Hope and Glory, Dirty Dancing, Containment: films on TV today

A boy gets his kicks in the Blitz, A teenage girl learns how to move, and a community is sealed off from the outside world: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Hope and Glory ★★★★★
4.55-7.10pm Movie Mix 

Director John Boorman’s autobiographical film looks at the Blitz through the eyes of nine-year-old Billy (Sebastian Rice Edwards). For adults this was a time of fear and mortal danger but not for a small boy. To Billy and his friends the bombs and shells are a glorious firework display while ruined houses are simply an adventure playground. With his father called up Billy and his sister (Sammi Davis) live with their mother (Sarah Miles) in London suburbia. But then their house is burnt down and they go to stay with granddad (Ian Bannen in great form) on the Thames at Shepperton. To turn the Blitz into a joyful comedy drama is some achievement but Boorman has managed it.


Rio Grande ★★★★★
11.20am-1.25pm More4 

Pairing up for the first time on screen, John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara have red-hot chemistry in John Ford’s stirring vision of the Old West.  


Bell, Book and Candle ★★★
2.50-4.55pm Film4 

James Stewart’s marriage plans are derailed by seductive sorceress Kim Novak in this enchanting New York-set romance. Jack Lemmon ups the fun as a wise-cracking warlock.    


Dirty Dancing ★★★★
8.00-10.05pm 5STAR 

Have the time of your life all over again with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze steaming up the dance hall at 1960s summer resort. It gets pretty hot, so keep an ice-bucket handy.    


Containment ★★★
10.55pm-12.25am Movie Mix 

The residents of a tower block awake to find themselves sealed in their building, with the power cut off and sinister figures in radiation suits patrolling the area. A very real fear of dread permeates this contemporary urban horror.  


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