Films on TV tonight, Tuesday 1 May

Today's film picks include The Time Machine, Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World, Die Hard 4.0, Speed, Midnight Run and Gremlins

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The Time Machine – 5:00pm, Film4

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Based on the classic sci-fi novel, Rod Taylor stars as Victorian inventor HG Wells, who steps inside his time machine to explore the horrors of the future: two world wars, atomic destruction (in 1966!) and enslavement of the human race by subterranean cannibals, the Morlocks.

Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World – 9:00pm, Sky1

Starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, this adaptation of the much-loved Patrick O’Brian series follows day-to-day life on board 19th century British warship HMS Surprise as it seeks revenge on a ‘phantom’ French vessel.

Die Hard 4.0 – 9:00pm, Film4

Bruce Willis pulls on the white vest to reprise his role as John McClane in this action thriller, waging battle against cyber terrorists who threaten to hack America to a standstill, against a backdrop of jaw-dropping set pieces.

Speed – 9:00pm, 5USA

This nerve-jangling thriller stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, trapped on a crowded LA bus primed to explode if its speed falls below 50mph.

Midnight Run – 10:00pm, ITV4

Robert De Niro plays bounty hunter Jack Walsh, hired to catch fraudster Jonathan Mardukas in this action picture leaping between trains, automobiles, car crashes, and tussles with the FBI.

Gremlins – 10:00pm, ITV2

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One of Hollywood’s blackest mainstream hits sees a murderous swarm of little gremlins unleashed upon a sleepy town of unsuspecting victims in Stephen Spielberg’s comedy horror, littered with in-jokes and a long list of cameos.