Girl, Interrupted, The 13th Warrior, Oliver Twist: films on TV today

Angelina Jolie impresses as a bewitching sociopath, Vikings (and Antonio Banderas) have a bone to pick with cannibals, while one famous orphan just can't say no to gruel: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Girl, Interrupted ★★★
9.00-11.35pm Movie Mix 

Based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of life in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s, co-writer/director James Mangold’s film earned a best supporting actress Oscar for Angelina Jolie, which cemented her career, though it was the passion of its star Winona Ryder (listed as executive producer) that helped get it made. It’s not quite One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Whoopi Goldberg’s matron is no Nurse Ratched — but similar anti-authoritarian bonds are forged between overdose victim Ryder and her less hinged co-patients, notably Jolie’s free-spirited, McMurphy-like sociopath, Elisabeth Moss’s burn victim and Clea DuVall’s pathological liar. It sometimes seems like a riotous girls’ high-school caper, but the consequences are severe and the message about the ineffectuality of reflex incarceration hammered home. Kaysen didn’t much like the film.


The 13th Warrior ★★★
12.10-1.50am BBC1 

Antonio Banderas’s refined Arab diplomat looks suitably liverish when ghoulish barbarians and Norsemen clash in this gruesome take on the Beowulf legend.


Oliver Twist ★★★★★
11.05am-1.25pm More4 

Alec Guinness stars as Fagin in David Lean’s magnificent adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel about the orphan who asks for more.


Step Up 2 the Streets ★★★
8.00-10.05pm E4 

It’s decision time for Baltimore teenager Briana Evigan when she has to choose between her crew and her dance school in a mash-up of StreetDance and Fame. Clichés are all present and correct but the choreography is breathtaking.


And Now for Something Completely Different ★★★★
9.00-10.25pm BBC4 

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