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