The Killing Fields, Wild Bill, Chalet Girl: films on TV today

A searing insight into the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror, an ex-con tries to reconnect with his sons, and Felicity Jones gets into snow business: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




The Killing Fields ★★★★★
9.00-11.15pm BBC4 

After an old-school apprenticeship on soaps and TV plays, director Roland Joffé made his movie debut with this fiercely intelligent and unflinching political thriller about the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in 1970s Cambodia. Winner of best film at the 1985 Baftas, it remains a high watermark of British cinema. With a robust screenplay by Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I), it stars Law & Order’s Sam Waterston as the New York Times reporter who delivers an unsanitised version of the horrors being inflicted on the country thanks to a local photojournalist played by the late Haing S Ngor. A real-life victim of torture under the Khmer Rouge, Ngor won one of the film’s three Oscars. The others were for editing and the stunning photography of Chris Menges (The Mission). 

Wild Bill ★★★ 
9.00-10.55pm Film Four 

Premiere showing of Dexter Fletcher’s film, starring Charlie Creed-Miles as an ex-con who gets out of prison and is forced by eldest son Will Poulter to address his parental responsibilities.

Chalet Girl ★★★ 
8.00-10.00pm E4 

Felicity Jones plays a working-class Cinderella with snowboarding dreams in this Alpine-set romantic tale. 

New Town Killers ★★★
11.35pm-1.15am BBC1 

Edinburgh makes an eerie backdrop for a deadly game of cat-and-mouse devised by Dougray Scott, playing a bored investment banker. Spot the allegory…    

Waitress ★★★★
1.30-3.15am C4 


Life isn’t quite as sweet as pie for gifted baker and put-upon wife Keri Russell in this iced gem from the late actress-turned-director Adrienne Shelley.