Good Vibrations, In Which We Serve, Play Misty for Me, Adventureland: films on TV today

Punks rule in Belfast, a British destroyer downed, a DJ gets stalked and more dangerous games in love: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Premiere Good Vibrations ★★★★
10.30pm-12.05am BBC2 


Richard Dormer was best known as a stage actor before he was cast as the lead in this uproariously affectionate portrait of record-shop owner turned DIY label boss Terri Hooley in punk-era Belfast. Mark Kermode named it the best film of 2013 and it’s easy to get caught up in its manic, self-starting energy if you care about youth culture. Hooley launched the career of the Undertones, the favourite band of John Peel who put Good Vibrations (shop and label) on the map at a time when Belfast was a pretty tough place to be, but whose music scene was all the more vital for it. With an ear always on the music, co-directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn capture one man’s rise to civic success without the artificiality that bedevils rock biopics. Though the dazzling Dormer dominates, Jodie Whittaker, Adrian Dunbar and Liam Cunningham also shine among the mainly local cast. The music’s a shot in the arm, too.

In Which We Serve ★★★★★
1.10-3.00pm BBC2 

Noel Coward’s desire to do something meaningful for wartime morale resulted in this magnificent tale of a destroyer and its crew. John Mills heads an all-star cast.    

Heartbreakers ★★★
11.00pm-1.20am C4 

Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt are mother-daughter femmes fatales in a breezy con movie where Ray Liotta and Gene Hackman drop their pants and lose the shirt off their backs.

Play Misty for Me ★★★★
11.15pm-1.10am ITV 

In this truly creepy thriller, Clint Eastwood plays a big-collared ’70s DJ having to dodge the aggressive advances of a female fan. Funny how times have changed, eh?

Adventureland ★★★★
9.30-11.10pm BBC3 

A typically geeky Jesse Eisenberg goes loop-de-loop for Kristen Stewart in a wry coming-of-age tale set in an amusement park. 


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