Runaway Train, The Andromeda Strain, Paul: films on TV today

No rail replacement bus service for Jon Voight, there's a lot of it about in New Mexico, and a different kind of hitchhiker tags along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Runaway Train ★★★★
10.05pm-12.25am ITV4 

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Based on a script by Akira Kurosawa and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, this is a raw, wild thriller with a lot of class. Jon Voight and Eric Roberts are escaped convicts, both dangerous men, who leap on a train consisting of four linked locomotives. Freedom — until the driver collapses and dies. The two men can’t stop the train; neither can the only other person aboard, railway employee Rebecca De Mornay. As they hurtle along at increasing speed, subplots develop — railway dispatchers squabble over how the tracks ahead can be cleared to avoid a fatal crash and the prison warden in a helicopter is hot on their trail, determined to kill the escapees. Boundless tension, very strong performances and an emotionally powerful ending.


The Andromeda Strain ★★★★
10.50am-1.25pm More4 

A long time before author Michael Crichton was putting the willies up us with cloned dinosaurs in Jurassic Park he was tapping into alien invasion paranoia with this super tale of an intergalactic virus that is wiping out humans faster than Bob Geldof can stick out a charity single.


Paul ★★★
9.00-11.05pm Film Four 

When you’re looking for people to play comic-book geeks travelling to infamous UFO site Area 51 Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would alway be top of the list. They get more than they bargained for when a little green man (sounding spookily like Seth Rogen) asks for help to get back to his spaceship.   


I’ll Be Home for Christmas ★★
9.00-11.00pm True Entertainment 

Hal Holbrook and Eva Marie Saint star as a married couple trying to hold things together during the the Second World War despite their sons being away fighting in this seasonal slice of sentimentality.


Knowing ★★★
10.00pm-12.25am More4 

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The opening of a time capsule that seems to predict some imminent disasters spells trouble for all mankind. But can Nicolas Cage get anyone to listen, even with Rose Byrne along to help.