Big, Six Days Seven Nights, Public Enemies, Reservoir Dogs, Black Souls: films on TV today

Careful what you wish for, flight of fancy for Harrison and Anne, Johnny is number one with a bullet, colour me red, and family ties: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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BARRY NORMAN:  FILM OF THE DAY 
Big ★★★★
6.55-9.00pm Film Four 

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At a fairground 12-year-old David Moscow asks a “wish machine” to make him big. The next morning he awakens to find himself transformed into 31-year-old Tom Hanks. His mother, naturally, doesn’t recognise him and thinks he’s his own abductor so, with his 12-year-old friend Jared Rushton, Hanks runs away to New York. There he lands a job with a toy company where his still childlike imagination enables him to invent wonderful new toys and gains him promotion. He also gains the attention of decidedly adult colleague Elizabeth Perkins. All this could have become mawkish and a touch unpleasant but it’s nicely played and sensitively directed by Penny Marshall, so the end result is a gentle, often very funny fantasy.


Six Days Seven Nights ★★★
8.00-10.00pm 5STAR

It’s dislike at first sight for Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in this comedy adventure. But when faced with adversity, they have to put their differences aside.


Public Enemies ★★★★
10.00-12.50am ITV4 

Michael Mann’s directorial flair and Johnny Depp’s starring charisma combine to dazzling effect in the story of 1930’s gangster and folk hero John Dillinger.


Reservoir Dogs ★★★★★
11.00pm-1.00am Spike 

Quentin Tarantino’s barnstorming debut announced the birth of a maverick talent, as he expertly details out the fallout of a jewel heist gone spectacularly wrong.


Black Souls ★★★★
PREMIERE  1.10-3.15am Film Four

A riveting crime drama in which a member of an Italian Mafia family wants a simple life but his siblings have other ideas.

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