Bridesmaids, Enigma, Planet of the Apes: films on TV today

Women prove they behave just as badly as men at weddings, Dougray Scott plays a wartime codebreaker in an action-packed take on The Imitation Game, while Chuck Heston is determined no ape is going to make a monkey out of him: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Bridesmaids ★★★★★
9.00-11.30pm C4 

The next project from Midas-like comedy mogul Judd Apatow is Trainwreck (out this summer), a vehicle for cable sketch-show writer/star Amy Schumer. It may propel her to movie stardom the way the Apatow-produced Bridesmaids did for Kristen Wiig. This rip-roaringly bawdy, foul-mouthed comedy of social manners, written by Wiig (with Annie Mumolo), also established her Oscar-nominated co-star Melissa McCarthy as a marquee name. The matrimonial story revolves around Wiig’s dorky singleton and accident-prone maid of honour, who locks horns with the far more capable Rose Byrne in the run-up to Maya Rudolph’s wedding. The subsequent group mishaps — given a big blast of raunchpot energy by McCarthy — range from a bridal-shop fitting ruined by food poisoning to a tantrum at a chocolate fountain. Comedies originated and dominated by women ought not be news, but Bridesmaids, a $288 million smash (directed by Paul Feig), seemed to start a revolution. Chris O’Dowd also features as the token likeable bloke.A rumoured Bridesmaids sequel has been hinted at, confirmed and denied, but maybe this rip-roaringly bawdy, foul-mouthed comedy of social manners, written and dominated by women (albeit directed by Paul Feig and produced by the prolific Judd Apatow), would be best left unsullied by commercial imperative. If its success means more women making comedies about women (and Oscar-nominated co-star Melissa McCarthy is now a star in her own right), then its work is done. The story revolves around dorky singleton Kristen Wiig (who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay with Annie Mumolo), whose accident-prone maid of honour locks horns with the far more capable Rose Byrne in the run-up to Maya Rudolph’s wedding. The group mishaps — given a big blast of raunchpot energy by McCarthy — range from a bridal-shop fitting ruined by food poisoning to a tantrum at a chocolate fountain. Chris O’Dowd also features as the likeable token bloke.


Enigma ★★★
10.45pm-12.40am BBC2

Michael Apted’s Second World War romantic thriller (based on the Robert Harris novel) is set among the codebreakers at Bletchley Park and proves that geeks can be heroes, too. A little more muscular (and fictional) than Oscar winner The Imitation Game, it stars Dougray Scott and a dressed-down Kate Winslet as plucky cryptographers out to thwart attacks from Nazi U-boats. Intelligent and entertaining, it’s also blessed with a lush music score from the great John Barry.


Planet of the Apes ★★★★★
10.55am-1.10pm More4 

If you liked the recent apes reboots, then check out where it all began in this 1967 classic starring Charlton Heston. Situations don’t come much hairier.


The Last of the Mohicans ★★★★
9.00-11.20pm 5USA 

Heat director Michael Mann shows there’s more to his repertoire than slick urban thrillers with this epic, old-fashioned adventure starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a frontiersman caught up in a feud between Huron Indians and the French and English armies.


Watchmen ★★★★
10.40pm-1.50am Film Four 

This comic-book thriller is strictly for grown-ups and is set on a world where superheroes are disturbingly flawed. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder should be applauded for not watering down the content of the original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, in which the murder of an old hero unearths a terrible conspiracy. The film’s opening credit sequence is a mini-masterpiece itself.

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