The Sunday Telegraph
Junior (1994) ITV, 1.45PM ★★★
Ivan Reitman ( Twins, Kindergarten Cop) directs Arnold Schwarzenegger (again), Danny DeVito and Emma Thompson in this Golden Globewinning comedy about a male scientist who undergoes an experiment to become pregnant with a new drug. The film is pretty much a one-joke concept, but it’s freshly pertinent now as notions of gender are changing so rapidly.
Pretty Woman (1990) CHANNEL 5, 9PM ★★★★
Initially intended as a dark drama about prostitution in Nineties LA, this romcom has been a huge success – now deemed something of a modern classic. Edward (Richard Gere), a millionaire, takes a wrong turn and asks for directions from call girl Vivian (Julia Roberts). She steers him back to his hotel, he pays her $3,000 to be his escort for the week and, improbably, they fall in love.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) FILM4, 11.15PM ★★★★
The best film Daniel Day-Lewis made before he was famous, and the one, too, that put director Stephen Frears ( Philomena) on the map. Day-Lewis plays a gay fascist punk who falls for an Indian boy, and together they set up a launderette. The script is a socially minded piece about racism, homophobia and Thatcherite London, but the unlikely love story gives it rare heart too.