BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn★★★ Premiere 4.25-6.05pm BBC1
Steven Spielberg’s motion capture version of the strip cartoon by Hergé is rollicking fun from beginning to end. It involves the numerous, thrilling adventures of intrepid reporter Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell), his fox terrier Snowy and the bulbous-nosed, gloriously alcoholic sea captain Archibald Haddock (Andy Serkis) as they go in search of a model ship containing a map giving clues to the whereabouts of hidden pirate treasure. On the same trail is Haddock’s arch enemy Sakharine (Daniel Craig), who will stop at nothing to beat them to it. In a superb use of animation and flashback we see, for instance, the dunes of the desert turning into rolling ocean waves as villain and heroes pursue one another and we learn the history of the model ship and the enmity between Haddock and Sakharine. Also involved are a couple of cops called Thomson (Nick Frost) and Thompson (Simon Pegg). One ingenious idea follows another and the action never lets up.