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(Steven Spiel­berg, 2011) Sun­day, 2.05pm, BBC One

Spiel­berg’s adap­ta­tion of Michael Mor­purgo’s anti-war novel, by way of the marvellous play, is a tour de force of heroic ac­tion and epic, tear­ful emo­tion. Ap­pro­pri­ately sched­uled for Remembrance Sun­day, it follows a head­strong horse, Joey, from ru­ral Devon to the car­nage of the first world war, pur­sued by de­voted farm­boy Al­bert Nar­ra­cott (Jeremy Irvine) and briefly pro­tected by a se­ries of un­for­tu­nate Brits, Ger­mans and French, in­clud­ing Tom Hid­dle­ston’s noble Cap­tain Ni­cholls.

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