The Damned United, Tomorrow Never Dies, X-Men – the best films on TV tonight

Our guide to the best films on Freeview on Wednesday 14 May

The Damned United, 9pm BBC4


Director Tom Hooper tells the story of manager Brian Clough’s unhappy 44-day tenure at Leeds United in 1974. Michael Sheen delivers a pitch-perfect performance, showing how the arrogant, outspoken, grudge-fuelled Clough tried to take on the club, its players, fans and revered former manager Don Revie (a well-cast Colm Meaney). A stirring, tragicomic portrait of one of football’s greatest characters.

Tomorrow Never Dies, 10:35pm ITV

For the first hour or so, this 18th Bond movie is up there with the best of them: it has terrific pace, Pierce Brosnan has romantic and rough-house appeal, Teri Hatcher is a match for him, and the post-Cold War story has grip and even plausibility. At the time this was the best Bond movie since the heyday of Mr Connery.

X-Men, 9pm Film4

Directed and co-written by Bryan Singer, this was the darkest superhero movie since Batman and featured the coolest special effects this side of The Matrix. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows the power struggle between two factions of a new breed of humans with assorted strange abilities – Singer mixes the classic values of good storytelling with liberal amounts of digital magic. 

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