Saturday 7 October
Where Eagles Dare (Brian G Hutton, 1968) 6.50pm, Channel 5
Adapted by Alistair MacLean from his novel, this cracking war movie has major Richard Burton leading a small band of British character actors – plus Mary Ure’s resistance fighter and Clint Eastwood as their lethal American friend – into a nighttime swoop on the Germans. The snowy action scenes are terrific, particularly Burton’s icepick fight atop a cable car.
Bright Days Ahead (Marion Vernoux, 2013) 12.05am, BBC2
Fanny Ardant plays Caroline, a woman of a certain age (actually her 60s) in this sophisticated and seductive, ever-soGallic romcom. She starts a deliciously lustful affair with her fortysomething computing teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte), and Vernoux proceeds with a delicately carefree touch, and a fine sense of fun.
White God (Kornél Mundruczó, 2014) 1.20am, Film4
This gripping and touching Hungarian tale of a teenage girl and her dog resembles a crossbreed of the savage Amores Perros and Lassie. Lili (Zsófia Psotta) is sent to live with her father, who promptly abandons her pet Hagen in the street. The lovable Labrador-cross is captured and brutalised by a dog-fighting gang, at which point events turn very strange indeed. A ferociously entertaining satirical drama.