The Harry Hill Movie, Homefront, Thérèse Desqueyroux: films on TV today

Harry Hill fights his evil twin, Jason Statham takes on a meth drug lord, and Audrey Tautou battles her husband's indifference: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 

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PREMIERE

The Harry Hill Movie ★★
2.35-4.20pm C4 

To declare an interest, I have known Harry Hill since he was a medical student, wrote an amateur play with him and assisted on the 2001 pilot of TV Burp. Our professional paths diverged, but I relished his rise to small-screen super- stardom. In 2013, post-Burp, he attempted the silver-screen transfer and received his first critical mauling. The Harry Hill Movie’s surreal plot, which hinges around pet hamster Abu (an obvious puppet), transplants Harry from behind his desk to the actual streets of Blackpool, the underwater kingdom of the Shell People and evil twin Matt Lucas’s villainous lair. It’s gleefully daft, song- and slapstick-filled, and swollen with cameos (Jim Broadbent,Sheridan Smith, hairy folk quartet The Magic Numbers), while veteran TV comedy director Steve Bendelack relishes the wide open spaces. Honestly? It fell awkwardly between charming amateurism and strained cinematic ambition at the multiplex. But this will surely feel more at home where it belongs… er, at home, in your front room.


Mr Popper’s Penguins ★★★

 5.40-7.30pm C4 

Jim Carrey’s ruthless businessman meets his match in a huddle of penguins, whose amusing antics lead him to rediscover what’s really important in life.     


PREMIERE

Homefront ★★★

9.00-11.05pm C5 

Former federal agent Jason Statham has meth baron James Franco standing between him and the quiet life in a sedate thriller with a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone.  


Little Fockers ★★★

9.00-10.30pm BBC3 

Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Barbra Streisand are among the returning stars in this third encounter with Hollywood’s most embarrassing family — and the dysfunction has now spread to three generations.    


PREMIERE

Thérèse Desqueyroux ★★★

10.15pm-12 midnight BBC4 

Audrey Tautou gets down and dirty as a landowner’s wife who scandalises the gentry in 1920s France. 


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