Muriel’s Wedding, The Taming of the Shrew, The Bourne Supremacy: films on TV today

Toni Collette gets her fantasy wedding, Taylor and Burton show their on-screen chemistry and Matt Damon's is back as the unstoppable spy: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Muriel’s Wedding ★★★★
11.40pm-1.50am 5★

This hard-centred nuptial comedy drama put Australian writer/ director PJ Hogan and its two unknown stars on the world map in 1994. The film sees dumpy suburban singleton Muriel (Toni Collette) and her more outré pal Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths) chase their dreams to Sydney – in Muriel’s fantasy-fuelled case, to get wed. The course of matrimony does not run smooth and despite the feel-good energy of the Abba karaoke scene that misleadingly defines the film, it’s predominantly feel-bad. Collette cleverly conveys Muriel’s issues as she resorts to crime, fraud and self-deception,while Griffiths has to deal with an even more punishing path. The men are mostly monsters, not least Muriel’s dad (Bill Hunter). But if you can take the knocks, there’s heart here aplenty.


The Taming of the Shrew ★★★★
11.05am-1.05pm BBC2

Sparks fly between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in this heated version of the Shakespeare play.


Backlash ★★★
12.15-2.00pm Dave

Gung-ho western with Richard Widmark and Donna Reed about a gunman who sets out to discover the truth about his father.


The Bourne Supremacy ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm ITV2

Matt Damon is Bourne again in this all-action sequel as the unsmiling amnesiac spy, wondering why everyone on earth is trying to kill him.


Arbitrage ★★★★
11.05pm-1.10am Film Four

Richard Gere is on the money as a slick hedge-fund mogul, who finds his glittering world begin to implode when a bloody error puts his fortune and his liberty on the line.


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