PICK OF DIGITAL & ON DEMAND TV
MARLOWE, 1.10PM, 8PM, SKY PREMIERE
HUMPHREY BOGART, Elliott Gould, Robert Mitchum . . . the list of actors who have brought Raymond Chandler’s down-at-heel detective Philip Marlowe to the screen is truly impressive — and Liam Neeson (pictured) doesn’t drop the baton. This stylishly enjoyable new case, directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), is based on the 2014 story The Black Eyed Blonde by Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist John Banville, writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. It sees the wise-cracking 1930s Los Angeles private eye hunting for the missing ex-lover of an heiress (National Treasure’s Diane Kruger). The case takes him in unexpected directions, and he’s soon drawn into the orbit of a famous actress (Feud’s Jessica Lange). It’s a chunk of old-school LA Noir with Neeson (pictured) bringing just the right amount of world-weary charm to the role, while the list of fine actors in the supporting cast continues with the likes of Alan Cumming as a slick gangster and Colm Meaney and Ian Hart as Marlowe’s buddies on the force.