Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Run Fatboy Run, Non-Stop : films on TV today

Newman and Redford rob trains for fun, Simon Pegg discovers the course of true love is a marathon not a sprint, and Liam Neeson sniffs out a murderer on a plane : the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ★★★★★
4.50-7.05pm Film4 

This was once described as “the most likeable film ever made” and it’s not hard to see why. There have been better westerns but none in which the protagonists (bad guys though they might be) were quite so lovable. Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) lead a gang of outlaws who specialise in robbing trains. Butch is the mastermind. “Keep thinking, Butch,” says Sundance. “That’s what you’re good at.” But when the exasperated railway bosses hire a relentless posse to track them down, they flee to Bolivia where, after trying to go straight, then reverting to crime, they end up in the most famous freeze-frame in the cinema. Wonderfully enjoyable stuff and the rapport between Newman and Redford is terrific.

Run Fatboy Run ★★★
9.00-11.05pm ITV2 

Simon Pegg squeezes into some very small shorts for this cheeky underdog comedy, which sees him sign up for a marathon to prove his love for Thandie Newton.

Non-Stop ★★★
9.00-11.05pm Film4 

Here’s one you’ll never get as an in-flight movie: Liam Neeson lends his considerable presence to a frenetic tale of an air marshal who starts receiving ransom demands after take-off.

Die Another Day ★★★
9.00-11.40pm ITV4 

A megalomaniac with ideas above his station, a sexy woman with a ridiculous name (Jinx), an invisible car: it must be Bond. Pierce Brosnan is as suave as ever in his swan song as 007.

The Cabin in the Woods ★★★★
10.55pm-12.50am 5STAR 

A weekend away becomes a zombie nightmare for five teenage friends – but that’s only the first twist in this sly, genre-crossing experiment from the writer of  The Martian.


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