Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Young Frankenstein, Escape from the Planet of the Apes: films on TV today

Mike Myers spoofs 007, Mel Brooks pastiches the monster movie and Roddy McDowall makes the ape escape to 1970s California: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery  ★★★★ 


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11.00pm-1.00am Movie Mix
 
The joke had worn a little thin by the time of the threequel, Goldmember, but it was a pretty funny joke to begin with: a knowing parody of Swinging Sixties spy movies in which Mike Myers’s titular Carnaby Street dandy is cryogenically frozen and thawed 30 years later. No James Bond cliché is left unparodied, with Myers also playing his own nemesis, the “issues”-plagued Blofeld lookalike Dr Evil. Myers’s script pushes the envelope just enough (one of the female characters is called Alotta Fagina) and Liz Hurley brings class as his fellow agent. Amazingly, the real Bond franchise lived to die another day.
 


Escape from the Planet of the Apes  ★★★★ 


10.50am-12.55pm More4
Apes number three sees apes Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter landing on earth in the early 1970s in a surprisingly entertaining second sequel full of digs at life in the Golden State.  


Young Frankenstein  ★★★★★ 


6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix
 
Scientist Gene Wilder’s brain transplant has monster Peter Boyle puttin’ on the ritz – horror was never meant to be this funny.    


Fast & Furious  ★★ 


9.00-11.15pm ITV2
 
Never was there a more appropriately named star than Vin Diesel, the driving force behind the fourth outing for the fast-car franchise that just runs and runs.    
 


Ransom  ★★★ 


9.00-11.25pm ITV4
 
Mel Gibson channels his Lethal Weapon character as a maverick tycoon who takes the law into his own hands when a ruthless criminal kidnaps his son. It’s ludicrous but is still a gripping experience.    
 


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