De­cem­ber 22 – 28

ITV, 6.30pm

The Daily Telegraph - Review - - TV & RADIO -

Fresh from a vi­o­lent con­tretemps with his fa­ther, the charm­ing Darth Vader,

one, his first, he ush­ered in a darker, more vi­o­lent era for the fran­chise. Craig’s is a brood­ing, pout­ing Bond who’s more in­ter­ested in crack­ing skulls than bed­ding beau­ties. In this in­stal­ment, di­rected skil­fully by Martin Camp­bell, Bond wins his “li­cence to kill” and hunts for a ter­ror­ist in Mada­gas­car. in 1980’s The Em­pire Strikes Back, young Jedi hero Luke Sky­walker (Mark Hamill) must res­cue rogu­ish Han Solo (Har­ri­son Ford) and then de­stroy a new, much larger Death Star. It’s all car­toon­ish fun, al­though the ac­tion takes a while to get go­ing – and the teddy-bear Ewoks are far too cutesy. chil­dren’s films and a sta­ple of the fes­tive sched­ules. (The Emily Blunt-led se­quel is in cin­e­mas now.) Catchy songs, sump­tu­ous live ac­tion and colour­ful an­i­ma­tion make it a clas­sic. For more Dick Van Dyke and Sher­man Broth­ers tunes, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang airs on Christ­mas Day (Chan­nel 5, 3.10pm). them into chil­dren’s heads. Lit­tle sur­prise, then, that this film is a beau­ti­fully de­tailed mas­ter­piece. Lit­tle So­phie (new­comer Ruby Barn­hill) catches the BFG (Mark Ry­lance) at work and is whisked off to Gi­ant Coun­try, where she has to con­tend with his hor­rific man-eat­ing brethren. Johnny Depp’s cast­ing as Tonto, a Co­manche loner, caused con­tro­versy, but Gore Verbin­ski’s ver­sion

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