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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

The Land Girls (Chan­nel 4, 7.55pm)

What’s It About? No re­la­tion to the name­sake BBC se­ries, this fo­cuses on three young Land Army agri­cul­tural vol­un­teers who are sent to work on a farm - where they all fall for the owner’s son, lead­ing to ro­mance, heart­break and tragedy. Is It Any Good? A fine re­turn to form for di­rec­tor David Le­land, who rose to fame with the Emily Lloyd movie Wish You Were Here in 1987, but suf­fered a knock­out blow when boxing drama The Big Man went belly up in 1990. Star­ring: Cather­ine McCormack, Anna Friel, Rachel Weisz, Steven Mack­in­tosh, Tom Ge­orge­son, Mau­reen O’Brien, Lucy Akhurst Star Rat­ing: **** (1998)

Maid in Man­hat­tan (Five, 8pm)

What’s It About? Jen­nifer Lopez stars in this fine ro­man­tic com­edy. She plays a maid who is mis­taken for a high so­ci­ety lady. A wealthy politician (Ralph Fi­ennes) promptly asks her out, but the so­cial dif­fer­ences be­tween them soon be­come ap­par­ent and the truth looks set to ruin their fledg­ling ro­mance. Is It Any Good? When she’s not talk­ing about be­ing plain old Jenny from the block, JLo can ac­tu­ally act and she’s as cute as a but­ton in this fright­fully funny com­edy. Ralph Fi­ennes is as equally im­pres­sive as the posh ob­ject of her af­fec­tions. It might re­sem­ble cheesy mush at times, but this film has enough about it to keep view­ers en­ter­tained form start to fin­ish. Star­ring: Jen­nifer Lopez, Ralph Fi­ennes, Natasha Richardson, Bob Hoskins Star Rat­ing: *** (2002)

Te­quila Sun­rise (Five, 11pm)

What’s It About? It’s that old, old story. Mac McKus­sic is a charm­ing drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old­est friend, Nick, is now a cop as­signed to in­ves­ti­gate and bring him to jus­tice. Mac, mean­while, is very at­tracted to Jo Ann, the owner of a stylish res­tau­rant. So Nick gets close to her too, try­ing to find out more about Mac’s crim­i­nal plans and his con­nec­tions with the Mex­i­can dealer Car­los, who the po­lice be­lieve is com­ing to town to meet up with him. And guess what? Nick also falls for Jo Ann’s charms, putting his friend­ship with Mac in dan­ger. That’s the rather com­pli­cated set-up of a slick, saucy and very en­ter­tain­ing ac­tion thriller. Is It Any Good? It’s as dated as shoul­der pads and Smurfs, but Te­quila Sun­rise re­mains ter­rific fun, with a stel­lar cast hav­ing a ball in an of­ten over­looked and oc­ca­sion­ally very steamy ad­di­tion to the best flicks of the Eight­ies list. Star­ring: Mel Gib­son, Michelle Pfeif­fer, Kurt Rus­sell Star Rat­ing: **** (1988)

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