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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity (Chan­nel 4, Satur­day, 7.10pm)

What’s It About? Jane Austen’s clas­sic tale of two im­pov­er­ished sis­ters who find love in un­ex­pected places – al­though fate seems set to keep their apart from the ob­jects of their af­fec­tions. Is It Any Good? Emma Thomp­son is ex­cel­lent, while Kate Winslet shines in her break­through role as her sis­ter. Top-drawer sup­port comes from Alan Rick­man and Hugh Grant. Sen­si­tive di­rec­tion is pro­vided by one of Tai­wan’s great­est con­tem­po­rary film-mak­ers, Ang Lee. Star­ring: Emma Thomp­son, Kate Winslet, Alan Rick­man, Hugh Grant, Greg Wise, Gemma Jones Star Rat­ing: ***** (1995)

Die Hard with a Vengeance (BBC One, Satur­day, 11.10pm)

What’s It About? Loose­can­non cop John McClane re­turns to duty fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion at a New York City depart­ment store. The per­pe­tra­tor con­tacts the po­lice and tells them that un­less McClane and a by­stander, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, carry out a se­ries of in­struc­tions, more bombs will be det­o­nated across the city. Is It Any Good? Al­though not up to the stan­dards of the pre­vi­ous film in the Die Hard fran­chise, Bruce Wil­lis has enough draw – and drawl – to make com­plete en­joy­ment of this ac­tion movie some­thing of a no-brainer. It’s great fun. Any­thing Else? Though McClane is an of­fi­cer of the NYPD, Die Hard With A Vengeance is ac­tu­ally the only film in the se­ries to be set in New York – and the scene where he has to pa­rade through the eth­nic streets of Har­lem wear­ing a sandwich board em­bla­zoned with a racist slo­gan caused con­tro­versy as it was filmed on lo­ca­tion in the district. Star­ring: Bruce Wil­lis, Sa­muel L Jack­son, Jeremy Irons, Gra­ham Greene Star Rat­ing: **** (1995)

Per­fect Stranger (Five, Sun­day, 9pm)

What’s It About? Halle Berry plays Rowena, a feisty in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter who loves to sink her teeth into the deal­ings of cor­rupt busi­ness­peo­ple. She has to call on all her skills as a hack, how­ever, when her friend is mur­dered, and she is con­vinced slip­pery dealer Wil­lis is re­spon­si­ble. She may have the mea­sure of your av­er­age dodgy trades­man, but has she got what it takes to out­smart this big fish? Is It Any Good? Berry and Wil­lis thor­oughly de­serve the pay­checks they pock­eted for this twisty thriller. What could have been a run-of-the-mill af­fair is en­livened by great per­for­mances from them and the sup­port­ing cast. Star­ring: Halle Berry, Bruce Wil­lis, Gio­vanni Ribisi, Richard Port­now, Gary Dour­dan Star Rat­ing: **** (2007)

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