The Gatekeepers, Top Hat, Jurassic Park: films on TV today

Our choice of free-to-air films on TV: picked by RT's film team


The Gatekeepers
9.45pm BBC2


It might not seem like the ideal way to unwind on a Saturday night, but this unhurried, conventional documentary, based on the testimony of six retired heads of the Israeli secret security service Shin Bet, is an achievement to rank with The Fog of War and The Unknown Known by Errol Morris. Lacking the jarring bonhomie of either of those films, The Gatekeepers moves steadily forward through history, from the aftermath of the expansionist Six Day War in 1967 to the intractable and volatile Israel/Palestine situation today. Archive and in some cases military footage of bombings illustrates the narrative, which is told in steady, searching turn by the men with surprising frankness, considering the deadly nature of their work. Director Dror Moreh simply wants us to understand these powerful and hitherto silent men, who, in retirement, seem reflective at least, if not repentant. (One concludes, “We win every battle but lost the war.”) Your view may not be changed by their confessions, but it will be illuminated.

Top Hat ★★★★★
2.55pm BBC2

Fred, Ginger and a classic Irving Berlin score. This irresistible musical comedy involving mistaken identity still oozes style and sophistication nearly 80 years after it was made.

Jurassic Park ★★★★★
3.10pm ITV

Doyouthinkhesaurus? Tycoon Richard Attenborough discovers that messin’ about with nature is never a good idea when Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum find themselves stranded and at the mercy of his genetically modified beasties.

Hanna ★★★★ 
9.20pm Channel 4

A teenage assassin (Saoirse Ronan) has to put all the years of training by her ex-CIA father (Eric Bana) into practice when ruthless rogue agent Cate Blanchett sets out to eliminate the pair.

Shine ★★★★★
11.50pm BBC2


You hum it and he’ll play it. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush tickles the ivories in this biographical drama that charts the life of hugely talented but deeply troubled Australian pianist David Helfgott.