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SUN­DAY A SIN­GLE MAN

8.30PM, FOX­TEL’S MAS­TER­PIECE ★★★ Based on the novel by Christophe­r Ish­er­wood, A Sin­gle Man tracks a day in the life of Ge­orge Fal­coner (Colin Firth), a gay, mid­dleaged Brit teach­ing lit­er­a­ture at a Los An­ge­les col­lege in the early 1960s. Such is the de­spair in which we find Ge­orge, who re­cently lost his life part­ner in a car ac­ci­dent, it could be the last day of his life. Co-stars Ju­lianne Moore. Bleak but beau­ti­ful. MON­DAY THE OTHER WOMAN 8.30PM, TEN ★★ Re­venge com­edy about three women wronged by a right jerk of a bloke. The trio (Les­lie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Up­ton) form an im­prob­a­ble al­liance to get square with the preda­tory pants­man ( Game of Thrones star Niko­laj Coster-Wal­dau). Be warned: the per­for­mances can be all over the shop and the screen­play switches tone from manic to mo­ronic with­out no­tice. TUES­DAY TRAIN­WRECK 8.30PM, FOX­TEL’S COM­EDY ★★★ Amy Schumer quickly made a name push­ing a provoca­tive brand of hu­mour that erases bound­aries as it crosses them. By com­par­i­son, her semi-raunchy movie de­but plays it quite safe. Schumer plays a boozy-floozy journo do­ing a hatchet job on a mild­man­nered sports medico (Bill Hader), only to dis­cover there is more to life than par­ties. Watch for a cameo by NBL su­per­star LeBron James. WED­NES­DAY ADAP­TA­TION 10.25PM, SBS VICELAND ★★★★ Adap­ta­tion marks the re­union of the two trick­sters re­spon­si­ble for the bril­liant cult clas­sic Be­ing John Malkovich – direc­tor Spike Jonze and screen­writer Char­lie Kauf­man. Ni­co­las Cage plays both Kauf­man and his imag­i­nary sib­ling Don­ald (a less-gifted screen­writer). Co-stars Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal. THURS­DAY SUF­FRAGETTE 8.30PM, FOX­TEL’S MAS­TER­PIECE ★★★★ This ar­rest­ing pe­riod drama iso­lates a cru­cial point in time for an im­por­tant move­ment that fought hard to se­cure the right to vote for Bri­tish women. Stars Carey Mull­gan, Meryl Streep, He­len Bon­ham Caerter and Anne-Marie Duff. FRI­DAY SAV­ING PRI­VATE RYAN 8.30PM, SBS ★★★★★ Tom Hanks stars as an ev­ery­man who leads a se­lect group of sol­diers on a mis­sion to re­cover the sur­viv­ing son of Mrs Ryan of Iowa. The first 30 min­utes recre­ates the land­ing of US troops on Omaha Beach dur­ing the Nor­mandy in­va­sion of 1944. See this se­quence once and you’ll never forget it. One of the defin­ing cin­e­matic works of our time. SATURDAY KINKY BOOTS 7PM, NINE ★★ Be­fore you see the mu­si­cal, see the film. Think The Full Monty, Cal­en­dar Girls and Billy El­liot. The story con­cerns black drag queen Lola (Chi­we­tel Ejio­for), who sashays to the res­cue of an ail­ing shoe fac­tory, led by boss boot­man Char­lie Price (a low-key Joel Edger­ton).

Colin Firth and Ju­lianne Moore star in ASin­gleMan.

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