se­cu­tion, de­clares war on the hu­mans. Mankind’s only hope rests with telepath Pro­fes­sor Xavier (Pa­trick Ste­wart) and his band of cham­pi­ons – Cy­clops (James Mars­den), Storm (Halle Berry), Wolver­ine (Hugh Jack­man), Dr Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Rogue (Anna Paquin).

THURS­DAY THE BOUNTY HUNTER (2010) (5STAR, 11pm)

PRE­DICTABLE rom­com in which cop-turned-bounty hunter Milo (Ger­ard But­ler) is or­dered to track down his jour­nal­ist ex-wife Ni­cole (Jen­nifer Anis­ton) af­ter she skips bail. It turns out she missed her court date be­cause she’s chas­ing a story about a mur­der cover-up – and when Milo tracks her down, he dis­cov­ers he’s not the only one on her trail...

Al­bert (Jeremy Irvine) and Joey in War Horse

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