Hot Fuzz, The Love Bug, The Crossing, Prisoners, Unleashed: films on TV today

Brit-com buddy cops, a bug on the run and a human bulldog: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Hot Fuzz ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm ITV2 

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After hit zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead, writer/star Simon Pegg and writer/director Edgar Wright had everything to beat. And although this is another genre parody — 1970s rural British horror meets high-octane Hollywood police buddy movie — it delivers the goods. Pegg’s demoted but dedicated Met cop and Nick Frost’s bumpkin sidekick lead a surprisingly grisly hunt for a serial killer in a sleepy West Country village, where Tarantino-esque fast edits make mundane things like a poured pint of bitter seem inappropriately hip. Wright is in his allusive element, and the supporting cast is studded with stars — Timothy Dalton, Martin Freeman, the late Edward Woodward — many of them in minor supporting roles. Hot Fuzz nattily straddles slapstick, reverential homage, whodunnit intrigue and “bromantic” comedy.


The Love Bug ★★★★
11.00am-1.15pm Film4 

The Disney comedy that introduced Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, remains fantastic family entertainment.    


The Crossing ★★★
5.00-6.55pm Movie Mix 

Jeff Daniels is US President George Washington trying to fend off British baddies in a portrayal of the War of Independence.    


Prisoners ★★★★
9.00pm-12 midnight Film4

Hugh Jackman takes the law into his own hands after his daughter is kidnapped. You’ll watch some of it through your fingers, but it’s never less than compelling.    


Unleashed ★★★
11.55pm-2.00am ITV4 

Chopsocky star Jet Li is collared – quite literally – and used as an attack dog by gangster Bob Hoskins. Then, along comes Barbara  Woodhouse. (Kidding.)


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