The World’s End, Dumbo, Memento: films on TV today

The pub crawl to end all pub crawls, the elephant in the room and the man without a memory: 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 World’s End ★★★
9.00-11.10pm C4

The third and final instalment in the richly comic “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy from director/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost follows zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead (2004) and action-movie spoof Hot Fuzz (2007). These are hard acts to follow, although The World’s End deepens the post-modernist movie-nerd milieu with a surprisingly poignant hint at middle age, as Pegg, playing the kidult who never grew up, drags his old gang (Frost, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine) on a 12-hostelry pub crawl in their suburban home town for old times’ sake. It’s almost a shame when the sci-fi element takes over, but at no point do Wright and co misjudge the pressure on the action-comedy pedal. In-jokes, cameos, nods and winks are there for the taking, but at its heart, beyond the resourceful FX, the trilogy goes out not just with an apocalyptic bang but with a hand on its heart.


Dumbo ★★★★★
5.50-7.00pm C4

You’ll believe an elephant can fly in this undisputed Disney classic about the loveable big-eared outcast, which will also have you reaching for a hankie.


Dirty Dancing ★★★★
8.00-10.05pm C5

Have the time of your life all over again with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze steaming up the dance hall at 1960s summer resort. Keep an ice-bucket handy.


Memento ★★★★★
10.55pm-12.45am BBC2 

Viewers find themselves in the shoes of Guy Pearce, a man with a severe form of amnesia, in this highly original and gripping thriller with its complex, head-spinning jumbled narrative.


PREMIEREEasy Money III: Life Deluxe ★★★★
10.45pm-12.45am BBC4

This hardboiled Scando thriller wraps up the criminal careers of Joel Kinnaman and Matias Varela with a slick and shocking climax to the trilogy.


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