THIS WEEK’S BEST FILMS

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SATUR­DAY

From Rus­sia with Love (1963) (STV, 9pm)

Su­per-smooth spy James Bond falls foul of the mys­te­ri­ous and sin­is­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion Spec­tre, as he sets out on his lat­est mis­sion. This time, he’s out to steal a top-se­cret de­cod­ing ma­chine, but his ef­forts are thwarted by a se­ries of would-be as­sas­sins. This much-im­i­tated but never bet­tered sec­ond big-screen out­ing for 007 has gone on to be­come a clas­sic, thanks to a su­perb plot, Sean Con­nery’s se­duc­tive per­for­mance and the de­li­cious, al­most in­vis­i­ble vil­lain Blofeld – and that’s be­fore we even get to Lotte Lenya and her spike-toed shoes.

X+Y (2014) (BBC1, 12.05am)

Nathan (Asa But­ter­field) is an autis­tic sa­vant teenager, who strug­gles to con­nect emo­tion­ally with peo­ple around him, in­clud­ing his car­ing mother Julie (Sally Hawkins), and seeks com­fort in com­plex math­e­mat­ics. Un­con­ven­tional teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall) sug­gests that Nathan should ap­ply for the In­ter­na­tional Math­e­mat­ics Olympiad hosted at Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge. To make the cut, Nathan trav­els with other can­di­dates to Tai­wan for a train­ing camp, where he ex­pe­ri­ences pow­er­ful feel­ings for a Chi­nese com­peti­tor.

SUN­DAY

The Ipcress File (1965) (BBC2, 3.45pm)

Spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) hates his job, but at the same time seems un­able to es­cape it. He’s as­signed to track down a miss­ing doc­tor who pos­sesses a file which, if it fell into the wrong hands, could spell dis­as­ter. While Palmer im­merses him­self in his man-hunt, his boss uses him as lever­age to se­cure the in­for­ma­tion. De­scribed as ‘the think­ing man’s Goldfin­ger’, this is a

As a ten­nis player, Bil­lie Jean King won 39 Grand Slam ti­tles, in­clud­ing 12 in sin­gles, and is re­garded by many in the sport as one of the great­est women’s play­ers of all time. In 1973 she fa­mously de­feated Bobby Riggs in a match dubbed the Bat­tle of Sexes, which played a sig­nif­i­cant role in de­vel­op­ing greater re­spect and recog­ni­tion for women ath­letes. In this pro­gramme, she talks to Sue Barker about her sex­u­al­ity and life as an ac­tivist and ad­vo­cate for gen­der equal­ity, LGBT rights and so­cial jus­tice.

Imag­ine: This House Is Full of Mu­sic (BBC1, 6pm)

In 2016, cel­list Sheku Kan­neh-Ma­son was named BBC Young Mu­si­cian, and two years

Michael Caine stars in The Ipcress File – a must for all devo­tees of Cold War thrillers

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