THIS WEEK’S BEST FILMS

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power of self-heal­ing. Re­born as Dead­pool, Wade sets out to wreak re­venge on Ajax and his un­der­lings.

The Big Chill (1983) (Sony Movies Clas­sic, 11.10pm)

A group of seven for­mer col­lege friends gather for a week­end re­union at a posh South Carolina win­ter house af­ter the funeral of a friend who, years be­fore, had been tipped for great­ness. They rem­i­nisce about what might have been and con­sider what the fu­ture holds. Al­though slightly dated, it’s a rare chance to see some of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest names – in­clud­ing Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, Jeff Gold­blum, Wil­liam Hurt and Kevin Kline – be­fore they were fa­mous.

WED­NES­DAY

Gal­lipoli (1981) (Film4, 4.20pm)

Two Aus­tralians – one an ide­al­is­tic cham­pion sprinter (Mark Lee), the other a world-weary drifter (Mel Gib­son) – sign up to serve in the First World War out of a sense of pa­tri­otic duty and a long­ing for ad­ven­ture. They un­dergo ba­sic train­ing in

Egypt, but it’s only when they ar­rive on the Gal­lipoli Penin­sula in Turkey, where they will be tak­ing part in a piv­otal bat­tle, that they be­gin to un­der­stand the true hor­rors of life in the trenches.

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) (Film4, 9pm)

Twelve years have passed since the ALZ-113 virus rav­aged the globe. Cae­sar (Andy Serkis), his wife Cor­nelia (Judy Greer) and their sons are liv­ing in ex­ile in the woods with the rest of the apes. Un­der the cover of dark­ness, Colonel Mc­Cul­lough (Woody Har­rel­son) and his sharp­shoot­ing sol­diers stage an as­sault on the ape strong­hold and kill most of Cae­sar’s fam­ily. The grief-stricken leader or­ders the sur­vivors to flee in

pos­si­ble for their res­i­dents. Luck­ily, they had help from Paul O’Grady, who due to his own un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions, was also pre­par­ing to go into self-iso­la­tion. First though, he joined the staff on­site to learn about their plans. As this one-hour spe­cial shows, de­spite al­ready hav­ing five dogs at home, Paul didn’t take too much per­suad­ing to foster an­other one - in fact, his big­gest chal­lenge was re­sist­ing the urge to take them all. But would he be equally tempted when he made a rare trip to see Bat­tersea’s cats?

Celebrity MasterChef (BBC1, 9pm)

Ac­tress Felic­ity Mon­tagu, mu­si­cian Lady Leshurr, travel pre­sen­ter Amar Latif, and TV

com­edy, it far sur­passes any­thing that came af­ter. Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and es­pe­cially Bet­ter Mi­dler have im­mense fun as the trio of venge­ful women.

Lo­gan Lucky (2017) (ITV4, 9pm)

Con­struc­tion worker Jimmy Lo­gan (Chan­ning Ta­tum), a one-time star foot­baller way­laid by in­jury, loses his job on the same day he learns that his ex-wife Bob­bie Jo (Katie Holmes) in­tends to re­lo­cate to Lynch­burg with her new beau.

have a stark choice to make - the pop­u­lar crowd-pleaser Ge­orge McGovern or the trail blaz­ing African-Amer­i­can Shirley Chisholm, who is deter­mined to fight against a tra­di­tional white male pre­serve. Drama about the po­lit­i­cal move­ment to pass the Equal Rights Amend­ment in the US.

THURS­DAY

Stephen Lawrence: Has Bri­tain Changed? (STV, 8pm)

On April 22, 1993, black Bri­tish teenager Stephen Lawrence was mur­dered in a racially mo­ti­vated at­tack. The af­ter­math hit the head­lines and sparked dis­cus­sions on in­sti­tu­tional racism. Now, af­ter the death of

Jimmy chan­nels his frus­tra­tion into plan­ning a heist with his one-armed brother Clyde. Their tar­get: is the Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way in North Carolina. The brothers visit con­victed safe cracker Joe Bang and prom­ise to spring him out of jail for the day to ac­cess the race­track vault.

FRI­DAY

Love Ac­tu­ally (2003) (C5, 10pm)

Richard Cur­tis’s di­rec­to­rial de­but cre­ates a tableau of mod­ern-day Lon­don life in which peo­ple fall in and out of love to a smoochy sound­track in the run-up to Christ­mas. The film stitches to­gether ten sep­a­rate sto­ries of love, long­ing, ca­ma­raderie and failed re­la­tion­ships, among them Hugh Grant as a bach­e­lor PM fall­ing head over heels for a tea lady played by Mar­tine McCutcheon. Eb­bing and flow­ing be­tween the various in­ter­linked sto­ry­lines, build­ing up the char­ac­ters as they edge to­wards a cross­roads in their lives, Love Ac­tu­ally de­liv­ers tear-jerk­ing pathos and one-lin­ers.

20th Cen­tury Women (2016) (BBC2, 11.20pm)

Bo­hemian mum Dorothea Fields (An­nette Ben­ing) and her teenage son Jamie (Lu­cas Jade Zu­mann) share a ram­shackle home in Santa Bar­bara with New Wave pho­tog­ra­pher Ab­bie Porter and handy­man Wil­liam, who is slowly ren­o­vat­ing the prop­erty. This mad­cap menagerie of mis­fits is com­pleted by 17-year-old waif Julie, the ob­ject of Jamie’s hor­mone-driven af­fec­tions, who re­fuses to en­ter­tain his clumsy fum­bles. Mean­while, Dorothea grows con­cerned that she can’t pro­vide for her son’s emo­tional needs and en­treats Ab­bie and Julie to help her shepherd Jamie across the ru­bi­con to adult­hood. 20th Cen­tury Women is a com­pelling fam­ily por­trait.

Ge­orge Floyd and the global protests that fol­lowed it, Lawrence is, un­der­stand­ably, back in our minds. As a re­sult, Rageh Omaar and Anushka Asthana are host­ing a live de­bate in an ef­fort to dis­cover if, 27 years on, his tragic death has had a last­ing im­pact on racial equal­ity in the UK. It’s fol­lowed im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards at 9pm by an­other chance to see writer-di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass’s mov­ing drama about the case, The Mur­der of Stephen Lawrence, in which Hugh Quarshie and Mar­i­anne Jean-Bap­tiste play his par­ents, Neville and Doreen.

The Su­per­vet: Noel Fitz­patrick (C4, 8pm)

There are those who think that it would be

Gre­gor Fisher and Bill Nighy in Love Ac­tu­ally, which de­liv­ers tear-jerk­ing pathos and one-lin­ers

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