SUNDAY Casper (1995) PG M 2PM, VIRGIN TWO A paranormal expert and his daughter move into a haunted house, where she befriends the ghost of a young boy – but the other resident spooks aren’t so welcoming. Christina Ricci stars in the likeable family comedy. War Horse (2011) 12 V 2.20PM, BBC1 Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel (and its stage reworking) is thoroughly entertaining. Jeremy Irvine (below) stars as the farmer’s son heading for the battlefields of the First World War, and hoping to save the beloved horse that used to be his. Shrek (2001) PG M 4.45PM, CH4 Mike Myers is the voice of the grumpy green ogre, who is sure there’s no such thing as happy ever after – until a beautiful princess comes along to change his mind. Bobby (2016) PG M 6.25PM, BBC2 Biographical documentary about Bobby Moore, the captain of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team. A footballer and a gent, Bobby is the kind of sporting icon who attracts universal admiration and praise. Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) 15 V 9PM, RTÉ2 Michael Keaton (above) is on fine form in the Oscar-winning tale of a fading movie star trying to escape his blockbuster past by directing a Broadway play. Charlotte Gray (2001) 15 V 12.40AM, CH4 Classy adaptation of a novel by Sebastian Faulks, who based Cate Blanchett’s title character on the real-life female secret agents who took on active field work some 60 years before women were allowed to serve in close combat roles in the British military. MONDAY Salome (1953) PG M 11AM, FILM4 Straying from New Testament scripture to tell a more romanticised Hollywood story, this epic stars Rita Hayworth as King Herod’s stepdaughter, whose wild dancing augurs the beheading of John the Baptist. Stewart Granger stars as Salome’s Roman love interest. Beautiful Creatures (2013) 12 V 6.35PM, FILM4 Deep South supernatural romance, starring Alice Englert (above, with Eileen Atkins and Jeremy Irons) as Lena Duchannes, a member of a cobwebby dynasty with a spooky legacy. Can daydreaming highschooler Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) help her to control her powers? Daniel’s Daughter (2008) PG M 8PM, VIRGIN THREE Laura Leighton stars as a New York magazine editor who makes the trip to her home town to scatter her estranged father’s ashes – and learns a lesson about what she wants in life. Heaven And Earth (1993) 15 V 9.30PM, TG4 Following Platoon and Born On The Fourth Of July, Oliver Stone concluded his loose Vietnam trilogy with the true story of Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le), a Vietnamese woman who marries a troubled US soldier (Tommy Lee Jones). Shame (2011) 18 T 10.45PM, FILM4 A moody exploration of sex addiction from writer Abi Morgan and director Steve McQueen. Michael Fassbender (right) is the executive struggling to make meaningful connections – even with his vulnerable sister (Carey Mulligan). White God (2014) 15 V 2.10AM, CH4 Don’t be fooled by the apparently sweet 12-year-old girl (Zsofia Psotta) and her cute pup – this Hungarian drama is disturbing and raw, a meaty parable about dogs biting the hands that feed them, reject them and hurt them. TUESDAY Journey Back To Christmas (2015) PG M 11.15AM, CH5 Candace Cameron Bure leads the cast of this better-than-average festive TV movie. She stars as a World War Two nurse who is grieving for the loss of her husband when she is knocked unconscious – and wakes up in 2016. She discovers that a lot has changed in 70 years, but that the meaning of Christmas is timeless. The Mouse That Roared (1959) U M 1.10PM, FILM4 Showcasing the talents of Peter Sellers (above, with Leo McKern) in multiple roles, this fantasy comedy follows the leaders of a fictional European country, who declare war on the US in a cunning plan to overcome an economic downturn. That’s one way to end austerity. Bridge Of Spies (2015) 12 V 9PM, FILM4 Steven Spielberg’s atmospheric and tense Cold War legal thriller has some stand-out acting from star Tom Hanks, as the American lawyer defending a man (a brilliant Mark Rylance, above with Hanks) accused of being a spy for the Soviets. Legally Blonde (2001) (12) V 9.20PM, RTÉ2 A dizzy teenager enrols at Harvard to try to prove to her ex-boyfriend that she is not stupid, but finds herself out of her depth. Comedy, with Reese Witherspoon. Poltergeist (2015) 15 V 11.15PM, ITV4 Remake of the 1982 blockbuster haunted house chiller, updated to the present day, complete with flatscreen TVs and tablets. However, it doesn’t quite capture the eeriness of the original. Kennedi Clements is the sweet little girl making a connection with the other side. Hunger (2008) 15 V 11.45PM, FILM4 Concluding Film4’s Steve McQueen season, Hunger is raw, powerful and explicit. It’s the story of the 1981 hunger strike of the IRA’s Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) in the notorious Maze prison in the North. WEDNESDAY Becoming Santa (2016) PG M 11.15AM, CH5 Jesse Hutch stars in the fantasy comedy as a toy designer who is shocked to discover that his girlfriend’s father is none other than Santa Claus – and that if they get married, he’ll be expected to take over the role. Marry Me At Christmas (2017) PG M 2.15PM, CH5 A bridal boutique owner throws herself into organising a client’s wedding – but when she finds herself falling for the bride’s movie star brother, she risks overshadowing the big day. Rachel Skarsten stars. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) 12 V 8PM, 5STAR Jack is back for the second in Gore Verbinski’s blockbusting franchise, which revived the swashbuckler for a new generation. Johnny Depp’s pirate Jack Sparrow (above) is on the loose, and desperate to avoid a watery grave. American Pie: Reunion (2012) 15 V 9PM, ITV2 Thirteen years after they graduated from high school and the first film was released, the characters are a wee bit more grown up (some are even married), but that doesn’t mean they are not still totally preoccupied with sex. Jason Biggs, Chris Klein and Alyson Hannigan star. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) 15 V 11PM, 5STAR Wisely, perhaps, the first film’s biggest star, John Cusack, does not return for this soggy sequel. The friends have moved on to great things, but trouble is soon knocking on their door. The magic bubbles of the hot tub beckon when one of them is shot and killed. Adam Scott (above) is the new kid in the tub. Killer Joe (2011) 18 T 1.30AM, CH4 Blackly comic slice of Southern noir. Juno Temple stars as a girl bartered to Matthew McConaughey’s hit man as down payment for a murder. However, things don’t go to plan. With Emile Hirsch.