The Thief of Bagdad, Cliffhanger, The Selfish Giant: films on TV today

Age hasn't withered a terrific tale of the Arabian nights, Sylvester Stallone scales the action heights, and two tykes try to make it big on the mean streets of Bradford: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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The Thief of Bagdad ★★★★★
11.20am-1.25pm More4 

Alexander Korda’s 73-year-old Arabian nights tale is a magical entertainment with a strong claim to being the daddy of all special effects movies. All the proper ingredients are there — the prince of Bagdad (John Justin) cruelly robbed of his rights by the evil vizier (Conrad Veidt), the boy thief (Sabu), who helps the prince escape from prison, and the beautiful princess (June Duprez), desired by both Veidt and Justin. And along with these are FX such as nobody had seen before — a magic carpet, a flying horse, a murderous doll with six arms, a jewel that is also an all-seeing eye, a giant spider that guards it and Rex Ingram as the genie in the bottle. Wonderful stuff still for children of all ages.


Cliffhanger ★★★★
10.40pm-12.45am ITV 

Troubled rock climber Sylvester Stallone takes on John Lithgow’s ruthless criminal gang in Renny Harlin’s nail-biting, vertigo-inducing mountain adventure.


The Selfish Giant ★★★
12.05-1.40am C4 

Two cash-strapped kids are drawn into the dodgy dealings of a crooked scrap dealer in a sobering “grim up north” spin on the classic Oscar Wilde story.


Little Women ★★★
4.30-6.55pm Movie Mix 

Susan Sarandon plays the devoted mother of four daughters in this moving adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst are among her brood.


GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra ★★★★
9.00-11.15pm Film Four 

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