The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Sex and the City 2, Shrek the Third: films on TV today

Katniss is back on incendiary form, Carrie and co enjoy the Arabian nightlife, and fatherhood looms for the grumpy green ogre: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ★★★★★
Premiere 9.00-11.50pm C4

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This is part two in the popular dystopian adventure for young adults based on Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of novels about a gladiatorial death match. Catching Fire finds the victorious Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) pressed back into service by the pompadoured ruling class to keep the rebellious masses entertained, this time fighting in a tournament that makes the first film’s look like “child’s play”, according to mentor Woody Harrelson. Everything’s bigger and noisier and deadlier, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman enjoys himself as the seemingly dastardly Head Gamemaker. For further intrigue, you’ll need to see Mockingjay Pts 1 and 2.


The Importance of Being Earnest ★★★★
8.40-10.10am BBC2

“A haaaaand-bag!” Edith Evans is on imperious form as the screen’s definitive Lady Bracknell in this wonderful adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s beloved comedy of manners and mistaken identity.


Sex and the City 2 ★★
Premiere 10.35pm-1.15am ITV

Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte return in the second spin-off from the iconic TV series, which takes time out from metropolitan Manhattan to bask in the sunshine of Abu Dhabi.


The Peacemaker ★★★
12 midnight-1.55am BBC1

George Clooney achieved international movie stardom as the Special Ops man  who teams up with sexy boffin Nicole Kidman to save New York from nuclear destruction.


Shrek the Third ★★★
9.05-10.30pm BBC3

Chapter three in the freaky fairy tale sees our ogre hero distracted by impending parenthood and the search for a royal heir, while Prince Charming plots revenge.


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