The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney

a wel­come re­turn to JRR tolkien’s mys­ti­cal world ITV 8.00pm - 11.15pm

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Nine years af­ter bring­ing his epic

Lord of the Rings tril­ogy to a close, Peter Jack­son re­turns to Mid­dleearth to spin Tolkien’s The Hob­bit into a three-part ad­ven­ture. This first in­stal­ment finds hob­bit Bilbo Bag­gins (Martin Free­man) drafted by the wizard Gan­dalf (Ian Mckellen) into a com­pany of dwarves seek­ing to re­claim their lost king­dom. It takes the best part of an hour to get be­yond Bilbo’s front door, but things im­prove when the jour­ney gets un­der­way, pitching Bilbo into en­coun­ters with trolls, gob­lins, orcs and, scari­est of all, the treach­er­ous Gol­lum. Free­man is per­fectly cast as ev­ery­man Bilbo, Mckellen once more gives Gan­dalf a wry, whim­si­cal twin­kle and Andy Serkis per­forms mo­tion-cap­ture mar­vels as Gol­lum. Dir: Peter Jack­son 2012, 12, 195min

Set­ting off: Free­man

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