Now, Voyager, The Other Guys, Robin Hood: films on TV today

Prepare to cry with Bette Davis, laugh with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and assemble your Merry Men for Patrick Bergin's Robin Hood: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY

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Now, Voyager ★★★★★
1.55-3.50pm BBC2 

A grand old romantic weepie with Bette Davis’s classic line, “Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars”, and a classic bit of action when Paul Henreid lights a cigarette and hands it to her. Davis is the ugly duckling daughter, dominated by her mother Gladys Cooper, who, with the help of psychiatrist Claude Rains, transforms into a swan and finds romance with unhappily married Henreid aboard a cruise ship. It’s what is known sometimes jeeringly as a “woman’s picture” that aims straight for the emotions and is best enjoyed with a glass of something, some chocolates and a handful of tissues. But that’s really too patronising because it’s very well made and won Davis an Oscar. 


Robin Hood ★★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Patrick Bergin as the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, in a film unfairly overlooked because it came out at roughly the same time as Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood.  


The Other Guys ★★★
9.00-11.15pm 5★ 

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make an unlikely but effective comedy partnership as downtrodden desk cops who want a piece of the action.     


Assassins ★★★
9.00-11.40pm ITV4 

One of Sylvester Stallone’s better action roles sees him play a disillusioned killer who finds himself top of rival Antonio Banderas’s hit list. Julianne Moore prevents things from getting too macho.    


The Arrival ★★★
9.00-11.20pm Horror Channel 

Climate change turns out to be the result of aliens preparing the Earth for invasion in this effective sci-fi drama starring Charlie Sheen as an astronomer sounding the alarm that no one but him can hear.     


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