Rush, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The King of Devil’s Island: films on TV today

James Hunt and Niki Lauda burn rubber, Stellan Skarsgård keeps young offenders in check, and Harry Potter meets he who must not be named: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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PREMIERE Rush ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm C4 

If, like me, you have zero interest in motor racing as a sport and would rather listen to a wasp’s nest than a car’s engine, then there’s a film that may change your mind. It’s called Senna, the Bafta-winning British documentary of 2010. But for Formula One action polished to a glossy Hollywood finish, try Rush instead. With a script by Peter Morgan, the king of dramatising recent events, and directed in high-stakes style by safe-pair-of-hands Ron Howard, Rush explores the rivalry between flamboyant English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth with a historically wrong 21st-century gym bod) and technical mathlete Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) over a succession of races including the rainy, near-fatal German Grand Prix of 1976. Cue plenty of FX-heightened, tyre-squealing action and off-track soap opera, especially for Hunt. Some early slap-and-tickle that demeans Natalie Dormer as a saucy nurse is a bit Carry On, but it’s the four-wheeled action that will stick in your mind.


The Lost World: Jurassic Park ★★★

3.35-6.00pm ITV 

Steven Spielberg is back behind the camera for the Jurassic Park sequel – a cracking old-school Indiana Jones-style adventure plus big, scary dinosaurs.  


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ★★★★

7.00-10.00pm ITV 

The magical franchise takes a darker turn with this fourth instalment, as Harry comes face-to-face with his nemesis, Lord Voldemort.     


Raw Deal ★★★

10.10pm-12.10am ITV 

It’s back to basics for Arnold Schwarzenegger in an entertainingly mindless action thriller Chicago mobster in which the big man’s expressionless cop goes after a Chicago mobster.    


King of Devil’s Island ★★★

9.00-10.50pm BBC4 

All the clichés of the prison drama are present and correct, but this film set in a Norwegian juvenile facility rises above them. And Stellan Skarsgård is a reassuringly tough presence, too. 

    


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